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, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. First, she’ll have to make amends with those she’s wronged, which leads her to Brendan, the guy she labelled with an unfortunate nickname back in the sixth grade. At first, Brendan isn’t all that receptive to Cameron’s ploy. But slowly, he warms up to her when they connect over the computer game he’s developing. Now if only Andrew would notice…But the closer Cameron gets to Brendan, the more she sees he appreciates her personality—honesty and all—and wonders if she’s compromising who she is for the guy she doesn’t even want.

If I'm Being Honest Details

TitleIf I'm Being Honest
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 23rd, 2019
PublisherViking Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780451481092
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Retellings, Young Adult Contemporary

If I'm Being Honest Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review. “If I was going to commit to someone, I wanted him to be worth the worry, worth the part of me I was going to give him.” 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. The Taming of the Shrew/10 Things I Hate About You loose retelling, starring a popular mean girl and a nerdy gamer boy, where they go to Th ARC provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review. “If I was going to commit to someone, I wanted him to be worth the worry, worth the part of me I was going to give him.” 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. The Taming of the Shrew/10 Things I Hate About You loose retelling, starring a popular mean girl and a nerdy gamer boy, where they go to The Rocky Horror Picture Show 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. ➽ Cameron - 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. ➽ Andrew - Black, and has been friends with Cameron for a really long time, and they are running partners with each other. ➽ Paige - A girl who goes to Cameron’s school, who for sure marches (and dances) to the beat of her own drum. ➽ Brendan - 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. “The heart of every doubt and insecurity that’s ever weighed me down—that between the only two parents I have, nobody’s ever wanted me.” 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. “Katherine’s not the villain of the play. It’s the people trying to change her” 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, Always Never Yours, 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. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Trigger and content warnings for side characters cheating, talk of cheating in the past, and emotional and verbally abusive parenting. Buddy read with Kayla! ❤
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  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    this book: *is inspired by Ten Things I Hate About You*me, adding it to my tbr: wow it sure is good to have a reason to live again
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    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 releases: April 23rd, 2019
  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    Examination of a mean girl this is not, unfortunately. If you want that, Some Girls Are 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, Some Girls Are 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.
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    THIS WAS AMAZING AHHHHHH
  • Tara ☽
    January 1, 1970
    This book is apparently inspired by the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, which means that I need it immediately, imminently, promptly and instantaneously. Insert more synonyms here.
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Literally just finished Always Never Yours and went to click on the authors page to see if they had other contemporary works, and instead I found out this writing duo is at it again. I’m in. I hope it’ll be as gush worthy as the last.
  • Tiffany Chiang
    January 1, 1970
    I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK WITH ALL MY HEART!! It’s honestly everything I could’ve asked for & more. I’m having such major throwback to my “The Clique” days. The romance just made me smile so so much, and Cameron’s growth as a character was beautiful. Full review coming soon!!
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  • Fareya
    January 1, 1970
    It has been a while since I enjoyed a YA contemporary book as much as If I’m Being Honest. A modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this compelling story about a popular mean girl and computer game nerd boy had me laughing out loud and turning pages from start to finish. The story is smart, entertaining and funny but also realistic. Undoubtedly, teenage me would have swooned over this, but seeing that adult me enjoyed it too without any eye rolls, (which believe me happen It has been a while since I enjoyed a YA contemporary book as much as If I’m Being Honest. A modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this compelling story about a popular mean girl and computer game nerd boy had me laughing out loud and turning pages from start to finish. The story is smart, entertaining and funny but also realistic. Undoubtedly, teenage me would have swooned over this, but seeing that adult me enjoyed it too without any eye rolls, (which believe me happens a lot with YA fiction theses days), I am going to be encouraging readers, particularly those who enjoy YA contemporary, to add this one to