This is the third of 7 reads that I won from a giveaway on Twitter that I decided to review this week!
Title: No Love Allowed
Author: Kate Evangelista
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
This is basically a young adult version of the movie Pretty Woman. Didi is a girl who works at a country club and meets Caleb, who makes the biggest mistake of his life by breaking up with one of his father’s client’s daughters. He finds out that he must perform well at his summer internship in order to get the gap year he wants to explore Europe with his cousin Nathan. Somehow, this includes getting a fake girlfriend, who Didi becomes. But the one rule is: they cannot fall in love with one another.
I have to admit that I thought this story was silly at first. I have seen Pretty Woman and absolutely loved it so I figured that this book version couldn’t be that bad. I was right, it wasn’t that bad, I actually liked it! I imagined Didi as a young Julia Roberts and she really carried the character for me. Didi is an artist and she and her mom aren’t the wealthiest around, but they are happy because they have the minimum and each other. Her world is turned upside down when Caleb wants to start buying her things including a brand new phone, and shows her resilience by refusing these gifts because she doesn’t want to be given handouts. I thought that that was so admirable and shows what a genuine person Didi is. Caleb, on the other hand, is kind of an asshole at first and I feel like he flaunts his money a lot. It isn’t his fault that he is wealthy but he tries to make Didi into something that she isn’t, which Didi doesn’t let happen. I couldn’t see them having a love story until halfway through the book but it grew on me and I ended up really liking it.
There is also a mental health aspect in this book. It comes at the end but it makes a lot more sense once I found out about a ton of events in the book. I have to say that this book is very short, coming in at just over 200 pages, but the story is well developed and doesn’t feel rushed at all. There are parts that are very trope-y and I kind of rolled my eyes at them but it ended up being a truly heartwarming read at the end. Caleb’s character growth is really fantastic and I feel like he came full circle by the end of the book. That is something that should be admired in the character because when he starts, I had high doubts that he was going to change. But, again very trope-y, Didi changes him in ways that he didn’t even want to change at first, but when he does it is very cute and their moments are adorable.
I would recommend this for a quick summer read that is both humorous and heartwarming at the same time!
Happy reading! ~ Taylor