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A fun and upbeat paperback original romance about a girl who finds a cheat sheet for love. Spring break . . . heartache? For coder extraordinaire Ashley, high school is all about prepping for college. Her love life? Virtually nonexistent. She's never been on a date. Never been kissed. Never been in love. When her plans veer off course, Ashley realizes she might be missing out A fun and upbeat paperback original romance about a girl who finds a cheat sheet for love. Spring break . . . heartache? For coder extraordinaire Ashley, high school is all about prepping for college. Her love life? Virtually nonexistent. She's never been on a date. Never been kissed. Never been in love. When her plans veer off course, Ashley realizes she might be missing out on her high school experience. Now that spring break is finally here, Ashley vows to have fun . . . and, for the first time, follow her heart. Starting with Walker Beech, her gorgeous, maybe-not-so-unrequited crush. But with Jason Eisler--her childhood friend turned prankster--in the picture, trouble is bound to follow. Will Ashley's epic spring break lead her to love, or will her heart crash and burn? "Smart, fun, fast-paced." --USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient Helen Hoang on Kristin Rockaway's How to Hack a Heartbreak


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A fun and upbeat paperback original romance about a girl who finds a cheat sheet for love. Spring break . . . heartache? For coder extraordinaire Ashley, high school is all about prepping for college. Her love life? Virtually nonexistent. She's never been on a date. Never been kissed. Never been in love. When her plans veer off course, Ashley realizes she might be missing out A fun and upbeat paperback original romance about a girl who finds a cheat sheet for love. Spring break . . . heartache? For coder extraordinaire Ashley, high school is all about prepping for college. Her love life? Virtually nonexistent. She's never been on a date. Never been kissed. Never been in love. When her plans veer off course, Ashley realizes she might be missing out on her high school experience. Now that spring break is finally here, Ashley vows to have fun . . . and, for the first time, follow her heart. Starting with Walker Beech, her gorgeous, maybe-not-so-unrequited crush. But with Jason Eisler--her childhood friend turned prankster--in the picture, trouble is bound to follow. Will Ashley's epic spring break lead her to love, or will her heart crash and burn? "Smart, fun, fast-paced." --USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient Helen Hoang on Kristin Rockaway's How to Hack a Heartbreak

30 review for My Epic Spring Break (Up)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Another sweet, soft, feel good, coming of age is story fresh from the oven, ready to be served immediately! I read author’s previous adult romance novels which were also good! As like her occupation as software engineer she created a new genius coder character! ( a little younger and inexperienced version of How to hack a heartbreak’s Melanie) This time she targeted younger readers with Say yes summer meets I heart series ( just a little Booksmart vibes) kind of a young girl’s experiencing diff Another sweet, soft, feel good, coming of age is story fresh from the oven, ready to be served immediately! I read author’s previous adult romance novels which were also good! As like her occupation as software engineer she created a new genius coder character! ( a little younger and inexperienced version of How to hack a heartbreak’s Melanie) This time she targeted younger readers with Say yes summer meets I heart series ( just a little Booksmart vibes) kind of a young girl’s experiencing different things, self discovery story ! Ashley is a planner: she’s very at maths, prodigy at coding, planning to move to Silicon Valley from NY as soon as she gets accepted by internship program from Zig-Zag company ( YouTube meets Instagram kind of tech app.) But nothing goes as it’s planned. She gets rejected! After her big shock Ashley starts questioning everything about the choices she’s made! She never had fun for a long time! She has never been kissed. She has never had a proper relationship with a boy! She hasn’t gone to Taylor Swift ( I could tease this decision but I enjoyed Folklore a lot! Who am I kidding? I also went to her concerts! Yeah Ashley, you gotta do something about it ASAP! ) She hasn’t had any tattoo! She has to learn living fulfilled life! But when it comes to romance, saying yes to new things make things more complicated! Because her long time crush Walker seems like interested with her. They start to date but why she isn’t chanting, jumping up and down to show her true happiness. Isn’t he the one? What about her longtime friend Jason? Why does she have complex feelings about him ? He is immature prankster but isn’t he always there for her when she is in trouble? Quick confession: Jason is my favorite character of this book! His back story is developed so much better. He’s lovely, interesting, easy to connect! If he wasn’t in this book, I could give this story solid three stars but I loved the dynamics between him and Ashley and added half more star! ( as a silly romantic I loved to read about unresolved feelings- childhood sweethearts- friends to lovers premises) Overall: it was soft, easy to read, exhilarating feel good, quick paced, entertaining, clever spring break read I truly recommend! For my love to Jason, I’m rounding up 3.5 stars to 4 self discovery, seizing the life, having more fun stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ezran

