Book Review | Seven Percent of Ro Devereux by Ellen O’Clover

Title: Seven Percent of Ro Devereux
Author: Ellen O’Clover
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: January 17th, 2023
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Ro Devereux can predict your future. Or, at least, the app she built for her senior project can.

Working with her neighbor, a retired behavioral scientist, Ro created an app called MASH, designed around the classic game Mansion Apartment Shack House, that can predict a person’s future with 93% accuracy. The app will even match users with their soul mates. Though it was only supposed to be a class project, MASH quickly takes off and gains the attention of tech investors.

Ro’s dream is to work in Silicon Valley, and she’ll do anything to prove to her new backing company—and the world—that the app works. So it’s a huge shock when the app says her soul mate is Miller, her childhood best friend with whom she had a friendship-destroying fight three years ago. Now thrust into a fake dating scenario, Ro and Miller must address the years of pain between them if either of them will have any chance of achieving their dreams.” (Goodreads)

I’ve been looking forward to this one since I first saw the cover! This was a cute YA Contemporary with a second-chance friendship that blossoms into more.

The book is told from one point-of-view and it comes from Ro Devereux. She made an app to predict the future of those who take the quiz and match them with a love interest for a senior year project. I haven’t read anything like this before so it was very intriguing with how it started out.

Ro has a lot going on in her life and it isn’t all of the drama that comes with the app either. She deals with loss/grief and backlash of an friendship that ended but it is slowly being rekindled. I definitely felt for her loss and understand how terrible the feeling of grief is. Her mother also hasn’t been around for quite awhile and that also takes a toll on her. Through it all, she is still smart and capable and handles every situation to the best of her ability with those who care at her side. I did enjoy learning more about her through those tight knit relationships.

There is romance and I liked how it all went down! Imagine being matched with an old friend you haven’t talked to for quite sometime and now you are thrown into a fake dating situation. It was a crazy plot line that I didn’t see coming but really enjoyed watching it play out. Miller is a sweet guy who cares for her even through the pain that was caused years ago when they stopped being friends. He is the real deal and stuck by her when things got hard and it would have been easier for him to walk away.

With all of the drama that the app caused I wasn’t really sure how this book would end. I liked that the author talked about the importance of following your own dreams and not what any app, or even a person, has laid out for you. We never know what life will bring and it is up to us to find out what it will be filled with.

Overall, this was a great audiobook. I liked the narration and I breezed through it in one day!


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