If I'm Being Honest

If I'm Being Honest

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...

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Title:If I'm Being Honest
Author:Emily Wibberley
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If I'm Being Honest Reviews

  • Vicky Who Reads

    THIS WAS AMAZING AHHHHHH

  • Melanie

    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.

    loose retelling, starring a popular mean girl and a nerdy gamer boy, where they go to

    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.

    loose retelling, starring a popular mean girl and a nerdy gamer boy, where they go to

    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.

    - 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.

    - Black, and has been friends with Cameron for a really long time, and they are running partners with each other.

    - A girl who goes to Cameron’s school, who for sure marches (and dances) to the beat of her own drum.

    - 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.

    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.

    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,

    , 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.

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    for side characters cheating, talk of cheating in the past, and emotional and verbally abusive parenting.

    Buddy read with

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  • 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.

  • EmBibliophile

    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

    want to be, not who everyone trying to make you.

    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

    want to be, not who everyone trying to make you. It’s about making amends. It was a really cute entertaining book.

  • Barbie

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • Tatiana

    Examination of a mean girl this is not, unfortunately. If you want that,

    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,

    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.

  • 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

    April 23rd, 2019

  • 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!

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء

    *is inspired by Ten Things I Hate About You*

    wow it sure is good to have a reason to live again

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