Book review: THE PROVERBIAL MR. UNIVERSE by Maria La Serra

theproverbialmruniverseTitle: The Proverbial Mr. Universe
Author: Maria La Serra
Daniela’s rating: 3 stars

Daniela’s review


**ARC provided by NETGALLEY in exchange for honest review.

“Dear girl with the red scarf,
Love was never meant to be conquered,
you have to surrender to it.
Trust me. After all, I am Mr. Universe.”

When the universe conveys a message, you listen.

Olivia Montiano just caught her fiancé cheating. Now she is forced to question what she wants out of life and love. Striving to live up to her father’s unrealistic standards for the past twenty-three years, every decision she has ever made was with her father’s wishes in mind—until she finds mysterious, handwritten letters tucked away in places only meant for her. That’s when she realizes she’s been on the wrong path all along and gives her heart to a guy her father thinks is entirely wrong.

Washed-up abstract artist Nick Montgomery has had quite a few setbacks in life. He’s accustomed to never needing anyone, thinking he’s just fine—until he meets the girl with the red scarf. She’s not his type. But the universe has other ideas. Nick has a secret he’s keeping from her, afraid it will bring their new relationship to a sudden halt.

Will they figure out what the universe holds for them?

When I first picked it up, I found it enjoyable enough to keep me reading. I’ll admit, I wasn’t that committed at first, but as I kept on reading, the story got a bit more interesting, so I kept on reading and at the end of the day, I can say I liked and enjoyed most of it.

We’re first introduced to Olivia Montiano, a girl who’s always done what has been asked of her, especially when that request comes from her dad. Her biggest fear is to disappoint her father, who’s giving her so much. But, what happens when pleasing other people becomes her biggest source of unhappiness? She has adapted herself so much to other people’s needs and wants, that she’s had to settle for a crappy and unhappy life. Thankfully, she’s able to open her eyes when she finds her asshole of a fiancé cheating on her. Yep, that’s it. She now wants out. But what will she do with this new freedom? Who is she supposed to be now?

I’ll tell you what: she can do whatever the hell she wants now and be whoever the fuck she wants to be.

As I mentioned before, this book is quite enjoyable. If you’re looking for a quick and light read, you could consider giving this a try. It’s the kind of book you’re looking to lighten up the mood. I liked most of it with the exception of a few things.

I can’t say Olivia is my kind of character. At times, the girl seemed to be quite shallow and it bothered me a lot. But, later I thought: “Ok, the girls been doing what she’s been told for years and years, she hardly has a personality of her own, so I can see where the prejudice came from. I’m not saying I’m ok with it, but I understand why it’s there. She later starts growing up and starts realizing how badly her perception on things and life itself had been. That was nice. Still, I felt she was a bit selfish and sometimes she needed to take the responsibility of her actions. She hardly ever did and that made it hard for me to relate entirely to her.

Then we have Nick. What an outstanding guy. This is the very definition of happiness. The guy has had to face some pretty crappy things in life. He knows life can be unfair sometimes, but it doesn’t cloud his sight on the goodness that surrounds him and the goodness in people. When it comes to it, he has very clear what the important things in life are and I loved that about him. He’s the personification of the word “optimistic”. I wish he wouldn’t take responsibilities to things he’s not responsible for. He’s forgiving, yes, but sometimes I felt he just took up on other people’s shitty decisions and assumed them as his own, leaving him practically begging for other people to come back. I guess, his strength got up until a point and just stayed there.

Now, the pace of the story at the start was good, it wasn’t slow but it wasn’t fast either, but towards the end of the book, it picked up a little bit and it felt it was rushing into things, leaving a lot of details about their lives out, so I felt that I was left wanting a bit more. Like I said, it’s a nice enough book, one that will keep you interested in reading.

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