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I HOPE THIS DOESN’T FIND YOU BY ANN LIANG // blog tour book review: the fiercest academic rivals to lovers you’ll ever see!!

Gah I’m a day late with this post because I’ve been having it rough lately,,, anyways hopefully getting back into it now.

Big thanks to Colored Pages for having me on the blog tour, let’s dive right into the review!

Title: I Hope This Doesn’t Find You
Author: Ann Liang
Page count: 320
Date published: 6 February 2024
Genre: YA contemporary romance



Sadie Wen is perfect on paper: school captain, valedictorian, and a “pleasure to have in class.” It’s not easy, but she has a trick to keep her model-student smile plastered on her face at all times: she channels all her frustrations into her email drafts. She’d never send them of course — she’d rather die than hurt anyone’s feelings — but it’s a relief to let loose on her power-hungry English teacher or a freeloading classmate taking credit for Sadie’s work.

All her most vehemently worded emails are directed at her infuriating cocaptain, Julius Gong, whose arrogance and competitive streak have irked Sadie since they were kids. “You’re attention starved and self-obsessed and unbearably vain . . . I really hope your comb breaks and you run out of whatever expensive hair products you’ve been using to make your hair appear deceptively soft…”

Sadie doesn’t have to hold back in her emails, because nobody will ever read them… that is, until they’re accidentally sent out.

Overnight, Sadie’s carefully crafted, conflict-free life is turned upside down. It’s her worst nightmare — now everyone at school knows what she really thinks of them, and they’re not afraid to tell her what they really think of her either. But amidst the chaos, there’s one person growing to appreciate the “real” Sadie — Julius, the only boy she’s sworn to hate…




Big thanks to Scholastic and Colored Pages Tours for the eARC via Edelweiss! All thoughts and opinions are my own.


STAR RATING: (3.5 out of 5 stars)

But we’re glad it did find you because missy needed to make some drastic life changes… relatable.

I’ve had Ann Liang’s books on my TBR for a while and I was so thrilled to join the tour team because she truly is THE COOLEST PERSON. Follow Ann on socials, you’ll have a great time I promise.


Anyway, I knew I would connect with her books and connect I did. Where was my academic rival who studied as hard as I did just to BEAT me and also be in love with me? WHERE I ASK? I’m not kidding. Sadie and I are basically the same person so shouldn’t I also have a Julius? Seems only fair if you ask me.

Okay, I’ll stop. As I mentioned, Sadie was such a relatable and understandable character and that’s all props to the writing. Ann Liang absolutely transported me into the complicated brain of Sadie Wen in Melbourne and I had a blast. Plus I read this at the speed of light and I love being DEVOURED by a book

And the romance omggggg. Academic rivals truly have the best vocabulary and it cracks me up every time. Sadie and Julius were at each other’s throats basically the entirety of the book and it was a hoot. They really proved that there is a fine love between love and hate and that line was often veryyyy blurry lmao.

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I had a couple of issues here and there with pacing and character development, but overall I had a really great time with this one. It was easy to fly through and I loved being engrossed in a fun but emotional YA contemporary. If you’re looking for an academic rivals to lovers with some excellent writing and really relatable characters, you’ve come to the right place <3<3<3

Ann Liang is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. Born in Beijing, she grew up traveling back and forth between China and Australia, but somehow ended up with an American accent. When she isn’t writing, she can be found making overambitious to-do lists, binge-watching dramas, and having profound conversations with her pet labradoodle about who’s a good dog.


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