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How to be bad by E Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle

March 8th, 2016 By janice
A girl wearing sunglasses sitting in the front seat of a car. She has her feet on the dashboard. The sun is shining through the window.
Over the rocky cliffs by Mat Simpson. Some rights reserved

I was drawn to this book because it is co-authored - one of the authors being E. Lockhart, the award winning author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and We Were Liars.

Vicks, Mel and Jesse are three young women who embark on a road trip to visit Vicks’ boyfriend who has gone quiet since he left for university. In hindsight I think the trip was an excuse for the women to briefly escape their dull boring lives.

On the road the girls discover how very different they are, and this, in essence is what the story is mainly about. Vicks is strong and impulsive, Jesse is determined and opinionated and Mel has insecurity issues. The three react differently to situations that occur in the novel. With Vicks and Jesse it is mostly a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ reaction, but with Mel, the new girl in the trio, it’s a matter of being liked and accepted.

At the end of the novel there is a flurry of emails between the three authors giving the reader insight as to how the book came about and its evolution. There is an open challenge for the reader to decipher which author wrote which chapter. I would be justified in assuming that there is no coincidence that there are three authors and three protagonists!

Light, quirky and easy to read, this book is has very simple and realistic plot. A refreshing novel that will make a great summer read.

Image: Over the rocky cliffs by Mat Simpson

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