A surprisingly fun read. I think this is really cute even though after reading through the first few pages, I was already about 90% sure where the story was headed. And yet, I was still 100% engaged. The format is quite creative because it’s written as an Oral History project submitted by Avery Dennis to her teacher, Ms. Segerson. It’s kind of like the actual transcript of the interview conducted by Avery and her lab partner, Hutch, of all of Avery’s ex-boyfriends to track down why all Avery’s past relationships ended and particularly why Avery’s recent boyfriend broke up with her a few days before prom.
At the surface, it may seem like the writing is lazy but as I thought of it more, it was actually craftier and more detailed because each character gives his/her unadulterated opinion of Avery giving the readers an accurate picture of Avery’s character even though Avery has her Editor’s Note after each interview entry. Lol. The readers also get to know the characters being interviewed through the way they talk and think. It is really so much fun.
Yes, there are stereotypes but you’ll get surprised by what’s mixed in those stereotypes. Avery herself is supposed to be a stereotype,-the popular, and pretty blond but the interviews testify that she’s a passionate athlete, a really smart, funny and kind girl. She’s into Science and makes excellent lab reports. There’s this buff athlete who does ballet and stuff. It’s really sweet and hilarious. Also, there is this adorkable nerd I am sincerely rooting for so everything’s all good.