their summer TBR.The story opens with Cameron Bright, your classic private school mean girl and bitch incarnate. Gorgeous, smart and aware of it, Cameron is also known for her harsh and biting honesty that is almost always borderline cruel. But she doesn’t care, because to her truth is the truth, however brutal it might get. Until one day at a party, when Cameron is being pointedly mean to a teary eyed girl from school, her crush Andrew overhears her caustic cutting comments and calls Cameron “bitch” to her face. Andrew gets very upset after witnessing Cameron’s behavior, but Cameron is determined to change that and make him realize that she is a kind and caring person. But how? She needs a plan!Taking inspiration from English class, Cameron decides to tame herself just like Katherine from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and the first step to this transformation would to be to right all wrongs, starting with apologizing to everyone she’s ever been mean to. On top of her list of people she needs to make amends with, is Paige Rosenfeld, the girl she snapped at, in front of Andrew. Following which is Brendan, whom she publicly shamed and coined a mean nickname for in middle school that stuck through the years. And then there are a few others as well. But Paige and Brendan are not making it easy for Cameron and neither are ready to accept her apology, butCameron is not a quitter, and has her eyes on the prize aka Andrew, so she is persistent and keeps on with her efforts.Cameron’s journey of transformation from a mean girl to a caring, considerate human comprises the major chunk of this story, but alongside it also has a lot more to offer, like the stress of trying to manage a strained relationship with parents, balancing personal and parental expectations at a tender age, peer pressure, the joys of a strong sibling relationship and of finding friendships in the unlikeliest of places. It makes us realize that forgiveness starts with oneself and being a kind and good person does not necessarily equate to not being our true selves but rather unraveling that same person but as a better and superior version.Another positive that requires a mention is the well defined and fleshed out characters that behaved and reacted according to their age. Realistic fiction should feel relatable to readers. Often we see YA characters in books acting and speaking in a far too mature manner that makes everything seem superficial. The authors have made sure the characters in here are flawed, imperfect and relatable.In conclusion, If I’m Being Honest is a fun and engaging contemporary with a strong feminist main character, plenty of witty banter and also a few important social messages. If you are a fan of this genre, do not miss this delightful story.For more reviews visit my blog Booktimistic - Books, Outdoors & Optimism** An ARC was provided by Penguin Young Readers Group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
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  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating is 3.5, but rounded down.This book was cute and would make a great summer read. With that being said, I just didn’t love this as much as I was expecting to. I think that so many people are going to love and enjoy this book though. I just had some issues with the characters and that’s why my rating couldn’t be higher than what it is.Cameron, oh Cameron. While I really wanted to love her and cheer for her, but I couldn’t find myself caring enough about her. I get that she had things Actual rating is 3.5, but rounded down.This book was cute and would make a great summer read. With that being said, I just didn’t love this as much as I was expecting to. I think that so many people are going to love and enjoy this book though. I just had some issues with the characters and that’s why my rating couldn’t be higher than what it is.Cameron, oh Cameron. While I really wanted to love her and cheer for her, but I couldn’t find myself caring enough about her. I get that she had things going on in her life, some pretty crappy things. However, just because you have crappy things going on in your life, that doesn’t allow you to be cruel. Some of the things she said and did were completely uncalled for.I did enjoy how Taming the Shrew was a big part of this and how they were actually reading in their English class. It went really well Cameron’s story arc. I’ve had a lot of life realization moments while reading a story of fiction. I don’t see anything wrong with being honest and outspoken. It’s just all in the way you deliver your words. That’s all Cameron needed to change. Some of the things she said were harsh when it wasn’t called for. Since this book is all about being honest, let me say this. I don’t think she really redeemed herself at the end. Okay, too honest?Andrew really made me want to thump him in the forehead. I didn’t really see how Cameron thought that they had anything in common except for running. He acted like he was such a good person but looked down on Cameron for how she was. He claimed that he always like her but he couldn’t have. He just liked the idea of her, of dating her. I basically didn’t like that he thought his ass was the sun.The best part and person of this entire book was Brendan. From the moment he told her “not interested” I knew I wanted to protect him. His heart was pure and I honestly think that Cameron didn’t deserve him. THERE, I said it! If I overlooked the characters, I would say everything else here was really good! I did like the friendships and the humor here. We also get a group that is obsessed with Rocky Horror! Can I get a “YAS QUEEN” for that?! Overall, you can see that I had a few issues with it. However, I still hope that you try it out if you are interested in reading it. It’s still a good story and has a good message.✨This is a BR with the lovely Melanie over at Meltotheany.✨I read an advanced copy of this title.✨Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Well it's official, I am in love with this book and everything these authors write okay. This was the perfect contemporary, with a complex, amazing main character I adored, a soft romance, family and friendships issues and ugh everything was SO GOOD okay add this to your TBRs, friends <3Read my full review of If I'm Being Honest on the blog.My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'
