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We Didn't Ask for This

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Central International Schools annual lock-in is legendary. Bonds are made. Contests are fought. Stories are forged that will be passed down from student to student for years to come.

This years lock-in begins normally enough. Then a group of students led by Marisa Cuevas stage an ecoprotest and chain themselves to the doors, vowing to keep everyone trapped inside until
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Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Samantha (WLABB)
Central International Schools annual lock-in was an event people looked forward to, and a place, where memories were made.

One hoped to prove he was the party master.
One hoped to spread his love of improv.
One hoped to prove that a female athlete was just as talented as a male athlete.
One hoped to find connection.
While, one hoped to save the reefs, and it seemed, her hopes would come at the cost of all the others.

There were things I really liked about this story, and things I didn't like so
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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Wendi Lee
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*

This is a novel about activism, standing up for what you believe in, and making very big stands. A high school filled with rich kids (often with important parents) is celebrating its yearly lock-in. While everyone anticipates games, movies, and a secret (yet epic) party, they aren't expecting a group of students to chain themselves to the exits and swallow the keys.

What does Marisa and her group want? A long list of demands to locally aid the environment. They have brought supplies
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

We Didn't Ask for This started off relatively promising. There's a large cast of characters that are introduced in small bits and pieces, which had me itching to learn more about them and their motivations. Told in a third person omniscient POV that I found a bit refreshing once I got used it, We Didn't Ask for This' narrator was also funny! I found myself chuckling out loud at some of more well-placed jokes:
Stéphanie Louis
I just finished the book now and I have to say WOW. Im amazed by this novel. And Im not sure that Im able to put everything in words. Its probably going to be weird. Well, lets see.

I loved the writing style. It was easy to understand, easy to read and especially it managed to have me glued to the story. I honestly did not stop reading this book, unless you count the time where I had to stop because I had a lecture, but other than that I read this one in one sitting. I also loved the third POV
Alyson Stone
Book: We Didnt Ask For This
Author: Adi Alsaid
Rating: 1 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank the publisher, Inkyard Press, for sending me an ARC.

So, I really did want to like this one, but I just couldnt get into it. The summary sounds really amazing and has so much promise, but the story I got just wasnt one that I was expecting. I was honestly so disappointed about how this story was carried out and in the direction it went. There was so much infro dumping and overwriting that just took away
Ashley Urquhart
Mar 24, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF 18% - I thought this book opened pretty strongI liked the way the perspective fluidly shifted between the students. However, we were introduced to about a dozen students and now I cant remember half of them or what they want. Also, I dont care. Despite the number of students, I dont care about any of them.

Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Laura ( Latteandbooks )
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, arc, dnf
I just wasn't able to get into this book. I DNFed it at 20%. This book just wasn't for me. I did want to like it because of the synopsis of the story.
J.L. Ricketts
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had the opportunity to read an ARC.
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First of all, thanks to NetGalley and Justine from Inkyard Press for sending me an eARC in exchange for a honest review.
You have to know English isnt my first language, so feel free to correct me if I make some mistakes while writing this review.

When I started high school the first year, there were two girls in my class from the previous year who had failed the class and had to repeat the year - that's how it works here in Italy. I don't know when and how the topic came up, but later we had
Tara Weiss
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The line between activism and a hostage situation is a narrow divide. While the call to action for environmental awareness is to be applauded, the means by which change is considered is implausible. Marisa and her cohort take over a school-sponsored lock-in by chaining themselves to each door that leads in and out of the school. Great planning to achieve this takes place, with consideration of bathroom needs, removable of bolt cutters, and providing feminine products for the unwilling ...more
Tonight is the night of the International Schools annual lock-in. Its a beloved tradition and one thats always legendary. All kinds of activities take place, from decathlons to dance parties, and this year, Peejay is eager to be the master of ceremonies. His brother earned incredible respect when he was in charge, and Peejay is desperate to top him.

Tonight, Amira wants to win the decathlon, keeping her passion for sports and her interest in other girls from her conservative mother.

Omar wants
We Didnt Ask for This by Adi Alsaid. Central International Schools lock in is the most anticipated event every year. For most, its the chance to make a dream come true or try something they wouldnt have done otherwise. This year Marisa, and a couple other students, use the lock in as a time to stage an eco protest, lock themselves to the only exit doors, and vow to keep everyone inside the school with them until their list of 30 demands are met. Marisa wants to save the oceans she loves so much ...more
Amanda Greco
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, as always, for granting me this ARC.

This is probably the most unique read coming out this year by a longshot! I went into it expecting craziness, but didn't expect just how crazy and amazing this read would be.

The narrative style took me off guard in the beginning, but it worked its way into my heart after a while. There are no less than 15 characters who get a chance at narrating. Marisa and her Protectors control of most of the narration, but Adi Alsaid
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley for sending me and ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

This story takes place during a high school lock in that doesn't go as planned when a small group of students lock the door to protest climate change and have their list of 30 demands met. While I can imagine that this story wanted to be a hot take on how teens are the ones on the front lines of a fight against climate change caused by the adults in their lives, I don't feel like this book got that point across.
Megan Miller
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ill say this, I read the first like three pages of this book and almost stopped reading there. I kept going because I was determined to give a thorough review for my blog tour post. That being said, it didnt really get better for me.

