Book Review: The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

cover93050-mediumTitle: The Best Possible Answer

Author: E. Katherine Kottaras

Publication Date: November 1st 2016

Format: ARC

AP Exams – check
SAT test – check
College Application – check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check
Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has always had a plan—and no room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection comes to a screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Viv feels like a complete and utter failure.
Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Viv realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.

DNF

**I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, as always, are my own.**

The Plot: Summarized

When Viviana’s best friend, Sammie, manages to convince Viviana’s mum into letting her take a summer job, Viv gets way more than what she bargained for.

Thoughts

 

 And October has me DNFing another book. Gee, thanks.

Although I’m not sure I should be blaming October for how cringe-worthy this book is. If you happened to see my August ARC post, you’ll see how excited I was for this book. I mean, the synopsis sounded great, the title read great, and the cover looked great, so it made sense to be excited about it. However, unfortunately, I was turned off from the first paragraph. I felt like the book was trying too hard to start off with a bang…and it fell flat. It read more like an article than a novel and it.just.didn’t.work.

Another big issue? The characters. The whole cast of characters acted like they’re 12 instead of 17. Especially Viviana and Sammie. They behaved so bloody immature all the Goddamn time I was rolling my eyes literally every five seconds. Their idea of a good time? Sharing stories while braiding each other’s hair. I’m sorry, but no 17 year olds do that. There was also a scene where Viviana jumps into a swimming pool, fully clothed, after having an argument. Like she was having an argument with an older man beside said swimming pool, she spits something at him, and then goes and jumps in. UMMMM WHAAAAAAA???

The only good thing about this book (okay maybe it’s not good exactly, just slightly positive) is that from I read of it, it managed to portray anxiety well. Viv is so overworked and overstressed that she starts having panic attacks and I related to her in that. But that’s it.

Character Analysis

I found all the characters to be annoying and unlikable and I think I ran out of other vocabulary to use so these will have to do.

Bottom Line

The only thing this book succeeded in making me feel are the nasty symptoms of a panic attack (Viviana described getting one and automatically the world closed on me)

However, I do feel that if this book were to be targeted towards a different audience, say middle grade, it’ll perform way better.

Recommended to: eeeeeeeeeeeh not sure.
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