Title: The Proverbial Mr. Universe
Author: Maria La Serra
Genre: New Adult/ Contemporary/ Romance
Publisher: Xpresso Book Tours
Publication: June 19th, 2016
I received an eARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Dear girl with the red scarf,
Love was never meant to be conquered,
you have to surrender to it.
Trust me. After all, I am Mr. Universe.
When the universe conveys a message, you listen.
Olivia Montiano just caught her fiancé cheating. Now she is forced to question what she wants out of life and love. Striving to live up to her father’s unrealistic standards for the past twenty-three years, every decision she has ever made was with her father’s wishes in mind—until she finds mysterious, handwritten letters tucked away in places only meant for her. That’s when she realizes she’s been on the wrong path all along and gives her heart to a guy her father thinks is entirely wrong.
Washed-up abstract artist Nick Montgomery has had quite a few setbacks in life. He’s accustomed to never needing anyone, thinking he’s just fine—until he meets the girl with the red scarf. She’s not his type. But the universe has other ideas. Nick has a secret he’s keeping from her, afraid it will bring their new relationship to a sudden halt.
Will they figure out what the universe holds for them?
This book was an okay read for me, it has its ups and downs. Let me tell you why.
When someone has good and bad news for me, I will ask for the bad news first and then the good news. So that’s how my review is going to be. I’ll start with the bad parts.
Olivia and Nick are the main character and both are written from third person. If I have to be honest, I really despised Olivia. I don’t know why, but I thought she was an obnoxious bitch and always thinking about herself. Like others didn’t matter. I know that’s not really true, because she really cares about her family and all, but when it comes to Nick she just didn’t cared about him (in the beginning) and yeah I really don’t know. I got a weird feeling everytime I was reading from Olivia her point of view.
Nick on the other hand was so sweet and I loved him for that. I felt really sorry for him because of his disease, but I think he’s very strong for surviving. The only thing I hated about him was his insta love, because that was so unbelievably stupid. He hadn’t even spoken to Olivia once, didn’t even know her name and already he was deeply in love. It was just unrealistic.
So that was my bad news, let’s go to the good news!
I liked the concept of Olivia’s dad and his disease. It’s important to raise awareness for diseases like Alzheimers (I work with people with Alzheimers) and I love that Maria took the time to convert that into her story. It makes a book even more realistic.
Another thing I really liked were the little notes at every end of the chapter. They were so inspiring and seriously Maria, how did you come up with all of that?! You deserve my deepest respect.
Another thing I liked was the ending. It was mysterious – but at the same time it wasn’t and that was what made it interesting to me.
So that was my review. Three stars for The Proverbial Mr. Universe, just because I liked it and nothing more.