My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Family, School
Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has always had a plan—and no room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection comes toa screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Viv feels like a complete and utter failure.
Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Viv realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.
It’s too bad this book wasn’t published during summer, because it can make a cute summer read.
But then again, us living in Canada sure need books to make us feel warm during winter as well.
So no worries. You’ll hopefully enjoy this whatever season you’re in.
About the story, it’s light, though it does deal with meaningful matters/themes – cheating, lying, education and relationships.
HOWEVER, and this annoyed me, the author doesn’t develop them all in dept.
You’ll notice, the book is pretty sort – 260 pages – and, like I said, it’s fairly light, so my opinion is that the author should have eliminated some of those meaningful matters/themes and focused on the remaining ones in much more detail.
BUT, the main character has a young voice, so this will appeal to a 13-year-old-ish audience.
Because of that, I can’t say I blame this book for not having immense dept, as I do think the matters and themes it explores are prevalent in our society and worthy of appearing in this teen novel, despite their not satisfying me.
It’s a good story that I absolutely breezed through (it’s entirely fast-paced) and I was relatively curious about what would happen next, especially with Viv’s father and her future education-wise.
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