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  • Kalie
    January 1, 1970
    After being stuck in a reading rut these past couple of weeks, I decided to switch up genres in attempt for something - anything - to grab me. Luckily, a fresh contemporary was just what I needed.Between IF I’M BEING HONEST and ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, it’s clear that the authors have a penchant for writing complicated and flawed protagonists who aren’t always likable. In fact, they say and do things that are often frustrating, if not grating. These aren’t characters I traditionally gravitate towards After being stuck in a reading rut these past couple of weeks, I decided to switch up genres in attempt for something - anything - to grab me. Luckily, a fresh contemporary was just what I needed.Between IF I’M BEING HONEST and ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, it’s clear that the authors have a penchant for writing complicated and flawed protagonists who aren’t always likable. In fact, they say and do things that are often frustrating, if not grating. These aren’t characters I traditionally gravitate towards in my fiction, true, but I can appreciate the extra nuances, especially if they are developed well throughout the course of the story. Admittedly, I didn’t wholly love their first novel. There were a lot of things I did enjoy about it and it’s one of the better contemporaries I’ve read this year, but I didn’t glom onto it in the way that I wanted to. However, they do some masterful character work and hearing that their follow-up was another Shakespeare-centric re-telling set in the same shared universe made IF I’M BEING HONEST an automatic must-read.And it clicked for me in a surprising way. This isn’t just an updated rehash of 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. It’s its own thing. Fresh, unflinching, and relatable. I’m into the modern teen rom com vibes and it hit SO MANY of my personal buttons. It feels very Jenn Bennett by way of Morgan Matson’s shared contemporary universe with the biting, playful tone of Sally Thorne which is as high a compliment as any. Every character down to the supporting crew feels layered and rich. As a character-focused reader, that’s my jam. You can give me an interesting and delightful storyline that seems tailor-made for me, but if I don’t find the characters engaging, then I’m not going to connect. Thankfully, I loved all of the characters here in all of their frustrating, oh-my-god-why-are-you-like-this glory (spoiler alert: the Rosenfelds are my faves, which should shock absolutely no one). All in all, this is not a book I can see working for everyone (if you like your protagonists nice and passive, this isn’t the read for you), but it worked for me and I can’t wait to push this charming LA-set rom com at my LA bookstore when it releases next year.
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  • Kiki Cole
    January 1, 1970
    Stunning, thought-provoking, infuriating, romantic, emotionally impelling! This was a beautifully done retelling of The Taming of the Shrew and a wonderful backlash at the boys or men who think that women are made to be obedient. Women are not programmable robots! We are people with ever-changing emotions who hold grudges, who say words we do not mean to say, and who strive for righteousness! This book preached all of that!
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  • Kayleigh
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.“The heart of every doubt and insecurity that's ever weighed me down—that between the only two parents I have, nobody's ever wanted me.”If I'm Being Honest follows Cameron Bright, a high school senior who has a reputation that can be summed up in one word: "bitch." She's the most popular girl at her private Los Angeles high school and is known for her brutal honesty. And when she says the wrong thing in front of her best friend and crush, Andrew, she thinks she's lost him for good. Thi 4.5 stars.