[ARC] Review #19: Just for Clicks


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.

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When I heard about a book centering around blogging and social media influence, I knew I just had to get my hands on it.

However, the beginning of this book did little to interest me. It was slow, and it seemed like every other sentence the main character was complaining about something. Not to mention, when the anointed “love-interest” showed up, it was like she immediately had a crush on him.

I normally don’t have a problem with the MCs crushing on someone that we readers have just met, but this time was different. It felt forced. It felt like he was just there for comedy relief and to make the MC seem different and a little happier.

At one point in time, the MC made a remark, saying, “Agoraphobia grips my chest…” I was really uncomfortable while reading this sentence because, once again, it felt forced. It felt like it was added in to make the story more “relatable.” The author could have easily made this disorder apparent—as it already was being made—through descriptions or hints.

Another thing; Poppy and Claire’s sisterly-relationship wasn’t very real. It seemed like Poppy was—just like the last person—there to satiate the story and add in depth that wasn’t actually depth.

Toward the middle of the story, the plot began to pick up the pace and I actually started getting interested. Things got more intense, and the writing seemed to shift in a different direction. The characters really started to develop after the midway point, and the scenes became clearer and more important.

The ending wasn’t entirely the best, and it seemed to be wrapped up way too nicely. It seemed like everything was forgiven—when in reality, people would be wondering why Claire did this or that and their family would still need a serious dinner talk.

Altogether, I felt that the plot could have used more work, the characters developed less than they should have, and the story was okay. For that, I rate this book 3.5 stars.

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prmg1ir5Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. As the middle of five children, Kara entertained her family on long road trips by reading short mystery stories out loud and forcing everyone to guess the conclusion. After graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in English Literature, Kara worked as a freelance writer. Now she writes young adult novels from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.

JUST FOR CLICKS is Kara’s debut novel.

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