Everyone has a favorite rom-com from the 2000s and 13 Going on 30 is always a contender but what if it was in book form? Amy Lea did just that with Woke Up Like This.
Being published by Mindy’s Book Studio, this is a fun new story from Amy Lea that feels different from her previous romances. If you’re unfamiliar with Mindy’s Book Studio, it’s a joint effort from Mindy Kaling and Amazon Publishing to release books by “new and emerging voices.”
The publishing house has already released a few books with Woke Up Like This by Amy Lea being the latest effort. You might recognize Lea from her romance books including Set On You, Exes and O’s along with her upcoming release: The Catch.
Woke Up Like This is unlike any of Lea’s other efforts so if you’re looking for something fresh from her, you won’t be disappointed in this new release from her.
Woke Up Like This is a fun and flirty hybrid from the mind of Amy Lea.
When most people think of hybrid books, they think of genres yet Amy Lea took me on a ride with Woke Up Like This. The book begins with Charlotte Wu who is a graduating senior, getting ready for prom but she’s at odds with student council president, J.T. Renner. The two have been at each other’s throats after J.T. stood her up for homecoming.
The two can’t help but nitpick at each other but things really start to change when Char falls off a ladder while decorating and wakes up at 30. The one thing that’s even crazier than being 30 is being engaged to Renner. From there, the two have to work together to figure out how to get back to their own timeline and to figure out why this happened.
While there are some inevitable awkward moments, Woke Up Like This is a fun and fresh take on a beloved trope. Of course, there weren’t many surprising moments within the story but I think Lea did a great job of showing just how impactful our actions are. We watch as the two grapple with the changes of getting old and realizing things aren’t always going to be what they are. These two definitely got a much-needed wake-up call which is something I think most teenagers can benefit from.
While the romance took a bit of time to develop, I loved seeing Charlotte and J.T. together in both timelines. It’s clear the attraction was always there but they just didn’t know how to handle it as teens. Regardless, Woke Up Like This is more of a contemporary coming-of-age story than a romance. If you like Amy Lea’s writing, then I think you’ll enjoy this one.
I don’t have many complaints aside from the fact that it felt a little low-stakes. If you’ve watched 13 Going on 30, you’ll get the general gist. Either way, I think if you like Amy Lea, then Woke Up Like This is a great one to add to your fall TBR.
Woke Up Like This by Amy Lea is out now!
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