The Best Laid Plans
High school senior Keely Collins takes on firsts, lasts, and everything in between in this sweet, sex-positive rom-com for fans of Meg Cabot and Jenny Han.It seemed like a good plan at first.When the only other virgin in her group of friends loses it at Keely's own eighteenth birthday party, she's inspired to take things into her own hands. She wants to have that experience too (well, not exactly like that--but with someone she trusts and actually likes), so she's going to need to find the guy, and fast. Problem is, she's known all the boys in her small high school forever, and it's kinda hard to be into a guy when you watched him eat crayons in kindergarten. So she can't believe her luck when she meets a ridiculously hot new guy named Dean. Not only does he look like he's fallen out of a classic movie poster, but he drives a motorcycle, flirts with ease, and might actually be into her.But Dean's already in college, and Keely is convinced he'll drop her if he finds out how inexperienced she is. That's when she talks herself into a new plan: her lifelong best friend, Andrew, would never hurt or betray her, and he's clearly been with enough girls that he can show her the ropes before she goes all the way with Dean. Of course, the plan only works if Andrew and Keely stay friends--just friends--so things are about to get complicated.Cameron Lund's delightful debut is a hilarious and heartfelt story of first loves, first friends, and first times--and how making them your own is all that really matters.

The Best Laid Plans Details

TitleThe Best Laid Plans
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherRazorbill
ISBN-139780593114919
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Young Adult

The Best Laid Plans Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This book had so! much! potential! to be a new favorite for me, but it just kind of fell flat and I am HECKA bummed about it. This is another one that wasn't necessarily bad, but I just.. did not connect to it nearly as much as I was hoping I would. Womp :c
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    fun! another book to remind me how painfully single i am!
  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    DISCLAIMER: This is a mostly negative review, pointing out many of the problems that I found in this book. That said, the rating is based entirely on my general enjoyment of the novel. While I had issues (stated in the review), I didn't exactly hate this novel and actually had a decent time reading. Sorry if my review and my rating seem incongruous, this is the way my brain categorized the novel.Now, onto the review!!I liked this. But also, it was lowkey questionable?I read this book in one day. DISCLAIMER: This is a mostly negative review, pointing out many of the problems that I found in this book. That said, the rating is based entirely on my general enjoyment of the novel. While I had issues (stated in the review), I didn't exactly hate this novel and actually had a decent time reading. Sorry if my review and my rating seem incongruous, this is the way my brain categorized the novel.Now, onto the review!!I liked this. But also, it was lowkey questionable?I read this book in one day. In a couple of hours if I'm honest. I started in the late afternoon and between washing dishes, drying my unmanageable hair, and making diner, I finished at 1am.I didn't even feel the time flying by. The book is quick and easy to read, with decent writing and likable characters. And yet, I never felt truly engrossed in the characters.I also had a lot of problems with the way that virginity and sex, in general, are discussed.In case the title and the synopsis weren't clue enough, this book is about one girl's journey to get laid. She believes that she's the only virgin left in her senior class and this is an issue that she needs to immediately rectify. So, what better way to get rid of her pesky virginity than by losing it to her hot, college junior coworker, Dean?Simple plot. Pretty straight forward. Pretty problematic, I think.In this book, being a virgin is like having a disease. That's actually a quote in the book: "being a virgin in college is like having a disease." It's something that Keely wants to get rid of because she feels that she must, and that point of view isn't changed or even really challenged.This is a YA novel and I think that we need to remember what "Young Adult" really means, and who the target audience really is. In the back of the ARC I got it says, "Ages 14 & up". Why is it ok to tell 14-year-old girls, or any girl in general, that they can't possibly be a virgin by the time you graduate high school because that's just 'not cool'. If you want to be a virgin, be a virgin! Sex is not a rite of passage nor something that should do, just to get it out of the way so you like a good life.And yes, in the end, we find out that Keely isn't the only virgin in her class, but that doesn't really change Keely's ultimate goal, it only changes who she wants to lose it to.I don't want it to seem like I'm against Keely having sex. I'm not. Although, this book probably lowkey does. There is so much slut-shaming in this 'sex-positive novel'. And the worst part, the shaming is mostly done by other women!All the guys in this book were horrible people! And what pisses me off is that none of them face any consequences for their actions. People either let their actions slide or their mistakes are inconsequentially forgiven. They were all oblivious, sexist jerks! All except for Andrew of course, because he was a love interest!Which brings me to the romance.I didn't like Dean. But it's ok, he wasn't meant to be too likable so let's not talk about him. This isn't really a spoiler because we've all read YA contemporaries, we know how this goes. Let's talk about the best friend, Andrew.They were good friends and had great chemistry. But like, was it me, or did they never act like they were in love? I believed their friendship 100%. Their romance? Questionable at best.I would have wanted more of their interactions and seeing them slowly come to terms with their emotions.All of that said. I kinda enjoyed reading this book? It was pretty cute and kinda funny and very easy to read. I liked Keely and her friends. I also surprisingly really liked Danielle, who was a mean and horrible friend, but still strangely likable??Overall, I liked this book. I flew through it. I definitely look forward to whatever the author decides to publish next. ***hopefully with less questionable topics***Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    will i ever stop highly anticipating books and then waiting a million years to read them? let's find out (but no)
  • Jeff Bishop
    January 1, 1970
