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ARC Review: This May End Badly

Book Details:

  • Published Date: April 12, 2022
  • Author: Samantha Markum
  • Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult, Fiction, Coming of Age
  • Format: NetGalley/e-book
  • Length: 336 pages
Pranking mastermind Doe and her motley band of Weston girls are determined to win the century-long war against Winfield Academy before the clock ticks down on their senior year. But when their headmistress announces that The Weston School will merge with its rival the following year, their longtime feud spirals into chaos.

To protect the school that has been her safe haven since her parents’ divorce, Doe puts together a plan to prove once and for all that Winfield boys and Weston girls just don’t mix, starting with a direct hit at Three, Winfield’s boy king and her nemesis. In a desperate move to win, Doe strikes a bargain with Three’s cousin, Wells: If he fake dates her to get under Three’s skin, she’ll help him get back his rightful family heirloom from Three.

As the pranks escalate, so do her feelings for her fake boyfriend, and Doe spins lie after lie to keep up her end of the deal. But when a teacher long suspected of inappropriate behavior messes with a younger Weston girl, Doe has to decide what’s more important: winning a rivalry, or joining forces to protect something far more critical than a prank war legacy.

This May End Badly is a story about friendship, falling in love, and crossing pretty much every line presented to you—and how to atone when you do. (from Amazon)

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I generally really wanted to love this book, but it was just ok for me. The synopsis is what sold the book for me and I was really excited when I received the ARC for the book.

The romance missed the mark for me. The chemistry just wasn’t there for me, which ruined the whole friends to lovers trope for me. The plot wasn’t terrible and it was well written. I think I had a different expectation for the book than what I actually received when reading the book. I think that ruined the book for me. This book has some pretty fun, funny moments which I did enjoy. I did feel in the beginning it was a simple read, but the deeper you got into the book, things seemed to become darker.

This book displayed a lot of personal growth in some characters and growth in friendships. I do think that the right audience will definitely enjoy this.

⚠️Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault

Thank you NetGalley & St. Martins Press for the ARC.

My Rating:

3 star

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