Review| This Might Get Awkward – Kara McDowell

One of the fun things about my Down to the TBR Hole posts is that I see books again that I haven’t thought about in awhile. That was the case with This Might Get Awkward. It was one of the books in my last Down the TBR Hole post. I saw the audiobook was on Scribd, so I listened to this one during my commute to work this past week. Keep on reading to see what the book is about and what I thought!

Sophie Kinsella meets Sarah Dessen in the most hilarious, romantic book of the summer about a girl with social anxiety and the boy who refuses to let her hide herself away.

Seventeen-year-old Gemma’s favorite kind of beach is an empty one. Social interactions are too much for her to handle. She always says the wrong thing—if she manages to say anything at all. She can’t even bring herself to speak to her longtime crush, Beau Booker, without losing sleep over her own awkwardness.

During a solo outing to her favorite beach, Gemma realizes—to her horror—that the popular kids from school have shown up to throw a party. Before she can sneak away (and possibly puke behind her car) Gemma is pulled into the action and ends up talking to Beau, who asks her to pretend that they’re “close.” Gemma is too flustered and flattered to refuse, and mostly, she’s wondering why Beau is talking to her at all . . . right up until the moment when he falls off the boat, hits his head, and ends up in a coma.

After rescuing Beau from the water, Gemma is mistaken for Beau’s girlfriend by his friends and family, including his mysterious older brother, Griff, who has returned to town after a year away. Gemma tries to correct the record, but her social anxiety (and a nosy reporter) gets in the way at every turn. Before she knows it, she’s in too deep to backtrack. And when Beau’s warm, boisterous family pulls Gemma into their orbit, she realizes how much she wants to keep them in her life.

For the first time, Gemma has everything she’s ever wanted: friends, big family dinners, and Griff—a boy who she can be herself around. But how can she embrace her new dream life when everything is built on a lie?


This Might Get Awkward was a book I really wanted to read when I heard about it, but like usual I ended up a bit distracted. I’m glad I finally sat down to read this one! If you’re looking for a cute summer read, I definitely recommend this one.

As a big fan of fake dating, I knew this would be one for me. Imagine having a a guy you think is cute to ask you to pretend that you’re close! Gemma wasn’t sure what to do, but then things change quickly. He ends up falling off a boat, hitting his head, and Gemma saves him. Except now everyone thinks his girlfriend saved his life.

I thought this was such a cute premise. Especially when Griff came into the picture. At this point, I knew how it was going to end, but getting there was still fun. I loved how comfortable Gemma started feeling about Griff and him helping her with many things and her helping him as well. She really gets a support system that she didn’t know she needed.

This Might Get Awkward deals with mental health and Gemma’s social anxiety. I really appreciate authors dealing with this more and more in books. This should be something we’re able to talk about and read in books, because more people deal with it than we realize.

Of course, things get messy, but I really loved how it all played out. There were a few things I would’ve loved to see get more attention, but all in all, I really enjoyed this book!

This Might Get Awkward was a fast and cute read! I definitely have a few other books by this author that I want to read soon, including her new release The Prince & The Apocalypse. Have you read anything by this author? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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