Five Minute Friday: A Really Awesome Mess

17288907A Really Awesome Mess

A hint of Recovery Road, a sample of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and a cut of Juno. A Really Awesome Mess is a laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching/heart-warming story of two teenagers struggling to find love and themselves.

Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.
Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin’s summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents’ divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog– and Emmy definitely doesn’t. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.


I received this story from about a month ago and with me being is such a reading slump, I didn’t have the heart to pick it up. After reading an ARC of PAWN last week, I finally decided it was time to crack this beauty open. I am so glad I waited to read! I began reading in class with my students. Yes, I read with my students once per week. I need to show them that adults read too! Anyway, heads kept turning in my direction because I was laughing out loud in places.

Now, I’m not quite finished reading A REALLY AWESOME MESS but I can already tell this will be a five star rating on Goodreads from me!!


Posted on October 25, 2013, in Book Review, Review, YA Writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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