Book Review: Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner

Posted July 17, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze WinegardnerAnya and the Shy Guy (Entangled Crush) by Suze Winegardner
Published by Macmillan on July 14th 2015
Genres: Family, Homelessness & Poverty, Love & Romance, Siblings, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 231
Format: eARC
Source: Entangled Publishing
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It’s always the quiet ones… Anya Anderson doesn’t just need a big break, she needs any break. Living on the streets doesn’t leave a girl many options, so when she scores a gig reporting on the Seconds to Juliet tour, she jumps at the chance to earn enough money to sleep somewhere safe. And the paycheck will get bigger—and keep her off the streets for good—if she can dig up dirt on Will Fray, the irritatingly hot “shy guy” of the band. Problem is, Will Fray isn't who everyone thinks he is. In fact, he’s not Will at all. Matt, Will's identical twin, is actually the guy onstage, reluctantly covering for his brother while he’s in rehab. To make matters worse, Matt’s being shadowed by a cute reporter with troubled eyes determined to get the scoop. On him. And he's having trouble finding the willpower to keep his distance… But if the secret gets out, it won't just be his head on a platter—it’ll be the whole band’s.

“Anya and the Shy Guy” by Suze Winegardner has such amazing characters. They had so much depth to them. If you want to see some great characters, this is definitely the book to read. I love when I get to really know the characters. Fleshed out character is what makes reading worthwhile. With all the secrets and lies that are embedded in this story, it is hard not to worry about whether each character would be found out. Anya is working for Wow Sounds as a reporter. The Wow Sounds website said that she is married with kids however she is actually only seventeen years old. Anya grew up on the streets always moving from different shelters. Since she has experience in floating around, she was told to follow around Will Fray to write an article about him.

Now this Will Fray that Anya has to follow around isn’t truly Will Fray. The current Will Fray is actually Matt Fray. Now Matt Fray is Will’s twin brother. The real Will Fray injured himself and ended up in rehab. Since no one in the band knows how truly bad Will hurt himself, Matt replaced him. Matt has to be like Will all the time and it is hard because there is so many little things that Will does that Matt has to try to remember. Then when Matt catches himself slipping up, he has to find ways to cover up his mistakes.

When Anya and Will (Matt) meet, they hit it off. They are completely awkward together. Since they both have really big secrets and they aren’t sure who to trust. Their relationship is so endearing and loveable. It is super cute. It is fun to watch the two of them interact because it is like watching two little kids learn to play with each other. I love it. These characters were amazing.

I have to say that the part I was disappointed in, is the fact that the ending was rushed. The conflict in the story was always easily resolved. It seemed like the conflict didn’t last long at all. With that being said, I do have to say that I really liked this novel and I think it is definitely worth reading. If anyone wants to learn more about good character development, then definitely read this books.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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