Review: Beyond Clueless by Linas Alsenas

Fun and fast read with some important tales to tell. 

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Beyond Clueless summary

Marty Sullivan’s life ends, basically, when her parents enroll her in a private high school. A private, Catholic, girls-only high school. Meanwhile, at their local public school, her best friend, Jimmy, comes out of the closet and finds himself a boyfriend and a new group of friends. Marty feels left out and alone, until she gets a part in the school musical, Into the Woods, and Jimmy and his new crew are in it, too! Things start looking even better when Marty falls for foxy fellow cast member Felix Peroni. And Felix seems to like her back. But the drama is just beginning. Can Marty and Jimmy keep up their friendship? And is Marty’s new beau everything he appears to be? Or is Marty too clueless to figure it all out before it’s too late?

Beyond Clueless review

This fun and fast read is a perfect holiday novel, filled with quirky characters that’ll have you giggling away. I can’t say it comes close to making its way into my all-time favourites, but it’s an enjoyable read with some important messages nonetheless.

You’ll first think that the instalove is pretty painful, but be patient because as the story unfolds, you’ll find that Linas makes up for things later with a great twist that I thought was brilliantly thought-provoking.

I found some of the characters quite difficult to connect with, and I wonder whether that’s because there are so many in what’s a reasonably short novel, but I did really enjoy the school play theme and the unexpected ending.

My rating

3.5/5 stars

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