Book Review, YA Contemporary Fiction, ya fiction, young adult

Book Review | WHAT IF IT’S US, by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Publish Date:  October 8, 2018 
Published by: HarperAudio/HarperTeen
Audiobook Narrated by: Noah Galvin & Froy Gutierrez
Length: 9 hrs 48 min (437 pages)
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Romance/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them . . . ?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

What if it’s us?


My Review: 

I was sadly unimpressed by this book. I really wanted to like it, and that first chapter really had me hooked and ready to go. But after that, things started to decline.

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Book Review, YA Contemporary Fiction

Book Review | FOOLISH HEARTS, by Emma Mills

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Foolish Hearts, by Emma Mills

Publish Date: December 5, 2017
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will in the class production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year.


My Review:

This was an absolute doll of a book. It made me laugh so much and I loved it. It was cute and funny, with some loveable characters (although I’m still not convinced Gideon Prewitt could actually exist. He is just too good for this world), and a storyline that was simple but full of such wonder, joy, and a nice touch of drama. Continue reading “Book Review | FOOLISH HEARTS, by Emma Mills”

Book Review, YA Contemporary Fiction

Book Review | THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ, by Amy Spalding

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The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)by Amy Spalding

Publish Date: April 3, 2018
Published by: Sky Pony Press
Pages: 284
Genre: YARomance/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby’s been happy to focus on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, she’s thrilled to take the first step toward her dream career. Then she falls for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Hard. And now she’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win the coveted paid job at the end of the internship.

But really, nothing this summer is going as planned. She’s also unwittingly become friends with Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro-type who wants her help finding the best burger in L.A.; she’s struggling to prove to her mother—the city’s celebrity health nut—that she’s perfectly content with who she is; and she’s desperately trying to remain behind the scenes and off-camera where she feels she belongs, when she hangs out with Jordi, who documents her entire life in photographs.

Though crazy, summer’s been fun, and just as Abby starts to feel like she’s no longer the sidekick in her own life anymore, Jordi’s photography surprisingly puts her in the spotlight for the first time, and it feels more like a betrayal rather than a starring role. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?


My Review:

I was looking for something that would make me super happy and swoony with romance and…sadly this was not it. I so wanted to like this book because I had heard such good things about it, but it just didn’t hit the right spots for me, you know?

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Book Review | WILDER GIRLS, by Rory Power

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Wilder Girlsby Rory Power

Publish Date: July 9, 2019
Published by: Delacorte Press
Pages: 354
Genre: YA Contemporary/Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 out of 5 stars)

**I received an ARC of this as a bookseller in anticipation of the August YA Book Club, as well as an egalley through Edelweiss in return for an honest review**


Synopsis:

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.


My Review:

This book was kind of horrifying to be honest. I felt like a lot of the time I didn’t know what I was reading. It was fast-paced but strange, full of questions and unending mysteries that I felt like the characters were never closer to solving. The writing style was a little all over the place, with a beginning that was almost difficult to understand. It is also riddled with moments and scenes that could be extremely triggering for some people (see list at the end of review). Part of me wanted to like this book, but a larger part of me just spent it going “WTF?” the entire time I was reading it. It’s one of those books that I think could be right up some peoples’ alleys, but definitely not mine.

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Book Review, YA Contemporary Fiction, ya romance

Book Review | FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT, by Jenn P. Nguyen

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Fake It Till You Break Itby Jenn P. Nguyen

Publish Date: May 28, 2019
Published by: Swoon Reads
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.

After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.

The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…


My Review:

I wish I could say I enjoyed this book but sadly it was just not for me. The premise is what initially interested me, and the first chapter hooked me easily. I immediately loved Mia for her sardonic one-liners and wanted nothing more than to see these two characters bicker with each other while struggling to put on a facade of being in love for their mothers. However, this was not the case. Continue reading “Book Review | FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT, by Jenn P. Nguyen”

Book Review, ya fiction

Book Review | AGAIN, BUT BETTER, by Christine Riccio

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Again, but Better, by Christine Riccio

Publish Date: May 7, 2019
Published by: Wednesday Books
Length: 373 pages
Genre: YA Fiction (with a little bit of fantasy)
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that? 

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! 

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart. 

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.


My Review:

This is one of those books that takes my own what-ifs and brings them into a reality I could only fantasize about. Going into this book, I was hopeful but hesitant. I have not followed Christine Riccio on any social media platform, but I knew she was popular from seeing her name a lot. So when I saw that she was getting a book published I was trying not to expect too much. The premise sounded interesting, to be sure, especially since I too have a lot of regrets about college and decisions I made that I wish I could go back and do again, so I was immediately intrigued when I first read the description. And surprisingly, by the end of the book, I could not stop smiling like a drunken idiot. Continue reading “Book Review | AGAIN, BUT BETTER, by Christine Riccio”