“The heart of every doubt and insecurity that's ever weighed me down—that between the only two parents I have, nobody's ever wanted me.”If I'm Being Honest follows Cameron Bright, a high school senior who has a reputation that can be summed up in one word: "bitch." She's the most popular girl at her private Los Angeles high school and is known for her brutal honesty. And when she says the wrong thing in front of her best friend and crush, Andrew, she thinks she's lost him for good. This leads Cameron on a road of redemption and she begins to "tame" herself and her actions. To do so, she first decides to makes amends with everyone she's wronged, which leads her to Brendan, a guy she gave an unfortunate nickname back in sixth grade, which has followed him ever since. At first, Brendan couldn't care less about Cameron's plan, but soon, he warms up to her and they connect over the video game he's developing. But as she gets closer to Brendan, the more she realizes he appreciates the person she is—honesty and all—and wonders if she's starting to compromise who she is for a guy she might not even really want.If I'm being honest (heh), Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka are the best YA author duo I have ever experienced in all my years of reading books in this genre. Always Never Yours was one of my favorite books of 2018 and definitely one of my favorite books of all time, and If I'm Being Honest is no different. I gave them both the same rating, but I do think I love this one just a tiny bit more than their debut. I loved the characters and their development, especially Cameron, and it had some excellent themes. This book was also written beautifully, and Wibberly and Siegemund-Broka crafted it so, so well. I was incredibly impressed and pleased with the end result.“I think it might be literally impossible to be your friend and not be inspired to be yourself. Be real. Be brave.”At its core, this is a book about second chances, being who you are with no shame, and allowing yourself to grow as a person. Cameron was an incredibly flawed and unlikeable main character in the beginning, and even though it was a tough road to get there, we got to see her learn from her mistakes and grow into someone quite better than before. And her friendship and eventual romance with Brendan was so damn sweet and well done. I loved the best friends to lovers trope in their debut, and thought they did it perfectly, and I think I loved their "enemies" to lovers trope even more in this book. As much as I loved Cameron, Brendan truly captured my heart from the very beginning, and I absolutely loved getting to know him. He's so kind and soft and truly one of the best YA boys of all time.Overall, I adored If I'm Being Honest. It was well written and engaging, and had so many great themes hidden away in it. Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka did such a great job at creating flawed, complex characters, and I really loved getting to know all of them. The complex family relationships and sweet relationship between Brendan and Paige was also so excellent. Also, not many books could make me want to move to Los Angeles, but this one definitely did—Wibberly and Siegemund-Broka did an incredible job with the setting. This was a great second book from these two, and I'm excited to see what they give us in the future!“If I was going to commit to someone, I wanted him to be worth the worry, worth the part of me I was going to give him.”
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  • Hana Bilqisthi
    January 1, 1970
    All I can do is make sure I don’t end up the type of person who gives up in the face of a challenge. Who lets other people tell her who she is.Cameron is the perfect unlikeable character.When Cameron describe herself as uninteresting. I thought it was a red flag. "Duh don't tell me it is going to be uninteresting story of uninteresting character"But I am glad I was wrong. Cameron is interesting complex characters 😍😍I cried so hard while reading this book.Cameron's journey to prove her worth to p All I can do is make sure I don’t end up the type of person who gives up in the face of a challenge. Who lets other people tell her who she is.Cameron is the perfect unlikeable character.When Cameron describe herself as uninteresting. I thought it was a red flag. "Duh don't tell me it is going to be uninteresting story of uninteresting character"But I am glad I was wrong. Cameron is interesting complex characters 😍😍I cried so hard while reading this book.Cameron's journey to prove her worth to people she loves is really relatable. When reading this book, It made feel like I experienced my young adult journey all over again.This book was so great! Loved the characters, brilliant story. I didn’t want to put it down!
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  • Brittani
    January 1, 1970
    I adored Cameron. She can be difficult, she's brutally honest, and she knows it - and sees it as a positive thing. Give me all your "difficult" characters and I will give them the love they deserve. I really enjoy these Shakespeare retellings Wibberley and Sigemond-Broka have written - and if you've read Always Never Yours, there's a nice cameo at the end (although not necessary to read it before, except that you totally should). This has the same wit and humor as Always Never Yours, with a real I adored Cameron. She can be difficult, she's brutally honest, and she knows it - and sees it as a positive thing. Give me all your "difficult" characters and I will give them the love they deserve. I really enjoy these Shakespeare retellings Wibberley and Sigemond-Broka have written - and if you've read Always Never Yours, there's a nice cameo at the end (although not necessary to read it before, except that you totally should). This has the same wit and humor as Always Never Yours, with a really wonderful developing friendship at its core. I loved the friend group that slowly develops throughout the book as well as how Cameron's original friendships are handled. The romance was also super cute and full of banter, my favorite kind. I definitely recommend checking this one out - Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberley are a writing duo on my autobuy list now.I was provided a free copy of this on Edelweiss.
