Book Review, Contemporary

Book Review – All That Really Matters

All That Really Matters

by Nicole Deese

Molly McKenzie’s bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have earned her an impressive social media following, as well as a shiny monthly paycheck. When her manager-turned-boyfriend tells her of an upcoming audition to host a makeover show for America’s underprivileged youth, all her dreams finally seem to be coming true. There’s just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.

To gain an edge on her competitors, she applies to volunteer at a transitional program for aged-out foster kids during summer, only the program’s director, Silas Whittaker, doesn’t find her as charming as her followers do. But since forfeiting a goal has never been her style, Molly’s only option is to accept the terms Silas lays out and submit to his rules–even the most ridiculous ones pertaining to social media.

Soon as the residents of the home become more than a means to pad her career resume, and Silas becomes more than an obstacle on her path to fame, her once-narrow focus expands to include the deep needs of those she’s serving… and perhaps the ones she’s neglected inside herself as well. It took years to build her platform, but only one summer to discover what really matters most.

From a sparkly, but rather shallow and self-centered social media influencer to a person who cares deeply for teens who’ve had a difficult life, Molly McKenzie was such an incredible heroine.
This book is astounding.
I’ll admit, when I began reading, I had some preconceived notions about what was probably going to take place in this book. Molly seemed like a fairly predictable type of gal. And I unfairly judged her.
But then, I began to read….and I couldn’t stop! (yes…this book is basically what I’ve accomplished today!!)
Molly takes on a volunteer position at The Bridge, primarily to help build her social media followings…but it quickly becomes so much more than that.
I especially enjoyed reading about The Bridge, its program, and its residents. There are so many hurting young people in our country, and I only wish I could participate in and help at a location such as this one.
And the hurting teens are not the only ones who grow through a situation like this. Molly grew into a completely different person because she was willing to reach out and help other people.
Nicole Deese really has outdone herself this time. This is definitely my favorite story of hers. And I think it will probably be a favorite read of the year.

Full of so many good things, and lots of romance….I highly recommend this book!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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