Review: How To Meet Boys by Catherine Clark!

Review: How To Meet Boys by Catherine Clark!How To Meet Boys
by Catherine Clark
Published By: Harper Teen
Format: eARC
Release Date: 05/06/14
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 320
Source: ARC received for review purposes
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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?

Catherine Clark, the author of beach-read favorites Maine Squeeze and Love and Other Things I’m Bad At, has once again crafted a hilarious and spot-on portrayal of what it’s really like to be a teenager. Readers will love this irreverent coming-of-age story…and will be breathlessly turning the pages to find out what happens next.

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

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This was a cute and light book and a good way to pass the time.  Unfortunately, other than that, it didn’t really do much for me.  I think I was just expecting something else from the summary.  Although I love YA, I have a hard time connecting with characters that act this young.  For some reason, these weren’t realistic 17 year old girls.  I also wasn’t expecting this story to be told from both Lucy and Mikayla’s POV’s.  I would have much rather have preferred if the story was just told from Mikayla’s POV since Lucy really annoyed me…

Lucy and Mikayla are excited to be spending their summer on their own at Lucy’s grandparents house while getting summer jobs.  Lucy is shocked to find out that she has to work at her grandparents store, The Apple Store (a real apple store), with Jackson.  A former friend who apparently broke her heart and embarrassed her 3 years ago.  Mikayla has heard all about the Jackson incident and doesn’t like him on principal, like any friend would.  She’s never met him and has no idea what he looks like though.  When Mikayla runs into Jackson (without knowing who he is), there’s a flirty and cute attraction between them.  Poor Mikayla is horrible at talking to boys and she mostly stammers through their first conversations.  Though they’ve talked a few times and have flirted, Mikayla still doesn’t know this guy’s name so she has no idea that he’s THE Jackson that broke Lucy’s heart years ago.  When she does, Mikayla keeps it a secret (for a little while) while she tries to figure out the best way to let Lucy know that she’s crushing on the guy who broke her heart.

You’re probably thinking that Mikayla is a bad friend for this, but I never did.  First of all, this big and horrible thing that Jackson did that broke Lucy’s heart was so stupid and pointless.  She basically tried to kiss him and he told her he didn’t want to.  That was it.  Sure, rumors were spread about this but this was by far the incident that Lucy made sound like it was some terrible and horrible tragedy.  My main problem with this story was Lucy.  She was such a silly character and she acted more like a 15 year old.  After a few awkward interactions with Jackson, she starts being friends with him again.  She doesn’t have feelings for him anymore but is upset when she finds out Mikayla has been flirting with him.  Even if Mikayla didn’t know it was the same guy.  Lucy then tells Mikayla that she is okay with her dating Jackson, since she’s over him, but when Mikayla does that, she freezes her out and acts like a bratty girl who isn’t getting her way.  I thought it was silly that she was okay with being friends with Jackson, but she almost refused to talk to Mikayla.  The few conversations she did have with her were kind of bitchy. I totally understand that keeping the truth from Lucy (even if it was for a very short time) was not the best idea.  But it’s not like Jackson was ever Lucy’s boyfriend or what he did was really that bad.  He just wasn’t into Lucy all those years ago.

Despite my general feelings of annoyance over Lucy’s character most of the time, I still enjoyed the book.  Mikayla’s parts were much more entertaining for me to read than Lucy’s.  I loved the awkwardness she had when talking to boys.   Although this wasn’t one of my favorites, it was cute and sweet and a great summer contemporary.  I would recommend this for a more younger croud than me and think someone like my younger niece might enjoy this more than I did.

About Catherine Clark

I live in Minneapolis, work in Saint Paul, and love crossing the Mississippi River every day because it reminds me of home, growing up in western Mass. Well, that was the Connecticut River, but anyway. Transitive property applies.

I do a lot of posting on Facebook and Twitter – follow me there if you like, until my next book…

I love reading books for all ages. Within reason. I think I’m done with board books, but everything else is on the table. Literally. My bedside table.

Comments

  1. Wow, Lucy sounds extremely pathetic and immature, that would probably have annoyed me a lot if I read this book. The whole plot feels a little, I don’t know, too splayed out, and I’m wondering if there’d be a better book to read to get started with this author instead; I’ve heard fantastic things about Clark and you seem to know your stuff. Any recommends? :) Great review though Nereyda!
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  2. Hmmm… that really sucks. I hate when the characters are hard to connect with because they act overly immature and not their age. I have this one coming up for review soon. At least now I know not to have such high expectations. Great review! :)
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  3. Ehhh. I have this one coming up for review and I can’t say I’m excited to be honest. I actually might give it a skip. Lucy sounds really immature and she would probably make me want to slap her a few times while reading. It’s a shame because I thought this would be a cute, fun read.
    Great review!
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  4. Cute and light, but not really worth the time, that’s what it sounds like? :o I considered downloading this one, but it was between this Harper title and The Last Best Kiss (also a contemporary Harper title), and I went with the second one. I’m not big on contemporary but I wanted a light, fluffy contemporary romance read and Harper had two spring ones!

    Anyway, I’m probably not going to end up reading this one, especially since I wasn’t dying to do so beforehand. I’m really glad that you enjoyed this book overall. Fantastic review, Nereyda!

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  5. Oh I also dislike it when characters are too immature or act more like younger teens than 17 year olds. I don’t think I’d have the patience for Lucy. She sounds like a spoiled brat that wants to have this guy on the backburner. But overall I’m glad you liked it and it sounds like it could still make for a quick afternoon read! :)
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  6. Yeah I totally agree, I feel like first of all the friendship wasn’t developed strongly enough between all of the characters for me to truly feel Lucy’s anger at Mikayla, so then I was like so angry at both of them for fighting, but even more so at Lucy. And like you said, her and Jackson had an awkward occurrence, but now they’re on good terms. If someone who’d totally dissed me years ago ran into me again and wanted to be friends but was still having a romantic relationship with my best friend, it’d be kind of awkward but I wouldn’t totally freeze them out like she did. Ugh it was so annoying, but fantastic review, Nereyda! <33
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  7. Lucy’s character would annoy me! I don’t like when characters act younger then their age either! It probably would have been a better story without her point of view. Mikayla sounds like a sweet and endearing character though. I can see how this story would be ideal for younger teens :)
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  8. This sounds kind of cute, when you are in a cute, fun, and light mood. Thanks for the helpful review.
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