Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review- LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US by Ami Allen-Vath


Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Pub. Date: March 22, 2010
Genre: Realistic YA
Source: Print ARC from Pub
Rating: 3.5


Blurb:
Keep calm and make it to prom night—without a legit panic attack.

For seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief, and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the hallways of Belmont High.

When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request.

With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide, she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school outcast—as a party of one.

Review:
I enjoyed 'Liars and Losers Like Us' mainly because the main character, Bree, was so stinkin' adorable and quirky. The story as a whole was light with the dark showing up; such as a character committing suicide. We know that from the beginning Maisey is bullied and nominated as prom queen as a joke. It's the reason I thought she'd committed suicide but its in fact, much darker than that. And yes, it completely broke me.

Before I get to the much lighter stuff, I want to talk on the topic of suicide a little more. I, myself, have had thoughts that have been unflattering. The moment I had them, I told my mom and the next thing I knew, I went and checked in at a mental health facility. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. And as it turns out, I was on the wrong medication anyways. I tell you this because it's not a weakness or a burden to let someone know. 

It breaks my heart that anyone feels like they could end the pain by taking themselves completely out of the equation. I get it though, I do. I'm just very lucky I had an amazing support system to have my back. 

Onto the light. On the outside looking in, the book is a cute contemporary romance. Bree is just a normal girl who gets thrust into being a nominee for Prom Queen when Maisey decides to drop out. Even better, Bree's crush, Sean, is talking to her and asking to hang out. The two have hit it off and are on their way to become a couple; much to Bree's joy.

I enjoyed seeing the playful banter and the realistic situations of high school life. I laughed out loud at a few situations and of course shed tears when it all came to an end. I look forward to reading more from the author, I find her writing both fun and serious. If you're looking for a new book to read, consider picking this one up!!

*Thank you so much to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author-
Ami Allen-Vath was born and mostly raised in Minnesota.

Since college, (SCSU, Hunter College, City College) Ami has performed with Just The Funny improv troupe in Miami, FL. She's also performed in two productions of The Vagina Monologues in Atlanta, GA, the state she met her husband.

She now lives with her family, including their dog Yoda, in New Jersey.

Ami loves great and terrible TV, ice cream, books, and vacations. She loathes cilantro, live birds, and when guys do cartoon impressions.

Her debut novel, LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US is forthcoming from Sky Pony Press in March of 2016.

*Please note, I do use this account as an author and book page, and to add books I want to read to my TBR list, but I don't rate or review here. But, if you ever have any questions on my personal book recs or tastes, don't be afraid to ask!
 



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  1. Where is your review? I see the blurb and some info on the author, but I don't see your thoughts about this book.

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    1. My review is right under the blurb...

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