Thursday, 6 February 2020
Book Review: My Type On Paper by Chloe Seager
(Many thanks to Scholastic for sending me a copy of this book for review consideration!)
My Type On Paper is about Maya, who gets dumped by her boyfriend just before he was meant to be taking her on a fabulous holiday abroad to mark their last summer before uni. Devastated by the break-up, Maya reluctantly takes a job working with her two best friends at a local beach resort. But when three new guys appear, all of whom seem like her perfect type in different ways, could her summer be more romantic than she'd dreamed of?
I'm a huge fan of light, fun contemporary YA reads and Chloe Seager's previous books, Editing Emma and The Friendship Fails of Emma Nash, are two of my favourites of the genre. I had high hopes for this one and it definitely lived up to them. Maya is a fab protagonist, and I loved the way her character changed through the book as she threw herself into new experiences. The various relationships - with the three dreamy boys, her two best friends, her dad, and of course the dog who belongs to one of the love interests (because how can you NOT love a dog who dances to Taylor Swift?!) are all well-written and believable.
Chloe's writing is breezy and always draws me in quickly. She captures the setting perfectly and I love how well-paced the book is, there's so many hilarious things happening. In many ways it reminded me of Candy Harper's Have A Little Faith and its two sequels (high praise from me; that's still my favourite ever contemporary YA series!) There are a few real stand-out scences which made me laugh out loud, with Maya's three first dates with the different guys all being really fantastic, as was the party in which things came to a head, providing a perfect climax.
I loved that the book is a great example of a teenager try out new things and experiences but also learning to work out what she really wants and what the most valuable things are to her in a relationship, while another strong theme is the support family members can give to you at difficult times.
Overall, this is a heartwarming and sweet read with lots of laughs which I'd definitely recommend to everyone who likes YA contemporary, particularly if they're fans of fun characters and moreish writing.
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