I haaated the third person, omniscient narrator. I dont even really mind a lot of characters, but the way the narrator bounced around was super hard to follow and give a chance to really delve into all the characters mindsets. It got a little easier by the end, but
Tamara Morning
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Title: We Didnt Ask for This
Author: Adi Alsaid
Genre: YA
Rating: 3 out of 5

Every year, lock-in night changes lives. This year, it might just change the world.

Central International Schools annual lock-in is legendary -- and for six students, this years lock-in is the answer to their dreams. The chance to finally win the contest. Kiss the guy. Make a friend. Become the star of a story that will be passed down from student to student for years to come. But then a group of students, led by Marisa
Actual rating 3.5 stars
Received advanced reader copy from publisher at PLA 2020

Lock-in night at Central International School always is epic and memorable. Big things happen for many attendees: making a friend, winning a contest, finding the courage to kiss a crush. But one student decides that this years lock-in will be something else: the setting for her protest. Marisa and her friends chain themselves to the doors, trapping hundreds of students from elite families who will be held hostage
Katherine Hayward Pérez
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A different type of plot to anything I'd ever come across before. I could feel the anticipation of the big night.

This book actually reminded me straight away of a night my own secondary school (high school) did when I was 13. The difference was that there were no chains involved and no focus on environmental issues. But the concept was similar: a night of fun and spending time with friends (for us it was 7PM to 7AM). It was called A Night to Remember and it really was!

Anyway, getting back to
Miki Mackennedy
Mostly nomadic because of her parents jobs, Marissa Cuervas has found scuba diving to be her passion. But the more diving she does, the more she can see how the human race is killing the oceans.

Central International Schools lock-in night is the most anticipated night in the entire school year. This year, Marissa and a few of her friends decide that it is the perfect time to make a statement. They lock themselves to the exit doors and refuse to let anyone enter or leave until their list of
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
**I received a copy of WDAFT from the publisher**

The night of the annual CIS lock-in devolves into chaos when a group of students chain themselves to all the doors in the building, preventing students from entering OR leaving. Their leader, Marisa, presents a list of demands to school officials in hopes of making sweeping changes in hopes of saving the coral reefs. What unfolds over lock-in night and through the next several days will change several of the students lives forever.

I really
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

We Didn't Ask for This is a book that I read in about a day. Easy to read, the magic in We Didn't Ask for This is in the balance between characters and tension. Throughout the book, we are able to see the inner workings, thoughts, and memories of each of these characters. In short sections, we get to know each of them - their fears of never fitting in, the family expectations, and
3 stars

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review

I think the idea behind this book was really cool. A lock in that ends up with an actual protest lock in was really intriguing. The environmental factor throughout the book was also really intersting and I was really interested in seeing where the story was going to go. I loved the way that the narration switched between the characters was really well done and I can't
Mar 19, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for the ARC.

The description of this book had me so excited to read. The idea of a school lock-in turning into a political protest had so much merit. However, It was difficult to get into. The ever-changing points of views made it difficult to follow along. There were also numerous plot points that were unbelievable. It works well to encourage people to go out and take action for what they believe in. However, the way Marisa goes about this is in the book
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-reads, arc-ebook
The book preview made this book seem like something I would love and could recommend to my students. However, I had really difficult time enjoying this book. First of all, the premise while plausible is not realistic. The way the school is described and the setting could not happen. I had a difficult time relating to the characters, I could not find the depth in them that I wanted a story like this to have.

While I think this book was written from a point of wanting to push activism, instead it
Ana Williams
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Mar 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!  

Thank you to Inkyard Press for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.   

The description for this book is an intriguing one and it absolutely pulled me in. The problem is in the details that come within its pages. Between the litany of characters introduced (and tracked) along with the main storyline, there are so many trouble areas that disturb me in different ways. 
Apr 02, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf
I DNF'd at 30 % I was really impressed with the author's ability to seamlessly move from one student point of view to the next every few paragraphs without it breaking up the story. However, at the same time it made it difficult for me to form a connection with or care about any of the characters. The story by the time I stopped already felt like it was dragging and while the overall plot was interesting it was just taking way to long to unfold.
Kathleen Gray
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Teens have lots of ideas about how to save the world, some realistic, some not. This wasn't. No way would these kids have been unable to open a window or get out of the school (fire regulations). Once you get past that (if you get past that and some of the other issues), there are some interesting characters. I'm not the audience for this YA novel but I'm not sure I'd want a younger reader on that spectrum to pick this up. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I wasnt quite sure if I would end up liking this book or not, but the more I read the more i couldn't put it down! I only gave 4/5 stars due to some aspects being a little too unbelievable but still good and I felt like at times there was too many view points going on that I got a little overwhelmed.
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Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, where he now lives, writes, and spills hot sauce on things. He's the author of several YA novels including LET'S GET LOST, NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES, and NORTH OF HAPPY.

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