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If I'm Being Honest PDF, ePub eBook High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good. In an attempt to win him over, Camero High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good. In an attempt to win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. First, she’ll have to make amends with those she’s wronged, which leads her to Brendan, the guy she labelled with an unfortunate nickname back in the sixth grade. At first, Brendan isn’t all that receptive to Cameron’s ploy. But slowly, he warms up to her when they connect over the computer game he’s developing. Now if only Andrew would notice… But the closer Cameron gets to Brendan, the more she sees he appreciates her personality—honesty and all—and wonders if she’s compromising who she is for the guy she doesn’t even want. This is a previously published edition of ISBN 9780451481092. An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.

30 review for If I'm Being Honest

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review. “If I was going to commit to someone, I wanted him to be worth the worry, worth the part of me I was going to give him.” Wow, this truly read like a gift from above. Like, I’m actually bitter than I didn’t have a YA contemporary story like this when I was in high school; because this was perfection. The Taming of the Shrew/10 Things I Hate About You loose retelling, starring a popular mean girl and a nerdy gamer boy, where they go to Th ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review. “If I was going to commit to someone, I wanted him to be worth the worry, worth the part of me I was going to give him.” Wow, this truly read like a gift from above. Like, I’m actually bitter than I didn’t have a YA contemporary story like this when I was in high school; because this was perfection. The Taming of the Shrew/10 Things I Hate About You loose retelling, starring a popular mean girl and a nerdy gamer boy, where they go to The Rocky Horror Picture Show together? I mean, it’s everything I’ve ever wanted in my adult life, too. I truly think this will be the best YA contemporary romance I’ve read all year, and these authors are now in a tier all on their own. ➽ Cameron - A senior in high school who wants nothing more than to go to UPenn and to get a summer internship to work with her dad and finally have him be proud of her. ➽ Andrew - Black, and has been friends with Cameron for a really long time, and they are running partners with each other. ➽ Paige - A girl who goes to Cameron’s school, who for sure marches (and dances) to the beat of her own drum. ➽ Brendan - Paige’s brother, who has kept to himself and his video games ever since Cameron called him a really horrible nickname that everyone at their school uses now. And basically, Cameron is one of the most popular girls in school, and that nickname stuck because her word is law. She and her friend group are known for being rather ruthless, but Cameron is especially known for being completely unattainable and also a complete bitch. Yet, she has finally decided to make a move on Andrew, since she has been secretly crushing on him for over a year. But Cameron completely snaps at a girl who is foiling her moment of telling (and showing) Andre how much she likes him. After that, he can’t really see her the same way, so she vows to be nicer and prove to him that she can change her heartless ways. Yet sometimes, the person we need forgiveness from the most is ourselves. But when starting the journey to become a nicer person, Cameron quickly realizes that the girl she was mean to is not going to make it easy for her, and she isn’t going to let her forget about the nickname she gave to her brother all those years ago. And friends, Brendan is my new favorite character in all YA literature. But this is a book all about second chances and how it is never too late to be the person you want to be; just make sure you are becoming the person you truly want to be. And we definitely see Cameron learn this the hard way; from the having to take care of her mom, to the pressure and neglect her father shows her, to everyone in school thinking she’s a heartless bitch, while she is hiding everything that is going on in her life behind the scenes. I loved seeing Cameron’s journey, even if it was a bumpy road, and I just loved Cameron as a main character so damn much. “The heart of every doubt and insecurity that’s ever weighed me down—that between the only two parents I have, nobody’s ever wanted me.” Okay other random fangirl things that I adored: What do I talk about in all my reviews? My brother is my best friend in this entire world, and I love reading about strong sibling relationships, so Paige and Brendan really made me happy, especially since Paige constantly tries to be slick, but she truly was her brother’s wingman through and through, and that is so damn relatable. I also really liked how Cameron was older than Brendan. I feel like we never see stories where the girl is in grade higher than the guy, and I was here for it. The LA setting was so realistically and magnificently done. And lastly, I loved seeing all the imperfect family relationships. Cameron, Paige, and Brendan all have such different expectations on them; and all of them suck. I think this is just rep that isn’t really seen that much, especially in YA books, and I really appreciated how real it felt and the importance it played in the story. “Katherine’s not the villain of the play. It’s the people trying to change her” Overall, if you couldn’t tell, I just adored this. I immediately want to run to the store or my library and pick up their debut, Always Never Yours, because this book truly blew me and my expectations out of the water. And I fell so in love with these complex and realistic characters. Plus, you all know that I am always going to go completely heart-eyes over a video game playing soft boy, always. Oh, and unrelated, and this doesn’t impact my review whatsoever, but the authors are engaged to one another in real life, and that honestly makes me want to melt into a puddle of goo while finishing writing this review, because talk about partner goals. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Trigger and content warnings for side characters cheating, talk of cheating in the past, and emotional and verbally abusive parenting. Buddy read with Kayla! ❤

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chaima ✨ شيماء

    this book: *is inspired by Ten Things I Hate About You* me, adding it to my tbr: wow it sure is good to have a reason to live again

