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If I'm Being Honest

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  36 reviews
High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good.

In an attempt to win him over, Camero
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Jul 06, 2018 marked it as please-give-me
proof the timeline I’m in doesn’t totally suck: one of my favorite author duos is writing another book, but this time it’s inspired by Ten Things I Hate About You, aka my favorite 90s teen movie. so yeah I’m happy
releases: April 23rd, 2019

ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

A story inspired by The Taming of the Shrew, Mean Girls, AND 10 Things I Hate About You? I'm actually quaking. 💗

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Nov 22, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2019-releases
I am here for this duo forever and ever. Always fun, always voice-y with great heroines, always banterrific, and I love how they handle Shakespeare. Bring on the next one, please!
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, need-it-now
Much like this duo’s debut, I super enjoyed this! I appreciate that their MCs are never your typical YA MC, but they also don’t play into the “not like other girls” mentality. I will admit, Cameron really frustrated me toward the end of the book— and I say that as someone who rarely gets annoyed by characters in books— but overall, I loved her character arc. Also looooooved the romance. And the cameo by Owen and Megan at the end of the book?! I died.
Vicky Who Reads
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Literally just finished Always Never Yours and went to click on the authors page to see if they had other contemporary works, and instead I found out this writing duo is at it again. I’m in. I hope it’ll be as gush worthy as the last.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
After being stuck in a reading rut these past couple of weeks, I decided to switch up genres in attempt for something - anything - to grab me. Luckily, a fresh contemporary was just what I needed.

Between IF I’M BEING HONEST and ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, it’s clear that the authors have a penchant for writing complicated and flawed protagonists who aren’t always likable. In fact, they say and do things that are often frustrating, if not grating. These aren’t characters I traditionally gravitate towards
Kiki Cole
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunning, thought-provoking, infuriating, romantic, emotionally impelling! This was a beautifully done retelling of The Taming of the Shrew and a wonderful backlash at the boys or men who think that women are made to be obedient. Women are not programmable robots! We are people with ever-changing emotions who hold grudges, who say words we do not mean to say, and who strive for righteousness! This book preached all of that!
I adored Cameron. She can be difficult, she's brutally honest, and she knows it - and sees it as a positive thing. Give me all your "difficult" characters and I will give them the love they deserve. I really enjoy these Shakespeare retellings Wibberley and Sigemond-Broka have written - and if you've read Always Never Yours, there's a nice cameo at the end (although not necessary to read it before, except that you totally should). This has the same wit and humor as Always Never Yours, with a real ...more
Makenna Fournier
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arc
Thank you Edelweiss and Penguin for providing me an eARC of this in exchange for an honest review!

First off, if your not ready for a bunch of me gushing and fangirling over this book, this review is not for you,
Ok, now that the warning is out of the way, onto my actual thoughts on this book. Starting off this book, I was a little worried. I knew the main character was going to be unlikable, that's the whole point of this book, but after a few chapters where I was having trouble finding anythin
Derek Milman
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional, highly entertaining follow-up to ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, my favorite writing duo of all time manages to create another lovable, complex heroine in Cameron Bright.

Cameron's a smart, uncertain, emotionally tangled young woman, with a sour family history that she seeks to surmount, while often accomplishing the exact opposite-- i.e., pushing the wrong people away at the wrong time. She's guarded, brittle, and cruel sometimes--because she's had to be.

Until, that is, she takes a second l
Rachel Solomon
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jenny Chou
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In their follow-up to one of my favorite reads of 2018, ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka continue their fun, romantic, and irresistibly charming Shakespeare retellings. This time it’s The Taming of the Shrew starring Cameron Bright, a girl whose popularity at her fancy prep school combined with the unsparing honesty she can’t be bothered to tame leaves hurt feelings in her wake and most of her classmates both terrified and envious. Then her sharp tongue causes the g ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yarc

this was great. I was internally squealing pretty much the whole book. also that Megan and Owen cameo at the end <3
Danielle Zimmerman
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-hypable
A simple yet entertaining story of high school drama and finding yourself. I loved the references and deep dives into Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew as well as the inclusion of the RHPS into the plot. I also really liked the swoon worthy moments and nuanced parental relationships. I didn’t care as much for all of the back and forth on “niceness” and progress and just maturity in general. There was too much mean girl-ness and over the top cattiness at times. But all in all a fun quick read. 3. ...more
Mar 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Emily & Austin play THE NEWLYWED GAME - Come see how many answers they agreed on! This review was originally posted on BookCrushin
michelle (magicalreads)
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018

rtc closer to release date
SO close to being 5-stars, I loved this book so much <3
Taasia (libraepaintspages)
Um the author duo that wrote Always Never Yours is writing a Taming of the Shrew/Mean Girls mashup? And it's coming in April 2019 my hands are shaking because I can't even
Tara Tsai
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was wow... so freaking fantastic. I loved Emily and Austin's debut but this one has a special place in my heart and I have a massive book hangover after finishing.