    Who among us hasnt asked our best friend to take our virginity so the cute boy weve been making out with wont run away when he learns were a virgin???I had the pleasure of reading an early edition of this book and Im so glad that I did! This is one of the best rom-coms that Ive read in a long time. Its funny when it wants to be, cover-your-eyes cringey in the best possible way at times, and really thoughtful about the way we talk about sex/virginity/relationships. This should be required reading Who among us hasn’t asked our best friend to take our virginity so the cute boy we’ve been making out with won’t run away when he learns we’re a virgin???I had the pleasure of reading an early edition of this book and I’m so glad that I did! This is one of the best rom-coms that I’ve read in a long time. It’s funny when it wants to be, cover-your-eyes cringey in the best possible way at times, and really thoughtful about the way we talk about sex/virginity/relationships. This should be required reading for sex-ed classes (after they finish showing all the STD slides). Moreover, Lund completely nails Keely Collins’ voice (our 18-yr-old MC) in a way that doesn’t sound like a parent parroting kids’ speak or retrofitting older characters into YA. Keely is 18, with 18-yr-old problems. I love this book more than pizza, it should be on everyone’s 2020 TBR. (PS This is a niche pet peeve of mine, but the party scenes are also super accurate, not the Project X-style stuff that always seems to spring up YA)
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    When you live in a small town and go to high school with the same people youve known since kindergarten, everyone knows your business. So its public knowledge among most of her classmates that Keely may very well be the last virgin in the senior class.Theres nothing wrong with her; its just all of the guys she knows treat her like shes one of them. Even her best friend Andrew, whom shes known since birth, treats her like shes not really a member of the opposite sex, and they feel comfortable When you live in a small town and go to high school with the same people you’ve known since kindergarten, everyone knows your business. So it’s public knowledge among most of her classmates that Keely may very well be the last virgin in the senior class.There’s nothing wrong with her; it’s just all of the guys she knows treat her like she’s one of them. Even her best friend Andrew, whom she’s known since birth, treats her like she’s not really a member of the opposite sex, and they feel comfortable talking about girls and everything in front of her.Keely doesn’t want to go to college a virgin but when she sees how another classmate is treated when she loses her virginity to one of the school’s more popular guys, she starts to wonder: why is it okay for guys—even Andrew—to be with girl after girl, but when a girl sleeps with a guy she’s a slut? Why would her parents be fine if she slept with Andrew, but not with someone else?So when a sexy, college-aged coworker who looks like James Dean (his name is even Dean) and likes movies as much as she does expresses interest in her, Keely realizes he’s what he needs to help her with her, umm, problem.But is he? Is sex with Dean the answer, or is there someone else she’d rather be with? The Best Laid Plans was cute but it just didn’t click for me. The characters were all just so mean to each other and manipulative (even though most behavior was justifiable) so they weren’t tremendously appealing. (That's not saying their behavior wasn't authentic, just irritating.) The book’s conclusion is sweet although obvious from the start, but that’s okay.The book is thought-provoking in its conversations about the double standards around sexual behavior for men and women, particularly high school students. I just wish it had a little more heart throughout.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Hilda
    January 1, 1970
    He cant know youre a virgin because then hell think of you as only a virgin. Suddenly thats what itll be about. Hell just want to take it. Your virginity wont be yours, itll be his. Guys are experts at making everything about them.The misogyny in this book was huge. Like the whole book was just men and women hating women. And to top it off there was so much slut shaming and bullying. The only reason it got a two star was because the drama was delicious and Danielle was a true villain. She was He can’t know you’re a virgin because then he’ll think of you as only a virgin. Suddenly that’s what it’ll be about. He’ll just want to take it. Your virginity won’t be yours, it’ll be his. Guys are experts at making everything about them.The misogyny in this book was huge. Like the whole book was just men and women hating women. And to top it off there was so much slut shaming and bullying. The only reason it got a two star was because the drama was delicious and Danielle was a true villain. She was everyone’s antagonist, she didn’t discriminate. She was awful to everyone. And I loved the vegan parents. The main character Keely and Andrew were frustrating. And even though I found their relationship to be sweet and cute I needed more of that. I didn’t feel like they really loved each other because I never got to see that. Maybe the side drama with all the gazillion high school friends took up too much part of the story. I don’t know. I just wanted more of them together. I wanted those sweet times cemented so I could be sure of their love. As it stands their relationship was very toxic and full of intentional hurt with intentional lies. I don’t care why they lied, they lied. I just needed more cute.
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  • Bibi
    January 1, 1970
    *5++ stars*Without a doubt this book is one of my top reads of 2020.
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    January 1, 1970
    REAL RATING: 2.5/5 If i were being honest and didn't let other people's reviews affect my mindset going into the book, I would have been VERY excited but then quickly bored because things move at a glacial pace despite me knowing from chapter 1 that our main female character is liking the WRONG guy. But since I did read the reviews, I know going in that this story has been heard and seen before. It just has a lot more discussion of SEX which is fine but it's overly dramatic and left me with a REAL RATING: 2.5/5 If i were being honest and didn't let other people's reviews affect my mindset going into the book, I would have been VERY excited but then quickly bored because things move at a glacial pace despite me knowing from chapter 1 that our main female character is liking the WRONG guy. But since I did read the reviews, I know going in that this story has been heard and seen before. It just has a lot more discussion of SEX which is fine but it's overly dramatic and left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Are teenagers truly behaving like this now? Am I too old now to understand the dramatics of this? I just don't get the whole 'he won't like me cause i'm a virgin' plot line!!! it's just so cheesy and unbelievable. also, i agree with everyone saying that they just wanted more Keely and Andrew. Bruh we had to wait until the VERY end for her to realize her feelings for him. Bye.
