Smash It!

Smash It!

Refreshingly authentic and bold... Don't miss this smashing #ownvoices novel from Francina Simone! Filled with heart, humor and a heroine to root for, Smash It! is a perfect read for fans of Julie Murphy, Ibi Zoboi and Ashley Poston.

Olivia "Liv" James is done with letting her insecurities get the best of her. So she does what any self-respecting hot mess of a girl who wants to SMASH junior year does...

After Liv shows up to a Halloween party in khaki shorts--why, God, why?--she decides to set aside her wack AF ways. She makes a list--a F*ck-It list.

1. Be bold--do the thing that scares me.

2. Learn to take a compliment.

3. Stand out instead of back.

She kicks it off by trying out for the school musical, saying yes to a date and making new friends. Life is great when you stop punking yourself! However, with change comes a lot of missteps, and being bold means following her heart. So what happens when Liv's heart is interested in three different guys--and two of them are her best friends? What is she supposed to do when she gets dumped by a guy she's not even dating? How does one Smash It! after the humiliation of being friend-zoned?

In Liv's own words, "F*ck it. What's the worst that can happen?"

A lot, apparently.


Title:Smash It!
Edition Language:English
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    Smash It! Reviews

  • Jessica

    DNFing this at pg167. There was a very harmful joke about an Israeli/Palestinian character that made me so uncomfortable that I put the book down. Other characters make insensitive jokes about a Hawai...

  • jenny?

    10/07/2020: Clearing my star rating for this book because I don't feel good about its problematic content; leaving my original review of the advance copy up (for now). Thank you nitya and Shealea...

  • Shealea

    I wasn't interested in this book, to begin with. However, since I'm seeing so many people comfortably promoting this book on my feed, I feel compelled to say:Smash It! contains insensitive and hurtful...

  • Berit???

    Authentic and messy. Bold and real. Positive and questionable. This was a young adult retelling of Othello. Now having never in my life read Othello or know a thing about Othello I couldn’t tell you...

  • nitya

    GR won't let me remove the book ughAnyway, I was excited about reading this for the plus size brown/black girl representation; I have since learned there's anti Asian racism (against Hawaiians and Pac...

  • MissBecka

    Liv is a perfectly messy MC.I enjoyed living inside her thoughts and sharing giggles, getting angry, sad and confused alongside her.As much as I loved Liz, her supporting cast really brought it and ma...

  • Althea | themoonwholistens ?

    ARC received from -Inkyard Press- in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. — overall thoughts: DNF @47% / page 171 —It makes me sad to just be saying this but it was ...

  • Eshal Manha

    I am so concerned with this book. The cultural appropriation here is staggering. It seeks to rewrite history, reframing one of the first sympathetic North African / Middle Eastern figures in the weste...

  • Blake the Book Eater

    This is the first contemporary book I’ve picked up in a LONG time and I LOVED it. The characters were so real and vibrant that it honestly reminded me of the people I knew in high school. Olivia is ...

  • Shijia

    Wow, it's 2020 and problematic trash like this is still being published? From the excerpts I've read, I will not be wasting my time reading from an author who writes to suit her own needs!!dehumanisin...