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We Didn't Ask for This

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  151 reviews
From Adi Alsaid, the acclaimed author of Let’s Get Lost, Never Sometimes Always, and North of Happy

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

Central International School’s annual lock-in is legendary — and for six students, this year’s lock-in is the answer to their dreams. The chance to finally win the contest. Kiss the guy. Make a
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Berit Talks Books
I have to admit it was strange reading a book about a lockdown everyone was excited about in the middle of our current situation. This was a readable, entertaining, diverse book with some believability issues. Central International School Home of the See Cucumbers and the world elite’s children. It was kind of like Breakfast Club on steroids. If Molly Ringwald were to chain herself to the doors protesting aqua net destroying the ozone layer. Well and these kids were here by choice not because th ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Giveaway win!

Boring. Dull. A chore to read.

I'm so extremely happy that I didn't pay for this. Tomorrow I'm donating it to a little library because no one should have to pay for this.
Larry H
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It’s the annual lock-in night at Central International School, the night where students stay at school and enjoy fun events and a legendary secret party planned by a fellow student. It’s a night they look forward to all year, and younger students can’t wait until they’re in high school to experience it.

For some students this will be the night—the night they let their crush know what they’re thinking, the night they prove they’re the best athlete in the school regardless of gender, the night they
Yna the Mood Reader
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Still thinking about my rating. Might change on my final review.
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 much
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley2020
This was one crazy ride into the dynamics of an international school!

3.5, rounded up because of so many merits in diversity, ecology and especially all the work for planning this thing.

Marisa wants to protect the environment and save the reefs, for that she joins force with some other student and sabotages the yearly event of lock-in night, when their whole school is supposed to spend the night together in fun activities. Marisa makes it honor the name, though, by locking herself to the exit an
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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chloe yeung ♡
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.
this was a diverse and unusually hilarious read with characters who complement each other so well! :D full rtc
Kelly Goodwin
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 joke
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
CIS is an international school for grades K-12. Each year, the high school kids have a lock-in toward the end of the school year. This is an event that everyone looks forward to. This year is no different, during lock-in, magic can happen, people fall in love or out of it and try to change the world. Everyone is enjoying the events of the night when they literally get locked in. Marisa and a few other students chain themselves to the doors, refusing to move until thirty demands are met. Will it ...more
Wendi Lee
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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 an
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. ...more
Tonight is the night of the International School’s annual lock-in. It’s a beloved tradition and one that’s 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 want
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: We Didn’t Ask for This

Author: Adi Alsaid

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: LGBT+ friendly

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 15+ (slight violence, romance)

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Pages: 352

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

Central International School's annual lock-in is legendary -- and for s
moh ♡
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this book is hauntingly beautiful.
Jullian E
Apr 15, 2022 rated it it was ok
"She emerged from the water and took of her mask, tears mixing with the waves people and the trash with which they suffocated the world. She looked around, shading her eyes from the shimmering sunlight with her free hand. Maybe it was time to accept the world as it was. A construction site. Large, acres of it, from what Marisa could tell, and a handful of bulldozers. She swam closer and saw the sign announcing the coming resort. Nearby, a trickle of brown-gray water weaved its way from below the ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audiobook, 2020
2.5 stars. (why do I keep doing this to myself??) Some of the characters were mildly interesting, but overall, I felt like nothing happened in 300+ pages? I get what the message is supposed to be - fight for your cause and don't let up, but this didn't feel like it was all that inspiring towards that message? I actually nodded off during the audiobook and had to go back and listen. I may just be an old fart who this isn't really geared towards, but this did nothing to stoke my activism fire. ...more
Stéphanie Louis
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the book now and I have to say WOW. I’m amazed by this novel. And I’m not sure that I’m able to put everything in words. It’s probably going to be weird. Well, let’s 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 P
Alyson Stone
Book: We Didn’t 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 couldn’t get into it. The summary sounds really amazing and has so much promise, but the story I got just wasn’t 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 aw
Apr 15, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, kindle, netgalley
This is going to be a review that is totally different from my usual reviews. That’s because I haven’t finished this book as of yet. Here’s the thing, I really like this book. It’s not going to end up as a DNF for me, but it’s not the right book for me at this time. Let me explain.

First, I am a huge fan of YA. All age ranges of YA from children’s books to middle grade to high school to older teens, I generally love them all. This story has wonderful voices and I can totally see my teenage niece
Phoebe S.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book that really tackles the subject of radical action well. The characters are complex and to see the chemistry between them evolve is really something beautiful.

I especially enjoyed how Marisa Cuevas was shown to be a dedicated, smart activist firmly in the right but also a human being with regrets, love, and an ability to be surprised. All of the main cast was well-thought out, but it was especially notable with Marisa and (to a lesser extent) Peejay Singh.

After the time skip, there
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I hate to admit this, but I have not liked anything I've ever read from Adi Alsaid. He's an amazing writer with great stories . . . it's just generally not for me. With that said, I didn't really hate We Didn't Ask for This, there was an interesting story there. It was just severely flawed.

One thing that I loved about this book is that it covers an important topic: environmental concerns. Even the dedication is for the Greta Thunbergs of the world.

Now, here comes some of the flaws.

One of our mai
Thank you for the advance copy to review.
This story takes place in a diverse school setting (K-12) and the big event at the end of the year is called “the lock in”. The students look forward to it every year and it’s a time for fun, friendship, pranks and potential romance. This year a group of students decide to use the event to stage a real lock in, where the others are unable to come and go freely until their demands are met. The premise is terrific. The idea of young people being passionate
Ashley Urquhart
DNF 18% - I thought this book opened pretty strong—I liked the way the perspective fluidly shifted between the students. However, we were introduced to about a dozen students and now I can’t remember half of them or what they want. Also, I don’t care. Despite the number of students, I don’t care about any of them.

Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tessa Noble
Jul 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
DNF - I couldn't get into this book. I felt confused about the characters as there were too many to keep track of. I did like the premise but I just felt that the pace was really slow. I also love the unique cover and I the premise of saving the environment. I just felt like the pacing could have been better.

*Thank you Netgalley for this copy for an honest review*
Laura ( Latteandbookz )
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. ...more
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the premise of the HS lock in night, but this book was just ok. Didn’t feel the characters like I needed to to care more about them and several situations seemed pretty improbable.
Marisa Buller
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, lgbtqia
I almost DNF’d this book about 20% in. I’m glad I didn’t.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a large, diverse cast of characters, Alsaid weaves stories from multiple perspectives that brought up the idea of changes: from environmental progress to breaking away from tradition and following dreams in a realistic fashion. Inspired Greta Thunberg and other teenage activists, this is like a tribute to their cause. Admittedly, though, with such a big group of teenagers, the pacing of the story can feel slow at times with certain POVs.
Apr 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 isn’t 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 lea
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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. ...more

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