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Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by debut author Joya Goffney is the story of an overly enthusiastic list maker who is blackmailed into completing a to-do list of all her worst fears. It’s a heartfelt, tortured, contemporary YA high school romance with epistolary elements. Fans of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Kristina Forest’s debut I Wanna Be Where You Are Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by debut author Joya Goffney is the story of an overly enthusiastic list maker who is blackmailed into completing a to-do list of all her worst fears. It’s a heartfelt, tortured, contemporary YA high school romance with epistolary elements. Fans of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Kristina Forest’s debut I Wanna Be Where You Are will love the juicy secrets, leap-off-the-page sexual tension and the enemy-to-lover romantic arc. Quinn keeps lists of everything—from the days she’s ugly cried, to “Things That I Would Never Admit Out Loud,” to all the boys she’d like to kiss. Her lists keep her sane. By writing her fears on paper, she never has to face them in real life. That is, until her journal goes missing… An anonymous account posts one of her lists on Instagram for the whole school to see and blackmails her into facing seven of her greatest fears, or else her entire journal will go public. Quinn doesn’t know who to trust. Desperate, she teams up with Carter Bennett—the last known person to have her journal—in a race against time to track down the blackmailer. Together, they journey through everything Quinn’s been too afraid to face, and along the way, Quinn finds the courage to be honest, to live in the moment, and to fall in love.


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Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by debut author Joya Goffney is the story of an overly enthusiastic list maker who is blackmailed into completing a to-do list of all her worst fears. It’s a heartfelt, tortured, contemporary YA high school romance with epistolary elements. Fans of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Kristina Forest’s debut I Wanna Be Where You Are Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by debut author Joya Goffney is the story of an overly enthusiastic list maker who is blackmailed into completing a to-do list of all her worst fears. It’s a heartfelt, tortured, contemporary YA high school romance with epistolary elements. Fans of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Kristina Forest’s debut I Wanna Be Where You Are will love the juicy secrets, leap-off-the-page sexual tension and the enemy-to-lover romantic arc. Quinn keeps lists of everything—from the days she’s ugly cried, to “Things That I Would Never Admit Out Loud,” to all the boys she’d like to kiss. Her lists keep her sane. By writing her fears on paper, she never has to face them in real life. That is, until her journal goes missing… An anonymous account posts one of her lists on Instagram for the whole school to see and blackmails her into facing seven of her greatest fears, or else her entire journal will go public. Quinn doesn’t know who to trust. Desperate, she teams up with Carter Bennett—the last known person to have her journal—in a race against time to track down the blackmailer. Together, they journey through everything Quinn’s been too afraid to face, and along the way, Quinn finds the courage to be honest, to live in the moment, and to fall in love.

30 review for Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    What happens when a teenage girl’s journal that includes all of her most personal thoughts goes missing? Lots of heartbreak, a side of humor, and a whole lot of love. Quinn is a High School Senior, filled with a little hope and a whole lot of fear. All of which she pours into a journal filled with lists. Lists containing her hopes, her dreams, her fears, and even her deepest darkest secrets. Unfortunately, Quinn’s journal is a spiral bound notebook that looks just like any old notebook and it What happens when a teenage girl’s journal that includes all of her most personal thoughts goes missing? Lots of heartbreak, a side of humor, and a whole lot of love. Quinn is a High School Senior, filled with a little hope and a whole lot of fear. All of which she pours into a journal filled with lists. Lists containing her hopes, her dreams, her fears, and even her deepest darkest secrets. Unfortunately, Quinn’s journal is a spiral bound notebook that looks just like any old notebook and it gets swiped (by mistake) during a study session, by Carter, one of her classmates. The next day at school, Carter inadvertently loses it and all hell breaks loose. Thereafter, one of Quinn’s lists gets posted to Insta and some of her secrets get out. To make matters worse, whoever stole her journal starts blackmailing Quinn into facing her greatest fears or else. Not knowing where to turn, Quinn decides to trust the last person who had her journal in the first place: Carter. In doing so, Quinn finds herself, becomes more accepting of others, and owns up to her mistakes. “Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry” is a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, and seriously sweet novel that deals with some very serious issues and was definitely more than I bargained for. The issues of blackmail, cyberbullying, dementia, gender, marriage, and racism (among others) are prevalent. A character-driven, contemporary novel, that stole my heart and reminded me of days gone by. “Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry” reminded me of my High School days as I did in fact write in a journal. A “Five Star” Spiral Bound Notebook (preferably with a blue or teal cover). I carried it with me everywhere (in school and/or out of school) and I wrote in it all day long. While my classmates noticed and commented on it, no one tried to steal it (thank goodness, lol). I hadn’t thought of it in decades until reading this book and I no longer have them, but reading this brought back the memories and made me laugh. For what it’s worth, I no longer write in journals, I book write reviews instead. :) Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Audio for the digital review copy. As a note, this audio was a synthetic voice and was actually quite good! After the first few minutes, for the most part, I forgot that I was listening to a synthetic voice altogether and was wholly impressed with the quality and would definitely recommend this digital review copy to those who are interested. Published on Goodreads on 1.25.21.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Booktastically Amazing

