(Book #3 in The Superlatives Trilogy)
Publishing Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 352 pages
The Premise: In the final book of the Superlatives Trilogy, the reader follows Vice-President of the student council Kaye who has everything in order in her life. Her boyfriend, Aidan, who is the President of the student council has their entire future planned out: getting into Columbia and getting good banking jobs. Then there is Sawyer, who everyone has dubbed as the school "bad-boy" and he gets to know Kaye (who is a cheerleader) because he is the school mascot. They both are from opposite ends of the spectrum but they cross paths because there was an hidden vote for the school Superlatives: Perfect Couple That Never Was.
My overall thoughts and review: I did not read the first two books in this series, so this will not be a spoilery review in any way. But I also wanted to give a heads-up that the way Echols has formatted the series, you don't need to read the entire series. She follows the format similar to Stephanie Perkin's Anna and The French Kiss series, where all the books occupy the same world but follow different protagonists per book. I was instantly intrigued by this book because it was titled The Superlatives trilogy. I don't know if some of you had that superlatives list in your highschool year book, but mine definitely did and yes, it was cringe-worthy, but it's tradition! I found that tackling something like that, and how it is a big deal to some students is a really "real" thing. Echols paints a very realistic picture of that: How in a way, it does not matter in the grand scheme of things, but in the moment, in the final years of highschool, that stuff definitely matters. I believe the first two books in the series tackles other superlatives which I can't wait to run out and get to read!
I simply ADORED this book. I did not know what to anticipate going into it, but I just loved Kaye and Sawyer so much. They were instantly likeable characters. I loved seeing their friendship and relationship unfold in such an organic way. I also really liked the focus on family ideals and friendships because some contemporary YA books focus so heavily on the romance part, they forget the other parts as well. My favorite chapters were when Kaye's family visited the restaurant and the banter between her father and Kaye, or even when she was freaking out over an essay for class on Dostoevsky! I loved this book so much and I was quite sad when it came to the end of the book. I loved Kaye and Sawyer and they were just the cutest to read about. I would highly recommend this for those that are YA contemporary lovers, but also those that just want to read something super cute and swoon-worthy. There are a few remaining good weekends left of the summer and this book is PERFECT as a beach read! ;)
My rating of the book: ✮✮✮✮ (4/5 stars)
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Disclaimer: A copy of this book was sent to me by Simon and Schuster Canada for consideration/review. All opinions are my own.