When Amy, on her way to becoming valedictorian of her graduating class and getting accepted to her dream school, gets dumped by her long-term boyfriend, she takes a job at a record store to ease the pain. She needs a distraction, badly.
Oliver, Amy’s record store co-worker, isn’t so sure about Amy—his complete opposite—but what he is sure of is his decision not to go to college. He just can’t figure out how to tell his mother.
As they work late-night shifts at the record store, Amy and Oliver become friends and then confidantes and then something more, but when Amy has a hard time letting go of what she thought was her perfect future with her ex, she risks losing the future she didn’t even know she wanted with Oliver.
All Our Worst Ideas is about a girl who expects nothing but the best from herself. She has the perfect boyfriend, is in the running to be valedictorian of her high school class, and plans to get into Stanford. But, when she suddenly starts a new part time job, everything seems to go awry. Her boyfriend decides to break up with her and she has a unique co-worker at her new job who is slightly attractive…and slightly distracting.
I love reading books that feature smart heroines, but one of my least favorite tropes is when a girl decides to ruin her future for a boy. So, once I got to the middle of this book, I was a bit worried. Would it end up being a book I loved or a book I hated? Well, for fear of spoiling, I’m not going to say much more than…I loved it!
All Our Worst Ideas was a really fun read because the characters all had depth. Plus, not only were they well-written, but they also surprised me. The author did an amazing job of setting up the reader to fall into the trap of “oh I bet X character will do Y thing because of Z reason…” BUT THEN SOMETHING ELSE WOULD HAPPEN INSTEAD. Actually, this book makes me realize the importance of not judging people based on initial impressions. I really can’t say more without spoiling but I loved that I couldn’t predict what was going to happen.
Throughout All Our Worst Ideas, there is a series of messy friendships, relationships, and family moments. There were times of sadness and frustration, but also times of happiness and feeling proud. It is also a book where many characters have to decide whether or not they should stick with their convictions, regardless of the results.
“My heart is pounding, the way your heart pounds when you’ve made up your mind, when you know what you want, when you know you’re going to go after it.”
Overall I really enjoyed this book and give it 4.5/5 stars.