by Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley Cover Story: Brown Bag It BFF Charm: Yay!
) looks more like a bowling bag or a fancy hat box. “It’s weird either way.” The Deal: Following the events of , the youngest Bennet sister, Lydia, attempts to get her life in back in order after suffering emotional abuse and heartbreak at the hands of her terrible ex, George Wickham. Swoonworthy Scale: -eleventy billion and also 2 He-who-must-not-be-named is sort of lurking around Lydia’s subconscious for most of the book, so that puts a damper on any potential romances.
Amidst the fallout of her own trauma and ensuing internet notoriety, Lydia feels she’s finally found her calling studying human psychology. But we do get a couple potential paramours to work with.
But with her sisters living in New York and San Francisco, Lydia struggles to move forward without her increasingly fragmented support network. The first is this dude named Cody, who is basically that guy in your MFA.
If you read SECOND WORST for a multitude of reasons.
Even though I could smell his bullshit from a mile away, I still wasn’t prepared for how awful he is.
Don’t worry, though, y’all, Lydia’s (eventually) got this.Lydia’s other suitor is a dreamboat named Milo, whose biggest appeal is having appropriate respect for people’s boundaries and a firm grasp on what consent sounds like.And while there is nothing sexier than an informed understanding of consent, Lydia’s emotional state during the events of this book mean that she’s not really in a place to enthusiastic consent. Lydia There’s a very sweet note in the acknowledgements about Mary Kate Wiles: Kiley and Rorick did a fantastic job of preserving Lydia’s voice from the series.But Milo is great, and no matter what happens in the book or in the future, we get the sense that he’s going to be a good person for Lydia, either platonically or romantically. That doesn’t mean I am always into it; I find Lydia’s constant abbreviations to be rather grating, and sometimes the book feels like an infomercial for glitter gel pens.As a special bonus, we get a new romance for cousin Mary! I have the hardest time reading Lydia’s academic assignments; the informality of tone and language makes me cringe, every time.However, the voice feels consistent with the character that Wiles created (with the help of the team of was how annoying the characters–particularly Lizzie–could be at times.