{ARC Review} My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

Title: My Not So Super Sweet Life
Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #3
Author: Rachel Harris
Published: 21st April 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC provided by publisher for fair & honest review
Rating: 5/5

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.

A Fun & Vibrant Story With A Colourful Cast Of Characters!

The story:
Cat Crawford, a fun and quirky girl, with a sweet boyfriend, awesome best friend and dotting father is finally feeling like she's found her place in the world. But after her famous mother reappears in Cat's life after being absent since she was only five, her world spins out of control. Cat's always avoided the spotlight, but she desperately wants the love and attention of her mother, so she endures the persistent paparazzi in hopes of building a relationship.

Meanwhile, Cat's boyfriend, Lucas is dealing with his own issues. All he wants to do is becomes an artist, but he's being pressured by his father to pursue football, a sport that was a dream of he's late brother. Lucas feels like he's living in the shadow of his brother and will never live up to the memory he left behind. He also struggles to help Cat deal with the sudden appearance of her mother and all the paparazzi. He wants to be there for her, but as Cat starts to put up walls to protect herself from being hurt again, Lucas fears she may shut him out too. Can Lucas & Cat survive the all these new pressures? 

The characters:
I adore Cat! She's one of the liveliest and funniest characters I've read, with some of the best lines ever! She tells it like it is and has such a spunky attitude, that it's impossible not to love her. But underneath that, there is an insecure girl, who just wants to be accepted and loved - something that most girls can relate to in one way or another.

Lucas, oh what can I say that will do justice to this sexy Italian artist. He is just such a sweet guy and you can see how much he adores Cat and treats her with so much respect. He puts so much thought and effort into making Cat happy - is particular the date he too her on that was inspired by one of her favourite movies - BEST SCENE EVER!!

Cat's cousin Alessandra and her surfer boyfriend Austin are back for the fun. And I just love how kind and caring Cat's father & step-mother-to-be are. It's refreshing to see in a YA book, compared to the usually absent parents. And rounding out the cast, we have Cat's estranged celebrity Mother Caterina, and new character Ransom - who I won't tell you much about as it will spoil the surprise, but I can tell you that I LOVE HIM!!!!

The romance:
Cat & Lucas' romance is so sweet I found myself grinning like an idiot whenever they were in a scene together. It's obvious they both love each other, but they both struggle with their own insecurities, that threaten to tear them apart. They have to learn how to trust one another to make their relationship work.

The writing:
I love Rachel's writing style - it's fun, colourful and full of life. The dialogue is one of my favourite elements in her books, with every character having their own distinct voice. With lots misunderstandings and plenty of drama to push the plot along at a fast pace, there is never a dull moment is this story.

I absolutely loved this book! With a colourful cast of characters and a fast paced, drama packed plot, My Not So Super Sweet Life is a must read!

Sexuality: mild-medium / some heavy kissing
Violence: none
Language: medium / occasional f words
Drugs & alcohol: none



  1. Thank you so much! Your review, in particular your kind words about my writing and dialogue, made me smile so big...and do a happy dance in my chair :) I so appreciate your warmth and enthusiasm!!!


  2. This book is all over the place lately and it just gets me more excited over it. I haven't started this series, but I know a ton of people absolutely love it and it really does sound very sweet. One day I will have to check it out. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  3. Cat sounds wonderful as does her romance with Lucas. I am so glad you enjoyed this Amy. It sounds perfect for summer :)

  4. Yay! I really loved this one! Lucas is my BOY! Hahaha. He was so swoonalicious and I LOVED that date scene!

  5. Glad to hear you loved it! Cat and Lucas sound like some great characters to read about. It sounds like this one is a lot of fun!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  6. i have to admit i have not given this series a chance since i thought it just wasn't for me but i'm reading all these steller reviews fr it and you have me wanting to meet Cat and Lucas so i just might start picking it up! Great review!
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

  7. I haven't read any of Rachel's work yet... I have A Tale of two Centuries, but just haven't managed to squeeze it in as yet. I do like the sound of my My Not so Super Sweet Life... The relationship between Lucas and Cat sounds very well done!! Awesome review!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  8. Cat being quirky and a sweet romance really makes this sound like something I would love.

  9. aww this sounds super sweet! I love that her writing is so exciting as well as her characters. Lovely review.

  10. This sounds pretty awesome, Amy! My kind of book is filled with both humor, intrigue and romance, and My Not so Super Sweet Life seems to have all of that :)
    Great review, thanks for sharing.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  11. What a fantastic review! I have yet to read anything by Rachel yet but I do have one of her books so I just need to get on it. Thank you so much for sharing and for the fantastic review. So glad you enjoyed the book!


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