Hey book friends! Let’s talk about PART OF YOUR WORLD by Abby Jimenez! This charmingly refreshing novel was a June Book Club pick and my first introduction to Jimenez’s writing. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to read this book. It’s perfect for any book club looking for a sweet and hilarious romantic comedy to read. Plus, it’s set in my home state of Minnesota! Immediate win.
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It Deserves Every One of Its 5 Stars!
I have never before read a book that mentioned my hometown. I immediately marked it with my pen (a first for me!) and it was this book that has sparked my love of annotating my books.
Second reason? Chloe. The baby goat in pajamas! And a pig named KEVIN BACON! The entire petting zoo had me in tears laughing so hard. Poor Hunter (Daniel’s dog) gets into so much trouble because of his obsession with Alexis. He brings her not-so-dead presents, gets jabbed by porcupines, and even sprayed by a skunk!
But the real reason for 5 stars? The ugly cry. For a romance to be worthy of 5 stars, there has to be an ugly cry. Jimenez wrote the perfect emotional journey for both the characters and me.
My Dislikes …
But wait … how can a book be 5 stars without loving every single thing about it? Easy. I couldn’t stand Alexis’s so-called friends (other than Bri … Bri is amazing!). Jessica and Gabby were entitled snobs who thought they were so far above Daniel because he lived in a small town. And then there’s Neil, Alexis’s ex. He’s verbally abusive and just as conceited as her friends. The guy gets the police to let him back into the house they lived in together, just so he can manipulate his way back into her life or bully her into giving him the house.
While I did not enjoy these characters, Jimenez crafted them to play their parts perfectly.
HEAT LEVEL: 🌶️🌶️ (2/5)
READ IF YOU ENJOY: Emily Henry, Ali Hazelwood
TROPES: Different worlds, Opposites attract
A Summary of PART OF YOUR WORLD
PART OF YOUR WORLD by Abby Jimenez is the story of Alexis, an ER doctor from Minneapolis, MN who meets Daniel, the mayor/B&B owner in the small town of Wakan. After a crazy bet, a gourmet grilled cheese, and a one night stand, Alexis finds she has a serious attraction to Daniel … and the unique cast of supporting animals. Leaving behind her verbally abusive ex and snobbish friends, Alexis makes secret trips to Wakan to spend time with Daniel, falling for him a little more each time she visits. But can he ever be a part of her world, when her parents expect her to carry on the family legacy?