Book Reviews

XOXO, Piper by Ginger Li

My edition: Kindle Unlimited
Pages: 238
Series: East Beach High #1
Genre: High School, YA,
Published: May 9, 2021
Rating: DNF @ pg 24


I knew Asher Thompson was trouble the moment he stepped into my grandmother’s cafe.

1. He hates donuts.

2. He hates chocolate.

3. He hates me.

Ash may be East Beach High’s valedictorian and captain of the water polo team, but to me, he’s always been a grade-A jerk.

Now, I’m taking on a project to help a local preschool, and guess who shows up to plan the fundraiser?

Yup. Him.

It doesn’t make any sense. Why would Ash help someone he hates so much? And why does my heart race every time he’s near?

XOXO, Piper is the first book in the East Beach High Series. Fans of enemies-to-lovers, first love, romantic grand gestures, and donut puns will adore this sweet novel.


Okay, first of all, I hate donuts too. So I kind of feel personally attacked.

Second of all, spoilers up ahead!

This book is told in a dual POV, Piper and Asher. Can I just point out that Piper and Asher are two normal names that I am seriously thankful for? Because I am. I can’t tell you how tired of the weird names characters are getting. It’s almost like the author is trying to think of a name and drawing blank so instead of searching for names online, they start looking at random items around their house.

Anywho, back to the review.

The first chapter is literally the synopsis. Again, I feel called out for hating donuts. They give me heartburn. Also, too much sugar.

With only half an hour to go until closing time, I sat behind the counter and let out a yawn, my fingers running along its cool marble surface. As if on an invisible piano, they moved up and down on their own. Each movement measured and practiced.

That’s how the second chapter started. The writing does not get any better from here. There are way over descriptions. Conversations are stilted and sound forced. Oh, let’s not forget that meet-cute that was anything but cute. This guy was a complete jerk and knew he was but he can’t let a girl get in the way of the plan. *eye-roll*

I don’t think I have had so many notes in my kindle in only twenty-four pages. I don’t understand how this book got 4.08 stars on Goodreads. The author overexplains everything. There is nothing likable about either MCs. I thought I could get through this book, which I probably can it’s not that hard to read, but I don’t want to waste any more time.

If you follow me on my Instagram the_kansan_reader, you probably saw my rant in my story.