Published by Poppy on April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It's
practically every girl's dream.
But not Jules McCallister-Morgan's.
I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn't get to be the editor of my school's long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to "live a little," or boys. At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell**.And before Alex Powell betrayed me***.I know what you're thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don't understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I'm not going down without a fight. ----* Okay, I sort of did. But it's a sore subject.** I mean, I guess everyone knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was famous.***Some people think I'm overreacting. But this. Means. War.Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that's sure to have you falling for The New Guy.
So I am not a huge contemporary reader, I am more of a fantasy “ahh an alien” or a “oooh pretty red apple which I am 1000% perfect sure isn’t poisonous” type girl. When I first read the description of this book, the first word that came to mind was “Wattpad” and if you know me, you know that I love me my Wattpad books. So of course I was uber excited to read this book. The story was great I really liked it, but the characters…well let’s just say that I wanted to slap them MORE than once.
Let’s start of with the characters then save the best for last. My least favorite character was the main character Jules. Can we just talk about extreme OCD? Her life is a plan. I for one absolutely hate planning, so this just give me the cringe. And yes I do understand that this editing job is practically her entire life just like this blog is, and I understand how she would get mad if some TV news reporter tries to steal this chance from her. I get it. But she did over react. And by over react I mean that she literally DOVE into the sea of over react. Sea of Over React? Has a nice ring to it. I MEAN C’MON! She didn’t have to go all Prank v. Prank with them. Just have a mutual friendly discussion AND FORGIVE THAT FREAKING BOY!
Alex on the other hand I actually really liked his character. He tried to bond with Jules ever since the beginning and Jules being all her “I don’t have time for relationships” pushes him away until she goes “maybe just this one.” then OVER REACTS when he surprises her with him being on the Television series. If I were Alex I don’t think I could forgive Jules for that little stunt that she did, but he did forgive her and that is one of the main reasons I really liked him. He was the “boy band crush” that every one has. I had a “boy band crush” wait…did I? Oh my gosh. I AM HAVING A MID-TEENS CRISIS RIGHT NOW! I NEVER HAD A BOY BAND CRUSH! What is my life?! *cough* back to the book, Alex is awesome and sweet and quite lovable but JULES JUST HAD TO MESS IT UP UNTIL THE LAST CHAPTER!
The best friends. Natalie, Justin, Em, Sadie. I love them all. THEY ARE THERE FOR JULES WHENEVER THEY NEED HER BUT OH LITTLE MISS PERFECT ISN’T! I’m pretty sure this “review” has turned into a Jules rant by now…sorry about that. ANYWAYS! The best friends are one of the main reasons that I liked this book, if it weren’t for them my rating would be lower.
Story itself was exactly like a Wattpad novel, and I appreciate that it was. Would it be on my favorites list? Probably not, but I would probably like to reread it someday. And I would only reread it if somehow someway Jules is a completely different person. I really did like this story guys, and I am not a huge contemporary fan. I’m going to be honest with you and say that when I first finished this book I was hating on it, but now that I had time to think it over. It wasn’t the book that I hated, it was the main character itself that took up the space for hatred. Lesson learned.
P.S. Tell me who your boy band crush is! I still can’t get over the fact I never had one. *laughing face emoji even though I am not actually laughing*