ARC Review – The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding

23232950Title: The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)

Author: Amy Spalding

Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: Filled with tons of romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that’s sure to have you falling for The New Guy.

Huge thanks to The Novl for sending me an ARC for review!

River’s Review:

So last year I read and LOOOOOVED Kissing Ted Callahan and when I heard that Spalding had a new book coming out I was SO EXCITED!

Sadly this book didn’t quite live up to my love for KTC, but I did enjoy it!

The New Guy is a story about Jules and how she deals with her senior year of high school. She’s an overachiever and spends a lot of her time doing whatever she can to get herself into Brown. She’s the editor of her school paper, she walks dogs at the local shelter, and she’s a top student. She also volunteers to show new kids around on their first day of school. Enter Alex, the new guy, who was also an ex-viral boy band sensation. He’s not really famous anymore, and in LA your 15 minutes of fame is usually quickly forgotten. The students at their school spend a few minutes freaking out about Alex, but then he just becomes another student.

He does fall for Jules pretty quickly (too quickly…) and they start to date. Only for about a week though until he starts to work for their schools new broadcast news club… which Jules takes as a personal attack on her and the school newspaper.

Jules and her crew set out to destroy the broadcast news club and in doing so she ends up hurting a lot of people… Alex, her best friend and herself included.

Overall this is a good story about first love, friendship, and family. I enjoyed Jules’ relationships with her two moms, her best friend Sadie, and even Alex. Jules is a very honest, hardworking, but sometimes naive girl, and this gets her into trouble. But this book didn’t quite have the wit and quirk in it that I’d been hoping for after having loved KTC so much.

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