Saturday, 3 May 2014

Review: How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark

Title: How to Meet Boys
Author: Catherine Clark
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4/5 Stars

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.

(From Goodreads)

Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book whatsoever; it's my true opinion only.  

I received an e-book of this from HarperTeen via Edelweiss. Thank you to the publisher for giving me a chance to read and review this.

Contemporary is one of my favourite genres at the moment. Especially when it comes to the summer. All you want to do is curl up on the beach and read a romance book.
Contemporaries are very realistic and always seem to contain something that you can relate to. 

This was a story about friendship, romance and trust. The general message that it gave was to trust each other, and not let guys get in the way of friendship. 

The story is told from two perspectives: Lucy and Mikayla.

Lucy comes across as very mature. Because of something that happened in her past, she finds it hard to get close to guys and to trust them. It results in her running away. All Lucy wants to do is to get away and have fun with her best friend. 

Mikayla is a character that I liked. She is so nice and kind. She puts her friends first as she cares for them so much. For once in her life she is torn between being a good friend to Lucy, and being with a guy she adores. 
I did applaud her for a decision she did near the end. She did the right thing by putting her friend first. That is what made me love her. 

Jackson seemed a little sketchy at times, but he really did make Mikayla happy when they were together. 

Ava is an awesome friend. She came at the right moment and stood up for both ends of the friendship. She was like the "mother" of the three.

Lucy, Mikayla and Ava have one of those friendships that people (including me) would die for.

I like how the book was structured. We get to see the story from both girl's point of views. 
The chapters also had a short to decent length. 

The writing was really good. It's clear and easy to understand and flowed nicely. 

The beginning of the book was straight in. I knew the story was going to be fun as soon as I began. 
The end of the book was really sweet and perfect. 

So overall I did enjoy this book. It's very close to being one of my favourite contemporaries. 
I gave this book four out of five stars.

This is definitely one of those books to read in the summer. A definite hit for all contemporary lovers out there. Keep your eye out for it! 

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I hope you have enjoyed this review.

Happy reading =)


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