The Pros of Cons
Authors: Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Synopsis: Drummer Phoebe Byrd prides herself on being one of the guys, and she’s ready to prove it by kicking all their butts in the snare solo competition at the Indoor Percussion Association Convention.
Writer Vanessa Montoya-O’Callaghan has been looking forward to the WTFcon for months. Not just because of the panels and fanfiction readings but because WTFcon is where she’ll finally meet Soleil, her internet girlfriend, for the first time.
Taxidermy assistant Callie Buchannan might be good at scooping brains out of deer skulls, but that doesn’t mean it’s her passion. Since her parents’ divorce, her taxidermist father only cares about his work, and assisting him at the World Taxidermy and Fish-Carving Championships is the only way Callie knows to connect with him.
When a crazy mix-up in the hotel lobby brings the three girls together, they form an unlikely friendship against a chaotic background of cosplay, competition, and carcasses!
I was really in the mood for a funny, uplifting, and inspiring story when I picked up The Pros of Cons. I haven’t read anything from any of these three talented authors, but I can assure you, I definitely got a treat when I picked this one up!
Young adult books that have a heavy emphasis on friendship are some of my favorites, and I’ll pretty much read anything that has friendship as a central theme, which is why I was super excited to check out this book. I had a feeling it was going to be just what I needed, and I was right.
The Pros of Cons tells the story of three girls who meet up, pretty much nothing like each other, and form a bit of an unlikely (and fantastic!) friendship. Phoebe, who is a drummer, Vanessa, a writer, and Callie, a taxidermy artist, all meet up in a hotel lobby when there is a mix-up, causing them to become friends and support each other through their various endeavors that brought them together.
I loved all three of the characters – I think that Vanessa was my favorite, and I really loved her story of getting to go to WTFcon and getting to meet her online girlfriend for the first time ever. Her story was the sweetest and I was really pulled in by her.
The other two characters also brought enjoyable stories to the book, and when they all got together it was so neat to see how they all became friends, because they are so different and you wouldn’t really expect them to become friends the way they did (and so fast).
There are some moments in this book that really made me laugh, and overall I enjoyed The Pros of Cons a great deal. It might even have been one of the top contemporary books that I have read this year!
This is one of the most perfect YA friendship books that I have come across, and I have to recommend it to everyone.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
I grew up in Evanston, IL, then went to Harvard and got a degree in photography. (Yes, that is possible. Although they like to call the visual arts “Visual and Environmental Studies,” for some unknown reason.) Then I spent the next three years as a freelance lighting designer for various theaters throughout the Northeast. Eventually, I got tired of hanging out on ladders and wrestling with faulty electrical equipment for 80 hours a week while getting paid almost nothing, so I spent the next four years working as a photographer for the Metropolitan Opera. Now I live in Brooklyn with my two kitties, Vivian and Sophia, and write full-time. I’m represented by Holly Root at Root Literary.
Lindsay Ribar lives in New York City, where she works in book publishing by day and writes YA novels by night. She attends far too many concerts, watches far too much nerdy TV, and consumes fanfiction like it’s made out of chocolate. She is fond of wine, cheese, and countries where they speak English but with really cool accents. Oh, and she has a Harry Potter tattoo.
Michelle Schusterman is the alleged author of less than one hundred books for kids and teens, most of which are not published under a secret pseudonym, and all of which include various characters. She lives on a steamboat with her pet crawfish, unless she’s lying, in which case she lives among the spiders beneath the stage at the Metropolitan Opera, unless that’s another lie, in which case she lives in an apartment in Queens with her chocolate lab, who can talk.
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