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What could be better than a romance novel that promises second chances, academic rivalries, and books!
This debut novel had a lot of things going for it. It had a strong female protagonist, body positivity, and it was set in academia. This was one of my most anticipated releases, it was offering up everything that I enjoy in a novel.
I am a reader who wants to love every book that I pick up. I want to be completely immersed in the characters’ lives and glued to the pages. Unfortunately, I didn’t fall in love with The Make-Up Test. I never really felt a connection to the characters. I should have. I wanted to. I gave it a fair shot, but for whatever reason, I never became truly invested in it. There was nothing wrong with it. Nothing that stood out or annoyed me. It should have checked off all my boxes, but when I fail to connect with the characters, the story ends up falling short for me.
The Make-Up Test was a well-written novel by a promising new author. While this novel didn’t captivate me as I had hoped it would, I would definitely read another book by Jenny L. Howe in the future.