Friday, February 1, 2019
Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell
This book is mostly exactly what you'd think it would be both romance and story-wise except for all the stuff that is tackled and resolved quickly in the last few chapters. Family fights and misunderstandings - check. Possible romantic competition - check. Sacrificing dreams due to unconditional love - check. Getting over your attitude problem that is causing you to misread situations - check. And more! Of course I didn't go into this book looking for a downer so I wanted the happy ending to all of those stories, but maybe not so many stories and not so fast. Claire's turnaround from disavowing her family to recognizing their worth happens in the blink of an eye and the thing that causes her to change her attitude is also revealed mighty fast. I feel like that amount of crazy might not be revealed so quickly in real life.
Despite those ending flaws, there are a few things I liked a lot about this book.
1. Claire and Poppy's mom is sort of a stage mother but not in a bad way at all. She totally cares about her daughters and it shows in how she treats them which is a great change from the portrayal of most parents in YA books.
2. Rafael is a really nice guy and the romance progresses very slowly rather than with insta-love. Most of their interactions in the book consist of them talking and asking questions of each other. Like, actually getting to know each other!
3. The downside of being internet famous (probably famous in any way at all) is unflinchingly shown. Of course it appears that these people have perfect lives but the online harassment and the work involved in maintaining that appearance is no joke.
4. And speaking of work... It is made clear that you don't just get famous by writing a few entries and being discovered. It's a fulltime job getting your name out there. It's a good lesson for all those teens who are going to monetize their videos and get rich quick.