Liars and Losers Like Us (SST, Review & Giveaway!)

Liars and Losers Like Us (SST, Review & Giveaway!)
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Title: Liars and Losers Like Us

Author: Ami Allen-Vath
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published Date: 22nd March 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
*Thanks to SST for the review copy*

SynopsisFor
seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief,
and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the
hallways of Belmont High.

When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone
number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then
she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast
nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late.
After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel
Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a
revealing letter with a final request.

With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her
guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a
cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and
video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant
Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide,
she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school
outcast—as a party of one.

Review: Liars and Losers Like Us is a book I wanted to read because the premise
sounded like it addressed a lot of important topics. Topics like depression,
suicide, popularity and other issues teenagers have to face in a single book.
And while all that is going on as well, there’s a massive fuss about prom. I
was a little nervous because I wondered how this book was possibly going to
cram all of that into its pages, but somehow it managed it, and managed it
perfectly.
At
the beginning of the book, I did struggle quite a lot. The main character isn’t
exactly a nice person. Bree can be mean, and really annoying sometimes. But
that’s the way it is supposed to be. The
point is that just like everyone else, even the popular people can be cruel and
hurt and have emotions too. Even though there were times when I didn’t like her
(which I struggled with at the beginning) in time I also came to really like
her, and she develops into a better person as well. I was worried I was going
to be the black sheep here but if you find her character trying, I think it’s
worth pushing through this one.
But
as well as knowing that Bree is mean, there are other mean girls in this novel,
and mean guys too. But for every time a character is mean, Allen-Vath also then
goes to show us why and we can’t help
but feel for these characters over. The truth is, things are tough all over and
people are just trying to get by. Maybe we don’t all agree with the means by
which they do that. But that’s for you to make up your mind about as you read.
Divorce
is a big theme in this book because Bree’s parents break up. Although it isn’t
the spotlight of the book, it isn’t in the backseat either and I think that the
book did a brilliant job of portraying just enough light on the subject for us
to understand the situation and what was happening because of it. Another
important theme was bullying. Bree falls into the character of a bystander. We
can hardly blame her for it because it’s the position that most likely, we
would fall into ourselves in such a case. But when the bullying pushes the
victim into committing suicide, the tables turn. Bree really feels the backlash
from the situation and it gets her thinking and putting a lot of things into
perspective. Her outlook on life changes and it’s very deep. It really did speak
to me.
As
well as that, there is a very cute romance to keep readers entertained that was
handled perfectly. There wasn’t any insta love or silly drama that could annoy
us. There was a lot of drama about prom but something I loved about Bree was
that she didn’t care whether she got a crown or not. She didn’t need that to
justify herself in the slightest.
When a novel handles all the difficult topics perfectly.
Cheating
is something that happens quite a bit in this novel. Cheating really bothers me
and it’s something horrible to do to someone who really cares about you. It
broke my heart to read about it, and even made me angry at times – but the
point is that it really does back up the theme of the novel that all comes
together in the end.
And
my is the end the perfect summary to the novel.
Reading
the author’s note (which is something I recommend you ALL do) lets us know she
was a victim of some of the same abuse that the girl who commits suicide went
through. It’s a very serious matter and the fact that she is writing about it
and spreading awareness on what must be such a personal issue for her really
does reach out to me. Which is why I would recommend this book to everyone and
anyone.
About the Author: Ami Allen-Vath is a YA author living and writing along the shores of New Jersey. She loves great and terrible TV, ice cream, books, and vacations. Ami loathes cilantro, live birds, and when guys do cartoon impressions. Lars and Losers Like Us is her first novel.
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Olivia’s
Question: Did you go to a prom? Did you dream of being prom queen?

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