Pest is an entertaining contemporary young adult book with a fresh plot and interesting characters. Hal's character is dealing with a lot. Her divorced parents are pulling her in two different directions, her jobs are taking up all of her free time and don't exactly make her popular and the scholarship competition is taking up all of her headspace. Luckily, Hal's friends help her with her endeavors. Hal's story allowed me to see the crazy amount of pressure that many teens are under. Through the story Hal realized just what life is all about, other ways of achieving her dreams and dropping her laser focus for a little bit to try and enjoy life. Hal deals with all of this with as much grace as possible. I enjoyed seeing Hal and Spencer's relationship develop, it was very natural and wasn't the main plot in the story. Overall, Pest is an intriguing, cute and fun young adult story with touches of mystery and romance.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.