My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was given a copy of this book to provide an honest review for the GR mm group’s DBML program.
A book that is a m/m version of Sixteen Candles/John Hughes movies? Yes, please!
Sam has a birthday curse–bad things happen on his birthday. This year, he turns sixteen and expects the same birthday problems. He’s got a crush on the #1 jock football player, Jake, but of course he isn’t going to act on it…or is he?
Meanwhile, his bff Melissa is being hit on by another jock, Mitch. Or so Sam thinks.
Suddenly, the whole world is turned upside down–and I certainly didn’t see it coming.
I adored the way the book read like I was being told a story–like Sam was telling me or I was reading his diary. I also loved the little “stickers” in the book. Especially “sploosh” LOL.
Did the book need more editing? yes. Normally, that would bother me a lot–but somehow I got more caught up in the story and took the repetition and grammatical issues as the character’s voice. In the end, it worked.
I would have loved for the end to have been drawn out a little–it felt rushed. I finished the book and was thinking “huh”? I had to go back and re-read the last chapter to figure out what had happened.
Because of those issues, plus some believability issues, it’s a 3.75 star read for me.
If you like first person “tell-alls” in YA (I don’t read a lot of YA), and you are a John Hughes fan, you will most likely adore this book as much as I do. I will definitely read Sam’s next book–turning 17 is bound to be pretty exciting.