Waiting on Wednesday (17)

High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good.

Title: If I’m Being Honest

Author: Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka  – Their Website

Published By: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publishing Date: April 23rd, 2019

Pages: 384

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Summary:

High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good. 

In an attempt to win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. First, she’ll have to make amends with those she’s wronged, which leads her to Brendan, the guy she labelled with an unfortunate nickname back in the sixth grade. At first, Brendan isn’t all that receptive to Cameron’s ploy. But slowly, he warms up to her when they connect over the computer game he’s developing. Now if only Andrew would notice…

But the closer Cameron gets to Brendan, the more she sees he appreciates her personality—honesty and all—and wonders if she’s compromising who she is for the guy she doesn’t even want.

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Why I’m Waiting:

I was lucky enough to meet Emily and Austin about a year ago, at an event for Epic Reads in Los Angeles, and when they told me that they were soon-to-be debut authors, I knew I wanted to check out their book. It was so great, such a strong contemporary novel and I thoroughly enjoyed the heck out of it. I loved that the main character was a little unlikable and that it took time for you to get to love her and, even though I am NOT AT ALL a Shakespeare fan (sorry Austin and Emily!), I really loved the Romeo and Juliet connection in it. It was romantic and fun and it was such a stellar debut. Now I’m sitting here, super excited for their sophomore novel, because it seems like another sort of unlikable character who needs to redeem herself and a connection to one of the Shakespeare plays that I don’t mind as much – hey, I’m a 10 Things I Hate About You fan! ;) In all seriousness, I’m super anticipating this book because they had such a strong debut and I honestly feel like their sophomore novel is going to be great. Now if only I could get my hands on an ARC…

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