Last Call at Happies! Tonight, 8 P.M. Senior Class Only! Please with the Shhhh….
This is it. Graduation. And Vic Navarro is throwing the most epic party Rancho Soldado has ever seen. She’s going to pull off the most memorable good-bye ever for her best friends, give Happies—the kitschy restaurant that is her desert town’s claim to fame—a proper send-off into bankruptcy, and oh yes, hook up with her delicious crush, Jake Zavala-Kim. She only needs to keep the whole thing a secret so that her archnemesis, Miss Ann Thrope, Rancho Soldado’s nightmare Town Councilwoman and high school Economics teacher, doesn’t get Vic tossed in jail.
With the music thumping, alcohol flowing, bodies mashing, and Thrope nowhere to be seen, Vic’s party is a raging success. That is, until Happies fans start arriving in droves to say good-bye, and storm the deserted theme park behind the restaurant. Suddenly what was a small graduation bash is more like Coachella on steroids with a side of RASmatazz pie. The night is so not going as planned. And maybe that’s the best plan of all.
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: Actual rating of 3.5 stars! With a sassy heroine and her two tried-and-true, Cuddle Huddle besties, the wrong guy, the right guy, and one last post-graduation celebratory hoorah at a theme park set for demolition, Kill All the Happies had me anticipating the worst but relishing in all the epicness of the best of times in this story that kept me laughing and turning the pages. I couldn’t have predicted how awesome this night would turn out for the characters in this book filled with one disaster after the next trying to interrupt their fun-flow, or how frustratingly human some of those characters would turn out to be by the end.
One thing I do know is this: Cohn captured the teen spirit like none other and this book was–forgive the language, but our heroine, Vic, and her beloved Bev Happie would definitely approve–a fucking riot!
♥ Review: Let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way, shall we? The thing is there is nothing live-shattering or earth-moving about the premise of this book. It’s doesn’t include a philosophical plot or verbose prose to make you ponder the deeper meaning of life. Hell, half of the time it borders on absolute absurdity, but the point of this novel (to me) was fun times, teenage debauchery, and to be a book that doesn’t make you have to think too damn hard, and, as a matter of fact, I appreciated it for its simplicity. It had a fun cast of main and secondary characters (though, admittedly, some of them could have been fleshed out just a tad more) and a kind of insane plot built on the ideals of a teenage girl at the cusp of adulthood during the height of her revenge plot and lusty thoughts for her best friend’s older brother. Perhaps it was the right book at the right time, but the truth is, I enjoyed it. I laughed out loud and traversed this ridiculousness of it all with the characters until the very end. I don’t want to go too much in-depth in regards to the plot, so I won’t. However, I do want to add that it’s definitely an experience, that’s for sure.
I think the best part for me was the friendships and how even the best of friends have their secrets and their flaws even within a tiny group such as the Cuddle Huddle. Oh, they fought–did and said some hurtful things–but in the end, the resiliency they had to overcome that tiny bit of bad in a time when so much of their lives was changing was perfect. We’re human. We screw up, we will all inevitably make mistakes, some of them will even be huge ones, and the people you can always count on to support you even when you mess up the most is your best friends, and Vic was mighty damn lucky to grow up with the group she did.
As for what I didn’t necessarily love, well, the pacing lulled in so many places for me. If I wasn’t so keyed up to see how the night would unfold from all the various shenanigans and the wild crowd in attendance, then I imagine it would have taken me quite a lot longer (than my already-longer-than-usual-reading pace) to finish this.
♥ Teaser Quote:
The two of us headed toward the Happies back door as Slick called to us from the Chug Bug. “I love you so much the moon farts snowflakes.”
I called back, “We love you so much we’d even slay Bambi’s mom if she got all up in your shit.”
Fletch said, “We love you so much that afterward we’d take you with us in our murder-suicide pact ‘cuz we’re so distraught for being such fuckheads who’d kill Bambi’s mother.”
“Aw, you guys are the best,” said Slick. “I love you so fucking much.”
“SHUT UP!” the brothers Z-K said.
–quote taken from the ARC of Kill All the Happies, pg. 109
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♥ Rec It? Sure! The pacing may not have had my heart racing but the entertainment of this crazy cast certainly kept me flipping the pages.
♥ A very special thanks to Disney-Hyperion (especially the lovely Ms. Cassie) for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.
*Disclaimer: An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher 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.
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I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥
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