Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert
Publication date: 03 January 2023 from Joy Revolution
Talia Hibbert writing YA? And the first book from Nicola & David Yoon’s new imprint, Joy Revolution? I could not request this title fast enough. And apparently I couldn’t read it fast enough, either. This book was one of my three current reads, because I like to have more than one book going at a time. But this one? I could NOT put it down. Read it straight through in one day. Why? Because it’s just that good.
If you’ve read any of Talia Hibbert’s books before (I’m more than a little fond of the Brown sisters), then you know she consistently gives us strong women with minds of their own and a penchant for snark and sarcasm. And not a bit of that has changed as she ventures into the YA world. Celine is my spirit animal and is everything I wish I had been when I was her age. Bradley is the cute boy you would die to have even notice you. The banter between the two is unmatched and I found myself giggling at it on more than one occasion. Also, I may or may not have taken some notes on the particularly good retorts for use at later date. And this whole book was just one big, comfy sweater on a cold winter day. It’s sweet and absolutely unfairly cute, but it also gives us a good hard look at the realities of living with mental health issues, and that’s something I appreciate seeing normalized in more and more of the books aimed at our younger generations. I especially loved that Bradley was shown using the techniques he had learned in therapy to deal with his intrusive thoughts. That’s something we could all learn from.
All in all, this book is the cure for the winter blues that tend to settle in around this time of year. So grab your comfiest blanket, a big cup of hot chocolate with extra marshmallows, and snuggle up with this absolutely delightful book.
Thank you to NetGalley and to Joy Revolution for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.