Whenever I’m in a reading rut, I always go for a young adult novel. They always get me into the spirit! This was the perfect choice to give me out of a book slump!
Thank you Henry Holt for gifting me a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Siblings Liv and Jory Brewer have grown up resenting one another. Liv—former pageant queen and reality-TV star—was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. The only thing they have in common is contempt for their parents. Now Liv is suing her mom and dad for emancipation, and Jory views the whole thing as yet another attention-getting spectacle. But on the day of the hearing, their parents mysteriously vanish, and the siblings are forced to work together. Liv feels certain she knows where they are and suspects that Jory knows more than he’s telling . . . which is true. What starts as a simple overnight road trip soon takes a turn for the dangerous and surreal. And as the duo speeds through the deserts of Nevada, brother and sister will unearth deep family secrets that force them to relive their pasts as they try to retain a grip on the present.
I was afraid the beauty pageant aspect would deter me from enjoying it, but this book had me laughing out loud, jaw dropping to the floor, and begging for more! It’s a super fast read. Talk about a crazy family dynamic! It’s a little cliche (as most young adult novels tend to read like for adults, in my opinion), but the dry humor is fresh and original. I’m still reveling in how the author chose to end the book. If you’ve read this one, let’s talk about it!