Accidentally Me

Accidentally Me

by Kim Karras




WANTED: Pretend stalker. No experience required. Tall, dark, and quirky preferred. Sabrina is desperate to go to her dream college, but her parents want her to stay close to home. If she wants to maintain her perfect child image, Sabrina must break rules that even her rebel sister keeps . . .

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ISBN-13: 9781462118670
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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WANTED: Pretend stalker. No experience required. Tall, dark, and quirky preferred. Sabrina is desperate to go to her dream college, but her parents want her to stay close to home. If she wants to maintain her perfect child image, Sabrina must break rules that even her rebel sister keeps . . .

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Accidentally Me 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
What a fun, fun story! Told in first person, I felt like I was right there, experiencing the ups and downs and growing pains of Sabrina's life. Sabrina needs a stalker as soon as possible in order to make her college dreams come true. Really? It seems far-fetched, but it totally works with Sabrina's personality--quirky, sweet, and fun. After trolling Facebook, she finds a former classmate and enlists his help. Sabrina strives to be the perfect child and person, since she feels she was a mistake, and is out to prove that she's not. There are many lessons learned about self-worth, perceptions, honesty, and growing up. I couldn't help but adore Sabrina and even amidst her trials and drama, found myself rooting for her and sympathizing with her at the same time. Life and decisions are really hard and I love watching her coming into herself. This book brought back many memories of my own coming-of-age. She's never had a good relationship with her sister because of their age difference and feels her family's love for her hinges on her perfectness, but people can be loved for more than that. I love the way things come together in this aspect. There is a smattering of romance in this book, but it's very mild and the twists and turns are completely unexpected. I was kept on my toes throughout the story, as I never really knew what to anticipate. Accidentally Me is sweet, clean, completely entertaining, and a little zany--but it works in a perfectly satisfying way! This is one author I'll definitely be keeping an eye on. Content: mild romance (a few brief references to premarital intimacy, kissing). Clean! *I received a copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Bnickel More than 1 year ago
In one word, I'd call ACCIDENTALLY ME by Kim Karras delightful. In a lot of words... Sabrina's the kind of quirky character I'm immediately drawn to. She's over-confident in some ways and so-not-confident in others. She's smart enough to have received a scholarship to the college of her dreams but dumb enough to think she can pull off a pretend stalker situation. She often comes across as younger than her 18 years, sometimes unbelievably so, but overall, I found her naivete refreshing. The story is told in first person, and I think that was a perfect choice because it lets us see inside Sabrina's skewed perception of herself and everything around her. It also allows her subtle brand of cheeky wit to shine. "For Mom, no crisis can compete with the urgency of hot rolls in the oven." She's sometimes harsh in her entertaining observations of her family, but what 18 year old isn't? Eventually, she cuts her sister some slack, and the growth in that relationship is one of my favorite aspects of this story. Another favorite aspect—Calvin. I adore him. He's so complex and intriguing. Just when you want to love him, you realize you shouldn't. And just when you're fixin' to hate him, you can't. At least I couldn't. The flow of the writing is smooth and fast yet still allows for original and vivid description, almost always mixed with humor: "We are huddled together on Paul's front porch like would-be trick-or-treaters, costumed as the perfect family. The word "coif" comes to mind—and I'm not just talking about us women. Heather has teased so much gel into Mack's fine blonde hair it's as if he's wearing a hair helmet. Or a mace. I inch away from Mack so as not to puncture myself on one of his sharp, stiff spikes of hair, wondering if there isn't something willfully aggressive about the way Heather's transformed him into a weapon. Love is a battlefield, indeed." I highly recommend this story to those who enjoy clever writing and quirky characters.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Poor Sabrina gets herself into quite a mess in this quirky young adult/new adult novel. Granted, she doesn't have any experience standing up to her parents, and when her underhanded way of trying to manipulate them quickly gets out of control, she only ends up making things more complicated. She has an inner sassiness that is fighting its way out, but manifests in whining and bickering with her sister. She is a little self-absorbed as most 18 year olds are I'm sure, but as she is humbled by her experiences she learns to not take her family for granted. Calvin is somewhat of an enigma, and even though he has his share of flaws, he helps Sabrina realize her true fears that she must conquer in order to claim independence. The secondary characters are vividly portrayed through the lens of Sabrina's perspective, and I loved the fun coincidences of a shy admirer popping up here and there in the story, throwing Sabrina off guard in the middle of her self-inflicted drama. There were some difficult lessons she learned but the story ends on an upswing that melted my heart. (Thank you to Cedar Fort Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Fun teen reading... Accidentally Me By Kim Karras Sabrina wants to go away to college ~ specifically Caltech. There's just one small problem ~ her parents are insisting she attend Boise State. But when you are yours parents midlife accident you have to be the perfect child. And Sabrina has just come up with the perfect plan to convince her parents to let her go to Caltech ~ She's going to hire her very own stalker. Now she just has to find one... Operation Stalker begins when she finds a former classmate who fits her idea of the ideal creepy stalker. Now she just needs to convince him to be a stalker. Nothing seems to work quite according to Sabrina's plan and in a strange twist she may be developing a crush on her stalker. And when her mother decides they need to take action against this threat Sabrina finds herself getting deeper into the lie she's dug herself in. This is a fun story that teens and adults will enjoy, as Sabrina works through her insecurities and dealing with growing up. The prospect of facing the world on one's own can be both exciting and scary