Review: She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot

she went all the wayShe Went All the Way
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Avon
Age Group: Adult
Source: Purchased Used Copy
Amazon     Barnes and Noble     IndieBound
Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

 Right after their romantic partners elope with each other, Louise Calabrese and Jack Townsend find themselves thrust into an adventure. Stranded in the Alaskan wilderness, relying on each other for survival, they have to outwit the mysterious bad guys who are after them – if they don’t kill each other first.

My Thoughts

You all know how much I love Meg Cabot.  I have reviewed so many of her books on my blog, and all of the books I’ve read I have liked.  And although I did enjoy She Went All the Way, this is probably my least favorite of all the Meg Cabot books I’ve read.

I’ve been in a reading slump, and usually, when I am desperate, I turn to Meg Cabot to help me get out of said slump.  I had She Went All the Way just sitting on my shelf, and thought let’s give this one a try.

When I pick up a Cabot book I expect a few things.  Firstly, and most importantly, I expect to love the MC.  In every Cabot book I’ve read, I have liked the MC.  A lot.  Secondly, I expect the book to be funny.  I think these were my two main problems with She Went All the Way.  I did like the MC, Lou, but sometimes she was annoying.  For example, when some baddies are shooting bullets at her and Jack, she hesitates jumping on the snowmobile because she will have to hold on to Jack.  I mean, seriously?  Get shot in the head, or grab hold of a guy who isn’t your favorite person (but is certainly not a killer) and ride to safety?  Big decision!  I think Meg Cabot was trying to bring humor into the situation, but it just didn’t work for me.

Another issue I had was some aspects of the story were a little too farfetched for me.  These two characters, Lou and Jack, get stranded in the forests of Alaska during a snow storm, and they just keep happening to run into abandoned shelters so they don’t freeze to death?  Alaska is a huge state, and I can’t imagine there are tons of ranger stations, and hunting cabins around every corner.  And somehow they manage to come across these lodgings in a snow storm that is so bad that it is preventing search and rescue crews to locate them.

Now, I am not saying this book is awful, because it isn’t.  All my complaining aside, this was a fun read.  Certainly not spectatular, but I did enjoy reading it.  I have just read other Meg Cabot books that I have liked a lot more.  I’m not saying this was terrible, but I’ve read books a lot better than this one.  If you are looking into reading some of Cabot’s adult chicklit books, I recommend her Boy Series.  I enjoyed those three books much more than this one.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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3 Responses to Review: She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot

  1. Jade says:

    I haven’t read a Meg Cabot book since The Princess Diaries, that was a good few years ago now though. I see her popping up now and again, and so I think I might try one of her adult novels… I don’t think I’ll be starting with this one though after the review.

  2. Oh man, typically I love Meg Cabot, so this is kind of disappointing to hear. Maybe when I read this I’ll make sure to be a little bit drunk and on a beach or something. You did a great job explaining what didn’t work for you — BTW.

  3. I like the mystery books she writes in particular!

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