Sunday, December 9, 2012

{Review} Another 365 Days by K. E. Payne

Title: Another 365 Days
Author: K. E. Payne
Format: NetGalley e-book ARC
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Release Date: January 15th, 2013
Date Read: November 28th, 2012


Life’s sweet when you’re seventeen and in love, right? Clemmie Atkins certainly thinks so! She’s still madly in love with her girlfriend, the hot and super-confident EMO, Hannah Harrison, and her irritating sister, HRBH, will soon be leaving home to go to university.

But just when it seems that life is finally pretty darn cool, a new distraction at school threatens to upset everything, and the return of the enigmatic and sexy J with a startling confession confuses things further...

Clemmie has another 365 days to try to get her life back on track...but will it be enough?

ANOTHER 365 DAYS was a book that for some mysterious reason I had very high expectations. I honestly don't know why but the moment I saw it, I knew that I had to read it. My expectations disappeared the moment I opened the Kindle book and I knew that I would detest this book instead of adore it.

ANOTHER 365 DAYS is a book that personally, I find it hard to imagine anyone would adore. Filled with grammatical errors, terribly unlikeable characters, idiotic situations, and slut shaming - it is atrocious.

Another aspect of the book that I truly hated was how K.E. Payne seems to think that all teens are freaking idiots. Constantly Clemmie, the main character, would say something that just made me think, "how did this girl pass 5th grade?"

She thinks that metrosexual means that an individual likes to have sex in (and or with) metros. When someone mentioned a picture of Madonna hanging in the hallway of a very religious family's home, Clemmie thought she meant this Madonna:

instead of:



Clemmie was a freaking moron, in addition to many other words that I will be calling here. In addition to her obvious idiocy, Clemmie is judgmental, bitchy, whiny, angsty, shallow, and finally vapid. As you can tell, I really like her. 

Clemmie wouldn't be as horrible if the book was not about romance. In the course of the book, there are three love interests. Usually, she was more than one at a time. Now, I don't have anything against polygamous relationships, but in those sorts of relationships, the various partners are aware of the other partner(s), unlike with Clemmie and love interest of the month.

Clemmie starts off with one girl, who she always describes as "sexy, adorable, beautiful, and EMO (with all caps)". Then around 30% in, something happens and they break up. Within two or three days, Clemmie hooks up with another girl. She then decides around 50% that she wants the other girl back. So they have sex together a few times. Eventually Clemmie breaks up with the second girl (after a week or two of sex with Girl 1). Around 80% Girl 3 comes in. Apparently she decides to go bisexual for Clemmie and starts flirting/molesting her. Eventually they hook up at a party. Then Clemmie decided to go back to Girl 1 and the end. Does that even make any sense?

Clemmie is probably up there with Zoey Redbird from MARKED in terms of how much I hate her - which is saying a lot because even back when I thought Twilight was the awesomest book ever (yes I went through that phase), I hated that book. 

Her EMO girlfriend (whose name I forgot and I'm too lazy to go and get my kindle) number one was very stereotypically emo. In fact, she wore chains and dog tags up to her armpits and only had black clothes. She started off as sort of emo, erm, EMO but then around 50% in the book, she goes off the deep end. Nauseating. 

Girlfriend 2 was just as bad. Nothing else to say. She wasn't EMO, but she wasn't anything special. 

Girlfriend 3 (J) was another stereotypical evil girl trying to ruin relationships. More of a side plot then an actual plot, like the summary makes it sound. In the end, she looses and there's another happy ending. Yay. 

Plot and Writing

Plot? Whut's dat?

This book has no real plot, it's just some jumbled relationship drama coupled with a lacklustre coming out story - which doesn't really happen. The moral of the story seems to be that it's perfectly fine to cheat on all your girlfriends at some point because "you're confused".

Da fuq?

No seriously guys, this is basically what the book is about. As you can imagine, it was an angst filled ride that made me want to go scream into my pillow. What was K. E. Payne thinking when she wrote this book? It's not a good message, contrary to what she might think her book is saying. Just no. No no no no no no no. NO.

Out of everything I have covered, the writing has to be one of the most atrocious things about this book. Hashtags are used in the book.

Hash. Tags. 

The thing is this book is a journal written by the MC. No, it's not a blog journal. It's a written journal (and Clemmie makes sure everyone knows it). If you write a journal, or ever have written one, did you ever write stuff like "#fuckmylife" and "#urrrrrrggggghh"? 

No. No you didn't. 

The book is terribly written, even if we forget about the text abbreviations and hashtags. Run on sentences, sentence fragments, badly formatted sentences - this book has everything. It just makes me so grrr. I'm going to stop now, to prevent this review from turning into an angry mess filled with gifs and cap lock abuse. 

Likes and Dislikes

- Nothing

- Everything


I hated this book. The end.

Lisbeth is an American teenager who enjoys blowing shit up in videogames and discussing decapitation in great detail. She's also obsessed with Oceana, but you're not supposed to know that.

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