  3. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    okay, so emily wibberley and austin siegemund-broka are ultimate couple goals. not only do they write books together, but they write freakin adorable stories with the most wholesome romances. i seriously cant get over it. like, where do i find myself a significant other who can ALSO be my coauthor?! thats the dream right there. i seriously enjoyed this story so much. i feel like on a surface level, anyone would enjoy this sweet contemporary story. but with the deeper meanings, flawed but relatab okay, so emily wibberley and austin siegemund-broka are ultimate couple goals. not only do they write books together, but they write freakin adorable stories with the most wholesome romances. i seriously cant get over it. like, where do i find myself a significant other who can ALSO be my coauthor?! thats the dream right there. i seriously enjoyed this story so much. i feel like on a surface level, anyone would enjoy this sweet contemporary story. but with the deeper meanings, flawed but relatable characters, and heartfelt lessons, im pretty sure anyone would downright love this. i am just amazed at the complexity of this story, but also how lighthearted it is. its definitely a balance that works in the storys favour. but most of all, i am such a fan of how both of emily and austins books explore how important it is to be true to yourself and to not change for anyone. that is a theme that they effectively write about, and one that is always good to hear. i think its safe to say that i will read pretty much anything that these two write. ↠ 4 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbie

    My thoughts in a nutshell I never planned to read this book. It was an instant buy and read because of the cover. I thought it would be an ordinary fluffy YA book. I'm so glad I picked it up. It was so much more than I felt. The story is about… Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek. Cameron Bright is an honest girl. Everyone hates her because she says what's on her mind. One day, Cameron's big, old crush Andrew labeled her as one word: bitch. It is a problem. Oooops. What impresse My thoughts in a nutshell I never planned to read this book. It was an instant buy and read because of the cover. I thought it would be an ordinary fluffy YA book. I'm so glad I picked it up. It was so much more than I felt. The story is about… Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek. Cameron Bright is an honest girl. Everyone hates her because she says what's on her mind. One day, Cameron's big, old crush Andrew labeled her as one word: bitch. It is a problem. Oooops. What impressed me I loved the character development in this novel! Cameron is a super badass girl. I like her, and I understand her whole motive, why she acts like this. Cameron has a lot of personal problems in her life, but she never talks about them. She struggles with a careless father, a mother who lost her dream and nothing motivates her anymore and some high expectations. Her personality beautifully improves. She learns about herself and she slowly finds out who she truly is. What makes her happy? Who makes her laugh? Who makes her smile? What she really wants in her life? "If we were meant to be together, you wouldn't have wanted me to change first." This novel is a journey about a teenager life. I adored the powerful message. Don’t change yourself because you’re afraid of what people think. Change yourself because you want to be better. Don't change yourself to win someone's heart. Stay true and you will find someone who likes you being you. It is a crucial lesson for both adults and children. The writing style was great. I liked the evolving friendships. The romance was slow and exciting. I'm glad it wasn't so cliché. What I don't like Some part of the book Cameron behaves like a little child. I didn't enjoy those sections. She was rude without reason. It was a bit much. I don't like the kissing part of the party. It was super weird. Make a conclusion Overall, if I'm Being Honest is a perfect summer book. Fluffy, charming, and adorable with a valuable lesson. Excellent beach read, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read a light, YA book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    proof the timeline I’m in doesn’t totally suck: one of my favorite author duos is writing another book, but this time it’s inspired by Ten Things I Hate About You, aka my favorite 90s teen movie. so yeah I’m happy releases: April 23rd, 2019

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    THIS WAS AMAZING AHHHHHH

