i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.
another blog tour? you ask in exasperation. yes, i reply, for i loved lauren spieller’s your destination is on the left and i was fascinated by the synopsis of this book – a story that is centred around sisters! it’s like this novel’s made for me.
in all seriousness though, i’d love to thank the fantastic flying book club and the publisher simon & schuster for making all this possible and letting me join in the fun! she’s the worst is one of my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019 and i was so excited when i found out i’d been approved for an early copy.
She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller
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.
my sister’s two years younger than me, and sometimes i just can’t help thinking – she’s the worst. the absolute worst. i always get annoyed by the littlest things she does, and reading this story from the perspective of the younger sibling was such a refreshing experience – i understood that sometimes things are not what they seem on the surface, and that to maintain a good relationship with my sister, i should sometimes put myself into her shoes instead of judging her for everything she does.
while some parts were entertaining to read, i couldn’t really relate to april and jenn. my sister and i are pretty close with each other and talk all the time, so i don’t know what it’s like to be completely estranged from your sister to a point that makes hanging out with her awkward and intolerable. jenn also annoyed me at times and i didn’t like how she keeps hiding things from her family.
and the ending felt a bit rushed, to be honest. the whole story takes place in the span of twenty four hours and most of the book just drags on and on, while the final parts are whirred past. i wondered how april and jenn can visit so many places in a single day and then suddenly just go back to normal after hours of fighting. it seemed like the author was trying to piece the time together in weird ways to fit their schedule and i didn’t like how that turned out.
other than that, a large portion of the book involved people being mean to each other, and it was reaaaaaaallly annoying. and i’m not talking about the regular sibling level of mean. i’m talking about ditching your sister to go eat lunch with some other people, and being petty and tattletaling on each other kind of mean. the whole thing’s so stupid, i found it a bit hard to believe that jenn got into yale.
overall i’d give this three stars out of five, based solely on its entertainment value. i was hoping for a relatable read about a (balanced) love-hate relationship between sisters, but what i got was a (10%) love-(90%) hate relationship, and i was disappointed. but although the sibling relationship in this book doesn’t really resemble mine, i’m pretty sure that some people out there will be able to relate to it or find it interesting, so go pick this up if it seems like something you’d enjoy!
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have you read she’s the worst or other lauren spieller novels? what did you think? do you have a sibling and do you get along well? let me know in the comments!