WANTED: Pretend stalker. No experience required. Tall, dark, and quirky preferred. Sabrina is desperate to go to her dream college, but her parents want her to stay close to home. If she wants to maintain her perfect child image, Sabrina must break rules that even her rebel sister keeps . .
Accidentally Me is a book all about coming of age and learning all those hard lessons on that bumpy road.
Sabrina has always done everything the way she was expected to. She wants to prove to her parents that she isn’t the burden she fears she is, being the “accident child” that she thinks she is. So she works hard in school, and doesn’t make any waves.
When she is faced with the choice of her future college, her preference goes to Caltech, and not Boise State, the college her parents insist she goes to.
So she comes up with a rather elaborate plan to find a fake stalker. The idea is that her parents will be scared into sending her away to escape the stalker.
Naturally this plan start to suffocate Sabrina when she starts developing feelings for her fake stalker, and she gets entangled in her web of lies to keep up this ridiculous charade.
This book had a lot of humor in it, that kept my attention when I got frustrated with Sabrina. I remember the difficulty of moving into adulthood, but the stupid situations she got herself into did have me rolling my eyes from time to time. She made a real mess of things, and the whole mess started off with one stupid lie.
The book did have a nice message to it. I felt that Sabrina grew a lot in this story. She was able to lay her insecurities somewhat to rest, and was able to stand up to the consequences of her bad choices. She also was able to move forward and make some big steps, which helped her gain strength. I do feel like now we finally got to that point, the book ended, leaving me hanging just a little. The character of Joe was introduced, then reentered, and then the book ends. You are kind of left hanging on that note.
There is a good supporting cast, some of which gets a fair amount of focus. Heather, Sabrina’s sister goes through her own little turmoil, coming out much stronger on the other side. Then there is Calvin, the fake stalker. He gets a fair amount of attention, but you are left hanging with how all will end with him. He seems to redeem himself somewhat, but not quite.
All in all, a good read for an afternoon on the couch.
About the author
Kim Karras writes contemporary fiction for adults and teens. Follow her at kimkarras.blogspot.com for notes on life, writing, and motherhood..
Accidentally Me” blog tour schedule:
August 10: Singing Librarian Books | Literary Time Out
August 11: Inklings and Notions | Geo Librarian
August 12: Write, Writing, Written
August 13: Live to Read
August 15: My Book a Day
August 16: Emily King | Getting Your Read On
August 17: Katie’s Clean Book Collection | Robyn Echols
August 18: Nicki Elson
August 19: Min Reads and Reviews | Mel’s Shelves
August 20: Writing Worm
August 22: Novel-ties | My Little Sunshines
August 23: Emmy Mom | Wishful Endings
August 24: The Nice Thing About Strangers
August 25: Lisa Swinton
August 26: Mylissa’s Reviews and Book Thoughts
August 27: Blooming with Books
August 29: Perfecting the Craft | Bookworm Lisa
August 30: Heidi Reads
August 31: Rockin’ Book Reviews | Totally Obsessed