Published by Scholastic Press on January 26, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Humor
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
One last chance. One wild weekend.
My name is Caitlin and up until forty-eight hours ago I had never:
Tasted alcohol, kissed a boy, sang in public at the top of my lungs, kidnapped anyone or--WHAT? STOLEN A CONVERTIBLE?
Now I'm in jail and I have no idea what I'm going to tell:
The police, my parents, the mayor, all of those camera crews and everyone on Twitter.
I have just noticed that:
My nose is pierced and I have-WAIT? IS THAT A TATTOO?
I blame one person for this entire insane weekend:
My famous cousin.
Who is also my former best friend.
Who I have HATED for the past four years.
Who I miss like crazy. NO I DON'T!!!!
IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT, HELLER HARRIGAN!!!!
It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick is a young adult contemporary novel that will have you laughing your butt off. Leave all of your political agendas, and social views behind and sit back for a couple of hours of really witty dialogue, and pure irreverent hilarity. I thoroughly enjoyed Caitlin and her cousin Heller’s whirlwind weekend. The end was surprisingly sweet too. It’s All Your Fault is a very fun book. You have to put your sensitivities aside, and just let yourself go with it. If you do, I think you will have a blast with It’s All Your Fault. Paul Rudnick is one funny dude.
It’s All Your Fault is the story of what happens when you mix a very sheltered, very religious “good girl” with her very famous, very do as you please, try everything once cousin. Caitlin and Heller used to be close when they were younger but they had a falling out over a big (and mysterious) event in their past. You eventually find out just what happened between them. I’m not sure what I thought the event was going to be, but I certainly didn’t think it was going to be what it actually was. Paul, you surprised the heck out of me with that one.
Heller and Caitlin get into a lot of, let’s just say mischief, in one weekend. Caitlin is put in charge of making sure her cousin doesn’t get into any trouble before her big movie premiere, and Caitlin has it in her head to cure Heller of her sins. Heller has other ideas. And the result is a whole lotta fun. That being said, are there going to be things in this book that offend you. I feel pretty confident in saying, yes. Paul Rudnick holds no punches, and nothing is off limits. Which is what I think makes a great comedian. You can’t be scared of offending people. But if you just put all of that aside and choose not to take this book too seriously, you will have a great time with the story. I know you will laugh out loud on multiple occasions.
Bottom line: It’s All Your Fault is one heck of a hilarious journey. The one liners had me laughing out loud almost every other page. I am not joking. And the ending put a big smile on my face. This is a great book to grab when you are in the mood for something not too serious, but something seriously funny. A word of warning though: Maybe pass on this book if you are easily offended.
P.S. spoiler alert here–>View Spoiler »I feel like Paul took elements of movies and shows and wove them into the story. Some of them were obvious- like Hanna Montana and Heller’s show, like the singing religious family, every high school movie in the 80s and 90s where the kids would jump off dams and gorges/someone died from it, etc. but some were more subtle, and I really enjoyed that. I thought it added another level to the story. « Hide Spoiler
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