Wednesday, July 10, 2013

For Internal Use Only Review

For Internal Use Only
Author: Cari Kamm   
Release date: February 14, 2013
Genre:  Chick Lit /Contemporary romance
Age Group:  Adult
Finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards 

Chloe Kassidy has just been accepted into one of Manhattan’s most exclusive art exhibits, Love Through Light. However, with her singular dedication to her career, she soon realizes that in sacrificing her personal life, she has never been in love. A hopeless romantic who is terrified of heartbreak, Chloe begins to enlist the help of her circle of friends to learn about love through their very different stories and experiences. 

In Chloe’s emotional rollercoaster to having the greatest love story ever told, she’ll learn that like her photography she must use the negatives in life to develop and prove that she’s a strong woman who found her way to love through light.

Inspired by the notion that women grow up with ideas of true love and destiny, For Internal Use Only approaches those ideas with a decidedly twenty-first century viewpoint. A humorous love story with an edgy and dramatic twist, For Internal Use Only is a vastly entertaining novel that gives each of us a new fairy tale to look forward to: our own.

I rated For Internal Use Only two and one half leaves. I wanted to love this book; I really did. The synopsis sounded so intriguing; however, the storyline was slow and repetitive, and it was hard for me to connect with the characters for the most part. Granted, I one-hundred percent understood Chloe’s viewpoint on the subject of love. She loves the idea of love, but she is too afraid to take the risk for herself, making her guarded and contributing to her OCD-ness. I loved that she had a tight-knit circle of friends, but she completely shut them out once her “relationship” with Christoph starts developing. 
Let’s talk about Christoph. At first, his words made me “aww,” but as the book went on he started to annoy me. He never owned up to anything or reacted right. Then, there’s the small detail that he and Chloe haven’t met yet and spend the majority of the book trying to arrange their first meeting. That is, when they’re not fighting of course. Also, their whole “relationship” derives from texts and phone calls.  
If you enjoy photography, you will appreciate this story, because it includes lots of photography details. Cari Kamm was successful in writing how Chloe matures and finally finds herself over the course of a rollercoaster year. The plot twist and the ending are predictable, but happy nevertheless. For Internal Use Only included some sarcastic humor and ridiculous situations that I immensely enjoyed.

Cari Kamm has worked in the beauty industry for over a decade, building brands, working behind the scenes, and even selling her own skin care line. She has a master’s in clinical nutrition from New York University. Kamm currently works in corporate social media management with clients in the beauty, fashion, and restaurant industries. Living in New York City with her mutt Schmutz, Kamm loves finding inspiration in the most unexpected places, being a novelist, and convincing her fiancĂ© that ordering takeout and making dinner reservations are equal to cooking. More information can be found on her website, To check out the book trailer, click here:

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