The Monday Girl (The Girl Duet: Part One)
by Julie Johnson
Release Date: December 6, 2016
How do you put into words how much you love a book? Not just for the story or the characters, but for how good the writing is. Julie Johnson has this way of lacing each word, each sentence with such emotion that her stories vibrate with life, and The Monday Girl is the perfect example of her talent. From page one, I was gripped.
Part of what makes this story so amazing is the characters. Wyatt, Grayson, and Kat are all so complex and real. Wyatt is the older man, the protector, the person that makes Kat feel safe and secure among the Hollywood elite, and the reader falls in love with this man who believes in love and who whole-heartedly that you can love one woman for an entire lifetime. He is completely everything a woman wants in a man to love. Then there is Grayson, who is completely opposite of Wyatt. He is the epitome of a hot Hollywood starlet. He parties and sleeps around, basically looking to just have a good time. He doesn’t believe in loving one person for a lifetime or in monogamy it seems. Even though he is everything a woman should avoid, he has this energy, this draw that is unavoidable. Even more than that, there is something that seems to lurk beneath his surface, like maybe he wants more, that he wants love, but like Kat is jaded by the world within which he is immersed. As a result, readers can’t help but love him, even though they know he is the wrong guy, the wrong choice, and sure to lead to heartbreak. Finally there is the heroine, Kat. I LOVE Kat. She is one of my favorite heroines ever, mainly because she is jaded, complex, insecure, but also brave. There is so much depth to her character that she becomes completely relatable. Her insecurities have been mine, her search for love and jaded personality as a result is understandable, her choices to become involved with someone you know will hurt you resonates. I often found myself nodding and agreeing with the ideas she spouted, and I adore her bite and sarcasm. I felt for her and with her, often feeling my heart ache within my chest when her would came crashing down multiple times. Each one of these characters embeds themselves in your heart for different reasons, but they are are equally likable, complex, and authentic.
The plot of this story will put you through the emotional wringer. Your heart will quicken in anticipation at the inevitable coupling, break with the inevitable end, but also leap out of your chest with the cliff hanger. More than just an engaging story, I found that I love the overall messages about love. The reflection on what dating services and apps have done to the world of relationships, the discussion of whether true monogamy is possible, and the examination of self-destruction from insecurities all lend itself to making The Monday Girl more than your average romance. At the end of the day, Julie Johnson takes the reader on a journey to examine love, love for the person you should be with versus the person you want, and what happens when they are just as lost as you are.
Julie Johnson’s The Monday Girl is pure perfection. This story gives readers angst, humor, romance, lust, but more than that, there are real insights into love and relationships today. There is truth underneath this fictitious story, and I cannot wait to see how this story plays out. Will she be with the one she loves or the one she should love? You’ll have to wait to find out in The Someday Girl. I know that I, personally, will be counting down the days.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Katharine Firestone is a bit of a mess.
Between an acting career that’s never quite made lift-off to stardom, a pathetic love life of online-dating-app losers, and a maxed-out balance on every one of her credit cards, things can’t get much worse. So, when she’s plucked from relative obscurity to land a lead role in Hollywood’s next big blockbuster, Kat is sure she’s finally on the right track.
Until she meets her co-star, Grayson Dunn… and all her plans are completely derailed.
Grayson is everything you’d expect the hottest actor alive to be — charming, disarming, and cocky as hell. As their characters slowly spiral into love on screen, Kat struggles to keep herself from falling for real. She knows handing Grayson her heart and expecting him not to break it would be the biggest mistake of her life. Yet the deeper she’s immersed in his glamorous world, the more blurred the boundaries between scripted affection and sincere passion become… and the harder it is to deny that their on-camera chemistry has crescendoed into a behind-the-scenes love affair…
What happens when you fall for someone who’s guaranteed to shatter you into pieces? Do you walk away? Or do you let him break you because, even broken, there’s simply no way you can’t stay?
THE MONDAY GIRL is a messy contemporary romance about a mixed up girl who falls for the wrong boy. It is the first part of a duet. The second installment, THE SOMEDAY GIRL, will be released a few weeks later, in early 2017. Each installment is approximately 85,000 words. Recommended for readers ages 17+ due to strong language, sexual situations, drug use, and other mature elements.
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About the Author:
JULIE JOHNSON is a twenty-something Boston native suffering from an extreme case of Peter Pan Syndrome. When she’s not writing, Julie can most often be found adding stamps to her passport, drinking too much coffee, striving to conquer her Netflix queue, and Instagramming pictures of her dog. (Follow her: @authorjuliejohnson)
She published her debut novel LIKE GRAVITY in August 2013, just before her senior year of college, and she’s never looked back. Since, she has published five more novels, including the bestselling BOSTON LOVE STORY series. Her books have appeared on Kindle and iTunes Bestseller lists around the world, as well as in AdWeek, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today.
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