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  • Emily (emilykatereads)
    January 1, 1970
    FIRST OFF: I just wanna say I love how this is being released on Shakespeare's birthdaySECOND: This perfect book comes from my least favourite Shakespeare story but Austin & Emily create an adorable romantic contemporary out of it.This is the perfect summer, feel-good read. I haven't read Always Never Yours, but I had to request this one based on it being a Shakespeare retelling.Admittedly, I hate the storyline of Taming of the Shrew, but was excited to see how it was done in this modern ret FIRST OFF: I just wanna say I love how this is being released on Shakespeare's birthdaySECOND: This perfect book comes from my least favourite Shakespeare story but Austin & Emily create an adorable romantic contemporary out of it.This is the perfect summer, feel-good read. I haven't read Always Never Yours, but I had to request this one based on it being a Shakespeare retelling.Admittedly, I hate the storyline of Taming of the Shrew, but was excited to see how it was done in this modern retelling. And I'm SO happy with how this one turned out. They took a classic play (which I can appreciate while criticizing it for the areas where it sucks) and created this fun modern story with enjoyable and well developed characters with a great overall meaning. And let me tell you, it was a book that had me rooting for Cameron, who at the beginning I couldn't sympathize with because she was, as Andrew says, a bitch. She turned from a character who irritated me and was mean to others, into a genuine and honest person, and the journey she took to get there was entertaining. As the story progresses, you get to know Cameron more and more and understand what makes her work. The story initially starts when her long-time crush doesn't want to be with her because she's been a bitch, and so she decides to wants to "tame" herself after being inspired from her English class studying Taming of the Shrew. So she decides to apologize to many people who she's seriously impacted negatively. And this journey has its bumps and new paths pop up along the way. I'm also so here for stories that majorly feature Rocky Horror Picture Show. And also I can relate how she got introduced to this, because I never watched it until I was seeing my current girlfriend who's into it, and in the early stages of our relationship, I joined her and her friends (now my group of friends) for a showing of it in theatres and we all dressed up and danced to the Time Warp and it was a great time. If you've read this book, sounds familiar right? The banter between Cameron and Brendan is great. I immediately liked him as a character and he was distinct and left an impression. I normally do my reviews starting with what I liked, and then follow up with whatever criticisms I have.. but honestly, I don't really have any. This book isn't lifechanging for me, but I'd highly recommend it as a fun and romantic comedy. I'd say my rating is more appropriately 4.5/5 stars, but I had no reason to drop a full star off, but it doesn't hold to the standard of my favourite books that I rate 5 stars. But I loved it.Thanks to the publisher for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review!Review can also be found on my blog!
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  • Han
    January 1, 1970
    i felt like this is a teen movie that wasn’t done right,,,
  • michelle (magicalreads)
    January 1, 1970
    read on my blog But the truth is you're a bitch, Cameron Bright. I enjoyed Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka's debut, Always Never Yours, so I was already excited for their next book If I'm Being Honest, especially when I heard the comparison to 10 Things I Hate about You, which is one of my favorite movies! And what an apt comparison because this book did not disappoint. If I'm Being Honest was such a great read.This is definitely very "90s teen flick"-esque, and I loved it, especially read on my blog But the truth is you're a bitch, Cameron Bright. I enjoyed Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka's debut, Always Never Yours, so I was already excited for their next book If I'm Being Honest, especially when I heard the comparison to 10 Things I Hate about You, which is one of my favorite movies! And what an apt comparison because this book did not disappoint. If I'm Being Honest was such a great read.This is definitely very "90s teen flick"-esque, and I loved it, especially because they expanded on the tropes. Instead of a makeover montage (à la She's All That), Cameron makes a list of people to help as a way to make herself a better person. Similarly, she befriends the "weirdo" of the grade (Bring It On or Clueless), but she doesn't make her over (wow, why are so many movies that hinge on makeovers). And, of course, this book is based on The Taming of the Shrew just like 10 Things I Hate about You.Cameron is definitely one of the best unlikable heroines in YA, if not the best (because honestly, we don't get a lot). I mean, yes, it was a bit hard to empathize with her at first because of all the dick-ish things she would say, but you grow to love her. That's good writing right there!! You know, being yourself isn't permission to be a terrible person. The character developments were definitely some of the best and most realistic I've read in YA. I liked that Cameron called out her friend for being a bad friend, but she didn't immediately reflect over her actions and change. Some people are just like that; they place the blame on everybody else and ice you out when you say anything remotely negative about them, even if it's constructive. Also, it was nice to see her friend call Cameron out for ghosting her and their other friends because that's what somebody would actually do in this situation. Usually this is just glossed over in other books.The