Young Adult - Romance

Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life

Category:Young Adult - Romance

Author:Dallas Woodburn

  • Publisher: Immortal Works
  • Publication Date: February 8, 2022
  • Number of Pages: 346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1953491305

Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life by Dallas Woodburn examines the intricate dynamics of relationships, identity, and personal growth. The story is told from the perspectives of Brad and Rose, allowing readers a perfect understanding of the challenges arising from Carissa's actions alongside these compelling characters. The story opens with Brad's world unraveling after Carissa's abrupt termination of their eleven-month relationship. The emotions associated with the heartbreak are raw and Brad can’t admit it is over. Brad strives to salvage the remnants of his meticulously constructed life by committing to improve himself; perhaps, he can still win her back. The nuanced portrayal of their Dairy Queen conversation, contrasted with Carissa's breakup rationale, deepens the character development and accentuates the disparity between their viewpoints. Brad's unwavering resolve to reclaim Carissa's affection sets the stage for a captivating journey of self-improvement.

Rose's narrative introduces a distinctive perspective, shedding light on the repercussions of Carissa's interference in her life. Forced into a reality TV show against her will, Rose struggles with body image issues and social pressures to conform to beauty standards set by others. Woodburn skillfully explores Rose's insecurities and internal conflicts, crafting a genuine portrayal of self-acceptance and identity. The novel blends humor, emotion, and introspection, offering lovable characters and a story that is resonant and gripping. The use of exclamation points in Rose's chapter effectively communicates her skepticism and injects a delightful touch of humor into the plot. Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life is a delightful story that goes beyond the conventional heartbreak narrative, evolving into a profound journey of self-discovery, acceptance, and the pursuit of happiness. This heartwarming novel caters to fans of friends-to-lovers romance; the novel is top-shelf YA romance — imaginative, savvy, and original — with resonant themes and lovable characters. 

Reviewed By: Romuald Dzemo

Reviewed Date: January 8, 2024

Category: Young Adult - Romance

Young Adult