    Who gave you the right to attack me this way? Seriously, who? I am a proud fictional dater. Stop making me feel like that isn't by choice. Rating: 🤤🤤🤤🤤 4.4 I've come to realize, that the more unrealistic, over the top, and basically all over the place a rom com is, the better chance there is  of me loving it. See, when you first start a book such as this one you already know what's gonna happen. The plot is obvious, the romance is slightly predictable, you basically guess every twist. Overall you're Who gave you the right to attack me this way? Seriously, who? I am a proud fictional dater. Stop making me feel like that isn't by choice. Rating: 🤤🤤🤤🤤 4.4 I've come to realize, that the more unrealistic, over the top, and basically all over the place a rom com is, the better chance there is  of me loving it. See, when you first start a book such as this one you already know what's gonna happen. The plot is obvious, the romance is slightly predictable, you basically guess every twist. Overall you're not expecting much. However, you probably end up reading said book, and falling endlessly in love with it. Why? Well, because to be honest, we are all trash for romance. And that comes from a girl who abhors useless romance where it's not needed, or tolerable. And this brings me to the first subject I shall fangirl over. Because yes, this is going to be one of those reviews where I fangirl excessively and scream more than most. Although, that's what I always do, so maybe I should just shut up and start this review. Yep, let's do that. Starting with the things I liked and then bombarding everyone with unwanted opinions of things I didn't in fact appreciate. I need to state that even though the plot was ultimately expected and foreseeable, I would be the filthiest liar if I said that I didn't sip the tea of drama more than once. Helloooo, my life doesn't have drama (thank the moon goddess), I need to leech it out of wherever I can get it. And that includes this book. The pacing was quick and kept me amused and squealing at 2 am, whilst inadvertently forgetting my parents snores in the other room... yeah, it was not nice, but I shall make some sacrifices for the sake of reading. Apart from the non-existent money I keep spending. On books. I even had the urge to buy this after finishing it, because I'm a girl that is scared to death of buying a book and hating it. Then I promised myself (after a thorough investigation of 5 minutes) to read a page and see if I liked it enough to donate some moolah to over powerful people who I wish would somehow send me an inheritance, and I was drooling after page one of this bootiful story so... I ended up reading it in one seating. And forgot to scream at Amazon for a while. Yeah, super smart, I know. There were some parts that frustrated the crap out of me, which I'll mention briefly. That being the fact that the author forgot a certain character for half of the story. A very important character. And yes, my loves, I'll rant about that in the following sections. (seriously? Forgetting the guy? Really?) The writing was adorable, witty and just plain entertaining. Overall, this book was extremely fun to binge and if I had thought of being swallowed by blankets and with a cup of tea beforehand, it would've been the perfect setting to read this in and experience the sweet nothings of the romance and friendship included within it. I'll still rant of course. It's a rom com, guys. It is not supposed to have that much substance. *snort* And no, I wasn't being sarcastic. That's literally the recipe for making a YA Rom-Com. (And I stan it so hard. There are many exceptions, but I'll just stick to the first things that came to mind) ~Make both love interests meet. ~Make the protagonist have a reason to not have anything with the love interest. ~Put a lot of obstacles that are semi destructive to their potential relationship. ~Create the MC with slight 'my heart was beating so quickly' problems. I would have them too, to be honest. ~Make YA love interest amazing and with just a tad of flaws. ~Happily ever after. And not to be repetitive or anything... but I am so here for that. (please forget all those times I wished for one of them to die. It isn't included into this one.) Did I talk about the characters? Let's talk about the characters. We shall talk about the characters now. Let me just finish trying to remember them. They are totally not forgettable, my brain is just out for the weekends and I somehow thought writing this review would be a good idea. Forget about the MC for now, I'll get to her later. I just need to push the love interest off of the metaphorical throne he has taken and shoved its spikes into my heart. Holy water on a pike, Carter. What is wrong with you? Why did you make me like you so incredibly much? Your way of speaking, the form of expression, your brain, sassy alter ego... ways of saying the word 'baby'. Hold up, I need a few therapy sessions to be able to cope. "What's up, baby?" I- no. You have no right to do this to me. No right at all. I liked how he had these flaws that almost broke the romance, especially making him realistic (not, I have never met someone like him. But to be honest, I go out once every two months) I wanted to shake him so badly because some things he did were close to unforgivable, and THEN he would proceed to insert his gorgeous face into the argument and say a few words and bam, Booksy forgives. I'm seriously not this forgivable in real life. He is making me soft, and I hate it. The rough yet gentle tone of his voice, combined with descriptions of his ethereal being- okay, I'll stop. Too many compliments, he already has a big enough head without my wonderful input. he'ssobeautifulthough In short, he was outrageously charismatic, indecently smexy and dosed with 'I wish I could have you, you moronic donut'. And yes, I meant that with affection. He needed a certain slap, is all. The dynamic and conversation between the friend group were at both insightful and dramatic. I felt that. (as of now I'm working through people's reviews of this book to see if they mention the names of the squad and I am finding none. Darn it. I'll create new names, fine) Olivia (I remember her)~ Sarcastic extraordinaire. incredible friend, amazing human. I loved her and I loved how she interacted with the MC. Her friendship with Carter. The budding romance of her own... this is what I live for, guys. Background characters who have lives, inspirations, motivations, families of their own, and problems! People have problems, I like seeing that represented. ~ He was the epitome of sweet and caring. Again, his mother and home life were mentioned and even slightly dived into. Brief moments in which his personality had a shine, and I liked that a lot. It's great having an inside scoop into different society issues and knowing, in fact, that the secondary cast are human. Or even living and not rocks. The MC, oh girl, ahahahahaha, you ain't getting away from me. Firstly, yes, it is really smart to write your personal fantasies about your best friend in a notebook that has no lock in the front, whatsoever, isn't buried beneath 98 feet of soil and that doesn't have a password containing one thousand and five hundred numbers which will be then be coded and made as an input for previously said lock. No yeah, go ahead. What could go wrong? Said no sane human eveeerrrrrr. Seriously, how could you not see a scenario where your notebook would get stolen and thrust into the world's womb without knowing? Alas, burning its fragile self with the lava of the pits of hell. I honestly *slides out machine gun* want to have a small talk with you. You were resilient, a tad bit idiotic and just a small pinch of stupidity was added to your whole persona. Yeah, I liked your existence. One thing that I liked was her strength and compassion, obviously hated the latter in most instances, but I could see the potential. All in all, if you were on a cliff and I had the option to save you, I would throw you a shoelace and if it snapped, oh well. Not that big of a loss. Hattie, dear Hattie, you made me cry. That's all, I felt everything you said, even though you were only mentioned two or three times. Me? I love you. Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuun, onto THE thing I despised with every single ounce of life source swimming within me. Matt. No, not him, the ABSENCE of him. So, he was the MC's best friend, right? And he literally was one of the best characters in this book. If he had been mentioned more than five times. And then the author forgot about him from page 5 till the end. Yes, that happened. I'm still confusion. Excuse me, what?? Did he suddenly disappear into the void? Got eaten and regenerated by carnivorous butterflies?? What. Happened. To. Him. My skin tingled on his appearances. The guy was totes cute, smart, understanding, did I mention cute? And simply deserved better. So yes, I will diminish my rating because of that. He deserved better, gosh darn it. And his role was literally really important! HE WAS THERE. Oh wait, was he? Or was he a ghost? Hmm? I won't continue on with him because 1.) it's a spoiler and 2.) I'm still writing fanfiction about his life in my head. Because I'm the only one in this book who actually cared even a smidgen for him. Uh huh, I'm still going to act like this. On a closing note, since I want to do something other than stay in bed (nope, I tried, didn't work. Positive thinking is not for me) I shall say that this read tackled a lot of deep topics like racism and such, which surprised me to a degree but was an entertaining addition and invigorating to see them handled as they were. I laughed, cried, swooned and felt myself falling more than once. This story gave me 'binging' vibes and frankly, I felt as if I was on a pillow fort for most of it. Comfortable and just where I was meant to be. Oh. my. Goodness. I sounded like the end for a every basic YA book. Someone throw a piano at my head or something, I cannot go down history like this. ............................................... Oh. Em. to the ever loving, hormone wrecking, induced fangirling coma, Gee. Excuse me while I wipe up drool.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Grace A

