The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman

the pros of cons

TheProsOfCons_Cover.jpgTitle: THE PROS OF CONS

Author: Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman

Pub. Date: March 27, 2018

Publisher: Scholastic

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 352

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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!

Know that whole saying – never judge a book by its cover? Well, it’s always a straight up lie. We always judge a book by it’s cover it seems like in the book world. If it’s pretty, we instantly want to pick it up and caress it gently BECAUSE PRETTY. And it’s, well, not so pleasing? We might get a little sketched out by it.

For me? I was completely sold by the premise of this book, but I was a little bit sketched out by the stuffed mouse on the cover with some musical instruments and a witch hat. It wasn’t, um, the thing I really wanted sitting on my bookshelf for all to see? But lemme tell you, I forever judged this book cover too harshly, because the insides were amazingggggggg.

This story features 3 very different girls in 3 very different cons having a bunch of different problems. Usually, I have a habit of leaning more toward one perspective in multiple POV stories, but this one, I was invested in every single one of their stories and each one of them. I wanted each one of them to succeed, and I also wanted all of them to have the happily ever after they deserved. They were wonderful heroines full of heart, smarts, and such brilliant wishes and passions – that’s right, each character had a thought desire and passion that they eagerly pursued. I remembered years ago that I was complaining that no YA heroine seemed to have a passion or dream or hobby, but each of these girls were so wonderfully detailed and complex. I loved it so much, and I desperately enjoyed each of these. Also, each girl got to shine in their strength and fierceness, which was just so wonderful.

I also loved how seamlessly this was brought together. I really had no clue how they would all meet and connect, but the authors all managed to come up with an organic, realistic way for them to meet and combine all three storylines together. I’m still marveling at the genius that the way authors did it. SO impressed.

Speaking of the authors, I honestly had no idea who was writing who until the end. Their writing styles gelled really well with one another, and they did each others’ characters just the way they were meant to be. I couldn’t tell it was 3 different authors and smushing their books and characters together. It felt natural and cool and WAS SO GOOD.

Another thing that was so brilliant that the messages that was brought in the book. There were definitely some feminist and sexist themes that were brought up. The story also included some fantastic conversations about gender neutrality and diversity. One of the love interests was gender neutral. It was the first time that I had seen it really highlighted in a YA novel before (I know I’ve seen it being briefly mentioned in some books or in books I haven’t had the pleasure of reading yet), but I felt this book really made it a point to highlight the importance of the right pronoun usage and more. (The pronoun usage did get mixed up a bit a few times, but it was quickly corrected. Just a heads up.)

I was also so involved with a lot of the ships. The ships weren’t all the main parts – it was a lot more focused on self-discoveries and journeys for our lovely, lovely heroines – but I was still allllllllllllllllll here for them. I also was super glad that not all of them had a ship that exactly worked out???? I thought it was so realistic, and again, showing us that we all don’t need a love interest for a happily ever after.

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Tiana was sad there wasn’t any baking cons in this one.

Gosh, there was so much that I loved about this. It was so enthralling and easy to just lose myself in. The setting of each of the cons was absolutely brilliant, and I just eagerly flipped through page after page because I was so obsessed with it. Ugh, just a heartwarming book that got me a little misty eyed?????? What happened to the heartless book princess??? IDK, but this book GOT ME.

Overall, this was such an enjoyable, wonderful read. Despite loving this book so much, I feel like a little bit of me isn’t completely sold as a favorite yet??? I’m still debating, but I really recommend this book so much. It was super cool – whether with the setting, the romances, the characters, or the writing. 5 crowns, and a Tiana rating!!!


What do you think? What is the last book that you got totally lost in it? What was the last book that you enjoyed that had dual POVs? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


24 thoughts on “The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman

  1. This sounds really great! I have to say that the cover threw me for a loop as well, but mainly because it made me think of Stuart Little or The Mouse and The Motorcycle which are more kid’s reads than YA.

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    1. It is sooooooo good!! Thank you, Rebecca! ❤

      And oooooooooh. I've seen a few Peter Pan retellings, and they can be sort of iffy with really creating a grand Neverland. I definitely am going to have to check it out!

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  2. I am so glad to see someone else giving this book some love, because I thought it was fabulous. The mouse on the cover is a little odd, but made sense once I read the book. It was all about the friendships for me. I thought they were lovely, and the book was pretty fun too. I thought the authors made an odd choice with the ending, but no harm was done to my enjoyment.

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    1. YES. I feel like I see nothing about it, Sam, and it was fantastic! And lol, it really does make sense, but rats bother me, lol. And yessssssssss. I loved alllllll the female friendships it brought. 😀


  3. Ohhhh this is the book I think you featured in one of your posts and I fell in love with the wacky cover. 😂 I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! The journey of self-discovery sounds lovely, and it sounds just so positive and empowering. Great review! 😀

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