First Impressions: The authors first book, Spoiled, will never make it to the top of my all-time favorite books, but I read it late last summer and it was a fun summer-time read. That's basically what I was looking for when I picked up my copy of Messy. It is summer and I'm out of school until August and I wanted to read a book that didn't require me to think too much.
First 50 Pages: I thought that Messy was a sequel to Spoiled, but not so much. I would classify it as a companion novel and I don't really think that you need to read Spoiled in order to enjoy this book. I would also say that Messy and Spoiled are more fun to read than anything else. They aren't terribly long and either would make for a nice afternoon at the beach. When I finished Messy I definitely think I liked it more than Spoiled, probably because it had a new narrator. I was never crazy about one of the old narrators, Molly, and she doesn't have such a huge role in this book.
Characters & Plot: Like I stated before, this book is just plain fun to read. The plot is very light and easy-going and it doesn't require much thought. This time around, Messy is narrated by Brooke and Max, who is Molly's best friend. Brooke is slightly obnoxious and she craves attention. Max is much more likable, but both have big dreams of making it into the spotlight. That is basically what this book is about; the race for fame and fortune.
The funny thing is, is that neither girl really likes one another, yet they end up working together in this book for the pursuit of their dreams. Max however, is the true main character. She is snarky and hilarious at times and is willing to do just about anything to get the money to move to New York City, even if it means she has to put up with Brooke. Brooke has a blog and she needs a writer and of course, Max takes up the job, which comes with a few fun surprises. I definitely loved Max and she kind of reminded me of myself when I was around her age, even her obsession with moving to NYC (which I actually did!)
Final Thoughts: Again, this was a fun book. It had some great character dialog and it moved at a good pace. It's nothing fancy or life-changing but it kept me entertained for a few hours. I would definitely recommend it to teens who are looking for a good summertime book to read!