Book Review: Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard

Fool Me TwiceTitle: Fool Me Twice (If Only, #1)

Author: Mandy Hubbard

Publication date: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 272

Source: Gifted by my aunt and uncle

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Mackenzie and Landon were the perfect couple . . . until he dumped her and broke her heart. Fast-forward a year and they’re back where they first met—Serenity Ranch and Spa, where they are once again working together for the summer. Talk about awkward.

Then, Landon takes a nasty fall and gets amnesia. Suddenly, he’s stuck in the past—literally. His most recent memory is of last summer, when he and Mack were still together, so now he’s calling her pet names and hanging all over her. It’s the perfect chance for revenge. The plan is simple: keep Landon at arm’s length, manipulate him so he’s the one falling love, and then BAM, dump him. There’s just one problem: Mack can’t fall for Landon all over again.

The If Only romance line is all about wanting what you can’t have, and Mandy Hubbard’s hilarious break-up/love story is sure to captivate anyone who has ever wished for a second shot at love.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

In quest of a cute and fun contemporary YA? Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard could be the book for you!

An easy and feel-good read, Fool Me Twice entertained me no more than a few chapters in. Who wouldn’t be enticed with a story about a girl who takes advantage of her ex-boyfriend’s accident to get back at him for dumping her? The pranks that main character Mackenzie and her best friend, Bailey, pulled on Landon (the-ex) are so clever! Fool Me Twice is definitely the kind of funny story that makes you giggle like you’re being tickled on the soles of your feet. There are also sweet and swoony moments that would make readers root for a happy ending! 🙂

The characters are good! Although I didn’t connect with them as much, I still liked how authentic and quirky they are. Their sparky personalities blended perfectly with the lighthearted tone of the story. Author Mandy Hubbard’s direct to the point and witty writing gave the story a legit romantic comedy atmosphere. Her clear and vibrant descriptions masterly illustrated the setting of the story as well as conveyed the emotions felt by the characters.

The first in Bloomsbury’s If Only YA romance series, Fool Me Twice appeals to those who love books with hilarious storylines and heartwarming undertones.


3.5/5 stars

Check out my reviews of the next two books in the If Only series: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae and Not In The Script by Amy Finnegan!


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