Series: The Black Witch Chronicles #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 2, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Friendship
Format: Electronic, E-book ARC
Source: Netgalley, Ebook ARC
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Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for—check
Super-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has never had room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection is derailed when her boyfriend leaks a private picture of her to the entire school—a picture only he was supposed to see. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Vivi feels like a complete and utter failure.
Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Vivi realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and totally forgot about it, to be quite honest. I’ve been working my way through past galleys and decided to do this one. I’m really glad I did because I really enjoyed it. I’d forgotten I’d read EKK’s first book until I went to add it on Goodreads. Then that one came crashing back down on me. EKK does a great job with contemporaries that expose truths. Anyways, onto the review!
Overall I’d give this a 4 out of 5. I really enjoyed it, but it was a bit too short. Maybe I’ve been reading too many longer books recently… but that’s not really a bad thing.
Viviana’s story is not an easy one to take. I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. I just saw the title and decided that was to be my next read. I felt a sort of kinship with Vivi on being an overachiever, but at the same time totally different. She’s such a perfectionist in a way that can be damaging, as you quickly learn. This is not a lighthearted contemporary about falling in love. There’s a little love involved, sure, but the majority of this book delves into a lot of darker things. Love, lies, trust, honesty, friendship. Those are the things that make this book. This is a very serious book. EKK dives into the ramifications of sexting big time within this book, but it’s not the main focal point. It’s part of the story and readers will learn a lot from the experience, but this book happens after the image has been out for a while.
There’s a lot of great depth to this book. My biggest complaint is that it could have been explored more. There was so much that went on in this book that could have had more to it. It got to the point, but it did feel rushed at some points. It was still really good though. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly I do believe this will be a short review for a short book.
The plot was fast paced and went a direction I never thought would happen. If anyone can call the twist in the story, then you’re magical. I really enjoyed the chapter starts with the tips for college bound kids. Most of them are serious tips while others help with the story. I really liked the structure of this book. It’s definitely a great book to have for junior year teens. There’s a lot of good info and a great story to be had within this book.
This was a good read. It’s not the greatest, but it has a lot of things that need to be shared. I’d recommend this for anyone looking for a serious contemporary.