I received a free eARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Just for Clicks is a debut novel from Kara McDowell about an internet famous family consisting of a Mommy Blogger mother, Ashley, and her twin daughters Claire and Poppy. While Ashley and Poppy seem to adore their lives, with all the free clothes and the adoring fans and trips to Fashion Week, Claire no longer wants to be a part of it.
The story itself was a bit of a roller coaster ride, with what felt like multiple main plot points swirled together. There were a few mundane interludes between the interesting parts that had me contemplating skipping ahead, but I made myself persevere. All in all it was a quick, cute read. Not as fluffy as I’d expected, but that’s not a bad thing.
Claire was actually a bit frustrating at times. She has trouble speaking up and having serious conversations, and spends way too much time worrying about what other people have to say about her. I can completely understand all of that, but the ways she handled situations that arose that would require a real conversation were so immature. In the end, though, she learned a lot and grew as a character, which was really nice to read.
Poppy and Ashley I didn’t have as much of an opinion on. They were definitely very distinct characters and I liked them for the most part. With Poppy I loved how loyal she was to Claire, even if they were fighting. It was very sisterly and beautiful. And with Ashley I appreciated seeing how much she adores her daughters, even while seeing how career oriented and focused she could be to the point of not recognizing how Claire really feels.
Rafael, the adorable love interest, was probably my favorite. The romantic subplot of this book was not a main focal point which made the relationship feel a bit rushed, but it was still really cute. Rafael is adorable and sweet and very interesting.
There were a handful of other characters significant enough to the plot but none were really interesting enough to catch my attention.
The general growth of the main characters was satisfying and real.
There’s an underlying message of family not needing to be blood that I absolutely loved.
Between some chapters were little text messages or emails that Claire received through the story and at times the placement of these was a little confusing. It wasn’t always easy to mentally place them in the timeline. Maybe that’d be easier to do with a physical copy, but as far as an ebook, it didn’t quite flow.
I would have liked to see more of what life is like for an internet famous family. It didn’t quite feel like it gave as much of a full picture as I’d been expecting.
I’m not sure if this is something I would want to reread but I would at least recommend it to my friends.