Review: Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn


Note: This ARC was provided by the publisher via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Quinn Hardwick and Wesley James were really good friends growing up, then one broken magic wand and one blurted out bit of news in the sixth grade led to the end of said friendship. In the five years since then, Quinn hasn't heard a peep from Wesley since he and his family moved states. Then he shows up at the one place she never expected to find him at--the Tudor Tymes, the Medieval-themed restaurant where Quinn works at. He may seem happy to see her but the sentiment is in no way mutual. She still blames her for the major upheaval in her life back then, the ramifications of which continue up to this day. Unfortunately, Wesley isn't just visiting. He's back in town with his family, meaning he's back in the same high school she's at, back with the same circle of friends they once shared, and now, it also looks like he'll be working right beside her at Tudor Tymes. With a father addicted to gambling and a grandmother suffering from Alzheimer's, all Quinn wants to focus on is earning enough over the summer to go with the school band to London. If she doesn't, it could be Wesley James's fault once again.

Wesley James Ruined My Life is a young adult romance and the debut release from Jennifer Honeybourn, published by Swoon Reads. I was quite curious about how Wesley James ruined Quinn Hardwick's life, and it felt like it was going to be this big reveal. However, when the reason behind said "ruining" came out, I confess that I raised an eyebrow at how petty it all seemed. I get how an eleven-year-old may have seen what her close friend did as the trigger to everything else that followed, but at sixteen and with other people telling her how weird it was that she was blaming this boy for all her troubles was just...sad. I would have been okay with her had she let go of it sooner than she did, but nope, she held on to that skewed viewpoint that she had. Maybe Wesley was a convenient scapegoat because she didn't want to blame those closer to her, but come on. You're sixteen, not six. You may not be a full-fledged adult, but this was beyond immature. I adored Wesley and I did like that Quinn came to her senses and redeemed herself. Those plus the family aspect pushed Wesley James Ruined My Life to 3.5 stars. ♥

Date Read: 21 July 2017

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