The Truth About Happily Ever After

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Love doesn’t always work out the way fairy tales tell us it should in this sweet romance about learning how to move on from a broken heart.

Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long–distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa's perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn't have to do it alone. With her friend Miller's support, she's determined to prove that she's more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she's finally ready for something better than dreams... Maybe she's ready for something real.

From Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud, comes The Truth About Happily Ever After, a charming, uplifting young adult novel for the princess in all of us.

Praise for Karole Cozzo:

“A budding romance with family drama and a feel-good ending.” —School Library Journal on How to Say I Love You Out Loud

"A wonderful, heartbreaking book which will stay with you.” —Danika Stone, author of All the Feels, on How to Keep Rolling After a Fall

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About the author

Karole Cozzo, author of How to Say I Love You Out Loud, How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, and The Truth About Happily Ever After, lives outside of Philadelphia with her loving husband, unendingly exuberant daughter, and eternally pleasant son. She is a school psychologist by day and a lover of all things colorful and creative by night. Karole spends her free time drawing with her young artists-in-residence, making photo books, decorating her home, and of course, writing.
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May 16, 2017
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Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Eating Disorders & Body Image
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Praise for Karole Cozzo:

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall:

"This is how a Young Adult novel is done. ” —Teamskelley, Goodreads Reviewer

How to Say I Love You Out Loud:

"A budding romance with family drama and a feel-good ending.” —School Library Journal

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