Updated: Sep 10, 2021
About the Book
Book: Victoria Grace: The Jerkface
Author: S.E. Clancy
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Release Date: June 15, 2020
Ever since Tori Weston and MamaBear were abandoned by her dad, finances have been tighter than a new pair of skinny jeans. As if keeping her grades up for scholarships and working every spare moment weren’t enough, Tori gets suckered into visiting a retirement home and paired with ancient resident Marigold Williams. After learning she’s the only one to visit Marigold in decades, Tori becomes a regular at Willow Springs. Besides, someone has to help with her history homework.
Corbin Dallas barges into Tori’s life with a prosthetic leg and a dimple, working his way into her hectic schedule. Though she tries to deny it, there’s something beyond his Texan drawl that gets Tori hoping she’s more than his sidekick. Together, they race to find Marigold’s missing family before she fades away. Tori ditches her soul-sucking job, along with her dreams of having a paint-peeled clunker to call her own, in order to help her friend one last time.
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Where to start. So S. E. Clancy has a great, sarcastic, deadpan way of writing. I did laugh out loud a few times during the book. I even liked the premise of the story. But when it actually came to reading the book, I had a hard time finishing. I think there was too much of the mundane that took away from the actual plot. The characters were likable, but I wished we spent less time watching them eating and sitting next to each other. I was missing the action and emotion.
Even though, as I said, the story was told in a deadpan way, it was a sweet story of love and friendship. Despite this book not being my style, I would still try reading her future novels. If for no other reason, to get some ideas for witty comebacks.
About the Author
S.E. Clancy (aka Sarah) is a bit of a sci-fi nerd, geek, and self-proclaimed dork. There isn’t much she won’t try at least once…unless it involves mayonnaise, because that stuff is just gross. You can learn more about her at seclancy.com.