Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, YA, Romance
Adventure Rating: 3 Stars
I don’t normally read contemporaries, but I’m glad I picked this up! I had just read a heavier book and was in a bit of a funk over it, so this was the perfect fun, fast, cute read! It was sort of a pallet cleanser for me. And even though I had a couple of issues with it, I am still interested in reading the other books in the series!
The thing I did really like was the plot! I’m a sucker for a fake dating plot! I think they are so funny and cute and how could it not create a little va-va-voom between the characters?!
Okay the issues I have are a little sporadic. I liked all of the characters but they all had some major flaws. Maybe it’s my age (27), so I couldn’t relate anymore, I don’t know. Also, let me say, that I have had quite a few people tell me I reminded them of Lara Jean when I was in high school.
Lara Jean. She was so cute and naive. But I hated that she had a crush on her sister’s ex, Josh. Not that she did in the first place, but that she did after they broke up. Now, I don’t have sisters, only brothers, so maybe I don’t understand how she could do that. It just seemed kind of icky.
Josh. I know a lot of people liked him, but he was my least favorite character. He was kind of a schmuck, but acted like the nicest guy. Maybe he was both?
Peter. He was kind of the opposite of Josh. He was a sarcastic meanie some of the times, but he was actually really nice.
Also, I’ve got to say Margot was kind of annoying. She dumps her boyfriend so she can have fun in college. Wow. So mature…
Do y’all read contemporaries? What do you like?
*Disclaimer for CONTENT WARNING. This is so parents can make a decision. It does not necessarily reflect my personal views.
CONTENT WARNING: They are in high school so lots of sex talk and some bullying. Kissing scenes. Minor swearing.
OTHER CONTENT: Strong friendships, family bonds, forgiveness, how to navigate bullying.
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