Review: Project Hero by Briar Prescott

What if you accidentally fell in love with the right guy?

Synopsis:

Andy:

If my life was a movie, I would be the sidekick. Not an especially promising start when my plan is to finally let my best friend know I have a crush on him. No worries, though. I have a plan. I just need a complete makeover. Change everything about myself so that when Falcon returns from his summer vacation, he can finally see I’m the love of his life. I totally know what I’m doing here.

Well, not really.

If I knew what I was doing, I wouldn’t look like every nerd cliché wrapped into one awkward package.

In short, I’m screwed.

But then Law Anderson enters the picture…

Law:

It’s all very simple. I need somebody to tutor my hockey team, and Andy needs somebody to help him with his crush. Sounds like a match made in heaven.

Only the more time I spend with Andy, the more I like this quirky guy who makes me laugh, and pretty soon I’m the one who’s tutoring Andy in way more than we initially agreed upon.

It’s fine.

I have it all under control.

But as weeks pass and the chemistry between us turns explosive, I’m starting to think that I might be in way over my head with Andy.

If only I could make Andy realize that he doesn’t need to change himself for love. If only I could make Andy see that he just needs to be with somebody who has considered him perfect all along…

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Have you ever seen Can’t Buy Me Love (Dir. Steve Rash, 1987) or Oxford Blues (Dir. Robert Boris, 1984)? Project Hero written by Briar Prescott reminds me of those films and that time frame. When movies were about the teenage underdog and life was about a more innocent time.

Prescott does not place the hero in high school nor is the hero a heterosexual looking to pay someone to help him get his dream girl. Andy is a college virgin looking to finally land the love of his life who cannot see him. Andy creates his own summer project: himself. He is going to create a better version of himself to offer not only his love, but to the world to get better job prospects and opportunities.

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In walks all of his answers and problems in the character of Law. Prescott gives us the perfect foil to Andy. An automatic rom-com in the making. The entire time I was reading the story I was thinking that this book was the perfect 1980’s movie and just needed a soundtrack to go with it. There is nothing wrong with being a 1980’s movie, the story just felt familiar to me. I was expecting Ferris Bueller to show up any minute and start singing in a parade.

It could be just me (laugh) who responds this way to Project Hero. Prescott gives Hero all of the comforts of an ‘80s movie. For me, this is something I greatly need at this crazy time. Reading Andy’s story is a familiar one. Prescott makes his journey a fun one and though it is a familiar trope it is one you want to take with him. You want Andy to succeed in his project and finally see what we see all along. The Hero Prescott writes from the first page…or the opening credits as I read it. 

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:
Cover: Black Jazz Design
Editing: Louisa Keller at LesCourt Author Services; Proofreading: Jill Wexler @ LesCourt
Formatting: Leslie Copeland @ LesCourt
Pages: 251; Settings: Montpelier, VT, US

Mx. Phoebe’s Fave Quote from Project Hero:

“But I think there’s this inherent need within people, where each of us wants to be the hero.”

Law to Andy, Loc. 1440., Briar Prescott, Project Hero (2020)
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