Monday, March 21, 2016

Around The World ARC Tours Presents an Early Review for The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding


A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It's practically every girl's dream. 

But not Jules McCallister-Morgan's. 

I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn't get to be the editor of my school's long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to "live a little," or boys. 

At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell**.

And before Alex Powell betrayed me***.

I know what you're thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don't understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I'm not going down without a fight. 


* Okay, I sort of did. But it's a sore subject.

** I mean, I guess everyone knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was famous.

***Some people think I'm overreacting. But this. Means. War.

Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that's sure to have you falling for The New Guy.



I have to say that this book had me on the floor laughing. Lord I remember high school and I hated it so much. There were so many expectations placed on you and your parents wanted one thing and you wanted another. So much chaos coming in every direction as you approach your senior year but for Jules she has her goals and she is determined to meet them.

Jules has her life mapped out. So for her senior year she wants to be the editor of her school newspaper and get an early acceptance in to the college of her dreams. Sounds doable until she gets a hitch in her plans in the form of a boy but just not any boy. Alex Powell is the band boy who made it big and then fell off and is now in her life. She likes him but she has her goals. 

But as her and Alex get closer they discover they have so much in common. But as Jules uncovers things about Alex the happiness she feels soon goes away. She starts to hate him and when the truth comes out all hell breaks lose. This is one story you have to read. I laughed so hard at the situation and how Jules handled herself.

About The Author:

Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School, and currently manages digital media planning for an advertising agency specializing in indie film. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around L.A. Amy is the author of Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys), The Reece Malcolm List, Ink Is Thicker than Water, and the forthcoming The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions), coming in 2016.

Email! amyspaldingwrites AT gmail DOT com

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