G. Bianco, 2019
The bestselling authors of books like Time of Our Lives, If I’m Being Honest, and Always Never Yours are back with their newest YA romance What’s Not to Love. Set to be published on April 20th, writing duo/IRL couple Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (known by their fans as Wibbroka) show just what happens when your nerdy nemesis turns into something more.
Since high school began, Alison Sanger and Ethan Molloy have competed on almost everything. AP classes, the school paper, community service, it never ends. If Alison could avoid Ethan until graduation, she would. Except, naturally, for two over-achieving seniors with their sights on valedictorian and Harvard, they share all the same classes and extracurriculars. So when their school’s principal assigns them the task of co-planning a previous class’s ten-year reunion, with the promise of a recommendation for Harvard if they do, Ethan and Alison are willing to endure one more activity together if it means beating the other out of the lead. But with all this extra time spent in each other’s company, their rivalry begins to feel closer to friendship. And as tension between them builds, Alison fights the growing realization that the only thing she wants more than winning…is Ethan.
I think I am officially a Wibbroka fan! This book is a fun enemies-to-lovers romance that will have any YA lovers severely invested in Allison and Ethan’s rivalry/relationship! While both of them seem WAY too invested in one-upping each other, their character development (especially Allison’s) is really well-written and makes this novel even more entertaining to read. The enemies-to-lovers aspect doesn’t feel forced or toxic at all and instead shows that sometimes love and hate really are two sides of the same coin.
Having the main characters be seniors in high school, there was naturally an emphasis on enjoying your youth while you can and the impending graduation/college fears many people face; however, what I liked about this book was that it emphasized doing things your own way. Allison isn’t the type to go to parties or do crazy things for the sake of being young and yet she doesn’t regret any of the choices she’s made to get to where she ends up in the book, which was really refreshing to see. I also really liked the underlying theme of life not ending up the way you anticipate it and that sometimes you just have to roll with the punches.
I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a quick read (I literally read it in less than 24 hours) or something to make you feel like you’re back in high school again or that your not alone while experiencing it in the present. I look forward to reading through the rest of Siegemund-Broka and Wibberley’s backlist collection and cannot wait to see what they will write next!
*I received an ARC from Penguin Teen in exchange for my honest opinion.
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