Friday, 27 May 2016

Book Review: You're It by Leigh Ann Kopans

Title: You're It
Author: Leigh Ann Kopans
Author Info: Website|Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Purchased by myself
Publication Date: 11th March 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
High school senior Julia Thomas should be obsessed with Prom, snagging a perfect boyfriend, and decorating her future college dorm room, like the rest of her friends. Her mom’s perennial alcoholic binges followed by stints at a rehab “spa” should make her scream with rage. Her dad’s near-total absence from her life should make her resentful.

Instead, the only thing Julia Thomas feels is detached. Numb.

She’s pretty sure spending some time away from the suffocating sinkhole that is Pittsburgh, PA is the only thing that would help, but Dad still thinks Julia is an irresponsible little kid and won’t foot the bill. Her last hope is to win Senior Tag, which basically means spending the final weeks of senior year running around town half-naked trying not to get squirted with a water gun. Julia has always thought the game was stupid, but it’s pay-to-play with a two thousand dollar payout for the winner. Underwear and ridiculousness aside, Julia needs the money.

There’s only one problem – a very cute classmate that Julia only noticed when he joined the game, too. Alex Winston is fast, handy enough to engineer his water gun into a far-reaching soaking machine, and bound and determined to win.

He’s also funny, sweet, the only guy who’s ever really listened to her, an amazing kisser...and the only thing standing between Julia and the cash she needs to get out of town for the summer.

Julia is in serious trouble.
My Thoughts
Before starting You're It I had one reason to read it, and that is the author. As I learnt more I had no idea what senior tag was, we didn't do that where I live, so I was interested in seeing what it was all about, and how far it would go. I also went into this thinking it was a stand alone, when in reality it is part of a series. Luckily I had read the previous books, so I knew who the characters were.

Julia was someone who surprised me in many ways. For starters she is part of the popular crowd, but didn't use this against others and act like she was better, she was really down to earth, she was a genuinely nice person. Alex is someone new to the popular crowd, and as the story progresses we do learn more about him. I really liked seeing him with his family and how much he sacrifices to help them out. Normally these two characters wouldn't really work in a book, but Leigh Ann has done a great job of making them relatable, and real.

Before starting You're It I was really intrigued over the synopsis and had to know what was going to happen. As we get to know Alex and Julia, we learn about their reasons for taking part in senior tag. Julia was someone who has it all, but can't have it all, and her winnings will help her go on the journey of a lifetime. For Alex it's a plan for his future, a way of getting his foot in the door.

Senior tag, while it's not something I would do, was fun to read, not only the rules but also how they get each other. I love the plans and the sneaking and I was really torn over who I wanted to win. Thankfully Leigh Ann has a way of making this work for everyone and I really did like the ending.

Putting aside senior tag, there are a lot of other threads running through this story, about family, strength, sacrifices, and choices, and I really liked how they worked so well together.

Final Verdict
You're It was another great book from Leigh Ann Kopans, I could not read this one fast enough, and I am hoping she has another book in the works soon.

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