Published by Sky Pony Press on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Challenges: 2016 Debut Challenge Source: Edelweiss
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Keep calm and make it to prom night—without a legit panic attack.
For seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief, and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the hallways of Belmont High.
When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request.
With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide, she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school outcast—as a party of one.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I love love LOVE Liars and Losers Like Us from the very beginning till the very end. I mean, WOAH. My need to reread this book is so bad right now. Bree, the main character, got me hooked since the start. She was down-to-earth, the typical girl next door. But at the same time, she was also not perfect. She wasn’t the queen bee, but she wasn’t the outcast either. She was the in-between and that’s what made me love this book. For the first time, we need a book about people who are neither here nor there.
Reading this book from Bree’s point of view was heartbreaking. It wasn’t all heartbreaks and dramas though. I love the fact that there wasn’t any love at first sight, nor was there the whole popular-guy-fall-in-love-with-normal-girl trope, because trust me when I say Sean wasn’t the jerk, popular type.
Add in to that, this book was really diverse. The main character is Mexican-American, and this book deals with mental illness and suicide. I think what surprised me about this book was that Bree actually felt guilty about Maisey’s suicide, even when they weren’t even technically friends. I mean, Bree is all of us. She’s a part of all of us. She’s the part of us that never wanted to stand up for the people who got bullied. I mean, honestly, how many of us has stood one side, watching someone get bullied, and thanking our lucky stars that it was never us?
Damn, this book was really REALLY good. And all of you need to read it. NOW.