romance was super cute! I stan one boy and one boy only, and that is Brendan. He and Cameron have a bit of a hate-to-love relationship because she was one of the kids who would make fun of him in elementary school. However, they bond over the video game he's creating. (Also! Cameron being into coding! As a CS gal myself, I really enjoyed reading another girl who's interested in it.) I did think that the last time she lashed out at him went a little too far, but again, unlikable heroine, so.There may or may not be cameos from certain characters from Always Never Yours, and that's all I have to say on that [smirking face]. I think it might be literally impossible to be your friend and not be inspired to be yourself. Be real. Be brave. If I'm Being Honest was such a delightful read. If I'm being honest, I definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a fun, 90s-esque rom-com! You can pick it up on April 23.original review:cuteeee
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  • Mindy
    January 1, 1970
    As awful of a person that Cameron Bright is, she surprisingly remains to be a great character. You can tell that was a stereotypical popular mean girl, but underneath you know she is still a good person. One of the best qualities of Cameron is that she is self-aware of her wrongdoings and she goes through great efforts to fix them. Along the way, she learns about the consequences of her past actions and even though she knows that a simple apology won't erase the pain she caused, she still tries. As awful of a person that Cameron Bright is, she surprisingly remains to be a great character. You can tell that was a stereotypical popular mean girl, but underneath you know she is still a good person. One of the best qualities of Cameron is that she is self-aware of her wrongdoings and she goes through great efforts to fix them. Along the way, she learns about the consequences of her past actions and even though she knows that a simple apology won't erase the pain she caused, she still tries. Although she started this whole apology journey on a selfish reason, I didn't mind it because it was fitting to her past self. It allowed her to grow and realize many things. I'm also glad she is upfront about her feelings and brutally honest because it cuts out a lot of drama that most YA books would probably have drawn out. Aside from this, I didn't really enjoy most of the supporting characters. Out of all the friends, acquaintances, and all the people Cameron interacts with, the only ones I liked were Paige and Brandon. Practically everyone else remained flat and forgettable, but then again they are only there for Cameron's character development. Also, Cameron's dad, what a complete jerk. Overall, I really enjoyed this read. Cameron's character development, the nicely paced out romance, the interwoven family drama, all make a great story. If you're looking for a drama-filled teen read that isn't too heavy of a read, then give this a read.
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this more than I could have imagined! Now I need to find the first book. :)----------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...While I have not yet had the pleasure of reading Always, Never, Yours, I was able to read and follow this with no problem. It was a delightfully funny, charming, hilarious, swoony read! I really did love everything about this and am excited to read more from these two authors.While this is pitched as Taming of the Shrew meets Mean Gir I loved this more than I could have imagined! Now I need to find the first book. :)----------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...While I have not yet had the pleasure of reading Always, Never, Yours, I was able to read and follow this with no problem. It was a delightfully funny, charming, hilarious, swoony read! I really did love everything about this and am excited to read more from these two authors.While this is pitched as Taming of the Shrew meets Mean Girls, I’m here to tell you that is not incorrect. This was an absolute brilliant mashup. Once I started, I simply could not get enough of it! I immediately connected with Cameron, the protagonist. While this girl was always honest with what she said, she stayed true to herself and stuck to her guns. I have to commend the girl for being confident in who she was and willing to see past herself to try to become a better person. She felt believable and someone I would hang out with in real life, brutal honesty and all. She went through the book trying to make up for past wrongs and I give her a standing ovation for that. I don’t know many people that would put themselves out there that way. Granted, her reasons for starting this list/quest were a little (okay, a lot) on the selfish side, but her character arc more than made up for it.Cameron was not the only amazing character in this story, the entire cast felt believable and real. They all felt flushed out, deeply flawed, and wonderfully complex. Not one single person as was open and shut as they appeared. Every single one had their insecurities, hopes, and fears. It was refreshing to read about a cast of characters that was not always perfect in everything they did. Cameron’s character really had to work to get to know these people, nothing happened easily or by chance – I really liked that about this book. While Cameron was batting some pretty gnarly demons at home, it proved that nobody had the perfect life.I’m really struggling to find the proper words to describe how much I enjoy this book!! The setting, the plot, the pacing, the characters, all of it worked. It worked in such a wonderful way. Just know that if you’re looking for a swoony contemporary feel that may give you pause to think about how you talk to/treat people, then this is the book you need in your life. You don’t want to miss it when it comes into the world soon.
