Millie Ward has been fired. Again. She’s tired of feeling like a failure, and she refuses to blame her ADHD the way her parents do every time she hits one of life’s speed bumps. This time, she’s going to let that speed bump actually slow her down, and jumps at the chance to visit her best friend and Instagram influencer Quincy in California. And she wouldn’t mind if that invitation also involved getting closer with Quincy’s brother, Pete.
Millie’s best friends Kate and Bree send her to Peacock Bay with the little black dress they share, giving her the confidence she needs to make the move. But Peacock Bay is full of mega influencers who have perfected the look of the surf lifestyle, and a minor misunderstanding has Millie joining their ranks. Can Millie and her magical dress convince Pete to face the Bay with her, or will Millie’s time in California be another misstep on her way to figuring out exactly who she is?
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Four Ways to Wear a Dress
Author: Gillian Libby
Published: June 7, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 3 stars
I went into this debut novel expecting to enjoy myself. I did not. And while this book is not for me, I’m certain there is a wide audience for it. (the reviews that I’ve seen are divided, and that’s exactly how I feel about it… so divided) There were parts of Four Ways to Wear a Dress that I enjoyed but unfortunately, those times were overshadowed by characters treating friends, family, and the social media audience they played to so badly, and at times cruelly.
The fact is that this is a story that was not for me, but might be exactly what you’re looking for – so take any review with a grain of salt and check out Four Ways to Wear a Dress for yourself as you make your own decision on enjoyment level.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent. I was not financially compensated for this review and no expectation of a positive review was promised.*
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