If I’m Being Honest by Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberley: Fierce Females & Overthrowing Shakespeare

I absolutely adored Siegemund-Broka & Wibberley’s debut, Always Never Yours, last year and was so so excited for their sophomore novel.

And it totally pulled through. I loved If I’m Being Honest even more than I did Always Never Yours, for so many reasons! These two are now auto-buy authors for me—all their books just make me so happy and filled with joy, I can’t get enough of the wonderful, happy feeling I get from reading their stories!

Cameron herself was the best part of the book.

Siegemund-Broka and Wibberley just did a freaking amazing job with developing Cameron’s character.

She’s not the most likeable of characters, but that’s one of the things I loved about her. Cameron definitely has her flaws, starting out headstrong and brash and maybe a little bit overconfident, and she goes through this really complex journey of trying to tame herself, but eventually learning that taming herself isn’t the way to go, but maybe having a little more compassion is.

I just love how much she learned in this, and the authors do a really amazing job of making her layered and complex. It’s not just in what she says, it’s in what she does that you get to see the growth Cameron goes through in this novel, and I’m so in love with her.

If you want fierce females, definitely keep an eye out for If I’m Being Honest!

I loooove how this book overturned The Taming of the Shrew, one of my most hated Shakespeare plays.

I hate The Taming of the Shrew.

So much.

It’s one of Shakespeare’s worst plays and the themes SUCK and so initially I was a bit nervous about this The Taming of the Shrew inspired novel because . . . ew.

But I definitely should have had more faith in Siegemund-Broka and Wibberley because they definitely overthrow the bad themes Shakespeare establishes and makes it so much better. It’s not a retelling, it just draws elements that Cameron uses throughout the book, but then disables them and shows why they’re bad.

(The authors also mentioned that they despise The Taming of the Shrew too, so yay for making this so much better than what it was inspired by!)

Nerdy boys! Cute romance! Swoons and cameos from faves!

ALL THE SWOONS.

I am here for this.

I mean, I love Cameron but also, I hold a special place for Brendan because eeeep nerdy boys are making their appearance in YA and I am LOVING IT.

Move out of the way, bad boys. *forcefully pushes them aside* Brendan has arrived.

It was just so cute and I actually looove the Cameron x Brendan dynamic. The way the authors also dealt with the senior/junior gap (Cameron/Brendan respectively) was interesting because like . . . it’s definitely a thing teens think about when dating sometimes.

Plus, we get to see old faves near the end, so definitely keep an eye out for some Always Never Yours characters, *cough cough*

Just all the happy feels?

I JUST FEEL SO HAPPY AND VALIDATED INSIDE.

This book gives me so much joy and everything Siegemund-Broka and Wibberley write brings me joy. I love it. There’s obviously still conflict (Cameron’s home life, stuff with Andrew, friendship issues), but overall this was just a really fun and happy book?

If you’re looking for a book that will make you swoon, laugh, and tear up, I definitely recommend picking up If I’m Being Honest.

I’m sooo looking forward to their next book. Fingers crossed we get emo boy Hamlet ahahah!

4.5 stars

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Cameron Bright is queen bee at her L.A. private school, notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. But when this is on full display in front of her crush Andrew, and Andrew starts to back away, Cameron figures out that she needs to make amends—fast.

To win him over, Cameron tries to “tame” herself, inspired by reading The Taming of the Shrew in English class. Cameron quickly tries to make amends, leading her to Brendan, a boy she gave an unfortunate nickname to in sixth grade. Brendan isn’t too keen on the idea, but they begin to warm up and soon, Cameron has to start considering what she really wants—and if it’s worth losing herself in the process.

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Thank you so much to Tara Tsai for sending me her ARC of If I’m Being Honest to honestly review!

Have you read any of these authors’ books? What did you think?

6 thoughts on “If I’m Being Honest by Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberley: Fierce Females & Overthrowing Shakespeare

    1. yes omg TAMING OF THE SHREW IS THE WORST

      my English teacher keeps trying to convince me that Shakespeare was a feminist and i’m like “honey….no…..have you read this book?”

      but Wibbroka really does good things with the story and completely overturn all the horrible themes in SHREW. definitely recommend for SHREW haters lol

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