I wanted her to stay because I needed her, and I wanted that to matter. I wanted to be reason enough.

She’s the Worst

Sisters April and Jenn haven’t been close in years. Jenn’s too busy with school, the family antique shop, and her boyfriend, and April would rather play soccer and hang out with the boy next door.

But when April notices her older sister is sad about staying home for college, she decides to do something about it. The girls set off to revive a pact they made as kids: spend an epic day exploring the greatest hits of their childhood and all that Los Angeles has to offer.

Then April learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family—and their feuding parents—apart. With only one day to set things right, the sisters must decide if their relationship is worth saving, or if the truth will tear them apart for good.

Title: She’s the Worst | Series: N/A | Author: Lauren Spieller | Genre: ContemporaryYoung Adult | Publication Date: September 3, 2019 | Links: AmazonBook Depository

It is the last day of She’s the Worst Blog Tour hosted by The FFBC and I couldn’t be more excited for my blog stop today! I’m always up for a good contemporary, and Spieller’s newest book seems especially interesting for me because of its focus on family and sibling relationships. 

the setting

Spieller’s love and passion for LA was obvious in this book. As someone’s who never went to the city before, I really had a good time reading Jenn and April one day adventure as they’re trying to rekindle their sibling’s connection. Each place that both sisters visited was very well-written and the scene was vivid! So, I applauded Spieller and her writing for that.

the plot

The plot was simple enough and exactly how it was presented on the blurb. What I found to be the most surprising was, as a character-oriented reader, I found the plot to be very much entertaining. I was digging each destination and enjoyed the memories’ revealation between the dual perspective of both sisters. It surely feels overwhelming at times, because I couldn’t imagine how someone could go through so many places and activities just in one day, while also making life-changing decisions and dealing with so much dramas. 

the characters

Oh my God, how do I start with all these characters?! Most of them had such a bold and strong personality. Now let’s combine that with years of family drama, ineffective communication, and self-oriented issue. Boom. A complete roller coaster ride from the beginning until the very last page. 

As much as I enjoyed how Spieller wrote these characters and their multidimensionality, it was surely exhausting and overwhelming to witnessed them interacting with each other. I have no idea who to root for, as none of them was describe as that flawless protagonist. For someone so smart and perfectionist about almost every aspect of her life, Jenn was obviously not as perfect as she think herself to be. I couldn’t explain too much without spoiling the story, but I found it to be unbelievable that Jenn was capable of keeping such thing for so long. And I found April to be a bit more okay, since she’s a teenager yet she’s dealing with how her own family can’t trust and support her enough to pursue her ultimate dream. And please don’t get me started on both parents, because they were plain horrible. I didn’t find any good aspect from them and they were nothing but continuous loud action packs 24/7.

Thankfully, I found a bit of time to relax and lay back when it comes to Nate. The guy was super sweet and deserves all the good things in the world! I wish he got more screen time in the story because his perspective as someone who grew up with Jenn and April will be super interesting! As for other side characters, they were okay but definitely not stand out. 

the verdict

She’s the Worst was a fun family-oriented story. The dynamic characters combined with the adventurous one-day plot could be a huge potential if the writer didn’t use ineffective communication and manipulation as the ultimate source of the problems. There were many aspect that Spieller could use to spark more drama within this story without making everyone always screams at everyone.

Thank you to the author and The FFBC for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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about the author

Lauren Spieller is an author and literary agent who lives in New York with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found drinking lattes, pining for every dog she sees, or visiting her native California. She is the author of Your Destination is on the Left and She’s the Worst. Follow her on Twitter @laurenspieller and Instagram @laurenspieller. You can also visit her website at www.laurenspieller.com

Photo Cred: Dave Cross Photography

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  1. Ah, Vinny this is such a great review, and also it’s so aesthetically pleasing! I love the fancasting you did! Super cute! <3 I'm glad that Nate was a great character and that he gave you time to feel relaxed amid the constant exhaustion between the two sisters!

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