Just For Clicks…by Kara McDowell

Posted February 14, 2019 by Karen in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews /

Just For Clicks...by Kara McDowell

Just For Clicks…by Kara McDowellJust For Clicks

by: Kara McDowell
Published by:Amberjack on February 19, 2019
Genres:Young Adult, Contemporary
Setting: Gilbert, Arizona
Format: PDF file
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Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they're expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as "just Claire"? And what should Claire do about Mom's old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don't sound like Mom's perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .

*I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

‘I just can’t help but think, unhinged or not, the good moms are the ones who stay. The ones who keep trying day in and day out.’


Claire and her twin sister, Poppy, are ‘internet famous’. Every part of their lives have been blogged, photographed, and recorded by their fashion blogger mom. Claire begins to doubt her future on the internet while Poppy loves the limelight. The addition of a new boy in class helps push Claire to spread her wings and want more for her life.


The topic of this book is very timely. When I was growing up there was no YouTube, social medial, or email. There was no pressure to keep up on the latest internet trends and there was no such thing as being ‘internet famous.’ In todays world there are many people who are popular internet celebrities. Their accessibility to the public makes their fans believe that they know them. This can lead many young internet personalities to really lose a sense of themselves. This is what happens to Clair in ‘Just for Clicks.’ Her mother and sister pressure her to continue in the public spotlight (their livelihood depends on it) even when Claire is not comfortable with it. McDowell really shows the reasons why Claire doesn’t like this lifestyle but why she keeps vlogging and blogging anyway. The author also demonstrates how imperative clicks, views, impressions, subscribers, and comments are to anyone with an on-line presence.


I really did love Claire and her relationship with Rafael. Their friendship and romance really took my breath away and I was totally smitten with Raphael myself.


I think Claire is a very human character. She began as very nervous and self-conscious  and turned  into a whole new self-assured person. The only character that I am not totally sure I liked is Ashley, Poppy and Claire’s mom. Her behavior both inside their ‘brand’ and in their family life was very questionable. She seemed to disregard Claire’s feelings and definitely favored Poppy. I know this is an important point of the storyline but her constant disregard for Claire did bother me at times.


I am so happy to have read, ‘Just for Clicks’. What seems to be a lighthearted story about ‘internet famous’ twin sisters is so much for then that. It is an important topic that I wish was approached more in YA. ‘Just for Clicks’, is a totally sweet romance while still being so much more.


*Side note-I totally loved Claire’s internet friend, Signofthetimes.


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About Kara McDowell

Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. As the middle of five children, Kara entertained her family on long road trips by reading short mystery stories out loud and forcing everyone to guess the conclusion. After graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in English Literature, Kara worked as a freelance writer. Now she writes young adult novels from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.

JUST FOR CLICKS is Kara’s debut novel.

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About Karen

Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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