    *.·:·.☽✧ 5 stars ✧☾.·:·.* Thank you so much to Netgalley and Random House Children's for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. Just when I thought I couldn't find a book made for me, I found this novel. By the way, there are spoilers in this review about a lot of things in this novel. I'm sorry to the people who haven't read this before, but it would be so hard to write this review without spoilers. "My Epic Spring Break (up)" follows Ashley, a 17-year-old junior who prioritizes *.·:·.☽✧ 5 stars ✧☾.·:·.* Thank you so much to Netgalley and Random House Children's for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. Just when I thought I couldn't find a book made for me, I found this novel. By the way, there are spoilers in this review about a lot of things in this novel. I'm sorry to the people who haven't read this before, but it would be so hard to write this review without spoilers. "My Epic Spring Break (up)" follows Ashley, a 17-year-old junior who prioritizes college readiness. And while she's a part of various clubs at her school; Coding Club, Mathletes, and a math tutoring program, she's never been on a date or had a boyfriend. So after a step back with her spring break internship, Ashley realizes she might be missing out on her high school experience. Then she decides to have more fun and just follow her heart by going on a date with Walker Beech, a guy in her American History class she has a crush on, and tutoring him as well to get to know him better. But things get complicated when Ashley acknowledges the problems she has with her father, views Walker from a different perspective, and may see her long-time best friend Jason as something more. I felt so fulfilled when I finished this book. Even though I got frustrated so many times throughout the story, I truly respect a story that can evoke so many of my emotions through the storytelling, plot, characters. While reading this, I sometimes wanted to rip the hair off my head, but at other times, I wanted to cry just because a character was crying (or doing something foolish). Ashley seemed like the stereotypical Good Student Who Does Everything Right, Is Intelligent, and Joins Various Clubs So They Can Get Into A Prestigious College. But she really had somewhat of a complexity to her character that always drew my attention. While Ashley could fit into that stereotype from an outsider's perspective, on the inside, I think she always wanted to feel understood and welcomed. Ashley genuinely had a passion for computer science and math, so she excelled in school and joined those clubs to put her skill into good use. Yet she also loved Taylor Swift and just wanted her father to understand who she is. Jason Eisler may have seemed like the high school prankster, but the moment his character was first introduced, I knew that he was using his humor as a cover to his true feelings, and I was correct. He loves to make pranks and joke around, but he's a really caring and supportive person. Jason always helps Ashley and believes in her dreams unlike a jerk bag we'll talk about next, which made me thoroughly enjoy his character. I loved when he started getting interested in coding and decided to show other people how to code on YouTube. Jason probably had the most development out of all the other characters because we can easily see his character change and evolve throughout the book. speaking of annoying and insensitive jerk bags, I now introduce Walker Beech who is a "good student" not really, but we'll get into that and has daddy issues the author doesn't expand on. He also has two secret tattoos and uses fake IDs to buy beer, so he's a rEal BAd bOy. Ashley thought that Walker was such a good student because she saw him "taking notes" in class and teachers love him. But he was just making little doodles in his journal for funsies, and I have no idea why teachers liked him because it's never really explained. Walker was a flat character who didn't have any development, and he never cared about Ashley at all. He just wanted her to do all his work for him and be his love-buddy, which didn't happen because Ashley was an intelligent girlie who knew better than that. so while we're talking about trash characters, let's welcome Annoying Character #2: Rachel, who I cannot stand. She was a supporting character, but that didn't mean I couldn't develop a strong dislike for her. At first, I kinda respected her for having such a large following on ZigZag (a fictional social media networking site in this novel), but then she scrutinized Ashley for not having a large following on ZigZag like her. But that wasn't even the worst part. She continues to act like she's better than Ashley because Ashley was denied for an internship program ZigZag had. That's when I wanted to ignore Rachel's existence. now Heaven and Christine are Ashley's best friends who are also in Coding Club, but they play small roles, so I'll discuss them together. I liked them both because they were always supportive of Ashley and were compassionate, but I loved how their personalities weren't clouded with Ashley's. Again, we don't learn too much about them, but I'll try and distinguish their personalities. Heaven is pretty sassy and confident, so she always helped Ashley in those areas. But Christine seems like more of the chill and academic friend that always has some wise advice, but also knows how to have fun. Also, Christine was interested in epidemiology, so we're twins. It's official everyone, don't question it. Maybe I'm just making claims about their personalities without evidence, but those are the vibes they gave me. and the parents are messy. Ashley's mother lives in an apartment building with Ashley since Ashley's mother and father separated while Ashley was at a young age. And Ashley's mother has a curfew at 10:00pm and demands that Ashley has her GPS on while out, which is understandable because the world can be cruel. Now I did like Ashley's mother for most of the story, but I didn't like some of her decisions because they affected Ashley negatively and could've been avoided. Ashley's father has a girlfriend who has two tween sons, and it seems to Ashley that he cares more about his new family than Ashley, but I can totally understand why she thinks that. Ashley's father isn't consistent with his visits, and never really asks about how Ashley's doing or how she's feeling. But towards the ending, I could see their relationship somewhat develop, which made me really happy because I want Ashley to have a good relationship with her parents. so after reading my little comments about the characters, hopefully you have a little insight on the construction of the plot. The plot was well established and kept me very entertained. I truly underestimated this novel's plot because the synopsis sounds very simple, but this novel didn't just recycle a plot and made it unique; Kristin Rockaway flipped the script and made such an enjoyable novel. there wasn't a dull moment throughout the whole book, and I think the writing/storytelling definitely played a part in this. The writing isn't spectacular, but it definitely exaggerates certain points. I love that the story was told from Ashley's perspective because she's the one making new experiences and learning lessons along the way. It's so refreshing to have a likeable protagonist who acts their age and isn't annoying me by using slang in every sentence. oh, and I flip flapping loved Jason and Ashley's relationship. I did get very frustrated when they got together with other people instead of recognizing their feelings for each other because they were so obvious, but my spirit was lifted when they confessed their love to each other. Now I can't say if they actually loved each other because they were adolescents, and I know that it's easy to think that you love someone during that time period, but we'll say that they were in love. And I made a ship name for them: ✨Jasley✨. *cue applause* I know, I know, the ship name is perfection. It's just my big brain at work. Modesty? We don't know her here. okay, I think that's about it. To wrap this long review up, I flipping loved this novel. This story evoked so many of my emotions through the characters, plot, and writing/storytelling. That's never happened to me before with a book, so that's saying a lot. I felt connected to Ashley so much, Jasley is legit, and Walker Beech can go be with Rachel for all I care because they're both bad people. I will most definitely be reading this novel again because it gave me an experience that I would love to experience again.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♠ Tabi⁷ ♠

    childhood best friends to maybe something more is ALWAYS a weakness of mine in any genre

