Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is a superhero, or a ladies’ man, or simply a better version of himself. That’s the world he’s been escaping to most since sophomore year, a world where he has everything he doesn’t have in real life: friends, a place of honor on the track team, passing grades, and most importantly, Kylie Simms as his girlfriend.
But when Jonathan confuses his worlds senior year and tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms, everything unravels. The real Kylie actually notices Jonathan…and begins obsessing over him. The fantasy version of Kylie struggles to love Jonathan as she was created to do, and the consequences are disastrous. As his worlds collide, Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylies forever.
When I grabbed In A World Just Right, I thought the synopsis was interesting but I was concerned because this is author Jen Brooks’ debut novel and at 400+ pages, it’s a commitment! I was pleasantly surprised to find this story well written and very enjoyable. I felt the middle of the story to drag a little but it all worked and the end was very satisfying and went quickly. The story of Jonathan Aubrey and his body image holding him back from embracing real life is something that all teens can relate with as well as wanting to be in a place where you are accepted unconditionally. There is also an underlying theme of making the right choices for yourself and having that power over others. This is a touching story with a hint of romance without being sappy. I would highly recommend this book to fans of John Green. For mature middle readers on up.