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Two teens who have nothing in common work together at a record store.

When Amy, on her way to becoming valedictorian of her graduating class and getting accepted to her dream school, gets dumped by her long-term boyfriend, she takes a job at a record store to ease the pain. She needs a distraction, badly.

Oliver, Amy’s record store co-worker, isn’t so sure about Amy—his co
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 11th 2020 by Swoon Reads
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Paula M

"Things change over time. The way you appreciate things changes.”

Let it be known that I am a SUCKER for books with lots of music reference. And ALL OUR WORST IDEAS just hit all the right spot. I finished reading this book in 24 hours and it really left me wanting for more. This is the first one I've read from Vicky Skinner and I can't wait to get my hands on her previous and upcoming books!

I'll put it out there already that I am not the biggest fan of the title of this book because i
So I may have teared up a few times while reading this, I'm not going to lie.

Amy is a senior in high school, who is working her butt off to be valedictorian. Because she has a goal, get in to Stanford on a full scholarship and do to that she needs to make val. But things don't always go as planed and she is told she needs to work to help support her family, so getting at the record store is the best thing for Amy to do, but it will take up even more of her time. Something her boyfriend doesn't
Susan's Reviews
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
Amy (Amaria) Richardson feels like she doesn't belong anywhere. Born to a Mexican mother and "white as can be" father (her words), she feels lost in the crowd of her many half siblings. She hopes that going to Stanford and moving to California will set her on the right track to finding where "home" is for her. Being the studious girl that she is, she has no real friends, other than her former boyfriend, Jackson. However, she does all the right things that look good on a college applic
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amy had been on the road to Stanford for years now. She just needed to lock up the valedictorian spot and win a generous scholarship. Oliver was taking a gap year, because he didn't feel college was in his future. Though they had very different goals and were on divergent paths, they are brought together by their love of music, and may find they are actually a perfect match.

I have enjoyed Skinner's other two novels, but this one, this was my FAVORITE! It's a full-blown love story, where two peo
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Amy, a smart student, whose only aim is to become valedictorian, get Keller scholarship and get in Stanford. Her life is all managed, she was on right path for her dreams, had a perfect boyfriend. But she had to find a job when her step-father lost one. What is one time in life she get a job she’ll enjoy not the one which’ll look good on her application.

Oliver works in a music store. He is taking a gap year, But what if he isn’t? What if college isn’t for him? What it his idea of life is not bou
Samantha Hastings
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The perfect bridge of YA and New Adult.

Amy is a senior in high school who is desperate to become valedictorian so she can get a scholarship to Stanford. But first, she has to juggle a new part-time job, first love, and getting dumped.

Oliver told his mom he’s taking a gap year before starting college, but what if he’s not? What if college isn’t for him? And should he stop rescuing his drunk dad? He meets Amy at the music store and they seem to be on the same album, except she’s still in love wit
Mar 07, 2020 marked it as want-to-read-new
Adding this to my Want To Read based on the cover alone

I mean, look at it.
Lisa Mandina
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really cute book. I didn’t even realize it was set in my own hometown of Kansas City. It was fun to hear about places that are real, and places I’ve been. Overall the story was really cute and I enjoyed it. The title is perfect because both Oliver and Amy made some bad decisions, but I like how they learned from them and both were able to realize at some point what they’d done and why it was wrong and then do what they could to fix it. I liked how it showed that maybe college isn’t th ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it and wanted more!! So well written. The heartache and drama were realistic and relatable. The sarcasm and witt made me smile. The loneliness and love were each captured beautifully. Then it was all tied up in a bow and sealed with a kiss, like my heart.
B.R. Myers
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Told in alternating voices, this contemporary coming of age novel navigates the landscape of first love with all its confusing and whirlwind moments coupled with the struggle of finding true independence. With relatable characters and a slick soundtrack, ALL OUR WORST IDEAS by Vicky Skinner is a swoon worthy tale readers will fall for head over heels.
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a teenage true love story about finding the one, you’ll love All Our Worst Ideas. Touching on topics about following your dreams and dealing with family issues, All Our Worst Ideas is a sweet mature YA contemporary romance.

Amy is ready to finish her high schooling as valedictorian, get into Stanford with a full ride scholarship. Then every Friday night spent studying, every sacrifice will be worth it. Until her mother asks her to get a job while her stepdad is out of work
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Cute; not a knock out or unique story by any means but a good YA book with well built and interesting characters. I think the plot is also one that a lot of graduating teens nowadays can relate to.
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ya, read-2020
4.5 stars

Originally posted on 10/1/2020 at For What It's Worth -

Amy is driven to her single minded goal of becoming valedictorian of her class and winning a scholarship to her dream school, Stanford.

Unfortunately, her drive comes at a cost. Her boyfriend feels ignored and dumps her and her arch nemesis and main competition for valedictorian, Petra, is pulling ahead of her. To add to her stress, she needs to get a job because her family has hit a rough fin
Rajasree Jayaram
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book caught my eye because of that cover (heart eyes!). I love the bold colours and the vibe of the cover model - she looks so cool. The description hooked because the protagonists work in a music store(!!). I've said it before, my tastes in music are super basic - I listen to whatever's on the radio and some recommendations. Lately, my musical scope has been (very gradually) expanding because I'm making an effort to listen to all the songs on my Daily Mixes instead of just skipping the one ...more
Amy Richardson is a high school senior who is desperate to earn the title of valedictorian. She's carefully planned her future, and it relies on her coming in first place in her class in order to get into Stanford and earn a scholarship, since her family certainly can't afford the tuition. When she gets a job at her favorite record store around the same time her boyfriend dumps her, she finds herself derailed. Her coworker, Oliver, is apprehensive about Amy--they're complete opposites. He's alre ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, kindle

Since eighth grade, Amy has had a dream of going to Stanford for college. In order to afford it, she needs to get the biggest scholarship, which is dependent on her being valedictorian. As a result, she's always busy competing with her classmate Petra for the spot, which leaves her with little time for a social life. When she is forced to get a job after her step dad loses his, Amy decides to get one at the local record store, Spirits, and for the first time, she feels like she fits in somewhere
Tonja Drecker
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt and realistic, this is a tale of figuring out how to find oneself and dance to ones' own tune.

