*** Possible Spoilers Ahead! ***
Book Title: If I’m Being Honest
Author: Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
Main Theme: Romance, Young Adult, Fiction
Thesis: Cameron Bright is a young, bright student of one of LA’s most prestigious private schools, wear the children of celebrity’s and politicians roam the halls. Cameron can be summed up in one word: a bitch. She’s brutally honest and unfortunately lands her self in hot water in front of her new crush, Andrew. When Andrew calls her out for being such a bitch to everyone, she starts a new project for herself to win him back. She tries to right all the wrongs she’s made while at school, starting with apologizing to the girl she humiliated at a party, Paige. However, Paige doesn’t tolerate Cameron’s attempt at an apology and tells her that if she wants to be forgiven, she will have to work harder than that. That leads to Cameron trying to make amends with her brother, Brendon, who she started the nickname “Barfy Brendon” back in junior high. The more Cameron tries to win Andrew back, the more she has to make friends with this sort of crowd, but surprisingly, she doesn’t mind. They support her, the find out the truth about how mean and hard her dad is and how unhelpful her mother is at home. Towards the end of her “taming” project, Cameron learns that maybe she doesn’t have to be such a bitch, but also, she shouldn’t have to change herself to just win someone’s heart over.
What Drew Me In: Okay, you know that saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Okay, this totally happened to me. One of the perks of working at a library is that I can see everything new that comes in, and while taking the books out of the delivery boxes, I noticed this cover. This is NOT a typical read for me, as it seemed like too much of a “fluffy teen book” for me to read. But something about the cover, the sass it portrayed, made me stop and think that it would be a fun read, even if I didn’t review it. So I snatched it up when it was ready to go on the shelf.
My Thoughts: So while reading this book, I found myself not wanting to put it down. As stated before, this is not a book that I would normally read, but the way Emily and Austin (the authors) wrote this book, you found yourself really enjoying the characters and their plot lines. Cameron was pretty bitchy in the beginning, but you really start to feel for her as you learn the struggles she goes through; she has a standoffish dad who doesn’t give her the time of the day, and a mother who would rather sit on the couch and try the juice trends than provide for her and her daughter. You love Paige and Brendon’s dry, sarcastic sense of humor, everyone’s arch throughout the storyline. This book offers much more than meets the eye, and towards the end of the book, I’m happy for everyone’s happy ever after.
Would I recommend this book?: Yes, especially for teens or adults who are looking for a fun, quirky read. I see this book being a fun, popular read for the rest of 2019. Highly recommend picking this book up at your local library or store (Psst, Amazon has it as an Ebook as well!) and read this with your daughter, granddaughter, niece, whoever.
What is one of your favorite YA books? I’ve picked up several new ones, I’m excited to give them a try. Keep an eye out for the new ones coming up!
The Library Lady