Publisher: Razorbill / Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: April 07, 2020
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary / Romance
It seemed like a good plan at first.
When the only other virgin in her group of friends loses it at Keely’s own eighteenth birthday party, she’s inspired to take things into her own hands. She wants to have that experience too (well, not exactly like that–but with someone she trusts and actually likes), so she’s going to need to find the guy, and fast. Problem is, she’s known all the boys in her small high school forever, and it’s kinda hard to be into a guy when you watched him eat crayons in kindergarten.
So she can’t believe her luck when she meets a ridiculously hot new guy named Dean. Not only does he look like he’s fallen out of a classic movie poster, but he drives a motorcycle, flirts with ease, and might actually be into her.
But Dean’s already in college, and Keely is convinced he’ll drop her if he finds out how inexperienced she is. That’s when she talks herself into a new plan: her lifelong best friend, Andrew, would never hurt or betray her, and he’s clearly been with enough girls that he can show her the ropes before she goes all the way with Dean. Of course, the plan only works if Andrew and Keely stay friends–just friends–so things are about to get complicated.
Cameron Lund’s delightful debut is a hilarious and heartfelt story of first loves, first friends, and first times–and how making them your own is all that really matters.
Song/s the book brought to mind: I Want Crazy by Hunter Hayes
It has been awhile since I have read a contemporary young adult book, so I decided to pick up The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund and I’m happy I did! It was an adorable debut, but it will also make you think. There is plenty of teenage angst and drama in the book and lots of talk about sex, but I think I was in the mood for a book like that because I enjoyed all of it. Many parts seemed to be realistic, and I loved Keely and Andrew and I wish I had gotten even more of them together.
The Best Laid Plans has a lot of mixed reviews, so I was happy to have enjoyed it as much as I did. It was an escape read for me and had lots of parts that made me laugh out loud. I listened to the audio and even though her voice annoyed me at times, I thought Rachel L. Jacobs was a great fit for Keely since her voice sounds young enough and is kind of what I would imagine Keely to sound like. Overall she did a really good job with the audiobook and I would definitely recommend checking it out.
If you’re in the mood for a YA novel that is full of drama then The Best Laid Plans might be for you. I loved the friendship themes throughout and it was definitely on the lighter side of books I’ve read lately. I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was funny and enjoyable for me and I can’t wait to read whatever Lund writes next!