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Amelia Westlake Was Never Here|ARC Review

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41716926Title: Amelia Westlake Was Never Here

Author: Erin Gough

Pages: 368

Release Date: May 21, 2019

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Synopsis: Harriet Price is the perfect student: wealthy, smart, over-achieving. Will Everhart, on the other hand, is a troublemaker who’s never met an injustice she didn’t fight. When their swim coach’s inappropriate behavior is swept under the rug, the unlikely duo reluctantly team up to expose his misdeeds, pulling provocative pranks and creating the instantly legendary Amelia Westlake–an imaginary student who helps right the many wrongs of their privileged institution. But as tensions burn throughout their school–who is Amelia Westlake?–and between Harriet and Will, how long can they keep their secret? How far will they go to make a difference? And when will they realize they’re falling for each other?

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this to review but all thoughts are my own.

Non-Spoiler Review

Overview

Amelia Westlake Was Never Here is a book about two girls trying to fight against the sexists, misogynistic, homophobic and all over discrimination ways of their private school. Two girls who are complete opposites come together and though faced with opposing forces they try to bring down the schools old way and pave way for a new era.

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the plot of the story and what the two girls were trying to do. Though they face challenges throughout the book, they ultimately don’t give up. Will and Harriet are two different people but they come together creating Amelia Westlake and try to take down their schools discriminatory ways. The romance in this book is a slow burn romance and it was cute to see it evolve over the course of the book.

Characters

Will Everhart. Will is really the only person who tries to take action against what the school is doing and really sees how the school is run long before Amelia Westlake comes along. Will is a social and political activist and she’s a very outspoken person and this often gets her in trouble with the principle of the school as well as the faculty. I liked Will as a character and I enjoyed reading from her perspective. Out of all the characters I felt like she was the most well-shaped character and most dimensional one. We learn about a fear she has that plays into how she lives her life and how it keeps her from doing something.

Harriet Price. Harriet Price is an overachiever, go getter, and all around a perfect student. But then Will enters her life and sort of shakes it up. We see a sort of change in Harriet and I definitely think it’s for the better. In the beginning, Harriet sort of refuses to believe what is going on within Rosemead school. Though she still helps Will with fighting the injustice of their school, it was a nice character growth to see Harriet come to terms with her school and how the faculty treat the students. But overall I didn’t fully love Harriet as a character. She didn’t feel well-developed and dimensioned compared to Will. We don’t really learn about her family life besides how her mother acts toward Harriet having a girlfriend but we don’t even get much from that. Harriet is also a sort of bland character and we don’t really get to see her personality I feel like.

Overall I felt like the only really formed character was Will. Everyone else sort of fell flat and were one dimensional.

Plot

I really loved the plot of this book. Two girls fighting against the injustices of their school, sign me up! I loved all the clever ways “Amelia Westlake” decided to bring to light the injustices going on in the school. The romance in this was a slow burn romance and it was nice seeing it being played out. The ending was a little frustrating in my opinion but I thought it ended on a good note. The school in this book is very frustrating because I understand that it is this elite private school and they don’t want anything to ruin the image of the school. But what I can’t understand it how it can sweep the things that happen in the school under the rug and not do anything about it and it was frustrating to see that happen. And I understand that having the principal sweep things under the rug is part of the plot but it was still quite frustrating to read about.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book and I found myself not wanting to put it down. Its a good book about teens fighting against all these very real issues and it left me feeling a little inspired. The romance was slow burn and was cute to see grow and happen. I defiantly think this a book everyone should add to their TBR!

 

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