I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Entangled Teen Crush and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book.
Overall Rating: 4/5
Young adult contemporaries will always be something I enjoy. Even when the story is pretty predictable, which this one is, I still enjoy them. There’s something about them that is always just an easy and fun read for me.
In this particular story, Cat Turner has just been humiliated by a boy who she dated over the summer. She’s dreading going back to school because of a YouTube video that was posted, the school getting involved, and the editor of the school newspaper contacting her. Alex Locke, who is portrayed as the school’s “bad boy,” has just reinserted himself back in Cat’s life with a tin of his grandma’s famous heartbreak brownies.
This story definitely reminded me of The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West that I also read this month at first with the fake boyfriend aspect, but I was pleased that after the initial fact of a fake relationship was established it didn’t remind me of it anymore.
I really enjoyed the characters in this story. I loved that there are many sides to the characters. Cat is a great friend, an innovative writer, and a loving daughter. Alex may make himself seem like the bad boy at school, but he’s really a hard working person while also being smart and caring.
I adored the relationship between Alex and his grandmother. It was honestly one of my favorite parts of the story. I loved how attentive Alex is to her and how bad he feels that he can’t provide for her like he wants to.
I absolutely loved that the relationship wasn’t the only focus in this book. Sometimes young adult contemporaries are just a love story and lack something to be desired. This is definitely not the case with this book. Yes, there is a romance, several actually, but it’s not the only focus to the story. There’s a great mother-daughter relationship, amazing friendship stories, hard-working characters, characters who are trying to better themselves, redemption stories, and so much more.
Overall, I highly recommend. It was thoroughly enjoyable and satisfied all my cravings for a quick and easy read.