You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance
Published by: Hot Key Books
Format: Paperback ARC
Release date: 23/08/18
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Gracie Dart has always worked hard and she’s got a wall covered with revision timetables and French verbs to prove it. But now GCSEs are behind her and she suddenly starts to think: what was the POINT of it all?
When Gracie thinks she’s dying of a disgusting tropical illness, she starts to worry she’s been wasting her best years being sensible. It’s like people say: you only live once – so isn’t it about time she started LIVING?
(OK, so the tropical illness turned out to be a fake-tan miscalculation. Anyone could make the same mistake.)
When Gracie decides to do something, she does it properly. Gracie Dart is about to live out her dreams. However embarrassing.
I had never heard of this book before I saw that they were giving away ARC’s at YALC, but when I did hear about it, I knew it was one I wanted to read. I always love a good, funny contemporary, so I was really happy to get a copy at YALC.
The main character, Gracie, was so over dramatic about everything, but I didn’t find it annoying. It was actually done in a really funny way. I also found some of the situations she got into really funny. I also felt like she learnt some important stuff by the end, and I really liked the message of this book.
There was LGBT representation in this book, which was awesome. I can’t say how accurate it was, but I did appreciate the fact that it wasn’t one of those books where the entire plot is how the character is going to come out and how everyone will take it.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to book two, which comes out in February so I don’t have too long to wait.
This has been compared to Geek Girl (which I haven’t read), so if you liked that, pick up You Only Live Once.