My favorite things about the book:
- The main character, Cameron, is a mean girl. But she's not one-dimensional. She is delightfully complex and has so many wants and needs and grows throughout the story and gosh I just loved her.
- The DORKIEST love interest I've ever read. And even though he's such a dork he's got his own bra
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the teens top ten program for providing me with an ARC of this book!

Ok, I’m gonna be honest (see what I did there?) and say I was a little skeptical of this book. I read the synopsis and expected myself to hate it. I thought it would be just another cheesy contemporary about a spoiled, bitchy blonde girl, but it was much more than that.

This was one of those books I kept thinking about when I put down, and I finished it in two sittings. I loved seeing Cameron’s dynamic character arc
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka's other book Always Never Yours, so of course I was excited to find out they were collaborating once again. And, once again I fell in love with the story they crafted.

First of all, I love that both of their books relate back to Shakespeare and his works. I'm always a fan of book references within books, so that was neat to see. And, it ended up playing a huge part in the story in a neat parallel. Going along with that connection, I r
Just Reading Everything
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in Los Angeles, Cameron Bright has the reputation of being popular, cutting, and sometimes downright bitchy. And when she makes an awful remark about someone in front of her crush Andrew, she knows she's blown any chance she has with him. Vowing to do better, Cameron attempts to "tame" herself like Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and that involves apologizing to those she's wronged, including Brendan, a boy she'd ruthlessly bullied. But Cameron will have to work hard to e ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Thank you Edelweiss for the eARC!

3.5 stars. IF I'M BEING HONEST starts out rough -- cruel, snobby girl gets snubbed by her crush once he witnesses her pure awfulness. And I'm not gonna lie, I thought for a hot second that this was NOT the book for me. But then it takes a turn for the delightfully geeky and sweet. By the end you'll be rooting for Cameron and her new circle of friends. This is a fun, Shakespeare-inspired book. That being said, Cameron's parents were so over the top awful that it
Moni Chapman
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great cross between Mean Girls and 10 Things I Hate About You (aka Taming of the Shrew), Emily & Austin made me cry at least three times while reading this fun and brutally honest book. Cameron is one of those characters you really cheer for midway through the book. Her flaw make her interesting as well as her trying to “tame” herself. Though not everything worked out for her at the end, it was a breath of fresh air that it didn’t. Cameron learned a lot about what it means to be yourself a ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up.

I thought this would be better. There's nothing *wrong* with it, exactly, but it's a story we've all seen before; Girl Tries To Change Self For Guy, Girl Learns Guy Liked Her As She Was. I read to 35%, made a couple of guesses about what would happen and skipped to 90%, and I was right.

For contemp romance lovers it'll be great. It didn't do anything for me, sadly.

Receiving an ARC did not alter my review in any way.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fresh and fantastic take on The Taming of the Shrew that absolutely delights. Cameron Bright may be known for her ruthless popularity, but when her smart mouth chases away her crush, she decides to take a page out of Shakespeare's book and make amends with those she's wronged. Cameron is a beautifully complex character, and her interactions with Shakespeare's text are incredibly thought-provoking. I loved the quippy dialogue and the heated romance in this book so much.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is so smart and funny and sharp, featuring a fabulous heroine with such a strong voice, great banter, and both romantic and platonic relationships that I adored. Reading books by this duo feels like watching one of my favorite 90's teen comedies, only with better gender politics, and I can't wait to see what they write next.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me in a very good way. It has excellent character development and I found the situations surprisingly realistic considering the subject matter. The family drama and Cameron’s growth was fantastic. Well done and fleshed out characters. Definitely a fan!
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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Emily Wibberley grew up in Southern California, but instead of working on her nonexistent tan at the beach, she spent her time reading, making music and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Shortly after falling for her best friend, Austin Siegemund-Broka, she attended Princeton University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. She and Austin now live and write YA co