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Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell

jfcJust For Clicks
Author Kara McDowell
Publisher Amberjack | 2019
Pages 250
contemporary | young adult

4 stars

 Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . . (from Goodreads)

This was such a cute, pleasantly surprising book! I was initially interested because it seemed like a quick, fun read (which it was) but OH MAN- it was actually really great! Claire was a funny, interesting narrator and all of the characters had their own personalities. There’s a lot of great friendships and relationships in this book that it’s hard not to root for at least a couple. I really enjoyed Claire and Poppy’s relationship throughout (most) of the book and though I agree with some other readers that the ending was a bit rushed, I like how it ended.

Also, there were some truly shocking twists in this. I did NOT see either of the two main twists coming at all and it really shook me up. The second twist is almost chilling- I honestly read the line and it felt like my heart stopped. I can’t presently remember another line that I’ve read recently that affected me as much as this one did. Hopefully some other readers will know which one I’m talking about 😉

There were some instances in which I was really annoyed by what certain characters were doing- or not doing- so this book wasn’t perfect. There were also a few cheesy moments (the second-hand embarrassment is REAL during a few parts) but I felt that it fit the book’s overall vibe fine, so I was alright with it. It was also interesting to read more about the whole “Mommy Blog” lifestyle. I worked for a mommy-blog type company a few years ago and it was a LOT of work and at times very overwhelming, so I could relate to some of the things that happened in this book.

Overall, I was surprised by how much I liked this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cute, fast read!

ARC provided by Amberjack Publishing via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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