I received this book from Headline Eternal via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Just The Way I Am
Author: Jo Watson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Edition/Pages: Ebook, 384 pages
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Has Fate given her a second chance?
‘Zoe’ is having a very bad day. As if getting trapped in a faulty elevator wasn’t bad enough, losing her memory has made it much worse. If there’s one piece of luck, it’s that the paramedic on the scene, Noah, is both kind and a handsome distraction…
Now a completely blank canvas, with the help of Noah, ‘Zoe’ is excited to fill her world with colour, creativity and sweet and spicy food. She just knows from the tips of her toes, right to her fleek brows, that these things were all part of her make-up.
But when her identity is traced, the life ‘Zoe’ was living before the accident bears no resemblance to that of the person she’s convinced she is. What happened to make her world so narrow and colourless?
And now she has the chance to start over, is it time to let the real Zoe out?
‣ POV: 1st person
‣ Summary in Emojis: 😂❤️😬🤯⌛🚑
‣ Trigger and Content Warnings: death, drugs, alcohol, sexual imagery.
I really thought I would love this book, I’m usually a sucker for amnesia plots and heroines reinventing themselves but there were so many eyebrow raising moments that drew me out of the book.
There were so many moments that were just plain strange, so many in the end that I’m still unsure of my overall rating. I definitely enjoyed some parts, but others (especially in the beginning) were just too bizarre and a little awkward for me. I just didn’t believe in the sequence of events that led Zoe to Noah and him taking her in (which in itself felt a bit wrong). They just weren’t handled in the best manner.
I can definitely see the appeal of it, and a lot of other reviews have loved it. It’s very light hearted fair and a quick, fast-paced read, it just didn’t work for me in the end.