Title: The Best Possible Answer
Author: E. Katherine Kottaras
Publication Date: November 1st 2016
**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.
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.
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.
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.