The Best Laid Plans
It seemed like a good plan at first.
When the only other virgin in her group of friends loses it at Keely's own eighteenth birthday party, she's inspired to take things into her own hands. She wants to have that ...more
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I had the pleasure of reading an early edition of this book and I’m so glad that I did! This is one of the best rom-coms that I’ve read in a long time. It’s funny when it wants to be, cover-your-eyes cringey in the best possible way at times, and really thoughtful about the way we talk about sex/virginity/relationships. This should be required ...more
Anyway. If anyone from Razorbill/Penguin Teen wants to enable an impatient person by giving her an advanced copy for review, then ...more
In The Best Laid Plans, the characters conform to certain stereotypes- a good girl who's unsure about who/what she wants, a popular guy best friend who harbours secret feelings for said good girl and a mean girl type friend who's not really a ...more
Lund perfectly captures the nonsensical rules and double standards about sex that get perpetuated when you're in high school and drive the main character, Keely, to feel like something is wrong with her for still being a virgin at 18 (spoiler-not-spoiler: nothing is wrong with her!!).
This book has a lot of steamy scenes that were so gripping they would rival some of the best romance writers, yet they still felt ...more
I got such modern-day CAN'T HARDLY WAIT vibes from this, which delighted me.
I loved the voice in this book. So, so much. This is the sex-positive rom-com I've been wanting for years, with a perfect YA voice in the main character, Keely Collins. Keely's feeling pretty isolated in her small town because she believes she's the only virgin. So ...more
This book captured some of the best and worst parts of high school and life in a small town. All of the characters were so fleshed out, and each one was unique even as they fit the high school stereotypes (popular-mean girl, drama girl, jock-jackass, relatable ...more
I was very, very much looking forward to this book. It sounds a bit like a YA version of The Kiss Quotient, which I adored! I always appropriate sex positive YA, and this sounded like it would also be packed full with amazing tropes. Plus, the cover is so bright and happy and absolutely adorable.
I really, really, really hate to say that I didn't love this one. I really think this is a matter of personal preference and a lot of people are going to really love it, but it just wasn't ...more
Stories about high schoolers questing to lose their virginity have been around since the early 80's. Granted, the majority of them have concerned boys rather than girls, so at least this one is progressive in that aspect. But it's not a new idea by any stretch. That would be fine if somehow new life was breathed into this old idea, but ...more
Can I first just say how much I loved the way this book approached the topic of sex in high school? Lund perfectly emphasized that what other people choose to do with their bodies is none of your concern. Do you ...more
This is a YA novel about Keely as she struggles through her last year of high school, navigating all the rules of sex and virginity and social circle drama as she develops a crush on a college boy at work!! She feels inexperienced in dating and sexual activities compared to her group of friends, and is worried what this ...more
Well this turned out to be an adorable, heartwarming story that had me grinning like a fool!! I absolutely loved the mature YA feel and how it addressed sex. I feel like too often YA books shy away from it but I really thought this one did a great job of making it realistic and relatable even at 29!
I went in telling myself I'd just read a couple chapters and the next ...more
I surprisingly actually really enjoyed this book! I'm usually not into romance type books, but this wasn't like that at all & was instead something I could genuinely relate to.. though I never asked my guy best friend if he could help me lose my virginity but I do remember the feeling of pressure like I HAD to lose my virginity because that's what everyone else was doing. Might be "TMI" but I was ...more
However, there is an issue I had with the book that I feel pretty strongly about. The book is advertised for 9th grade and older. I feel that it should be older ...more
Today, high school definitely is not what it used to be as we read about senior Keely Collins navigating her way through friendships (or loss of friends), figuring out her wants and desires, and honestly just finding her way amongst the crowd.
Keely thinks she knows what she wants in her finding of the older and “cooler” Dean, but luckily she is able ...more
Despite the fact that I've realized I'm an old prude for being scandalized at how some teens probably act, this was actually a pretty enjoyable teen rom-com. I can totally see it as a made-for-TV movie or spring flick for teens and how it would probably resonate with people of all ages. The themes of finding yourself, peer-pressure, and just all-around dreadful insecurity of high school are something that I'm sure anyone can relate to.
Keely is a mess of ...more
Keely tends to have a lot of good insight when she's talking to herself in the story, and I think that makes it completely relatable. Because Keely sees herself as "one of the guys" (and ...more
Okay, I was pretty excited going into this book. I received an arc in the mail right before Valentine’s Day so it was perfect. A lovely and sometimes hilariously awkward cast of characters really brought this book together. Each character played their part to further the storyline (which was also PHENOMENAL). Who doesn’t love a good unintentional love triangle turned friends to lovers? Really, “I love you more than pizza” is the most tacky yet adorable line ever.
Personally, the ...more
Keely seems like ...more