Fun fact: It took me until the end of the book to realize the author’s name was familiar because she wrote Your Destination Is on the Left. I think I surf Goodreads too often because book titles and authors get blurred together in my head. Anyone else suffer with that?? Anyway, on to the book!
Sisters April and Jenn haven’t been close in years. Jenn’s too busy with school, the family antique shop, and her boyfriend, and April would rather play soccer and hang out with the boy next door.
But when April notices her older sister is sad about staying home for college, she decides to do something about it. The girls set off to revive a pact they made as kids: spend an epic day exploring the greatest hits of their childhood and all that Los Angeles has to offer.
Then April learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family—and their feuding parents—apart. With only one day to set things right, the sisters must decide if their relationship is worth saving, or if the truth will tear them apart for good.
Despite the seemingly light cover and summary, She’s the Worst was actually pretty impactful. It covers a lot of topics including arguing parents, friendship struggles, going off to college (and being left behind), and broken hearts. The most important theme in the book was sibling relationships, and I loved how this was explored.
Jenn and April haven’t been close in years, and the dual POV in the book tells us it’s mostly due to a lack of communication. As annoying as it was to not be able to shake some sense into the characters, this did a great job of reminding us that people can’t read our minds. The only way someone is going to know how we feel is if we tell them. April and Jenn each assume the other is feeling one way while they really feel something completely different. I have an older sibling, I know how this goes. It was awesome to watch April and Jenn grow independently and as a sibling unit throughout the book.
The sibling relationships go beyond our two main characters. Nate, the boy next door, and even one of Jenn’s friends mention their relationships with their siblings, showing that what Jenn and April are going through isn’t unique only to them. I liked that the author had these in there to remind the characters and us of this fact.
I loved the romance subplots. They weren’t the focal point of the plot which was very refreshing and they helped shape our characters in very different ways. The author did a great job depicting the ups and downs of each romantic relationship, including the one between April and Jenn’s parents (a totally messed up relationship, imo).
If you look at this summary and cover and are reluctant to read She’s the Worst because it seems too light and dramatic, rethink that logic. It isn’t heavy and depressing, but it does cover a lot of important topics in a lighter way that makes it more entertaining, relatable, and fun. I’d recommend this book for sure, especially for readers with siblings and those heading off to college.