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
I absolutely loved this book. It was a beautifully put together story of all the struggles of a girl in her senior year. Bree faces fall outs with her best friend, the struggles of prom court, first love, divorce, and anxiety. Bree is a wonderfully developed character, I see a lot of myself in her. She’s a very fun and sarcastic girl inseparable from her best friend. She’s just trying to survive her senior year with her future looming in the distance. She’s struggling with anxiety as well but doesn’t want to admit it. And this is where I really connect with Bree, besides her sarcastic sass. I recently started getting help for my anxiety. Now granted mine is a lot worse than hers, but I struggled with taking the leap to get help. But it was the best decision I ever made. So I urge any of you that are struggling with something, take the leap and get help. You’re worth it.
The only gripe I have with this book is it’s simply not long enough. I felt like the love story was a tad bit rushed, I wanted it strung out longer and I wanted to see more of them together, more of their dynamic, and more of them falling in love. What we did see however was wonderful. It wasn’t rushed or filled with clichés, it was simply natural. I felt like I was peaking behind a bush, watching a couple fall in love.
The author used a very familiar situation, senior year and prom, to teach a lesson. You can’t look at someone and understand what they’re going through so just be kind. You don’t know how hard your words will hurt someone, something you may see as a joke could be the last straw for someone. Things get better. Take it day by day because things get better. You might think they don’t but they do.
About the Author:
Ami Allen-Vath is a YA author living and writing along the shores of New Jersey. She loves great and terrible TV, ice cream, books, and vacations. Ami loathes cilantro, live birds, and when guys do cartoon impressions. Lars and Losers Like Us is her first novel.
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