Thursday, 8 May 2014

How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
How to Meet Boys
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

How to Meet Boys(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

17-year-old Lucy and her best friend Mikayla are off to spend their summer in the small town where Lucy’s grandmother lives, working at her grandmother’s apple store, and maybe meeting boys.

Lucy is still hung up on Jackson – a boy she tried to kiss when she was 14, whilst Mikayla falls for a boy who nearly hits her with his car!

Can Lucy work with Jackson after the almost kiss? And who is the mysterious boy who nearly hit Mikayla but didn’t tell her his name?

This was an okay story, but I did find it a bit slow.

Lucy was an okay character, but I did think that she maybe overreacted and put too much emphasis on things at times. Everything was a little over dramatic, and while her previous encounter with Jackson was a little embarrassing, she may be made a bit more of it than she needed to. While she wasn’t pushy about it, I thought asking her grandmother about changing Jackson’s employment was a little harsh, and I was actually pleased when her grandmother told her to just get over it.

Mikayla was another okay character, but she could have been a bit more honest with Lucy. It wasn’t all that surprising that she felt a bit unsure about what to do about Jackson with the way Lucy was obviously still agonising over him, but at the same time she was risking her friendship with Lucy, which was a big deal considering that they were living together 200 miles away from home for the summer.

The storyline in this was okay, but I did find it a little predictable in places. Lucy’s mother was really annoying, and I would have been irritated with her too if I was Lucy. It did seem pretty obvious what was going to happen with regards to her mother’s wedding though.

There was romance in this, but other than Mikayla and Jackson’s first kiss I wasn’t really all that into it. If anything I got a bit bored with this book, and there just wasn’t enough there to really keep me entertained.

The ending was okay, but I thought it a little silly. Sure you can give us a happily ever after ending, but what the heck is going to happen at the end of the summer? It’s all very well them being all happy and lovey-dovey, but at the end of the summer they’ll be going back home – 200 miles away!

Overall; okay, but a bit dull,

6 out of 10.

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