Speed Review: “The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)” by Amy Spalding

Title: The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)

Author: Amy Spalding

Published: April 5th, 2016

Publisher: Poppy

Find the Author: Goodreads

I received this book for review! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It’s practically every girl’s dream.

But not Jules McCallister-Morgan’s.

I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn’t get to be the editor of my school’s long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to “live a little,” or boys.
At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell**.
And before Alex Powell betrayed me***.
I know what you’re thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don’t understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I’m not going down without a fight.
* Okay, I sort of did. But it’s a sore subject.
** I mean, I guess everyone knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was famous.
***Some people think I’m overreacting. But this. Means. War.

Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that’s sure to have you falling for The New Guy.

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When I’m looking for a feel-good, YA Contemporary to get me out of a reading rut, I turn to my NetGalley shelf. I know I should read more eBooks but I’ve always preferred books in hand, you know? The feel of turning the pages and new book smell. But The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) drew me away from that and actually got me out of a Galley rut.

Jules McCallister-Morgan knows exactly what she wants and she’s not afraid to fight for it, either. Journalism is her great love, among striving to attend an Ivy-league school. When formerly major-famous Alex joins her school and she’s picked to give him a tour, she plays dumb to his viral famous nature. But just as quick as they became close, a wedge is driven between them. Knocked off her course, charismatic and snarky Jules fights her way to the top in this sweet, charming YA book. 

I was totally won over by The New Guy. Not only did it deliver what it promised, but there was a kick-ass heroine and brilliant character development too. It wasn’t overly complicated to get into and was a fun, great read. I love that reading it was a breeze and it was funny and smart and all the things a YA novel should be. How close Jules was to her Mom’s and Alex and Jules’s back-and-forth’s were some of the great highlights and I loved how Amy wrote their personalities so relateable. Definite four-star novel with poise and charisma. 

Have you read The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)?

What did you think?

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