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Review: Awkwardly Ever After

August 8, 2014

Awkwardly Ever After


The upcoming prom has the students at Smith High School buzzing.

Mackenzie is trying to fix her best friend, Melanie, up with hockey star Spencer but Melanie’s not interested because she has feelings for Mackenzie’s little brother.  She doesn’t want to act on them, though, because she’s not sure how Mackenzie will react.

Spencer doesn’t want to become Prom King so he strikes a deal with geeky Isobel to pretend like they’re a couple.  She agrees but there’s a catch – he has to be completely honest with her.

Corey’s finding out just how difficult it is to date a rock star, especially when that rock star’s band is playing at the prom.

Awkwardly Ever After, by Marni Bates, is really three stories, with many of the same characters, all connected by the high school prom.  The stories are told from the points of view Melanie, Isobel, and Corey so readers get the feel for the hierarchy of Smith High School.

I’ve been a fan of Bates’ work for a while – her books are smart, fun and very readable – so was excited when I saw Jill review this one.  Jill said “this book is a little more serious” than Bates’ other titles.  I found that to be true but it didn’t bother me.  What did bother me was the fact that Melanie’s and Isobel’s stories felt incomplete.

I still enjoyed Awkwardly Ever After, though, because Bates’ really gets the issues high school kids face and writes about them with wit and humor.  The dialogue is snappy and the pacing is fast so I found the book to be a quick, fun read.  I have a feeling it’ll give comfort to more than one high school student.

There’s a fun “High School Survival Playlist” in the back of the book that lists songs and words of encouragement like:

Kate Nash: “Do-Wah-Doo”

When confronted with someone unpleasant, reading a book is always a viable option!


kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Kensington Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
14 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    August 8, 2014 5:50 am

    I’ll have to put this one on my list, despite the fact that you found two stories to be a bit incomplete.

  2. August 8, 2014 6:46 am

    I got the set of these for my niece who is a boy band fanatic – can’t wait to hear what she thinks of them!

  3. Patty permalink
    August 8, 2014 2:20 pm

    I live snappy dialogue…in fact…I love snappy everything!

  4. Patty permalink
    August 8, 2014 2:21 pm

    Well…it’s not that I live snappy…but I love snappy!

  5. Jennifer permalink
    August 8, 2014 5:24 pm

    This sounds like a fun read. I haven’t read anything by Nash but this sounds like it might be a good place to start (and it would be something I could recommend to students which I love!).

  6. August 8, 2014 5:53 pm

    Somehow I just can’t get into this age group of books. Maybe when Gage gets older 🙂

  7. August 8, 2014 7:08 pm

    I know you love this series and I’m glad you liked the latest installment for the most part. The High School Survival Playlist sounds very fun- perfect timing too!

  8. August 8, 2014 9:02 pm

    Kathy, this sounds like a fun book! Terrific review as always! Have a great weekend, Kathy!

  9. August 9, 2014 8:54 am

    I do not think I have read any of her books… I need to check this one out!

  10. August 9, 2014 3:55 pm

    This sounds like a good one for teens. The High School Survival Playlist sounds cute 🙂

  11. August 9, 2014 4:33 pm

    Great review, Kathy! It sounds like a fun book!

  12. August 9, 2014 5:31 pm

    I think I’d enjoy this 🙂

  13. August 11, 2014 12:21 pm

    This sounds like a fun one!

  14. bookingmama permalink
    August 13, 2014 10:41 pm

    Sounds adorable and perfect for Booking Daughter!

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