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  • Derek Milman
    January 1, 1970
    An exceptional, highly entertaining follow-up to ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, my favorite writing duo of all time manages to create another lovable, complex heroine in Cameron Bright. Cameron's a smart, uncertain, emotionally tangled young woman, with a sour family history that she seeks to surmount, while often accomplishing the exact opposite-- i.e., pushing the wrong people away at the wrong time. She's guarded, brittle, and cruel sometimes--because she's had to be.Until, that is, she takes a second l An exceptional, highly entertaining follow-up to ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, my favorite writing duo of all time manages to create another lovable, complex heroine in Cameron Bright. Cameron's a smart, uncertain, emotionally tangled young woman, with a sour family history that she seeks to surmount, while often accomplishing the exact opposite-- i.e., pushing the wrong people away at the wrong time. She's guarded, brittle, and cruel sometimes--because she's had to be.Until, that is, she takes a second look at Brendan, a brainy computer game designer, and low-key geek-hunk, from her past, who's trying to heal some of his own wounds--some of which were caused by Cameron!Labeled a "bitch" at school by her peers (and not always without reason), the novel's delight is the awakening of Cameron's emotional maturity in the aftermath of being rejected by someone she *thought* she had a future with, making amends for her wrongs, and finding that it's not really the boy you're pursuing to paradise who you wind up with...but the boy you happen to meet on the way.Clever writing underscores a lyrical, sincere, and touching look at teenage love and loss. Taming of the Shrew, Morgan Matson, Mean Girls, and 10 Things I Hate About You inspire this lively, pristine YA rom-com with a cast of truly fantastic characters that pop off the page.Be sure to read ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, as a crafty, well-placed cameo at the end is sure to make your heart skip a few beats.Not to be missed.
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  • Rachel Solomon
    January 1, 1970
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this finished copy courtesy of  Penguin Teen for being a part of the blog tour. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. I can easily see why this author duo is quickly become a major name in the YA contemporaries' world. I had saw a lot of great reviews for Always Never Yours, which I had been pumped to read, and now I'm tot Disclaimer: I received this finished copy courtesy of  Penguin Teen for being a part of the blog tour. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. I can easily see why this author duo is quickly become a major name in the YA contemporaries' world. I had saw a lot of great reviews for Always Never Yours, which I had been pumped to read, and now I'm totally scooching that book further up my TBR stat.Cameron Bright is such a fascinating, complex, and layered heroine. She's not the typical YA heroine. She doesn't say what's she supposed to say, she lashes out when she's hurt/angry, and more. When she majorly puts her foot in her mouth, she decides she wants to tame her "bitchy" ways just like in Shakespeare's play, The Tempest. She might be a bit offputting to some readers at first, but omigosh, her character arc is SO AMAZING. She has such a mental and emotional journey throughout the story filled with self-discovery, personality, humor, and more that I'm over here screeching. Seriously, the authors did such a fantastic job at making a realistic, dynamic heroine that I was so in deep with and rooting so hard for. Ugh, I feel SO many feels for her and what she goes through with her mom and her dad. I AM SCREAMING. The other side characters were so fantastic too. I loved so many of them. Brendan is a dolllllllllll, and omg, I think I fell a bit in love with him too??? Ugh, such a dreamboat in a shiny gold speedo...which, um, totally fits in with the story. I swear. Paige was a fun friend as well, and Andrew, Elle, Morgan, and more were intriguing pieces to this puzzle as well. Plus add in the complex relationships of Cameron and her mom and her dad and you have so much distinct personalities with such a robust, intriguing cast. (Omg, my excitement for this novel is bringing out the fancy words. who AM i?)Also, like THIS IS SO REAL?? Cameron messes up - like, a LOT. She's brash and brutally honest and when she's hurt, she lashes out. It's such a human thing to do, and her reactions along with those that she hurts' reactions were so just true to how it would be in real life. Sometimes books can paint on rosy glasses on situations, but the authors made sure to brilliantly point out over and over that saying you're sorry doesn't just solve everything with a pretty little hot pink bow. (hot pink was needed because this cover is like part of my forever aesthetic with pretty pink so it needed to be acknowledged)And the writing??? Idk how Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka do it, but I could NOT tell that two people wrote this book. They are peak mind meld, and this book was fantastically written. So so easy to read, and it gets so fast paced that I was just demolishing this book so fast. The romance was a lot a lot of heart eyes. SO many heart eyes. Ugh, just so cute together. I do think there was a certain l-word that was dropped WAY too quickly, but it didn't deter me from vibing all the vibes and feeling alllllllllllll the feels. There are a few things that did keep me from giving it a full five crowns. The one thing up above was one part, and there were a few other little things. It got a bit too long at parts - it's almost a 400 page contemporary, so it did get a tiny bit too much in parts. Overall, though, it was such a brilliant read, and it's full of heart, feels, realism, and so much moreeeeeeeee. I so so recommend getting this on your TBRs if you're looking for a refreshing, fun, adorable, feely read that is perfect for summer!4 crowns and an Ariel rating!
