The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions)

Finished The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It’s practically every girl’s dream.

But not Jules McCallister-Morgan’s.

I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn’t get to be the editor of my school’s long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to “live a little,” or boys.

At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell**.

And before Alex Powell betrayed me***.

I know what you’re thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don’t understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I’m not going down without a fight.

—-

* Okay, I sort of did. But it’s a sore subject.

** I mean, I guess everyone knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was famous.

***Some people think I’m overreacting. But this. Means. War.

Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that’s sure to have you falling for The New Guy.”

The first thing you need to know about this book is that Jules makes Tracy Flick from Election look super chill and relaxed about her future.  The second thing is that your reaction to that sentence will make it clear whether you will enjoy this book.

This is an incredibly sweet novel (although I did occasionally shake the book and yell “OMG WEIRDO CALM DOWN” about seven times) and I love the premise.

This book isn’t likely to become your favorite, but if you’re looking for an incredibly fast read and one that will make you smile and laugh a bunch of times, this is for you.

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