    Have you ever lied about something and hope to God no one ever found out, but you wrote it down in a journal thinking your secret’s safe? That was Quinn’s cooked up recipe for powder keg. Her world was turned upside down when her list journal went missing and fell into the wrong hand. The perpetrator told Quinn to complete a set of tasks and threatened to expose her secrets if she fails. When she protested, the blackmail began, and some of the secrets got leaked in her school. This book covered q Have you ever lied about something and hope to God no one ever found out, but you wrote it down in a journal thinking your secret’s safe? That was Quinn’s cooked up recipe for powder keg. Her world was turned upside down when her list journal went missing and fell into the wrong hand. The perpetrator told Quinn to complete a set of tasks and threatened to expose her secrets if she fails. When she protested, the blackmail began, and some of the secrets got leaked in her school. This book covered quite a bit of grounds, racism, high school drama, rich people problems, blackmail, secrets, cyberbullying, facing fears, trust, loyalty, etc. In the end, It all tied together neatly. I like the storyline/idea and the awareness of how some of the things we are less conscious about could affect people around us negatively, and regardless of our differences, race, gender, status, etc. We are first and foremost human beings and should treat each other well. 🌟Four stars.🌟 Thanks to the author and NetGalley for giving me an ARC of the audiobook for an unbiased review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    I enjoyed Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. The story is interesting, and I liked how race was discussed in this book. Quinn starts the story without any black friends. Throughout the book she makes some black friends and talks about how nice it is to have friends that understand what you are going through. Quinn has made a lot of mistakes and all of them are written in her notebook. However, I still really liked Quinn. She is trying to do her best and make everyone happy. I liked reading about her tr I enjoyed Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. The story is interesting, and I liked how race was discussed in this book. Quinn starts the story without any black friends. Throughout the book she makes some black friends and talks about how nice it is to have friends that understand what you are going through. Quinn has made a lot of mistakes and all of them are written in her notebook. However, I still really liked Quinn. She is trying to do her best and make everyone happy. I liked reading about her trying to get her notebook back before all her secrets are revealed. She turned to some unlikely allies and developed new friendships. Thank you Harper Teen, Harper Collins, NetGalley and Edelweiss for Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry.

  5. 5 out of 5

    tay (taylor reads)

    I first wanted to say thank you to the author for giving me an arc of this book on NetGalley! I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did since the description sounds a bit cheesy, but it was anything but. It had great characters, and believable hardships they had to go through. I wasn't expecting the book to delve as deeply as it did into racism and how difficult and confusing it is to be a Black person around mostly white people and how it feels to be an outsider. I found myself actual I first wanted to say thank you to the author for giving me an arc of this book on NetGalley! I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did since the description sounds a bit cheesy, but it was anything but. It had great characters, and believable hardships they had to go through. I wasn't expecting the book to delve as deeply as it did into racism and how difficult and confusing it is to be a Black person around mostly white people and how it feels to be an outsider. I found myself actually relating to some of the instances Quinn went through. I also loved the character growth of Quinn. It was very visible and I feel like instead of just being told that she was changing we could actually observe that on our own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    I was lucky enough to listen to an audiobook arc in exchange for review courtesy of Harper Audio and made a list in honor of the list format of this book on why you should read it. Reasons You Should Read Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry Black Girl Lead navigating a predominant white school Black Teen Enemies to Lovers Romance Black Girl Friendships Complicated parent relationships Journal Writing See full review here https://womenofcolorreadtoo.blogspot.... I was lucky enough to listen to an audiobook arc in exchange for review courtesy of Harper Audio and made a list in honor of the list format of this book on why you should read it. Reasons You Should Read Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry Black Girl Lead navigating a predominant white school Black Teen Enemies to Lovers Romance Black Girl Friendships Complicated parent relationships Journal Writing See full review here https://womenofcolorreadtoo.blogspot....

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    Quinn keeps a journal and makes a list of literally everything. From the most mundane things to the most embarrassing. One day, her journal is stolen and she is black mailed into facing her seven greatest fears otherwise the entire journal will go public. I used to keep a journal too so this reminded me a lot of those days but I would never bring a journal into my school. I still like making lists like Quinn too, especially to feel productive. Anyway, I liked this and mostly enjoyed the friendshi Quinn keeps a journal and makes a list of literally everything. From the most mundane things to the most embarrassing. One day, her journal is stolen and she is black mailed into facing her seven greatest fears otherwise the entire journal will go public. I used to keep a journal too so this reminded me a lot of those days but I would never bring a journal into my school. I still like making lists like Quinn too, especially to feel productive. Anyway, I liked this and mostly enjoyed the friendship between Quinn and Olivia. The romance didn’t do much for me, it was sweet but I didn’t connect to it too much. It felt a little cheesy and predictable. There was something off with the pacing just because I felt like it tackled a lot of different issues. Racism, family, and the pressures of parents expectations with getting in college. The different feelings of being a teenager were depicted pretty well. All of these were good issues to discuss in a YA novel but it felt kinda scattered to me. The audiobook was read by a synthetic voice and that was terrible. I wish Netgalley would stop doing that. Thank you to Netgalley and to the publisher for an advanced copy of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ale ♡

    uhm, excuse me, but this book looks pretty amazing!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brittany (whatbritreads)

