Book Review: Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins

Here’s my take on Too Good to Be True by Kristan Higgins.

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When Grace Emerson’s ex-fiancé starts dating her younger sister, extreme measures are called for. To keep everyone from obsessing about her love life, Grace announces that she’s seeing someone. Someone wonderful. Someone handsome. Someone completely made up. Who is this Mr. Right? Someone…exactly unlike her renegade neighbor, Callahan O’Shea. Well, someone with his looks, maybe. His hot body. His knife-sharp sense of humor. His smarts and big heart.

Whoa. No. Callahan O’Shea is not her perfect man! Not with his unsavory past. So why does Mr. Wrong feel so…right?


Grace Emerson meets a perfect guy (well according to her, he was perfect), falls in love – she loved him more than he loved her. They are about to get married but a few days before the wedding, the wedding is called off. Even after fifteen months, she is not over him whereas her ex-fiancé is dating Emma’s sister already. In a desperate need to show everyone that she is over her ex-fiancé and no more a pity case or poor Emma, she makes (yes, makes not find) a boyfriend for herself. One thing leads to another and now she is dating a perfect imaginary guy.

On one hand, she has a perfect imaginary boyfriend; the guy of her dreams. On the other hand, there is her neighbor. An ex-con. A guy with a criminal record. A guy opposite of her dream man. A type of guy she couldn’t imagine herself falling for. Then why does she feels attracted towards him? Is it just a tiny attraction or something more? Who is this neighbor? What is his story? Is he attracted to Emma too? Read the book to find out the answers.

Coming to the review, the book is funny. The little incidents here and there in the book will make you laugh throughout. Kristan Higgins has done a commendable job when it comes to narrating the hilarious parts of the book. Mild warning from my side: your cheeks might hurt while reading this book. 😉

“We had an Irish maid when I was a child,” Mémé continued, looking sourly at Callahan. “Eileen, her name was. Or Irene. Possibly Colleen. Do you know her?” 
“My mother,” he said instantly. I choked on a laugh. 
“She stole seven spoons from us before my father caught on. Seven.” “We loved those spoons,” he said. “God, the fun we had with your spoons. Eating, hitting each other on the head, throwing them at the pigs in the kitchen. Happy times.”

Grace’s bond with her family, especially with her sisters, is beautiful. Good times or bad times, her family always stands together.

“When our mother came out to find what was keeping her girls, she found us helpless with laughter on the bench under the maple tree.”

Julian is the best-friend goals. He supports Grace throughout the journey like a best-friend should.

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The personality of Grace best comes out in front of her sexy neighbor. The timid, pushover Grace is all fierce, witty, and sarcastic with Callahan O’Shea. This change in her personality (or rather discovering of her true self) is refreshing and made me look forward to the scenes between the two.

“So this is a case of opposites attract?” Callahan asked. “I thought I just fired you,” I said.

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Grace’s love for her history made me like her even more. She is the perfect example of doing what you love no matter what people say about it.

The book was entertaining for me. I laughed while reading the book and went on this amazing life-changing journey of Grace with her. I really appreciate how the character(s) developed throughout the book. 

I’d like to rate this book 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found the writing style a tad bit confusing. If one is not focusing, it gets difficult to differentiate between the present and the past. Grace’s character was a big pushover in the start which was irritating. I was expecting some intense scenes between Grace and Callahan but there was very little romance. The interaction between Emma and Callahan, yes, but romance? No. For many chapters, even Callahan went MIA.


To anyone who is looking for something light and quick to read, you can go for this book. If you like to read Contemporary romance you might like the book. The book is more on the comedy side than romance. If you are having a bad day and want to have some laughter dose, pick Too Good to Be True. It has hilarious writing at few places and a pinch of light romance as well. If you are looking for some intense romance – sorry this book might disappoint you. I had fun reading it though, you can give it a try too.

Thank you and regards,

Kashish Agrawal

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