The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

answer

AP Exams – check
SAT test – check
College Application – check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for– check

Ultra-high-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has always had a plan—and no room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection comes toa screeching halt when her boyfriend leaks racy pictures of her to the entire school. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Viv feels like a complete and utter failure.

Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Viv realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.

Goodreads

Disclaimer: We received this book from NetGalley courtesy of the publisher (St. Martin’s Press). There may be some things you consider spoiler ahead. You have been warned.

Why we chose it: We chose this book on a whim

Review: This book is made up of some really good things and some not so really good things. We’re going to start with the good first.

Reason Why You Should Read This Book Immediately #1 The main character is relate-able and has an inner monologue that is worth reading.
Viviana Robinovich-Lowe has a really nice voice. She views life slightly differently to most people and we found it really interesting to read things from her perspective. She has an analytical mind that creates a certain thought pattern, but she also has many similarities to how the majority think. She struggles to understand her emotions at times and occasionally falls into the pitying mindset of a regular teenager. This isn’t a bad thing, in fact it’s a very good thing because of how her life is falling apart around her.

We get to see Viviana navigate a changing landscape both at home with her family and outside of the home with friend Sammie. It was enjoyable to read about a character who despite all her carefully laid plans had a reckless side which led to an impulsive decision that is the backbone of this book. Her sending of racy pictures to her boyfriend and her boyfriend, who is her ex-boyfriend by the beginning of this novel releasing them.

Due to the author’s decision to write in first person we get close up and personal to how something such as revenge porn (that’s what it’s called now yes?) affects a person’s life in so many ways.

Reason Why You Should Read This Book Immediately #2 There’s more to the book than the description lets on.
The Best Possible Answer isn’t just about a girl (Viviana) meeting a boy (Evan) and the ensuing romance which fixes absolutely everything despite how improbable and totally unrealistic that actually is. No. This book is about friendship and family and imperfections. The relationship between Viviana and Sammie is for the most part, amazing.

Both Vivi and Sammie have been through rough times and they’ve both been there for each other. They’re true friends who braid each other’s hair and much more. Sammie it’s worth noting is a comedy goldmine and some of the lines written for her by the author had us choking on our drink. She’s truly a brilliant character.

The description talks about a perfect family life falling apart. It doesn’t however talk about the fact that there’s always more going on in such a family. It doesn’t mention the mother who’s name we’ve forgotten…..or little Mila, Viviana’s younger sister who’s extremely smart and also suffering.

E.Katherine Kottaras weaves them both into the story and shows how they too are experiencing the negativity that comes along with familial destruction. We found it quite refreshing actually.

Reason Why You Should Possibly Wait Before Reading This Book #1 The Best Possible Answer does unfortunately suffer from the most common aspects that go along with a plot such as this one.
When we started reading this book we were fearful as we always are when a book set in the contemporary genre has a synopsis that mentions only the names of a boy and a girl. We were fearful that this book would have two major problems (at least from our perspective they’re problems)

  • Girl meets boy. Becomes instantly infatuated with boy. Infatuation is reciprocated and BOOM! Boy becomes the one and only.
  • Girl meets previously mentioned boy who her best-friend obviously likes and the friendship that existed long before the boy walked into said girl’s life crumbles to dust.

This book unfortunately falls into to both of these problems quite quickly. It’s almost like a free fall that you know won’t stop until you’re halfway through the book and you’re ready to throw it at the wall. And never look at it. Ever. Again. We know this is starting to sound predominantly negative, but bare with us. We’re not done yet. Even though this book does encounter said problems and did manage to irritate us for a time, it spirals right out of them eventually.
Evan despite being an okay character and an okay love interest didn’t become the love of Viviana’s life. Viviana and Sammie worked through their conflicted emotions and remained best friends. Now the reason we mentioned all of that at this point in our review is because we know some of you might not be able to read this book because of what we’ve just mentioned.

That’s okay.

The Concluding Reasons As To Why You Should Read This Book: The Best Possible Answer has some really interesting twists and revelations. They’re not entirely shocking but they’re perfectly in line with the broken family theme of the story, we quite liked that. It’s a book that is light while simultaneously having some darker aspects which provide contrast and stop this book from feeling unrealistic. It’s by no means perfect, but we can’t help but feel as if that’s because the book revolves around accepting imperfections. What we’re saying is….this isn’t our favourite book and it never will be, but when we’re in the right mood/mindset we’ll happily read this book again.

Thank you for reading! Please let us know what you think in the comments and don’t forget to follow us on:

And we’d love to be friend with you on Goodreads so send us a friend request. That way we’ll be able to see what you’re reading.

Arkon, Annie and a creator.

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

  1. Oh this sounds interesting. So it’s like a middle of the ground sort of book? I’m okay with contemporaries, but I usually only go for the ones people rave about…hehe. I’m glad it did a lot of things right though! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: Words of the Month | October 2016 | Arkon and Annie

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s