Review: How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark

April 29, 2014 book review 3 ★★★★

I received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: How to Meet Boys by Catherine ClarkHow to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark
Published by HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Genres: Adolescence, Dating & Sex, Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult

Goodreads,

Find out what happens when you fall for your best friend's worst enemy in this timeless and hilarious story of a forbidden first love and forever friendship.

Lucy can't wait to spend the summer at the lake with her best friend, Mikayla. But when Jackson, the boy she's been avoiding ever since he rejected her, reappears in her life, Lucy wonders if this summer to remember is one she'd rather forget.

Mikayla's never had much luck talking to boys, but when she (literally) runs into the cutest guy she's ever seen, and sparks fly, she thinks things might be looking up...until she realizes the adorable stranger is the same boy who broke her best friend's heart.

As things begin to heat up between Mikayla and the one guy she should avoid, will Lucy be able to keep her cool or will the girls' perfect summer turn into one hot mess?

It’s almost summertime and with that comes my obsession with cute and fluffy contemporaries and an even bigger obsession with those that take place during the summer. HOW TO MEET BOYS is my first book of the season and I’m so happy that I had a chance to read and review it.

Lucy and Mikayla are best friends who are spending the summer together in a cute and very run down cabin that Lucy’s grandparents own. Lucy is planning to work for them at their apple store while Mikayla has a job at a local country club. Everything is running smoothly until the day that Lucy realizes that she will have to be working with a boy who used to be her best friend and ruined her life for a couple of years. Mikayla has never met this Jackson and unbeknownst to her at the time, starts falling for him after he ran her over. Tensions start to raise, their friendship is tested, and the summer goes a completely different way than expected.

The title of the book is HOW TO MEET BOYS. You’d probably think that we were going to get some sort of list or how-to in this regard but that’s not really the case here. Lucy has basically warded off boys since Jackson publicly embarrassed her a couple of years ago. Mikayla doesn’t have much experience in the boy department either. This summer becomes about branching out, stepping out of your comfort zone, and not being afraid to experience love. Both girls also learn how to manage having a possible boyfriend and keeping their friendship intact all at once.

Mikayla’s journey throughout the summer is quite different that Lucy’s. Mikayla quickly gets into a relationship but it’s with her best friend’s sworn enemy. She has to figure out the delicate balance between the two and how not to make them mad. She’s wants Jackson but Lucy is her best friend. If she stays with Jackson she may risk that friendship, but if she stops hanging out with Jackson, she may lose him. She is instantly love obsessed and it did drive me a little bit crazy how quickly she “fell in love.” This romance almost verges on insta-love. Some of the choices she made were extremely stupid and more times than not I was shaking my head at her actions. I can understand how new and exciting a new relationship is, but lying and going behind your best friend’s back is not okay with me! Lucy, on the other hand, has to learn to let the past go. This is something very hard for her and she has to learn how to be okay that her enemy from middle school, I might add, may be an okay guy and worthy to date her best friend. She can hold a grudge like no other and that’s what bothered me most about her. But guys, the character growth! These two pulled on their big girl pants and learned and grew so much over the summer, yay!

If you want a light contemporary that is a great book to lounge in the sun with a giant glass of sweet tea with, HOW TO MEET BOYS would be a good choice. Filled with summer, work, parties, boys, and friendships, it’s the epitome of a summertime read. While both Lucy and Mikayla could be immature at times, both girls have a strong friendship and desire to grow that made the book enjoyable.

4 Thought Clouds

 

Christine

3 Responses to “Review: How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark”

    • Christine P

      The romance moved a little too fast at times but I loved the focus on the friendship more than anything. You should read it! Hope you feel better, Brandi 🙂

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