500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario
Published September 25, 2018
Hardcover, 373 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 3.5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Simon Pulse, I received an eARC)
Nic Chen refuses to spend her senior year branded as the girl who cheated on her charismatic and lovable boyfriend. To redefine her reputation among her Ivy League–obsessed classmates, Nic begins writing their college admissions essays.
But the more essays Nic writes for other people, the less sure she becomes of herself, the kind of person she is, and whether her moral compass even points north anymore.
I’m a huge fan of books written in verse, so I’m very drawn to them. The synopsis of this one had me immediately interested. I was thinking this would be a beautifully written coming of age story, which would just be light hearted and easy to read.
At first I was very annoyed with Nic, she was very self absorbed in my opinion, but as I thought this was more of a coming of age story. I loved the person Nic was slowly turning in to. I almost wondered why the author decided to tell Nic’s story in verse, I didn’t really see what it added.
Throughout the first 3/4 of the book I found it ok, nothing outstanding but enjoyable. I was convinced I was going to rate it a solid 3 stars. Suddenly the story turned, it was heart-breaking and I felt connected to the characters in a way I felt I was missing through the whole beginning (mostly the whole book). Once that happened I felt like I was missing the whole potential this book had. Overall, I enjoyed it and feel it was worth the read.