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  • Writer's pictureS. A. Walters

Just The Way You Are

By: Beth Moran

Ollie Tennyson is 29 years old and still living with her mother. Every time she tries to go on a date, her plans are foiled by her overbearing, lonely mom. Fed up, Ollie embarks on a mission to move out and start checking items off her “Dream List.” Ollie’s friend Steph insists that she agree to a No-Man-Mandate whereby she must accomplish all of the items on her list while staying single. The goal is for Ollie to become independent and figure out who she really is before jumping into another people-pleasing relationship. What follows is a wonderful ride full of ups and downs and lots of new beginnings.

I absolutely loved this book. Ollie is the kind of girl I wish I’d been in my 20’s. She faces the fear of being alone and comes to enjoy her own company. She learns to set healthy boundaries while being witty and kind. As Beth Moran so vividly puts it: Ollie is “like Nesbit with a dirty sock” – once she’s grabbed hold of an idea, she wasn’t letting it go without a fight. This story was uplifting and inspiring and helped me realize that I should work more on getting to know myself and setting healthy boundaries in my own life.

This was the best story I’ve read in a long while and I was sad when it was over.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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