Title: Just for Clicks
Author: Kara McDowell
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Synopsis: Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.
Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .
I received an ARC through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
Just for Clicks has been on my radar for awhile since I love contemporary so much and I thought this was a pretty unique take on social media in a book. The synopsis definitely intrigued me as well.
Just for Clicks is the story of Claire and Poppy who grew up in the spotlight of social media because of the blog their mom runs. Claire and Poppy are now vloggers and are popular through that, but Claire doesn’t want to be in the spotlight anymore. She wants to live a normal life and not have every moment of her day chronicled for the world to see. Poppy is the complete opposite. She wants to star in a reality show and be part of the spotlight.
I really enjoyed that after every chapter there were snippets of emails, text messages, forum posts, and voicemails. I think this made it feel a little more like you were part of the story as well as adding another layer to it.
I really enjoyed the slow burn romance! It had me on the edge of my seat wondering if and when it would ever happen. The moments between Claire and Rafael were definitely some of my favorites and I loved the interactions between them. I also found it really interesting that Kara McDowell wrote him as a characters who seems to be rather against technology. It was actually a little refreshing and it made things more interesting between him and Claire.
The drama and plot twist in the story felt a little like a soap opera. The ending was also a little rushed for me and I wish things would have been dealt with a bit better. The secondary characters were barely fleshed out and it’s a little hard to distinguish between them. Unfortunately, the same can be said about the relationship between Claire and Poppy. The two barely interact with each other until the very end of the story and even then it’s rather awkward in my opinion. The resolution of the story felt a little too easy and out of character for all those involved.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time while reading Just for Clicks. I think even with it’s small flaws, it’s a story that matters for the messages about social media and how we as a society view people on social media. It also does have a great message about family and social anxiety.
Is Just for Clicks a book you would read?