Review: Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell

Review: Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell

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Welcome to my stop along the blog tour for Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell! This book is perfect for fans of YA contemporary. Keep reading to learn more about the book and my favourite quotes.

Review: Just For Clicks by Kara McDowellTitle: Just For Clicks
Author: Kara McDowell
Also by this author: One Way or Another
Publisher: Amberjack
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they're expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as "just Claire"? And what should Claire do about Mom's old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don't sound like Mom's perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .

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

Review: Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell

Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell is a book that discusses internet fame and the struggles young influencers face. I loved the prominent theme of family and the main character who faces many challenges. The story provides interesting insight, and some heavy topics are discussed alongside some fun.

❀ Internet Influencers

This book tells the story of Claire and Poppy, internet influencers who pretty much have it all. However, Claire wants to be normal, but the brand would fall apart if she were to quit. I enjoyed how the story tackles the subject of what family is, and I love any book about sisters. There are also some multimedia aspects such as texts and emails at the end of each chapter, which are an engaging addition. Fans of books about internet culture will enjoy this one.

❀ Realistic Main Character

Claire is a realistic main character, and I sympathized with her. She doesn’t really fit in with the rest of her family, but she also doesn’t want to disappoint them. Everything about her is available online, and she feels pressure to contribute to the brand instead of being her true self. I was glad to see her transform and go with what she wants throughout the book.

❀ Thought-Provoking

Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell is a thought-provoking novel that raises questions about today’s internet culture and internet fame. I enjoyed the theme of family and the authentic main character. I enjoyed this one, and I would recommend it to those looking for a book that is both cute and contemplative.

Favourite Quotes: Just FOr clicks by Kara McDowell

“Rafael is a rainy day at the end of an unbearable drought. Unexpected, refreshing, and enchanting.”

“Mom was right about one thing. Internet strangers don’t deserve to control my happiness.”

“When we started our blog, we had the same goals. Followers and money and fame. Influence. Somewhere along the way, I realized it was better to change my goals than spend a lifetime in second place.”

About Kara McDowell

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Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. As the middle of five children, Kara entertained her family on long road trips by reading short mystery stories out loud and forcing everyone to guess the conclusion. After graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in English Literature, Kara worked as a freelance writer. Now she writes young adult novels from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.

JUST FOR CLICKS is Kara's debut novel.

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18 thoughts on “Review: Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell

  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    This book went immediately on my TBR when I first heard about it. This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to dive in.

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