**I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own**
Artifacts of an Ex was exactly the kind of summer contemporary romance read I needed to kick off the warmer months. Set in sunny Los Angeles, Artifacts of An Ex tells us Chloe's story as she is ripped away from her beloved New York and immersed in the high school art scene in Los Angeles. The book opens with her long-distance boyfriend breaking up with her via snail mail, returning all of her things. The break-up, while devastating, leads her to a whole new friend group, and one special friend in particular. Between helping run her ill grandmother's bakery, filming videos as a planner-focused influencer and curating art exhibits inspired by her own heartbreak, Chloe works to control every aspect of her life.
Through the story she soon learns not everything is within her control, especially love.
There's a lot to love about this book. The setting is deftly done and the characters are well rounded, generally kind human beings. The depth of the understanding of curation and the art community/artist process can wind over into feeling like you've stumbled into a college art class in some places, but the overall effect is well worth it. I definitely recommend this book for anyone look for a fun YA read with sweet characters you want to root for finding their happily ever after.