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  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    This has huge potential to be the biggest mess but I shall remain hopeful.
  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARSFull review here: https://youtu.be/a2ZdjXy748QTimestamps for titles in description. This is a new favorite for me! It felt realistic for events happening in a small town. (Trigger warnings for underage drinking in nearly every chapter). It is based around our main character who believes she is the last virgin left in their school and feels like everyone else has slept with, well, everyone (again, small town problems!). I loved her and how forthcoming she was about sex and her desire to 4.5 STARSFull review here: https://youtu.be/a2ZdjXy748QTimestamps for titles in description. This is a new favorite for me! It felt realistic for events happening in a small town. (Trigger warnings for underage drinking in nearly every chapter). It is based around our main character who believes she is the last virgin left in their school and feels like everyone else has slept with, well, everyone (again, small town problems!). I loved her and how forthcoming she was about sex and her desire to have (or not have) sex and how normal and natural those conversations felt. I liked her friendship and the different changes it went through; it all felt like a natural progression rather than a forced one. Only thing holding this back from a five star for me was that there was something that had been happening between the two friends for some time, that our main character was unaware of and had no say over until it was too late, and I felt it deserved bigger repercussions than it got. It was something that had altered the way she looked at herself and was contradictory to the other character's actions, which felt like it played into sexual stereotypes that guys can mess around but girls can't.It does address the issues of stereotypes but doesn't seek to fix them (because that's real life, they aren't fixed overnight) but I felt this action played into that, whereas the conversations before were against it. For those wondering what I am talking about,(view spoiler)[ it is that Andrew had told every guy that Keely is unavailable/undateable because he is in love with her/she is his, and she has no clue this has happened. Although no one can date her, Andrew continues to hook up with people around her. The double standard was highly annoying, especially because Keely began to see herself as unwanted, and I wish she had been more angry that her choices were taken from her and that he continued to date knowing she couldn't. (hide spoiler)] *I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had seen a lot of high reviews for this one and I think this is a case of expectations, a book hangover from my previous read, and not being the target demographic. I liked Keely and Andrew. They have a fun relationship and I especially loved the idea of BFF to more. Theres quite a set of secondary characters here and theyre all sort of toxic. The boys are horrible misogynists and the girls are slut shamers and everyones excuse of brushing it off because high school is almost over and theres I had seen a lot of high reviews for this one and I think this is a case of expectations, a book hangover from my previous read, and not being the target demographic. I liked Keely and Andrew. They have a fun relationship and I especially loved the idea of BFF to more. There’s quite a set of secondary characters here and they’re all sort of toxic. The boys are horrible misogynists and the girls are slut shamers and everyone’s excuse of brushing it off because “high school is almost over” and “there’s no one else to hang out with” didn’t hold up for me. Plot wise, it was okay. There’s a lot of drama and a lot of characters hooking up with people other than who they wanted because they deliberately wanted to stir that drama up. I wanted loads more supportive or sweet conversations. I wanted more of Keely and Andrew together. Overall, I loved the idea of this book, but it didn’t work for me. If this is a realistic portrayal of high school, I’m equal parts horrified this is happening and grateful I’ve been out of high school for a while. **Huge thanks to Razorbill for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    Falling in love with a high school boy is the single stupidest thing you can do.I have been chomping at the bit to read The Best Laid Plans ever since I read the sneak peek on BookishFirst. In my opinion Cameron Lund provided YA perfection with this story. Her writing is tight and flows so easily. I was constantly turning pages and could not get enough of these characters and their banter.Im not going to rehash the synopsis, because thats not my strongest skill. All Im going to say is that Keely ”Falling in love with a high school boy is the single stupidest thing you can do.”I have been chomping at the bit to read The Best Laid Plans ever since I read the sneak peek on BookishFirst. In my opinion Cameron Lund provided YA perfection with this story. Her writing is tight and flows so easily. I was constantly turning pages and could not get enough of these characters and their banter.I’m not going to rehash the synopsis, because that’s not my strongest skill. All I’m going to say is that Keely and her gang of friends come to life on these pages. There were parts that made me laugh, parts that made me cringe, parts that made me mad, and parts that made me happy. I honestly felt like I was back in high school with some of the dialogue and banter. Some of the dynamics between characters, just the petty stuff that goes on. This story is at its heart trope-y YA high school goodness, but there’s also the exploration of virginity that feels pretty realistic. Yes, some characters say the absolute wrong things in this one, but if every character in this story said all the right things it would be boring. It wouldn’t give the chance for other characters to say “that’s not right, right?” Everyone’s sex journey is different, and the way everyone feels about virginity is different, and it takes awhile to get to that point in this story, but it’s the message at heart here.Plus, if you love cute and fun YA with a whole lot of trope, then you can’t beat The Best Laid Plans. It served a delectable trope buffet.I truly truly hope we see more of these characters in the future, and I can’t wait to pick up this authors next book.*SNEAK PEEK REVIEW*I read a sneak peek of this on BookishFirst a couple days ago, and it is legitimately all that I can think about now. Every time I pick up another book I stop and think, “I wonder what happens with Keely and Co.?” Which honestly isn’t so bad, because it releases in 3 months! But it’s also the worst, because I have zero patience skills and now I HAVE TO WAIT 3 MONTHS!!Anyway. If anyone from Razorbill/Penguin Teen wants to enable an impatient person by giving her an advanced copy for review, then I would be very happy to remain impatient for life.Thank you, and let’s skip February&March, bye.
