Fans of Hallmark movies and sweet stories of first love will adore Callie Henry’s new series!
High-schooler, Hannah, has always been self-conscious about her weight, so when hottie swimmer, Liam, pays her extra attention at her sister’s wedding, she has a hard time trusting his interest. Throughout the evening, Liam’s charm wins her over, until they’re falling hard for each other. But the next day, Hannah learns something that may ruin it all.
All stories in the LIFE (Love is for Everyone) series portray true-to-life, teen-aged characters, with real personalities and common issues, who experience the lightning bolt of first love in their own, individual ways!
I love YA; I feel like young adult books often have a stronger voice on social issues and all the things we as adults are often scared to talk about. A Date for Hannah touched on a couple of those issues gracefully, and I was impressed by Kary Regnery’s – writing as Callie Henry – foray into YA. This was quite a short book, I don’t have a word count, but I’d venture to guess it’s novella length and was a fun way to lose myself for an hour or so.
A Date for Hannah was such a sweet YA romance, one that is appropriate for teenagers and sends a fantastic message to girls who live in a society where everyone is telling them boys only like skinny, modelesque figures. Hannah struggled with seeing herself as anything but ‘the fat girl,’ but there was an entire world of people who saw her beauty, appreciated her for her curves, and knew that what was actually important went beyond skin deep.
Hannah was guarded; life had taught her – in myriad ways – to be leery of people and love. It showed her that kids could be cruel, love isn’t always true, and adults sometimes project their issues onto innocent children. Liam, while he had every reason to be the same way, was much more open and vulnerable. He had precisely the demeanor and patience Hannah needed to learn to accept herself, flaws and all, and start dismantling the walls she’d built around herself. They were adorable together, and he was so good for and to her, while she had the kindness and compassion he needed to see he was more than a product of his worst choices. I loved the way they were together.
My only wish for this book is that it had been longer, dug a little deeper. I have a pretty high bar set for YA, and A Date for Hannah skimmed that bar with its fingertips but didn’t quite reach it. Had it delved a little deeper into Hannah’s body image issues, Liam’s past, and really captured the circumstances and fallout of those issues this book could have been a spectacular novel.
Callie Henry is the YA pen name of New York Times bestselling contemporary romance author, Katy Regnery
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.