Author: Jennifer Honeybourn
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: July 18, 2017
Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.
So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.
But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.
❃ 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. ❃
Welcome to my stop on the Wesley James Ruined My Life blog tour, hosted by Raincoast Books. This is such a fun and summery book that is perfect for the beach. I had the opportunity to review the book and interview the author, Jennifer Honeybourn, so be sure to keep reading for her answer to my question!
REVIEW: Wesley James Ruined My Life
I have always been a fan of good old revenge stories, so Wesley James Ruined My Life instantly drew me in. It is all about a girl who is stuck working with an old friend, who became her enemy years ago. The medieval restaurant setting is so original, and the main character is a little obstinate but also compassionate. I really enjoyed this one, and it is perfect for the summer.
This book has such an entertaining plot. It is all about a girl who ends up working with her enemy, a boy who ruined her life. She vows to get revenge on him by getting him fired from the job, but finds herself falling for him. I love the enemies-to-lovers trope, and the way it plays out in this book is so adorable. Wesley and Quinn’s conversations are so amusing and real. This is such a cute and quick read that is perfect for those who enjoy a good revenge story and rekindled love.
I absolutely adored the setting in this story! The main characters work at a medieval restaurant called Tudor Tymes that is honestly so over-the-top. King Henry VIII thinks he has actual power over all the employees and really gets into his role. This place is so developed, and I would love to visit it if it were a real restaurant. I am always one for a unique and quirky setting, so I was thrilled to see Quinn taking on an unconventional waitressing job.
Stubborn Main Character
Quinn is such a stubborn main character. She holds a grudge against Wesley for all those years, even though I feel like she could have given him more of a chance. However, she makes up for it with her generosity. Quinn has always dreamed of going to London, and has been saving up to go there on a trip with the school band. She is so determined to make her dream a reality, but is willing to put it on hold in an instant to help her dad out. I loved the way she prioritizes others’ needs before her own… Except for Wesley’s.
Wesley James Ruined My Life is a cute contemporary about a girl trying to get revenge on the boy who she believes ruined her life. I enjoyed the medieval restaurant setting and the main character’s kindness. This is a perfect book for the summer, and I would recommend it to those looking for a fun read to take to the beach.
INTERVIEW: Jennifer Honeybourne, Author of Wesley James Ruined My Life
(CC): Your Goodreads profile states that you are a fan of “epic, happily-ever-after love stories.” Is there one in particular that inspired Wesley James Ruined My Life? What are some of your favourite love stories?
(JH): I am a sucker for a good love story, but there isn’t one story in particular that inspired WESLEY JAMES RUINED MY LIFE. I’m inspired by all of them! In terms of books, some of my favorites include Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Just One Day by Gayle Foreman, Slammed by Colleen Hoover, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett and Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.