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I Couldn't Finish It

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DNF @ 41%
*I recieved a copy of this book through BookishFirst/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I just could not keep reading this book. All of the dialogue was super awkward, the plot was very convenient, and the characterizations are shallow at best.

Characters: KT is pretty awful as a character. She treats everyone around her pretty terribly including her mom. I get that it's supposed to be a "punk rock" thing, but really who talks to their mom like that?
One of her best friends, Dylan, is a guy who continually professes his undying love for her, sits outside of her bedroom window hoping to basically bask in her glory, and tried to secretly follow her on the road trip. In other words HE'S A CREEP, but the book treats this as if it's almost... endearing?

Plot: As mentioned before everything is just so convenient. To go on this road trip KT tells her mom she's just casually going to stay at her friends house FOR A WEEK the night before she leaves. And her mom is just okay with that? The reasoning for the road trip is also pretty weak, one of the characters wants to find their donor so they can attempt to stay with him?? What?? A sperm donor does not a dad make and I really hoped this book would explore that but from up to where I read it just didn't seem like it was going to do that.

Writing: Just... here are some quotes:

"'That is beyond cool,' I said. I've always considered lesbians to be the ultimate individualists"
Umm what.

"This is so crazy wonderful! We're biracial. I'm finally gonna be cool."
Again what (I think this is meant to be a joke but it's not funny).

"Dylan was following me to Arizona. I told myself that it was creepy, but somewhere way deep inside, I felt guilty for thinking that because it was really kind of sweet."
Yeah.. stalking. Real sweet.

Around the 25% mark I thought I could at least "hate read" my way through this but it was just too cringey (if you could see all the highlighting I did in this copy of just weird things that happened), and there are too many books in the world for me to spend more of my time reading a book I'm not enjoying.