Thursday, May 7, 2015

ARC Review: In A World Just Right by Jen Brooks

In A World Just Right 
by Jen Brooks

Genre: YA, fantasy, romance
Published April 28th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Local order/purchase: Fully Booked * National Bookstore

Blurb (Goodreads):
High school senior Jonathan Aubrey creates worlds at will. In Kylie-Simms-is-my-girlfriend, he’s given himself everything he doesn’t have in real life-–the track team, passing grades, and his dream girl–-until one day he confuses his worlds and almost kisses the real Kylie Simms. Now his girlfriend Kylie and the real Kylie are changing, and Jonathan must solve the mystery of his own life to save his love from a gruesome fate.

My Thoughts:

*This review is based on advanced reading ecopy. There might be some changes with the finished copy.

When you lost your family in a plane accident and forced to live without them and try to survive the world's rejection, wouldn't you want to create another world wherein you're wanted, important, and most especially, loved? That's how it goes to Jonathan Aubrey's life since ten years earlier.

At first I'm a little confused. Did he made up the different world by his mind, like an imagination (which I think is kinda pathetic) or he can really change/go to other world? Those are the questions that popped on my head the moment I started reading this book. It seems like I don't know what's actually going on and I find it hard to connect to Jonathan right away. His reason for his world-making is understandable, however, he becomes more and more obsessed with Kylie Simms--both imaginary girlfriend and not--that he just literally lives for her. I know that he's lost his family but there are also other things to make his life more meaningful like having college plans, etc.--especially his current real-world grades!

What I liked about this book was the concept. It has a fresh appeal that would attract readers (I have) and a potential that everyone would anticipate. The world-building was confusing to me at first but I'm glad it didn't turned out to be a real pathetic imagination for Jonathan. Since there are two worlds, the love story became exciting. In real world, Kylie Simms is a girl who never notice Jonathan. That's why when something shifted, their chemistry started to sizzle and I knew then that I'm team real world. Because, duh, it's the real world. Even if in the Kylie-Simms-is-my-girlfriend world Kylie is perfect for Jonathan, if you've established the thought unreal to me, I'm out. The problem is on me, don't worry. And besides, the reason I liked the real world love story better was because of the feeling of Jonathan when Kylie FINALLY notices him. It's a dream come true that I (and I bet most of you too) was hoping for in real life too.

Nearing the ending, there's suddenly too many twists I don't know what to believe. I like that its purpose is to surprise readers (I have been, greatly) and put some more spice but I felt like I'm the main character, who gets very confused. Overall, In A World Just Right is another different novel you'd read this year. It's confusing but also cute and romantic, I just wish for a cleaner world-building. Thumbs up for readers who likes parallel universes, world-making, split worlds, etc. because you'll enjoy this.

*Thanks to Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers for the review ecopy in exchange of an honest review!


1 comment:

  1. I loved this book! But I agree, the twists at the end did make it pretty confusing, but once I understood what was going on, I could relax and enjoy what I was reading! Your review captures the book perfectly!


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