May 17, 2018

The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
Books with fun and bright covers always catch my attention, so obviously as soon as I saw this book I was drawn to it! The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan follows teenage Kendall who, after getting caught with her best friend's ex and ruining her reputation, is dead set on finishing high school and not having to face her classmates anymore. Part of this plan includes YATS, a semester-long science program that will get her away from school and give her the experience of a lifetime. But when Kendall accidentally falls into the wrong crowd and YATS is on the line, she has to decide who she really is: a good girl or a bad girl? I will put a trigger warning on this book for drug use and rape.

I enjoyed this fun read! I really liked Kendall's character, and seeing her struggle through some tough moral dilemmas was pretty relatable. Plus she was a total badass! I loved the stance this book took on feminism, slut shaming, and rape culture, as these are some pretty relevant topics today. I thought Simone was a fantastic minor character and loved seeing her bond with and support Kendall. The villains in this book were great, not unrealistically evil for their age, and played into the storyline well.

There was a small mystery to solve in this book as well, and I was definitely thrown by the reveal! This is big for me, since I can usually figure out the answer in mystery/thriller reads pretty early on.

One thing I did notice was that this was listed as ages 14 and up on the ARC, but I definitely think there are some themes in this book that are too mature for that age. 16-17 and up would be more appropriate in my mind, as this book did get pretty dark at times. There was also a little of the oblivious parent trope here, but it definitely got better as the book progressed.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to Amulet Books for an arc of this fun read! The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan is out now, so be sure to pick up a copy! 

11 comments:

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

Yes, this does sound like a very interesting read! I am going to hop on NetGalley and see if its there!

Sierra Winfield said...

Sounds like a food read!! Will have to check it out

Bookworms Corner said...

sounds like an interesting read. Great review.

Bentley BookBastion said...

Sounds like a really interesting read - I definitely wouldn't have pegged it's plot from the cover and title of the book though.

Jo Linsdell said...

I like the sounds of this one.

Kiss Like a Girl Book Blog said...

This sounds like an awesome read. I love when books deal with slut shaming and rape culture appropriately.

DJ Sakata said...

I wouldn't do high school again for any amount of $$.

Heidi said...

It's kind of crazy that certain YA books are targeted to 14 years old when they really shouldn't be..

Anky's Book Bubble said...

Sounds like an awesome read! Gonna go check if it's available on NetGalley!

Whispering Stories said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Great review.

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great review, I really love a great dark mystery and thriller book especially if it is YA and this one looks and sounds like my kind of book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.