Title: Hot Mess (Tragic Love Book 1)
Author: Madeline A. Rosenberg
Genre: Romantic Comedy

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Anna McCormick seems like a cliché from her basic coffee orders to her relentless drama; however she is more than meets the eye. Join the journey of Anna and Trevor Sullivan through the laughs, tears and heartbreak. Meet the Clairetown crew – each character is more interesting than the next! 

Warning: you may not be able to put this book down! 

Anna McCormick is every girl after a break up- she is vulnerable and seeks attention in the wrong places. She is easy to love and hate at the same time. Trevor Sullivan is almost too good to be true. He seems like he is perfect on the surface, but there is much more to him than meets the eye. Benji Shaw is the “perfect” boy next door. He has a bit of a hero complex and wants to fix everyone’s problems. Tanya Rosen is the quintessential popular girl- everyone thinks she has so much confidence but really she is just as insecure as the next girl. The book takes an unexpected turn and I think you will be pleasantly surprised!!! 

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Hot Mess (Tragic Love Book 1) follows the rollercoaster love story of Anna and Trevor. Based in a small town where everyone knows everyone, and a college girl desperate for attention, Anna must make the ultimate decision if she should or shouldn’t get back together with her first and only love, Trevor. Their breakup caused by a domino effect of events, month’s prior, that left both characters scared and scathed by the amount of pain they were actually able to ensue on each other. 

First, the story read very much like a teen-drama TV show. That being said, it actually wasn’t a bad story; however, it is a strong belief of mine that a story told for television is not read equally when told through a book. The changing POV of the characters made it difficult to keep up with who was speaking or thinking. I would have loved to have a bit more character development. The author did a wonderful job with details of the settings but when it comes to the characters I still feel as if I barely know them. I would have loved to know what they were studying in school, if they had any little mannerisms, was Anna’s self-conscious attitude a result of a dramatic event in her life? Personal details can be beneficial to reader relations no matter how miniscule. 

I leave this book with a 3.5 star rating. However, I know this author is still growing in her own talents. Ultimately this book itself was not exactly my usual read but I do have high hopes for this author and to read more of her work hopefully in book 2. 

Kink level: Innocent

Meet the Author
Madeline A. Rosenberg aka ‘Chillgirlproblems’ is an aspiring internet celebrity (who isn’t?). You can find her drinking “basic” Pumpkin Spice lattes or snapchatting her fans. 
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