Okay, so it’s time for another BookCon ARC review! This is one that I picked up kind of randomly from Swoon Reads, but I usually love Swoon Reads books, so I was pretty excited. Unfortunately, it really fell short for me.
The problem is that the entire book is one cliche after another. The other problem is that the characters are huge cliches. The third problem is that Kate is an idiot. I was actually going to give this book two stars because it’s not like it’s the worst thing I’ve ever read, but then I couldn’t come up with a single thing I liked about it, so one star it is.
I feel like a lot of the problems I had with this book would be considered spoilers, and since this is an ARC review, I don’t want to do that, so here are some sentences about what I disliked, sorry that some of them are super vague:
- The love interest, Michael, is a Cute Boy Who Smokes and that’s it, that’s his character. Over 362 pages, he really isn’t expanded much from that initial impression.
- Kate calls her dad “Coach,” which is the weirdest thing and I couldn’t get over it.
- Kate is also really dumb, like she doesn’t know what an administrative assistant is and she wonders what the “curious” orange-red pasta sauce is and it’s… wait for it… marinara, definitely the most exotic of all the pasta sauces.
- Michael has a girlfriend, which is not a spoiler since it’s in the synopsis that I should have read before picking up this book.
- I feel like age differences really aren’t that big of a deal once you’re a legal adult, but a six-year age difference when you’re only sixteen years old is a lot and it’s never once addressed.
- There’s this random scene where a group of girls attack Kate for hanging out with Michael and it just doesn’t make any sense.
- There are just really strange sentences that shouldn’t have made it past an editor.
- Every boy is in love with Kate because why not.
- The BIG PLOT TWIST involving Kate’s best friend from before she moved is so painfully obvious that I actually rolled my eyes at the big reveal.
- Every character is incredibly overdramatic. (“She turned and left me there, alone with my peanut butter and my own guilt.”)
Some quotes that I actually liked so I can end this review on a semi-positive note:
- “Patrice kept talking. She must not have realized that I was dying.”
- I groaned, pressing the heels of my hands into my eyes. “Just leave me here. I’m such a mess.”
“Messes aren’t so bad. People who have it all put together are overrated.”
- “Is there a limit to how much you’re allowed to complain about something? I don’t remember them passing that law. I have a feeling people wouldn’t stand for it.”
Have you read How to Breathe Underwater? Is it on your TBR?
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