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  • Mina
    January 1, 1970
    Just like Dean said this was all so high school..Unnecessary drama I was actually rooting for him by the way.I may have been abit biased though, I am very much very into guys called Dean.Whew!Anyway back to this one..Juvenile characters,One dimensional,The whole lose your virginity thing to become a woman seems very cringe and 18th century honestly
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  • Vee
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 starsAHHHH THIS WAS SUCH A CUTE ROMANCE.This story dives into the pressure of society regarding sex, how it might feel like a race sometimes, how it is impossible not compare ourselves to others, how this pressure is actually very sexist and while us women have it harder, men are subject to it too.I wish I had this kind of book when I was growing up, but Im glad that the new generations have this.Totally recommend it! 4.5/5 starsAHHHH THIS WAS SUCH A CUTE ROMANCE.This story dives into the pressure of society regarding sex, how it might feel like a race sometimes, how it is impossible not compare ourselves to others, how this pressure is actually very sexist and while us women have it harder, men are subject to it too.I wish I had this kind of book when I was growing up, but I’m glad that the new generations have this.Totally recommend it!
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    So, the book isn't TERRIBLE. The writing is competent and overall the characters are likeable. But it's exceedingly generic and honestly unrealistic. Stories about high schoolers questing to lose their virginity have been around since the early 80's. Granted, the majority of them have concerned boys rather than girls, so at least this one is progressive in that aspect. But it's not a new idea by any stretch. That would be fine if somehow new life was breathed into this old idea, but So, the book isn't TERRIBLE. The writing is competent and overall the characters are likeable. But it's exceedingly generic and honestly unrealistic. Stories about high schoolers questing to lose their virginity have been around since the early 80's. Granted, the majority of them have concerned boys rather than girls, so at least this one is progressive in that aspect. But it's not a new idea by any stretch. That would be fine if somehow new life was breathed into this old idea, but unfortunately that is not the case here. If anything this feels like a step in a slightly backwards direction.For starters, we really need to knock off this idea that men are sex maniacs with automatic knowledge who can do it and feel no emotion, and girls are the only ones who get nervous about their first time and put a lot of thought into it. Guys can be just as awkward and have just as much anxiety, and it can mean just as much to them. And not every girl is obsessively nervous about her first experience. The book quickly devolves into these sexist stereotypes, right down to the main character's friend promptly being called a slut for sleeping with someone after waiting years to do so because the guy acts like a meathead and tells literally everyone about the encounter. It doesn't help that the whole crux of the story is the protagonist being so worried about "losing it" that she enlists her male friend's help to prepare for her first time with what she thinks is the right guy. The idea that she sees it as a task to be completed rather than an experience that should happen when she's truly ready is legitimately upsetting. She's getting ready to finish high school but peer pressure has made it so that she has nothing better to do than obsess over her first perpendicular poke while every male sews his oats with wild abandon? Which leads me to my next complaint; this isn't realistic. Maybe it was just the fact that I was religious in high school, but I never experienced this kind of pressure regarding sex. I came from a small town but outside of my best friend I had zero knowledge or interest in what other people were doing with their bits. I know for a fact that a handful of people just didn't care because they had better things to worry about. In particular, this was not something girls widely talked about or pressured each other over, and to my knowledge it still isn't except in rare pockets. In my day it was acknowledged that kids were probably banging somewhere, but it wasn't anyone else's business and wasn't obvious unless someone got pregnant. So the idea of a whole town knowing who was still a virgin in high school and talking about it just doesn't ring true. We have luckily reached a point in history where the overall the message regarding sex is simply do what feels right for you, when it feels right, and it's a shame this book doesn't follow that model.After all this it's really a moot point for me to mention that the main character is also a blank slate with almost no real personality traits aside from being like every other cute, smart, insecure YA character ever written.Bottom line: this book seems like a waste of time. It uses outdated cliches, unrealistic characterization of high school students, and sexist tropes to tell a story that really doesn't add anything to the world as a whole. I can't even recommend it for teenagers seeing this story played out for the first time because it puts forth some downright unhealthy ideas. If you want to read something tackling teenage sexuality and the struggles it entails, there are far better options out there.
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  • Callie (lovelybookishbelle)
    January 1, 1970
    For a book thats being promoted as sex positive its a shame there is so much bullying and slut-shaming involved. And the worst part is most of that behavior comes from other girls. Shouldnt we want to see girls supporting each other, not tearing each other down? Also the idea that sex is something you should just do and get it over with is probably not a healthy message. Honestly, the whole book I was surprised because I didnt see hardly anything positive about it.Thank you Penguin Teen for For a book that’s being promoted as “sex positive” it’s a shame there is so much bullying and slut-shaming involved. And the worst part is most of that behavior comes from other girls. Shouldn’t we want to see girls supporting each other, not tearing each other down? Also the idea that sex is something you should just “do and get it over with” is probably not a healthy message. Honestly, the whole book I was surprised because I didn’t see hardly anything positive about it.Thank you Penguin Teen for sending me an ARC.
