Author: Roni Loren
She has the perfect life…and it’s a perfect lie.
Behind the careful façade, she’s struggling:
To feel like she fits in. To find her true voice.
Now, finally, she’s ready to start living her own story.
Eliza Catalano has the perfect life. So what if it actually looks nothing like the story she tells online? As a therapist, it’s part of her job to look like she has all the answers, right? But when Eliza ends up as a viral “Worst Date Ever” meme, everything in her Instagram-filtered world begins to crumble.
Enter the most obnoxiously attractive man she’s ever met, and a bet she can’t resist: if she swears off social media for six months, Beck Carter’ll teach her the wonders of surviving the “real world.” No technology, no dating apps, no pretty filters, no BS.
It seems like the perfect deal—she can lay low until her sudden infamy passes, meet some interesting new people, and maybe even curate this experience into a how I quit the online dating racket book along the way. But something about Beck’s raw honesty speaks to Eliza in ways she never expected. She knows he’s supposed to be completely hands-off…but as complex feelings grow and walls come tumbling down, rough-around-the-edges Beck may be exactly what Eliza needs to finally, truly face herself—and decide who she really wants to be.
The Say Everything series returns with the third novel, For You & No One Else. After exploring the relationships of Hollyn and Andi in the first two novels, no it is Eliza Catalano’s turn. Eliza, Andi, and Hollyn share an amazing friendship and it was nice to see them support each other. Throughout the story, the exploration of mental health is represented, which I loved how it was included in each novel in the series. In this story, there is also an exploration into the world of social media and how what is online is not always what the truth. When Eliza gives up social media for six months, Beck Carter helps her experience life outside of technology.
As a therapist Eliza shares her advice with her clients. She also has a YouTube channel where she extends her expertise to her subscribers. As she is going through a lot when her life is not as perfect as she initially thought, I loved this concept. Many people go to a therapist to discuss their issues, so it was interesting to see how the therapist deals with their own struggles. As Beckham and Eliza get to know each other more as friends, I loved reading about their progression to something more. Not only does each character have their own backstory, but there is also an age gap between them. It was interesting to read about each character on their own and the two of them as a growing couple. While there was some exploration of the characters, I do wish that there was more to make it feel like an even more complete picture.
Overall, I loved how their story progressed and the epilogue in this novel nicely wrapped up everything. The two characters are very different from each other, but they learned from each other. There was a little bit of insta-lust in this story which I enjoyed compared to insta-love. While the reader knows more about Eliza in the beginning of the story, Beckham was more of a mystery. His backstory was revealed little by little over time where it begins to make more sense. I love stories with age differences between the characters, but there were moments where I felt Eliza used it against Beckham too much for my liking. This was a very interesting addition to the series and I cannot wait to read more from Loren in the future!
**I want to give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, for a review copy of this entertaining novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**