This is a cute, cute YA contemporary romance book! It’s a quick and easy read and I had a lot of fun reading it.
Darcy is a high school teenager at a private school. She’s bi, in love with her best friend Brooke, and is secretly giving relationship advice to her classmates for a modest fee of $10. The requests for help are slipped into locker 89 and Darcy sneaks them out after school while waiting for her teacher mom to finish up for the day. All is going well, until Alexander Brougham catches her and learns her secret. Alex is a popular swimmer and everything that Darcy does not like, thank you very much. But, when Alex agrees not to share her secret if Darcy helps him win back his ex-girlfriend, she has no choice but to agree to spend time with him and help.
This is a book about a boy and a girl who think that they have nothing in common and dislike each other, until they are forced together by circumstance and start having feelings for each other. The additional twist in this case is that Darcy is bi, and until now, has mainly had crushes on girls. She is an active member of the Queer and Questioning club at school, and identifies with her status there – so what IS she if she likes a boy? That is one of the questions she struggles with. The book has your typical misunderstandings that would be solved if only the duo would talk to each other – which of course they don’t.
That’s not to say that this is a run of the mill boring book. It’s cute, funny and has all of the angst you could want in a YA romance. I liked the characters, especially Darcy’s sister, and enjoyed reading the book. It’s a quick read – I read it in two days – and I like the author’s writing style. She does a great job writing conversations, and the sarcasm is witty without sounding too mean.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All opinions are my own.