Wednesday, 26 August 2015

'What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar' by Nicole Campbell: A Book Review

Courtney Ross has lived her whole life doing everything by the book. She’s a top student, the captain of the cheer squad at her Scottsdale high school, and a nervous wreck most of the time. For summer vacation before senior year, she finally has her chance just to relax. She will be spending it with her best friend, Vanessa, in her tiny hometown of Gem City, Ohio. Courtney’s hoping for a chance to breathe, and maybe even for some of Vanessa’s carefree nature to rub off on her. What she doesn’t expect is Ethan Fisher. Courtney knows she’s in trouble the minute she sees him holding a guitar at her “Welcome Back” party. Her instincts prove to be correct as she gets to know him, and she finds her head spinning. What will this mean for the girl who always plays by the rules?

Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Nicole!

If there's a genre that I love with all my heart, it's young adult romance. What I love best about it is the presence of lively characters, fun plotlines and that satisfactory happily-ever-after.
And What Comes of Eating Donuts With a Boy Who Play Guitar has all of it.

The book's protagonist, Courtney, is quiet, introverted and socially anxious. She's been uprooted from her hometown and can't wait to go back for summer break. Life in Scottsdale is exhausting and almost lonely, and home is where the heart is, after all. 

Well, that's not all there is to home. Enter Ethan Fisher, a friend of her friend, an outgoing, energetic, guitar-playing playboy who sweeps her off her feet on day one. Ethan isn't fond of relationships, but there's something about Courtney that makes him change his mind.

What Comes of Eating Donuts is not a summer romance as I'd expected. It deals with the trials and tribulations of being in a long-distance relationship, especially when you're seventeen years old and don't know where your future will take you.
So there are quite a few dramatic twists and turns after Courtney returns to Scottsdale. The story doesn't end after the couple falls in love: rather, that's when it really begins.

Like most YA contemporaries, the writing style is simple. Here are a couple of quotes that stood out:

In a moment she understood what people meant by falling in love. She didn't know that she loved Ethan, she had only known him two days, but the feeling was exactly like falling. Terrifying, uncontrollable, and freeing.

Maybe this is the opposite of falling in love. You have to be pulled back up. Painfully, all the emotions in reverse, she contemplated as the tears rolled down her cheeks.

I loved Ethan and Courtney's relationship, and even though it treads into the 'instalove' territory at first, it slowly stabilises into something more realistic. Long-distance relationships are difficult to maintain, and the author does a great job showing us how it can tear two people apart. 

Another thing I liked was that although Courtney's anxiety issues disappear once Ethan arrives, her state of mind does not depend on him. He helps her accept herself for who she is, and that's what gives her confidence.
Also, the fact that Courtney is an introverted cheerleader was very refreshing. You don't see this overlap in most YA books, even though it's very true in real life.

However, this being an indie novel, I did notice a couple of
missing punctuation marks and formatting errors here and there, but nothing too alarming.

I'm going to go with 4 stars out of 5 for this one.

What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar is fun, romantic and emotional, and young adult readers are sure to love it.

A sequel is apparently in the works (
How One Attempts to Chase Gravity, from Ethan's perspective), and I'm definitely going to pick it up. Meanwhile, do give this one a try. If you've already bought a copy, tell me what you thought of the ending. Was it what you expected?

I'll see you next time, Geeks. Bye!


  1. I am so happy you enjoyed the book and Courtney's transformation! I love the two quotes you chose here. Thank you so much for reading and for the feedback- I can't wait to get you a copy of the sequel!!

    - Nicole Campbell

    1. The pleasure was all mine, Nicole. Can't wait to read the sequel. xx

    2. The pleasure was all mine, Nicole. Can't wait to read the sequel. xx


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