Review: Operation Josh Taylor by Melody Fitzpatrick

Title: Operation Josh Taylor
Author: Melody Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dundurn press
Publication date: October 27th 2015

Synopsis
To see teen idol Josh Taylor in concert, Hannah Smart is prepared to face bullies, learn terrible secrets, and discover hidden talents.

When thirteen-year-old Hannah Smart finds out that teen idol Josh Taylor (only the most talented singer in the entire world) is coming to her hometown to kick off his first-ever concert tour, she nearly goes into shock. Even more shocking is the fact that her parents one-hundred-percent refuse to buy her a ticket — if Hannah wants to go, she has to figure out a way on her own.

With the help of her genius best friend, Rachel, Hannah hatches a scheme that will surely get the girls to the concert. But when evil Scarlett Hastings sticks her nasty nose in, messing up their plan, all hope seems lost.

Will Hannah and Rachel ever get to the concert? And will Hannah even want to go when she discovers the horrible secret her parents have been hiding?

I couldn’t enjoy this book, no matter how hard I tried. I knew by the premise that it would be targeted at younger teens, but that’s not a reason why a book should be so irritating!

The main character, Hannah, was one of the most annoying people I have ever had to read about. She is unbelievably useless when it comes to doing…well anything. So she wants to see this guy in concert, but her whole way of going about getting the tickets is ridiculous. I understand that at thirteen, small problems can seem big. I mean, I was thirteen once! But Hannah’s issues are so incredibly small, and her whole behaviour makes her seem a lot younger.

The writing was really frustrating, I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and honestly I just ended up with a headache. Sorry, this didn’t do it for me.

Also, I hate how people fall back on the mean girl stereotype, girls who exist to be horrible to the main character but have no personality. To me it’s just a lazy way of creating conflict. Because the thing is, mean girls are people, they have personalities. So seeing a character that is so unbelievably one dimentional made me want to smack my head against the wall.

Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

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