ARC Review: At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer.


At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer.
Expected publication: April 4th 2017.
Rating: 4.5/5
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Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can’t wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.

But sometimes your dream job isn’t all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine’s feature subject , musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?

One thing you might not know about me is that my favorite thing to read are fluff young adult books. So maybe my viewpoint on this book could be affected by that. Meaning, I absolutely loved this book so much because of all the unproblematic cuteness around.

Lacey Robbins is a beauty vlogger. Her goal is to make a career out of it, and she finds herself closer to achieving that goal when she’s picked as one of the three youtubers to intern at a magazine called On Trend. Her job this summer is to work alongside the other interns to make the cover boy, Tyler Lance, look good in the media.

As someone who watches youtubers on a almost daily basis, I really enjoyed seeing the characters as one of them, it was fun and light, at times exaggerated though. I mean, I know it must be difficult getting backlash and you can’t please everyone but I don’t think it could get to that extend? Maybe that’s just me being naive though.

I’m one of those girls, that like Lacey, loves make up and wears it everyday, and it’s honestly so rare to find protagonists that are like that that I instantly connected to her, and of course, it made me start loving her. But putting that aside, she was still such a good character, she’s charming, fun and enthusiastic, I related to her more and more with every decision she made.

The romance wasn’t something overwhelming that I was totally into. I liked the idea of it, although it felt maybe insta-loveish from Tyler’s side. I didn’t really feel they had a lot of chemistry or connection. I’m conflicted over the fact that it wasn’t something I kept wanting to see more of, I was more interested on how she was going to deal with her career and the choices she’d have to make than to see how she’d work things out with Tyler, and I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing. However, how it progressed was enjoyable and very cute.

Tyler was a fun character, I liked him overall, but he’s at times somewhat gullible and a little naive when it comes to his family. So even though I liked him, he frustrated me to no end as well.

The writing was something I really enjoyed, the only thing I wish we could have seen more of is Lacey and Cynth’s friendship, but other than that everything was really fun and cute to read, I loved it.

I received this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.


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