  4. 4 out of 5

    brutallyhonestbookworm

    ...sigh I’m gonna be honest I had higher hopes. But...don’t let this discourage you from reading this book. I still loved many things about it, like Jackson (sucker for friends to lovers right here) and the coding/hackathon element. Women in STEM woo! I liked the main character Ashley, at some points her actions did annoy me...but she is a teenager and it’s kind of realistic. I’m giving this 3/5 stars not because it’s bad, but because I think there are some aspects of the book that could be bette ...sigh I’m gonna be honest I had higher hopes. But...don’t let this discourage you from reading this book. I still loved many things about it, like Jackson (sucker for friends to lovers right here) and the coding/hackathon element. Women in STEM woo! I liked the main character Ashley, at some points her actions did annoy me...but she is a teenager and it’s kind of realistic. I’m giving this 3/5 stars not because it’s bad, but because I think there are some aspects of the book that could be better. Please give this book a try, maybe you’ll like it more than I did. Thank you to Netgalley, the author and Underlined Books for sending me this ARC. My Epic Spring Break(Up) is out now!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    2.5 stars. This YA contemporary was a likable enough read, and I particularly liked the nods to New York, Taylor Swift and the fact that the main character is into coding. But it’s ultimately one of those stories that will end up getting lost in the mix of others in the genre for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Ashley was laser focused on her future. She worked to keep her grades up and engaged in activities that would pad her resume. When her plans were slightly derailed, she decided to throw caution to the wind and expand her horizons. After a few questionable decisions, she wondered if this was really what she thought she was missing out. When I think of spring break, I imagine easy breezy fun, and Rockaway did a fantastic job capturing its essence for me. Here are five things I loved about My Epic Ashley was laser focused on her future. She worked to keep her grades up and engaged in activities that would pad her resume. When her plans were slightly derailed, she decided to throw caution to the wind and expand her horizons. After a few questionable decisions, she wondered if this was really what she thought she was missing out. When I think of spring break, I imagine easy breezy fun, and Rockaway did a fantastic job capturing its essence for me. Here are five things I loved about My Epic Spring Break (Up). 1. Ashely was a great character. I love a girl with goals and determination, and Ashley had it in spades. She was a hard worker, a good daughter, and a great friend, but she wasn't perfect. She made some ill advised decisions over the course of this book, but she paid the price and learned from them. 2. STEM for the win! This is the first time in my life where I am NOT science-ing, but my love for all that is STEM runs deep. Ashley's adoration of math and coding endeared her to me, and it was a delight attending the Hackathon. 3. Jason won my heart. My first impression of him was not that stellar. He seemed like a trouble-making prankster, who didn't always take time and place into consideration. Over the course of the book, he showed there was a whole other side to him, and I loved getting to know him better. 4. Friendships were important in this book. Ashley was part of a fantastic programming girl gang. Her friends shared her zeal for coding and were her staunchest fans and supporters. It was also wonderful seeing the once strong relationship between Jason and Ashley revived. I loved hearing about their past and watching them slip back into their familiar friendship. 5. This book was fun and feel-good. I read for entertainment and feels, and Rockaway delivered both. There was lots of whip-smart dialog, witty banter, and amusing bits throughout the story which made me happy. I also relished those sweet and tender moments, as well as the events that had me cheering Ashley on. Ashley's break may have only been two weeks, but they were two really meaningful weeks in her life. She worked though some issues regarding her father, made big decisions about her future, and even fell in love for the first time. Overall, I enjoyed this epic spring break. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Fast read but I didn't connect with characters or romance. Fast read but I didn't connect with characters or romance.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie - FerryGoodBooks

    When I saw the cover of this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. Though the cover and plot had all the elements I look for in a YA book, once I started reading, I could tell it would be an uphill battle. In the beginning Ashley felt a bit robotic. She was driven and intelligent, but she came off as cold. I couldn’t connect with her because it felt like she was just a one dimensional character. When Ashley decides to add more adventures and rebels, she really goes for it When I saw the cover of this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. Though the cover and plot had all the elements I look for in a YA book, once I started reading, I could tell it would be an uphill battle. In the beginning Ashley felt a bit robotic. She was driven and intelligent, but she came off as cold. I couldn’t connect with her because it felt like she was just a one dimensional character. When Ashley decides to add more adventures and rebels, she really goes for it. Her defiance is laced with stereotypical teen antics. At times I enjoyed them, but the mother inside of me was screaming for the lack of maturity she exhibited. There were characters that drove me absolutely nuts and situations that physically irritated me. I wanted more for Ashley. She was completely naive and let others walk all over her because she was too blind to see the truth in them. I think because there was a clear difference in Ashley’s situations, it was hard for me to feel empathy towards her when things would go wrong. The writing is really dry and monotoned. I craved for layers of emotion or good character development, but I felt the only character who possessed this was Jason. You get to see the different aspects of his personality and watch him grow from when he started in the book. What I loved was the coding aspect of this story. I found it interesting how well the author was able to fluidly include binary code description and API meaning into the book while making it easy to understand the technicalities. Overall I wanted more from this book. I wanted more complex characters with substance. However there were moments where Ashley felt likeable and real when she was talking about code or just being herself around Jason. I felt like this book had all the elements for a great story but the execution fell flat. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children's for this ARC

  9. 5 out of 5

    Natalie - FerryGoodBooks

    When I saw the cover of this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. Though the cover and plot had all the elements I look for in a YA book, once I started reading, I could tell it would be an uphill battle. In the beginning Ashley felt a bit robotic. She was driven and intelligent, but she came off as cold. I couldn’t connect with her because it felt like she was just a one dimensional character. When Ashley decides to add more adventures and rebels, she really goes for it When I saw the cover of this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. Though the cover and plot had all the elements I look for in a YA book, once I started reading, I could tell it would be an uphill battle. In the beginning Ashley felt a bit robotic. She was driven and intelligent, but she came off as cold. I couldn’t connect with her because it felt like she was just a one dimensional character. When Ashley decides to add more adventures and rebels, she really goes for it. Her defiance is laced with stereotypical teen antics. At times I enjoyed them, but the mother inside of me was screaming for the lack of maturity she exhibited. There were characters that drove me absolutely nuts and situations that physically irritated me. I wanted more for Ashley. She was completely naive and let others walk all over her because she was too blind to see the truth in them. I think because there was a clear difference in Ashley’s situations, it was hard for me to feel empathy towards her when things would go wrong. The writing is really dry and monotoned. I craved for layers of emotion or good character development, but I felt the only character who possessed this was Jason. You get to see the different aspects of his personality and watch him grow from when he started in the book. What I loved was the coding aspect of this story. I found it interesting how well the author was able to fluidly include binary code description and API meaning into the book while making it easy to understand the technicalities. Overall I wanted more from this book. I wanted more complex characters with substance. However there were moments where Ashley felt likeable and real when she was talking about code or just being herself around Jason. I felt like this book had all the elements for a great story but the execution fell flat. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children's for this ARC

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    A huge thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing, and Kristin Rockaway for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This was a cute book and it felt exactly as advertised, it was a great coming of age story. I really didn't like Ashley's character, especially initially, though I began to respect her more towards the end. The story felt all over at a few points, but I will say that I'm happy with how things wrapped up, it just kept me A huge thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing, and Kristin Rockaway for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This was a cute book and it felt exactly as advertised, it was a great coming of age story. I really didn't like Ashley's character, especially initially, though I began to respect her more towards the end. The story felt all over at a few points, but I will say that I'm happy with how things wrapped up, it just kept me a little disconnected from the story at times. This was a good book and I felt like it held a really good message for those in a similar situation.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hannah B.