    This book felt like a warm hug. I honestly don’t have a single bad thing to say about it. I literally couldn’t put it down and managed to read it in just two sittings – I was that obsessed. This just exceeded all of my expectations and then some. A beautiful reminder of why I love YA contemporary so much. This whole book felt so relatable and I’m obsessed. The plot managed to be simultaneously fast paced and engaging, while still maintaining depth and feeling well developed. It was a really fun r This book felt like a warm hug. I honestly don’t have a single bad thing to say about it. I literally couldn’t put it down and managed to read it in just two sittings – I was that obsessed. This just exceeded all of my expectations and then some. A beautiful reminder of why I love YA contemporary so much. This whole book felt so relatable and I’m obsessed. The plot managed to be simultaneously fast paced and engaging, while still maintaining depth and feeling well developed. It was a really fun read and I think the formatting was done perfectly, it wasn’t too journal heavy, but the lists still played a significant role, and they were perfectly executed. I also liked the little hint of mystery in here, I genuinely couldn’t actually predict what was coming next which made it all the more enjoyable for me. The characters in here were so loveable. I’m literally obsessed with the friendship group in here. It was full of such wholesome interactions and I really just enjoyed how their different personalities bounced off one another so well. I loved seeing genuine female friendships and people being forced to apologise for their wrongdoings, moving forward in a positive and healthy way. These girls have my entire heart. The romance as well was just absolutely beautiful. The tension, the build-up, the chemistry… it just worked. There were so many moments of pure joy in here it melted my heart. Have I expressed how much I loved it enough yet? I really appreciated the openness of the conversations in this book and how much character development our protagonist had gone through by the end. There were really important conversations around identity, class, racism and internalised racism that were so genuine and really helped the reader connect and understand the characters better. It was really well done, and I think a lot of people are going to read this and see themselves in it. Read this book right now, or else.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    I'm not sure what I was expecting when I read this one, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and Goffney does a wonderful job introducing some complex themes and character development. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry is so much more than the average YA romance/contemporary. It's centered around heroine Quinn who journals in the form of lists. These lists range from her favorites to the boys that she would like to kiss. During a class project with Carter, Quinn realizes that they switch notebooks. Determine I'm not sure what I was expecting when I read this one, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and Goffney does a wonderful job introducing some complex themes and character development. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry is so much more than the average YA romance/contemporary. It's centered around heroine Quinn who journals in the form of lists. These lists range from her favorites to the boys that she would like to kiss. During a class project with Carter, Quinn realizes that they switch notebooks. Determined to get it back, she tracks down Carter only to realize someone has stolen it from him. Then pictures of her journal end up on an anonymous account on Instagram forcing Quinn to deal with the repercussions of things that she's written. What's most intriguing about this book is that I feel like it's more about the character development than the plot development. Sure, the characters work together to complete the tasks that this anonymous account is forcing Quinn to do; however, the things that Quinn learns about herself, Carter, and her other friends is more important. Quinn struggles with her Blackness, but not in relation to White people. It's more about what it means to be Black within the confines of the Black community. She feels too Black for White people and too White for Black people. As a result, she doesn't necessarily feel like she fits in anywhere. She struggles with wanting to know or understand what characteristics make someone Black. She also finds it relatively interesting how these characteristics would apply to someone who is biracial. This is evident in her friendship with another character Olivia. I think that Goffney makes it clear that there are no clear parameters and that the Black community is beyond a monolith. Quinn learns to give herself grace and as an adult reader I was proud of this sentiment because no one truly knows who they are as teens. I remember struggling with my Blackness as a teen especially because I was surrounded by mainly White students. Who I was then and how I viewed my Blackness is not how I view my Blackness as an adult. Another beautiful aspect of this book was the positive representation of Black love. I yell and scream about the importance of Black love in a lot of the adult romances that I read; however, I think that it's important to see this representation in materials targeted at younger audiences. It is clear (and there has been quite a few discussions about this) that a lot of YA books with Black protagonists do not have Black love interests. There is a constant shying away from showing two Black teens in love which should not be a trend in publishing. Black teens deserve to see healthy Black love just as much as adult romance readers like myself. The romance that develops between Quinn and Carter isn't perfect. They both have baggage and they both have walls built up due to assumptions they've made about each other; however, with time things change. One thing that I loved about their relationship is the fact that Quinn doesn't instantly forgive Carter when he makes a mistake. She doesn't make him grovel per say; however, she makes it clear that she knows and understands her self worth; therefore, Carter should always treat her with the same level of respect. It was both beautiful and important to see. Overall, this was a great book. I'm excited to see what other books Goffney will write in the future.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Korrie’s Korner

    3.5-4 stars This book was good. I’m not a huge YA fan, but I knew that this book was important to read. What happens when a very important/private list goes missing in the journal it was written in? What happens when that journal is found, and the person that finds it uses it to blackmail you? This book touches everything from racism, racism in high school, to cyber bullying. So much drama! Lol. I think this book would be especially good for teens in helping them see how our words and actions can 3.5-4 stars This book was good. I’m not a huge YA fan, but I knew that this book was important to read. What happens when a very important/private list goes missing in the journal it was written in? What happens when that journal is found, and the person that finds it uses it to blackmail you? This book touches everything from racism, racism in high school, to cyber bullying. So much drama! Lol. I think this book would be especially good for teens in helping them see how our words and actions can Deeply affect someone no matter what they look like on the outside, we truly battle the same type issues.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I adore this book! The characters are well written and the plot is engaging. I love the information given about respecting the black community for the people they are and not who the white population seems to want to make them. It also calls upon the angst of being teenager while dropping important life lessons. This is a wonderful book that I would gladly recommend to book groups and school libraries!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    July 02, 2020: CAN'T WAIT. Teen loses journal and is blackmailed to tick off a list of her greatest fears....AND....wait for it...falls in LOVE on the way YAYAAYA July 02, 2020: CAN'T WAIT. Teen loses journal and is blackmailed to tick off a list of her greatest fears....AND....wait for it...falls in LOVE on the way YAYAAYA