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  • Storiesandcoffee
    January 1, 1970
    "Sometimes life isn't perfect. It isn't a movie. I can't direct it, can't edit out the scenes that I don't like. Life is messy and complicated and full of misunderstandings. And that's okay. Whatever happens, I can't wait. I'm so ready." Thank you Penguin Teen for the gifted book. All opinions are my own. Another slam dunk, 5 star romcom to add to my list of favorite YA reads for the year. I read this 350 page gem in 24 hours, swooning the entire time. Reading The Best Laid Plans felt both "Sometimes life isn't perfect. It isn't a movie. I can't direct it, can't edit out the scenes that I don't like. Life is messy and complicated and full of misunderstandings. And that's okay. Whatever happens, I can't wait. I'm so ready." Thank you Penguin Teen for the gifted book. All opinions are my own. Another slam dunk, 5 star romcom to add to my list of favorite YA reads for the year. I read this 350 page gem in 24 hours, swooning the entire time. Reading The Best Laid Plans felt both sentimental and gratifying---very similar to when I read Tell Me Three Things and Love and Gelato---transporting me back in time and channeling all the joy and fear, worry and delight I felt as a senior in high school.The Best Laid Plans will resonate with readers on many levels, but what I loved most is the sex-positive conversations and real talk that occurs in a book that's targeted towards teenagers. I remember borrowing Forever by Judy Blume from the local library when I was in high school and praying my mom didn't find out. (I had an open and honest relationship with my mom, but somehow that book became psuedo-porn for girls my age, and we were all super secretive about reading and discussing it.) As I grew older, I realized how wrong that was. Sex shouldn't be a taboo topic for teenage girls to discuss; it shouldn't be a taboo topic for teenage girls to read about. Our society has come a long way and reading this book is proof of that. All the anxiety surrounding sex and losing ones virginity is discussed throughout The Best Laid Plans. Some characters are having it, some aren't. Some regret it, some enjoy it. The theme here is self-discovery and recognizing the right time is different for every single person; that if you're scared and confused, there is absolutely nothing wrong with waiting, but if you think you're ready, that's okay too.I would love to see where these characters end up a few years down the road in a sequel, or maybe even a Netflix movie, since they seem to be killing it in the movie adaptation game these days. (Andrew on screen? Yes, please.) Anything to get to spend a little more time with Keely, Drew, and Hannah, because 350 pages just wasn't enough. 😘
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  • Olivia Wildenstein
    January 1, 1970
    What would you get if you mixed SEX AND THE CITY with AMERICAN PIE? This hilarious and cute book.I've just stayed up half the night to read a book, and even though my eyes feel like they've been rubbed with sandpaper, I don't regret a second of it. THE BEST LAID PLANS made me giggle, grin, blush, and snicker like the awkward teen I used to be. Keely, Andrew and the gang are charming and real, and bursting with hormones and convictions about life, as teens usually are.Speaking of Andrew . . . I What would you get if you mixed SEX AND THE CITY with AMERICAN PIE? This hilarious and cute book.I've just stayed up half the night to read a book, and even though my eyes feel like they've been rubbed with sandpaper, I don't regret a second of it. THE BEST LAID PLANS made me giggle, grin, blush, and snicker like the awkward teen I used to be. Keely, Andrew and the gang are charming and real, and bursting with hormones and convictions about life, as teens usually are.Speaking of Andrew . . . I usually prefer the hate-to-love trope but Lund might've swayed me into the friends to lovers trope. Okay, sway is a weak word. I now need to find more friends-to-lovers books. Recommendations?I loved THE BEST LAID PLANS* and urge you to one-click it! * Intended for older teens.
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  • Arpita Shrivastava
    January 1, 1970
    This is a funny, cute and really enjoyable book. I loved this book more than a pizza 😃. It is perfect for all YA romance lovers. It is a book we want to read again and again and every time it is as amusing as it was the first time. All the characters are lovable and so relatable. I was a little nostalgic and was remembering my high school days while reading it. We all had such a group of friends and classmates in high school.This book is about Keely who is a high school student and her best This is a funny, cute and really enjoyable book. I loved this book more than a pizza 😃. It is perfect for all YA romance lovers. It is a book we want to read again and again and every time it is as amusing as it was the first time. All the characters are lovable and so relatable. I was a little nostalgic and was remembering my high school days while reading it. We all had such a group of friends and classmates in high school.This book is about Keely who is a high school student and her best friends are Andrew and Hannah. The senior year in high school is all about stepping into adulthood. We envy our classmates and are a little conscious of ourselves. I could relate to Keely and I loved her innocence. She is so much like me when I was in high school. Andrew is such a wonderful friend and person and Hannah is Keely’s support system. The story was wonderful and all in all, it was a great read. I will definitely recommend this book if you like YA romance. I could fly through it and it exceeds my expectations.