    ✨Happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time.✨ My Epic Spring Break (Up) was a light and breezy YA romp through NYC. It was a quick read and pretty low angst but it made ME the angsty one. I’m lucky, I had a pretty good high school experience but lord please don’t take me back. I’ve read a lot of YA but this one hit me different because high school me relates hardcore to Ashley—sans cute childhood friend (truly unfortunate for me). Ashley’s crushes and decision making skills were just so h ✨Happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time.✨ My Epic Spring Break (Up) was a light and breezy YA romp through NYC. It was a quick read and pretty low angst but it made ME the angsty one. I’m lucky, I had a pretty good high school experience but lord please don’t take me back. I’ve read a lot of YA but this one hit me different because high school me relates hardcore to Ashley—sans cute childhood friend (truly unfortunate for me). Ashley’s crushes and decision making skills were just so honest and foolish and real. I saw so much of myself in her that I was just screaming HONEY BUN NO PLEASE I BEG YOU like I was taking a megaphone to my high school photos so past me could catch some common sense. I could feel my college stick-and-poke staring me in the face, shaking its head. (I love it though, but yeah it was a permanent impulse decision.) This book just elicited such visceral reactions from me it was pretty remarkable. Taylor Swift was such a huge part of my childhood, so I appreciated the unabashed reverence Ashley has for her. I was in ninth grade when Red came out and eleventh when 1989 was sent down from the heavens. I had a Taylor Swift backpack and still have her giant poster from the Fearless middle school days. I remember sitting at the computer recording her Speak Now documentary on my iPod nano so I could watch it on the school bus. This book, like much of my life, is a love letter to Taylor. I know I still have some of the light-up batons from her concerts and in my mind there’s nothing better to whomp Walker over the head with. UGH he made me sick and I was totally bamboozled. I mean I read the back but I was like “maybe he’s a charm underneath” which is exactly the reason I’m not the poster child for successful romances. Jason on the other hand was just a floppy, good-natured dream. I say floppy because he’s got that puppy dog aura. There’s something about the brown eyes that just eat me up. He was a d o r a b l e. I mentioned before that this was low-angst and I really think it has to do with the length. There just wasn’t much room to get caught up in long-winded bad decisions. Ashley made decisions that made me cringe, but I couldn’t help but understand her point of view. I appreciated the ending and I think it was concluded in the right way! I would have liked to see more of the two being all happy and cutesy in PDA glory, so hopefully there will be more books. I loved Ashley’s friends and would love to see their relationships in the spotlight! I received this book from Kristin and it’s seriously such a beauty!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    3.5 stars I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I read a previous adult book by Kristin Rockaway and enjoyed it, so was interested in her upcoming YA title, My Epic Spring Break (Up). It didn’t blow me away or anything, but it’s fun and sweet, with elements that ultimately appealed to my id. I don’t know a ton about coding, but it was presented in a way that wasn’t overwhelming. And it was fun to see a competitive event more 3.5 stars I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I read a previous adult book by Kristin Rockaway and enjoyed it, so was interested in her upcoming YA title, My Epic Spring Break (Up). It didn’t blow me away or anything, but it’s fun and sweet, with elements that ultimately appealed to my id. I don’t know a ton about coding, but it was presented in a way that wasn’t overwhelming. And it was fun to see a competitive event more related to science/tech featured, as I feel like I don’t see that too often. I didn’t find Ashley to be super well fleshed out, and she did lean into some teen stereotypes. However, I don’t think that’s a mark against it, due to it being appropriate for the target audience. The romantic elements are where the book really shines for me. Love triangles can be a bit hard to invest in, but Rockaway writes one that is interesting and worth investing in. I can remember being a similar age to Ashley and aspiring to date the hot guy, and that is a common aspect of wish-fulfillment in many properties made for teens. But I like that the story explores that, having Ashley make bad decisions because of Walker, and then over time come to that realization that he’s not right for her. It may not be the only story with this outcome, but I appreciated the level of self-awareness. And the fact that her relationship with her childhood friend Jason is also changing and bringing up questions…it just made me so happy to see how things resolved between them. I did think it was interesting how at one point, Ashley is at a Taylor Swift concert, and the music plays a role in her epiphany. But that also really calls into question the weird time-warp contemporaries have been in since the beginning of COVID. I understand not wanting to acknowledge it. But I also find it interesting the way it handled it, referencing songs up to Lover, when surely at some point in production, Folklore at least had come out? Although the circumstances of the making of Taylor Swift’s two quarantine records does make it a bit contradictory to the goal of the scene. However, it did mess with my head and I ultimately read way too much into it, given this is a YA contemporary romance, and it’s probably not that deep. Weird overly analytical nitpicks aside, this is a fun book. Maybe not something that will cross over to adult readers well, but that’s totally fine! I think teens will like this fun romance, especially if they like coding.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    This was a lovely YA romance with a perfectly flawed main character, coding talk for my programming friends, and plenty of heart. If I could only mention one thing that I loved about this book, it would be the main character, Ashley. Specifically, I love that she was a flawed character. She makes numerous mistakes and bad decisions throughout this book, but she’s real. We see a lot of growth in Ashley as she tries to figure out what she really wants in life and the future she wants to work toward This was a lovely YA romance with a perfectly flawed main character, coding talk for my programming friends, and plenty of heart. If I could only mention one thing that I loved about this book, it would be the main character, Ashley. Specifically, I love that she was a flawed character. She makes numerous mistakes and bad decisions throughout this book, but she’s real. We see a lot of growth in Ashley as she tries to figure out what she really wants in life and the future she wants to work towards. Sometimes, the teenagers in YA books don’t quite act like teenagers, like they make one bad (small) mistake and then the book ends. I think Ashley is more real and more telling of what teenagers might be thinking when making the decisions they do. I loved that! The whole thing with Jason was kinda interesting to me. Jason is an interesting character in general. He kinda seems like this prankster kid that doesn’t care about much at the beginning, but slowly develops into someone more as we get to know him. I’m still undecided on whether I like him or not. I think he was a good character and a great person to be in Ashley’s life, but he wasn’t my favorite. (view spoiler)[My biggest issue with this book was the quick pace of Ashley’s feelings for Jason. I think it would have made more sense if she would have been in love with Jason like her whole life, but only realized that during the book (or something along those lines). Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. It just kinda moved from, “Jason is just Jason” to “I’m in love with Jason.” There was no in between of her liking or having a crush on him. She just decided she loved him after he brought her on a “non-date” in Brooklyn. I didn’t love that, but they had some cute moments so... (hide spoiler)] Overall, I enjoyed this book. We see some great character development, especially in Ashley, and I loved she was a STEM kid. A good summer/spring break read! Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog • Instagram • Twitter

