Review: My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter

Posted October 22, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter

My Best Friend, Maybe

by Caela Carter
Pages: 356
Published on June 3rd 2014
by Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Colette has been bored and lonely ever since her best friend, Sadie, dumped her the summer before they stared high school. She tries to be perfect for everyone left in her life: her parents, her younger brothers, her church youth group, even her boyfriend, Mark. But Colette is restless. And she misses Sadie.

When Sadie tells Colette that she needs her old friend to join her on a family vacation to the Greek Islands, one that leaves in only a few days, Colette is shocked to hear their old magic word: need. And she finds herself agreeing.

Colette tries to relax and enjoy her Grecian surroundings but it’s not easy to go on vacation with the person who hurt you most in the world. When the reason for the trip finally surfaces, Colette finds out this is not only a fun vacation. Sadie has kept an enormous secret from Colette for years...forever. It’s a summer full of surprises, but that might be what Colette needs.

3 Stars

If I hadn’t spend the majority of the book being annoyed and frustrated by Sadie and Colette, I probably would’ve enjoyed this book a lot more. I did like it nonetheless, just not as much as I’d hoped I would.

Three years ago, Colette and Sadie stopped being friends. And Colette has no idea why. After three years of not being friends, Colette has moved on. Until Sadie asks her to come to Greece with her family. And the plane leaves in a week. A week later Colette finds herself on the plane next to Sadie. Suddenly without a boyfriend and her best friend Louise preparing her study abroad in Japan. In Greece Colette not only finds the friendship with Sadie she thought was lost, but also herself.

I like the premise of this book. And overall I did enjoy it. I started out liking the story and the writing was good. But soon I found myself frustrated by Sadie and Colette. Obviously they had some unresolved issues, but it took too long for them to talk it out. They didn’t even give each other a chance. That annoyed me so much! But still, I liked the story and in the end they redeemed theirselves for me.

My biggest issue was the romance. It’s so obvious that there is a romance coming between Colette and Sam, Sadie’s brother, when they see each other again after three years, but I didn’t like it. First off, Colette had a boyfriend. Mark was sweet and yeah he was angry at Colette when she suddenly changed her plans to go to Costa Rica because Sadie asked her to go to Greece last minute. I would be too! I would’ve loved it if they’d just gotten back together and Mark showed up in Greece or something. The romance between Sam and Colette felt a bit forced and even a tiny bit insta-love-y.

Overall I did enjoy My Best Friend, Maybe. It still tackles a few tough issues and I liked how the author did that. I would recommend this to fans of Young Adult Contemporary, if only for the way the author worked those issues into the story.


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