While the idea of being trapped in a lift fills me with terror (hello, claustrophobia), in her new book Carla Burgess has some how managed to make it seem a little less frightening – possibly even ever so slightly appealing.
Stuck With You sees Elena come face to face with her unrequited teenage love, Daniel, for the first time in years, in just this situation.
After getting over the initial shock and embarrassment, they spend the time waiting to be rescued getting reacquainted – and it’s clear she still has feelings for him (and it’s not all one sided).
Carla has hit the nostalgia jackpot with this book, which had me laughing out loud – and slightly cringing – at times because it sailed so close to some of my own experiences of unrequited young lust.
It is oh-so-romantic in places and makes me believe in second chances and true love.
Here’s the blurb:
One lift. Two strangers. Anything could happen!
Elena thought that today would be just like any other day…until the supermarket lift jams and she realises she’s stuck.
And not just stuck in the lift. Stuck with her childhood crush, Daniel Moore, who unfortunately seems to be just as gorgeous as she remembered…
While I might not have saved any chewed pen lids or written poetry about my teenage crush (I did walk by his house several (million) times), I totally remember moping about just the way she describes because he failed to acknowledge my existence.
When you read a story like this, it’s hard not to think ‘what if?’ and that made me smile long after the book was finished.
I so wanted it to work out for Elena and Daniel even though, like Elena’s best friend Rachel, I did wonder whether he was too good to be true.
I think this one is even better than Carla’s first book, Marry Me Tomorrow, which I also loved (and I was delighted to see Sam and Emily make a brief appearance in her second novel).
Carla has such a warm, easy to read style that I didn’t really want this book to end while at the same time I was desperate to know if it all worked out.
On those occasions when I can’t avoid a lift, I’m going to think about this story and hope it takes my mind off things.
My rating: Five stars.
My thanks to HQ Digital for the ARC in return for my honest opinion.