Heya! Today, Stephanie Monahan’s The Mean Girl Apologies blog tour stops by the blog. As you can see. teehee.
TO know more about the books, read the synopsis and check out the lovely cover just below of this.
And IF you want to know what I think of the book…. well, my review follows suits.
Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway! And if you have more time, hop on to the other blogs participating in the tour.
Thanks for droppin’ by!
Book Title: The Mean Girl Apologies
Author: Stephanie Monahan
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You know that catchy song you keep hearing on the radio?
It’s about you.
Natalie Jamison has spent five years trying to forget the girl she was in high school: popular, pretty…and, okay, mean. Now in her twenties and living once again in her small town, she’s right back where she was: following Queen Bee Amber and keeping secrets from her best friend, Sarah.
Secrets like Jack Moreland.
Everyone knows Jack Moreland—his new album, Good Enough, is everywhere. He’s famous. Impossibly handsome. Completely untouchable. But what none of Natalie’s old clique knows is that in high school, Natalie and Jack fell in love. And their secret relationship was incredible, painful—and earth-shattering enough to inspire an entire album.
Facing friends and enemies isn’t easy, but Natalie will go to great lengths to prove she is good enough—to her friends, to herself, and most of all, to the small-town boy turned worldwide heartthrob she never forgot.
What really caught my attention after reading the synopsis was the story itself. Girl living a double life in high school, broke the heart of her first love then her first love became a popular singer and the songs he made about her are famous? Uhm, yes please!
It was more than the mysteriousness of the guy character, named Jack, that drew me to the story though. There was something about Natalie, the girl main character. She was one of those girls who bullied other people in high school. Not directly but she was with that group of friends. Though she feels bad whenever her friends do it, she just stands there and doesn’t do anything. In her heart, she doesn’t like hanging out with them, except for her BFF Sarah. Then she got to one of the guys her friends bully.. That’s Jack. They got close. and close. and closer..until they somehow had a secret relationship.
The story is told from the present point of view, with an alternate POV from the past, which is 5 years ago. I hate going back and reading from the past..because we really can’t change anything from there.
I like the inner conflict Natalie struggles with herself for the entire story. She fights with doing what she really wants and to be who she really is, with the other side fo her who still wants to keep up social appearances. It’s disgusting how we end up being slaves to the part in each of us who lives to please other people, no matter if we step on other people or not. The Mean Girl Apologies, is not just some love story or story of a love lost because of the girl’s own selfishness or the boy’s own martyrdom. It’s more than that. It’s also about living a life that you really want to live, and living up to your own potentials, not only career-wise but also most importantly being your natural self..to everyone. Lies are products of our own “trying to save our faces”, when in real life we shouldn’t have to lie. If your friends really love you, they’ll accept you for who you are. If they don’t, then it’s better to move on now and give yourself a chance to find the friends who will.
Okay, so I’m getting so serious now. It’s just that this is such a touchy subject for me. Not bullying mainly (also that), but I hate it when people pretend to be someone they’re not just so they can get the approval of others who won’t even care about them one or two or even five years from now. A lot of teenagers do this. Maybe at some point of my life I did, but early on I already realized not to do things I’m not comfortable with, and just be myself. Learn from my mistakes, take my own pace, etc.
At first I thought this book was going to be a lovely swoony romance read. But I was wrong. There were still lots of touchy feely romance feels but it was not only that. It was so much more. 🙂
Giveaway Info: An ecopy of 33 Valentines and a $10 Amazon gift card
Stephanie Monahan received her degree in English Literature from Binghamton University. In addition to reading and writing, she is passionate about her dog and cat, British pop music, andthe beach. Born and raised in upstate New York, Stephanie now lives in central Massachusettswith her husband. Her first book, 33 VALENTINES, was nominated for a 2013 Book of theYear award at Coffee Time Romance & More. You can find her online at www.stephmonahan.com.
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