{Review} The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras @ekatwrites @GriffinTeen @StMartinsPress

November 23, 2016 Reviews, Young Adult 4 ★★★½

{Review} The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras @ekatwrites @GriffinTeen @StMartinsPressThe Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras
Pages: 272
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on November 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Social Issues
Source: eARC from Publisher

A contemporary YA novel about growing up and learning that loving yourself is more important than trying to be perfect.

AP Exams – check
SAT test – check
College Application – check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check

Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has always had a plan—and no room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection comes to a screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Viv feels like a complete and utter failure.

Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Viv realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.

YA ReviewMy Thoughts

The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras is a young adult standalone contemporary. I think a lot of high school students will be able to relate to some aspect of the story and of Viviana‘s character. I really enjoyed this story. There were some things I absolutely loved, and there were a few things I thought detracted from the flow of the story. Overall, it was a very good book, and I think a lot of people will really enjoy the story and be able to relate to it.

Let’s start with the things I liked. I was able to put myself in Viviana‘s shoes pretty easily. (for the most part.) I was an overachiever in high school too and I was very concerned with grades and doing everything perfect. Everything seems like such a big deal back then. One bad test score could ruin my GPA and ruin my chances at college or at scholarships, etc. I got what she was going through. And with the pressure of getting into a good school even greater than it has been in the past, I feel like a lot of people will be able to relate to the stress Viviana is under. I also loved that each of chapters started out in the form of a multiple choice question to show something Viviana was going through in her life. It was hilarious and so very accurate for standardized testing answers. Which made it even funnier. I also really liked the overall plot line. There are some of the smaller side plots that I thought took away from the overall flow of the story, but in general I really liked the journey Viviana went on.

And now for the things I didn’t love so much. I thought there was a lot going on. Some was very relevant to the story and some of it seemed surprising and out of place. Any one of these issues might have been ok on their own, and would have been a very nice complement to the stresses Viviana was under, but taken all together it seemed like a bit too much. I don’t want to say what they are , but if you would like a spoiler you can see what I mean here–> View Spoiler » There is a lot going on in the sidelines of this story. I wish we would have picked one or two of those things and worked them into the story, but not all of them. As it was, it all worked well together but it did have my head spinning a bit as the reader.

Bottom line: I really liked Viviana, and her friend, and the writing for this story is excellent. I loved how relateable Viviana seemed. I think many readers will love The Best Possible Answer for that very reason. I loved all of the standardized test humor and questions that were woven into the story. I do think there were too many things going on in the subplots. It detracted from my enjoyment of the story, but not by much. Overall, The Best Possible Answer was a great read.

blue3.5 See @BookBriefs #review of The Best Possible Answer by @ekatwrites @GriffinTeen @StMartinsPress Click To Tweet

You can watch the book trailer for The Best Possible Answer HERE

About E. Katherine Kottaras

E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, but now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is at her happiest when she is either 1) at the playground with her husband and daughter and their wonderful community of friends, 2) breathing deeply in a full handstand, or 3) writing. She now lives in Los Angeles where she’s hard at work on her next book.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

4 Responses to “{Review} The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras @ekatwrites @GriffinTeen @StMartinsPress”

  1. Morgan

    I was the same way in high school and college. I’ll have to pick this one up because I’ll be able to relate to the heroine.

  2. sam

    I agree. I thought there was SO much going on in this book (I actually gave it 3.5 stars too), however, my overall impression of the book was still positive. Great review.

  3. danielle hammelef

    Thanks for the review. I have a senior in high school that is applying to colleges and taking exams. I think this would be a book that would help me relive the pressures I went through and maybe I will have a deeper understanding of the stress my daughter is going through now.

  4. Clarisa Ramirez

    Sounds like something I need with the stress of school. It doesn’t sound like a lot going on to deal with or maybe I had friends who did were two of them found out they were half-siblings and then founding out both of their same father was dead. Honestly so much can happen. Love the cover too!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.