They say that those who can’t do, teach.
Lahey Johnson is notorious for helping her friends and classmates find love. Sure, she’s never had a boyfriend herself. But she could. If she wanted to. Right? She just hasn’t had a reason to focus on her own love life—but now, with her detested cousin Summer’s sweet sixteen coming up, she’s got the ultimate reason: revenge.
Lahey will do anything to prove that she can get a date to Summer’s party—anything, including juggle six prospective suitors in seven days. She’s matched people before—all she needs to do is figure out who these guys are looking for and become that girl. Easy.
The only issue? Her older sister’s irritating friend Adler has decided to take a front-row seat to the spectacle that is Lahey’s life. He can bother her all he wants—nothing will distract Lahey from her goal of one-upping Summer.
But as the party creeps closer, the panic sets in.
Can a matchmaker ever really meet her own match?
Title: Plus One
Author: Kelsey Rodkey
Publication Date: June 27, 2023
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
This one was hard for me to get through. There were lots of fun aspects to it, but in the end, it missed the mark.
There was something about the writing that I didn’t love. There was lots of telling, especially during scenes with strong emotions involved, that I felt took away from the power of the scene. I wanted to feel the romance, but instead I was being told how bad or wonderful it was.
Our FMC, Lahay, was a mildly unlikable character. But I liked that she had room to grow. There were some things that she did throughout the book that made her a teenager and made her have to come to terms with changing and becoming better.
Adler, our love interest, wasn’t as swoony as I was hoping. All of his romantic lines and actions didn’t come off well. I could feel the good intentions behind them, but they didn’t quite land.
Overall, I didn’t enjoy this one. I thought it was a nice idea, but wasn’t written quite as I would have liked.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.