Title: She’s the Worst
Author: Lauren Spieller
Release date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
My rating: ★★★★
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
In She’s the Worst we follow sisters April & Jenn who haven’t been close in years. They have different priorities. When April notices her sister is sad about staying home from college, she decides to to something about it. The sisters spend a day revisiting memories from their childhood. April soon learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family apart.
I have to admit, I went into this book thinking it would be a fluffy contemporary, but oh was I wrong! She’s the Worst hit me pretty hard. There is so much emotion throughout the story and I was just not expecting it.
I really liked both of the sisters, but wow they are completely different people. April is a soccer star who is carefree & outgoing. Jenn, on the other hand is a bookworm who likes everything to be perfect & tidy. When they were kids, the two were best friends, but as they got older they started to drift apart and now their relationship is hang on by a thread. Throughout the story we see April and Jenn work through their differences and try to rebuild their relationship. The author did a fantastic job showing how complex sibling relationships can be. I have three siblings myself so at times I could definitely relate to how April & Jenn felt about each other.
I absolutely loved getting to see a little bit of LA! I don’t travel much, but Los Angeles is a place that I have always wanted to go to, so getting a tour of the city was fun. Since April and Jenn have a rocky relationship, I figured the Special Sister Day would have a few bumps in the road, but not quite as many as there actually was. I wish there would have been a few stops that didn’t turn sour. It would have been nice to have at least one activity be a good childhood memory for both of the sisters.
I know this is titled She’s the Worst, but for real, the parents were the absolute worst. They were awful. Their relationship is so unhealthy. Not only do they act like children and argue over everything, but Jenn is left to be the adult and mediator between them. They are also unbelievably selfish. They do not care about their kid’s feelings or their future at all. I don’t think I have never hated two fictional characters so much n my life.
My favorite part of She’s the Worst was the romance. It was so swoon worthy! This book has my favorite trope of all time & I was LIVING for it. I saw it coming from the very beginning and when the two finally got together my heart was so happy!
Overall, I enjoyed She’s the Worst. It was an emotional roller coaster to say the least. If you are looking for a book with a realistic sister relationship, I highly recommend picking this up on September 3, 2019!