Title: Perfectly Clueless (Book 3 in the Bayfield High Series)
Author: Madeleine Labitan
Publication: September 19, 2018 (115 pages)
Edition: Kindle (via Kindle Unlimited)
Genre: Teen Romance
Bookit 2009 #6
This is the final released novel in the Bayfield series. I’m not sure if this is the final novel, or if Ms. Labitan plans on writing more. Like its two predecessors Truth or Dare and Kiss and Make Up, this is more of a novella then a novel at only 115 pages. Its the longest of the three, but oddly enough not the best one. I believe the first novel felt the most complete, even if it was short and could have used some development.
I think my main problem with this one is that there was no build up in the novel. We are supposed to believe that Dylan and Bianca have been in love for awhile but Dylan has been in denial but its not really there in moments. Side characters are finding it so obvious but it doesn’t seem as obvious as we are supposed to believe. Perhaps if it was drawn out into a full novel we could have gotten more moments where we could see that Dylan is feeling it too outside him being a jerk to Bianca’s dates. This story might also have worked better if the characters were a little older.
I also have an issue with romances that decide to make the character who is the competitor in the one character’s affections somehow a horrible person in order to make it okay that the main characters did whatever they did. I find that unnecessary.
My final grade is C-ish due to it feeling its unfinished and also because of the troublesome bits. This author shows promise, and I look forward to what she writes in the future, but I’m hoping that with experience in writing will come some more depth to the novels they write.