Sunday, 27 March 2016

Liars and Losers Like Us (SST, Review & Giveaway!)

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Title: Liars and Losers Like Us
Author: Ami Allen-Vath
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published Date: 22nd March 2016
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thanks to SST for the review copy*


SynopsisFor seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief, and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the hallways of Belmont High.

When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request.

With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide, she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school outcast—as a party of one.

Review: Liars and Losers Like Us is a book I wanted to read because the premise sounded like it addressed a lot of important topics. Topics like depression, suicide, popularity and other issues teenagers have to face in a single book. And while all that is going on as well, there’s a massive fuss about prom. I was a little nervous because I wondered how this book was possibly going to cram all of that into its pages, but somehow it managed it, and managed it perfectly.

At the beginning of the book, I did struggle quite a lot. The main character isn’t exactly a nice person. Bree can be mean, and really annoying sometimes. But that’s the way it is supposed to be. The point is that just like everyone else, even the popular people can be cruel and hurt and have emotions too. Even though there were times when I didn’t like her (which I struggled with at the beginning) in time I also came to really like her, and she develops into a better person as well. I was worried I was going to be the black sheep here but if you find her character trying, I think it’s worth pushing through this one.

But as well as knowing that Bree is mean, there are other mean girls in this novel, and mean guys too. But for every time a character is mean, Allen-Vath also then goes to show us why and we can’t help but feel for these characters over. The truth is, things are tough all over and people are just trying to get by. Maybe we don’t all agree with the means by which they do that. But that’s for you to make up your mind about as you read.


Divorce is a big theme in this book because Bree’s parents break up. Although it isn’t the spotlight of the book, it isn’t in the backseat either and I think that the book did a brilliant job of portraying just enough light on the subject for us to understand the situation and what was happening because of it. Another important theme was bullying. Bree falls into the character of a bystander. We can hardly blame her for it because it’s the position that most likely, we would fall into ourselves in such a case. But when the bullying pushes the victim into committing suicide, the tables turn. Bree really feels the backlash from the situation and it gets her thinking and putting a lot of things into perspective. Her outlook on life changes and it’s very deep. It really did speak to me.

As well as that, there is a very cute romance to keep readers entertained that was handled perfectly. There wasn’t any insta love or silly drama that could annoy us. There was a lot of drama about prom but something I loved about Bree was that she didn’t care whether she got a crown or not. She didn’t need that to justify herself in the slightest.

When a novel handles all the difficult topics perfectly.
Cheating is something that happens quite a bit in this novel. Cheating really bothers me and it’s something horrible to do to someone who really cares about you. It broke my heart to read about it, and even made me angry at times – but the point is that it really does back up the theme of the novel that all comes together in the end.


And my is the end the perfect summary to the novel.

Reading the author’s note (which is something I recommend you ALL do) lets us know she was a victim of some of the same abuse that the girl who commits suicide went through. It’s a very serious matter and the fact that she is writing about it and spreading awareness on what must be such a personal issue for her really does reach out to me. Which is why I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone.

About the Author: Ami Allen-Vath is a YA author living and writing along the shores of New Jersey. She loves great and terrible TV, ice cream, books, and vacations. Ami loathes cilantro, live birds, and when guys do cartoon impressions. Lars and Losers Like Us is her first novel.

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Olivia’s Question: Did you go to a prom? Did you dream of being prom queen?


Olivia-Savannah x

24 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting read. I always love it when people manage to balance the issues without coming down too heavily on the judge-y side.

    We had a prom - but to be honest, I only went because my friends were. And most of them (and most of the teachers) then proceeded to get blind stinking drunk. We didn't have a prom queen (thank god for that.) And even though I sort of enjoyed myself, I'm glad that I was one of the first to leave... even if my drunk English teacher did lurch out into the road as my father's car pulled out, and nearly get run over by us. Yes, that is how professional the teachers from my school were.

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    1. It wasn't judge-y at all and that was what made it so perfect! Wow, your teachers sound a bit like they went all out and weren't reserved about it at all! D:

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    2. reserved? Hah! They were pis*ed! They literally saw it as a chance to get drunk. They weren't great teachers to be honest ;)

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  2. [ Smiles ] Hmm. That book reminds me of the modern-day teenager.

    Great selection for a review!

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    1. I think this book thoroughly matches that description!

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  3. I didn't go to either of my proms (junior or senior), because I wasn't felling it. My mom would always be hopeful that she would help me dress shop, but I think I disappointed her on that front. I was just not one of those girly girls, even though I had grew out of my tomboy phase by then.

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    1. Aww! But if you weren't up to it, then it simply wasn't for you. A shame about your mum being so excited on your behalf though. I'm trying to figure if I wanna go or not!

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  4. What an emotionally intriguing story. Great review! :)
    @dino0726 from 
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    1. It was full of emotion which was all handled perfectly! :)

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  5. I've heard of this book before but honestly I wasn't excited about it until after reading your review. It sounds pretty amazing and powerful. I've never read a book that deals with so many intense topics and nails it so I'm dying to get my hands on a copy of this! <3

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    1. I am glad I've been able to make you excited for this one! I hope you do read it as well :3

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  6. I feel like I don't do that enough (read author's notes). I think it gives us a more sincere understanding to the way the story played out. I, myself, would probably not have been as generous as you've been with the lead character, and reading the author's note probably have helped.

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    1. I usually love reading the author's notes at the end. It surprises me how many novels are actually based on true events.

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  7. I went to my junior prom, but skipped my senior prom. When I was a senior I was more excited about graduating than prom. Then a year or two later I had a boyfriend who was in high school, so I went to his senior prom. I did like wearing the beautiful dresses. I hardly ever wear a dress ever! I like K.C. Held's picture the most.

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    1. It makes sense to be more excited about graduating! But wearing beautiful dresses is a lot of fun <3

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  8. I went to junior prom with a group of friends and was embarrassed when my mom came and dragged me out of there. I only wanted to stay a little longer to the end. And it was my first and last school dance that I ever went to. And could be with my friends before we went to different high schools. Went to my high school prom and the after party. Again went single but had a blast.

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    1. Aww, it's so horrible that you were dragged out! It must have been a bit embarrassing at the time. And you don't always need to have a date to go to prom with, single is fun too :)

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  9. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book too, Olivia! I personally loved it. It was the first book I read at the beginning of the year, and just the best way to start the year of. I thought it handled the issues it addressed quite well, and I loved the characterization. Great review!

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    1. I am glad you could love it as well! It was such a brilliant read :D

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  10. I've heard pretty good things about this one. I might check it out!

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  11. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing LALLU as part of the SST! (Also oh my gosh you get so many comments- you're a superstar!!!)

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    1. I was happy to! It was such a good book :3

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