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex (The Scribe Owl)

    See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl! Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! 3/5 stars My Epic Spring Break (Up) was a cute, though unmemorable, coming of age story. My Epic Spring Break (Up) was more or less exactly what I thought it would be: entertaining, but unmemorable. I did like it more than I expected, but that's not saying much. To be fair, that's more of my expectations for contemporary books, not this one in particular. For Ashley, the only poin See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl! Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review! 3/5 stars My Epic Spring Break (Up) was a cute, though unmemorable, coming of age story. My Epic Spring Break (Up) was more or less exactly what I thought it would be: entertaining, but unmemorable. I did like it more than I expected, but that's not saying much. To be fair, that's more of my expectations for contemporary books, not this one in particular. For Ashley, the only point of high school is to prepare for college. Romance has never even been something she considered. When her plans start to fall apart, Ashley realizes she may be missing out on part of the high school experience. When spring break rolls around, she decides to have more fun. Starting with her crush, Walker Beech. But with her childhood friend Jason Eisler in the picture, things aren't as simple as she'd like. The main issue I had with this novel was just how cheesy it was. I know some people who like a good amount of cheese, but this was excessive cheese. I could barely get through the first two chapters because the main character used the time to ogle Walker and describe him in painful detail. Sometimes you come across characters that break the mold. You never have to yell at them, you never feel second-hand embarrassment. Well, that wasn't Ashley. It wasn't that I didn't like her, but she kept making choices that were obviously wrong. It was so annoying to be the reader just watching her! Although I had issues with My Spring Break (Up), I liked the romance that we got at the end. I love friends to lovers, and this was a great example of it. Jason was great too, probably better than Ashley. All in all, I wasn't the biggest fan of this book. It was fine, but I'm not going to buy a physical copy or read it again. ------------------ Pre-read rating estimate: 2.5 Final rating: 3

  15. 4 out of 5

    April

    My Epic Spring Break (Up) follows Ashley, a coding whiz and math overachiever who faces a massive blow when she is rejected from a prestigious internship program with ZigZag, an Instagram/YouTube mash-up. To deal with the rejection, Ashley tries to have a little more fun and say yes to things she would never have dreamt of, like going to a Taylor Swift concert and getting a tattoo. These decisions end up in her learning to move past failure, seek new relationships, and be overall happier. This My Epic Spring Break (Up) follows Ashley, a coding whiz and math overachiever who faces a massive blow when she is rejected from a prestigious internship program with ZigZag, an Instagram/YouTube mash-up. To deal with the rejection, Ashley tries to have a little more fun and say yes to things she would never have dreamt of, like going to a Taylor Swift concert and getting a tattoo. These decisions end up in her learning to move past failure, seek new relationships, and be overall happier. This book was simple and easy to follow, but a little light on character development or complexity. Ashley was fine, if an amalgamation of traits that didn't add up to a person. She was defined by what she liked to do, not any sort of tangible emotions or qualities. I liked Jason so much more, even though the whole prank thing is enormously stupid to me. He had a genuine story with conflict and emotional stakes in his friendship with Ashley, I almost wish he was the protagonist instead of her. As well, I thought the plot was too wishy-washy with points. Ashley did a number of different things that amounted to a plot, but very few things were consequences of one another. Her teacher sets up the premise of the Hackathon being the majority of the plot, and then she didn't even make it there till the last 85-90% of the plot. I wish the plot solely focused on that instead of meandering with a character that had no relevance to the endpoint by 60% of the way through. Also, there was so much Taylor Swift talk that I absolutely could not bring myself to care about. Still, I thought this book was light and quite fun, if unmemorable. This book would be well-suited for emerging YA readers, like 13-14 years old. However, there are several other books that fit this criterion (spring/summer young contemporary) that do it better; Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Culli comes to mind. 3/5

  16. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    ”Dating is highly overrated. And it definitely isn’t fun.” My Epic Spring Break (Up) is such a cute and sweet YA contemporary romance that brings me back to my early days of reading YA books mixed with the reality of now. Though it may be simple, it was a really fun read and I would definitely pick it up to break a slump or something. This book tells the story of Ashley, who dreams to be an intern at a famous social media company called ZigZag. She has a best friend named Jason, who is ”Dating is highly overrated. And it definitely isn’t fun.” My Epic Spring Break (Up) is such a cute and sweet YA contemporary romance that brings me back to my early days of reading YA books mixed with the reality of now. Though it may be simple, it was a really fun read and I would definitely pick it up to break a slump or something. This book tells the story of Ashley, who dreams to be an intern at a famous social media company called ZigZag. She has a best friend named Jason, who is quite famous on ZigZag too because of his prank videos. Ashley has been fawning over Walker Beech since day 1 but is he the perfect guy that she expects or does she actually have feelings for someone else? 😏✨ The plot overall seems like it could be a teenage movie for me. I actually imagined Ashley looking like Zooey Deschanel in “New Girl”, big glasses and doe eyes. Ashley is such a determined person too, like I definitely relate to her when it comes to achieving my goals and all. I definitely relate A LOT to the inner pep talks before presentations or competitions 😂 But sadly for us both, we have bad choices in men 🤡 And here comes Jason... the guy that is literally match made in heaven for Ashley. OKAY I DON’T KNOW WHY BUT I RELATE TO THE ROMANCE IN THIS BOOK SO MUCH IT ACTUALLY FEELS TRIPPY. Like I said in the beginning, this book is so simple. Very good and highly recommended for beginners. The writing style is very easily understood too so there should be no problem for beginners. This is just simply a fun and cute read if you ever feel like you need a little fluff of romance in your life. It’s not THAT good but it was fun. twitter ☆ instagram ☆ blog