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry was a pretty good book to dive into. In it, you will meet Quinn. She tends to write almost anything and everything in her journal. Some uncover the truth to her lies.. and other things are a bit more personal. So in a way, this journal is her everything and her life turns upside down when it goes missing. Quinn was a pretty likable character. I wouldn't necessarily say relatable to me, personally, I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry was a pretty good book to dive into. In it, you will meet Quinn. She tends to write almost anything and everything in her journal. Some uncover the truth to her lies.. and other things are a bit more personal. So in a way, this journal is her everything and her life turns upside down when it goes missing. Quinn was a pretty likable character. I wouldn't necessarily say relatable to me, personally, because I think I last wrote in a journal when I was like 5 or 6. Found it a couple of years ago and died from laughing so hard at what I wrote. Nothing was personal - it was just funny. Besides that, the whole crying once per week thing seems like a lot of tears to shed. Maybe she's just that emotional.. whereas, I don't think my family can count on one hand how many times I've cried. I have no soul. Other than that, I really enjoyed the topics this book mentioned. Especially racism because that is still happening today. So it was interesting to see how she, and anyone else, was going to handle it. Plus the blackmailing kept me on my toes because I didn't know who actually did it until it was revealed. Maybe it's because of the audio/narrator's voice and I just wasn't catching onto some hints. Or I don't know.. maybe it's the rain making me sleepy. Either way, I never caught on. In the end, definitely enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I am on such a contemporary binge right now & I loved this book so much, it filled me with so much warmth and happiness. I flew through this book and would recommend it for anyone who is in reading slump. The writing style is so immersive and realistic I felt like I truly knew the characters. The plot is fun & enjoyable while having realistic issues such as racism & bullying. The characters are all loveable & enjoyable to read about especially reading about their friendship with each other.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Headlines: Personal identity and empowerment I love lists Deep feelings and firsts Oh this book won me over good. It was the kind of book that engaged me early on but it really built up, especially the last quarter of the book as answers were coming. This was a rich YA contemporary with some high school drama that felt authentic but really this story was all about Quinn's identity as a young black women; the lies she told herself and the lies others told. Quinn was a list maker and this story had an Headlines: Personal identity and empowerment I love lists Deep feelings and firsts Oh this book won me over good. It was the kind of book that engaged me early on but it really built up, especially the last quarter of the book as answers were coming. This was a rich YA contemporary with some high school drama that felt authentic but really this story was all about Quinn's identity as a young black women; the lies she told herself and the lies others told. Quinn was a list maker and this story had an occasional epistolary feel to it with Quinn's and much later, Carter's lists. I loved getting to them, they were personal, sometimes emotional and I really got to know the characters this way. The big plot of this story centred around Quinn's journal, who had it and who was blackmailing her for the contents (this is all in the blurb). The friendships Quinn had weren't what she thought and Carter, Livvy and Auden came into her life at the right time, affirming and empowering her identity and showing what real friendship was all about, flaws and all. I did feel a bit left without the end tied up on Matt, I just wanted a bit of closure on that, I think. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry was a light but also a deep read. It had themes that were important but it still had the levity of life for an 18 year old. The characters were well developed and there was a nice sprinkle of chemistry across the pages. Highly recommended. Please check out some black reviewers on this title. Also, there are some triggers in this book, so look for other reviews if you need that info, or DM me for more details. Thank you to Hot Key Books for the review copy. Find this review at A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    A thought provoking young adult contemporary brimming with humor and heart. Joya Goffney’s debut addresses issues such as racism and bullying with a thoughtful and gentle hand. Quinn is a list maker. She has a list for everything in her journal -The boys she wants to kiss, the bad things she has done, the things she wants to do before she graduates high school, her hopes, her dreams.... When Quinn‘s journal goes missing she is convinced it must be Carter (a boy she’s not sure of) who has it, af A thought provoking young adult contemporary brimming with humor and heart. Joya Goffney’s debut addresses issues such as racism and bullying with a thoughtful and gentle hand. Quinn is a list maker. She has a list for everything in her journal -The boys she wants to kiss, the bad things she has done, the things she wants to do before she graduates high school, her hopes, her dreams.... When Quinn‘s journal goes missing she is convinced it must be Carter (a boy she’s not sure of) who has it, after all he was the last one with her before it went missing. BUT then Quinn is blackmailed and Carter is determined to help her. Can she trust him though? what follows is a sweet story about coming to terms with who you really are, learning that you cannot judge people at first sight, and taking responsibility for your actions. In honor of Quinn here is a list of reasons why you should read this book: Quin is a likable relatable character, flaws and all. Carter is a sweet guy that will steal your heart. The subject of race and racism is handled particularly well in the story. It is never preachy but betrayed very realistically. Gave me a lot to think about. I also really liked the family dynamics in the story. It was really interesting about how different families have different expectations and how suffocating that can sometimes be. The Romance in the Story was super adorable. Nothing better than first love. Quinn and Carter had some pretty fabulous friends. This book comes out in May 2021, so be sure to add it to your TBR. There is no better palate cleanser than a good sweet young adult contemporary. *** Big thank you to Harper Teen & Harper Audio for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. *** 🎧 The audio version I was given of this book was narrated by a synthetic voice, therefore I will not be offering any feedback on the narration in particular. However I do have to say this is a pretty good synthetic voice for anyone who reviews audios.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ♥Milica♥

