I LOVED The Duff, Shut Out, and A Midsummer's Nightmare. Was totally stoked that all the previous couples made little cameos and that Wesley especiallI LOVED The Duff, Shut Out, and A Midsummer's Nightmare. Was totally stoked that all the previous couples made little cameos and that Wesley especially was around to give advice! Sonny and Amy(Wesley's sister) have been BFFs since before they can remember. Amy is the sweet, quiet, reserved one where Sonny is more out going. And also a big fat liar. Sonny excels at it actually. She also uses it to protect herself. Not allow anyone to get too close because her family has always let her down. No one has been there for her but Amy.
The new guy Ryder has always seemed like a hipster, and a pretentious douche bag. He is obsessed with his old home and school in DC but he has a big crush on Amy. One night Sonny ends up staying up all night IMing him and she realizes he is actually a pretty cool guy. Except that whole time Ryder thought he was talking to Amy. Her best friend who is gorgeous and rich and more on his level. Sonny doesn't think she could ever catch his attention. Thus beginning a Cyrano de Bergerac like disaster between Amy, Sonny, and Ryder.
Sonny is a liar and she does drag things on when she so clearly should come clean but she felt like a real teenager to me. At that age it is so hard to put yourself out there and be honest. I have definitely grew but I remember being a teenager and it is so difficult to be honest and open to friends and boys about who you really are. I also thought part of it was that Amy didn't speak up. I didn't think Sonny wanting time for Ryder to fall for her was that big of a deal but she obviously needed to come clean soon.
I honestly don't know how I feel about Ryder. He was a nice guy but was actually not at all my type. I liked that he was unique and they had quite a unique relationship. The romance was different from most I have read. I liked the strong friendship between her and Amy, the family issues, and the struggles of being a teen. The DUFF will probably always be my favorite but this was also a great read. ...more
Ella and Maddie are twins but very different. Ella is a shy, reserved artist with really only Josh for a friend. Maddie lives the popular life. She anElla and Maddie are twins but very different. Ella is a shy, reserved artist with really only Josh for a friend. Maddie lives the popular life. She and her boyfriend Alex work hard at staying at the top. Ella wakes up after a car accident and everyone thinks she is Maddie.
Sad and interesting. I was kind of hoping for something more exciting and mysterious going on in her sisters life. Mostly she took it over because of confusion and grief. Ella feels guilt over the accident and like everyone would prefer that popular Maddie lived. Except Ella forgot about Josh. I loved Josh and Alex. I felt bad for both of them and understood where they were both coming from.
Maddie did a lot to stay popular that Ella soon discovers. Maddie's life is just not what Ella wants. So many mean girls like Maddie's BFF Jenna. It wasn't as shocking of a discovering as I was expecting from the synopsis but still a good story. I wish there was more resolution with Jenna. I felt the ending could have resolved some of the other characters a bit more but I liked how things worked out.