ARC Review: Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell


Title: Just For Clicks
Author: Kara McDowell
Publisher: Amberjack
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Paperback, 337 Pages
Publication Date: January 29th, 2019

Summary: 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 an advanced copy of Just For Clicks by Kara and Amberjack in exchange for an honest review, and I'm honestly so glad that I did, because this ended up being one of my favorite reads of this year. This book captivated me from the very beginning and I couldn't put it down -- there was just so much going on that I didn't want to miss a single second of it!

I absolutely loved this book. I kept flipping the pages and I was unable to put it down because of all of the drama and everything that kept taking place -- I always wanted to know more! Claire and Poppy's friendship, relationship as sisters, and also their internet fame was really interesting to see. It was an especially unique twist that their fame didn't necessarily start from their own hard work, but from their mother's blog, which was something they didn't help create but still were influenced by. It was a really interesting dynamic that I enjoyed exploring!

My favorite character in this book was definitely Rafael. He was so cute and funny and swoon-worthy, and he was a great friend to Claire even when she found herself in tough spots where she wasn't necessarily being the best friend in return. Throughout it all, Rafael remained a positive influence on her, always there to lend a hand or to crack a joke, which is why I found myself falling in love with him more and more as I kept reading.

(*MAJOR* spoilers in this paragraph, so please skip to the next one if you don't want the story ruined for you!) OH MY GOD, THOSE PLOT TWISTS IN THIS BOOK, THOUGH. They absolutely destroyed me and they were so shocking that I even had to take some time to pick up my phone and Tweet about it because I was so shocked. First, the fact that Claire was adopted and not even Poppy's twin -- and then when she found out who her mother actually was. I just...OMG. Those were definitely some plot twists that I hadn't seen coming! So that gave me even more motivation to keep reading, because I kept wanting to read and see what the next surprising plot twist would be.

Overall, I absolutely loved Just For Clicks. This book was filled with so much romance, friendship, sisterhood, and even lots of drama. It was interesting to get a peek into a life like Poppy and Claire's, one that seems so glamorous and perfect but has a lot of struggles and everyday problems under the surface. This book absolutely captivated me, and I'm confident that it will captivate you, too -- so don't forget to add it to your TBR!




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