Review: The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo

The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo

Published by Swoon Reads on May 16th 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
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4.5 Stars

Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.
A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in this contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud.
Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa's perfect summer falls apart.
Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn't have to do it alone. With her friend Miller's support, she's determined to prove that she's more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she's finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she's ready for something real.

I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Alyssa is an actual princess, Cinderella to be exact, at the most celebrated theme park across the world. She has lots of friends, a handsome boyfriend, and the summer ahead of her. But as the summer progresses, Alyssa’s perfect life starts to crumble. And she has to figure out how to make her own happily ever after.

This book was very cute and sweet. I liked all of the nods to Disney theme parks, the rules and the princesses and characters. There’s a lot of fun behind the scenes things that happen in the theme park which were charming. The setting was the best part of the fun!

Alyssa was a character you could root for. I loved how devoted she was to her princess duties, how she loved her job and the park and all the people in there, how positive she was. She was nice to everyone, even strangers. When everything starts to fall apart, Alyssa does loose her sparkle for a while, but rallied and gained more respect. I liked how strong she became.

Her friend Miller is kind and sweet and all of her girlfriends are wonderfully fun and lively. They really added a lot of life to the book. It’s a fun summer read, perfect for the beach.

I do wish that the beginning with her boyfriend went a little faster. It lasted a little too long, but maybe the made it more painful.

Overall, it’s a fun romantic read. I flew through it and will check out more by this author.