  7. 4 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    3.5 stars “Katherine’s not the villain of the play. It’s the people trying to change her” if I’m being honest, This was a really good book. A really enjoyable quick read where an unapologetically honest girl figure herself out. I didn’t have high expectations before I start this book, but the fact that it’s based on 10 things I hate about you with Taming of the shrew references made me excited to read it. This is a book about becoming who you truly want to be, not who everyone trying to make you. 3.5 stars “Katherine’s not the villain of the play. It’s the people trying to change her” if I’m being honest, This was a really good book. A really enjoyable quick read where an unapologetically honest girl figure herself out. I didn’t have high expectations before I start this book, but the fact that it’s based on 10 things I hate about you with Taming of the shrew references made me excited to read it. This is a book about becoming who you truly want to be, not who everyone trying to make you. It’s about making amends. It was a really cute entertaining book. If every glare I earned, or didn't earn but received nonetheless, bothered me, I'd drown in the judgment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    Examination of a mean girl this is not, unfortunately. If you want that, Some Girls Are is the way to go. Cameron is unnecessarily rude and brash, but, after being chastised by her potential love interest, learns relatively quickly to tone it down and becomes a better person, makes new friends and discovers a nerdy boy to love. None of this is particularly new or revelatory. 10 Things I Hate About You, I think, had a better version of The Taming of the Shrew. More interesting is Cameron's relati Examination of a mean girl this is not, unfortunately. If you want that, Some Girls Are is the way to go. Cameron is unnecessarily rude and brash, but, after being chastised by her potential love interest, learns relatively quickly to tone it down and becomes a better person, makes new friends and discovers a nerdy boy to love. None of this is particularly new or revelatory. 10 Things I Hate About You, I think, had a better version of The Taming of the Shrew. More interesting is Cameron's relationship with her failure of a mother and sugar daddy father. Their type of family dysfunction felt fresh to me. What it comes down to for me though, is that the writing doesn't distinguish itself in any way. Cameron's voice is exactly the same as in a multitude of other YA novels. I've said it about YA fantasies before, and contemporaries have the same problem. It's like YA authors use the same character templates, same conversations, follow the same tropes. You read a Melina Marchetta book, or a Laini Taylor book - and you know their signature writing. You read a Maurene Goo novel, or Jenn Bennett, or Emily Wibberley - and you can't tell them apart. To be fair, the novel was occasionally entertaining and cute romance-wise. But totally forgettable too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    IF I'M BEING HONEST is something of a love letter to the archetype of the mean girl. The girl who is pretty, blonde, popular and always there with a harsh barb. What these authors do with that character, however, is somewhat different from what we've come to expect. If every glare I earned, or didn't earn but received nonetheless, bothered me, I'd drown in the judgment. Cameron is beautiful, blonde, popular.. but she's not rich. She doesn't have a string of broken hearts in her past -- infact, she IF I'M BEING HONEST is something of a love letter to the archetype of the mean girl. The girl who is pretty, blonde, popular and always there with a harsh barb. What these authors do with that character, however, is somewhat different from what we've come to expect. If every glare I earned, or didn't earn but received nonetheless, bothered me, I'd drown in the judgment. Cameron is beautiful, blonde, popular.. but she's not rich. She doesn't have a string of broken hearts in her past -- infact, she's been very purposefully single for two years. She has plans for her life and she executes them accordingly, each task an item on her list to be crossed off. She's methodical because it's something she can control. Because her home life is complicated, fraught with emotional minefields, and her honesty -- her drive -- is a direct result of the neglect and belittling from her father, and the disdain she has for her mother's string of failed jobs, failed motivation, failed ability to parent. Cameron feels driven to prove to her successful, and absent, father that she can be worthy of his attention, worthy of his love, that she is unlike her mother who earns only his scorn. She puts in the work because she can see, with her own two eyes, that work gets results. Which is why she spends a year planning out her perfect relationship. She meets the guy, likes the guy, and waits. She wants to see that he has drive, has ambition. And when she finally makes her move.. it, unfortunately, backfires. And the boy in question no longer wants her, much less likes her, as a result. I didn't understand it at first. Wouldn't a person be a better friend if they told the truth? [..] I've always thought of honesty as helpful even if it's hurtful. It's in studying THE TAMING OF THE SHREW that Cameron sees so much of herself in the main character and decides to reinvent herself, to prove herself worthy of being liked, to soften her edges; to self-tame. And so begins her road of apologies, of amends, to reinvent herself. "I would have to be pretty desperate to put my fate in the hands of Cameron Bright, the girl who wrecked my life in the first place." "Grant, you passed desperate when you were modelling lingerie for the innocent bystanders in a bookstore." IF I'M BEING HONEST is a retelling/reimagining of the aforementioned Shakespeare play, as well as Ten Things I Hate About You, and honestly? By about ten percent I wanted to shout my love of this book from the rooftops. It was funny, it was unflinching, it was heartfelt, it was raw. The evolution, not only of Cameron but the relationships -- platonic and romantic -- was so.. organic? Genuine? Real? Sure, it occasionally journeyed a somewhat expected path as far as plot progression, and emotional speed bumps, but it was the strong writing, and the solid characters, that carried it. That, infact, made it soar. The ending doesn't wrap everything in a bow; not every broken or bruised relationship is mended, not everyone is perfect and pleasant. The characters don't change, they evolve. They don't just apologize, they forgive. Nobody's ever bothered to figure out what would be the exact right thing to say to me. What I need to hear. This book made me laugh (a lot), tear up (a few times), and even had a few less-than-subtle 'these characters are from our first book' cameos shoehorned in at near the end. I didn't even really mind, even if it felt a little clunky, and I have no problem taking the hint and have, in fact, already put a hold on that first book. But other than that little tease, this is a true standalone, so don't worry about missing anything. It's like there's this horrible thing eating me from the inside, and the only way to let it out is to fall apart -- or to lash out. To leave someone else with hurt and doubt and insecurity just to know they know how it feels. If you appreciate characters being unfiltered and far from perfect, as well as a story that has plenty of grand gestures, fandom, and real issues that never cross the line into overwrought drama, you should definitely pick this one up. Sure it doesn't get full marks from me but it's really close. All the greatness is great and even the stuff I didn't super love.. it's still so good. This is a perfect summer-y kind of read, because it'll make you feel good, but don't expect too much fluff (not used in a derogatory way). This definitely has substance, and weight, and will be well worth your time. --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    Much like this duo’s debut, I super enjoyed this! I appreciate that their MCs are never your typical YA MC, but they also don’t play into the “not like other girls” mentality. I will admit, Cameron really frustrated me toward the end of the book— and I say that as someone who rarely gets annoyed by characters in books— but overall, I loved her character arc. Also looooooved the romance. And the cameo by Owen and Megan at the end of the book?! I died.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dahlia

    I am here for this duo forever and ever. Always fun, always voice-y with great heroines, always banterrific, and I love how they handle Shakespeare. Bring on the next one, please!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenna | Bookmark Your Thoughts

