Title: All Our Worst Ideas
Author: Vicky Skinner
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: August 11, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Young Adult Romance
When Amy, on her way to becoming valedictorian of her graduating class and getting accepted to her dream school, gets dumped by her long-term boyfriend, she takes a job at a record store to ease the pain. She needs a distraction, badly.
Oliver, Amy’s record store co-worker, isn’t so sure about Amy—his complete opposite—but what he is sure of is his decision not to go to college. He just can’t figure out how to tell his mother.
As they work late-night shifts at the record store, Amy and Oliver become friends and then confidantes and then something more, but when Amy has a hard time letting go of what she thought was her perfect future with her ex, she risks losing the future she didn’t even know she wanted with Oliver.
This is an honest review of an arc copy of this book.
The first thing I want to mention is that the synopsis lied. Amy was working at the record store before her boyfriend broke up with her. Now that that’s cleared up:
The amount of time Amy and Jack as a couple appeared on the page didn’t do much in favour of the book. If we are to be rooting for Amy and Oliver it probably isn’t a good idea to show Amy and Jack enjoying their relationship and hearing how great their relationship was even after they broke up. On the same note we didn’t get enough romantic moments between Oliver and Amy, there was really good friendship development but they got to gather rather late in book and then the third act breakup happened.
The characters weren’t that likeable, I didn’t hate them but I didn’t like them. Amy was kind of annoying and was definitely a bit of a “pick-me girl”. Oliver was bit more likeable but I still didn’t actually like him.
The record store and music was definitely one of my favourite elements. I also found some new artistes to listen to from reading this book.
The way the friendship between Petra and Amy was a bit unbelievable since Amy thought Petra was out to ruin her life or something for majority of the book (and her high school life according to Amy) and then suddenly they were best friends.
The final thing that I want to mention is actually a question. How is it that Amy and Petra were tied or back and forth for the position of Valedictorian, but Petra was the top student in every class and President of student council or whatever it was? The math isn’t adding up.
That’s All I Got,Danielle