Review: Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life by Jo Noelle


From the blurb:

Lexi Middleton has been socially invisible to her classmates, but starting her junior year, that’s going to change. First, she’s determined to hook a boyfriend, ensuring dates with flowers and possible kisses on the doorstep. Second, she wants to be a writer for the school paper, even though it freaks her out to think of everyone judging her by her punctuation and metaphors.

High school is difficult enough—keeping up her grades, dealing with increasing sibling rivalry, and trying to stay out of the way of her personal nemesis, Amberlee—but when Lexi catches the eye of her long-time crush, she also becomes the focus of mean-girl tactics.

Caught between who she was and who she wants to be, Lexi must decide how to confront a bully, and choose who to let into her heart.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I agreed to review Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life. I was pleasantly surprised by this fresh, unique YA novel written by a mother-daughter team.

Lexi feels like a loser. She’s never had a boyfriend, doesn’t sit at the “cool” table in the cafeteria, and her younger sister has been pulling the rug out from under her their whole lives. She wants things to be different this year, maybe capture the attention of her longtime crush, Brendon. She definitely wants mean-girl Amberlee to stop ribbing her.

Lexi spends a lot of time yearning for things and people she doesn’t have. What she fails to realize is that everything she needs is already in place. She has a wonderful group of friends, a caring guy who already thinks she’s awesome, a supportive family, and she’s a budding author.

The book offers a ringside seat for Lexi’s journey of self-discovery. The reader gets to watch her deal with typical high school situations (including mishaps, mean girls, awkwardness, and embarrassment) and learn as she goes. This story will trigger memories of the teen years for adults, and showcase events teens can identify with.

The authors hooked me with their incredible writing. I don’t have a lot of time to read each day, but I couldn’t put this down and ended up reading it in two days. I haven’t been this enthused about a book for quite some time. I thoroughly enjoyed their writing style and look forward to reading other titles by them.

4.5 stars