Published by Sky Pony Press on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Keep calm and make it to prom night—without a legit panic attack.
For seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief, and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the hallways of Belmont High.
When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request.
With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide, she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school outcast—as a party of one.
When I read books like Liars and Losers Like Us I don’t understand why prom is such a big deal to these characters and to some people in real life. In senior year shouldn’t the majority of the people be worried about AP tests, college applications, and graduation? But, in this book? Not so much. While I do appreciate the diverse characters in this novel, I found them all to be self-absorbed and unlikable. Bree didn’t earn any sympathy from me. She’s just as guilty as the rest of her friends for tormenting Maisey despite the fact that she did apologized. Even though she didn’t directly bully Maisey doing it from the sidelines is just as bad. I hate that Bree just stood there half the times and not stand up for her. Being popular isn’t all that cracked up to be in this book. Everyone in their little prom group have their flaws; they aren’t perfect and is far from perfect even though on the outside they might seem to be the envy of everyone else.
As far as the romance is concerned I think it was pretty ehh. I did enjoy the chemistry between her and Sean, but I felt like she was trying too hard to get him to like her and at the beginning he felt like a douche. Speaking of romances and douches, we have a love triangle of sorts. Two of them-ish…? There’s the Sean, Bree, and Jane one and Todd, Jane, and Bree’s friend one (I forgot her name. Oops!). Yeah the second love triangle really sucks because Todd hangs with two girls and Bree’s friend knows that Todd is two timing her but is still going out with him and I’m like seriously? You deserve better than him. It just drove me crazy.
Overall, if it wasn’t for reading the blurb again I think I would’ve DNF the book before giving it another chance out of curiosity. Ending the novel with Masiey’s letter gave it a bittersweet feel and left me full of emotions.