How To Look Like You by Rose McClelland
How to Look Like You by Rose McClelland asks the simple question, “have you ever had a frenemy?” If you aren’t familiar with the term, it is an enemy who is also a friend … someone with whom you smile and are friendly to their face, but behind their back are secretly filled with jealousy and green with envy. Most girls are familiar with the term, and it isn’t lost on Chloe and Ella either. Ella is a very talented young woman- she sings and acts amongst many other things, yet she envies Chloe’s steady relationship with Aidan and her supposed perfect body. On a fluke, Ella begins working closely with Aidan and begins to develop feelings for him although her loyalty should be to her friend. The two get close and Aidan invites her to join his band, sending Chloe on a rage. This small step triggers a “frenemy relationship” between the two girls and spirals the two girls into dangerous territory. Will they be ever be able to be friends again? Or are they destined to one day be completely enemies?
Oh my goodness, Rose McClelland nails this one (and some poisonous female relationships) right on the head. As a female, all women can relate to these kinds of friendships and I think that Rose did a fabulous job portraying both of the women and their different points of view and allowing their stories to intertwine in a way that allows the reader to really get to know the characters. As a reader, I felt like I definitely took a side (who wouldn’t?), but not once did I ever feel like Rose did. I felt like both women’s stories were written very unbiasedly. Overall, a fantastic and truly unique read. You have another hit on your hands Rose! Well done!