Wednesday, 7 September 2016

How to Make Out by Brianna Shrum

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss.
How to Make Out
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not in a cool Gossip Girl kind of way.

So, she decides to learn to do . . . well . . . everything. When her anonymous blog shifts in a more scandalous direction and the questions (and money) start rolling in, she has to learn not just how to do waterfall braids and cat-eye makeup, but a few other things, like how to cure a hangover, how to flirt, and how to make out (something her very experienced, and very in-love-with-her neighbor, Drew, is more than willing to help with).

As her blog’s reputation skyrockets, so does “new and improved” Renley’s popularity. She’s not only nabbed the attention of the entire school, but also the eye of Seth Levine, the hot culinary wizard she’s admired from across the home-ec classroom all year.

Soon, caught up in the thrill of popularity both in and out of cyberspace, her secrets start to spiral, and she finds that she’s forgotten the most important how-to: how to be herself. When her online and real lives converge, Renley will have to make a choice: lose everything she loves in her new life, or everyone she loves in the life she left behind.

How to Make Out by Brianna Shrum

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

How to Make Out “You’re right,” I tell him. “I love a challenge.”

This was a YA contemporary romance story, about a girl and two guys.

Renley was an okay character, although she seemed a bit dense at times. I really struggled to understand why she didn’t want Drew, especially when they had such chemistry, and the way she hurt Drew and her best friend April was pretty shocking.

The storyline in this had an absolutely huge hole in it. Renley decided to start a blog, and charge people to ask her questions, which seemed a bit of a poor idea given the google is free and does a better job. Not only that though, she somehow managed to get thousands of followers by doing absolutely nothing! In fact she sometimes didn’t even check the blog for a couple of weeks, yet still somehow got masses of page views and followers, which is totally unrealistic in my opinion.

The romance in this was also a bit frustrating, when Renley one minute seemed to be starting something with Drew, and then the next minute was making out with Seth!

The ending to this was okay, and things did work out okay in the end, I just wish that the book hadn’t had such a flawed storyline.

6 out of 10

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