Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. I liked it a lot. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Title: Liars and Losers Like Us
Author: Ami Allen-Vath
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication date: March 22, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Keep calm and make it to prom night—without a legit panic attack.
For seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief, and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the hallways of Belmont High.
When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request.
With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide, she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school outcast—as a party of one.
Another fantastic Sunday Street Team read. I received a copy from Edelweiss to review, and ended up giving this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
So the characters…Bree was a pretty good main character overall. I wasn’t sure about Sean, but he was okay. I’m not sure he’s a book boyfriend though. The relationship Bree had with her mom seemed realistic for the most part, except some lack of parental concern. But I liked that it was overall pretty positive. Jane’s a character I loved to hate, but I liked that she had sides to her personality that were slowly revealed the more you kept reading.
I liked the fact that the main character, Bree, was diverse. That got major pluses in my book. But it took a while to find that out, and it was kind of just thrown in there haphazardly. Overall, I liked the book a lot. I just didn’t love it wholeheartedly, but I’d definitely recommend it if someone wants a (mostly) cute contemporary read.
I was surprised by some things that didn’t happen in the book, because I had a feeling that something bad besides Maisey’s suicide was going to happen, while reading most of the book. But I did guess why Maisey did what she did. The ending felt a little rushed to me, but it covered the necessities, and didn’t really leave me demanding more. The author’s note was amazing, and emotional. I love that more authors are focusing on tough issues, because these things need to be discussed.
Final note: Overall, a pretty good book. I’d recommend it to contemporary fans, or anyone that likes books that focus on tough topics.
Ami Allen-Vath is a YA author living and writing along the shores of New Jersey. She loves great and terrible TV, ice cream, books, and vacations. Ami loathes cilantro, live birds, and when guys do cartoon impressions. Liars and Losers Like Us is her first novel.