  17. 4 out of 5

    Thamy

    A quick read with some cute romance. Ashley is a coder and has always done the right thing. When she misses the chance of an internship program for the summer, she decides she'll have fun for a change during the upcoming spring break. And miraculously, she starts putting her resolution to work by landing a date with cutie Walker Beech, much to her childhood friend's dismay. The book is actually a little shorter than usual, but even if it weren't, the story is so straightforward I think one could A quick read with some cute romance. Ashley is a coder and has always done the right thing. When she misses the chance of an internship program for the summer, she decides she'll have fun for a change during the upcoming spring break. And miraculously, she starts putting her resolution to work by landing a date with cutie Walker Beech, much to her childhood friend's dismay. The book is actually a little shorter than usual, but even if it weren't, the story is so straightforward I think one could finish this in one sitting. Which is good for YA's, but I think this book had potential of going further had it taken a little more of its time. Ashley's character felt well developed and it's easy to relate to her situation. In fact, I loved how she's quick to wake up to her mistakes. If there's a thing I hate in books it's characters who'll insist on stuff that are blatantly wrong and they should have known better. Ashley is seeking fun, but she's still got her brain working, kudos. But did the other party of the love triangle have to be such an obvious mess? I also felt the need for more feels. All of a sudden she is in love with people? While the character was well developed, I think the plot points needed more work. On the other hand, it made the read super quick and we get to the point in a blink whenever anything happens. But I liked the characters and I liked the proposal, so I would have liked to spend more time with them all. If you need some YA to chill, this is a great pick, but it could have been more special with a bit more work on the development. Honest review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  18. 4 out of 5

    The Reading Raccoon

    My Epic Spring Break(up) by Kristin Rockaway is a young adult contemporary novel about a teenage girl who is determined to make the most of her Spring break. As Ashley tries to get out of her comfort zone by dating a mysterious fellow student she gets further away from her mother’s rules, alienating her childhood friend Jason and not prioritizing what she needs to do to win Hackathon, a 24 hour coding contest with a huge prize. I really enjoyed reading about Ashley’s Brooklyn neighborhood and wh My Epic Spring Break(up) by Kristin Rockaway is a young adult contemporary novel about a teenage girl who is determined to make the most of her Spring break. As Ashley tries to get out of her comfort zone by dating a mysterious fellow student she gets further away from her mother’s rules, alienating her childhood friend Jason and not prioritizing what she needs to do to win Hackathon, a 24 hour coding contest with a huge prize. I really enjoyed reading about Ashley’s Brooklyn neighborhood and what it takes to be an ambitious student with dreams of working in Silicon Valley. Her interactions with Walker are instant nostalgia for anyone that suffered through dates with someone they put on a pedestal only to discover that they were seriously flawed and not a good fit. Her difficult relationship with her dad and feeling alienated from his new family is a topic that readers from separated parents can relate to and sympathize with. But the parts that brought a smile to my face were any of the conversations with friend-zoned Jason and the angsty and confusing feelings a girl can have when she starts to see a childhood friend in a romantic way. I really loved this cute contemporary YA romance and recommend it to anyone looking for a lighter read that still tackles some important topics, has a sweet love story and a hopeful message about pivoting after plans fall through. 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My copy of My Epic Spring Break(Up) by Kristin Rockaway was provided by Netgalley and the publisher for review purposes

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sufina

    “We only get one run through high school, and we’ve gotta make the most out of it” 🔸About: A high school student, Ashley who’s all about prepping for college. She is also a coder. When her college plans veer off the course, she realised that she’s missing out on her high school experience. From that moment on, she vowed to to have fun and follow her heart. I LOVE this book. Stay with me so I can convince you 😚💕 1- Coding Reference: This book is a YA version of the k-drama Start Up. Ashley is LITER “We only get one run through high school, and we’ve gotta make the most out of it” 🔸About: A high school student, Ashley who’s all about prepping for college. She is also a coder. When her college plans veer off the course, she realised that she’s missing out on her high school experience. From that moment on, she vowed to to have fun and follow her heart. I LOVE this book. Stay with me so I can convince you 😚💕 1- Coding Reference: This book is a YA version of the k-drama Start Up. Ashley is LITERALLY Dosan. As I used to code during my uni years, this book felt so close to me. Her coding journey, the hackaton competition, the feeling of creating an app <3 The author was a Software Engineer so rest assured that everything she wrote about programming in this book is canon. 2- Swifties Special: Ashley is a hardcore fan of Taylor Swift. The amount of Taylor Swift’s fangirling moments in here are endless! She also had this playlist or songs to play when she’s on a road trip, sad, happy etc 😂 3- Relatable Dynamics: Anyone here can relate to having strict yet supportive parents? Y’all can find this relatable dynamic between Ashley & her mom. Also having best friends that vibe and share the same passion with you. It’s a very short read with only 232 pages yet is very geeky, fun, wholesome & cute. It left me feeling so light hearted and happy after reading it. I hope it can do the same to you. Btw it has some TikTok references too! My ratings: 5 ⭐️ Thank you @times.reads and @putrifariza for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is available on all bookstores! You can find a list of bookstores to buy it in my bio :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Connors-Beron

