FICTION

Wesley James Ruined My Life

240p. Feiwel & Friends/Swoon Reads. Jul. 2017. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9781250123732.
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Gr 7–10—Quinn's got a plan to survive the summer and go on the school band trip to England with her bestie in the fall. Then her archnemesis, Wesley, moves back to town and is all over Quinn's life—in band, with her friends, and even at her job at a medieval-themed restaurant. Quinn quickly plots to ruin Wesley's life by getting him fired, but the more time that they spend together, the more Quinn becomes confused about her feelings for him. Honeybourn's debut is everything readers expect and want from a lighthearted summer teen romance. Quinn and Wesley are fun, well-developed protagonists, and there is a full cast of interesting secondary characters, too. The book's even pacing will entice teens from the start and keep them reading. The plot is enjoyably predictable, with a few twists typical of the genre, and the story ties up neatly.
VERDICT This pitch-perfect quirky summer romance is ideal for most collections.

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