She's the Worst

She's the Worst

Sisters April and Jenn haven’t been close in years. Jenn’s too busy with school, the family antique shop, and her boyfriend, and April would rather play soccer and hang out with the boy next door.But when April notices her older sister is sad about staying home for college, she decides to do something about it. The girls set off to revive a pact they made as ki...

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Title:She's the Worst
Author:Lauren Spieller
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  • Samantha (WLABB)

    In an effort to reconnect with her older sister, April plans a little walk down memory lane filled with various L.A. locations, which she thought were meaningful in their shared history. April may have missed the mark, but the outing resulted in something positive for these two after all.

    I love a good sister story, and this one delighted me.

    Jenn and April were like night and day, but once upon a time, they were thick as thieves. I was really rooting for these two to mend

    In an effort to reconnect with her older sister, April plans a little walk down memory lane filled with various L.A. locations, which she thought were meaningful in their shared history. April may have missed the mark, but the outing resulted in something positive for these two after all.

    I love a good sister story, and this one delighted me.

    Jenn and April were like night and day, but once upon a time, they were thick as thieves. I was really rooting for these two to mend those fences and renew the bond they once had, because with the way their parents were, they sort of only had each other to rely on. Like with most relationships, this one was messy, but it was salvageable. I didn't feel as though either sister did anything bridge-burning to the other. They just sort of grew apart as their interests diverged, and they developed other meaningful relationships outside of their family.

    I thought the the all-in-one-day adventure the girls embarked on was great. Spieller not only made each stop on the itinerary fun and interesting, but she also used it as an opportunity for these young women to examine their relationship and themselves.

    There are definitely going to be people, who will declare, that all of this could have been avoided had they communicated better, but this happens in the real world. People let those important to them drift out of their lives, because they don't like to confront uncomfortable realties, and those people can fade from their lives, permanently. Spieller did a great job helping me understand all the emotions involved in this situation. She explained how and when the breakdown occurred, and why they hadn't done anything previously to remedy the situation. Because of all those things, I understood and therefore, accepted the situation.

    Though, I am not going to pretend like I didn't enjoy the romantic drama (there was one romance I was all in on), I wish, perhaps that that time was used differently. I would have liked a little more closure/attention regarding the parental situation. Their troubled marriage played a big role in the story, yet, I am left worrying about their future together.

    Regardless, I enjoyed seeing these two sisters try and heal their broken bond. It was fantastic seeing the sights with them, and I was extremely pleased with the resolutions they reached, both with respect to their relationship with each other and their individual issues.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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    Admittedly, I had a massive moment of weakness when it came to

    and its design. I loved the pose of the cover, the typography and the dazed pastel pink. So, fine, I totally judged a book by its cover, but it's fine.

    the worst.

    Which is oddly fitting. One of the more prominent them

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    Admittedly, I had a massive moment of weakness when it came to

    and its design. I loved the pose of the cover, the typography and the dazed pastel pink. So, fine, I totally judged a book by its cover, but it's fine.

    the worst.

    Which is oddly fitting. One of the more prominent themes featured within

    is that sometimes, we all have a knack for passing judgment on our loved ones. In the case of two very different, very human, sisters, the tension of doing so is almost unbearable and has certainly driven a wedge between what was once a close friendship. Now, as one prepares to depart for her first year of college, their misunderstandings and lack of compassion for what one another feels, things seem to truly be coming to a conclusion.

    The first thing you should know is that

    portrays a very specific type of sisters and girlhood. Jenn and April are both complex and flawed individuals that are pretty much opposites in terms of personalities. The one thing that ties them together is not their shared blood, it is their lack of understanding and communication towards one another. This pigheadedness is very well suited and realistic--they are both so young and given their parents behavior (or lack thereof) it felt right that they were so... selfish and immature about one another.

    What becomes clear to the reader, after switching between the minds of both Jenn and April, is that they are both products of how they were raised. And that their parent's are, in fact, the ones who are "the worst".

    is the perfect example of petty sibling relationships that are rooted in some sort of miscommunication; that could have been solved long ago, if not for sheer biased stubbornness.

    I remember feeling that emotional snowball effect throughout the course of

    and found myself hoping that these two would work things out and see the error of their judgment and was so relieved at how Lauren Spieller not only portrayed teenagers, but how she allowed them to grow in a way that felt organic. While there were many moments where I wanted to shake both April and Jenn, there were even more moments where I wanted to just scoop them up and cheer them up.

    And then there were the moments I wanted to yell at their parents and tell them to grow the heck up. While they weren't inherently abusive towards their children, they were verbally abusive toward each other and blatantly selfish, immature and insufferable. I am not going to lie--they were the worst part of the novel.

