Smart Girl is about a woman named Miko Jin, a brilliant designer and a hopeless romantic. Having spent most of her life falling in love, when Miko meets Liam Ashton it's love at first sight...at least for her.
This is the first time I am reading any of Rachel Hollis' novels and I have to say that I throughly enjoyed reading Smart Girl. All of the characters, even the supporting characters, were enjoyable to read. I did find myself falling for Liam at times but then he destroyed everything that I felt and made me hate him. In a way I had a love-hate relationship with Liam.
As for Miko, the protagonist, was kind, smart, and super quirky. Some things I didn't like was that at times she seemed dumb, relied upon her fictional heroines to give her love advice, and her crush on Liam seemed at times to have teenage aspects. However, her standing up for herself and putting herself first redeemed it all.
"I love you, Liam." I take another calming breath. "I've just realized that I love myself more."
The novel didn't feel rushed, it had good pacing and the ending left me smiling. This novel was truly a light and cute read. If you like strong female characters, book references (i.e. Cinder, etc.), easy reads, and well written novels then I would recommend that you check this novel out.
Summary from Goodreads:
Brilliant designer Miko Jin is a hopeless romantic. She’s spent most of her life falling in love over and over again…with the men she finds in the pages of her favorite novels.
When Miko meets Liam Ashton, it’s love at first sight. At least, for her. Sure, the two of them are polar opposites, and yes, he seems to be dating someone new each week. But Miko knows what true love is and that you can’t rush it—after all, what she lacks in real-world experience, she makes up for in book smarts. With novels as her guide, and her best friends by her side, she knows she can get Liam to love her back. But just like any good romance novel, fate has a few plot twists in store. Will Miko get her own happy ending? Will she find the strength to stand up for what she deserves even if it means breaking her own heart?
ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Lake Union Publishing, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
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Rachel Hollis founded the LA-based event planning firm Chic Events at only 21. Six years later Inc. Magazine named her one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30. She went on to turn Chic into the extremely popular lifestyle website The Chic where readers log in daily for the tips and tricks she acquired after years of planning fancy parties for celebrities!
She has designed and produced fabulous events for many of Hollywood's elite including Bradley Cooper, Al Gore, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ivanka Trump, Jamie King, Sara Rue and Cuba Gooding Jr… just to a name a few.
Rachel grew up in a big loud Okie family. Daddy was a Pentecostal minister and Mama was the church pianist… and PS, she knows the words to all the old-timey hymns in case you want to break into three-part harmony later.
She moved to Los Angeles to go to college and promptly met a boy named David who was as handsome as he was funny. First she made that boy her best friend, and then she made him her husband. 10 years later they have three equally handsome/hilarious little boys named Jackson, Sawyer, and Ford. They live in LA where they spend their time doing super cool/sexy things like going to soccer practice and hitting up any restaurant where kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.