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S. Gonzales, 1992-

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Seventeen-year-old Darcy Phillips, a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates, is hired by the "hot" guy at school to help him get his ex back.

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Subjects
Genres
School fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Wednesday Books [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
346 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 13-18.
ISBN
9781250769787
1250769787
Main Author
S. Gonzales, 1992- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Darcy Phillips is great at one thing, and that's romance. Other peoples' romances, that is. She runs a covert advice column (for a fee—she's on a scholarship!) out of abandoned locker 89. Darcy guarantees a refund if the advice doesn't work—and it almost always does. She's kept her letter-writer identity a secret from everyone, including her best friend, Brooke, whom she's madly in love with. But when standoffish and annoyingly hot Alexander Brougham catches Darcy collecting the letters, he makes her a deal: he'll keep her secret if she helps him win back his ex-girlfriend. But their uneasy alliance becomes something more as Darcy and Brougham start to understand each other. Gonzales (Only Mostly Devastated, 2020) has crafted a lively story with multilayered appeal: she addresses accountability and armchair psychology as well as biphobia (Darcy experiences it even within the supportive "Queer and Questioning" club founded by her transgender older sister), then wraps it all up in an electrifying love story. A natural, emotions-driven sister-read to L. C. Rosen's Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) (2018). Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Darcy Phillips is great at one thing, and that's romance. Other peoples' romances, that is. She runs a covert advice column (for a fee—she's on a scholarship!) out of abandoned locker 89. Darcy guarantees a refund if the advice doesn't work—and it almost always does. She's kept her letter-writer identity a secret from everyone, including her best friend, Brooke, whom she's madly in love with. But when standoffish and annoyingly hot Alexander Brougham catches Darcy collecting the letters, he makes her a deal: he'll keep her secret if she helps him win back his ex-girlfriend. But their uneasy alliance becomes something more as Darcy and Brougham start to understand each other. Gonzales (Only Mostly Devastated, 2020) has crafted a lively story with multilayered appeal: she addresses accountability and armchair psychology as well as biphobia (Darcy experiences it even within the supportive "Queer and Questioning" club founded by her transgender older sister), then wraps it all up in an electrifying love story. A natural, emotions-driven sister-read to L. C. Rosen's Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) (2018). Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—Darcy Phillips excels at giving others relationship advice. Her anonymous Locker 89 advice business is booming, despite the fact that she can't seem to admit her own feelings to her best friend Brooke. However, when Alexander Brougham (whom Darcy can't stand) catches her taking letters out of Locker 89, he convinces Darcy to help him win his ex-girlfriend back, threatening to out her as the locker's owner. And if there's one thing Darcy doesn't want, it's Brooke finding out about Locker 89. Gonzales creates a cast of characters whose relationship woes are painfully relatable, yet satisfying to devour. Darcy is not an expert when it comes to relationships, but she does her research, which makes her success rate much more believable. She applies relationship theories and practices in her advice letters (seen between chapters) and with Brougham, highlights that tone and intent are the main foils in these characters' relationships. There's a strong suggestion of seeking advice when one's personal insight may be compromised, as seen through Darcy and Brooke's interactions. Most importantly, as Darcy struggles with her evolving feelings for Brougham, she confronts her own internalized biphobia to understand that it's completely valid to be attracted to someone who identifies as another gender and still be bi. Darcy has shoulder-length blond hair and a gap between her front teeth. Brougham has blue eyes, dark brown hair, and an Austrian accent, and Brooke has a Vietnamese surname. VERDICT A highly inclusive read with many characters identifying as LGBTQ+, this delightful foray into the world of high school relationships is a fantastic read for romance fans.—Emily Walker, Lisle Lib. Dist., IL Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Navigating a complicated love life in spite of the spot-on advice she gives her classmates, a bisexual anonymous relationship columnist is blackmailed by an attractive and popular classmate to help the latter win back his ex. 40,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Phillips, a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates, is hired by the "hot" guy at school to help him get his ex back.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“Perfectly wonderful.” —Becky Albertalli, New York Times–bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda “An electrifying love story.” —BooklistFROM NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY-BESTSELLING AND INDIE NEXT PICK AUTHOR Sophie Gonzales comes Perfect on Paper: Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before in this YA romcom, where a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex backHer advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.Darcy Phillips:• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes—for a fee.• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89—out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service—that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach—at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she's not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Darcy has two major secrets: she's in love with her best friend, Brooke, and she's the anonymous advice giver behind locker 89. When she's caught in the act of the latter by certified pain in the butt Alexander Brougham, she'll do anything for him to keep her secret and risk losing Brooke for good. In this case, "anything" means helping him get his ex back, which sounds like no big deal...until she realizes somewhere along the way, she started wanting him for herself.