Mean Girls meets The Taming of the Shrew in this romantic follow-up to Always Never Yours
Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: b*tch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school–she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her brutal honesty. But when she slips up in front of her crush, Andrew, any affection he may have had for her quickly fades. To win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Shakespeare’s infamous shrew, Katherine. If she makes amends with everyone she’s ever wronged, Andrew will have to take notice. Thus, Cameron begins her apology tour with Brendan, the guy whose social life she single-handedly destroyed. At first, Brendan isn’t so quick to forgive, but slowly he warms to her when they connect over a computer game he’s developing. To Cameron’s amazement, she actually enjoys hanging out with Brendan; he appreciates her honesty in a way Andrew never did, and she’s left wondering: maybe you shouldn’t have to compromise who you are for the kind of love you deserve.
– Thinking About You by Ciara
– Wait for You by Jake Miller
– One Way or Another by Blondie
– She’s More by Andy Griggs
Raised by a school librarian, Austin’s always had a passion for books, especially books for young people. He met and fell in love with Emily in high school and went to Harvard University as an undergraduate. He studied English (focusing on Shakespeare) and graduated magna cum laude in 2014. Recently, Austin worked as a journalist for The Hollywood Reporter. He is currently a UCLA law student; however there’s nothing he loves like writing with Emily. Emily, whose parents are screenwriters, has loved writing and story-telling since an age she hardly remembers. Since meeting Austin (she says it was middle school–accounts vary), Emily attended Princeton University as an undergraduate, studied psychology, and graduated magna cum laude in 2014. While at Princeton, she wrote the first novel in her self-published YA fantasy trilogy, The Last Oracle, which was featured in USA Today and was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Review of If I’m Being Honest
Review (4.5 Stars): I’m a sucker for sweet romances and If I’m Being Honest is a delightfully entertaining story about not changing who you are. Cameron is the Queen Bee of her school with a vicious tongue to her classmates and has a crush on Andrew. When her seduction of Andrew doesn’t go as planned and she shows her true side which causes Andrew to turn his back on her. Determined to win his heart, Cameron decides to change her ways and show him that she can be the girl of his dreams. The only thing is that fate may have other plans for Cameron.
I really like this story because I loved watching Cameron grow as a person and learn that her actions have consequences. She tried so hard to get Andrew to fall for her but she learned that life doesn’t always go as we originally planed after she apologizes to Brendan for her past behavior. If I’m Being Honest is a sweet romantic comedy with snarky dialogue that kept me smiling through most of Cameron’s story. This was a winner for me and I can’t wait to read more from these authors.