I wasn’t sure what to expect when I borrowed this from my library… maybe I expected a light-hearted somewhat funny read? I didn’t know anything about this before I borrowed but walked away feeling slightly disappointed. It was just an alright story for me. My gut reaction after the story was that some parts had me giving a sensible chuckle while other parts had me laughing out loud (I never “LOL” so don’t make me type that).
Short recap: Caitlin is known to be the good Christian girl. She never does anything wrong, is the perfect child, sings in the church choir, and wears knee socks like they are her armor. Her world is tilted when she has to chaperone her cousin – Heller – in an adventure across NYC.
I’m going to be honest – this is not an original story line. Perfect Christian daughter has to spend time with less than perfect, rule breaking family member and/or friend. Perfect Christian girl ends up breaking out of her shell while also influencing less than perfect family member and/or friend to become better person. It is a rather predictable story but parts were entertaining enough to make me laugh a couple of times. While this story was not to be taken too seriously, this is more of a development of characters. This was to show that good people can learn to not be so judgmental and those deemed bad can change their ways and aren’t always who they appear to be.
The story is told entirely from Caitlin’s POV so it is to be read with humor and patience. She doesn’t agree with anything her cousin does, she doesn’t even like her name. Heller feels the same about her cousin but the two find a peaceful balance. It is rather difficult to properly review this story because it really is one that you have to read. Caitlin talks about all of these “firsts” she experiences and while some are hilarious, they also seem rather simplistic at times. Can anyone truly be that naive? A lot of what Heller does is out of rebellion because she doesn’t want to be categorized like her cousin. You see what I’m getting at? Some parts are forced for the sake of the story and there are some filler scenes. Regardless, it was an entertaining read but not one I’m ready to write home about. Should you pick it up? If you want a light and fluffy read, sure. Should you recommend it? EHH… I’ll let you decide.