“Welcome to the dorkside. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. . .”
The lead character seems to embody something of what every teenage (and young at heart) blogger secretly, and not so secretly aspires to be – independant, cool for the people who matter, jetting off all around the world and earning huge sums of money doing something she loves. I also couldn’t stop loving the fact that’s it’s a novel about being a blogger – off centre cool has made it to the mainstream, yusss!
The basic story is centred around Jeane’s high school real life world vs. on the internet via her internationally recognised blog & Twitter personal about yoof – and one boy that she can’t seem to stop snogging. She come across more maturely than you would expect from a teenager, but most young people who live away from their parents from an early age do learn see the world in a much more adult way. As a couple her & Michael work really well, balancing each other in the best of ways.
The characters are cool, and it’s nice to be reading about geeky characters instead of the perfectly formed Venus and Adonis stereotypes which you seem to find in most gothic romance books. I couldn’t put it down and laughed out loud more than a few times. The troubles along the way; dealing with her less than nuclear family, her living situation, not to mention boy troubles and usual High School dramas are all carried out with flair in thrifted clothing and a whirl of coloured hair. She is a lovable character for her outer fierceness and inward turmoil, and her love interest is a perfect foil and balance for her impetuos ways.
“It’s all about being who you want to be rather than what you’re expected to be.”
And that ^ is why you should read this.
Disclaimer: I didn’t realise until writing this post, that the book is meant to be teen fiction (15+). Please don’t judge me too harshly – I’ve good pretty good bookworm credentials; I’ve read many classics, To Kill a Mockingbird, Most of Jane Austen and Dickens works, Pride and Prejudice several times (including with Zombies), Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and a host of non-reviewed books.
It’s also a mark of how good it is.
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