Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Glimpsed by GF Miller. This was a book I was especially looking forward to once I found out about it. Be sure to scroll down to enter the giveaway and to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Thank you to GF Miller and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an ARC for this review
G.F. Miller can write 80,000-word novels, but ask her to sit down and write 250 true and meaningful words about herself and she is likely to have an existential crisis. Who am I, really? She ponders. What do I want to be known for? Does anyone even read the back flap or visit author websites?
But eventually she will pull herself together and tell you that…She married her college sweetheart and is mom to three littles who routinely make her heart burst and her head explode (it’s a messy business, love). There are puppies big and small residing at her house (you’ll be seeing a lot of them if you follow her on Instagram). She’s been to a dozen countries, but not nearly as many as she would like. She loves learning all the things. She cries at all the wrong times. She makes faces at herself in the mirror. She believes in the Oxford comma. And she’s always here for a dance party.
While the stories she has brewing in her soul vary wildly from one another, there are three things they will always have in common: love, snappy dialogue, and happy endings.
About The Book
Author: GF Miller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publishing Date: January 5, 2021
Page Length: 374
Genre: Contemporary with magical elements
Age Range: YA
Rating: 3.5 ⭐
Synopsis: Perfect for fans of Geekerella and Jenn Bennett, this charming, sparkly rom-com follows a wish-granting teen forced to question if she’s really doing good—and if she has the power to make her own dreams come true.
Charity is a fairy godmother. She doesn’t wear a poofy dress or go around waving a wand, but she does make sure the deepest desires of the student population at Jack London High School come true. And she knows what they want even better than they do because she can glimpse their perfect futures.
But when Charity fulfills a glimpse that gets Vibha crowned homecoming queen, it ends in disaster. Suddenly, every wish Charity has ever granted is called into question. Has she really been helping people? Where do these glimpses come from, anyway? What if she’s not getting the whole picture?
Making this existential crisis way worse is Noah—the adorkable and (in Charity’s opinion) diabolical ex of one of her past clients—who blames her for sabotaging his prom plans and claims her interventions are doing more harm than good. He demands that she stop granting wishes and help him get his girl back. At first, Charity has no choice but to play along. But soon, Noah becomes an unexpected ally in getting to the bottom of the glimpses. Before long, Charity dares to call him her friend…and even starts to wish he were something more. But can the fairy godmother ever get the happily ever after?
In the end I’m glad I gave this book a try. Miller’s writing style took some getting use to, but once I did it was quick to get through. I loved how she explored the Fair Godmother idea, along with some alternative explanations for different well-known fairytales. We don’t know much about the magic because neither do our main characters. Miller goes with that and allows us to learn along side Charity and Noah, through their geekily appropriate data collecting throughout the novel. Reading all the ways that they tracked data to figure out correlation and everything made my psych-stats brain happy.
The characters in this story I found to be a mixed bag. I connected with Noah’s geekiness and hesitation to trust the popular crowd; however, he did have his moments where he felt a little belittling/hypocritical. Charity, starting off as a Queen B/ Ice Queen sort of character, had me annoyed at first. However, she seems to have the largest character growth throughout this story and ending up being a character that I was able to connect and empathize with. I love me a hate to love trope, but add fake dating in there too and you have me hooked – I think that was where the book finally clicked with me and had me in for the long haul.
Noah’s family is extra adorable and the ideal geeky family. Charity’s family on the other hand was so distant and just felt like people who happened to know each other. That was an interesting contrast to see, and to have Clarity see and experience was an interesting point of growth with her. Her entire family is so stand-offish that seeing how another family acts, and despite everything, accepts her was a really nice touch. Most of Charity’s family I wasn’t fond of, but I did love her Memom. She was such a fun, bright character that was need to contrast her lack of close relationship with anyone else.
Miller writes character arc/growth well. Every character had their own flaws, but seemed to grow and learn from them by the end of the story. Overall, this was a fun book that I enjoyed. This would be a great book to read around September/October.
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