In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks
published on April 28th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
young adult | fantasy | contemporary | romance
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High school senior Jonathan Aubrey creates worlds at will. In Kylie-Simms-is-my-girlfriend, he’s given himself everything he doesn’t have in real life-–the track team, passing grades, and his dream girl–-until one day he confuses his worlds and almost kisses the real Kylie Simms. Now his girlfriend Kylie and the real Kylie are changing, and Jonathan must solve the mystery of his own life to save his love from a gruesome fate.
*I received a digital review copy for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Light fantasies aren’t usually my thing, since I’m all for hardcore world-building and all that, but surprisingly, In a World Just Right was an enjoyable read! Reminiscent of Kasie West’s Pivot Point, romance lovers will surely enjoy this one.
Honestly, I was expecting this to be a detail-heavy book that focused on the parallel universe aspect, but that definitely wasn’t the case. In fact, this book read more like a realistic fiction novel than a fantasy which is totally fine by me, being a fan of those myself. Fantasy took a backseat while the character development reigned.
Despite this book being written by a female, Jonathan’s voice was authentically male. I didn’t have to remind myself that I was reading from the point of view of a guy, like in other books. It wasn’t only his voice that was realistic, but also his personality. Jonathan had wants and needs like a teenage boy. He wanted a world where he had a girlfriend, and although that was kind of creepy, he did it. He was sweet towards this girlfriend of his, and they were cute together.
The “actual” (you’ll get me when you finally read the book) romance happened a bit suddenly, but there’s a reason behind it all, so it wasn’t bothersome at all. Kylie was an interesting love interest–she was honest about her feelings, and I really liked that about her.
Because of this book not really going into depth with the fantasy elements, lots of questions were still floating in my head after I finished, like: a) HOW is Jonathan able to create worlds? and b) how the heck are people not noticing when Jonathan is nowhere to be found and is in a different freaking world?
This book was also full of crazy twists. Like, you can’t trust anything or anyone in this book. Seriously. The twists made me go HOLY SHIT! every single time. And you won’t even see any of them coming until they’re right in front of your faces.
In a World Just Right is an easy read, perfect for anyone looking for some drama, romance, and world-hopping.
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