A contemporary YA novel about growing up and learning that loving yourself is more important than trying to be perfect.
AP Exams – check
SAT test – check
College Application – check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check
Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has always had a plan—and no room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection comes toa screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Viv feels like a complete and utter failure.
What I expected to be another cutesy but relateable story about a stressed out nerd actually turned out to be a well crafted novel with developed characters, real issues, and a moral of "ultimately, you've got to face things and fix them" AS WELL AS "It's okay to totally break down and cry because mistakes and life UGH"
Usually, I find one or the other: Good plot or Good storytelling. This book had both. I liked the way each chapter was formatted, and read this book quite a bit faster than I read my other ebooks this week (largely in part to sitting down for an hour and a half to read it instead of only reading it in ten minute increments throughout my day.)
I mean, without really giving anything away, Viv is dealing with some really grown up stuff as a teenager--sculpting her future; juggling feelings of guilt about her dad leaving after she makes a mistake, the mistake itself, and tests that lead to her having panic attacks; and trying to explain how not-okay she is to her family while also protecting her little sister, who just wants everything to be okay.
This is a great book for you, a friend, a teacher, anywhere from ages 12 and up. Heck, just buy a box and tuck them in random corners during Finals so stressed out students can find a great distraction.