on June 14, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The story of a girl hoping she’s found a place to belong . . . only to learn that neither talent nor love is as straightforward as she thinks.
A summer away from the city is the beginning of everything for Brooklyn Shepard. Her theater apprenticeship at Allerdale is a chance to prove that she can carve out a niche all her own, surrounded by people who don’t know anything about her or her family of superstar performers.
Brooklyn immediately hits it off with her roommate, Zoe, and soon their friendship turns into something more. Brooklyn wants to see herself as someone who’s open to everything and everyone, but as her feelings for Zoe intensify, so do her doubts. She’s happier than she’s ever been—but is it because of her new relationship? Or is it because she’s finally discovering who she wants to be?
Ugh. Just ugh. I did not like this book. Let me start off by saying that I usually don’t rate books so poorly because normally I stop reading them if I dislike them so much. The problem with Look Both Ways was that I was already invested by the time I realized I disliked it. I trudged on.
The story started out so promising. The main character, Brooklyn, comes from a family of musical geniuses. She’s unsure of her place in her family. She doesn’t feel as talented as them. Her second guessing and constant ‘I need to prove myself’ inner dialogue got pretty annoying before the end of the book. She was obviously good at other things but just kept trying to fit in.
When I first heard about Look Both Ways I was really interested in the LGBT story line. This was my biggest disappointment with the book. First of all, Brooklyn’s mother keeps pushing her to give girls a chance. I found that odd. If Brooklyn had shown previous interest in girls then it wouldn’t have been so strange, but her mom seemingly has no real knowledge of her sexual preference. It just came off as unrealistic and odd to me. Then there’s the fact that Brooklyn’s relationship doesn’t play out anything like you would expect. The whole thing was a big let down for me.
The theater camp elements were fun and I really enjoyed a couple of the side characters. Other than that, the story just wasn’t for me.