Kaleidoscope Hearts

Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras

3.5 stars

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This was a book I was super excited to read and in the end, I just kind of liked it. Claire Contreras is a very talented author, she wrote one of my favorite new adult books titled There is No Light in Darkness, and that book had all of the feels I love to see in a book. Plus it had Cole. If you’ve read that book, you understand.

So going into this:
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Kaleidoscope Hearts is the story of Estelle and Oliver. Oliver is Estelle’s brothers best friend, therefore Estelle is supposed to be off limits. But when Oliver was 19 and she was 16, the two forged a connection that would last throughout the years. That’s all I’m really going to say about the plot, the less you know the better.

I will say, I was a bit disappointed in the romance. I liked the connection the two had in the flashbacks, but their grand romance felt a bit forced. The majority of it they were both dating other people, so it was hard for me to believe they loved each other. And it was hard for me to believe Estelle was crushed when Oliver left for med school because they technically weren’t together, and he made her no promises. Yeah, it sucked that he left, but not to the point where she would cling to what happened years later and throw it back in his face.

Oliver, well, he’s not my favorite guy. I liked him, he seemed sweet but I thought he wasn’t very memorable. Sure he’s cute and he’s got a man-bun, which is sexy 90% of the time. But like I said, the whole relationship felt forced to me. And in the end, I didn’t care if they ended up together or not.

I feel like I’ve done nothing but bash this book and that’s not my intention. I enjoyed reading it, but I guess I hyped it up too much in my head. This book didn’t make me feel like this authors’ other books have before. It’s a sweet, predictable romance that I think lots of readers will enjoy.

PS: I read two different hair colors for Oliver in this book, blond at 59% and brunette at 91%. It drove me frickin crazy!!!

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