OMG! Did you hear about Teddy and Kim?
The That’s Not What I Heard blog tour has started and I’ve heard ALL the new about why Teddy and Kim are breaking up. Someone said that Teddy is moving to Italy, you know? And also he released all those snakes on the first floor omg!!!
You should totally check out my review below for this tea session, and scroll to the bottom of my stop on this blog tour to hear ALL about what Kim’s sister said about her and Teddy’s relationship.
Get ready. The gossip is just starting.
I actually had a ton of fun reading this one, and absolutely sped through it! Stephanie Kate Strohm’s books are always so entertaining for me, and although this book is a little different from her normal writing, I still enjoyed reading.
While Love a la Mode was a lot more light and fluffy and romantic, That’s Not What I Heard is a lot more quirky, gossipy, high school craziness. Think Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack. Crazy, a little out there, but still so much fun.
Basically, Kim and Teddy who have been a couple since what seems like birth, break up for unknown reasons, and the gossip chain starts and the whole school goes CRAZY and breaks into factions pro-Kim, pro-Teddy, anti-both, pro-both, they-don’t-even-exist-and-aren’t-actually-here. Things get wild, and it comes together in a silly, funny way.
There are a bunch of points of view in this book, but it actually wasn’t hard to remember? And this is coming from the girl who is NOTORIOUS for forgetting names. I’m literally the worst.
But all of the characters were very distinct and unique and they all had voices and motivations and the way Strohm brought them together was really fun. I knew who was who just by seeing the name, and the way some of the storylines wove together was awesome.
I think Strohm did a really great job of just linking everyone in the story and school together–Kim and Teddy, Kim’s sister, this other couple, a freshman, some teachers, the principal–it all came together and works out neatly in the end and it was satisfying and fun and low-stress and low-pressure.
This is going to appeal to a very niche audience, I admit. A lot of adults won’t like this. A decent number of teens will find it ridiculous. But I like ridiculous, so this ended up being just really fun and unstressful for me.
I do kind of think that the more serious emotional implications of gossip weren’t necessarily addressed as much as they should? This is supposed to be a chill book, but I do wish that the story addressed how gossip can lead to bad things as well, besides just goofiness.
And also, it was just a bit . . . substanceless? Not every book needs meaning, but I do wish there was a little bit more of something in there besides inside jokes and silly anecdotes. More of a substantial plot, maybe.
And even though this book might not have had that much substance, it was still really enjoyable to read? Like, I just had a lot of fun reading it and really was able to get out of my own head and enjoy the story rather than whatever is going on in my life.
I wanted to finish. I wanted to sit through the hilarity and the moments that were basically memes by now. People are going to call this book childish and immature and way too silly and unrealistic, but that’s what makes it so fun.
If you can’t take a little bit of a joke and understand that this book is just supposed to be silly, you shouldn’t be reading it. But if you are ready for something a little goofy and a lot ridiculous, definitely pick this up! I enjoyed it, and you might too.
More About the Book
That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Release Date: January 29th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
What did you hear?
Kimberly Landis-Lilley and Teddy Lin are over. Yes, the Kim and Teddy broke up.
At least that’s what Phil Spooner thinks he overheard and then told Jess Howard, Kim’s best friend. Something about Teddy not liking Kim’s Instas? Or was it that Teddy is moving to Italy and didn’t want to do long distance? Or that Kim slid into someone else’s DMs?
Jess told her boyfriend, Elvis, that he needs to be on Kim’s side. Especially if he wants to keep her as his girlfriend. But Elvis is also Teddy’s best friend.
Now, Kim’s run out of school for the day. Jess is furious. Elvis is confused. And half the lunch period won’t talk to Teddy. Even the teachers have taken sides.
William Henry Harrison High will never be the same again!
More About the Author
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of The Taming of the Drew, Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink, Confederates Don’t Wear Couture, It’s Not Me, It’s You and Prince in Disguise. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was voted Winter Carnival Queen. Currently she lives in Chicago with her fiance and a little white dog named Lorelei Lee.
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Thank you so much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club and Scholastic for sending me a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour stops below!
Have you read any of Stephanie Kate Strohm’s works?
I enjoyed reading Love a la Mode and need to pick up Prince in Disguise soon!