A Tale of Two Besties by Sophia Rossi | ARC Review/Rant


*Thanks to Penguin Random House for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

To be honest, I didn’t even want to finish this book because it was just so boring. But I kept going as this is an ARC and I didn’t want to disrespect the privilege of getting one by abandoning it. It took me some a few weeks to get back to it, but I’m glad I did because the story improved a little by the end.

This is going to be a bit more of a rant and less of a review, but hopefully I can get my points across to you. I’ll also try to keep it short. First, the story plot could have had a little potential, and the way it was executed wasn’t wrong but it wasn’t engaging at all. I didn’t feel immersed in the story or connected to the characters.

I liked that the group NAMASTE was about individuality and loving yourself no matter what but Nicole, the head of it, was just a very bossy, controlling leader and she sucked all the fun out of the book. A lot of the time I was hating her. and that is an indication of a good negative character.

A lot of the tenses and grammar was mixed up and mangled, and even though I’m not the best judge of this (I’m in high school), I haven’t seen worse writing in a book. Here’s a small example:

“This was the type of obsessive thinking that, combined with my Internet stalking tendencies would get me in big trouble. I stop myself from spiraling and turned an icy glare back to Lily.”

It could be just small mistakes, but they were present throughout the book, but I can let it go since it is an advance reader’s copy and hasn’t yet been properly edited. I really hope the finished copy doesn’t have these mistakes—they were really distracting and made the reading experience less enjoyable.

I liked Harper’s POV more than Lily’s because she acted her age and at least had her eyes open while Lily was always in her own little world and couldn’t even think for herself. I didn’t like Lily’s character at all and she was very annoying. The characters were really immature and although their childish antics could be considered “cute”, they are around 13 years old, and they should really grow up.

Overall, this book could have been much better if it was more refined to fix the little problems. The note on the back of it says Grade 7 up, but I think this book is suited more for nine to ten year old girls who have complaining problems.

Would I recommend?— No.
Age range— 10-11 year old.

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