Wrong in All the Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee (July 17)
Overview: Emma is a people pleaser, or, more precisely, a parent pleaser. This means that when her parents decide to foster a new kid to hopefully adopt, Emma has to smile and bare it even though she feels she is getting replaced. Emma is taken by surprise when she finds out that Dylan, her new maybe brother, is sixteen and hot. As their English class explores Wuthering Heights, the book that inspired this narrative, they must also explore their relationship and whether their romance is worth the risk. Overall: 3
Characters: 3 There were moments when I liked Emma, but those were far outnumbered by the moments I didn't like. There were moments of borderline slut shaming of her classmates that I really didn't appreciate, and her self-defense superiority complex that comes from having no friends is not articulated well. Instead of adding depth, it just makes her hard to be around.
Coming from Emma's lens, everyone else feels either one note or cliche which is disappointing.
Plot: 3 This is an interesting premise. The idea to update a classic story is always fun, but I don't think that the characters needed to be so closely involved with the book during the story. Probably stemming from Emma's flaws, the action is a bit stilted and lacks the flow that I need to stay engaged.
Writing: 3 Everything in this book just felt forced which is really unfortunate. Emma, instead of staying grounded in herself, becomes caricature of herself instead of a character we could feel for. This book starts with interesting roots, but, sadly, it never comes to full bloom.