Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of the e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely wish I had better news regarding this book. In fact, this was one of my most anticipated reads…and well, it fell flat. The unfortunate thing is I don’t have much to say about this book. It wasn’t a DNF, but it was close. There were a few redeeming characteristics of this book.
This was an enemies to friends to lovers trope, queer Romeo and Juliet style. All of which were good things. Sadly, as I said, it all fell flat to me.
The biggest problem to be honest was the writing. I did not like or enjoy the writing. Something about it bugged me the whole time. It just wasn’t for me. If this hadn’t been an ARC it would have been very likely a DNF for me on the writing alone. However, I decided to continue to give it a chance and hope the plot made up for it.
The plot was fine, but the characters were one dimensional in terms of their development individually.
I liked the relationship, and their dialogue but again, I wish I had felt more for it. The rep was really good in this book, and I think it was prominent and naturally developed.
Overall, this book lands at a two star rating for the rep and the potential that it had.
The biggest thing was this was OwnVoices and had a queer relationship, which I thought was well written.
Note: I can’t speak to if the rep is accurate or good, as I am not a part of the target audience, although I did enjoy the rep as it was written.
3 thoughts on “The Friend Scheme”
Sorry it wasn’t an engaging read. We recently finished a book like that and it’s hard when you want to DNF, but you keep going.
It is so hard! I was sad because I was excited for it. 🙁
Oh no! I saw that cover and immediately wanted to add it to my TBR but I’m glad I read your review first. That’s really too bad about the writing and story falling flat. It’s so hard to get through a book when you just can’t connect. Great review though!