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August 16, 2012

Review: 7 Clues to Winning You by Kristin Walker - Juhina

7 Clues to Winning You
Title: 7 Clues to Winning You
Author: Kristin Walker
Publication date: April 26, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre(s): Young Adult (contemporary)
Challenges: Contemporary
Source: own
Format: Digital copy
Pages: 317
When a humiliating picture of Blythe goes viral, she's instantly the target of ridicule at her new school. To salvage her reputation, Blythe teams up with Luke to win the Senior Scramble scavenger hunt. But Luke is an unlikely ally and potentially can't be trusted.

Perhaps it's his Shakespearean witticisms that reel Blythe in despite her better judgment . . . or maybe she just craves the thrill of the game. But as the hunt progresses, their relationship heats up. Soon their madcap mischief spirals out of control. Blythe is faced with arrest and expulsion, among other catastrophes - until Luke shows her what the Scramble (and love) is really about.
Before I started reading 7 Clues to Winning You, I really wanted to pick up a cute contemporary and when I searched for many of the newly released YA contemporaries, this novel popped up from the whole bunch. I am glad to say that 7 Clues to Winning You filled up my craving. I totally adored this novel and I loved the plot, the writing, and the ending! 
The story starts with Blythe's life turning upside down. Her dad, in hopes of getting a raise and the position of superintended, moves his family, including Blythe, to a different town and a new school. To the school he is the principal of. The school that took a photo of her picking her nose in her own house because the Senior Scramble required all juniors to take a photo of their principal in 'his natural habitat'. So imagine being labeled the booger girl and the moment you step in school, it is all everyone knows you as. Which is why Blythe succeeds in stopping this year's Senior Scramble and ends up getting hated on by everyone at school. Enter Luke, the guy who had an e-newspaper where Blythe's photo was published and he's a senior. When Blythe realizes the mistake she made by canceling the Senior Scramble she asks Luke to help her create an underground Senior Scramble. And here is when the fun starts! 
I loved Blythe, while sometimes her logic escaped her, she was a pretty likable character! She wasn't a snob in terms of being on a 'different tax quota' from the students at Ash Groove (her new school). She never really flaunted her money even though we know she's loaded. As for Luke, he was a very crush worthy character! I totally understood what Blythe saw in him. A hot geek? who is immune to THAT? Plus their interactions were sweet and adorable. I enjoyed that both of them were in the top 2% of their school, did volunteer work, and were such goody two shoes, but when an act of rebellion presents itself, they are not afraid to take the risk and do it! 
I also loved Kristin's writing. I really enjoyed the protagonist's voice and just the overall feel of the story. Nothing dragged too much, the secondary characters' (Cy and Jenna) conversations were such laugh out loud ones. Also, the nursing home Blythe volunteered in was also a window to more humor for the book, and the ending was pretty awesome! I really enjoyed 7 Clues to Winning You and would recommend it to all contemporary lovers or anyone in need of a cute story and a good laugh! 


  1. Oh my God. That really is embarrassing. I'd never be able to live through that. You've definitely intrigued me, and I'm going to go ahead and grab this! I wanna see how she gets out of this mess!

    Kim at

  2. Ahh, I can't wait to start this, honestly. It's so funny because I literally JUST picked it up from an awesome book store and thought it looked absolutely perfect! Ahh, sooo excited right now.

  3. Okay, reading the synopsis of this book, and then your review, makes me want to squeal at the cuteness! Definitely going to pick this up!