Liars and Losers Like Us
Release date: March 15th 2016
When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request. With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide, she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school outcast—as a party of one.
This book ended up being a lot lighter for most of the story than I thought it would considering the death mentioned in the synopsis and it did feel like the death was more of a catalyst for the main character’s way in to the prom court. Most of the focus was on the lead up to prom and the romance between Bree and Sean and since I had a hard time connecting with them as a couple, I had a hard time losing myself in the story.
I appreciated that there were so many quirky characters in the book. Bree and her group of prom court members were a lot of fun and they could all be over the top dramatic. Bree seemed like the most rational of them all but she still had her moments that had me torn between smiling and rolling my eyes. I didn’t feel a strong connection to any of the characters but their dramatics over ever-changing prom dates could be amusing.
Even with all the dramatics of the prom court, there was a realness to the book with the way Maisey was handled. A bullied girl who was nominated to court as a joke, it was because of her declining that Bree got on the court and her suicide that sparked Bree to discover more about Maisey after receiving a letter after her death. It was so easy for most of the school to forget about Maisey, their classmate died and it was like nothing changed for them. I wish more attention had been paid to Maisey and the mystery surrounding the letter she left Bree.
The ending of the book was the best part for me. There was so much going on, it was a little chaotic in a fun way and it all wrapped up but it all did seem quite fast. The book wasn’t even 250 pages so it was a lot to fit in and maybe a longer book would have meant more time to focus on Maisey, her impact, and given depth to a lot more characters.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.