    Still, it was in their ignorance and obliviousness that eventually lead us straight into the repairing of one sisterly bond.

    is a short timeline, both in terms of how long it takes to read it and how long the novel is set, but it has a superb amount of development that gave me the warm and fuzzies by its conclusion.

    Ultimately, I loved the development that we got to see. This is a story about sisters who have lost their way from each other, but in the end are able to find--and understand--each other. I'm always, always fond of stories that have sisterly relationships at its center, and while

    has moments of romance (friends to dating) and friendship in it, it is undeniably about two sisters coming of age.

  • Alexa

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    I am always on the hunt for new sister stories, and I think She’s the Worst felt like a particularly good example of how complicated sister relationships can get.

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    April's sister Jenn is leaving for college...tomorrow. Well, she

    be leaving, except she's staying home to go to community college after getting declined from Stanford. Noticing that her sister has been sad, April plans a Sister Fun Day to give Jenn the best of LA before she starts school. And maybe to connect...except they've been apart for so long that rekindling their friendship might be harder than expected.

    What can I say except—I

    how April and Jenn were written. Th

    April's sister Jenn is leaving for college...tomorrow. Well, she

    be leaving, except she's staying home to go to community college after getting declined from Stanford. Noticing that her sister has been sad, April plans a Sister Fun Day to give Jenn the best of LA before she starts school. And maybe to connect...except they've been apart for so long that rekindling their friendship might be harder than expected.

    What can I say except—I

    how April and Jenn were written. They were both so distinct and had such clear motivations and outlooks that I got whiplash trying to figure out who to root for.

    They were both kinda the worst?

    But also completely human, with their own reasons for acting the way they did.

    And with parents like that, it's not hard to imagine that both tried to deal with the situation in the best ways that they could. I completely emphasized with April, who was treated like the irresponsible spoiled brat that she wasn't, and who's achievements in soccer were completely ignored by her asshole parents (and also sister, who treated soccer like a hobby instead of April's life).

    Also, there is an adorable childhood-friends-to-lovers trope that I was absolutely rooting for (there's a lot going on in the friends department that I wish had been explored a little more thoroughly as well).

    However, while this book was tracking at a solid four stars throughout the entire book because it

    by and I connected with both April and Jenn (in completely separate ways), and because this beautifully showed how complicated family can be, I was underwhelmed by the ending.

    It was too easily resolved.

    Years of anger and complications and emotional abuse are not fixed by one confrontation. The hurt and anger run too deep, and damage like that lasts for a long time—and relationships aren't healed so simply, particularly when things have been bad for

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    And also the college thing, which was...um what now? No way in hell is that going to solve it.

    However, up until 97% I was 100% on board with this story.

    But if you're looking for a story about two sisters trying to reconnect, this is definitely a good book to try.

    I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Tiffany Chiang

    As a SoCal native, I’m always excited to read a story set in Los Angeles, and this book read like an appreciation letter to the city while simultaneously exploring the complexities of family relationships. ☀

    While this book flew by as a quick and entertaining read, I did think that it lacked a certain spar

    As a SoCal native, I’m always excited to read a story set in Los Angeles, and this book read like an appreciation letter to the city while simultaneously exploring the complexities of family relationships. ☀️

    While this book flew by as a quick and entertaining read, I did think that it lacked a certain spark to make me completely fall in love.

    In terms of writing, this book flew by, and I found myself engrossed in page after page. From the sisterly relationship to the romantic subplot on the side, I wanted the best for the characters, and Lauren Spieller’s writing made it the story read like a movie, or at least a quick LA-based TV show. ✏️ Additionally,

    As an only child, I couldn’t relate 100% to the sister dynamics within the story, but based on my friendships with sisters,

    Of course, every relationship is different, so it’s probably not representative of everyone’s relationships of fighting and friendship. 💞 A primary focal point of this story was how each sister thought the other person “had it better” in terms of relationships with parents and overall life, but throughout the story,

    One of the primary reasons I didn’t love this book was because I was continuously frustrated by the family dynamics since no one would communicate with each other, yet at the same time, I could understand why it was important to be written into the story because miscommunication or lack of communication is a reality for many families. 😔 The author did a really great job of showcasing how

    However, I would warn that if you are not a fan of ineffective communication as a major focal point of the plot, this book may not be for you.

    Overall, this story was fast-paced and entertaining, but I was craving for more in order to completely love the entire story. The LA-references spoke to my heart, and the character development in sisterly relationships made me happy to watch unfold. This is the second Lauren Spieller contemporary that I’ve read, and I found that while they’re short, fun reads, they’re just short of being a stellar read. Still,

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  • Vinny

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    She’s the Worst was a fun family-oriented story. The dynamic characters combined with the adventurous one-day plot could be a huge potential if the writer didn’t use ineffective communication and manipulation as the ultimate source of the problems. There were many aspects that Spieller could use to spark more drama within this story without making everyone always screams at everyone.

