Thursday, May 19, 2016

Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath

Title: Liars and Losers Like Us

Author: Ami Allen-Vath
Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Source: e-galley via Edelweiss (Thank you, Sky Pony Press!)
Keep calm and make it to prom night—without a legit panic attack.
For seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief, and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the hallways of Belmont High.
When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request.
With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide, she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school outcast—as a party of one.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

I actually didn't read the synopsis before reading this one. I knew I wanted to read it because it is Ami Allen-Vath's debut novel and I really like reading debuts. I also thought this was going to be a nice, fluffy, cute, light romance about Prom. But it is definitely much more than that. Sure, there are some cute and fluffy feelings in this story, but more than that it covers a lot of hard topics that teenagers/young adults/children/people face. 

I liked reading Liars and Losers Like Us. I really like the big message I took away from this story and I think that it this is a good example of a powerful and moving story that makes you think. I found the story to be emotional and heartbreaking at times. It definitely covers hard topics like bullying and suicide for example. 

The characters are realistic and flawed. Pretty much everything in this story felt completely real. It brought tears to my eyes, multiple times. I really liked the friendships and romance in this story. Though while reading, I did feel like the romance felt a bit quick at first. But overall, I also enjoyed the romance aspect of this story.

My Recommendation:

I definitely recommend reading this story. Though please keep in mind that it covers a lot of important and tough issues, like mental health, suicide, and bullying (among others). And I know that this can be hard for some to read about. I think that Liars and Losers Like Us is a very important, emotional, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking story. I am glad that I had the chance to read it. 

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