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  • che
    January 1, 1970
    this is like that scene in euphoria where kat tells jules she's a virgin, and she replies with, "bitch, this isn't the 80's, you need to catch yourself a dick."i liked this a lot. i like that the portrayal of high school teenagers is realistic, especially when it comes to their attitudes towards sex all the slut-shaming and the hypocritical feminism. i also like how the main couple are dumbasses, because dumbasses deserve rights.however, i feel like the message the author was trying to express this is like that scene in euphoria where kat tells jules she's a virgin, and she replies with, "bitch, this isn't the 80's, you need to catch yourself a dick."i liked this a lot. i like that the portrayal of high school teenagers is realistic, especially when it comes to their attitudes towards sex— all the slut-shaming and the hypocritical feminism. i also like how the main couple are dumbasses, because dumbasses deserve rights.however, i feel like the message the author was trying to express with this book— that losing one's virginity isn't a race, as well as all the other sex positivity stuff— wasn't fully expressed well. i feel like more scenes and conversations including that could have made the message stand out and be more clear, instead of just playing out the negative views and opinions some teens have when it comes to sex and the v-card.but overall, i enjoyed this. young-adult books, especially ones involving romance, need to be sex-positive and include healthy conversations and scenes about sex, virginity, and consent.3.5 stars
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  • Rumsha
    January 1, 1970
    In the age of quarantine, this was a book I hoped might bring me a moment of respite. Instead, I'm left wondering how any publisher thought this manuscript was worth the paper it was printed on?Let me be clear when I say that this book isn't bad, it's a debilitating indictment of the genre. I don't know whether to rage about the misogyny (and the complete normalization of it), the bullying, the slut shaming, the toxic female relationships, or the lackluster romance. Which brings me to my In the age of quarantine, this was a book I hoped might bring me a moment of respite. Instead, I'm left wondering how any publisher thought this manuscript was worth the paper it was printed on?Let me be clear when I say that this book isn't bad, it's a debilitating indictment of the genre. I don't know whether to rage about the misogyny (and the complete normalization of it), the bullying, the slut shaming, the toxic female relationships, or the lackluster romance. Which brings me to my ultimate pet peeve about this "novel": how very dare they market this as someone teaching someone else 'the ropes'? WHAT BLOODY ROPES? The whole premise of learning the ropes is covered in less than 5 pages, never to be revisited. Had there been more ropes anchoring this ship, perhaps it wouldn't have sunk to the bottom, utterly unremarkable and forgotten. Just as well though, it's probably best if it lays in the deep.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    18 year old Keely, a high school senior, is determined to lose her virginity before heading to college in the fall. After meeting Dean, a college guy, she is more determined than ever. But, will he still be interested in her after he finds out she's a virgin? To calm her fears, she decides that maybe she should sleep with her lifelong best friend, Andrew, first. Sounds like a solid plan, right? I'm sure nothing will go wrong ... or will it? Find out in this fun, sweet, and entertaining Young 18 year old Keely, a high school senior, is determined to lose her virginity before heading to college in the fall. After meeting Dean, a college guy, she is more determined than ever. But, will he still be interested in her after he finds out she's a virgin? To calm her fears, she decides that maybe she should sleep with her lifelong best friend, Andrew, first. Sounds like a solid plan, right? I'm sure nothing will go wrong ... or will it? Find out in this fun, sweet, and entertaining Young Adult romance!"Love is when your weirdness matches up with someone else's weirdness."This was a bittersweet read for me since it looks like my high school senior son will not be going back to school this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As much as I enjoyed the characters' antics, it also was sad for me knowing that he might not have a prom, end of year senior activities, an honors awards night... or even a graduation. But please don't let that stop you from reading this rollicking, romantic debut about first love!Location: Prescott, VermontI received an advance copy of this book from BookishFirst. All opinions are my own.
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  • Joee (booksandacupofjoee)
    January 1, 1970
    "Love is when your weirdness matches up with someone else's weirdness. When you're comfortable being exactly you." *4.5 stars*Well this turned out to be an adorable, heartwarming story that had me grinning like a fool!! I absolutely loved the mature YA feel and how it addressed sex. I feel like too often YA books shy away from it but I really thought this one did a great job of making it realistic and relatable even at 29!I went in telling myself I'd just read a couple chapters and the next "Love is when your weirdness matches up with someone else's weirdness. When you're comfortable being exactly you." *4.5 stars*Well this turned out to be an adorable, heartwarming story that had me grinning like a fool!! I absolutely loved the mature YA feel and how it addressed sex. I feel like too often YA books shy away from it but I really thought this one did a great job of making it realistic and relatable even at 29!I went in telling myself I'd just read a couple chapters and the next thing I know I'm 100pgs from finishing. It was such an easy book to devour. It was playful and sweet.Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes but it's been a while since I've read one and this one was perfect! It had all the angsty, butterflies feelings. I was definitely frustrated with them both at times but in a understandable way!!! I loved Keely and Andrew's friendship!!This definitely felt very highschool at times but not really in a bad way. The overall plot was one I've read and watched before in movies but yet it still felt special and different!! It was also super cute how pizza played apart in this story and definitely made me crave some! Overall, I absolutely adored this sweet story of friendship and first loves! It's definitely one I'd recommend if you enjoy a mature YA romance with all the wonderful friends to lovers vibes!!! *Thank you so much to penguin teen for this gifted copy in exchange for my unbiased opinion. The quotes mentioned did come from an uncorrected proof. *
