Release Date: September 3, 2019
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review!
Welcome to my stop on the She’s the Worst Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! I’m so excited to be apart of this tour and to be promoting this book that I absolutely loved.
Sisters April and Jenn haven’t been close in years. Jenn’s too busy with school, the family antique shop, and her boyfriend, and April would rather play soccer and hang out with the boy next door.
But when April notices her older sister is sad about staying home for college, she decides to do something about it. The girls set off to revive a pact they made as kids: spend an epic day exploring the greatest hits of their childhood and all that Los Angeles has to offer.
Then April learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family—and their feuding parents—apart. With only one day to set things right, the sisters must decide if their relationship is worth saving, or if the truth will tear them apart for good.
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Meet The Author
Lauren Spieller is an author and literary agent who lives in New York with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found drinking lattes, pining for every dog she sees, or visiting her native California. She is the author of Your Destination is on the Left and She’s the Worst. Follow her on Twitter @laurenspieller and Instagram @laurenspieller. You can also visit her website at www.laurenspieller.com
Photo Cred: Dave Cross Photography
I love it when I find a story I can relate to and She’s The Worst falls into that category. Jenn and April couldn’t be more different. They fight a lot and have no idea what’s going on in the others world, completely lost in their own separate lives. To be fair though their parents non-stop fighting and treatment of each of the sisters has a lot to do with the issues between the two.
While the greatest hits plan started off as a good idea, there were a ton of misunderstandings that led to fighting along with some repressed memories. Just because you remember something one way doesn’t mean that’s how it actually went down. Some of your best memories may be someone else’s worst, which was the case for poor Jenn and April. The girls start and end the novel in two completely different places which very natural and not at all abrupt or unrealistic. I don’t want to say it was character growth. It was more like they saw things from the others point of view, or became more aware of themselves, and then made the decision to be better versions of themselves.
There was some romance in this book, but it wasn’t insta-love and took a backseat to the main plot of the sisterly relationship rebuilding. So while trying to get along with each other and the bomb that Jenn drops, there was some relationship drama going down and I was so there for it. I don’t want to give anything away, but I swooned over Nate.
Overall this is a book about relationships. The relationship between Jenn and April along with the ones they each have with their parents, romantic relationships and then there were some genuine friendships that needed a bit of rebuilding as well. All around I really loved this book and recommend it if you have a brother or sister or if you don’t and want a bit of insight to what those relationships are really like. It was realistic, cute, and funny at times.
While reading I couldn’t stop thinking about what my sister and I’s greatest hits would be. For us, music is a big part of those moments so I decided to make a playlist for Jenn and April. This playlist was hard to make because of the dual perspective of the book. I had to find songs that fit both Jenn and April and while sometimes their high and low matched up, sometimes they didn’t. So if the playlist seems a bit allover the place at some points, that’s why. Also, I decided to toss in some of my favorite songs to listen to when driving around with my sister at the end! Check out the playlist below.
It you had to have a greatest hits day with your sibling where would you go and what songs would you listen to on the way? Leave some of your favorite go-to songs in the comments and check out the playlist below for yourselves!
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