She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young
Release Date: September 3rd 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Sisters April and Jenn haven’t been close in years. Jenn’s too busy with school, the family antique shop, and her boyfriend, and April would rather play soccer and hang out with the boy next door.
But when April notices her older sister is sad about staying home for college, she decides to do something about it. The girls set off to revive a pact they made as kids: spend an epic day exploring the greatest hits of their childhood and all that Los Angeles has to offer.
Then April learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family—and their feuding parents—apart. With only one day to set things right, the sisters must decide if their relationship is worth saving, or if the truth will tear them apart for good.
This book did not go as expected. I was expecting drama and cute stuff, but instead I got DRAMA and really interesting family dynamics and relationships! The synopsis (and title) did a really good job of getting me interested but not spoiling any of the story which was a great surprise!
I truly did not expect to finish this book as fast as I did. While the secret wasn’t as juicy as I thought it would be, the impact it had was very big and the way that all the different points of views were revealed throughout the story really made it more connectable and addicting.
Both MCs (Jenn and April) were equally as frustrating and so real and three dimensional. There were so many parts that I related to as an older sibling, but I also related to each of their point of views to the point where it was frustrating because they really REALLY needed to communicate! But that’s what made the book so addicting and dramatic and great to read! Dramatic irony isn’t something I usually become frustrated with, but this made me feel like I was watching a soap opera. The emotions were HIGH.
As for the side characters, Nate is a sweet little boy I will protect forever! Shruthi and her other friend were also great, though not as highlighted.
I think it was so important to see the relationship—however “not great” it was. To see each of their stories and how they felt and GOD THEIR PARENTS MADE ME SO MAD. The fact that this invoked such raw anger and emotions from me speaks volumes because that shows how great the writing was and how well done the characters were developed.
It was honestly refreshing to see such real and flawed characters in the story!
Without spoiling or going into detail about the rest of the story, I really liked how everything panned out. The ending was bittersweet which I really love because it’s more realistic. And it was just overall a highly recommendable book.
If you like three dimensional relatable characters, interesting sister dynamics, incredibly frustrating parents that seriously made me super angry, little road trips down memory lane, pre college summer adventures, drama and rollercoasters of emotions—or shall I say ferris wheels?— and beautiful character arcs this is definitely the book for you!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lauren Spieller is an author and literary agent who lives in New York with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found drinking lattes, pining for every dog she sees, or visiting her native California. She is the author of Your Destination is on the Left and She’s the Worst.
Photo Cred: Dave Cross Photography
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