cover image Tangled Up in You

Tangled Up in You

Christina Lauren. Hyperion Avenue, $15.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-368-09283-8

Bestselling writing partners Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, writing as Lauren (The Paradise Problem), spin another convincing romance, the fourth in the multiauthor Meant to Be series of contemporary fairy tale adaptations (after Zoraida Córdova’s Kiss the Girl). For the first 22 years of her life, Ren Gylden was kept isolated and homeschooled in rural Idaho by her prepper parents, Steve and Gloria. But after she wins a scholarship to Corona College, Ren’s parents reluctantly consent to let her experience the real world, as long as she comes home every weekend, stays off the internet, and doesn’t date, wear makeup, drink alcohol, or go anywhere except to classes and the library. Among her new classmates is Fitz, who was adopted as a teen by a wealthy man who needed some good PR. Though everyone assumes Fitz is rich, he’s working his own way through college and attempting to graduate at the top of his class to earn a judge’s promised recommendation to seal his juvenile criminal record. After a class assignment involving a DNA test, Ren learns a shocking secret about her family and persuades Fitz to let her tag along on a road trip he’s taking to Atlanta so she can investigate further. The road trip is fun and eventful with a satisfying twist awaiting Ren at the end. This is a delight. (June)