After a disastrous, reputation-destroying party at the end of junior year, Kat Henley has a new plan. When it comes to boys–especially other people’s boys:
In the past, drawing attention to herself helped distract people from what really makes Kat different–having two gay parents. But it’s also cost her friendships. Kat can’t afford to lose any more of those, especially not her cousin, Harper. They’re spending one last summer together at the lake, where they run into an intriguing newcomer named Emmett Reese. After years of trying to prove she’s just like everybody else, Kat has found someone who wants her because she’s not. A boy who could be everything she wants too–if Harper hadn’t liked him first. . .
Any Other Girl is an angst-heavy tale of a girl who while not caring what others think, actually falls for that same trope. For Kat, appearances matter – right from childhood when a woman remarked that she didn’t seem like a normal girl because she was raised by two gay dads, she feels like it is her moral responsibility to show that she is the most awesome girl to be around. Cue a personality change, lots a flirting and a lot of subsequent slut-shaming. Her friends consider her a boyfriend-stealer, and she feels her being too charming is the cause of her problems. So, when vacationing over the summer with her cousin, she meet a guy who she likes but doesn’t do anything because she doesn’t want to hurt her cousin’s feelings. So, she does the next best thing – sneaks around with said guy after he makes it evident he has no interest in her cousing. Cue facepalm. Yep, that is the entirety of the plot of the book – give or take a few subplots.
One thing this book teaches is to not get trapped in the cage known as ‘normal’. Like how a girl should behave, act or dress. Kat was a victim of this line of thought; she couldn’t love soccer and dresses at the same time; couldn’t be aggressive and coy; couldn’t know the difference between being charming and flirting. She learns a lot by the end, especially that you shouldn’t presume people’s feelings on a matter you know nothing about, and the truth is always the better option. Also everybody’s burdens are not yours to shoulder, and sometimes you should just speak your heart and let the chips fall where they may. It’s a cute fluffy read – good for when unwinding, I guess.
Received a free galley from Kensington Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.