if i’m being honest by emily wibberly and austin siegemund-broka

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I’m going to try to keep this review short and to the point since I don’t really have much to say about this book.

This book was very underwhelming to me.

I was drawn to he synopsis because I’m a sucker for a mean girls story and I admit, I can be one since I can be so honest and blunt. What I liked about Cameron was that she owned up to who she was, even her ugly side she still acknowledged it and that she still stayed true to herself but still learned her lessons. Even though I liked Cameron, it was hard to get attached to her and the other characters. Anything that happened to them, I wouldn’t even care.

For a book that’s 400+ pages, this was a really quick read to me and I was expecting some more drama and angst in this book and maybe just a little bit dark since this is from the point of view from a mean girl. Honestly, I felt like this book should’ve been more compacted. It was read more like those cute quick contemporary reads.

The romance was okay but I think Cameron and Brendan should’ve been friends longer because it felt like Cameron abandoned her mission a little too quickly to win over her crush.

I also wish the author would detail the aftermath of Cameron’s relationship with her parents. I really wanted to know if her dad ever tried to reach out or something, I needed some closure with both her parents since they were honestly the root of her problems and the author didn’t really mention them towards the end.

To conclude this review, even though I enjoyed If I’m Being Honest, I was very underwhelmed even though I had low expectations. Also I liked the message this book sent out about accepting yourself and not compromising yourself for others.

I rate this book 3.5 stars!

Thanks for reading!

High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good. 

In an attempt to win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. First, she’ll have to make amends with those she’s wronged, which leads her to Brendan, the guy she labelled with an unfortunate nickname back in the sixth grade. At first, Brendan isn’t all that receptive to Cameron’s ploy. But slowly, he warms up to her when they connect over the computer game he’s developing. Now if only Andrew would notice…

But the closer Cameron gets to Brendan, the more she sees he appreciates her personality—honesty and all—and wonders if she’s compromising who she is for the guy she doesn’t even want.

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