by Kate Evangelista
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Publication Date: April 19th 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: For Review
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It's all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.
Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love! (Goodreads)
The first thing that drew me to No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista was the gorgeous cover. I'll admit it, I can't resist a stunning cover! It looked so fun, and once I read the summary for the book, I knew I would have to add it to my to-be-read list. This book was fast and fun, and will make a great summer read!
The characters in this book were a lot of fun, especially the two main characters, Didi and Caleb. Although I worried that I wouldn't like Caleb when I first met him in the book, he definitely grew on my as the story went along, and I'm glad that he had so many different sides to him. Didi was lively and outgoing, and was what sounded like a pretty great painter as well. Together, they made the story a really interesting read.
No Love Allowed is the second book I've read this month that has had mental illness in the storyline, and a character with bipolar disorder. It was interesting to see another authors take on the illness, and the similarities as well. I'm so glad that these books are being written, so people will know they are not alone, that help is out there.
While the story ends in a satisfying way, I was a little concerned about a few things that were left wide open. I was pleased, however, to discover that there will be another book in the series coming soon, one that will have the secondary characters from this novel as the stars of the story. I'm super curious to check it out!
Overall; No Love Allowed was a quick and fun summer read, that also has a message about mental illness. I'll definitely check out the next book in this series, No Holding Back, when it's released in October!