    "I know the truth can hurt, even when you need to hear it." Reviews on this novel have been circling around a lot in the book blogging community, ARC's and eager beaver buyers alike. I'm fond of retelling's WHEN done RIGHT and the reviews made this novel sound VERY promising, so I decided to give it a shot ... it's also just a lovely cover. Much to my surprise, this has jumped high on my favourite reads of 2019! The flow of the story, the HILARIOUS main character and accompanied side characters, "I know the truth can hurt, even when you need to hear it." Reviews on this novel have been circling around a lot in the book blogging community, ARC's and eager beaver buyers alike. I'm fond of retelling's WHEN done RIGHT and the reviews made this novel sound VERY promising, so I decided to give it a shot ... it's also just a lovely cover. Much to my surprise, this has jumped high on my favourite reads of 2019! The flow of the story, the HILARIOUS main character and accompanied side characters, the morals explored in this story ... I can't get my head around how brilliant this novel is ... I read it in TWO sitting sessions, which is a lot for me. I'm eager to read more by Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka! CONTENT & TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains abuse (emotional, verbal), bullying and divorce. Spoiler Free! Full review available at Bookmark Your Thoughts. The Pros The snippets of real world sensations makes this novel a WHOLE new level of relatable! From famous YouTubers to cosplay, there's no end to this real world exploration. Not only does this make it easier to understand the characters' lives more, but it makes the reading experience fresh and entertaining. I loved being able to relate to so many things mentioned in this novel, such as simply knowing what IMDb is to knowing the realm of cosplay. The "movie event" (you'll know it when you read it) was a big one for me, since I've done this myself in university and it was a BLAST! But it's also the more serious things, such as people wanting to explore computer sciences as a degree STILL being ridiculed ... even though we live in such a technology dependent society. Having something to connect to just made the experience even greater! A comical retelling of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, but with a positive and healthy outcome. The biggest (but not only) downfall in Shakespeare's play was the treatment of Katherine. Sure, she's an awful person ... but she doesn't deserve the torture and embarrassment inflicted upon her, nor the complete destruction and recreation of her identity. But in If I'm Being Honest, Cameron doesn't succumb to this fate. Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka's create a beautiful rendition of the "Reformed Bully Trope", showing Cameron's initial self-motivated means for doing good deeds to her desire to actually become a better person. And unlike Katherine, Cameron is STILL Cameron --- her traits and dreams and quirks remain the same, but her way of socializing and interacting with others changes in a positive light throughout the novel. This is more than another love story ... it's a story about acceptance and breaking down social norms. The class clown, the jock, the nerd, the outcast ... humans are too complex to be broken into such specific categories. Being an athlete doesn't mean you aren't intelligent ... being a nerd doesn't make you socially awkward. Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka take apart these "standards" and "stereotypical" groups by showing characters' complex personalities and interests, intermingling the "defined groups" and showing their similarities, and watching Cameron's character growth. This is what MY high school experience was like, so it was lovely to see something I could actually associate with in my own life. Character growth ... character growth EVERYWHERE!! Now as you all may know, I THRIVE on character oriented novels. Guys ... this did NOT disappoint! Cameron goes through SUCH a large change throughout the story. But what's better? She's not the only one ... almost all the major reoccurring characters go through this experience, whether big or small. Not all have the outcome we hope for. Some don't take the "Cameron method", and that's okay ... it makes the story feel more REALISTIC when everything isn't tied into a neat and happy bow. Life's messy, as Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka are not afraid to illustrate. I also truly loved how If I'm Being Honest emphasizes NOT to judge someone by how their life "appears" to be. Seeing into all of their worlds, Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka explore how people portray their lives can be deceiving ... how we need to learn to judge less and have more patience in our lives. The Woes Even though the novel's already close to 400 pages long, there was still a VAST amount of content to explore! Typically, reading this large of a novel's quite enough for me; however, there were areas that felt incomplete when I finished If I'm Being Honest. For one, the exploration between Cameron's relationship with her mom is something I really wanted the novel to dive into. There's some discussion, but it's brushed aside fairly quickly. Cameron's relationship with her mom and dad are main reasons for her "behaviour", so not having this addressed more kind of bothered me. I also felt this way with Cameron and Brendan. I wanted to see Cameron learn to open up more with him, showing her vulnerable side as their friendship blossoms. Overall If I'm Being Honest is a brilliantly written coming of age novel, exploring in-depth character analysis and fighting stereotypes one chapter at a time. As someone who struggles with longer novels, this didn't feel REMOTELY close to 400 pages. With a desire to have more time with these amazing characters and this grandiose plot, I wasn't ready to let it go at the end. Though I felt shorthanded with some character connections in the novel, this is my ONLY complaint about this novel. I enjoyed it so much that I plan to re-read it again in the near future. This is a perfect summer read, full of funny commentary and moral complexity to spice things up a bit. Have you picked up your copy yet?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Chiang

    I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK WITH ALL MY HEART!! It’s honestly everything I could’ve asked for & more. I’m having such major throwback to my “The Clique” days. The romance just made me smile so so much, and Cameron’s growth as a character was beautiful. Full review coming soon!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fareya

