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The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi


Tangled - Emma Chase Hilarious. That's what this book is. And it's not even the snarky humour that usually gets me. Drew is just really, really frank and honest. And he's not the cocky bastard that so often frequent romance novels. He's not the cool and aloof alpha male. He's the cocky charmer. He'll grin and smirk and flash a gorgeous smile to worm his way into your heart.

This story isn't new. It's been told a hundred times. But you know why people will always go to see that new romantic comedy even when they already know 90% of the storyline going in? We want to see the spark between two love interests. We want to watch the banter in the verbal sparring. We want to laugh in surprised delight of that catchy witty one-liner we haven't heard before. And if we're really lucky, we'll also have the rug pulled out from underneath us and be taken somewhere completely unexpected.

So the unexpected parts of this book for me were:

1. How laugh-snort-cry funny this book was. Like I said, the guy's a charmer, and he has lines to make you pause your reading from not being able to keep in that giggle.

2. How strong and awesome Kate was. She's smart and she knows it. She's very capable and she knows it. And she deserves a great guy and she won't settle for anything less.

3. How much Drew endeared himself to me. I really, really liked him. He's that mix of smarts, cockiness, charm, idiocy and good heart that made him really loveable. In a way, he kind of reminded me of Tom Mackee from [b:The Piper's Son|7417780|The Piper's Son|Melina Marchetta|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1333662548s/7417780.jpg|9362085] in that he's that guy you can't help but root for even when he manages to be cruel and selfish, shoot himself in the foot and do a bang-up job of screwing everything up for himself.

4. There's a fairly strong cast of characters here that aren't just the usual flamboyant gay sidekick or super slutty or super meek best friend. You have the older sister that both protects and tortures him (like any good sibling should). You have the best friends who are actually there to support and not just to brag to or compete with. You have the other best friend who's a firecracker all her own. And all these relationships feel real and genuine.

5. How the love triangle actually could have gone either way, and I would have understood. It actually scared me for a bit while I was reading because it seemed like the story could head in a direction that I didn't want it to.

6. I really believed this story. I mean, I fell, I laughed, I felt that punch to the gut. And I rooted till the very end.

And really, that ending? Who knew that renovating a friken home office would get a big romantic sigh out of me? But it was perfect.

This book is a surprise. But a really, really good one.