Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publishing House: HarperTeen
Number of pages: 320
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
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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.
After seeing negative review after negative review for this novel, I’ve already lowered my expectations and braced myself for what was to come. That being said, I still couldn’t enjoy the novel at all. In fact, I basically rolled my eyes throughout the whole thing!
There are two main stories in this one: Mikayla’s and Lucy’s. I found both main characters to have sort of juvenile voices–I couldn’t picture them being–how old are they again? 16? 17? Anyhow, the narration was a bit more middle grade-esque rather than YA. Let’s admit that there aren’t a lot of teen girls who “can’t” talk to boys. Kids, sure. There’s the whole cooties thing we’ve all experienced in grade school. Girls from an all-girls school? Acceptable. But Mikayla was your ordinary teen. Except that she “couldn’t talk to boys.”
“I was good at lots of things and confident about that. There was just one thing that made me feel completely inept, and that was talking to guys.”
Oh my God, shut up and pull yourself together, girl!
“Jackson.” Only my mouth was all tense because my jaw was clenched so it came out as “Shee-shaw.”
What the fuck? Does Jackson sound ANYTHING AT ALL like Shee-shaw?
Now, another thing that bothered me a lot was how LONG it took the Mikayla to find out who Jackson was. (I’m not spoiling anything, right? It’s in the synopsis.) This part of the story dragged on forever. The first thing I ask people when we meet is what their name is. Okay, they didn’t meet in a normal circumstance, but why didn’t she ask for his name during their second meeting? I would not want to bond or hang out with people if I didn’t know who they were.
We also have a load of characters who were just THERE and hardly had any purpose. They were just props to make “spice up” the plot. There’s Ava, the third wheel in their group. I felt like she was just thrown into the story for no reason at all, and even falls asleep while Lucy explains her problem! Lucy’s mom doesn’t do a much, aside from embarrassing Lucy. There’s also Jackson’s troubled brother who I thought would play a big role in the story but didn’t do anything.
There were two romantic storylines as well. Jackson and Mikayla had this insta-love that was boring as hell. I didn’t care about them at all and just wanted them to stop getting on my nerves. I liked Lucy and Gus a lot better. They got to know each other a bit, and had these cute little flirty moments that made me smile a bit.
“Boyfriend, girlfriend,” Jackson said. “Me, you.”
What are you, a dating robot?
“I had no “talk to cute boys” function. My model was lacking that. I needed an upgrade.”
Ah, great. Both of you are robots. Don’t you guys make a happy couple?
The writing style was
okay not okay. Some things were a bit repetitive and were mentioned over and over. Oh wait, there was this: “Seriously?!?!” Yep. My eyes rolled, obviously. “?!?!” is not something I want to see in published novels. It comes of as unprofessional rather than realistic.
Friendship… WHAT FRIENDSHIP? When my friends and I have crushes on guys, even if they’re at THE SAME TIME, we just laugh it off and joke about it. We don’t ignore each other and pretend to be fine with it if we’re not! Real friends don’t let guys get in the way of their amazing friendships, okay?
How to Meet Boys was definitely not my type of book, and I’m not sure whose type it might be. Give it a shot and test it out at your own risk. Well, that turned out more rant-y than I expected. To be honest, this whole post was going to be a compilation of the book’s idiotic quotes plus GIF reactions to them, but that wasn’t enough to sum everything up.