    It has been a while since I enjoyed a YA contemporary book as much as If I’m Being Honest. A modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this compelling story about a popular mean girl and computer game nerd boy had me laughing out loud and turning pages from start to finish. The story is smart, entertaining and funny but also realistic. Undoubtedly, teenage me would have swooned over this, but seeing that adult me enjoyed it too without any eye rolls, (which believe me happen It has been a while since I enjoyed a YA contemporary book as much as If I’m Being Honest. A modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this compelling story about a popular mean girl and computer game nerd boy had me laughing out loud and turning pages from start to finish. The story is smart, entertaining and funny but also realistic. Undoubtedly, teenage me would have swooned over this, but seeing that adult me enjoyed it too without any eye rolls, (which believe me happens a lot with YA fiction theses days), I am going to be encouraging readers, particularly those who enjoy YA contemporary, to add this one to their summer TBR. The story opens with Cameron Bright, your classic private school mean girl and bitch incarnate. Gorgeous, smart and aware of it, Cameron is also known for her harsh and biting honesty that is almost always borderline cruel. But she doesn’t care, because to her truth is the truth, however brutal it might get. Until one day at a party, when Cameron is being pointedly mean to a teary eyed girl from school, her crush Andrew overhears her caustic cutting comments and calls Cameron “bitch” to her face. Andrew gets very upset after witnessing Cameron’s behavior, but Cameron is determined to change that and make him realize that she is a kind and caring person. But how? She needs a plan! Taking inspiration from English class, Cameron decides to tame herself just like Katherine from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and the first step to this transformation would to be to right all wrongs, starting with apologizing to everyone she’s ever been mean to. On top of her list of people she needs to make amends with, is Paige Rosenfeld, the girl she snapped at, in front of Andrew. Following which is Brendan, whom she publicly shamed and coined a mean nickname for in middle school that stuck through the years. And then there are a few others as well. But Paige and Brendan are not making it easy for Cameron and neither are ready to accept her apology, butCameron is not a quitter, and has her eyes on the prize aka Andrew, so she is persistent and keeps on with her efforts. Cameron’s journey of transformation from a mean girl to a caring, considerate human comprises the major chunk of this story, but alongside it also has a lot more to offer, like the stress of trying to manage a strained relationship with parents, balancing personal and parental expectations at a tender age, peer pressure, the joys of a strong sibling relationship and of finding friendships in the unlikeliest of places. It makes us realize that forgiveness starts with oneself and being a kind and good person does not necessarily equate to not being our true selves but rather unraveling that same person but as a better and superior version. Another positive that requires a mention is the well defined and fleshed out characters that behaved and reacted according to their age. Realistic fiction should feel relatable to readers. Often we see YA characters in books acting and speaking in a far too mature manner that makes everything seem superficial. The authors have made sure the characters in here are flawed, imperfect and relatable. In conclusion, If I’m Being Honest is a fun and engaging contemporary with a strong feminist main character, plenty of witty banter and also a few important social messages. If you are a fan of this genre, do not miss this delightful story. For more reviews visit my blog Booktimistic - Books, Outdoors & Optimism ** An ARC was provided by Penguin Young Readers Group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tara ☽

    This book is apparently inspired by the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, which means that I need it immediately, imminently, promptly and instantaneously. Insert more synonyms here.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This was engaging. Mostly. Cameron has a wake-up moment when called on her mean behavior by a boy she was interested in and decides to make some changes. The authors tie The Taming of the Shrew into that (they're conveniently studying it in English that semester—all semester, because that's what they do in High School-based romance stories). So Cameron spends the book "taming herself". And to its credit, the story does take on the brokenness of that intention and I love that the authors didn't go This was engaging. Mostly. Cameron has a wake-up moment when called on her mean behavior by a boy she was interested in and decides to make some changes. The authors tie The Taming of the Shrew into that (they're conveniently studying it in English that semester—all semester, because that's what they do in High School-based romance stories). So Cameron spends the book "taming herself". And to its credit, the story does take on the brokenness of that intention and I love that the authors didn't go with any of the easy answers and that the various characters make mistakes and stumble through trying to be better people even as they're trying to figure themselves out. Cameron's friends at the start are sympathetically portrayed, for example, even though you can see that they're sometimes mean and self-involved. My difficulty in engaging with the story (badly enough that I had a couple of day-long breaks) was that a lot of Cameron's deepest insecurities come from her home life and related events were so broadly communicated that I found myself gritting my teeth as she continued to make decisions based on obviously-broken reasoning and lies she kept telling herself. And because finally realizing that she's lying to herself is the central epiphany that comes at the climax of the story, that dragged out the. entire. story. long. Which you knew it would because, hello, it was the central issue at the heart of the plot/story/main character. Still, Cameron was an interesting lead and Paige and Brendan were a lot of fun and the secondary characters were so excellent that I was motivated to keep going even through the rough spots. A completely unnecessary dark moment near the end drops this from a stretched four stars down to three, but at least that final reconciliation felt earned. Oh, and a weirdly-manufactured cameo by characters obviously from another book (I looked it up and it's definitely leftovers from Always Never Yours) sealed that three-stars in even as the final moments were strong enough I almost wanted to reconsider. A note about Chaste: There are sexually active teens in this story and there is talk about "hooking up" and it's clear that that isn't watered down at all to mean something less-than-sex. But there's none of that on the page and all we really see are some kisses, a single bit of groping, and a brief fade-out when a couple falls asleep together (completely clothed and without hanky or panky).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samhita {Multi Dreamer}⚔