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  • Kristen Bowman
    January 1, 1970
    I usually don't give 5 stars for teen contemporary romances. I save 5 stars for books that absolutely blow me away. But I loved this book so much and it's incredible characters, and I can't remember the last time I read a book this fast! it's 400 pages but I finished it in less than a day because I couldn't put it down. Brendan was the most lovable character ever (and not just being he's a fan of my favorite video game developer-Naughty Dog) and I thoroughly enjoyed Cameron. She's certainly a ve I usually don't give 5 stars for teen contemporary romances. I save 5 stars for books that absolutely blow me away. But I loved this book so much and it's incredible characters, and I can't remember the last time I read a book this fast! it's 400 pages but I finished it in less than a day because I couldn't put it down. Brendan was the most lovable character ever (and not just being he's a fan of my favorite video game developer-Naughty Dog) and I thoroughly enjoyed Cameron. She's certainly a very flawed character but also an amazing one and I loved watching her grow and evolve throughout the story (without changing who she really is, of course!). She had such a strong voice and presence and I couldn't help but like her, even when she was being a jerk. I'm usually very wary of books that are co-written by two authors. In my experience, they almost always end up being awkward and clunky, but that's not the case here! Emily and Austin are an amazing team and write beautifully together. I've just purchased their other book, Always Never Yours, and I can't wait to start it.
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  • ضحى الحداد
    January 1, 1970
    So I was anticipating this book since I read " Always Never Yours " which I liked very much This book was equally cute with more relateable characters, So it's a story about Cameron Bright who is bright and perfect except that she is too bitchy for her own good .. then she decides to change her ways to get the attention of a guy she likes but little did she know that destiny has other plans for her I liked this book as much as the other book, but there were some things that bugged me about the r So I was anticipating this book since I read " Always Never Yours " which I liked very much This book was equally cute with more relateable characters, So it's a story about Cameron Bright who is bright and perfect except that she is too bitchy for her own good .. then she decides to change her ways to get the attention of a guy she likes but little did she know that destiny has other plans for her I liked this book as much as the other book, but there were some things that bugged me about the romance .. but the ending was cute and adorable specially that Megan and Owen get a scene in the epilogue :D
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  • Mila
    January 1, 1970
    3,75 starsThis whole book is inspired by W.Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew" which I haven't read but seen the adaptations of ("The Taming of the Scoundrel" and "10 Things I Hate About You") so I'm familiar with the plot. Only the MC, Cameron, is the shrew and she wants to change herself without anyone's help. At the core of this story is Cameron's quest for identity, she is torn between her helpless mother and the very opinionated and even sometimes cruel father. Both parents are qui 3,75 starsThis whole book is inspired by W.Shakespeare's play "The Taming of the Shrew" which I haven't read but seen the adaptations of ("The Taming of the Scoundrel" and "10 Things I Hate About You") so I'm familiar with the plot. Only the MC, Cameron, is the shrew and she wants to change herself without anyone's help. At the core of this story is Cameron's quest for identity, she is torn between her helpless mother and the very opinionated and even sometimes cruel father. Both parents are quite negligent as well and it's obviously taken a toll on Cameron whose ambitions drive her to a better, successful life. And it's very interesting to see her character development throughout the book so I liked this part of the novel a lot. The romance was quite adorable, a bit too dramatic at times but had enough witty banter to win me over. The writing wasn't that prominent, it's your average YA contemporary writing style which is a bit sad 'cause the debut novel of this duo "Always Never Yours" had dramatic but interesting writing, I liked it a lot. The characters weren't that likable at first but they grew on me eventually. Overall, I didn't like this as much as their first book but it was still another enjoyable contemporary and I'm definitely looking forward to more of their work!
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  • Laurence R.
    January 1, 1970
    3.5I really liked this novel! It was very sweet and the characters were surprisingly well developed. I actually enjoy having "mean girls" as main characters these days haha!
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