    "My ugly cry is especially ugly. My tears spurt out like a broken fire hydrant." THIS IS MY NEW FAVOURITE BOOK! A contemporary romance has to be exceptional for me to a) remember it for a long time and b) love it so much I want to cry. And this one marks the spot. Quinn is a high school senior who makes lists of things she wants to do, things she's too scared to do, things she's done and is ashamed of and a bunch of miscellaneous ones as well. She keeps them in a beloved journal that goes missing "My ugly cry is especially ugly. My tears spurt out like a broken fire hydrant." THIS IS MY NEW FAVOURITE BOOK! A contemporary romance has to be exceptional for me to a) remember it for a long time and b) love it so much I want to cry. And this one marks the spot. Quinn is a high school senior who makes lists of things she wants to do, things she's too scared to do, things she's done and is ashamed of and a bunch of miscellaneous ones as well. She keeps them in a beloved journal that goes missing. Soon enough, Quinn is blackmailed into doing things from one of her lists or else the person holding her journal hostage will reveal more than just one list on their anonymous Instagram account for the whole school to see. Suspects range from friends to enemies, and Quinn isn't sure who to trust. But with the help of the boy who lost her journal in the first place, she may find the answers she seeks. Books like this one are why I doubt I'll ever "grow out" of YA. They're a joy to read at any age. And now I think I sound older than 22-MOVING ON. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry is one of those books that hooks you within the first few pages and Does. Not. Let. Go. I fell in love with the world, the story and the characters. OH HOW I LOVE THE CHARACTERS! They're perfect. But not perfect-perfect, they have imperfections of course, I mean they're so easy to love. Quinn can be insecure and anxious, but she's not annoying in her insecurity like a lot of main characters can be. She hides behind her journal for a lot of her life, but inside there's a lion waiting to burst out. Matt grabbed my attention sooner than Carter because he got a better/more important intro scene and he was very sweet. I had a hard time picking who I shipped Quinn with in the beginning and my one complaint is that there wasn't nearly enough Matt in the book (for someone who is one of Quinn's closest friends)... Carter was amazing in his own way and good for Quinn. He does most of his growing near the end though, you'll see what I mean when you read it (WHICH YOU SHOULD!). His love for Imani is freaking adorable too. And his overall protectiveness of all things Quinn. Olivia is my absolute favourite character though. I would love if she got her own book one day. Her entrance is like a hurricane and she doesn't stop slaying. She's a real friend who'd stand by you through thick and thin. We all need an Olivia in our lives. Auden, Hattie and Imani are close behind on the love-love-love train. After them it's everyone else. Gia at the very bottom because I can't stand her. But I appreciate her character. The characters all seem like real people so it's not hard to connect with their struggles and (ugly) cry along with them. And I did cry. A lot. As for the romance it was heartwarming and I loved it. There's definitely more than kissing going on though, like this one scene that I won't spoil but it's nice for the upper YA crowd since Quinn is 18. The fact that she's older is also very apparent by how her parents treat her. They still have restrictions, but they're trusting her that she's an adult now, for the most part. Anyway, this is a book about conquering your fears and it shows you that you can be a warrior like Quinn and deal with everything that's bugging you, one step at a time. Rightfully so, one of my most anticipated books of the year delivers. I'll be rereading this for many years yet to come. P.S. THAT COVER! *chef's kiss*

  19. 4 out of 5

    akacya ♡̷̷ˎˊ

    High school senior Quinn is devastated when her journal goes missing, even more so when she begins to be blackmailed by whoever took it. She teams up with Carter, the last known person to have her journal, in an attempt to get it back. This was a really fun book! I really connected to Quinn and seeing her growth was lovely. I haven’t read many novels with the blackmailing trope, but I thought this one was executed very well. The balance between real-life, common issues and Quinn’s unique issue as High school senior Quinn is devastated when her journal goes missing, even more so when she begins to be blackmailed by whoever took it. She teams up with Carter, the last known person to have her journal, in an attempt to get it back. This was a really fun book! I really connected to Quinn and seeing her growth was lovely. I haven’t read many novels with the blackmailing trope, but I thought this one was executed very well. The balance between real-life, common issues and Quinn’s unique issue as well as the romance plot was good, too. Read this if you like YA romances and want something original!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry is being compared to To All the Boys I've Loved Before and while I understand it, I can't help but think that I enjoyed this book a lot more than the one it's compared to. In this book, you'll follow Quinn, a girl who writes list just about everything in her journal. From all the days she ugly cried, to her to-do list before graduation but also all her fantasies about her friend who she's been in love with for a while now. So when her notebook goes missing, everything Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry is being compared to To All the Boys I've Loved Before and while I understand it, I can't help but think that I enjoyed this book a lot more than the one it's compared to. In this book, you'll follow Quinn, a girl who writes list just about everything in her journal. From all the days she ugly cried, to her to-do list before graduation but also all her fantasies about her friend who she's been in love with for a while now. So when her notebook goes missing, everything will change. Especially when someone contacts her trying to blackmail her, telling her she needs to do something from her list or else, everybody will learn her secrets, including her parents. Who is it, we don't know but Carter, the boy who misplaced the notebook by error is willing to help her even though they didn't seem to really get along. Overall, I really liked this book. I loved the romance and the way it evolved, from the first signs of a new crush to the ending which made me happy and not just in the romance department. I'm glad I got to read this book in advance and I'll be interested to see if Joya Goffney publishes another book in the future. (Thank you for letting me read and review an ARC)

