ARC REVIEW: How To Meet Boys
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: eARC (via Edelweiss)
Publication Date: May 6, 2014 (Expected)
Lucy can’t wait to spend the summer at the lake with her best friend, Mikayla. But when Jackson, the boy she’s been avoiding ever since he rejected her, reappears in her life, Lucy wonders if this summer to remember is one she’d rather forget. Mikayla’s never had much luck talking to boys, but when she (literally) runs into the cutest guy she’s ever seen, and sparks fly, she thinks things might be looking up...until she realizes the adorable stranger is the same boy who broke her best friend’s heart. As things begin to heat up between Mikayla and the one guy she should avoid, will Lucy be able to keep her cool or will the girls’ perfect summer turn into one hot mess?
Lucy and Mikayla spends their summer in Bridgeport. Where they will try to be independent, find love and forget the past.
For Lucy, spending summer in Bridgeport means spending time with her grandparents and working at The Original Apple Store...and maybe avoiding Jackson, her enemy. Even Jackson won't ruin her summer plans. But when she walks in the store her first day, she sees a bad omen...THE BAD OMEN.
For Mikayla, this summer will be the summer she gets a boy. She's been shy around boys since, uh forever...duh! So when she had a little accident involving Mr. Cute Car Driver, her summer begins to turn out well. But wait...Mr. Cute Car Driver is Jackson, Lucy's enemy, as in JACKSON IS HER BEST FRIEND'S ENEMY.
Oh what to do?
Simple plots are okay. Bland and nonsense plots aren't. This one is so boring and plain straight plot.
This book reminds me of a Japanese movie called "Hana and Alice". Except the movie is way awesome. When I read the synopsis of the book, I was excited because I thought this will be kind of like Hana and Alice. I love that movie. It shows how strong friendship can be. But of course, this book wouldn't focus on Lucy and Mikayla's friendship. The title is HOW TO MEET BOYS. There would be boys involved. Damn it.
Lucy's problem with boys started with Jackson. Once upon a time, Lucy liked Jackson. She tried to kiss him. But he pulled away. Then the rumors started. Her parents divorced.
Mikayla's problem with boys started since birth. She just can't talk to them.
The thing that I don't like about this books is the conflict resolution. I was liking it until Jackson explained his side. They used to be best friends right? Jackson and Lucy? But when the rumors started spreading where was Jackson? If he didn't really gave the rumors wings to fly, then he should have clarified it or at least talk about the kiss with LUCY! Or when Lucy heard about the rumors, shouldn't he at least comfor her, talk to her...for Pete's sake! He's the best friend! What an ass. He also said that he just wants to be friends with Lucy at least back then. He wants to figure out being not friends, or something like that. Plus, they were going to different schools. I'm like WTF. What a lousy excuse. And that's why I don't like Jackson. Maybe he had change, like what Mikayla is claiming but he should just stay away from Lucy.
Also, I don't get why the author suddenly inserts Ava in the story. Her character is not necessary.
The cover is pretty, but uhm...there are two couples in the story. So... I DON'T GET IT.