Review: She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller

Title: She’s the Worst
Author: Lauren Spieller
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320

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Sisters April and Jenn haven’t been close in years. Jenn’s too busy with school, the family antique shop, and her boyfriend, and April would rather play soccer and hang out with the boy next door.

But when April notices her older sister is sad about staying home for college, she decides to do something about it. The girls set off to revive a pact they made as kids: spend an epic day exploring the greatest hits of their childhood and all that Los Angeles has to offer.

Then April learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family—and their feuding parents—apart. With only one day to set things right, the sisters must decide if their relationship is worth saving, or if the truth will tear them apart for good.

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Maybe it’s because I didn’t grow up with a sister but I found both of these girls to be the worst. So much bickering. The entire book was the same three arguments over and over again. I understand that siblings fight, but when the entire plot consists of nothing else it’s just too much.

The characters were all flat and one dimensional. Spieller gives us alternating POVs between the two sisters, April and Jenn, and at times I found myself forgetting whose chapter I was reading. Neither of them had distinctive voices and they were both so rude and constantly bitching at the other that it made things too similar. Their parents were also complete nightmares and the few side characters weren’t included enough to make a real difference.

One thing I did enjoy about She’s the Worst was the setting. If I ignored April and Jenn and instead focused on exploring LA it made things a little better. At times this very much felt like a love letter to the city and I wish this had been the bigger overall theme as opposed to all the arguing.

If every member of the family had stopped yelling and being self-centered for only a few minutes and talked to each other there really wouldn’t have been a plot. At the end, the characters developed and made up so quickly it almost gave me whiplash. There just wasn’t enough going on to move everything forward and nobody showed personal growth until the last few chapters.

Honestly, if this hadn’t been such a quick one to read, I probably would have DNFed it. I’m not going to tell you to stay away from She’s the Worst because I didn’t find anything problematic with it, but if you’re on the fence you might want to skip it.

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