    4.5⭐ Let me just say that it’s great to get back into reading whoop! This book was one I couldn’t put down. I love how these authors write their Shakespeare retellings, they’re definitely very fun to read. I can’t wait for their next novel :) 4.5⭐️ Let me just say that it’s great to get back into reading whoop! This book was one I couldn’t put down. I love how these authors write their Shakespeare retellings, they’re definitely very fun to read. I can’t wait for their next novel :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Literally just finished Always Never Yours and went to click on the authors page to see if they had other contemporary works, and instead I found out this writing duo is at it again. I’m in. I hope it’ll be as gush worthy as the last.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ;3

    edit: SCREAM oh my god it got worse because she basically just described the love interest as benefyd cumberparch’s younger brother in the looks department. like? hello? what YEAR are we in. • • me: maybe the main character is redeemable after all main character: “i know what sherlock is,” i reply. honestly, I’ve long had a thing for benedict cumberbatch. he’s definitely gawky and nerdy, with his bushy hair and narrow frame, but I’m into it. me: suddenly i’ve lost all respect for her

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bells Duarte

    I haven't seen such an organic romance in a very long while ♡ Why do you want to add to your TBR? This is a loosely inspired retelling of the taming of the shrew. In modern Los Angeles popular mean girl Cameron isn't afraid to speak her mind, but when she goes a little to further in front of her crush she is determined to make amends. In a rush of inspiration by her English assignment "The taming of the shrew" she will attempt to "tame" herself into make amends to those she wronged in the past. I haven't seen such an organic romance in a very long while ♡ Why do you want to add to your TBR? This is a loosely inspired retelling of the taming of the shrew. In modern Los Angeles popular mean girl Cameron isn't afraid to speak her mind, but when she goes a little to further in front of her crush she is determined to make amends. In a rush of inspiration by her English assignment "The taming of the shrew" she will attempt to "tame" herself into make amends to those she wronged in the past. ☆ Strong points ☆ ☆ Very easy addicting writing ☆ I read this back to back in this very day. It's very easy to go trought. Very addicting as well. Cameron has her ups and downs and fells. She's not always the most likeable of protagonists, but she's is trying her best and you can't help but root for her. ☆ A lot of pop culture references ☆ Although I was expecting more cinematic mentions I really enjoyed the references we get here. From video games, comic books, doramas and cosplay culture. It was great follow Cameron discovering the fandom culture and crushing on Benedict Cumberbatch (I mean, who Isn't?) ☆ A very organic romance ☆ I loved how natural it felt. They weren't fighting their feelings and battling their demons. They noticed each other's looks and flirt, go out YOU KNOW A ACTUAL DATE LIKE PEOPLE WHO LIKE EACH OTHER DO. Even when they weren't sure about what was going on, they weren't clueless until the very last moment before a big declaration like most romantic pairings and I very much appreciated that. ☆ Female friendships ☆ They were very normal and not at all boy focused only. From Paige and Cameron impossible friendship to the even reluctant Hannah and harsh fall out with Elle. ☆ Cheating portrait ☆ Cheating happens. It's awful. It's a very shitty thing to do to someone you is supposedly in love with. It sucks but it happens. And however hurtful and bad it's not the third party fault. I feel like every rom com ever tries to put the guilty in the third person but even tho it's a shitty attitude (go for someone one already in a relationship) this person is not the one who owns you any loyalty and especially you can't fix things with revenge schemes like most teen movies and books try to sell it. Both incidents including this plot line showed who was to blame and I really loved it. ☆ Looking for distant parent approval ☆ As someone who struggle with this for about 17 years I truly felt Cameron's desperation to bond with her father. It takes a long time to let yourself see that it's not your fault and won't matter how hard you try it's very unlikely things will change. Not everyone it's fit to be a parent. The more he grown away the more she was eager until the breaking point and was a very believable storyline. I really felt it where it hurt. ☆ Weak points ☆ ☆ How it all starts ☆ However it changes focus quickly and Cameron start doing her amends for herself I hate that she goes that hard for a boy. It's not like her brutal honest "I don't have time for this crap" character and felt odd. Also he's just one of those entitled boys with "good guy syndrome". He is rude and dismisses her feelings and apologies for weeks until she meets his criteria. She can't even rant about a bad day that he starts with "Oh but there's people in poverty" even tho he clearly couldn't care less for it. Screw this dude, honestly. ☆ no diversity ☆ It's not offensive but it's definitely not inclusive. We only got two black characters and none LGBTQ+ ☆ the last 15% ☆ Outside her final fall out with her dad the romance bit was just some unnecessary soap opera drama that clear didn't really need to be there. The too early three words were also a turn off but teenagers do that so I can't really mad (but I'm very judgmental). Overall I really enjoy my time reading this and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a quick cute nerd culture filled read. Rating: 3.75/5 Read: may 08th, 2018 P.S.: Since this is inspired by 10 things I hate about you I obviously imagined the male interests as young Heath Ledger and highly recommend you do too ♡

