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If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton

35294534Izzy Harris should have it all – but her boyfriend has been ignoring her for months, she’s been overlooked for a promotion, and the owner of her local coffee shop pervs on her every time she has a craving for a salted caramel muffin.

Then her life is unexpectedly turned upside down.

Izzy dumps her oblivious boyfriend, and leaps on the chance to win a big pitch at work. Needing to work closely with gorgeous colleague Alex is an added perk…

But then her best friend has her heart broken, the pitch is way more complicated than expected, and Alex is keeping secrets. Does Izzy have what it takes to help her friend, save her career and get the guy?

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*Thank you to the publisher, Bookouture, and NetGalley for providing the copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

This book is totally unexpected. I was caught off-guard by the strange twist that turned Izzy’s life upside down. Izzy Harris has been feeling like she’s invisible lately. She’s always been overlooked for a promotion at an advertising companywhere she works. It seems like her efforts are not enough. When they bagged a new big account, Izzy is determined to do her best and make her best pitch yet so she can finally get the promotion she’d been eyeing for a long time. She’s in a relationship where her boyfriend ignores her constantly, the only thing that matter to him are his video games. Still, Izzy holds on to the relationship, no matter how crappy it is. But then, she found out that her boyfriend is not only cheating on her, he also stole her Adventure fund, that’s an inheritance from her grandmother. Add to that, her best friend, Tash, who is in an open relationship, has just got heartbroken and Izzy is the only one she can turn to. But that’s not all, the pitch she’s working on is a lot more complicated and would require more work than she expected. Good thing there’s this one guy at work, Alex, whom she had a slight crush with and who’s willing to help her with the pitch. But can Izzy juggle everything? Especially when she’s suddenly, in an unexplainable manner, become invisible? Like literally not-there-but-there kind of invisible.

So, this one is quite interesting and like I’ve said, unexpected. I didn’t see that invisibility thing coming. But it’s a welcome surprise and actually made things funnier. It made the story more appealing, too. It kinda reminded me of a few Cecelia Ahern’s novel because of the fantasy/magical element added. It may not be as equally entertaining as Ahern’s but I still considered it as a solid read, what with its uplifting message. I’m sure all of us, at one point, feels invisible. And with that, the desperation to be seen. To be recognized. To be appreciated. And sometimes, be okay with being ignored. That’s exactly what this book is about. Only, Izzy becomes invisible for real and realized that even when the time that she’s visible, people still fail to notice her and what she’s capable of doing. She accepted things as it is and even believed it is how it should be. Being invisible let her see things differently and started making her life better. I love how Izzy’s character development progressed slowly, from having some serious self-esteem issues to being that confident woman who learned to love herself as well.

But it’s not only Izzy who’s fun to read in this story. Her support system is amazing. There’s Tash and I love the friendship between her and Izzy. She’s so different from her best friend in so many ways but some of her advice is so on point and most often than not, chucklesome. Also, there’s Alex, the dreamy love interest. Funny, kind and hot. Only, he’s hiding something that can make or break a budding relationship. And I like how Alex is not your usual perfect partner. He has his own issue though it wasn’t explored like I was hoping for since I would like to get to know him better. Said issues made him more…real, I guess.

I wish there’s a lot more to the story, though. Because I feel like everything seem rushed especially towards the end. It would be nice to read why Izzy become invisible in the first place and more about her hard work on her pitch. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading If You Could See Me Now. Overall, it is light, funny and real insightful despite the somewhat magical twist added. I believe there’s a thing or two we can learn from Izzy’s story.

RATING: 4/5

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