Today I’m bringing you three mini-reviews of three books that I recently really enjoyed. I have so many ARCs that I need to review and I don’t have that much to say about these books, so I’d thought I’d just clump these books into one glorious posts. I’m just going to do bullet points because who doesn’t love a fun point form review?(also I’m at the point in the semester where full fledged sentences seem pretty much impossible)
1. You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
- The perfect mix of serious and fluff.
- The Jewish rep was really great and it was really cool how Ariel sought comfort in his faith. Also now I need to find if there’s a decent vegetarian recipe for Matzo Ball Soup because I feel as a Jew it’s my responsibility to eat all the good jewish food
- I loved the relationship between Amir and Ariel. It was so incredibly adorable.
- The part towards the end where Ariel says “they asked for perfect and I’m not” killed me and had me in tears. This book seriously wrecked me in many ways.
- I would’ve liked more about Ariel’s friends and family. I really liked what we saw but just a little more would’ve been great.
- This is more of a personal thing but the Harry Potter references really grated at my nerves and felt forced. I’m usually a huge fan of pop culture references but I found that it was a little unnatural
2. Darius The Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
- There was such a subtle beauty in this book.
- Darius was so soft and I just really love this tea-loving nerd.
- The different family dynamics were done so well!!! I especially loved the relationship Darius had with his father, it was so nuanced.
- Also his friendship with Sohrab was so great. I loved how open they were about their feelings which is really rare to see in male friendships. Give me more male friendships that don’t reek of toxic masculinity
- The food descriptions were sublime oh my god!!! I know need to try absolutely everything that was mentioned, because everything just sounded so delectable.
- While I liked his friendship with Sohrab, I feel like it lacked a little development. They went from being strangers to best friends, a little too quickly in my opinion.
- A lot of people have shelved this as lgbtq rep on goodreads and I’ve seen a few reviews that have labeled Darius as queer. I totally see that and there were definitely moments that can support him being read in that way. I just want to note that in case you’re looking for explicit queer rep, this book doesn’t offer that.
3. Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My Rating: 4/5
- This is my first book by Reid and I wanted to start with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but this was the only one that my library had so this is the one I decided to read.
- I loved seeing the two situations play out. I thought it was really interesting to see what was different in the two different outcomes and what stayed the same.
- I loved the friendship Hannah had with her best friend, Gabby. It was so beautiful and I loved how they supported each no matter. I honestly could’ve done without the romance ( though it was pretty cute) and just have an entire book dedicated to Hannah’s and Gabby’s friendship
- I’m kind of convinced that this book is about me. I mean my name is also Hannah, I also view cinnamon rolls as the ultimate food and if I had a dog I would totally name him Charlemagne. In conclusion: I related to Hannah a lot and not just because we have a lot of things in common. She was such an amazing character.
- I feel like the chemistry in both of the romantic situations was a little lacklustre at times. I liked the love interests but there was just a little bit of a spark missing