    Thank you to the author and The FFBC Team for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exch

    The full review can be found on

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    She’s the Worst was a fun family-oriented story. The dynamic characters combined with the adventurous one-day plot could be a huge potential if the writer didn’t use ineffective communication and manipulation as the ultimate source of the problems. There were many aspects that Spieller could use to spark more drama within this story without making everyone always screams at everyone.

    Thank you to the author and The FFBC Team for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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    Me and my last two brain cells witnessing everyone's being very mean to each other:

    Me and my last two brain cells when everyone's finally being a bit calmer:

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  • Trianna

    1.5/5

    First of all, idk where all the positive review for this book came from. I literally did not like anything about this book. The 1.5 is solely because I like the idea of exploring messy sister relationships and exploring LA.

    This entire book could have been solved if the family talked to each other. Like if they sat down and had a mediated conversation, there would be no plot. I wish they had talked in the first 10 pages and I did not have to suffer through this.

    The parents are such bad pa

    1.5/5

    First of all, idk where all the positive review for this book came from. I literally did not like anything about this book. The 1.5 is solely because I like the idea of exploring messy sister relationships and exploring LA.

    This entire book could have been solved if the family talked to each other. Like if they sat down and had a mediated conversation, there would be no plot. I wish they had talked in the first 10 pages and I did not have to suffer through this.

    The parents are such bad parents that it does not even seem like they are real parents. It feels like they woke up one day and suddenly had teenage daughters. They don't pay their daughter who literally is at their beck and call and they legit ignore the other one and are extremely dismissive of her passion.

    Both sisters are THE WORST and think they are suffering while the other "has it easy". Again, if they talked everything would become clear. Literally they just complain about the other the WHOLE book, until the last couple of chapters. This isn't even like a slow change, they legit are mad and saying the same things over and over for the entire book until then.

    Overall, I might be too old to read this, but it still was a struggle getting through this. All of my notes for this book look something like this:

    "The parents suck", "Why won't they talk to each other", "This is so YA", "Please talk to each other so I can go home" etc.

    *Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

  • Jaye Berry

    This entire book is the worst.

    is about two sisters named April and Jenn. One summer day, April notices her sister Jenn is sad about how her boyfriend Tom is leaving for college. So April decides to cheer her up by taking her around LA to different places from their childhood, only things don't go as planned. When April learns a secret Jenn has been keeping, it could tear their family apart.

    What I wanted out of this book: two sisters who drifted away rebonding and havi/>She's

    This entire book is the worst.

    is about two sisters named April and Jenn. One summer day, April notices her sister Jenn is sad about how her boyfriend Tom is leaving for college. So April decides to cheer her up by taking her around LA to different places from their childhood, only things don't go as planned. When April learns a secret Jenn has been keeping, it could tear their family apart.

    What I wanted out of this book: two sisters who drifted away rebonding and having fun but working out their issues with a trip down memory lane through iconic LA. What I actually got: terrible characters screaming and bitching at each other for 300 pages and never resolving ANY of their issues. Their super special day is so short and unimportant and just more bitching. And no fun.

    Ughhh ALL of the characters in this book actually suck. April and Jenn are both selfish in their own ways and their parents? Jesus fuck their parents. Reading about a couple that does nothing but argue and fight in every scene they were in was SO annoying and exhausting. They only care about one (1) of their daughters and only because she helps run their store and does nothing else. Even at the end of the book, nothing changes between them??

    Jenn wants to go away to college but her parents said no, but she never canceled and is still leaving. Her parents are like, no you are staying and Jenn then says she's 18 and doesn't need their permission. They pull out the uno reverse card and say she can't afford it herself so she can't. Jenn just cries and then doesn't even consider the fact that she can get a job until the very end of the book and THAT is her solution to going to college! She's seriously like, omg wait I can get a job!! And everyone is like, oh shit that's a game changer and this just might work. Then that's the end of it like it was some hidden magical answer to everyone's problem. What kind of privileged shit is this where a job is the last resort?

    Everyone in this book was so whiny and annoying, and everyone loved invalidating each other. If I had to hear SoCcEr iS jUsT a HoBbY!! from someone to April and having to read her screaming and crying and saying it's her life, I was going to lose it. Almost all the arguments in here felt like people just bringing up the same shit again and again, and EVERYTHING IN THIS BOOK existed because no one would actually talk to each other. I can deal with miscommunication when I have to but this book was Miscommunication: the novel.

    I just want to not ever think about this book again and I would like to thank my library for taking their book back so I don't have to yeet it off a bridge.

  • Sana

    I'm always saying how we need more books about sisters and this happens :prayer hands emoji:

  • Tucker

    She really is...

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