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Brunson

    Actual rating is 3.5, but rounded down. This book was cute and would make a great summer read. With that being said, I just didn’t love this as much as I was expecting to. I think that so many people are going to love and enjoy this book though. I just had some issues with the characters and that’s why my rating couldn’t be higher than what it is. Cameron, oh Cameron. While I really wanted to love her and cheer for her, but I couldn’t find myself caring enough about her. I get that she had things Actual rating is 3.5, but rounded down. This book was cute and would make a great summer read. With that being said, I just didn’t love this as much as I was expecting to. I think that so many people are going to love and enjoy this book though. I just had some issues with the characters and that’s why my rating couldn’t be higher than what it is. Cameron, oh Cameron. While I really wanted to love her and cheer for her, but I couldn’t find myself caring enough about her. I get that she had things going on in her life, some pretty crappy things. However, just because you have crappy things going on in your life, that doesn’t allow you to be cruel. Some of the things she said and did were completely uncalled for. I did enjoy how Taming the Shrew was a big part of this and how they were actually reading in their English class. It went really well Cameron’s story arc. I’ve had a lot of life realization moments while reading a story of fiction. I don’t see anything wrong with being honest and outspoken. It’s just all in the way you deliver your words. That’s all Cameron needed to change. Some of the things she said were harsh when it wasn’t called for. Since this book is all about being honest, let me say this. I don’t think she really redeemed herself at the end. Okay, too honest? Andrew really made me want to thump him in the forehead. I didn’t really see how Cameron thought that they had anything in common except for running. He acted like he was such a good person but looked down on Cameron for how she was. He claimed that he always like her but he couldn’t have. He just liked the idea of her, of dating her. I basically didn’t like that he thought his ass was the sun. The best part and person of this entire book was Brendan. From the moment he told her “not interested” I knew I wanted to protect him. His heart was pure and I honestly think that Cameron didn’t deserve him. THERE, I said it! If I overlooked the characters, I would say everything else here was really good! I did like the friendships and the humor here. We also get a group that is obsessed with Rocky Horror! Can I get a “YAS QUEEN” for that?! Overall, you can see that I had a few issues with it. However, I still hope that you try it out if you are interested in reading it. It’s still a good story and has a good message. ✨This is a BR with the lovely Melanie over at Meltotheany. ✨I read an advanced copy of this title.✨ Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Well it's official, I am in love with this book and everything these authors write okay. This was the perfect contemporary, with a complex, amazing main character I adored, a soft romance, family and friendships issues and ugh everything was SO GOOD okay add this to your TBRs, friends <3 Read my full review of If I'm Being Honest on the blog. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kiki Cole

    Stunning, thought-provoking, infuriating, romantic, emotionally impelling! This was a beautifully done retelling of The Taming of the Shrew and a wonderful backlash at the boys or men who think that women are made to be obedient. Women are not programmable robots! We are people with ever-changing emotions who hold grudges, who say words we do not mean to say, and who strive for righteousness! This book preached all of that!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    4.5 stars. “The heart of every doubt and insecurity that's ever weighed me down—that between the only two parents I have, nobody's ever wanted me.” If I'm Being Honest follows Cameron Bright, a high school senior who has a reputation that can be summed up in one word: "bitch." She's the most popular girl at her private Los Angeles high school and is known for her brutal honesty. And when she says the wrong thing in front of her best friend and crush, Andrew, she thinks she's lost him for good. Thi 4.5 stars. “The heart of every doubt and insecurity that's ever weighed me down—that between the only two parents I have, nobody's ever wanted me.” If I'm Being Honest follows Cameron Bright, a high school senior who has a reputation that can be summed up in one word: "bitch." She's the most popular girl at her private Los Angeles high school and is known for her brutal honesty. And when she says the wrong thing in front of her best friend and crush, Andrew, she thinks she's lost him for good. This leads Cameron on a road of redemption and she begins to "tame" herself and her actions. To do so, she first decides to makes amends with everyone she's wronged, which leads her to Brendan, a guy she gave an unfortunate nickname back in sixth grade, which has followed him ever since. At first, Brendan couldn't care less about Cameron's plan, but soon, he warms up to her and they connect over the video game he's developing. But as she gets closer to Brendan, the more she realizes he appreciates the person she is—honesty and all—and wonders if she's starting to compromise who she is for a guy she might not even really want. If I'm being honest (heh), Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka are the best YA author duo I have ever experienced in all my years of reading books in this genre. Always Never Yours was one of my favorite books of 2018 and definitely one of my favorite books of all time, and If I'm Being Honest is no different. I gave them both the same rating, but I do think I love this one just a tiny bit more than their debut. I loved the characters and their development, especially Cameron, and it had some excellent themes. This book was also written beautifully, and Wibberly and Siegemund-Broka crafted it so, so well. I was incredibly impressed and pleased with the end result. “I think it might be literally impossible to be your friend and not be inspired to be yourself. Be real. Be brave.” At its core, this is a book about second chances, being who you are with no shame, and allowing yourself to grow as a person. Cameron was an incredibly flawed and unlikeable main character in the beginning, and even though it was a tough road to get there, we got to see her learn from her mistakes and grow into someone quite better than before. And her friendship and eventual romance with Brendan was so damn sweet and well done. I loved the best friends to lovers trope in their debut, and thought they did it perfectly, and I think I loved their "enemies" to lovers trope even more in this book. As much as I loved Cameron, Brendan truly captured my heart from the very beginning, and I absolutely loved getting to know him. He's so kind and soft and truly one of the best YA boys of all time. Overall, I adored If I'm Being Honest. It was well written and engaging, and had so many great themes hidden away in it. Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka did such a great job at creating flawed, complex characters, and I really loved getting to know all of them. The complex family relationships and sweet relationship between Brendan and Paige was also so excellent. Also, not many books could make me want to move to Los Angeles, but this one definitely did—Wibberly and Siegemund-Broka did an incredible job with the setting. This was a great second book from these two, and I'm excited to see what they give us in the future! “If I was going to commit to someone, I wanted him to be worth the worry, worth the part of me I was going to give him.”

