Hi, friends! Today I am here with my first ARC review. Here’s to hoping I get better about actually reviewing books I’m reading in general, but it doesn’t necessarily seem like it will, at least not right now.
*eARC provided by the publisher via netgalley
Official summary from Goodreads:
Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.
Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .
This was a super cute and super fun, easy read! I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a cute and fluffy, slow burn romance.
Here’s what I really liked about it:
The discussion of family relationships and whether blood is what truly makes a family.
I am a firm believer in the idea that family is not defined by blood and always find it really interesting when books or other forms of media take on these topics. This book did a really good job of having characters have lines of conversations about families and the difference between being related by blood and being related by having actual emotional connections and I really enjoyed that aspect. Also, the family dynamics in general in this book were not the usual dynamics and I really liked how that was handled and once again, I liked how there were conversations about it between the characters.
The discussion of internet personas versus real personas and how easy it is for people to misconstrue things they see on the internet about other people’s lives.
I honestly think I chose the best possible time to read this book. I read this book while I was in the middle of a month long course on food blogs and what it takes to be a blogger and how people often have different personas on the internet than they do in their day to day life. This book did an amazing job of showing how different Claire and her whole family are in person in comparison to their online presence. Claire in particular shows how she has a completely different persona online, to the point where she feels her audience does not know who she really is.
Claire’s personality and narration.
Claire was an amazing narrator, I love her so much. For one thing, she acts like a teenager. I do not know why that seems to be such a rare thing in YA, which is supposed to be about teenagers, but it is. Claire, however, actually acts her age. She is funny, stubborn, and wears great tee shirts, I love her.
The very slow burn romance and how it seemed the whole plot didn’t revolve around it.
I did not necessarily realize this until this book, but I apparently live for slow burn romances. This one was perfect. Claire and Rafael were pulling on my heart strings and I just could not wait for the two of them to finally talk it out and get together. If you like slow burn romances, this is definitely the book for you.
Here’s what I didn’t really like:
How Claire almost refused to talk things out with her family.
There were points in the book where things would have been resolved without so much miscommunication and hurt feelings. I understand that the lack of communication was somewhat necessarily to keep mystery and suspense, but at points it just got annoying. Like, Claire, I love you, but please just go talk to your mom about all that is going on and let her explain.
How the end solution to some of the main problems just seemed kind of rushed and under explained?
That question mark is there because I am not sure now to explain this. I felt like the ending was very rushed, with a solution just being said and then done without any proper discussion or conversations about how everyone would feel about the solution. Once again, I understand why this was like this, but I would have loved for more of an explanation and more discussion about what the solution would actually mean for all of the characters.
This is a super cute and fluffy read that I would recommend it to anyone looking for a book that fits that description. It also contains lots of really good discussion on social media, blogging in particular, which was very interesting to read about. Also, this is super weird, but you know how sometimes you need a good, fluffy contemporary to get you out of a reading slump or something similar? I imagine this would be a great book for a scenario like that, especially since its a really easy read.