*Blog Tour- Review & Playlist* If I’m Being Honest- Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

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Cover.jpgMean Girls meets The Taming of the Shrew in this romantic follow-up to Always Never Yours

     Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: b*tch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school–she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her brutal honesty. But when she slips up in front of her crush, Andrew, any affection he may have had for her quickly fades. To win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Shakespeare’s infamous shrew, Katherine. If she makes amends with everyone she’s ever wronged, Andrew will have to take notice. Thus, Cameron begins her apology tour with Brendan, the guy whose social life she single-handedly destroyed. At first, Brendan isn’t so quick to forgive, but slowly he warms to her when they connect over a computer game he’s developing. To Cameron’s amazement, she actually enjoys hanging out with Brendan; he appreciates her honesty in a way Andrew never did, and she’s left wondering: maybe you shouldn’t have to compromise who you are for the kind of love you deserve.

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Purchase Links

AMAZON  |  BARNES & NOBLE

BOOK DEPOSITORY

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My Review:

”If there’s one thing I’ve learned from kissing him- other than how nerdy junior boys can be unexpectedly proficient kissers- it’s that you can’t pick or predict the person you’ll fall for. You can’t figure it out with a list or a plan.”

This is Mean Girls meets Can’t Buy Me Love with a mix of Jenny Han. With a mix like that, this was adorably perfect. If you love romantic comedies, teen drama, mean girls, video games, classic literature, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show then you are in for a massive treat.

Cameron is one of the most popular girls at school and everyone knows that she is the resident top Bitch. She speaks her mind with blunt honesty and doesn’t hold back. Other students follow her opinion like a pack of lost puppies.

The person who she wants the attention from is Andrew but she blew her chance when she belittled a fellow student at a party in front of him. He uttered the words that now consumes her life. “You’re a bitch, Cameron Bright!”

Cameron devises a plan to make amends with the students she has wronged. She thinks that showing Andrew that she’s a good person will change his opinion of her.

As she starts on this process, she realizes that this isn’t as easy as she first thought. Some are easy to forgive but others like, Brendan are making this more difficult. She ruined his life in the sixth grade by giving him a horrendous nickname and he’s putting up quite the fight.

The apologies bring her closer to a group of people she never thought she would hang with. She starts to realize that they bring out the best in her. After spending time with Brendan, Cameron comes to some life-changing realizations.

Maybe love isn’t something you make happen, unexpected love surprises you in the best ways.

This was totally charming and I became addicted to finding out what was coming next. This fresh take on a feminist retelling and all on romantic comedies will make you desperate for more work by these two authors. It was divine!

If I’m Being Honest teaches us that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge someone. Stand up for yourself and others when you see that they are down and out. It’s great to speak your mind and be honest, but keep other people’s feelings in sight. This was super cute and an absolute delight from cover to cover. Teen romantic comedy lovers with rejoice at this interesting spin on a classic remake.

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Playlist:

*Clicking on the title and artist of each song will take you to the video on YouTube!*

Bitch- Meredith Brooks

Bad Reputation- Joan Jett

Popular- Nada Surf

1-2 Crush on You- The Clash

Teenage Dream- Katy Perry

Sweet Transvestite- Rocky Horror Picture Show

Time Warp- Rocky Horror Picture Show

Baby, I Love You- The Ramones

I Wanna Dance With Somebody- Whitney Houston

Toxic- Local H

Maps- Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Fade Into You- Mazzy Star

 

 

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About the Authors:

downloadRaised by a school librarian, Austin’s always had a passion for books, especially books for young people. He met and fell in love with Emily in high school and went to Harvard University as an undergraduate. He studied English (focusing on Shakespeare) and graduated magna cum laude in 2014. Recently, Austin worked as a journalist for The Hollywood Reporter. He is currently a UCLA law student; however, there’s nothing he loves like writing with Emily. Emily, whose parents are screenwriters, has loved writing and story-telling since an age she hardly remembers. Since meeting Austin (she says it was middle school–accounts vary), Emily attended Princeton University as an undergraduate, studied psychology, and graduated magna cum laude in 2014. While at Princeton, she wrote the first novel in her self-published YA fantasy trilogy, The Last Oracle, which was featured in USA Today and was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

 

Thank you, Penguin Teen for allowing us to be a part of this fantastic tour!!

Tour Schedule:

Week One

April 15 – Arzo_yo – Creative Instagram Picture

April 16 – A Court of Coffee and Books – Playlist

April 17 – Book Princess Reviews – Listicle: Disney Heroines that changed themselves for love

April 18 – Readerrewind – Creative Instagram Picture

April 19 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Playlist

Week Two

April 22 – Dazzled by Books – Review + Creative

April 23 – Bookish in Texas – Review + Playlist

April 24 – Amber After Glow Reads – Creative Instagram Picture

April 25 – Read by Tiffany – Review + Rainbow Moodboard/Aesthetic

April 26 – A Court of Crowns and Quills – Creative Instagram Picture

 

Week Three

April 29 – Lindseyybooks – Review + Creative Instagram Picture

April 30 – The Fandom – Review + creative content

May 1 – Forever Young Adult – Review

May 2 – Just Add a Word – Listicle: Top Ten Quotes

*Blog Tour* A Map of Days- Ransom Riggs

BOOK DESCRIPTION 

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery–a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited–truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom–a world with few ymbrynes, or rules–that none of them understand. New wonders and dangers await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again fully illustrated by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure–full color.

My Review:

“Never have I doubted my soundness of mind as often as I did on that first night, when the bird-woman and her wards came to save me from the madhouse.”

The Peculiars have finally made it to America!!

My friends and I jumped at the chance to receive an advanced copy of this book at Ala. It was worth every minute we waited in line. I’m so over the moon that I’ll finally have a galley of a Peculiars book to add to my collection.

We were all saddened by the death of Abe and it still tears me apart to think about it. The Peculiars are here on official business and to also say goodbye to a dear friend, but we all know that when they all get together something devious always gets in their way.

I really enjoyed this one even though I didn’t find it as adventurous and mind-twisting as the others in this series. It did capture my attention and I couldn’ put it down. There was just something different about this one.

I loved reconnecting with the Peculiars. Everything about this was just fantastic.

What really got me was finding some truths about an old friend. What comes to surface will shock you and I can’t wait for another book in this series. I’m saddened that we’ll have to wait over a year for another one.

The Vintage and creepy photographs are back and if you don’t add this to your tbr then you’re really missing out.

Map of Days Playlist

  1. Life is a Highway- Tom Cochrane
  2. New York’s Alright If You Like Saxophones- FEAR
  3. Anarchy in the U.K.- Sex Pistols
  4. Born to Run- Bruce Springsteen
  5. American Girl- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
  6. Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton
  7. On the Road Again- Willie Nelson
  8. Midnight Rider- Allman Brothers Band
  9. Drive My Car- The Beatles
  10. Where Eagles Dare- Misfits
  11. Should I Stay or Should I Go- The Clash
  12. Add It Up- Violent Femmes

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AUTHOR BIO 

Ransom Riggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children novels. Riggs was born on a farm in Maryland and grew up in southern Florida. He studied literature at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi, and their family.