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📚 Book Review: Wren Martin Ruins It All by Amanda DeWitt 📚




I'm writing this a few weeks after I finished the book, so it’s not so fresh in my mind and some details and emotions have been lost. This is also my first real attempt at blogging so bear with me.

My goal is no major spoilers but if I happen to reveal too much, apologies.

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In "Wren Martin Ruins It All," we follow the adventures (and misadventures) of Wren Martin, an asexual teenager and senior class president with an unparalleled knack for making a mess of things. Wren thinks the prom is a waste of money and wants to use the funds to fix the school stage. To prevent him from committing social suicide, his vice president, Leo, who Wren absolutely hates for being so perfect, proposes they get a sponsor for the dance: social media company named Buddy. Wren despises the idea, people cannot form meaningful connections over the internet, but feels compelled to justify his hatred by trying the app and proving it doesn't work. Instead, he meets Buddy Boy who turns out to be someone wonderful while learning that Leo might not be so perfect after all, and perhaps Wren himself has been a bit of a jerk. As Wren navigates the ups and downs of his senior year, he learns valuable lessons about friendship, love, loss, and growing up.


One of my favorite aspects of this book is that it avoids the pitfalls of becoming overly romantic. 💖 Instead, it focuses on Wren's journey of self-discovery and personal growth, his evolving relationship with his friends, and his “frenemies” who aren’t really enemies but Wren’s too blind to see this at the beginning. Although Wren eventually ends up with a love interest, we see the relationship grow from nothing into a friendship, with romance being a logical progression.


I really enjoyed the growth of Wren's character. 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Wren starts off a bit self-centered, with a hearty helping of Napoleon complex, but as the story progresses, we see him change from being a closed-off self-righteous jerk to being more open and understanding. He starts recognizing his faults and fears and learns to be a better person, though he still retains some of his self-centered tendencies by the end. This realistic portrayal of gradual change makes Wren's character arc both believable and heartwarming.


Overall, "Wren Martin Ruins It All" is an entertaining read that balances humor, heart, and a touch of teenage angst. If you're looking for a YA story that's both entertaining and meaningful, with LGBTQ characters who feel like real people, this book is definitely worth checking out! 📖✨


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