May 11, 2014

Title: How to Meet Boys

Series: Stand-Alone

Author: Catherine Clark

Expected Publication:
May 6, 2014

Publisher: HarperTEEN

Pages: 320

Genres: Young Adult ♥ Contemporary ♥ Romance

Source: Edelweiss

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 05/10/2014): 3.18

  • Christina thought this title was not her cup of tea. It goes on her bottom shelf.

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

♥ Initial Thoughts and Rating: 1.5 stars! Basically, I think this boils down to this book being for certain readers, and none of those readers were me. I struggled through so much of this book, and came close to labeling it “DNF” so many times. I can easily breeze through a book this length in a few hours… and this took me an entire week.

♥ The Lowdown: For Lucy and Mikayla, this is supposed to be a summer filled with friendship, independence, and learning to try new things and meeting new people, particularly in the male variety. Standing in Lucy’s grandparents’ cottage, both girls land a summer job, so they seem to be starting out on the right foot. That is until Lucy gets to work and learns that Jackson is her co-worker. Yes, the Jackson that is her ex-friend who humiliated her one summer three years ago and they’ve spent the entire time since ignoring one another. Awkward. Then on the way to Mikayla’s job, she’s almost in an accident with a certain hottie that she keeps bumping into around town and sparks fly. Only, it’s after a few interactions and some major chemistry that Mikayla learns that this mysterious attractive guy is in fact Jackson, the guy that crushed her friend a few summers ago. So, is she to risk her friendship for a potential relationship with the first guy that she’s ever had an actual conversation with or see how it all plays out?

♥ My Thoughts: I’m going to keep this pretty simple, and I’ll probably be more blunt than I’ve ever been in a review. The super short version is that I didn’t really like this book at all.

As for an extended version, I can list all the reasons why it didn’t appeal to me, though I’m not saying it won’t be the book for you. For one, I didn’t connect to any of the characters, not even the two main girls, which makes it extremely difficult to enjoy a book. The interactions felt forced and none of the dialogue flowed naturally. The dual narratives between Lucy and Mikayla felt unnecessary because they sounded nearly identical, except the fact that Lucy overreacted about everything and Mikayla tried to justify her total friend fail moments just to make herself feel better. Both facts for which I didn’t find myself exactly endeared to either character. The girls’ romantic interests also fell flat for me. I didn’t feel the spark, and then there was the insta-love that had me rolling my eyes to the heavens. Lastly, the drama was so dramatically dramatic that I felt dramatically overwhelmed by all the dramatic drama. Yes, in case you missed that, I’m saying there was drama. Drama. Draaaaama. It wasn’t even the good kind, and honestly I don’t think it was even realistic. So, I was hugely disappointed because it wasn’t anywhere near the fluffy, summery read I was expecting to get.

♥ Rec It? The only reason that I’m giving this 1.5-2 stars is because I saw potential in the plot and could see where other readers might enjoy this. Still, I can’t in good faith recommend anyone read this because there are so many other good books out there. IF you’re really interested in checking it out, though, the library is your friend.

♥ A very special thanks to HarperTEEN and Edelweiss for providing me with an early copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.

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