Thursday, June 5, 2014

How To Meet Boys by Catherine Clark [Review]

How to Meet Boys3.5 out of 5 Robots!

How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release: May 6, 2014
Paperback:  320 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Find out what happens when you fall for your best friend's worst enemy in this timeless and hilarious story of a forbidden first love and forever friendship.

Lucy can't wait to spend the summer at the lake with her best friend, Mikayla. But when Jackson, the boy she's been avoiding ever since he rejected her, reappears in her life, Lucy wonders if this summer to remember is one she'd rather forget.

Mikayla's never had much luck talking to boys, but when she (literally) runs into the cutest guy she's ever seen, and sparks fly, she thinks things might be looking up...until she realizes the adorable stranger is the same boy who broke her best friend's heart.

As things begin to heat up between Mikayla and the one guy she should avoid, will Lucy be able to keep her cool or will the girls' perfect summer turn into one hot mess?

Catherine Clark, the author of beach-read favorites Maine Squeeze and Love and Other Things I'm Bad At, has once again crafted a hilarious and spot-on portrayal of what it's really like to be a teenager. Readers will love this irreverent coming-of-age story…and will be breathlessly turning the pages to find out what happens next.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Lucy and Mikayla are spending the summer living by themselves in a quaint cottage and working in Bridgeport.  Lucy is working at her grandparents' Apple Store (quite literally, a store that sells apples), when she discovers her coworker is a Jackson, a local boy who rejected her in 8th grade.  It's been three years, but Lucy is still not over it.  Mikayla, meanwhile, meets Jackson and falls for him without ever realizing he is THE Jackson.  Eventually Lucy finds out and is upset at Mikayla's betrayal, while Mikayla wonders how she can keep both Jackson and Lucy. 

The thing is...this is about the only thing that happens in the book.  There is really not much else going on other than the Mikayla-Jackson-Lucy situation.  But even this "drama", it did not feel very dramatic.  Lucy and Mikayla actually handle the situation more maturely than most YA characters would and manage to have conversations with each other.  The feelings were realistic on both sides and I couldn't really fault either girl.  But all of this made for a kind of boring book. 

Depending on how well you remember high school drama, this book may resonate with you more than it did with me.  I felt like everyone one just kind of needed to get over it.  I don't know.  The situation felt very much like a situation that would have happened in high school.  And it was handled about the same way as it would have been in high school.  It just wasn't that interesting to me. I just wish the plot involved more than a disagreement between friends.   

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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