Sunday, January 20, 2019

{Book Review} The Me I Meant to Be by Sophie Jordan

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Author:  Sophie Jordan
Publisher:  HMH Books for Young Readers   
Date:   January 1, 2019  
Pages:  304
ASIN:   B078985Z42
Source:  Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon

Girl Code: Never date a friend’s ex.

Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her…
No keeping secrets from your bestie.

Flor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life, and her struggling grades. So why can’t she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she’s got Willa, her constant in the chaos.
Breaking the code breaks friendships.
Two friends find themselves tempted by love that defies the rules in this steamy romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I'm torn with this one. On one hand, I enjoyed the book. It was a light and quick read for me. Willa was relatable to most teens, and Zach and Flor were your typical high school jocks/popular kids. But on the other hand, I have read a million books with this same premise and after a few times it really just becomes predictable. 

I did like that the author addressed some issues through Willa, like boys being entitled to girls’ bodies, about girls slut-shaming other girls, about how your friendships should be very important. 

But we all know how these types of books work. Willa breaks "girl-code" by falling for Flor's (her bestie) ex. Even though she has grown up liking said ex and got them together in the first place. Zach (ex) breaks up with Flor because he finally realizes that he's liked Willa all along, and can't pretend anymore. Willa tries to make things go back to how they were before a hot and steamy kiss in a closet, but that never works. So Zach and Willa end up being awkward with each other and still end up making out in Zach's Jeep. 

Flor finds out and of course, and accuses them of hooking up the entire time Flor and Zach were dating. She wants nothing to do with either of them. Meanwhile, Flor is starting a new relationship with Grayson; her former tutor. She of course, eventually sees the error of her ways and makes up with Willa at the end. So, they are friends again pretty quickly and both have the guys they want.

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