The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) was not a fluke. Amy Spalding does write the voiciest YAs of them all. Here's another hit with me (and probably with most of you too), introducing... THE NEW GUY (AND OTHER SENIOR YEAR DISTRACTIONS)!!

Title: The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)
Author: Amy Spalding
Publisher: Poppy
Date of Publication: April 5, 2016

A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It's practically every girl's dream.

But not Jules McCallister-Morgan's.

I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn't get to be the editor of my school's long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to "live a little," or boys.

At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell**.

And before Alex Powell betrayed me***.

I know what you're thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don't understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I'm not going down without a fight.


* Okay, I sort of did. But it's a sore subject.

** I mean, I guess everyone knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was famous.

***Some people think I'm overreacting. But this. Means. War.

Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that's sure to have you falling for The New Guy.

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: "Even though it’s only the second day of my senior year, the routine’s familiar."

So let's get right down to why you have to read this book!

1. 1) @theames does it again. #TheNewGuy is one of the voiciest YAs I have ever read. And of course since it's by Amy, it's funny too!! <33

2) Jules (MC) has two moms. That's just it. No drama or angst about it. Jules has such a loving family that was so sweet to read. #TheNewGuy

3) The love interest, Alex, is a formerly famous member of a boyband. I AM PUTTY WITH CELEBRITY ROMANCES. Or, fine, ex-celebrity. #TheNewGuy

4) THE SHIP. It's like-to-hate-to-unresolved-sexual-tension-therefore-we-must-make-out-in-secret-to-conflict-to-~love~. HELL YES. #TheNewGuy

5) THERE IS A WAR. Between the school paper and the new video club. MCs on different sides. MY SHIPPY HEART COULDN'T CALM DOWN #TheNewGuy

6) THERE IS PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE DOGWALKING between Jules and Alex where they one-up each other and CAN YOU GUYS BE ANY CUTER?!?!?! #TheNewGuy

7) THERE ARE PRANKS MWAHAHAHA pranks in YA give me life!!!!!! Because it's war! #TheNewGuy

8) SEX POSITIVITYYYYYYYY (which I have come to expect from Amy Spalding because she is amazing #TheNewGuy

9) Because Jules said this: "How does anyone deal with boys full-time? I'm exhausted trying just to be normal." YES YES YES #TheNewGuy

10) Because if you want a fun and charming read, then THIS IS IT. <3 #TheNewGuy

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