ARC Review: It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick

Posted January 18, 2016 by Nori in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

ARC Review: It’s All Your Fault by Paul RudnickIt's All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick
Published by Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Genres: Light Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: Physical ARC
Source: Publisher

One last chance. One wild weekend. Flat out the funniest book of the year.
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!!!!

Imagine a homeschooled girl, Caitlyn, whose family is extremely Christian and embodies the “we must never sin” motto. Now, imagine that Caitlyn has a cousin named Heller who is a movie star, and over the past few years has managed to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, do drugs, go to rehab, and possibly get married. Oh right- and to make it more interesting, they’re approximately the same age. Now take a guess how many of the above things Caitlyn has done! The answer? Zero. She hasn’t even been kissed!

These two girls have had very different lives, until one day when everything changes. Caitlyn decides that it is her mission to help Heller recover from all of her sins, and so she leaves behind her extremely sheltered life…and goes to Heller. The only issue? Heller doesn’t want Caitlyn’s help.

This book is honestly impossible to describe in words. It’s not really a novel- it’s more of a detailed account of what happened to Caitlyn when she was reunited with Heller. I will definitely admit that the contrast between Caitlyn and Heller was hysterical. For example, it was rare for Heller to speak without dropping some sort of curse word. In comparison, here’s a brief quote from Caitlyn: “I’m warning you! Because I am…a fully authorized warning person!”

Caitlyn exemplified the perfect, awkward, naive girl who got stuck in a situation beyond her control, and became hopelessly lost. Luckily, she took it pretty well, and I felt like I was laughing with Caitlyn rather than at her. Along with everything else that I already mentioned, Caitlyn was also fiercely loyal. Even though she hadn’t seen Heller in years, when Heller was in trouble, she always came up with some way to help her. Also, something that was interesting about Caitlyn was that she had anxiety and OCD. I think the author did a great job with keeping her character well balanced, and I definitely enjoyed reading from her perspective.

As far as the plot goes, it was very light and fluffy, and made me laugh. At the same time, it didn’t amaze me, and I felt like there wasn’t much depth in the story itself. There was some romance and a tiny love triangle, but it didn’t really play an important part in the story. I think it was actually unnecessary, and just used as a filler.

Overall, if you’re looking for a funny read that is lighthearted, It’s All Your Fault is a great choice. If you’re looking for something with depth, I wouldn’t suggest it. I give it 3.5/5stars.


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5 responses to “ARC Review: It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick

  1. Lynnette

    I think I’ll have to reserve this one as a pick-me-up book for the future. You can never have too many of those!

  2. Sarah Cone

    Hmm… Not sure I’ll try this one…I like humor and the Odd Couple-like characters but especially when it’s contemporary, I’m always concerned that a book with any extreme religious ppl in the forefront or as a main storyline point will just put me off by being preachy and make it less enjoyable.As always though, I appreciate your review!

  3. Sounds like a great light read for a rainy day – sometimes I just want to read something that isn’t so full on and heavy. Some of the moments in the book sound hilarious – fully authorised warning person – lol!

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