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  • Adorable YA book

    I had mixed feeling about this book when I first started reading it and actually really liked the intro to the book however, I wasn't really liking the vibe on how these high school students felt so pressured to have sex so that they wouldn't be a virgin anymore. You can immediately see how much Andrew is into his best friend Keely and she is just stuck on this whole we are so close and have been best friends since birth kind of thing. The author did a really great job at showing how Andrew adored her, but kept his feelings in check. Everyone in this small town knows everything and everything about everyone and that is the real problem. Keely is celebrating her 18th birthday as a virgin and she is not excited about it because she doesn't want to end high school as the only virgin. Even the most popular girl finally loses hers at Keely's party. Keely ends up having to get a summer job and meets a hot junior in college. She really likes him, but she's shy and nervous since she has never had a boyfriend before. Keely ends up spending a lot of time with this guy named Dean and she tries to hide the fact that she is a virgin and she gets close to having sex with him, but always finds a way out of the situation. She wants to lose her virginity to someone who she can trust so one of her best friends suggest that she sleeps with her best friend Andrew since he's so experienced or so she thought. Her plan to sleep with Andrew falls apart and they struggle to retain that friendship. Eventually at prom night, Keely discovers so many things that she is far from the only virgin still in school and that Andrew is actually crazy in love with her. She rushes to tell him that she has come to the realization that she is in love with him as well before he makes a big mistake as well. I love how these two find each other in the end and finally get their happy ending. I also have to say that I love the fact that the author turns the tables were there were actually so many different people in this small school who really just have the perception that they have slept with someone else for whatever reason and really were still virgins. I feel like this brings some of the pressure off of teens to know that they don't always have to fit into the crowd to be able to fit in and it really shows light on how we keep friendships just because we are in high school. Overall, this book was really good and an easy read.

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  • Not My Style

    This book was weird, while I did enjoy it, it irritated me at some points. Like most romance novels, it was super obvious as to who Keely had feelings for, and who she would end up with. That took away some of my enjoyment of the book because some of the drama felt filler. My first, and really only problem with this was the characters. Keely was alright as a character, but her constant worrying about what being a virgin would mean for her relationship with Dean got a bit old. I actually disliked Dean quite a bit, it was very obvious that he was using her, and the way he acted just bothered me. Andrew on the other hand had potential, but I didn't like how he put on the front of being a player, and essentially lied to Keely. All of the characters were interesting to read, but I wasn't in love with any of the love interests. Because of how innocent Keely was, some parts of this were super cringey. It reminded me a lot of the Kiss Quotient, but just a more YA version. If your a huge fan of romance and drama, I would read this, but it just wasn't my style.

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  • Okay

    This is a good book but i don't like how dean treated Keely

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  • The perfect mix of humor and heart

    Best Laid Plans follows a high school senior Keely Collins, the only virgin in her group of friends. When she meets Dean, a hot college guy who genuinely seems interested in her, she panics thinking that he will no longer want to date her if he finds out she’s a virgin. Desperate to lose her virginity, she asks her experienced best friend Andrew to help her before she makes a fool out of herself with Dean. But what she doesn’t count on is Andrew’s feelings for her and how sex will complicate and change their relationship forever. Best Laid Plans is told entirely from Keely’s perspective as she struggles to figure out her feelings for both her coworker and her best friend. At times I felt frustrated with her and for her. Andrew, her best friend was my favorite character. I loved Best Laid Plans so much. I read it in an afternoon. It’s the perfect mix of humor and heart. Friends to Lovers is my favorite YA romance trope and Best Laid Plans handles it so perfectly. It also has a great understanding of friendship and slut-shaming in a way that I rarely have seen in other YA books. I whole-heartedly recommend Best Laid Plans to other Young Adult Romance fans! Thank you to Bookish First and Penguin Teen for the review copy! All opinions are my own.

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  • A Cute Must-Read Coming of Age Rom-Com

    I went into The Best Laid Plans expecting lots of sex, like a To All The Boys fake date situation but with sex. What I got instead was a book about female empowerment. Girls learning how to own their sexuality and that the rules that apply to them don’t apply to the boys and how messed up that actually is. I’m loving all the sex positive and female positive books that have been coming out lately. I don’t want to stick a feminist label on this because that turns people away, but it had a strong message that I think young girls deserve. The friendships in this book were so on point, especially the girls. Keely and Hannah had this supportive friendship that contrasted deeply with the other two girls in their group who were just catty. It showed what a really friendship, one where you lift each other up, should look like versus one that judged and put down. Keely and Andrew were the real friendship here though. They were such absolute dorks and I loved them both, especially their Hitchcock references. When Keely didn’t have girl friends he was there for her in her most crucial girl moments and it was just so sweet. Obviously there was some romance going down. I’m not going to elaborate too much, but feelings were a tangled mess and it just felt so real. There were some steamy scenes though with my favorite involving a bath tub and another with some good old polar bear underwear. To me the romance took a backseat in the major plot though which was sex; when should you lose it, how it should be lost, how girls are considered sluts and shamed for sleeping with guys while a guy doing the same thing is never called out for it. Society sets double standards and those were front and center in The Best Laid Plans. Teenagers are looking to books and if we can have literary examples for them to look up to, to follow, then maybe we can have the next generations take control of their sexuality and own it. It also showed how while Keely struggled with sex and the timing along with her feelings surrounding it that it was only because she was trying to force something because she thought she needed to. When you know you know and it’s okay to say no or wait, whether you have a good reason or you just don’t want to. The Best Laid Plans had that romcom feel I was searching for, with romantic moments and swoon worthy gestures that we’ve come to expect in the genre. I think this is one of the books showing the new generation of romcoms though, one with multiple messages to be learned reflecting the changes we see happening all around us. It was powerful and insightful while also being messy, chaotic and overall a book about teens for teens.

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