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Young Adult Fiction
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Not to be missed sophomore novel

Lily Anderson’s sophomore novel follows Elliot "Ever" Gabaroche during an intense summer program to compete for a scholarship. It’s Not Me, It’s You readers will see many familiar faces, but this can still be read as a stand-alone.

A few things I adored about this book:

-The academic competition- No one writes cutthroat academia like Anderson. Teens feeling the stress of college applications, scholarships, rankings, and more will find Ever’s world utterly relatable.

-The voice- From page one, the voice draws you right in. The dialogue is quick and realistic with plenty of snappy banter.

-The world building- Usually the fantasy genre discusses world building the most, but in my opinion, good world building/setting is just as crucial in contemporary books. Anderson crafts a fully immerse setting with more than a sprinkle of geek culture, The Importance Of Being Earnest parallels, and what it’s like when a group of highly intelligent teens compete for a scholarships away from home.

Overall, Anderson’s second novel (and first and third and likely all future novels...) is not to be missed.

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