    I am definitely on a cute YA romance kick and this totally fits that criteria. I love Ashley and her nerdiness, even with the breakdown (it probably help tbh because who doesn’t love a sweet mess?). I also love her friends and how close they are. I also love Jason because of his prankster way. I can’t help but smile at his ‘brilliant ideas’. I will also say that there was a trend in real-life where people would film pranks that were not… kind… (to put it nicely) so I was hesitant about him. But I am definitely on a cute YA romance kick and this totally fits that criteria. I love Ashley and her nerdiness, even with the breakdown (it probably help tbh because who doesn’t love a sweet mess?). I also love her friends and how close they are. I also love Jason because of his prankster way. I can’t help but smile at his ‘brilliant ideas’. I will also say that there was a trend in real-life where people would film pranks that were not… kind… (to put it nicely) so I was hesitant about him. But once I learned about some of his pranks (current and past), my fears were squashed. These are actually harmless, at least as harmless as minor class disruptions can be considered harmless (annoying for teachers, loved by students and passes after a few minutes). I greatly appreciated this depiction of mischief because that is not the current trend on social media platforms and taking this approach may shift the idea that funny = mean, because some of his ideas are really funny. Overall, I love this story. The plot is strong and kept me engage throughout the story. I always wanted to keep reading. I can definitely see this being picked up by Netflix as a new The Kissing Booth or To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before obsession. (Psst… Netflix… *gestures frantically*) The release date of this book was perfectly timed, and I highly recommend reading it during Spring break because it just fits so well. That being said, if you can’t get to it right away it will also be a great summer read, or a “get warm in winter” read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Ashley Bergen has one thing, and one thing only on her mind: the future. Between her immaculate vision board, her stellar SAT scores, her math/coding/tutoring extracurriculars, and her top notch grades, Ashley’s acceptance to the summer internship of her dreams should be a no-brainer. Also a no-brainer is Ashley’s non-existent love life. Or social life. Or any life beyond getting out of Brooklyn and into Silicon Valley. However, you can’t force life to go your way, and when Ashley finds all her Ashley Bergen has one thing, and one thing only on her mind: the future. Between her immaculate vision board, her stellar SAT scores, her math/coding/tutoring extracurriculars, and her top notch grades, Ashley’s acceptance to the summer internship of her dreams should be a no-brainer. Also a no-brainer is Ashley’s non-existent love life. Or social life. Or any life beyond getting out of Brooklyn and into Silicon Valley. However, you can’t force life to go your way, and when Ashley finds all her plans burnt to smithereens, her childhood best friend and rising social media prankster, Jason, challenges her to let go and let loose because they only get to experience high school once. Rattled by rejection, Ashley decides to make a change. She’s saying yes instead of no (TS reference is a yes here because Ashley is a huge Swiftie!). Enter Walker Beech, the beautiful, charismatic, mysterious boy from Ashley’s history class that Ashley has been secretly crushing on for more than a year. When fate throws Ashley a chance, she decides to jump then fall into Walker. Then all hell breaks loose. For context: Walker is high key “The Way I Loved You” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” vibes and... Jason is “You Belong With Me” and “Lover” vibes. Needless to say, Ashley has some breaking up and coming undone to go through, and maybe even a rollercoaster kind of rush or two before it’s all said and done.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Zoey Perrigo

    **I received this book in exchange of an honest review. My Epic Spring Break (Up) is a sweet novel about finding your path. I enjoyed Ashley's journey to a form of realization that you can't plan every single piece of your future. I felt that many teenagers will find this information helpful. I did not enjoy a lot of the story personally, but I can see that it will have it's readers. The romantic relationship between Ashley and Walker did not feel genuine in any way. I found myself struggling to u **I received this book in exchange of an honest review. My Epic Spring Break (Up) is a sweet novel about finding your path. I enjoyed Ashley's journey to a form of realization that you can't plan every single piece of your future. I felt that many teenagers will find this information helpful. I did not enjoy a lot of the story personally, but I can see that it will have it's readers. The romantic relationship between Ashley and Walker did not feel genuine in any way. I found myself struggling to understand why Ashley would continue to give him second chances, but that probably has something to do with my age. It has been some time since I've had to realize a relationship wasn't going to work. I did feel that it was genuine to what teenagers go through in their lives. Jason and Ashley's relationship was quickly pushed through to the end. I wanted there to be a little more development, but I did like how quick and easy it was to read the book. While there could be more fleshed out, I knew going into the book that it would be a fast paced read. Ashley's love for coding was really what drew me in! I liked that she would do anything to get the internship she was after because it is what she wanted to do for her future. Her passion was definitely one of the best driving forces of the book for me. I love a teenager passionate in STEM!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Breanne

    This was so cute! I'm so happy I read this, it's the perfect quick read for when you're in the middle of a reading slump or if you're just having a bad day. Just super adorable and heartwarming! This follows Ashley, a coding queen, who kind of goes off the deep end after finding out she's rejected from a summer internship program. I love any YA novels that feature young women who are into technology and coding! It's so important girls have these kind of role models growing up so that they can fe This was so cute! I'm so happy I read this, it's the perfect quick read for when you're in the middle of a reading slump or if you're just having a bad day. Just super adorable and heartwarming! This follows Ashley, a coding queen, who kind of goes off the deep end after finding out she's rejected from a summer internship program. I love any YA novels that feature young women who are into technology and coding! It's so important girls have these kind of role models growing up so that they can feel like anything is possible. Ashley makes mistakes and she dates the wrong guy and sometimes says the wrong things but that's what makes her human and a young girl just trying to figure her shit out. At the end, it all works out the way it's supposed to and I think it teaches the valuable lesson of moving on even when things don't work out the way you wanted them to. While there were parts of this novel that definitely got on my nerves and while it wasn't always written in the most cohesive way, I was smiling ear-to-ear by the end of it. I would totally reread this if I was feeling down. I think a lot of teen girls out there would enjoy this book and if you're a Swiftie, you'll adore this book. Highly, highly recommend.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ThatBookGal

