Sunday, October 13, 2019

5 Things to Know About: Just For Clicks

Hello friends! This past week I've been reading a cute YA novel called Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell. It's a fascinating and enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend if you like:
  • Contemporary young adult fiction
  • Twins
  • #millenialproblems
  • Blogging & social media
To tell you a little bit about the story, it's about a senior in high school named Claire, who leads a pretty interesting life. See, her Mom is a mommy/fashion blogger and so she and her twin sister Poppy have grown up with pretty much their whole lives being broadcast on the internet. While Poppy likes her internet fame, Claire struggles with it for a variety of reasons.

Here is the description from Goodreads for an official synopsis:

Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom. 
Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they're expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as "just Claire"? And what should Claire do about Mom's old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don't sound like Mom's perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .
I really enjoyed this books and I think it's a fun read for young adults and adults alike. I'm twenty seven so even though I can't totally relate to the dependence of cell phones and instagram in high school (I didn't even get my first cell phone until I was sixteen. It was a verizon chocolate lol) I still enjoyed the characters and their super millenial problem of being overexposed on the internet.

Here are 5 things that I think you should know about this book:

1. Claire is a very relatable teen

I really enjoyed Claire as a character because she felt so relatable. Well, the internet fame isn't super relatable, but her real feelings are. She's a seventeen year old girl who just wants to graduate and go off to college and live her best life. But for now, she's stuck in a world of posing and making content and helping her mom with sponsored social media posts. Claire felt really genuine and I was really rooting for her throughout this story.

2. It really makes you think

Mommy blogging is a growing blog niche, or at least it was a couple of years ago. Women love to read aspirational blogs about perfect families who all love each other and do fun activities and wear matching clothes. It's a thing! And this book really made me think about all of the negative repercussions that these children with  blogger moms must face after years of being exposed on the internet.

It makes me wonder about how these children in real life deal with internet fame. I guess only time will tell!

3. There is a twist

Obviously I'm not going to tell you what the twist is because spoilers are wrong! Especially in a book review. But there is a twist to the story that surprised me and really gripped me, making me want to read the rest of the book quickly so I could find out what happened next.

4. Opposites Attract?

Claire's new friend/love interest is a boy named Rafael and I liked the chemistry between him and Claire right off the bat. Rafael is kind of her opposite because he grew up with a single Dad and they've spent a lot of time traveling because his Dad works with Doctors without Borders. Rafael doesn't even have a cell phone at first because he's been in so many different countries, and while that baffles Claire, she also really likes it. I just felt like they were really cute together and had a great friendship.

5. #millenialproblems

Because of how internet and social media heavy this book is, it felt very millenial. Haha Like, if you discussed the problems in this book with your grandparents they would be like, what? What's a blog? And I like that the book is so relevant to how life really is today with our phone obsessions and need to constantly be online.

It does make me wonder how long the book will be readable because the electronic world is going to change even more in the next couple of years, but for now, it really makes a mark.

That's all for today!

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! I really enjoyed it. This is Kara McDowell's first book and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.


  1. Is this book available for purchase?

    1. Yes, it was published in February I believe. You should be able to find it on Amazon or other book retailers. :)