Review: Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell

Just for Clicks ties a sweet romance in with a serious plotline that won’t leave reader’s disappointed in the mystery or the characters.

Just for Clicks CoverMommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

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? Not so 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 definitely don’t sound 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… (Goodreads)


I received an eARC of Just for Clicks from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Just for Clicks needs trigger warnings for mentions of attempted kidnapping, hidden parentage, bullying, cyberbullying, blackmail, video including them going viral, discussion of parental death, discussion of drug use and child protective services, and several ace-antagonistic comments.

I have a lot of thoughts on “mommy blogging” (also known as just blogging about parenthood) and this book dives into two of the biggest ones – the issue of privacy and the effects of having none for the rest of the family among their peers and the unfortunately common stalking issues that come with being a woman on the internet.

It also digs into the fact that this is one of the best ways for many single parents to make a regular income while still being there for their kids, as well as showcasing the skills that come along with hosting and designing your own website, which I loved.

Nearly everyone in Claire’s life knows details about her that she would much rather keep private, but it doesn’t bother her twin sister, Poppy. While I was reading, I wished that there was a little bit more exploration of the relationship they have, especially since

I actually really loved the romance in this story. Rafael was a delight, and I loved that he called Claire out on her garbage while also being there for her throughout all of her struggles. He was soft and sweet, but he didn’t let her walk all over him. I was honestly delighted by the way they flirted through their class and their resumes. It was a really cute way to bring the epistolary style into the modern era without being shoehorned in. It was also really funny.

The mystery at the center of the story left me satisfied, though I felt the ending tied up a little too easily. I still really enjoyed Just for Clicks. You can pick up a copy for yourself on Amazon or Indiebound.


Title: Just for Clicks

Author: Kara McDowell

Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

Length: 250 Pages

Release Date: February 19, 2018

Rating: Recommended

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Representation: Mexican American love interest


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