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund PUB : 4/20205 Stars Can I just say that this book had me SWOONING! I thought about it for days after and it put me in the absolute best mood! I honestly want to reread it all over again! Thank you Penguin Teen for sending me this gorgeous copy! When I saw this cover last year I quickly googled the description and knew I would love this story. Its right up my alley, Ive realized that I am more drawn to the more mature YA books, and this one falls into that The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund ⁣PUB : 4/2020⁣5 Stars ⁣⁣Can I just say that this book had me SWOONING! I thought about it for days after and it put me in the absolute best mood! I honestly want to reread it all over again! ⁣⁣Thank you Penguin Teen for sending me this gorgeous copy! When I saw this cover last year I quickly googled the description and knew I would love this story. It’s right up my alley, I’ve realized that I am more drawn to the more mature YA books, and this one falls into that category.⁣⁣ First off I want to say I loved the story line, the writing, and all the characters. I felt like I really connected with Keely in the story, and I loved her so much! I am pretty picky with my female characters in books, but when I find one that I connect with it makes the story that much better! Keely has really great character development as her feelings begin to change, and I loved watching her grow into the person she was meant to be :) I loved her best friend Andrew, I wish I had a best friend like him who made life fun ;) What I loved the most about this really fun story was the friendship. I love when a male and female character have a fun friendship and watching them grow together was worth staying up until 2 am!! That being said, if you love a friends to lovers, fun, more mature YA book then preorder this one now! ⁣
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  • Megan Easter
    January 1, 1970
    I flew through this book. It was super easy to read but also pretty well written so that's a definite point in it's favour. But the overall plot, concept and characters? I don't think I enjoyed it. This is a hard book for me to rate and review because on one hand - I couldn't stop reading it but on the other hand - I felt a lot of mixed emotions the entire time, most of which were on the negative side of things.Every time I questioned the message of the book or a characters comment or actions, I I flew through this book. It was super easy to read but also pretty well written so that's a definite point in it's favour. But the overall plot, concept and characters? I don't think I enjoyed it. This is a hard book for me to rate and review because on one hand - I couldn't stop reading it but on the other hand - I felt a lot of mixed emotions the entire time, most of which were on the negative side of things.Every time I questioned the message of the book or a characters comment or actions, I thought " just keep reading, she'll probably turn this message around in the end". But then I got to the end of the book and was left feeling....off. This book is definitely a YA book - it reads very "high school" - in both style and overall tone, but also in the drama of it all. It's supposed to be a "sex-positive" novel but I actually think it's the opposite. I fear this book could come across with some very negative messages about sex. Here's some things I didn't like:- Dean - a 20 year old guy who gets an 18 year old high school student drunk without ever knowing how old she actually is - just to hook up. Not to mention the pressure he puts on Keely throughout their entire "relationship"- The MC is that ridiculous trope where she doesn't know she's pretty - this is a pet peeve of mine.-there was a lot of female vs female sex shaming and general mean comments between those who were supposed to be friends.- the male characters in this book were very misogynistic with absolutely no consequences. You kind of even get the message that "boys will be boys" and when they leave for college you won't have to deal with them anymore.- the whole concept that choosing to be a virgin and not being emotionally ready for sex is somehow lesser - not to mention unacceptable before college. This was the message I kept hoping would change at the end.-This book is incredibly predictable, which didn't bother me because I anticipated that based on it's genre. So I knew based on the description that this was a best-friends thing - and Dean was irrelevant in the end. HOWEVER, up until like 95% of this book, you're still dealing with Dean. I was really hoping there would be more time for Andrew and Keely. The end was very sudden and rushed. I wish the pacing was a little different.Overall, this book was a let down because I thought it would have some great female empowerment, great friendships and a good message but in the end, it was just a book with a lot of toxic relationships that suggests you're a disease if you're a virgin in college. Also, I hope this doesn't come across that I have any judgement over characters who DO choose to have sex as a young adult - it's not that at all. But with a book geared towards readers 14 and up, I do think the message should have been to make an informed decision when you are ready. And it's okay to wait. And it's okay not to wait. But that the decision is yours and yours alone and shouldn't be based on some implied notion that you are less for remaining a virgin. I think that may have been the intention of this book but I think it missed the mark. I also personally think Keely wasn't emotionally ready. She was impulsive and flippant about other's feelings and she put a lot of people in boxes, including herself.
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  • mich
    January 1, 1970
    Yep this was cute - the cutest! - and it was such a great thing to finally read a book that held my interest all the way till the end.YA best friends to lovers books all pretty much have a kind of sameness to them in that you absolutely KNOW how it'll play out and this one was no different, but the ride was fun.So yeah, it's got casual misogyny and slut shaming and stupid high school drama and the hot girl who doesn't know she's hot and is surprised when anyone tells her she's hot and also the Yep this was cute - the cutest! - and it was such a great thing to finally read a book that held my interest all the way till the end.YA best friends to lovers books all pretty much have a kind of sameness to them in that you absolutely KNOW how it'll play out and this one was no different, but the ride was fun.So yeah, it's got casual misogyny and slut shaming and stupid high school drama and the hot girl who doesn't know she's hot and is surprised when anyone tells her she's hot and also the BIGGEST infraction of all (view spoiler)[ a fucking spin the bottle scene (hide spoiler)] but you know what, it was a quick and easy read and the main characters were likeable and it was just cute ok?! But I can see how it might rub people the wrong way. Not me though. Cuz I thought this book was cute.I told myself I wasn't gonna buy ANY new books from now on unless it was on sale (especially now when I'm supposed to be saving money), so I didn't feel particularly good about clicking buy on this $10.99 kindle book, but no regrets!