Amy knows how to be successful in school and is on her way to finish high school perfectly and slide right into college. But when the love-of-her-life boyfriend dumps her, it's more than a sour turn. Needing a distraction, she takes a part-time job at the record store. There she meets Oliver, a grumpy-ish co-worker, who is finishing off his 'break-year' before heading to college. But he's pret
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amy, a straight A student, and Oliver, a still-try-to-figure-it-out-my-life guy, have nothing in common.
As they work late-night shifts at a record store, they become friends and then confidantes and then something more. But when Amy has a hard time letting go of what she thought was her perfect future with her ex, she risks losing the future she didn’t even know she wanted with Oliver.

Oli is such an awesome guy! This is a very sweet and fast paced story.

"This is my favorite way to take in music
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
I honestly don't get what all the hype surrounding this book is.

It's... okay. Honestly to me All Our Worst Ideas felt like a Colleen Hoover plot with a more straight forward narration style. Two teens from different backgrounds with a mutual interest that separates them from the rest of their peers but not so much that it could separate them from potential readers with mess home and school lives that you know are going to end up together from the getgo.

It's probably one of the most average YA ro
Melinda Daniel
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It gave me sooo many feelings & I loved that they worked in a record store because Im a huge music lover!! This story made me want more of Amy & Oliver like I need to know where they go from the ending. Book 2 needs to happen ASAP!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Kat Bee
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Vicky Skinner is a talented writer who writes with great heart and much soul. I've read all her books and was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of All Our Worst Ideas. Told from alternating points of view, Amy and Oliver lead us through the progression of their relationship from co-workers to friends and beyond. I don't want to spoil anything but it's heartwarming and gratifying to embark on this journey with those two very different people who are able to bring out the best in each other ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
(I ship Amy and Petra, sorry not sorry.)
P.A. Pursley
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
This book was so good! I am not a romance novel person but this book has one of the things I love the most in the world...MUSIC! Lots of music! And the wonderful author gave the reader an index at the back of all the music she mentions in the book! So looking forward to YouTubing all of them and finding my favorites!

This is the story of Amy who is beautiful and intelligent and driven. She is so driven to make valedictorian that she is driving everyone out of her life. But life gets in the way a
Arden Belrose
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You guys already know I'm a huge fan of science fiction, but did you know that my other favorite genre's YA contemporary romance? Come to think of it, romance makes any book I read just that more enjoyable, apart from a few exceptions(I'm looking at you Scythe). Particularly the slow-burn kind! I think it's 'cause they seem more realistic.

Now, All Our Worst Ideas by Vicky Skinner isn't 100% slow-burn because one of the character falls for the other quite fast. But! This did not detract me from e
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s always nice when I jump back into reading and start with a great book. It feels like a nice reward to get lost in a story. This one in particular is full of those end of senior year stresses and motivations, with added hardships. The character growth and music recommendations were my favorite parts.

Amy is an overachieving high school senior that learns that some things in life aren’t worth sacrificing. Valedictorian is the only thing that Amy has time for during her last semester of high sc
Rukaiya Mustafa
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolutely enjoyed this book. The fantastic music compilation is something that makes a person read more. A unique way to introduce characters and a perfect way to help the reader understand the character’s feelings.

When I first picked up the book, I thought it would be a simple YA coming of age story. But this book was that and so much more. The book’s narration is from two point-of-views, Amy and Oliver.

In Amy’s side of the story, you see a shy nerd who’s only dream is to go to California.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun and engaging YA novel, Vicky Skinner’s All Our Worst Ideas is an enjoyable and touching read sprinkled with pathos, humor and romance readers are going to love.

The stars have truly aligned for Amy and she can look forward to a happy and rosy future: she is about to
graduate as valedictorian, she’s been accepted at her dream school and she has a gorgeous boyfriend with whom she is head over heels in love with. Everything seems to be going Amy’s way and nothing and nobody is going to rain on
Abby Hargreaves
All Our Worst Ideas brings Amy and Oli together over music and an abundance of self-doubt. While Oli has no plans to go to college, he struggles to tell his overbearing mom the truth while having trouble committing to even the most appealing path -- record store ownership. Meanwhile, Amy has her heart and her grades set on Stanford, but she'll need a scholarship to make it happen and that scholarship is dependent upon her winning the spot of valedictorian over some fierce competition. Neither ca ...more
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Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
[3 stars] three stars, but this is very much a “it’s not you, it’s me” review: All Our Worst Ideas was a quick read, really cute and sweet, albeit pretty “standard” as far as young-adult contemporaries go. it’s well-plotted and well-written, and the two main characters (Oliver and Amy) are likeable and easy to relate to. it doesn’t necessarily do anything new, but that’s fine.

the blurb mentions that Oliver and Amy are ‘opposites’. so i, a fool, automatically assumed that this would be an enemie
Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it
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Vicky Skinner was born and raised in Texas, where she started writing novels about kissing cute boys when she was fifteen and eventually earned a BA in Literary Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas. She’s a full-time writer, a part-time runner, and she currently lives in Dallas with her husband.

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