Happy Sunday and happy Mother’s Day. I’m currently 100miles away from my Mother, so we won’t be celebrating today, however we have a fun family day planned for next Sunday which I’m really looking forward to.
I was 100% influenced when it came to this book. I saw Magnolia Parks by @jessa.hastings in someones vlog on YouTube and then it just seemed to pop up in my life absolutely everywhere. So I bought it for my sister. And for myself. And made my best friend buy it. Who has now bought it for her sister. So this book has kind of turned into a sister thing and I’m here for it. If you’d also like to buy this book for yourself, or your sister, then you can do so here. P.S. It’s on Kindle Unlimited for all my KU pals.
She is a beautiful, affluent, self-involved and mildly neurotic London socialite. He is Britain’s most photographed bad-boy lothario who broke her heart. But Magnolia Parks and BJ Ballentine are meant to be, and everyone knows it. They’re in the stars… just suspended in a strange kind of love that looks like hurting each other a lot of the time: She dates other people to keep him at bay; he sleeps with other girls to get back at her for it. But at the end of their every sad endeavour to get over one another, it’s still each other they crawl back to. But their dysfunction is catching up with them, pulling at their seams and fraying the world they’ve built; a world where neither has to ever let the other go completely. As the cracks start to show and secrets begin to surface, Magnolia and BJ are finally forced to face the formidable question they’ve been avoiding all their lives: how many loves do you really get in a lifetime?
General Thoughts 🤔
As I said, I was a victim of influencers with this book; I’m not ashamed and I do not regret it. After the last few books that I’ve read, this one was like a breath of trashy air and I loved it. I was hooked from the moment that I started and was soon tangled up in the “will they/won’t they” between Magnolia and BJ. In the grand scheme of things, there wasn’t a whole lot that happened in the story other than the two of them going backwards and forwards in their relationship but the angst alone was enough to carry all 423 pages.
Oh, how these characters infuriated me. I thought that I really liked Magnolia to begin with and I felt a lot of sympathy for her but as the story developed, I started to realise that she wasn’t as innocent as she seemed. It’s just that she wasn’t overtly hurting people, it was much more subtle and under the radar. She was also ridiculously entitled and such a brat.
I have a soft spot for a bad boy so naturally I fell a little bit in love with BJ even though he was such a moron. Why on earth he kept making such poor decisions and ruining every chance that was put in front of him I’ll never know. I just wanted him to be better, for his own sake more than anything else.
Tom England is my future husband. That is all.
Writing Style ✍️
I loved how easy this book was to read. From chapter 1 to the very end, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The chapters were relatively short and told from alternating perspectives and this definitely helped with the moreish nature of the writing as I could never find a decent spot to pause.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with as much angst as Magnolia Parks. Jessa Hastings had me tearing my hair out with frustration for these characters (completely in a good way).
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
The first marketing line I saw for this book was “gossip girl for adults” and never has a truer word been said. The story was trashy, angsty and super addictive. The characters were obnoxious, entitled and utterly loveable. I think I fell a little bit in love with this book and I’m so excited to read more in this series. My new guilty pleasure that I feel zero guilt about.