at the same time. This is clean fiction reading that you will enjoy laughing over and even shed a tear or two over. This is a book in which the importance of family is appreciated. Altogether a highly enjoyable and recommended book. I was provided a copy of this book by Cedar Fort in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Accidentally Me is a book all about coming of age and learning all those hard lessons on that bumpy road. Sabrina has always done everything the way she was expected to. She wants to prove to her parents that she isn’t the burden she fears she is, being the “accident child” that she thinks she is. So she works hard in school, and doesn’t make any waves. When she is faced with the choice of her future college, her preference goes to Caltech, and not Boise State, the college her parents insist she goes to. So she comes up with a rather elaborate plan to find a fake stalker. The idea is that her parents will be scared into sending her away to escape the stalker. Naturally this plan start to suffocate Sabrina when she starts developing feelings for her fake stalker, and she gets entangled in her web of lies to keep up this ridiculous charade. This book had a lot of humor in it, that kept my attention when I got frustrated with Sabrina. I remember the difficulty of moving into adulthood, but the stupid situations she got herself into did have me rolling my eyes from time to time. She made a real mess of things, and the whole mess started off with one stupid lie. The book did have a nice message to it. I felt that Sabrina grew a lot in this story. She was able to lay her insecurities somewhat to rest, and was able to stand up to the consequences of her bad choices. She also was able to move forward and make some big steps, which helped her gain strength. I do feel like now we finally got to that point, the book ended, leaving me hanging just a little. The character of Joe was introduced, then reentered, and then the book ends. You are kind of left hanging on that note. There is a good supporting cast, some of which gets a fair amount of focus. Heather, Sabrina’s sister goes through her own little turmoil, coming out much stronger on the other side. Then there is Calvin, the fake stalker. He gets a fair amount of attention, but you are left hanging with how all will end with him. He seems to redeem himself somewhat, but not quite. All in all, a good read for an afternoon on the couch.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
ACCIDENTALLY ME had such a quirky and interesting heroine with a great voice and an ending that was sweet and perfect for the story. Entertaining, humorous, heartbreaking, and sweet all mixed together. An enjoyable coming-of-age/leaving-for-college story for contemporary YA readers. So I feel a little like I've been on a roller-coaster, which might be cliche, but was so true. There is this crazy (that word is a little too strong - she's rather unique and striking) heroine who was so naive in so many areas while being crazy smart and nerdy in others. Then she's surrounded by this complex, emotional family and she believes that she was a mistake because her parents weren't planning on having her. She wants to grow up and spread her wings, but she's afraid on not being perfect. Of failing. So very relatable and authentic. There were so many things that pulled on my emotions, but even though it was an emotional read and I'm feeling a little wrung out, the ending was done so marvelously well that I have that ideal contentment that I love feeling at the end of a book that was well done (except I'm still a little annoyed with her continual feelings towards Calvin the last time, but that's my only issue especially as the ending still makes up for it). In the end, was it what I wished for? I wasn't sure what I was going to get with this between the cover and the synopsis, but I have to say that this quirky, crazy, sweet, emotional story fits perfectly. I enjoyed it and plan on reading this author's next release. Content: Clean Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.
KSwinton More than 1 year ago
Accidentally Me is my first read by Kim Karras. It's a YA/New Adult coming of age story. Sabrina is off to her first year of college. But will it be Caltech (her dream) or Boise State (her parent's practical pick)? Lots of family dynamics at play in the story. Getting into them would take too long to review, but they move the story forward. The pacing is consistent. The story is clean with a youthful vibe. Sabrina is a bit shallow and self involved at the beginning, which made her slightly unlikeable. However, this was intentionally done to give her lots of room for development and self improvement. She needs to grow up! And tell the truth. Her biggest mistakes: hiring a stalker and lieing to her family. Fortunately, after several poor judgements on her part, she comes into her own and redeems herself. I'd like to read a book about her experience in college. I think there is more growing for Sabrina to do and I'd like to see more Joe. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
GeoLibrarian More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what I thought about this book at first. Sabrina kept behaving in ways that seriously annoyed me. I mean seriously, hiring a stalker to convince your family to let you attend the college of your choice?! I knew that would turn out badly and it did. I kept hoping she would start making better choices and then she would make another bad choice. I did sympathize with her low self-esteem that has skewed her view of not only herself but the way she sees her family and her 'stalker'. Since she was a surprise for her parents or an 'accident' as she calls herself, she feels like she needs to be perfect in order to prove her value. While her relationship (?) with her 'stalker' Calvin turns out not to be a particularly good one (she develops a crush on him, despite clear evidence that he's a bit of a jerk), at the same time he does give her some surprisingly good advice. I guess as an adult, I winced a bit each time Sabrina made another bad choice. Thankfully by the end she was making better choices and I could sigh with relief. Despite the bad choices Sabrina makes, she is still very much a sympathetic character. After all, who hasn't made bad choices that came back to haunt them. Human beings seem to shine at learning things the hard way. And the complicated relationships between Sabrina and her family start to change as she starts to grow up and realize she doesn't have to be perfect in order to be loved. And I was pleased to note another cute guy makes an appearance who adds some interest to the story. I think overall this is a story about growing up, learning to make good choices, and accepting the fact that 'accidents' happen but that life can still be great regardless if you're willing to work for it.