PEOPLE are exhausting.
Honestly, this book was exhausting. Julia Walton’s Just Our Luck was a book I’d genuinely been excited to read but somehow managed to fall flat in nearly every way once I finally opened it up. To say this book dragged would be an understatement, in my opinion. To tell you the truth, there’s not a lot that was bad about it other than the fact that it was just so boring and the main character had, like, zero chemistry with the love interest.
That’s the Tea
Okay, so there’s a bit more to it than that. Just Our Luck is basically the story of a boy with anxiety and no support system who, by sheer circumstance, gets blackmailed–yes–into pranking an asshole jock with yarn at the “request” of the girl whose ancestor supposedly cursed his family.
Throughout the course of the book he goes on to build his own support system, primarily because he starts to befriend his bully in detention. And then there’s this bit about rich jocks and using revenge porn as a manipulation tactic…that was, decent? I don’t even entirely know how to categorize this, but yay for accountability, I guess?
Yoga vs. Self-Defense
Why not both?
Anyway, this book’s biggest crime was simply how dull it was. I just couldn’t bring myself to care about any of it. I literally liked the bully character more than anyone else. And even then, nothing really saved this book for me. At about 70% it got better and admittedly I did giggle at one thing. But, I dunno. I just feel like I wasted far too much time trying to get through a book that I absolutely hated.
It doesn’t help that the supposed romance was so dry. I don’t know how I was ever supposed to believe that these two cared about each other. She was using him and he was allowing himself to be used so he could hide something from his father. That does not a good relationship make.
And the anxiety commentary? Bland. The father/son relationship glitch? Concerning.
So, in the end, there was nothing to write home about and the rest of the book dragged like hell and was boring as shit. I’m just annoyed.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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