The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)

Hardcover | April 5, 2016

byAmy Spalding

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Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable story about how even the best-laid plans sometimes need to be rewritten.
What's the only thing that could derail overachiever Jules's perfect senior year? Alex Powell--former member of boy-band sensation Chaos 4 All and newest transfer to Eagle Vista Academy.
Alex seems cool enough when he starts spending time with Jules. In fact, he turns out to be quite the romantic (not to mention a killer kisser). And after getting over the initial shock that someone like Alex might actuallylikelike her, Jules accepts that having a boyfriend could be a nice addition to her packed schedule. That is, until Alex commits the ultimate betrayal, which threatens to ruin her high school career, and possibly herentire future.
This. Means. War.

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Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable story about how even the best-laid plans sometimes need to be rewritten.What's the only thing that could derail overachiever Jules's perfect senior year? Alex Powell--former member of boy-band sensation Chaos 4 All and newest...

Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School, and currently manages digital media planning for an advertising agency specializing in indie film. Amy studied longfo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316382787

ISBN - 13:9780316382786

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute and fast read I bought this book because it was on a list of books to read if you're a fan of boybands. I wasn't disappointed! I really enjoyed it and it went by really quickly. If you're looking for something light and fun, this is it!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing YA Romance I began Amy Spalding's The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) with the hope it would be a light romantic comedy, perfect for summertime reading, but I was left feeling so dissatisfied when I turned the final page. It wasn't laugh-out-loud funny. The romance fell flat, a far cry from making me swoon from the cuteness. And it was barely a rivalry story, which let me down most of all. The most interesting thing about Alex Powell was that he was in a boy band two years ago that became a viral sensation overnight. The band broke up as quickly as they got together when their next few singles made no impact. And I can see why—Alex has zero personality. He's obviously cute... and attracted to Jules's overachieving personality... and oh my gosh, I can't remember anything else because he's just that forgettable. Let's talk about Jules instead. When Jules is not putting all her focus into her grades or volunteering at the local dog shelter, she is extremely dedicated to the Crest, her school's newspaper. However, the excitement of being promoted to editor in chief is short-lived when she realizes most of the senior staff ditched her to join Talon, a brand new school club focusing on new media. It's her worst nightmare. She was completely blindsided! I felt so bad for her. And Alex joined Talon without saying anything too! At that point, my smile might have been devious. I thought, okay, this will be fun. I was totally ready for the antics, revenge, and rivalry sure to come... and then it never really happened. I mean, I'm pretty sure I ended up feeling more outrage on Jules's behalf than her lame version of getting even. This mean war? What a joke. Jules barely participated! The other school newspaper members did all the work while she was too busy secretly making out with Alex, despite the fact he had hurt her feelings. Jules, where's your willpower? And how could you blow off your best friends for him?! Honestly, the more I think The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions), the more I feel disappointed and frustrated with the book. ** I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. **
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and Cute - a Quick Read A mostly secret romance and some healthy rivalry, The New Guy and Other Senior Year Distractions (that's quite a mouthful) gave me exactly what I wanted. Fun and easy, this book was a quick read. Ms. Spalding does a great job pacing the story. From introducing the new guy to revealing his so-called betrayal to resolving the misunderstandings, I never felt bored. There was always enough of a pull for me to keep turning the pages. Every part balanced nicely. Jules, our main girl, has wanted the editor position ever since she joined the school newspaper team. Only when this comes true, she finds herself pitted against the newly-formed school TV news program. She saw them as a great threat against the very existence of her beloved school newspaper. It was entertaining to watch the two sides duel things out. I had a good laugh at some of the silly things they did. I also waited with bated breath for things to blow up because it was inevitable- sooner or later and yep the fallout wasn't pretty. Jules is an overachiever which can be seen as negative but she was kind and sincere. Throughout the story, it was obvious she always had people's best interest at heart. Even when she got a little lost, her intentions were clearly good. She was just misguided due to her feeling pressured and wanting to live up to expectations (both were self-induced). Her honesty was everything. Jules was responsible and didn't shy away from accepting/admitting her mistakes and working towards fixing them. There was a cute romance with Alex, the new boy. It was insta-lovey but felt natural since they're both young. There were encouraging friendships. Sadie and the rest of Jules's friends never failed to comfort her. Even when situations got tough she had friends by her side. There was great rapport between student-teacher despite some lapse in judgment on the student's part. I think Mr. Wheeler tried very hard. Then of course there was the lovely familial affection Jules shared with her two moms. They were always 100% supportive and vice versa. If you're looking for a quick and cute read then The New Guy and Other Senior Year Distractions is the one for you. It won't take you long to read it but you will get all the happy feels :)
Date published: 2016-03-24

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"Jules' hilarious dilemmas will appeal to every girl who's ever been thrown off her game by a crush (so, every girl). Amy Spalding writes endearing characters who stumble and soar in the most entertaining ways."
-Melissa Walker, author of Unbreak My Heart