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Ahhhhhhhhh so cute!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kalie

    After being stuck in a reading rut these past couple of weeks, I decided to switch up genres in attempt for something - anything - to grab me. Luckily, a fresh contemporary was just what I needed. Between IF I’M BEING HONEST and ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, it’s clear that the authors have a penchant for writing complicated and flawed protagonists who aren’t always likable. In fact, they say and do things that are often frustrating, if not grating. These aren’t characters I traditionally gravitate towards After being stuck in a reading rut these past couple of weeks, I decided to switch up genres in attempt for something - anything - to grab me. Luckily, a fresh contemporary was just what I needed. Between IF I’M BEING HONEST and ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, it’s clear that the authors have a penchant for writing complicated and flawed protagonists who aren’t always likable. In fact, they say and do things that are often frustrating, if not grating. These aren’t characters I traditionally gravitate towards in my fiction, true, but I can appreciate the extra nuances, especially if they are developed well throughout the course of the story. Admittedly, I didn’t wholly love their first novel. There were a lot of things I did enjoy about it and it’s one of the better contemporaries I’ve read this year, but I didn’t glom onto it in the way that I wanted to. However, they do some masterful character work and hearing that their follow-up was another Shakespeare-centric re-telling set in the same shared universe made IF I’M BEING HONEST an automatic must-read. And it clicked for me in a surprising way. This isn’t just an updated rehash of 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. It’s its own thing. Fresh, unflinching, and relatable. I’m into the modern teen rom com vibes and it hit SO MANY of my personal buttons. It feels very Jenn Bennett by way of Morgan Matson’s shared contemporary universe with the biting, playful tone of Sally Thorne which is as high a compliment as any. Every character down to the supporting crew feels layered and rich. As a character-focused reader, that’s my jam. You can give me an interesting and delightful storyline that seems tailor-made for me, but if I don’t find the characters engaging, then I’m not going to connect. Thankfully, I loved all of the characters here in all of their frustrating, oh-my-god-why-are-you-like-this glory (spoiler alert: the Rosenfelds are my faves, which should shock absolutely no one). All in all, this is not a book I can see working for everyone (if you like your protagonists nice and passive, this isn’t the read for you), but it worked for me and I can’t wait to push this charming LA-set rom com at my LA bookstore when it releases next year.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Surina

    I aspire to be Cameron Bright. RTC.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amélie Boucher

    4.5 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Madi

    Y'all this was so cute. I'm v pleased and now need to watch 10 Things I Hate About You STAT

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily (emilykatereads)

    FIRST OFF: I just wanna say I love how this is being released on Shakespeare's birthday SECOND: This perfect book comes from my least favourite Shakespeare story but Austin & Emily create an adorable romantic contemporary out of it. This is the perfect summer, feel-good read. I haven't read Always Never Yours, but I had to request this one based on it being a Shakespeare retelling. Admittedly, I hate the storyline of Taming of the Shrew, but was excited to see how it was done in this modern ret FIRST OFF: I just wanna say I love how this is being released on Shakespeare's birthday SECOND: This perfect book comes from my least favourite Shakespeare story but Austin & Emily create an adorable romantic contemporary out of it. This is the perfect summer, feel-good read. I haven't read Always Never Yours, but I had to request this one based on it being a Shakespeare retelling. Admittedly, I hate the storyline of Taming of the Shrew, but was excited to see how it was done in this modern retelling. And I'm SO happy with how this one turned out. They took a classic play (which I can appreciate while criticizing it for the areas where it sucks) and created this fun modern story with enjoyable and well developed characters with a great overall meaning. And let me tell you, it was a book that had me rooting for Cameron, who at the beginning I couldn't sympathize with because she was, as Andrew says, a bitch. She turned from a character who irritated me and was mean to others, into a genuine and honest person, and the journey she took to get there was entertaining. As the story progresses, you get to know Cameron more and more and understand what makes her work. The story initially starts when her long-time crush doesn't want to be with her because she's been a bitch, and so she decides to wants to "tame" herself after being inspired from her English class studying Taming of the Shrew. So she decides to apologize to many people who she's seriously impacted negatively. And this journey has its bumps and new paths pop up along the way. I'm also so here for stories that majorly feature Rocky Horror Picture Show. And also I can relate how she got introduced to this, because I never watched it until I was seeing my current girlfriend who's into it, and in the early stages of our relationship, I joined her and her friends (now my group of friends) for a showing of it in theatres and we all dressed up and danced to the Time Warp and it was a great time. If you've read this book, sounds familiar right? The banter between Cameron and Brendan is great. I immediately liked him as a character and he was distinct and left an impression. I normally do my reviews starting with what I liked, and then follow up with whatever criticisms I have.. but honestly, I don't really have any. This book isn't lifechanging for me, but I'd highly recommend it as a fun and romantic comedy. I'd say my rating is more appropriately 4.5/5 stars, but I had no reason to drop a full star off, but it doesn't hold to the standard of my favourite books that I rate 5 stars. But I loved it. Thanks to the publisher for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review! Review can also be found on my blog!

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