The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy SpaldingThe New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding

The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)

byAmy Spalding

Hardcover | April 5, 2016

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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.

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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Title:The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316382787

ISBN - 13:9780316382786

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another fictional boyfriend to add to the list? A year ago, I was fortunate to receive a review copy of the beautiful, memorable debut novel by Amy Spalding: Kissing Ted Callahan. I was mesmerized by the plot, and how music spoke to the author and the characters of the story, bringing all musical lovers together into a story that had a bittersweet, but fluffy ending. A year later, I discovered that Spalding is going to release another bittersweet, funky story of her own that I knew I'll enjoy just the same as the one with Ted Callahan, or even more, possibly. My fingers smacked my phone screen when I requested it for review, and voila: THIS WAS THE PERFECT PLANE READ THAT A GIRL COULD ASK FOR. Being able to perfectly relate to a main character is difficult, difficult for many authors to conquer because at the same time, they don't want their characters to seem boring and bland. (Not that readers are boring and bland! I hope you all know what I secretly, inwardly am trying to say). The New Guy was focused on so many concepts and themes. This was not just about Jules' romance with a pop-star-turned-ordinary-teenager. Amy Spalding played with modern, diverse issues that YA fiction needs more of. Jules has two moms, which plays an interesting role into how she seeks help with her relationship problems with Alex. She also has big dreams (as I do) to get into Brown University and be able to conquer the world. She becomes the editor-in-chief for her school newspaper, which turns into a battle once a weekly podcast on the school's televisions begins by her mortal enemy, Natalie. Just when things could not get worse, there is a romance to worry about, impressing her teachers for good letters of recommendation, and friendship-related issues that she needs to keep in mind in order to save her friendship with her best friend. Sounds like every teenager, right? Just kidding, everyone is different! I do kind of see myself in this chick. Overachievers rule! There were little to no issues with this book. I fell in love with the story from its first page, which I had begun the night before an airplane trip back home from my relaxing vacation. I had a night flight, and finished it in one sitting. Everyone on the plane was sleeping, while my row was the only one with the light on. (Okay. That's a little over-exaggeration). I know that a book is good when I'm that addicted to it. Jules especially captivated me with her sweet, innocent but wicked voice. Wicked as in amusing, of course. She and Alex made a perfect power couple, and I love how Amy Spalding always incorporates music culture into her stories. I can tell that she is a HUGE fan of boybands. That's adorable! Spalding adds that extra quirk into contemporary fiction that many authors do not have; the lyrics to the songs that she makes up are hilariously catchy! Alex was such a hottie. Although his and Jules' relationship seemed rushed and very instant-ty, I am a big fan of Julex, or Ales, or whatever ship name you decide to pair the two with. They instantly clicked, bonding over dog walking and the cute things in life. That's a kind of man I need. Another fictional boyfriend to add to the list? I do think so. In a rush, here are fifty reasons why (I wish), eight reasons why The New Guy would be perfect for you: •This could help persuade you and cure your senioritis. Not that I know what that feels like. •Jules has the quirkiest attitude ever. A reader cannot help but adore her personality and life mottos! •It is a chick-lit, but encounters so many more YA issues that need to be explained. A hint of LGBTQ, a hint of gorgeous friendships, a hint of music... this is absolutely stunning. •It gives you a perspective of what it's like to be an overachiever and have dreams... without procrastination. Jules' life shows that you could make time for everything at any time. It's crazy. •Alex and Jules' relationship is so, so sweet. They go on and off within the story, for reasons that make sense. They are a strong, power couple. •The humour! I had so many laugh-out-loud moments with this story, which doesn't happen often. •The pacing. I read this in a jiffy and I cannot help but yearn for it again. Who knows? Maybe once my TBR pile weakens (NEVER. BEA IS COMING) I'll give it a go again! It's too good. •I say it's good. You know, you should all trust me some more.
Date published: 2017-01-19
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

Editorial Reviews

"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