Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell
This book comes out on February 19th! Be sure to check it out!
(I received this as an e-ARC from netgalley!)
This is a debut novel by Kara McDowell and it was definitely a pleasant surprise! Twin sisters Claire and Poppy are social media sensations. You could say they were born into the business, as their mom is a famous fashion/mommy blogger. While Poppy loves the fame and the “influence”, Claire is the complete opposite.
Claire goes through a journey of self-discovery as she battles with her “privacy” and identity. And let me tell you, this is not your generic cute story. Oh, no! This was a fun rollercoaster of emotions!
Secrets are revealed and CRAZINESS ensues!
I did not expect what would happen, which made this story all the more exciting! Though I found Claire a bit too cynical, I could totally understand where she was coming from. Her entire life is online for everyone to enjoy, and that definitely comes with cons. And of course, people can act jealous… I mean… they get free clothes and get to travel places! Who wouldn’t want that?
It was definitely an interesting discussion, especially because one sister enjoyed the life while the other just wanted to live her own life and be herself!
When I started the book, I was skeptical, because what kind of mother puts her daughters’ lives online without really thinking about the consequences? Why doesn’t anyone realize Claire doesn’t like the lack of privacy? And I really liked that it made me think about checking myself… I shouldn’t judge a person’s parenting styles, right? It’s hard… and it’s definitely easier to judge when you’re anonymous online!
Not only does this novel bring this into discussion, but it also has the perfect cute little romance! I’m a sucker for cute boys that are enthusiastic and sassy! Rafael is a pure angel and so fun to read! He’s new to school and Claire is Just Claire… no online persona necessary! And it’s ADORABLE, OKAY?!
I loved reading their friendship and screaming “JUST KISS ALREADY” during certain scenes! I loved the interesting relationship between the twins and how different they were, but how they still stuck up for each other!
Kara McDowell really did an amazing job creating a fun and unique story involving common tropes! She made it her own and definitely surprised me (and I’m not always surprised!)! I would recommend this to anyone who likes teenage angst, social media and how it affects day to day life, cute friendships and sassy characters, interesting family drama, and a rollercoaster of emotions!
This was funny, sad, and dramatic! Everything I didn’t know I was going to get, and it was PERFECT.