    This was just a sweet, adorable read, nothing heavy and a nice way to spend a gentle afternoon. I loved that the main focus of the novel was girls in a STEM setting, and as it made me feel like I'd like to know a little more about coding, hopefully it can have that affect on those a bit younger than me too. It's always great to be in a New York setting, even if there were only brief snatches of Manhattan here and there throughout the novel. There is a clear winner in the love interest space from This was just a sweet, adorable read, nothing heavy and a nice way to spend a gentle afternoon. I loved that the main focus of the novel was girls in a STEM setting, and as it made me feel like I'd like to know a little more about coding, hopefully it can have that affect on those a bit younger than me too. It's always great to be in a New York setting, even if there were only brief snatches of Manhattan here and there throughout the novel. There is a clear winner in the love interest space from just a few pages in, and I was rooting for him the whole time. Ashley herself was a good amount of naive whilst still having her own thoughts and goals, which made the story and the characters feel believable. My only criticism is the almost instalove scenario, and two of the characters declaring their love for each other before they've even kissed. It made the book and the characters themselves feel a little more juvenile, which didn't really feel like it fitted with the rest of the book. 'I really like you' would have worked so much better! All in all, a super readable book that would make a lovely beach read in the summer months!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Once again, Kristin Rockaway delivers a smart, fun read with characters that feel like people you know! High school junior and passionate coder Ashley has a plan for her life: get the perfect internship with the "it" tech company and use the experience to propel her toward a high-flying future in STEM. But when her plans go sideways, Ashley is left questioning everything. How much control does she really have over her life? Ready to embrace fun and impulsivity for once, she spends her epic sprin Once again, Kristin Rockaway delivers a smart, fun read with characters that feel like people you know! High school junior and passionate coder Ashley has a plan for her life: get the perfect internship with the "it" tech company and use the experience to propel her toward a high-flying future in STEM. But when her plans go sideways, Ashley is left questioning everything. How much control does she really have over her life? Ready to embrace fun and impulsivity for once, she spends her epic spring break finally (!) hanging out with her longtime crush, prepping for a major coding competition with her bestie, and listening to her inspiration, the great Taylor Swift. But as she slowly questions her feelings for her close childhood friend (also her school's biggest jokester) and as she returns to focusing on the parts of coding she loves most, she realizes that while her dreams may change here and there, they're not necessarily out of reach. Especially perfect for fans of coming of age stories and friends-to-lovers romance!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    3/5 stars I received an ARC of this book, and I am voluntarily leaving a review. Ashley, who is a talented coder, has all of her plans laid out for the future. But a sudden change catches her off-guard and throwing all of her plans out the window. As she has almost no spring break plans and is unsure of what the future holds, she vows to have fun and stop worrying so much about the future. She ends up running into her crush, Walker, and he seems like he might be interested in her. She just wishes 3/5 stars I received an ARC of this book, and I am voluntarily leaving a review. Ashley, who is a talented coder, has all of her plans laid out for the future. But a sudden change catches her off-guard and throwing all of her plans out the window. As she has almost no spring break plans and is unsure of what the future holds, she vows to have fun and stop worrying so much about the future. She ends up running into her crush, Walker, and he seems like he might be interested in her. She just wishes her childhood friend, Jason, didn't hate him so much. Ashley struggles to balance fun with work, and things get messy. As much as I wanted to like this book, it just wasn't what I was hoping for. I liked the women in STEM concept a lot and it was a cute story, but that's pretty much it. Ashley makes a lot of stupid decisions, even for a high schooler. It made it really hard to like her as a character. The romance was kind of sudden--it came out of nowhere. Overall, this is a cute and fast read, but it just wasn't for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was such a cute little quick read. I love the friends to lovers trope, and this one didn’t disappoint.Jason was endearing, and the fact that he is did all the pranks just to get Ashley’s attention was pretty adorable. I’m glad Ashley realized her feelings in the end. However, Ashley did seem a little naive when it came to Walker. I never once thought Walker was trying to date her yet Ashley went as far as thinking they were going out or even boyfriend and girlfriend. That seems extreme for a This was such a cute little quick read. I love the friends to lovers trope, and this one didn’t disappoint.Jason was endearing, and the fact that he is did all the pranks just to get Ashley’s attention was pretty adorable. I’m glad Ashley realized her feelings in the end. However, Ashley did seem a little naive when it came to Walker. I never once thought Walker was trying to date her yet Ashley went as far as thinking they were going out or even boyfriend and girlfriend. That seems extreme for a couple hangouts, even for someone who has no dating experience like her. I was also kind of confused about how long their spring break is. Universally, it’s normally a week long, so when multiple Friday’s were referenced, I got confused. Even a sentence or two explaining or being slightly more clear would have helped. These are minor complaints though, because the Jason moments were too cute not to love the overall story. This will definitely stay on my shelf for whenever I need a quick spring read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marija

    Readers should be pleasantly surprised with Kristin Rockaway’s latest offering. Admittedly, the main character Ashley is a bit of a twit. She’s academically intelligent, but she’s a bit impulsive. Just before spring break, faced with a crushing blow to her summer plans, which seemingly could have a negative impact to her future academic goals, she decides to drop it all and take a walk on the wild side to explore boys and dating. When opportunity comes her way, she’s inspired to run after it. She Readers should be pleasantly surprised with Kristin Rockaway’s latest offering. Admittedly, the main character Ashley is a bit of a twit. She’s academically intelligent, but she’s a bit impulsive. Just before spring break, faced with a crushing blow to her summer plans, which seemingly could have a negative impact to her future academic goals, she decides to drop it all and take a walk on the wild side to explore boys and dating. When opportunity comes her way, she’s inspired to run after it. She’s human and makes a few mistakes along the way. But she has a conscience and a lot of heart, which can easily win readers over. There are a few times where she catches herself and thinks, “Wait, what am I doing?! … Oh,no! What’s mom going say! … Maybe this wasn’t such a great idea after all.” These realizations, paired with her wonderful cast of friends help make for many funny moments throughout. Told with wit, this book is compulsively readable and thoroughly enjoyable.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    This book was just straight up FUN. I had such an enjoyable reading experience and boy that was such a “feel-good” book. There’s so much to love about this book: 💗Friends to lovers romance - I often think enemies to lovers is my fav trope but every time I read a friends to lovers I’m reminded of the superior trope 💗Taylor Swift references - I loved this so much 💗Dealing with rejection - this hit hard. While Ashley is just a junior in HS, I feel like this is so relatable beyond teens. 💗 NYC ambiance This book was just straight up FUN. I had such an enjoyable reading experience and boy that was such a “feel-good” book. There’s so much to love about this book: 💗Friends to lovers romance - I often think enemies to lovers is my fav trope but every time I read a friends to lovers I’m reminded of the superior trope 💗Taylor Swift references - I loved this so much 💗Dealing with rejection - this hit hard. While Ashley is just a junior in HS, I feel like this is so relatable beyond teens. 💗 NYC ambiance perfection 💗CODING!!!! Especially loved this as I took lots of coding classes in college and was among only a few girls. I don’t think this book was perfect in every sense and I did have a few issues with things, but it was just so fun and enjoyable that this has to be 5 stars. I will be checking out the other work by this author ASAP! Definitely recommend this book to Swifties who love YA contemporary romance along the same lines of Kasie West.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* I absolutely adored and enjoyed every second of this book. It was fun and the perfect vibe for spring. I love that the main character is super determined knowing where she wants to be in life, but as the story moves on she realizes that there may be things she never thought of, after all life is not entirely linear and fulfilled by college and a job. There is so much more. This p *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* I absolutely adored and enjoyed every second of this book. It was fun and the perfect vibe for spring. I love that the main character is super determined knowing where she wants to be in life, but as the story moves on she realizes that there may be things she never thought of, after all life is not entirely linear and fulfilled by college and a job. There is so much more. This propels Ashley into her spring break deciding to fully experience life around her to friendships and relationships. She decides to take more risks including asking her best friend to join in the Hackathon, that will give her a shot at a second chance at the internship that will put her back on track on her life plan. Will Ashely be able to get the internship of her dreams? Or will one door close just for one or two to open in it’s place?

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