  21. 5 out of 5

    yasmin

    (3.5) THIS WAS SO FUN we love both main characters being black thooo 😩🤩

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    This was a high school bully story based in Austin Texas where I went to college. I was very invested in this story as I understood Quinn’s plight trying to meet her successful parents high standards. I like the idea of the diary as a way to manage her feelings. When the diary goes missing, Quinn blames her classmate Carter was behind the theft of her diary. What’s worse is the thief has decided to blackmail her with the contents of her diary. How can one navigate high school, stress of applying This was a high school bully story based in Austin Texas where I went to college. I was very invested in this story as I understood Quinn’s plight trying to meet her successful parents high standards. I like the idea of the diary as a way to manage her feelings. When the diary goes missing, Quinn blames her classmate Carter was behind the theft of her diary. What’s worse is the thief has decided to blackmail her with the contents of her diary. How can one navigate high school, stress of applying to college, and crush with a blackmailer? This one was well written, and I felt the emotional stress she was under. I also loved the slow progression of her relationship with Carter. A lot of lessons to learn in this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    2021 Spring Bingo (#SpringIntoLoveBingo🌷): Secrets Content Notes: (view spoiler)[racism, cyber bullying, blackmail, slut-shaming, toxic/tense relationships between parents, grandmother with Alzheimer’s (hide spoiler)] Wow. This book is a lot. Poor Quinn bears the brunt of anxiety and guilt for most of this book. Don’t get me wrong — she’s not blameless. She fucks up a lot and needs to face the music! But she’s also an enormously sympathetic teenager: messy and terrified and privileged and conf 2021 Spring Bingo (#SpringIntoLoveBingo🌷): Secrets Content Notes: (view spoiler)[racism, cyber bullying, blackmail, slut-shaming, toxic/tense relationships between parents, grandmother with Alzheimer’s (hide spoiler)] Wow. This book is a lot. Poor Quinn bears the brunt of anxiety and guilt for most of this book. Don’t get me wrong — she’s not blameless. She fucks up a lot and needs to face the music! But she’s also an enormously sympathetic teenager: messy and terrified and privileged and confused and confronting her own biases. It’s hard not to root for Quinn in that horrible environment. I do not miss being a teenager in high school. 😫😭 Re: the blackmailing subplot. This was excruciating to read. Kudos to the author because *I* was writhing in misery along with Quinn. Literally writhing — I had to put my e-reader down several times just so I could squirm with embarrassment and cover my eyes. The mirror neurons were working overtime! Re: Quinn confronting her own biases, especially about Blackness and stereotypes and living in a majority-white community. I am not qualified to assess that rep in any way, but one thing I really liked is how Quinn realizes that her so-called "friends" (even the "nice" one who doesn't want to admit her complicity in enabling anti-Black microaggressions) are toxic. Childhood friends don't have to be forever, especially if they harm you and expect you to smile in response. The best part about this book was watching Quinn find a new group of *real* friends, especially with Black classmates (Olivia and Carter). Quinn is extremely vulnerable and Not Okay for most of the story, but you're left the sense that she'll thrive with her new support network in the end. The one thing that confused me is how Quinn lied to her parents about her Columbia acceptance, high school grades, and ACT score. Look... as someone who’s been through the admissions process relatively recently, forgery and photoshopping aren’t enough to execute that lie successfully. Quinn says that she created a fake acceptance letter via Microsoft Word and doesn’t elaborate... ummm, even if her parents believed that, everyone knows that colleges send physical acceptances via a heavy/large envelope with brochures. And they don’t stop: the brochures come every damn week. On the electronic side: colleges actually email your parents with information because the student enters parental email/phone contact on the common app. You’re required to pay a deposit by April/May. You’re required to create a college temporary login to access your info and fill out forms. It goes on and on and on. It makes even less sense that she could forge the high school grades. Most schools have online parent portals for grades: it’s not like you can forge the semester grades by printing out a fake transcript. Considering Quinn’s parents are characterized as folks who deeply care about her grades and Columbia college admission, literally none of this makes sense. All this being said — I still enjoyed the book, lol. I just think the lying premise requires a large suspension of disbelief if you’re familiar with college admissions. But the book also wouldn’t work if the parents questioned the lie, so maybe I just have to accept that they’re that gullible. 😅 Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    Firstly thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me a proof copy of Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. I really enjoyed this book, I found myself laughing, cringing, and crying with the characters. Goffney's writing style is fresh and fun and I was fully able to immerse myself into the plot. The story felt like a coming of age early 2000s film with the modern twist of 2021. The characters- Quinn, Carter, Livvy, and Auden all click well together, and I enjoyed watching their friendships grow throughout the Firstly thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me a proof copy of Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. I really enjoyed this book, I found myself laughing, cringing, and crying with the characters. Goffney's writing style is fresh and fun and I was fully able to immerse myself into the plot. The story felt like a coming of age early 2000s film with the modern twist of 2021. The characters- Quinn, Carter, Livvy, and Auden all click well together, and I enjoyed watching their friendships grow throughout the book. In the reader's note at the beginning of the novel, Joya Goffney has written some extremely poignant sentences regarding whether we should risk safety for happiness and which of them is eventually more important to us. Some characters in this book are racist towards Quinn, Livvy, and Carter (along with other characters) so please be aware of that. If you are going to preorder any YA Contemporary literature this year, make sure it it Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sayantoni Das

    This was one beautiful beautiful read! I said beautiful twice to emphasize, but believe me, it's still not enough. Okay, so we all know the usual romantic comedy mantra. A clumsy girl, her hot best friend, frenemies, a thing gone wrong, and it goes on. Well, I personally relate to most of it except ofcourse, the romance (bummer!) Anyway, this ain't about me *crying in a corner*, this is about Quinn, our MC. Oh, there's also this other thing that I very very relate to. The crying part obviously, i This was one beautiful beautiful read! I said beautiful twice to emphasize, but believe me, it's still not enough. Okay, so we all know the usual romantic comedy mantra. A clumsy girl, her hot best friend, frenemies, a thing gone wrong, and it goes on. Well, I personally relate to most of it except ofcourse, the romance (bummer!) Anyway, this ain't about me *crying in a corner*, this is about Quinn, our MC. Oh, there's also this other thing that I very very relate to. The crying part obviously, if you didn't guess it already. I'm like a religious crybaby. I was designated the title of "hole-in-the-tank" by my family when I was little. So yeah, you can picture it. Okay, I'm making this about me again, ain't I? But the thing is, this is how relatable this book was. Again, like the MC I used to write my heart out in a journal (not so anymore though), and unlike the MC I never lost it. That's where all the fun begins. I'm not gonna spoil the plot by elaborating it, but if you take my word for it, I can assure you that you will love it through and through. If you're a serial screamer and professionally gush over romcoms like me, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry is your jam. You're gonna taste it, savour it, gulp it down and still feel its aftertaste lingering in your tongue like that sweet sweet teenage dream long gone but never forgotten. It screams a little "To All The Boys" vibe, so if you were into that, you're gonna devour this one too.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Z

