Book Reviews

Dear Adam by Kelsie Stelting

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 280
Series: Warr Acres High #1
Genre: YA, High School
Published: Feb. 14th, 2019
Rating: 2.5


What happens when the bad boy takes over the school advice column?

The last thing Emerick should be doing is giving anyone advice. His dad’s in prison. His mom’s buried under credit card debt. And he’s one step from failing. After everything his mom’s been through, she can’t take another disappointment. So when the guidance counselor gives him a choice, anonymously write the school’s advice column or drop out, what choice does he really have?

Student body president Nora Wilson has the perfect life. At least, that’s what everyone thinks. And with her dad running for governor . . . reputation is everything. She can’t let anyone know she’s drowning under the pressure. Except for an anonymous advice columnist.

Nora and Emerick can’t stand each other in real life. But online? They may have more in common than they ever thought possible.


This is not the first time I have read something by Kelsie. Please don’t let this review throw you off from reading this book. This is my opinion. I loved the other books written by Kelsie. This is nothing against her writing. I just did not like this book.

At first, I didn’t like Emerick. He was a whiny brat who acted like he was the only one in this world with problems. But once he gets the Dear Adam job he is like “Oh wow, people that have rich parents have real problems too.” I seriously do not like these types of characters. It makes them seem shallow and stuck in their own world. Or maybe most teenagers are like that and I just grew up knowing that people deal with their problems by either becoming total jerks or by being likable. I guess I was raised by parents who told me you never know what’s going on in someone’s life.

The characters didn’t feel real to me. When Emerick has an accident, I didn’t really care nor did it feel vital to the story. It felt more to me like the normal gimmick in the YA/NA recipe. I really want to like these characters but I, personally, didn’t find anything likable. Just another story I wanted to blow through so I could put it on the read pile and move on.

While I did rate this low, it wasn’t so bad of a book that I DNF. Again, please don’t let this deter you from reading it. The story just wasn’t for me.

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