Hi! Welcome to my stop on the TBR & Beyond Tour for Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert!
Title: Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publishing Date: January 3, 2023
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Brown Sisters trilogy, comes a laugh-out-loud story about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoors–and each other. Bradley Graeme is pretty much perfect. He’s a star football player, manages his OCD well (enough), and comes out on top in all his classes . . . except the ones he shares with his ex-best friend, Celine. Celine Bangura is conspiracy-theory-obsessed. Social media followers eat up her takes on everything from UFOs to holiday overconsumption–yet, she’s still not cool enough for the popular kids’ table. Which is why Brad abandoned her for the in-crowd years ago. (At least, that’s how Celine sees it.) These days, there’s nothing between them other than petty insults and academic rivalry. So when Celine signs up for a survival course in the woods, she’s surprised to find Brad right beside her. Forced to work as a team for the chance to win a grand prize, these two teens must trudge through not just mud and dirt but their messy past. And as this adventure brings them closer together, they begin to remember the good bits of their history. But has too much time passed . . . or just enough to spark a whole new kind of relationship?
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Talia Hibbert is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.
She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm. Talia and her many books reside in the English Midlands.
“Whatever magic you and Maria are doing on those kids, you should bottle it and make a fortune.”
“Sorry Medical Truthers, you lost me this time. This cast stays on for at least six weeks. Stay safe, stay weird. “
“Trevor Graeme, you see, loves his family quite a lot and would probably rather die then leave them. “
“I don’t think I noticed how adorable his nose is until I saw his glasses perched on top of it just now.”
“We have been hanging out a lot, and touching a lot, and it’s true that I am unfortunately in love with him, but that doesn’t mean we’re dating.”
“Because what I really want is to spill all my feelings, to say I trust you, yeah, but also I love you and I think I always will, even if you leave me behind.”
“Well take it down a notch, babe. You’re giving me a migraine. And, no Celine’s not here. She went to the bathroom.”
“You’re allowed anywhere you want, I tell her, as long as you’re right here next to me. “
“Right now, we’re everything. Anything. Whatever we want. “
Rating: 4.5 stars
Rep: BLPOC, OCD
Talia Hibbert is known for her fantastic characters in Adult Romance Novels, and Highly Suspicious and Unfairly cute was no different. Celine and Brad were characters that were different from each other, and their dynamic was fun to read. Celine was a character who knew what she wanted and she was focused on that. Contrary to Celine, Bradley was a character who wasn’t sure what he wanted at the start of the book. Over the course of the novel, Brad figured out what he wanted, also that he was going to live his life for himself and find out what makes him happy. Celine and Brad went on a journey in this book, and I loved seeing them grow over the course of the novel. The supporting cast was also fun to read about, and I enjoyed them.
I’m not a big camping person, but I loved the expedition elements. I loved seeing Celine and Brad over the course of the story because, like their character journeys, the plot also helps them on their journeys. The stories with their families were interesting as well, and I wanted to see where they were going to go as I was reading.
Talia Hibbert is an excellent writer. I love how she tells a story, and how she uses different tones to tell a story. Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute had some light and fun scenes, where you could tell that the characters are having a great time. This novel also deals with some very real topics, such as OCD, doing what you want to do for yourself, and having your own goals. Talia Hibbert tackles these with care and heart.
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute is at its core, a romance. Celine and Bradley had an incredibly sweet romance. They were best friends, who had a falling out, and then they developed feelings for each other. What made the story even sweeter was that you saw the passion the couple had for each other.
Enjoyment/ Recommend for
I really enjoyed this! The novel was fun while still discussing some very real topics. I recommend this book to fans of YA romance. Also, folks that enjoy diverse books would enjoy it.
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