The Year of Living Awkwardly
Rating: 4/5
Buy/Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of Simon and Schuster (out now)

It's Chloe Snow's sophomore year of high school, and life has only grown more complicated.

Last year, Chloe was the star of the musical. This year, she's just a lowly member of the ensemble. Chloe’s best friend, Hannah, is no help: she’s been sucked into the orbit of Lex, evil Queen Bee of the class. Meanwhile, Chloe’s dad is busy falling in love with Miss Murphy, and her mother is MIA in Mexico with her much younger bullfighting boyfriend, Javi... 

If only Chloe could talk to Grady about it - he's easy to talk to. Or he was, until he declared his love for Chloe, she turned him down because despite all her rational brain cells she can't seem to get over Mac, and then Grady promptly started going out with Lex.

As the performance of the show approaches, Chloe must find a way to navigate all the messy elements of her life and make it through the end of the year.

I'm not sure what it is about summer, but it always leaves me craving feel-good, laugh-out-loud books. So when I was approached for the blog tour of The Year of Living Awkwardly, I jumped at the chance.

When teens are written in their truest from: their awkwardness and over-dramatisation of every situation shining through, it's simply magical. Teens aren't perfect. They're oversensitive, overdramatic, and mostly just a heightened version of their adult self. And Chloe Snow is just that.

Chloe's life is complicated. And an utter disaster. She was the lead in the school musical last year, and now has no speaking lines. Her best friend has been stolen by the worst girl in the school. The boy she spent all summer is now the worst girl in the school's boyfriend - and her life is pretty much over. Of course. 

I used to write a diary in school. And what's strange is, I was much like Chloe - the insignifcant drama of the day would be spoken about in depth, but the serious moments that were happening in my life, I barely touched upon. For example, Chloe's parents are just going through a divorce and her mum has moved to Mexico. All whilst Chloe's dad is exploring his new relationship with her English teacher. Of course, Chloe speaks about this in her diary, but it never seems as important as the school drama; which as a used-to-be teen, I can definitely relate to. And I think it added more credibility to Chloe's character.

If you liked Louise Rennison's books, this book definitely gives off the same kind of vibe. I loved that most of the chapters were short and snappy (depending on her day, of course). I also had no idea that this book was a sequel, so I'm so excited to pick up the first one (if you haven't read the first, you can definitely still enjoy and understand the second; I certainly did).

If you're after a book that will leave your face aching from laughter, this is definitely the book for you.

If you'd like to be in with the chance of winning both Chloe Snow books, just leave a comment below with a way to contact you on social media. UK only. Ends 19/7/2018.

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1 comment

  1. Looks like a great read. I'd love to win @sarah34090