17 January 2019

Review - Just for Clicks

Releases 19th Feb 2019

Just For Clicks
by Kara McDowell

What they say: Mommy blogs are great... unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they're expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as "just Claire"? And what should Claire do about Mom's old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don't sound like Mom's perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham...

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Claire and Poppy live their lives in the spotlight. Imagine a fraternal, non-identical version of the Olsen twins, but set in a time of social media and fashion blogs , then throw in a famous mother and you're heading in the right direction.

Their mum is an online star who has blogged about them their entire lives. All aspects of their lives is open for criticism and unlimited embarrassment. Everything is done to garner more likes, clicks and endorsements. Poppy loves life in the spotlight, Claire not so much!

As Claire becomes less and less interested in building influence it causes rifts within the family. It took me a while to warm to Poppy because I felt she uses her sister and doesn't try to understand her unhappiness, but the change in their relationship is engaging and it was satisfying seeing them begin to act as twins. Oh the teenage angst!

The pacing was a little off at times, because some events seemed to happen at warp speed and others went on for ages, but I enjoyed seeing the story through Claire's eyes and believe the story is relevant and relatable today with all the online influencers out there and the big following particularly with teenagers and younger.

The romance!! Oh Rafael you cutie pie!! I loved the build up and friendship.

There are some big secrets and revelations throughout the course of the story but I would have appreciated a more developed ending. However, I found the story sweet and engaging.

4 Stars in my Sky!


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