Still Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley: Stephanie’s Review

As we continue our launch day celebration for Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley, we bring you another review — this time by Stephanie!

Even if you move across the country, problems will inevitably follow you and trouble will find you. Mina learns this first-hand when she and her family relocate (against her will) from California to a tiny crossroads in rural Louisiana. Blink and you may miss it. Or step in a cow patty.

Once again, Kimberly Pauley creates a fun thrill-ride of a book full of witty sarcasm and enough twists, turns and romance to keep readers busily flipping pages. And this time around, I was particularly impressed with the new characters; it would have been easy to make them stereotypes of rural Southerners, but Pauley managed to both capture the South’s idiosyncrasies and make the characters respectable in their own rights.

In stark contrast to the colorful locals is Cameron, who sticks out like a sore … fang? This brings him and Mina together and they make a lovely almost-pair until things inevitably get complicated. Oh, and the boyfriend returns. (There’s always that.)

So, George or Cameron?

Guys aside, things get a little ugly with the return of Goth Girl (hissssss!) but Pauley still doesn’t stoop to all-out grossness or vulgarity, making both Sucks to Be Me and Still Sucks to be Me fun for older YA readers yet totally appropriate for younger ones.

And honestly, it’s worth the price of admission just to read the Myth/Truth labels at the tops of each chapter with accompanying doodles. Sarcasm rules!

Oh yeah, and the ending totally leaves it open to a third installment. More, please!

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