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Publisher's Note:

A buttoned-up overachiever works overtime to keep her inner nerd at bay—failing spectacularly—in Nancy Werlin’s hilarious and heartfelt return to contemporary realistic fiction. Planning is Zoe Rosenthal’s superpower. She has faith in a properly organized to-do list and avoids unnecessary risks. Her mental checklist goes something like this: 1) Meet soulmate: DONE! 2) Make commitment: DONE! 3) …

Overall Book Review:

The title of this book may throw you for a bit of a loop.  Did the publisher just mess up English?  Trust me though, after you read this engaging novel, the title makes a ton of sense and you will be using the terms in your own life!

Zoe is organized.  Zoe is driven.  Zoe is…confused.  Zoe has been dating Simon.  At first, they seem like the average high school couple.  They are mapping out which colleges they want to attend together, worried about financing said education, and working toward common goals.  But when Zoe realizes she has interests that do not align with Simon’s, she starts down a path of self-discovery that leads her to places, and people, she never thought she would encounter.

The journey of self-discovery in this book was very enjoyable.  The author tackled a hard subject of co-dependence or defining oneself by a relationship at a high school level.  I felt the subject was handled quite well and appreciated the author not shying away from a touchy subject.  This is also one of the first books I have read where non-binary genders and use of pronouns was very clearly handled.  While at first, character introductions with pronoun preference seemed clunky, it did assist with the overall understanding of the character fit within the plot line and the cast as a whole.

The only drawback I found in this novel was the formatting from an e-book perspective.  It certainly could have been due to this review copy being an advanced reader’s copy, but given the focus on Zoe’s lists, formatting of those lists for e-book should be rectified before final publication.  Otherwise, this was a highly enjoyable book, and I am looking forward to reading more by this author.Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Candlewick

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  15 religious exclamations; 3 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory name; 5 scatological words; 3 anatomical terms; 4 f-word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  Recall of TV show that has character hit in head with frying pan; verbal threat; antisemitic comment; punch to face; TV virus makes people bleed so multiple instances of fake blood, fake people melting into goo, etc.

Sex/Nudity:  Refence to male genitals; discussion of sexual orientation; hand-hold; two kisses; reference to pornography with no detail; hand on arm; boy takes off shirt; same gender relationships.

Mature Subject Matter:

Mental illness and gender issues.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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About the Reviewer

I am a full-time mom, full-time wife, and overtime reader. I have been an avid reader for as long as anyone can remember. It must run in the family because both my mother and grandmother are also voracious readers and often pass books back and forth. Almost any genre can spark my interest, but I often go in streaks, reading a bunch of books from one genre, then switching to another for a while and back again.