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The Best Laid Plans

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High school senior Keely Collins takes on firsts, lasts, and everything in between in this sweet, sex-positive rom-com for fans of Meg Cabot and Jenny Han.

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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Razorbill
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    Sep 07, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
    fun! another book to remind me how painfully single i am!
    Jeff Bishop
    Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Who among us hasn’t asked our best friend to take our virginity so the cute boy we’ve been making out with won’t run away when he learns we’re a virgin???

    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
    Lea (drumsofautumn)
    Jul 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: to-be-released
    This has huge potential to be the biggest mess but I shall remain hopeful.
    Melanie (mells_view)
    Jan 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
    I read a sneak peek of this on BookishFirst a couple days ago, and it is legitimately all that I can think about now. Every time I pick up another book I stop and think, “I wonder what happens with Keely and Co.?” Which honestly isn’t so bad, because it releases in 3 months! But it’s also the worst, because I have zero patience skills and now I HAVE TO WAIT 3 MONTHS!!

    Anyway. If anyone from Razorbill/Penguin Teen wants to enable an impatient person by giving her an advanced copy for review, then
    Arpita Shrivastava
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This is a funny and really enjoyable book. I loved the first 62 pages. This is perfect and a type of book which we all rom-com lovers want in our collection. It is a book we want to read again and again and every time it is as amusing as it was the first time. I will definitely want to read the entire book and believe it has great potential. The best part is all the characters are lovable and so relatable. We all had such a group of friends and classmates in high school. The James Dean angle is ...more
    Eileen (BookCatPin)
    Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The Best Laid Plans read like the teen romance that it is- with lots of drama and angst. Ms. Lund does a good job capturing a teen's complicated social life. I could easily picture this book being adapted onto the big screen and adored by young audience.

    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
    Gabby Noone
    Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: read-in-2020
    I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of this and totally devoured it!!!

    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
    Megan Houde
    Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book is everything you look for as a teenager and navigating the murky waters of trying to find the best way to loose your virginity. You have a main character who is always in her head and anxious and figuring herself out. You have this bubble you belong to in high school of close friends that know everything about everything, and then you meet someone new who’s exciting and not like the friends you know. So you decide to get noticed by them, that you’ll loose yourself along the way. I ...more
    Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I received a physical ARC of this book as part of the Roaring 20s Debut group ARC tour. My opinion is my own and I am under no obligation to write this review.

    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
    Megan Besancon
    Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: giveaways
    I LOVED THIS BOOK! I can be very picky about my romantic comedies and YA coming-of-age novels, but this ranks up there with my all-time favorites. This book had me squealing in delight and spazzing out in glee and embarrassment.

    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
    Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it

    Reading this book really felt like a movie was played out in front of my eyes, it was such a funny read and I found myself not wanting to finish it. Best friends to lovers still remains the best trope for obvious reasons !!!
    Isabella (The Feminist Bookworm)
    This book was a riot, and I fucking loved it!!!
    jana [ bookishwiccan ]
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    First rom-com/contemporary I've read in years. Fun and light hearted, easy quick read I finished in less than 24hrs. Full review to come on my blog.
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arcs
    I knew it the first time I saw this book's premise that I was going to love it Full RTC! ...more
    Nov 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
    *Spoiler free*

    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
    Feb 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
    So, the book isn't TERRIBLE. The writing is competent and overall the characters are likeable. But it's exceedingly generic and honestly unrealistic.
    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
    Jessica Guht
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you Cameron Lund for writing this book because it got me out of my reading rut! I loved everything about it, the characters, the character development, the awkward moments that were painfully relatable, the body positivity, and the happy ending which wasn't absurdly unrealistic.

    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
    Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I won this copy of The Best Laid Plans from @bookishfirst and I was so excited when it arrived! I absolutely inhaled it. After reading the sneak peak when I entered I was hooked.

    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
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
    I must be too old to properly appreciate this book. "The Best Laid Plans" is the debut novel by Cameron Lund, which details high school senior Keely's attempts to lose her virginity to hottie college junior Dean, not because she loves him, but because she "just wants to get it over with." My personal opinion is that I don't think this is a message adults should be putting out there, that kids should have sex just so they aren't virgins anymore. I'm not saying sex is wrong, just that having ...more
    Joee (booksandacupofjoee)
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    "Love is when your weirdness matches up with someone else's weirdness. When you're comfortable being exactly you."

    *4.5 stars*

    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
    **I would like to thank the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this book**

    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
    Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: bookishfirst
    Like a Jenny Han book but perhaps for a slightly older age group. It's definitely a Rom-Com and everything exactly as advertised. I really enjoyed it and I would absolutely recommend it to others who enjoy this style of story. I would absolutely watch it if it became a movie and I will admit that I was totally rooting for the characters.

    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
    Linda Hutchinson
    Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Two great books in a row with pretty yellow covers. The Best Laid Plans by author Cameron Lund is a YA coming of age story featuring two best friends Keely and Andrew. It’s their senior year of high school having been bff’s since 4th grade and Keely is the last girl to loose her V-card while Andrew has had a long pick of available groupies. Keely has also been serving as Andrew’s “wing-gal” for years yet invisible to guys until she meets a local college junior who is hot for her and interested ...more
    Taylor King
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This is such a departure from other YA novels which seem to focus on pain and the otherworldly. It is nice to be able to open a book and just laugh with the characters. I normally don’t enjoy love triangles simply because there is always one distinct character I love and can see the protagonist with more than the other. I was Team Edward in Twilight. There was no question about my choice then. In this book, however, I was rooting for both the love interests because they were fully fleshed out, ...more
    Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Best Laid Plans (haha play on words) by Cameron Lund is a fun, snarky, sarcastic young adult novel that kept me interested from beginning to end.
    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
    Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: chick-lit
    It's really a forward-leaning 3.5 stars...
    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
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Keely isn't much of a dater, so when she starts dating, she feels woefully under-educated. So when she starts dating Dean, the lie that she wasn't a virgin just kind of slipped out. Why not ask her best friend, Andrew, to help her out? But as the title suggest, the best-laid plans always tend to go awry.

    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
    Alaina Cavin
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    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
    Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2020-tbr
    I only got read a first glance of The Best Laid Plans and I need more now. The premise sounds a tad shallow, but don't be fooled this is about to be more than that. The friendship between Keely and her best guy friend is so cute and genuine, I'm honestly curious to see how it all plays out. It has a more mature feel than To All The Boys We've Loved Before so I wonder if we will get an ending along those lines or if it will go in the other direction with it being an epic failure.

    Keely seems like
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The Best Laid Plans is such a fun and engaging read. I was hooked from the start and did not want to stop reading until I was finished. Keely and Andrew are such great friends and I love seeing how well he knows her and how she can completely be herself with him. Dean is such a dreamboat though it's not hard to see why Keely would swoon over him. Honestly I knew where this was going from the start, but man did I enjoy the ride. I think this may very well be the best friends to lovers book that ...more
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