Review | The Wrong Side of Kai by Estelle Maskame

“Captain Wasington and Nessie versus the world.” 3.75/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: spy nicknames, scenes at parties, bicycles, green SUVs, pumpkin mailboxes, hashtags, rumours, nudes, flat tires, videos, online dates, a lot of pranks and double standards.

This was not at all what I expected. I had the wrong idea of what the book was about because the title itself defined the book for me before I even read it. If you know nothing about this book, you probably think just by the title that this would be a romance book that features a bad boy named Kai. You’re wrong, just like I was. Kai is in fact featured in the main romance, but he is actually a really nice boy who had to show his “wrong side” in the book – which, to be honest, it wasn’t even that bad.

This book is about a girl named Vanessa who lost her mother a few years ago and her life crumbled after it happened. She knows how much her father suffered with her mother’s loss, so she has trouble committing to relationships. She decided to never have boyfriends, so she just fools around with boys for fun. One day, the boy who she was seeing betrays her and shares a private video of her that he filmed himself. Everyone at school sees the video and of course she’s very embarrassed of what happened. She’s very angry with the boy who exposed her and she decides to get her revenge. Incomes good guy Kai. He also has bad blood with the same guy, so together they turn on their “wrong side” and become partners to get revenge on the bad things they have been through.

This is one of those books that really show the power of double standards. Vanessa was sleeping around with guys often, but when the video was shared with the entire school, she was the only one who became a target of criticism and not the boy who filmed her. And mind you, he was also sleeping around with several girls! I think the book really captured the essence of how quickly girls get judged by what they do and how boys are praised by doing the exact same things. So yeah, I thought that was interesting and the book did a great job showing that difference between genders.

I think what really stood out the most for me in this book was Kai’s personality. His back is probably hurting for carrying the entire book – sorry, this was lame. I know I probably won’t remember this book forever because the story isn’t the most memorable, but I will never forget Kai’s character. He is a very peculiar, fun boy who deals with his problems with humour and jokes. He was a ray of sunshine during the entire book, and a very memorable and special character who basically made the book, in my opinion.

I’ve recently read the DIMILY series from Estelle Maskame and I really liked it as well. I’m really liking her style of writing and I will definitely read more of her books in the future. This is a really cute book! I read it in one sitting and I regret nothing.

xoxo, Neide

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