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Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute (edition 2023)
by Talia Hibbert (Author)
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert
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Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert.
YA romance. Diverse. Some romcom elements.
Celine and Bradley used to be friends back in grade school. But they grew apart, not for the reason Celine believes but other issues. Bradley is a star football player and Celine is a self proclaimed nerd and conspiracy social content writer. The two decide to attend the Breakspeare Enrichment program together which turns into an outdoor survival competition. They actually work well together as they compete and hash out old problems. But they are very competitive so itâ€™s a race to see who will win.
Incudes some emotional issues. Celine has decided she wants to be a lawyer to prove to her ghosted father thatâ€™s sheâ€™s capable and smart enough to basically do his job.
I enjoyed Celine and Bradley getting to know each other and revealing more of their home issues, deepening the friendships and compassion for the other.
The competition was an interesting take on team work.
I received this book at a publisher event
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute
Capricorn Cove, Book 2
I Picked Up This Book Because: Iâ€™m a fan of the authorâ€™s work.
Media Type: Audiobook
Source: Library (Have ARC from Netgalley)
Dates Read: 5/7/23 - 5/11/23
Narrator(s): Amina Koroma and Jonathan Andrew Hume
Various friends, parents and siblings
In interesting friends to enemies to friendly lovers story. Celine and Bradly honestly could have talked and saved a lot of agony but then we wouldnâ€™t have a story would we.
The Random Thoughts:
Celene is ecstatic: her life-goals idol has just announced a two-week, outdoor, leadership/survival course whose winner receives a much coveted scholarship. Yay! However, also applying is Brad, once her best friend but for the past few years her arch nemesis. Boo. Will they be able to reconcile with the issues that drove them apart in order to work together toward this common goal?
This story was super cute, almost to the point of saccharine. I didn't realize it was written for teens before picking it up, and I was expecting something marginally...'grittier' isn't maybe the correct word...but a writing style in which conflicts aren't maybe quite as immediately and tidily resolved. It was fun and uplifting, though, and the characters are written genuinely and sincerely.
"Unfairly cute" definitely describes this book. I've been meaning to read something from Hibbert for awhile, when this popped up in my Libby app. I didn't clock the ya from the cover, but a break from spice isn't a bad thing. I do think the miscommunication trope ws handled, plus I think it works a lot better with younger characters than with adults. Loved the two narrators.
Romance. Humor (Fiction.) Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER â?˘ From the bestselling author of the Brown Sisters trilogy, comes a laugh-out-loud story about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoorsâ??and each other.
Bradley Graeme is pretty much perfect. Heâ??s a star football player, manages his OCD well (enough), and comes out on top in all his classes . . . except the ones he shares with his ex-best friend, Celine.
Celine Bangura is conspiracy-theory-obsessed. Social media followers eat up her takes on everything from UFOs to holiday overconsumptionâ??yet, sheâ??s still not cool enough for the popular kidsâ?? table. Which is why Brad abandoned her for the in-crowd years ago. (At least, thatâ??s how Celine sees it.)
These days, thereâ??s nothing between them other than petty insults and academic rivalry. So when Celine signs up for a survival course in the woods, sheâ??s surprised to find Brad right beside her.
Forced to work as a team for the chance to win a grand prize, these two teens must trudge through not just mud and dirt but their messy past. And as this adventure brings them closer together, they begin to remember the good bits of their history. But has too much time passed . . . or just enough to spark a whol
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The writing was witty, funny and sharp (just how I like it), and I like the development between Celine and Brad's relationship. Definitely a great read for getting started with Talia's books ( )