Friday, May 6, 2016

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding

My Bookish Itinerary ARC Book Review

Title: The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)

Author: Amy Spalding
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Poppy
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Source: ARC via the Publisher (Thank you so much, The NOVL!)

A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It's practically every girl's dream. 
But not Jules McCallister-Morgan's. 
I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn't get to be the editor of my school's long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to "live a little," or boys. 
At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell**.
And before Alex Powell betrayed me***.
I know what you're thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don't understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I'm not going down without a fight. 
* Okay, I sort of did. But it's a sore subject.
** I mean, I guess everyone knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was famous.
***Some people think I'm overreacting. But this. Means. War.
Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that's sure to have you falling for The New Guy.
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***I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

Last year I had the chance to read an ARC of Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding and I thought it was an okay read and liked parts of it. I didn't love it, so I wasn't really planning on reading any more of Spalding's books. But I was sent an ARC of her newest book The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) from The NOVL (thank you!) so I decided to go ahead and read it. I AM SO GLAD I DID! 

I really enjoyed reading The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)! It was a really quick book to read and so easy to get pulled into. (Which is something I really love happening!) I read half of it in one sitting and finished the rest the next day. 

Overall, I found The New Guy to be cute, adorable, funny, and entertaining. This story has romance, friendship, rivalry, and secrets. 

Jules is a very focused and ambitious character, which I think is awesome. She knows what she wants and will work hard to achieve her goals. I wasn't a part of the school newspaper when I was in school, but I was in band, so I understand being focused on something you love and giving it most of your time. So it wasn't hard for me to relate to Jules. I think she might frustrate some people, I know she frustrated me a couple of times. But overall, I really liked her and the other characters! I also really liked the parts with her moms. Yay for family relationships and bonding! 

Alex is a fun character. I really enjoyed the interactions between him and Jules. As well as the relationship development. I really like her friends and the interactions she had with them. I especially love her best friend, Sadie! I think she is a great character as well as, an awesome best friend. I love their friendship and I think it is very well written and realistic. I think it is my favorite thing about this book. 

My Recommendation:

I enjoyed reading The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions). I think it was pretty cute and funny. I liked the story and the characters a lot. I recommend giving this one a read, especially if you enjoy young adult contemporary romance books. 

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