ARC Review | She’s the Worst

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.

Review:

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!

WWW Wednesday

Hello everyone!

Today Is WWW Wednesday! This is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s pretty simple, all you have to do is answer the three questions!

I feel like my reading has been a disaster over the past week. After finishing my first book of July, I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read next. In a 24 hour span I started but then put down 3 books. I don’t know what is up with me. I feel like this has happened quite a lot this year.

As always, if you’d like to know more about any of these books, I have linked all of their Goodreads pages!

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

I just started this book this morning and so far so good. It’s definitely keeping my attention which is exactly what I need right now!

She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller

Last month I was approved for my first ever e-ARC on Netgalley! I got a little excited & had to start reading it ASAP! She’s the Worst was such a fun book about a sibling relationship. My full review will be up sometime in August. Release date is September 3.

A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone

I’m not 100% sure about this yet. I’m hoping I have time to fit this book in before The Reading Rush starts next Monday!

What are you all reading right now??

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Goodreads TBR #3

This is a series where every other month I share 3-5 books I’ve recently added to my *to read* shelf on Goodreads! As always, if you’d like more information about any of these books, I have linked all of their GR pages.

She’s the Worst byLauren Spielller

Sisters April & Jenn 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 exploring the greatest hits of their childhood. April soon learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family apart.

I love books about sibling relationships. This seems like it’s going to be a mix of fun & hard hitting. I recently got an e-ARC of She’s the Worst & can’t wait to get into it. Release date is September 3.

A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone

When librarian Poe Markham takes the job at Thornchapel, she only wants two things: to stay away from Thornchapel’s tortured owner, Auden Guest, and to find out what happened to her mother twelve years ago. It should be easy enough—keep her head down while she works in the house’s crumbling private library and while she hunts down any information as to why this remote manor tucked into the fog-shrouded moors would be the last place her mother was seen alive. But Thornchapel has other plans for her…

So a lot of people read this during Smutathon last month & they seemed to really love it. I recently finished another book by Sierra Simone and it was SO good. I’m excited to read more from her.

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

In this YA dystopian girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

A few weeks ago I heard Korrina at Owlcrate talk about this book. She said she really enjoyed it but it was way too dark to use for a box. Just from the synopsis I can definitely tell The Grace Year is going to be difficult read. Release date is October 8.

That’s all for this month. Next round will be in September.

What have you added to your *To Read* shelf lately??

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