Love on the Lifts
By Rachel Hawthorne
December 13, 2005
HarperTeen, 320 pages
Winter Break super-secret perfect cocoa recipe:
8 oz steamed whole milk
(no skim! doesn't work!)
2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder (big scoops)
1 tbsp. sugar (can't be too sweet)
4 dried, crushed mint leaves
(or 1 tbsp. mint syrup)
Stir thoroughly. Add mint swizzle stick. Combine with cute ski instructor, or brother's cute best friend, or cute guy you never noticed was so cute...Enjoy.
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To me, this is the book equivalent of an Amanda Bynes* movie. Do I expect them to be Oscar-winning? Nope. But will there be cute boys and romance and will it end exactly the way I want it to? YOU BET IT WILL!
Which is why I was so pleased with Love on the Lifts. It was everything a "romcom" in book version should be. Now, I only gave it three stars. That's because it wasn't life-changing, and it wasn't spectacular. But I'm raving about it in this review because I didn't expect it to be any of those things. It was everything I wanted it to be.
Plus, I enjoyed it the way I think it was meant to be enjoyed: During a huge blizzard with a steaming cup of hot chocolate (see picture).
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*My best friend Rachael and I have a thing where, when we're looking for movies to rent, we just say "I want an Amanda Bynes movie." We don't mean it has to be a movie starring Amanda Bynes...that's just our name for the genre. And don't deny that you don't know exactly what I'm talking about. Last time around, it meant Post Grad starring Alexis Bledel.