A Totally Awkward Love Story: ARC Review

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: None
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Source: Publisher

The summer before college, Hannah swears she’s finally going to find The One. And for five perfect minutes, Hannah does find him. He’s cute and makes her laugh like crazy. She just wishes she’d caught his name, because Toilet Boy Cinderella really lacks sex appeal.

For Sam, the summer is off to a bad start for a million reasons. But for five minutes his luck changes: in a fancy restroom painted purple like it belongs in a Bond villain hideaway, Sam falls head over heels for some strange and hilarious girl. Of course, he doesn’t know her name. With his luck, he’ll never see her again, and he’ll remain a girlfriendless, moony-eyed virgin. Forever.

But another chance meeting brings them together, only to have a chance misunderstanding drive them apart . . . and then the cycle starts all over again. Madcap mishaps, raunchy hilarity, and deep romance follow these two wherever they go. For two people so clearly destined for each other, they sure have a hell of a lot of trouble even getting together.

**Thank you Delacorte Press for sending me this title to read in exchange for an honest review.

This wasn't a book that had been on my radar so when it showed up on my door, I was very curious about it. It wasn't the fun contemporary that I was looking for, but it was still more realistic than most YA contemporaries out there.

It's definitely an authentic story about teen romance. There is plenty of awkwardness to go around for everyone. There is your typical queen bee, Stella, who runs everything and gets all the guys. On the opposite end of the spectrum is shy Hannah. She's self-conscious about herself because of her pretty friends, and it felt very real because so many teen girls have that issue. 

The way female friendships was written was very spot on for teen girls. They can be super supportive and loving, but they can also be very toxic. One of my issues with Hannah was how spineless she was with Stella. There was a big explosion of their friendship in the book and when they both apologized, Hannah just accepted everything without confronting Stella about her terrible behavior. I understand that she probably wanted to keep her friendship, but I think they should have sat down and talked about everything. 

Hannah and Sam's relationship was clumsy because of all the mishaps. They kept trying to find each other but crazy circumstances kept them apart. When they did end up together, another misunderstanding drove them apart. The mishaps and drama were a little less realistic than the rest of the book. For example, if they had just talked to each other instead of assuming and lying about things, they would have gotten together a lot sooner and drama could have been avoided. 

That's not to say that there weren't funny parts, because I definitely laughed a few times in the book, especially when funny Harry Potter references were made. Hannah's nan was also so cute. She was the most supportive of Hannah, and I enjoyed how quirky and eccentric she was written. 

So, even though there is a lot of drama and mishaps that could easily have been avoided, this story was cute and slightly more real than a lot of other teen love stories out there, which I very much appreciated. 


  1. This sounds like a cute read! Would love to give this one try. Great review!

    -Poulami @ Daydreaming Books

    1. It was definitely cute and awkward. I recommend it if you want a more real YA Contemporary . :) Thank you!


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