The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo

The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole CozzoTitle: The Truth About Happily Ever After
Author: Karole Cozzo
Also by this author: How to Say I Love You Out Loud
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: May 16th 2017
Rating: four-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.

A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in this contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud.

Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa's perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn't have to do it alone. With her friend Miller's support, she's determined to prove that she's more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she's finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she's ready for something real.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

The Truth ABout Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo

The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo is a rollercoaster of emotions. Set in a theme park, this book is about proving yourself and overcoming difficulties. The main character is so likeable and realistic, but also so strong. For those that have ever wondered what it might be like to work at Disneyland, this book outlines both the good and the bad.

❀ Adorable Concept

This book is so adorable! Alyssa’s summer isn’t going as well as she hoped, and she is going through a rough time since her boyfriend broke up with her. It doesn’t help that others judge her for her job as a princess at a theme park. This story is all about finding happily ever after, with or without Prince Charming, and destroying others’ expectations. I loved all the references to Disney princesses, such as Cinderella, and the amazing cast of characters. Honestly, if you like Disney and a strong female lead, you should definitely pick this one up as soon as possible.

❀ Theme Park Setting

One of the main aspects of this book that really drew me in is the setting. I adore all books set in a theme park, so I knew that I would love The Truth About Happily Ever After. This book in particular focuses on more of the behind the scenes aspects of working at a theme park, which I found to be so interesting. The descriptions of the secret tunnels and the costume rooms are so intriguing, and I would love to see these hidden areas of theme parks in real life. However, it’s not all fun and games playing a princess, and there are such strict expectations that must be met. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed learning about Alyssa’s experience at the park, and I would love to read an entire series with this same setting!

❀ Epic Main Character

Going back to Alyssa, she is such an epic main character! She is a sorority girl and a theme park princess who is so real. After her breakup, she is so determined to prove that there is more to her than just a princess, and she is such a fierce character. Alyssa even tries out boxing! She goes through some rough moments, and she has her flaws, but she is so good at bouncing back and overcoming hardship. If you like your characters sassy and sweet, you’ll fall in love with Alyssa.

The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo is a story about surmounting difficulties and going against the image that others have of you. It is set in a Disney-like theme park and contains a charming main character. I loved this book, and I would definitely recommend it this summer!

About Karole Cozzo

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Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.

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10 thoughts on “The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo

  1. Margaret Appel says:

    Love the cover, it’s got that whole Cinderella’s life ain’t perfect with the rhinestones falling off her shoe. I can really get into the blurb for The Truth about Happily Ever After, I always wondered how much fun it was being a princess at a theme park. I feel for Alyssa, great job, good friends, and then the boyfriend goes kaput. It just goes to show life is never perfect, especially when it’s make believe. I’m looking forward to reading this one, hoping to find a real life HEA for Alyssa. Thanks for the review!

  2. Summer says:

    This one sounds so good, there was a sitcom a couple years ago called Happyland set at a theme park, I really enjoyed it but it was cancelled after one season, so I’m hoping this book will recapture a bit of that magic for me.

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