Popular Paisley Hanover's sophomore year is supposed to be great. Since, she has three amazing best friends, extremely supportive but slightly weird parents, and decent grades. She even has a seven step plan on how to make her sophomore year one to remember. Though, as she tries to tackle the first step on her list ( get on the yearbook staff) everything goes horribly wrong!
It turns out that they made a big mistake leaving poor Paisley to have to join drama ( the horror of all horrors) instead of yearbook. Paisley thinks her life can't get worse. But unfortunately it can! Her best friends aren't talking to her after she accidentally sent a mean message to one of them, she made a fool out of her self in front of her crush, Eric Sobel, and now a YouTube video is going around showing her doing something so embarrassing that she can't even stand to watch it!
Though, with help from her new drama buddies, she comes up with a plan to take down the popular people at her school, even if it means bringing herself down with it.
To be honest, I wasn't excepting much from this. I can't exactly key point why, but I think it had something to do with the cover and summary. They just weren't eye catching enough. Though, as soon as I started it, I feel in love with Paisley's story. Since, it was extremely funny and seemed shockingly real!
The plot and writing in Paisley Hanover Acts Out was cute and interesting. I loved that Carmen not only had a novel within this, but a "notebook" filled with Paisley's drawings and thoughts. It was a great idea! Also, the plot was original which made me keep flipping the pages wondering what was going to happen next. Plus, near the end Carmen keep throwing in surprises that had my prediction of what was going to happen go completely off track.
Although, I had a couple of problems with the book. For one, Paisley Hanover Acts Out had some of the weirdest transitions ever. There was this one time when she was talking about soccer and then all of sudden it flipped to her describing her best friends in the next paragraph! Also, sometimes the writing was redundant.
The real stars of this novel were Paisley Hanover and her friends (the unpopular ones), though. They were hilarious and snarky which made you become completely interested in their lives. Plus, they all had this sense of reality which I admired.
Overall, Paisley Hanover Acts Out was one of the funniest books that I have read in awhile, even though it become somewhat shallow at times. I can't wait to read the sequel to this, Paisley Hanover Kisses and Tells, which comes out in October!
Paisley Hanover Acts Out was officially released today. You can find out more about it here.
* Much thanks goes to JL for sending me this awesome book! :)