She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller
April’s sister Jenn is leaving for college…tomorrow. Well, she would be leaving, except she’s staying home to go to community college after getting declined from Stanford. Noticing that her sister has been sad, April plans a Sister Fun Day to give Jenn the best of LA before she starts school. And maybe to connect…except they’ve been apart for so long that rekindling their friendship might be harder than expected.
What can I say except—I loved how April and Jenn were written. They were both so distinct and had such clear motivations and outlooks that I got whiplash trying to figure out who to root for.
They were both kinda the worst?
But also completely human, with their own reasons for acting the way they did.
And with parents like that, it’s not hard to imagine that both tried to deal with the situation in the best ways that they could. I completely emphasized with April, who was treated like the irresponsible spoiled brat that she wasn’t, and who’s achievements in soccer were completely ignored by her asshole parents (and also sister, who treated soccer like a hobby instead of April’s life).
Also, there is an adorable childhood-friends-to-lovers trope that I was absolutely rooting for (there’s a lot going on in the friends department that I wish had been explored a little more thoroughly as well).
However, while this book was tracking at a solid four stars throughout the entire book because it flew by and I connected with both April and Jenn (in completely separate ways), and because this beautifully showed how complicated family can be, I was underwhelmed by the ending.
It was too easily resolved.
Years of anger and complications and emotional abuse are not fixed by one confrontation. The hurt and anger run too deep, and damage like that lasts for a long time—and relationships aren’t healed so simply, particularly when things have been bad for years.
And also the college thing, which was…um what now? No way in hell is that going to solve it.
However, up until 97% I was 100% on board with this story.
But if you’re looking for a story about two sisters trying to reconnect, this is definitely a good book to try.
I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
She’s the Worst releases 3 September 2019 from Simon & Schuster