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  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    1 ⭐ Okay, so this book let me down. I was seeing a lot of glowing reviews about it so I eagerly purchased it becuase pizza and best friends to lovers plot, that's my cryptonite. However, I have an unpopular opinion... This book was advertised to be "sex positive" so naturally, I was like "heck yeah, female empowerment!". Well, that was a bold claim. I believe that was false advertising as everything in this story was poorly mishandled. It was riddled with bullying and slut-shaming, which the 1 ⭐ Okay, so this book let me down. I was seeing a lot of glowing reviews about it so I eagerly purchased it becuase pizza and best friends to lovers plot, that's my cryptonite. However, I have an unpopular opinion... This book was advertised to be "sex positive" so naturally, I was like "heck yeah, female empowerment!". Well, that was a bold claim. I believe that was false advertising as everything in this story was poorly mishandled. It was riddled with bullying and slut-shaming, which the shaming came mostly from other women. The way virginity is discussed in this book is in a manner that shames those who are virgins and encourages a "get it over with mentality", which I find dangerous and damaging. An exact quote used was "being a virgin in college is like having a disease". The intended audience is 14+ and I think unintended consequences could be young aged girls reading this and it validating the societal pressures already put on them surrounding sex and virginity. If I had read this between the ages of 14-18, I would have felt bad about myself. ..The stereotyping and gender roles are very outdated and it felt juvenile, which a "sex positive" book should be more mature even if it surrounds high school and colleged aged people...I signed up for "The Kissing Quotient" concept, where there's a consentual and respectful sexual agreement in place, with bonus points because it was going to be with her best friend whom she loved and trusted. But nope, I did not get that at all. There was so much deceit between them and I hardly felt their connection or love for one another. Overall, I just felt disappointed after reading this because I wanted it to truly be a sex positive, consensual story with female empowerment 😖😞😒.
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  • Breanna
    January 1, 1970
    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC received through BookishFirst.Ladies and gentleman, I dont believe its too early to say that I have found one of my favorite reads of the year. The Best Laid Plans was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more.What is this book about? After Keely meets a cool college guy at her new job, she becomes determined to lose her virginity before he finds out how inexperience she is and drops her. She decides to enlist the help of her best friend, THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC received through BookishFirst.Ladies and gentleman, I don’t believe it’s too early to say that I have found one of my favorite reads of the year. The Best Laid Plans was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more.What is this book about? After Keely meets a cool college guy at her new job, she becomes determined to lose her virginity before he finds out how inexperience she is and drops her. She decides to enlist the help of her best friend, Andrew, a charming womanizer who has clearly been with enough girls to be able to help her out. Basically, all you need to know: CHILDHOOD FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS and UNREQUITED LOVE and delicious DRAMA and ANGST.What did I like about this? I mean, my tastes are pretty simple. Throw me a friends-to-lovers plot with plenty of angst and miscommunications and drama-filled pages and you have yourself a winner.Keely was amazing. Her character felt so relatable and her experiences really resonated with me. It was impossible not to read her awkward encounters and not remember the first few times I was alone with a boy in college. I suffered some serious second hand embarrassment while reading this which only meant that I was totally engaged and connected with her character.I don’t even know where to begin with Andrew freaking Reed. Readers may find themselves thinking they know all about him–how many playboys with soft hearts do we have in YA?–but he’s SO MUCH BETTER THAN ALL THE OTHERS. I promise. Also, Keely, girl, read the damn signs!!! Ya boy is giving you all kinds of signals. I don’t say this often (never, really) but I Andrew Reed is giving Peter Kavinsky a serious run for his money as my favorite book boyfriend.What didn’t I like? Okay, I’m just gonna come right out and say that I wish we had been given more of that last ~scene~ with Andrew and Keely. With all of the build up and tension from earlier in the book, I honestly felt so disappointed. I can’t say too much because of spoilers but I think it would have been so much more meaningful and to have been able to witness their thoughts/conversations/feelings in the moment.Overall thoughts: If I could only choose one book from this year to have made into a movie it would be The Best Laid Plans (@Netflix I’m looking at you). And I say that barely two months into the year. I had been looking forward to this book since the first time I came across its synopsis and it was everything I had hoped for and more. Highly, highly recommend for lovers of YA contemporary and the beloved friends-to-lovers trope!
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  • Eileen (BookCatPin)
    January 1, 1970
    The Best Laid Plans read like the teen romance that it is- with lots of drama and angst. Ms. Lund does a good job capturing a teen's complicated social life. I could easily picture this book being adapted onto the big screen and adored by young audience.In The Best Laid Plans, the characters conform to certain stereotypes- a good girl who's unsure about who/what she wants, a popular guy best friend who harbours secret feelings for said good girl and a mean girl type friend who's not really a The Best Laid Plans read like the teen romance that it is- with lots of drama and angst. Ms. Lund does a good job capturing a teen's complicated social life. I could easily picture this book being adapted onto the big screen and adored by young audience.In The Best Laid Plans, the characters conform to certain stereotypes- a good girl who's unsure about who/what she wants, a popular guy best friend who harbours secret feelings for said good girl and a mean girl type friend who's not really a friend. It wasn't bad but it made their actions predictable. The drama between them was cringe-worthy but nonetheless entertaining. I just couldn't look away.I wish I liked Keely more but her indecisiveness grated on me. I really wanted her to make up her mind. In the end I was so relieved to see her figure out her feelings and go straight for what she wanted.Keely and Andrew's friends-to-more relationship developed slowly and shyly. There was a lot of back and forth between them which was a little frustrating but considering their age, understandable. Their hesitancy actually made their romance more swoony.The Best Laid Plans is a story of messy relationships and the reality of high school friendships. It's an age-appropriate quick read I'd recommend to teens.
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