    Quinn gets blackmailed by someone who finds her journal containing a lot of personal lists. The blackmailer asks Quinn to complete a certain to-do list in the notebook or else all of the journal's contents will be publicly revealed. The to-do list had some pretty daunting tasks and some required her to gather courage. It's really nice how through that list, she was able to get closer with Carter, become good friends with Olivia and Auden, and even slightly improve her relationship with her paren Quinn gets blackmailed by someone who finds her journal containing a lot of personal lists. The blackmailer asks Quinn to complete a certain to-do list in the notebook or else all of the journal's contents will be publicly revealed. The to-do list had some pretty daunting tasks and some required her to gather courage. It's really nice how through that list, she was able to get closer with Carter, become good friends with Olivia and Auden, and even slightly improve her relationship with her parents. The development of the relationships and Quinn's character growth are my favorite things about the book. Quinn has done shitty things in the past. They can't be excused though I really admire how she tried to make things right with different people throughout the story. A+ for holding yourself accountable to be a better person! She has also left her old friend group, but the new ones she made are better in every way. Special shoutout to Olivia is so badass and a very great friend overall. I love her take-no-shit attitude and how she sticks up for Quinn. The romance is also so cute, it was really easy to root for them. Carter is an absolute sweetheart. There's also lots of important talk about race, status, and racism especially since they were in a predominantly white school & neighborhood. Adding this to my favorites list! cw: racism, cyberbullying, blackmailing Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monika

    Excuse me while I ugly cry is a sweet concoction of love, race, identity and friendship. I have said this many times, and I will continue to say that YA is getting better!! If you’ve read the synopsis, you now know that Quinn has lost her daily journal and a blackmailer has been getting her to do things off her Things I should do before I graduate list. The list isn’t that easy to fulfil and Quinn has some struggles. She isn’t alone though, she has her crush Carter, her friend Auden and Olivia to Excuse me while I ugly cry is a sweet concoction of love, race, identity and friendship. I have said this many times, and I will continue to say that YA is getting better!! If you’ve read the synopsis, you now know that Quinn has lost her daily journal and a blackmailer has been getting her to do things off her Things I should do before I graduate list. The list isn’t that easy to fulfil and Quinn has some struggles. She isn’t alone though, she has her crush Carter, her friend Auden and Olivia to help her out. But as the story progresses and Quinn realises certain things aren’t ok to digest she finds new friendships and real faces of her old friends. There are so many emotions in this book - I laughed, felt pity and even angry at certain places. The story also gave me Mean Girls vibes in a different way. Overall, I liked the story, the execution, and the characters- I was totally rooting for Carter & Quinn. I applaud the effort of including racial identity and why it matters so much 👏 also gave me ideas to form my own set of lists and hide it better 😂 Thank you Booksparks for the lovely finished copy as part of SRC2021.

  28. 5 out of 5

    ☀︎ rev ☀︎

    4.5 I haven’t really read anything like this story, like with this genre in a while and this was a nice refresher for it. I loved this story so much, please read it. I think that this story would be great for a movie adaptation, and that’s all I was thinking throughout the whole book, along with “how is this book not more popular”. I feel like I say this a lot, but please give this book a shot and read it. <3

  29. 4 out of 5

    ✧・゚⁽⁽ଘ Shreya ଓ⁾⁾✧・゚

    【Note: This image was made by me using Canva and it can be found on my blog post here. (it looks a lot clearer there than here on Goodreads)】 This was just the type of contemporary I was looking for! It was soo fun to read and really cute, but also dealt with important issues like racism, cyberbullying, and stereotypes. Characters Quinn: The main reason I liked Quinn was that reading about her from her perspective and through her lists made it really easy for me to connect to her character and fee 【Note: This image was made by me using Canva and it can be found on my blog post here. (it looks a lot clearer there than here on Goodreads)】 This was just the type of contemporary I was looking for! It was soo fun to read and really cute, but also dealt with important issues like racism, cyberbullying, and stereotypes. Characters Quinn: The main reason I liked Quinn was that reading about her from her perspective and through her lists made it really easy for me to connect to her character and feel like I knew her. Her character change made me like both her and the book even more because it was so well-written and you could clearly see that she had changed. Also, she was soo relatable even though I don't have a journal of lists like her. Carter: I didn't really Carter at the start of the book because of how he acted towards Quinn, but a few chapters in I was like "Never mind I like him!" cause he just cared so much about Quinn, and was funny and sweet and just really fun to read about. Olivia: YASSSS Olivia!! She's my absolute favorite character in this book! She's such a great friend and she's just super fierce and brave and just altogether amazing! Auden: I liked Auden too, but I don't have as much stuff to say about him. He seemed really understanding a nice, but I didn't get enough into his character to say much more. Matt: He seemed interesting, but I don't have much to say because he just basically DISAPPEARED from the book by the second half. He seemed really important because he was Quinn's best friend and all but he was barely present after the trampoline scene. Hattie: Hattie wasn't a huge character in this book, but just from the few scenes she was present in I already liked her! She seemed so wise and strong but also comforting and I really liked reading about Quinn's relationship with her grandmother because of that. Imani: I know she's also a pretty minor character, but I just had to talk about her because she's just soo cuteee! Plot Most contemporaries I read aren't as focused on the plot or as suspenseful because they're pretty predictable, but this actually kept me on the edge of my seat because I wanted to know who the blackmailer was and what would Quinn have to do next. Writing The writing was so entertaining and I really liked the writing style for how fitting it was to Quinn's character. This was really fun contemporary and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes this genre! ✨ You can find this review and others on my blog! ✨

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mónica BQ

    Damn. I was just not emotionally ready for this book. I think one knows in one's heart when something is written authentically. This book felt so real it hurt. So yeah, now excuse me, while I go ugly cry. Quinn and Carter together are *chef's kiss*. But Quinn and Olivia's friendship is heartwarmingly beautiful. Damn. I was just not emotionally ready for this book. I think one knows in one's heart when something is written authentically. This book felt so real it hurt. So yeah, now excuse me, while I go ugly cry. Quinn and Carter together are *chef's kiss*. But Quinn and Olivia's friendship is heartwarmingly beautiful.

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