*I received an eARC of this book to review*
All My Love, Alec Brock by Larissa Lopes
“Linda González has given up small-town life with her mom to pursue a better education while living with her dad in Los Angeles. At least that’s what she let her family believe. The truth is that she’s in love…with an 18-year-old pop star!
Alec Brock has been her cyber boyfriend for over a year now, and Linda has finally closed the gap in their long-distance relationship. But when she surprises Alec in LA, he has no idea who she is.
In this terrifying turn of events, Linda has nobody to rely on but the real Alec himself. She’s torn between chasing the truth about the guy she fell in love with and trying to win the heart of the guy he was supposed to be.”
If you like:
- Books with Musicians
- Unusual Love Stories
- MCs with Real Problems (anxiety, eating disorders, etc.)
- Swoon Worthy Love Interests
Then this is the book for you!
I was contacted by Larissa about a month ago when she saw my 5SOS Book Tag and thought I would be interested in reading her upcoming book! After she mentioned that her book was influenced by 5SOS, The Vamps, Shawn Mendes, 1D, and Harry Styles, I was like say no more; I’m in, and I’m so glad that I said yes because this story has it all from heartache to love and new beginnings to self-growth and adventure.
All I can say is that you should read this book because I was hooked from the preface of the story that was literally about a page and a half, and it has been well over a year since I’ve been sucked in by a book that quickly. In that short amount of time, I had already felt some much through the short conversation between Linda and a certain someone. You might also want to set some time aside so you can sit down and read this in one sitting because that’s basically what I ended up doing. I was trying to pace myself, so I won’t reading through this story to fast, but I ended up reading the whole thing in about 7 or 8 hours because Linda and Alec’s story is that addicting.
“I loved him. With all my heart.
Our story was…messy. And dark. And painful.
But it was so real. It was our story.”
I’ll honestly had no idea where this story was really going to go since I basically said yes to reading it after hearing the musical influences of this story. There were so many little Easter Eggs in the story, yet it’s its own story that isn’t necessarily a retelling or fanfic. Like Linda’s birthday is July 22nd, and if you’re a 5SOS fan, then you know that it’s when the band released their debut album in North America, or that Alec has brown curly hair and dimples like a certain lead singer of a British band (plus his guitarist’s name is James)! All I can say is that Brad Simpson is my Alec, and it made this story that much more enjoyable because Brad owns my heart.
“I’d never felt so free in my life. There were no problems in my head, no worries to think about, no doubts, no pain, no shame, no resentments.”
Linda is such a relatable character to me because she’s from a small town (Petersburg, WV which is really close to where one of my favorite books is located) and understands the life that only a small town can give you and she’s in love with Alec after spending over a year talking to him through texts and emails as his popularity has grown as a musician. The only problem is that they’ve never met before and he’s getting ready to start promoting his upcoming album making it even more difficulty to find time to meet. Then, Linda’s luck seems to change for the better when her father moves from San Francisco to LA, and she is able to convince her mom to let her relocate and live with her dad. It’s then that Linda makes plan to travel out there and surprise Alec before he leaves.
I’ll be honest, I felt the roller coaster of emotions that Linda felt when she first saw Alec at the signing at the mall from the anticipation and nervousness of finally being so closed to this guy that she has watched and loved to the pain and confusion of finding out that Alec didn’t know who she was.
It was this moment that Linda figured out that she has been catfished and falls into a depression that leaves her a shell of herself making her go through the motions of life where she doesn’t take care of herself. She drops a couple of sizes in close and her anxiety increases.
Linda’s friend from WV is concerned for her health and thinks Linda should say goodbye to this Alec impersonator buy writing a letter and burning it or getting rid of all the things that he sent her to finally put the past behind her and regain her life. Her friend, Nina, doesn’t mean for Linda to use her concert ticket to see Alec one last time… which is what Linda ends up doing. While at the concert, Linda has a bad panic attack in the front of the crowd while Alec is singing gaining his attention for a second time.
After the concert, Alec visits with Linda to make sure she’s ok and ends up inviting to breakfast the next morning. Over the next couple of encounters between the two, something starts to blossom making them develop something more than a friendship. Around this point in the story, I was kind of worried because I didn’t know if Alec was wanting to spend time with Linda since he viewed the situation as his problem and was trying to help her or if Linda was truly blurring the lines between the real Alec and the Alec that the imposter was posing as.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Alec since a lot of younger musicians can be all over the place. Despite his rather sudden fame, he is like that sweet guy next door who visits his grandma a couple times a week and knows how to have fun. I was quite surprised how quick he was to want to help Linda with her catfishing problem because he could have easily laughed in her face or just wanted to do damage control about somebody using really detailed information that only a few people know, but he seems to genially care about Linda’s wellbeing and road to recovery.
Over the course of the book, Linda has to work through the damage that the fake Alec has left her with. She has to regain her health, manage her anxiety and depression, and learn how to trust again all while trying to figure out if the real Alec sees her more as a broken girl who was played or something more.
Also, I can’t believe how the book ended! I just sat there a good 30 seconds looking at the screen then flipping to see if there was more, but nope. It just ended. It was about 10 minutes after that where I found the page in the beginning of the book where it said that this book was book one of a series, and I let out a big sigh of relief because I was about to cry if that was the end of Linda and Alec’s story!
- Moral of the Story by Ashe
- Santa Tell Me by Ariana Grande (yes, I’m well aware that this is a Christmas song, but it fits with the story)
- Sometimes It Rains in L.A. by The Vamps
- Missing You by The Vamps
- I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
- Amnesia by 5SOS
- Sweet Creature by Harry Styles
- Worry by The Vamps
- Story of Another Us by Taylor Swift
- Accidentally in Love by Counting Crows
- I Want Crazy by Hunter Hayes
Happy reading until next time,