Blog Tour & ARC Review: Super Awkward by Beth Garrod10:00
Author: Beth Garrod
Published September 1st 2016 by Scholastic
I, Bella Fisher, am absolutely WINNING at FAILING at life.
1. I once got my tongue stuck to a box of Calippos in a supermarket.
2. I accidentally called my geography teacher Mum. Twice. He wasn't impressed.
3. I'm a geek. And not in a geek-chic kind of way, but in a secretly-caring-about-failing-maths-and-science way.
4. I always fail maths and science.
So it figures that when I meet the FITTEST BOY IN THE WORLD, Zac, I'm doing solo star jumps. While dressed as a cereal box.
(NOTE TO SELF, fancy dress = HE-WILL-NEVER-EVER-FANCY-ME dress.)
Now I've got to somehow persuade Zac to come to prom with me while avoiding my evil ex and dealing with a secret so mega-awks I want to Ctrl-Z my brain... What could go wrong?
Oh yeah, that's right. Absolutely everything.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.
This book would have been perfect for me, when I was younger, and, you know, actually a teenager. In it, Bella, a 15 year old, has accepted that her life is 'super awkward'. When she should be at her best friend's birthday party, that they've been planning for months, her mam drags her off to a caravan park, in Wales. She thinks her life has ended. When her annoying ex-boyf texts her a picture of him kissing someone - someone who may or may not be one of her besties, she definitely thinks her life is over. However, she finds a major hottie, Zac, and that just about makes up for everything.
When she gets back home, she and Zac remain in contact - but the problem is, he thinks she's 17, like him. Her relationships with her best friends sour, and she tells the whole school - or at least her year group - that Zac is her boyfriend, and will be going to prom with her. The only problem, he lives miles away, and no one believes he exists.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, and fun filled read, perfect for teen UKYA audiences. Bella is someone who will be relatable to the majority of British teens, and reading this definitely made me think I was back in year 10. Her best friends were amazing, and even when they weren't talking, they still stood up for each other. Like many contemporary YA books, there are periods of angst, and times where you can't keep a smile off your face. Considering Bella is 'super awkward', she has 3 love interests - no love triangle/square in sight though - so I think she has it sorted.
I'd definitely recommend this book to lovers of UKYA contemporary fiction. The perfect escape from the bores of school - just in time for the new year.