On the topic of Romance… + The Happy Ever After Playlist Mini-Review

I recently completed this book I (temporarily) DNFed back in August: The Happy Ever After Playlist. Not to say I didn’t like it (I actually did enjoy it), but around 40 pages from the end, I realized I know exactly what is going to happen, so why bother.

You see, what I’ve seen is that stories that are romance-centered have the same general story arcs:

We begin with two love interests. They either meet, meet-again, or… the point is we begin with a relationship that a potential romance can be built from. Over the course of much of the story, the two get to know each other better. They fall in love, as is customary. Life is good. They are in their own little happy bubble. BUT THEN, conflict arrives in their lives head-on. This conflict has been building in the background throughout the story. One love interest must have had some idea of this developing conflict, as it must affect them and their relationship personally. This conflict is the reason the love birds break-up, separate, or break-contact. After, there is the part where the love interests are broken and sad that their relationship ended. There is regret and the acceptance that they will never find another person better for them. This leads us to the grand finale. One love interest must ultimately have the realization that they need to get their ex-love back because they are the one. And this is where you get the race against the clock. Time is running out and they must reach their one and only before they lose their chance once and for all. Here come those famous airport scenes, those grand confessions of love. In the end, they do get there happily ever after (as far as the story goes).

The problem is that once you’ve read/watched one romance, you know how the next one will go. Especially compounded by the fact that contemporary romance takes place in modern day, it makes everything become repetitive, predictable, and mundane.

I’m not saying that I don’t like the genre, it just makes it a lot harder to find a romance that stands out. It all depends on the characters and how well their chemistry comes across. Or maybe it’s just a lucky draw or my specific preferences? My favorites: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella and The Decoy Bride (movie). Both guilty pleasure rom-coms that I highly recommend!

The Happy Ever After Playlist – Mini Review

* The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez is the second book in a series, but can be read as a standalone.

I will admit that I do prefer romantic comedies and this wasn’t exactly one. I do remember laughing during the first half of this book but they weren’t incredibly memorable laughs. The latter half was more drama-filled. I would classify this as a contemporary romance.

This book did portray grief in a realistic manner (female MC has lost her fiance prior to the beginning of story) and it also incorporated the goings of the music business and the topic of fame with the male MC. The romance between the two MCs was sweet and didn’t make me cringe as much as it could have which is a compliment.

I definitely recommend The Happy Ever After Playlist if you like the romance genre!

12 thoughts on “On the topic of Romance… + The Happy Ever After Playlist Mini-Review

  1. Oh my gosh, I TOTALLY get what you mean. The third-act breakup is getting so old, and I’m kind of sick of it? And you know what irks me even more — the whole breaking-up-and-getting-back-together thing usually happens over the last 50 or so pages!! I love romance, but ugh. I wish there was a way to make these books a bit less predictable 😩

    But I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed The Happily Ever After Playlist!! I’ve been seeing the series floating around and it sounds really sweet!! Great post Kirsten ❤︎

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  2. ooh yes I prefer rom-coms too! And I agree that romances can be quite predictable. I’ve recently realised that the predictability of the genre is what I find comforting, though, because with all the uncertainty in real life – it’s nice knowing that there’s at least a happily ever after ending for the characters I love. I’m not sure if that makes sense haha.

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    1. Hello fellow rom-com lover!
      Yes I totally get having comfort in the predictability and HEA. I myself like lots of plot-twists and action and when things don’t go as well in books and fantasy and sci-fi do deliver that but in the end you want to leave the characters with a happy ending.

      Thanks for the comment Rachana! 💛

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