Review of Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth
I loved this! I was a big fan of Smyth’s, The Falling in Love Montage, so this book was on the top of my must-read of 2021 list. My expectations were high, but this book met every single one of them. I’m happily surprised to say this, but I thought this book was actually better than TFILM. This is the kind of book that I think is just a must for YA fans. And even if you are not a huge YA fan, this book is written so well that I think you will love it anyway.
This book didn’t even give me a minute to settle in. I was hooked after a few lines and Smyth had me wrapped around her little finger for the rest of the book. The writing was so good and there were many brilliant lines. I can’t even tell you how many quotes I wanted to write down since I lost track. I love Smyth’s humor. She is so witty and it is the kind of book humor that actually works for me. If I wasn’t so swamped with reading, I’d be turning back to page one -as soon as I finished this review- to read this whole book again. There are so many lines and parts that I want to enjoy again and if you read my reviews, you will know I’m not a big re-reader so it’s a huge compliment to Smyth’s writing.
Unlike The Falling in Love Montage, this is more of a coming-of-age story than a romance. There is a cute, sort of enemies to lovers romance, but it’s not the main focus. However, I thought the amount of romance worked perfectly with the book. With everything else going on for our main character, the amount of romance was a good fit and I thought the couple was adorable too.
While the plot is very good, never boring and keeps you turning the pages, the characters were the heart of the book for me. I loved them all. Aideen, is the perfect main character to be in the headspace of and every other important or secondary character was well done too. There were no cardboard cut-outs, instead, everyone was really fleshed out with their own unique voice.
This was the kind of YA that gave me all the feels. I did cry a little at one point and had some misty eyes until the end, but the humor helped to keep this book much more in the feel-good lane. This is the kind of YA book I love. I honestly have no complaints and am a very happy camper. I’m looking forward to gushing and chatting about this book as more reviews start coming in.
A copy was given to me for a review.