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Millie Alvarez is a college senior with dreams of being a best selling science fiction writer like her favorite author, sci-fi mastermind Luke Danielson. She fantasizes about dating Rod, her handsome, young writing professor, who has a fan base of his own.
Of course no one knows this but her two best friends, Fran and Mike. In the real world, Millie is anything but a success. She always gets casted in the worst roles in her college’s musical productions, has a single subscriber to her writing blog, and struggles to be with anyone but Fran and Mike. She even avoids meeting Trent, an exchange student from London who matches with her on the dating app Charmed. Sam always wants to hang out with Millie, but he isn’t her type; he’s too skinny and happy and won’t stop asking Millie about all her favorite things.
But things spiral out of Millie’s control when Fran moves out of their dorm room to live with her sister and her estranged dad won’t stop calling her to make amends. To top it all off, the pain inside of Millie’s chest is worsening. Millie must decide if she’s ready to face everything head on. Can she do it? Is she stronger than she thinks she is? All Millie knows is that her life is one big mess that she cannot seem to escape.
Have you ever read a book that you can relate to almost every single aspect about it? Well for me, A Fantastic Mess of Everything is that book, except the whole crush on a professor thing. College stress, maintaining a blog, a (formerly) strained relationship with my father, I was almost convinced I was reading a book about myself, and not a fictional character.
This was a sweet, fun New Adult read that was different from most other NA books I’ve read, which was very pleasant. Most NA books border on scandalous with their romance, which A Fantastic Mess of Everything was not. It was a refreshing change.
I give A Fantastic Mess of Everything 4/5 stars. You can purchase it from any of the following places: