Just for Clicks

Just for Clicks

by Kara McDowell

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Overview

Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong toyourmom.

Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they're expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers?Notso much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as "just Claire"? And what should Claire do about Mom's old journals? The handwritten entries definitelydon'tsound like Mom's perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948705196
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 1,192,901
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara J. McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. She loved growing up in a big family, where there was always someone to play with, someone to fight with, and something to read. After graduating from Arizona State University, Kara worked as a freelance writer and a blogger. Now she writes novels for teenagers from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.

Just for Clicks is Kara's debut novel. 

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Just for Clicks 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ZiliR More than 1 year ago
Claire and Poppy live their lives in the spotlight. Imagine a fraternal, non-identical version of the Olsen twins, but set in a time of social media and fashion blogs , then throw in a famous mother and you're heading in the right direction. Their mum is an online star who has blogged about them their entire lives. All aspects of their lives is open for criticism and unlimited embarrassment. Everything is done to garner more likes, clicks and endorsements. Poppy loves life in the spotlight, Claire not so much! As Claire becomes less and less interested in building influence it causes rifts within the family. It took me a while to warm to Poppy because I felt she uses her sister and doesn't try to understand her unhappiness, but the change in their relationship is engaging and it was satisfying seeing them begin to act as twins. Oh the teenage angst! The pacing was a little off at times, because some events seemed to happen at warp speed and others went on for ages, but I enjoyed seeing the story through Claire's eyes and believe the story is relevant and relatable today with all the online influencers out there and the big following particularly with teenagers and younger. The romance!! Oh Rafael you cutie pie!! I loved the build up and friendship. There are some big secrets and revelations throughout the course of the story but I would have appreciated a more developed ending. However, I found the story sweet and engaging. 4 Stars in my Sky! I received a review copy
Sydney Springer More than 1 year ago
3.5. I'm really torn if I should bump my rating up to 4 stars or down to 3, because the last 1/4 of the book was my favorite part. I think I'll stick with three stars, as the story all-around was fresh and thought-provoking, but this isn't going to sit on a favorites list for me personally. A truly wonderful debut, and a different sort of book to pick up that I definitely recommend! JUST FOR CLICKS follows Claire, the twin sister of Poppy and one third of the internet's favorite family. When all you've know since conception is how to pose in front of a camera and do cute things for a mommy blog, it can feel like your life is fake and processed simply for the benefit of others. This book follows Claire as she discovers what each member of her family do the internet lifestyle for, and if it's really for her. It also goes in-depth on how to establish relationships with others when everything about you is out in the open for anyone to see. JUST FOR CLICKS really GOES THERE, and I was invested the entire time. TW: PTSD, attempted kidnapping Something I LOVED about this book--especially when comparing it to other similar contemporaries--was how on-page the unique plot points were. We actually SEE Claire do coding and explain how it works. Ashley teaches Raphael how sponsorships work. The different hobbies weren't just mentioned in passing or used for convenience. As readers, we are able to see the details of it. The same goes with the setting. I've actually been to Gilbert, Arizona and the surrounding areas, and the descriptions and intricate details of what it's like to live there are accurate and full of the heart that actually exists. The details of the mountains and towns are all real and actually are places! I love fictional towns in the likes of Sarah Dessen, but I also love when books have a firm grounding in reality as well. While I do wish at times we got Poppy's perspective, I loved the focus on twins from Claire's sole POV. I'm somewhat of a twin myself and our relationship is just like any biological twins' would be. JUST FOR CLICKS dives deep into what makes you a sibling, a relative, DNA match or not. It's so sweet and wholesome and I loved Poppy and Claire. Both got my nerves, but both have my heart. If you watch any sort of family channel or follow a family blog, then you'll be able to see what it's like to be in their shoes (to a degree). While reading this I thought of the McKnight family (of CuteGirlsHairstyles and Brooklyn and Bailey fame), and the Bucket List Family. Their kids have all been impacted in this same way. it really makes you want to go back in time and stop all your past judgments of internet personas. While I did really enjoy this book, I had a few issues. Mostly they revolved around the romance. I was so bored by it and felt like it was forced by the author. Raphael is a POC which was neat, but he didn't seem like a proper fit for Claire. Besides Claire, Poppy, and Ashley, I felt like most of the characters were pretty one-dimensional. We saw glimpses of quite a few, especially since BITES introduced internet friends into the mix (in a really clever and fun way), but I honestly didn't care about any. The writing was pretty slow, but just when I felt like I was going to be bored something really exciting would happen and I was hooked again. The crawling pace and uninteresting romance were really the only flaws I saw in this fresh and reflective debut. This is a story that will stick with you after you.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Claire and Poppy grew up in the social media limelight. Their mother blogging about their lives until the three of them became household names. Now in high school Claire discovers her history isn’t all as it was blogged and as she researches past facts she realizes her life’s ambitions may not be the same as her sister’s. When she meets Rafael and learns his story he helps her realize that her definition of family may not be as pretty as the blog posts but her feelings and ties to her sister are real. Even though Claire and Poppy were internet stars they had the drama and emotions of normal high school teenagers. Claire was the more introverted of the two sisters and so felt each emotion and comment cut deeper. That sensitivity made her afraid to speak her feelings until they grew so large in her own head they overwhelmed her. I’ll admit I grew frustrated with most of the characters in this novel because a little communication would have allayed so many of their fears, but then I guess we wouldn’t have had much of a novel to read! Rafael ended up being my favorite character, yet, he too was not 3D. Having lived all over the world with his father with Doctors without Borders should have given him a broader frame to draw his experiences from, yet he never got past the drama and his own teenage insecurities. My expectations may have been set a little high, but I was really looking for a reason to love this novel and instead never got past like. As a blogger myself, I thought I should have found this plot more interesting. Their life as bloggers was actually kind of fun and I’d have liked to see more of that. Part of the problem was that some of the subject matter, while deep, was written with a lighter touch that seemed to de-emphasize the importance of what was happening in that scene, so the tone of the novel was too light for the drama it was trying to represent. It kept me from connecting with these characters in a way that I needed to do to enjoy their journey. I received a free copy of the ARC for my honest review and it was honest.
Kimberly_Gabriel More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, I read through it in two days. Since birth, Claire's and Poppy's lives have been documented online by their mom with her mom blog and social media presence—something that became a family business. While Poppy wants to capitalize on that success with their own vlog and reality show, Claire is sick of the spotlight and online trolls that come with it. When new boy Rafael sits with Claire at lunch one day, it's her chance to have someone get to know her without having read about her entire life online; it's her chance to really be seen. There were so many things to love about this book. I LOVED the slow-burn romance. Kara McDowell is a master at it. I loved the questions it raises about social media and its roll in our lives. I loved the family dynamics—both the twin dynamics and the mother-daughter relationship that had me in tears by the end. This book gave me all the feels: I cried, I actually laugh out loud, and my stomach flipped over the YA romance so many times throughout the book. I can't wait to see what comes next from this author. She's one to watch!!
LGilmer More than 1 year ago
I adored this book. Claire's story is so fascinating! Fun to read, full of heart and complexity, I've never read anything like it. I was hooked by the peek-behind-the-curtain of being internet famous but fell in love with McDowell's characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the YA social media book you've been waiting for. JUST FOR CLICKS is a funny, romantic look at life behind the mommy blog--with a twist in the middle you won't see coming. Recommended for teen readers and anyone who has been known to peruse a lifestyle or mommy blog a time or two.
marongm8 More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me a lot of Jen Calonita's Secrets of My Hollywood Life series how she was always on the search for a life outside of TV and the complications that come with it. Claire reminds me of Kaitlyn of how she wants to get away from the Hollywood and live a normal life. Except for the fact that it is 2018 and social media is now the new Hollywood. Claire was definitely much relateable than Kaitlyn and younger teens will definitely relate to Claire and want to cheer her on. That is why we give this book 5 stars.