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REVIEW: How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle

How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle
Published by Hot Key Books on 4th June 2015
Pages: 288
Source: *Received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

When you're tired of being good, sometimes you gotta be a little bad ...

Jesse, Vicks and Mel couldn't be more different. Jesse, a righteous Southern gal who's as thoughtful as she is uptight, is keeping a secret that she knows will change her life forever. Vicks is a wild child: seemingly cool, calm and collected on the outside, but inside she's furious at herself for being so anxious about her neglectful boyfriend. And Mel is the new girl in town. She's already been dismissed as just another rich kid, but all she wants is to get over some of her fears and find some true friends. 

But for all their differences, the girls discover they've got one thing in common - they're desperate to escape. Desperate to get the heck out of Niceville and discover their true 'badass' selves! Even if it's just for the weekend ... One 'borrowed' car later, it's time to hit the road and head for Miami. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything.
This book, oh my. I was really hoping for a light and fun contemporary, with funny characters and humorous events. I was so bored. I do love this cover though, the colours are beautiful!

When Jesse persuades her best friend Vicks to go on a road trip to see her boyfriend, who then persuades Mel to come along too, they are not prepared for the adventure they encounter. Out of their comfort zones, they experience new places which tests the boundaries and strength of their friendships, and whether they can really trust each other.

I feel one of the main contributing factors to my dislike of this novel was the characters. Jesse was annoying, though she did come across as the mother of the group and I liked her for being the more sensible one, that was it; however you could not help but feel sympathy for her because of what she was going through at home.Vicks I strongly disliked, she was immature and did everything and anything they should not do; she was just like a naughty child! Mel was okay at points, sometimes I did feel sorry for her, but all I really wanted her to do was stand up for herself. It was when they all had arguments, which were continuous and child-like. Two of them, even though they had just had a fight, would go off without the other giggling and then they would be storming over with the other the next minute.

The second main contributing factor to my dislike for this novel was the plot. It was incredibly unrealistic, not to mention their decisions had no regard for their own safety. I mean would you really drive a random person to their party and then attend the party with people you do not know?! I was just continuously frustrated with them, they came across as naive and immature. But I also felt there was no real depth to the plot, nothing meaningful happened.

Therefore I really disliked this novel, and would sadly not recommend it. I had so much hope for it after I had read We Were Liars last year, but it just did not live up to my expectations at all.


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