How We Roll By Natasha Friend Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

Quinn is a teen who loves her family, skateboarding, basketball, and her friends, but after she’s diagnosed with a condition called alopecia which causes her to lose all of her hair, her friends abandon her. Jake was once a star football player, but a freak accident—caused by his brother—he loses both of his legs. Quinn and Jake meet and find the confidence to believe in themselves again, and maybe even love.

My Rating:4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This Is How We Roll is the type of book I would have fallen  heads over heels with when I was in grade seven. Even though I’m way older than the intended audience, I still really enjoyed it. Though the protagonists are on the younger side ( I think they may be in their freshman year). I still really loved them and thought that they were well developed.

My favorite part of this book was seeing how the characters evolved and grew more confident as the story progressed. I liked seeing Quinn dealing with her alopecia and moving to a new school and an incident back at her old school and I’ve never read a book with a character who has a condition like Quinn’s so it was a really interesting and unique perspective. I also enjoyed the family dynamic and how Quinn feels about being pushes to the back burner do the fact that her younger brother has autism. I can’t speak for the autism rep but from what I though it was depicted very tactfully and there was no problematic elements.

One of the thing that I found very refreshing was the new friends that Quinn made at her new school. They were very much described as being popular and I was really scared that this would cause a conflict later on where past events would repeat themselves but they didn’t and I’m really glad. While there are definitely popular kids that are complete assholes they’re not all evil and it was really nice to see them being depicted as positive friends for Quinn. They were not put down for being superficial and it was very refreshing from what is usually portrayed.

The key to a good fluffy contemporary that has any romantic element is a great love interest and Nick was a great one. I loved seeing their friendship develop and really  enjoyed seeing how they helped one another. It was very endearing and Nick was just such a sweet and loving character. I also really liked how the ending was sort of ambiguous which isn’t often seen in YA contemporaries so I really appreciated the open ending.

 

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Like Never And Always by Ann Aguirre

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Goodreads Summary:On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request

My Rating:4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

Honestly I think some of my favorite books to read are those that maybe aren’t the most edifying or deep but are just really fun and grab me in and don’t let go until the very end. I don’t believe in guilty pleasure reads: if you enjoy reading it you shouldn’t be guilty about it. My reading tastes are so eclectic that one day I’m reading a classic and the next I’m reading the fluffiest contemporary out there and I don’t hold one to a higher standard than the other. I love all books regardless of genre or content.  All this to say that Like Never and Always was such a wild ride and I’ve honestly hadn’t had that much fun reading a book in a long time. It was a total blast and if you’re in the mood for a great page turner this is the book for you. No it wasn’t life changing but I  enjoyed every second it so at the end of the day I think that’s all that counts.

One of the really great things about this book is that it is constantly throwing twists and turns at you. You think you know where the book is going and then it just does a complete 180. Pretty much every chapter ends on a cliffhanger so if you’re going to read this book, you better clear your schedule because you’re not going to want to put it down.  While Like Never and Always does remind me of a couple of books I’ve read, it does something completely different and unique and will definitely surprise you.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where a girl wakes up in her best friend’s body.More than once I had to put the book down just so I could process what I had just read.  I

I really liked all of the characters, and there was definitely some really interesting dynamics.  I liked how how though Morgan was popular, she wasn’t depicted as a completely vapid girl and had a genuine passion for the arts. I also really appreciated Liv’s love or science and liked seeing her persevere despite obstacles and all the other problems she had to deal with.I also surprisingly really liked the romance in this book. I really misjudged the love interest at first but once I grew to know him, I really loved him. I love the trope of bad boys who are actually softies.

I only have two problems with this book. The first being is that it was hella white and hella straight beside the token gay character and a couple of PoC minor minor side characters. The second is that there were a lot of plot points that kind of come out nowhere and never get truly resolves which was a little frustrating.

What’s your favorite “Guilty” Pleasure Reads?”

 

 

 

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say by Leila Sales Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person.

We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we’re seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things? What then?

When Winter Halperin—former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert—gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people knows what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her.

With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Does she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?

My Rating:3.5/5 Star

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

While I love the internet with every fibrer of my being and it has pretty much shaped me into the person I am today, it also kind of sucks.   Though it’s used to spread joy and kindness and love, it’s also used to spread hate and venom and vicious words that would never be spoken in real life. People so often forget that there’s a person behind the user they attack which produces a really toxic environment. Another really great thing about the internet is that it’s a easy way to spread information and teach people about a variety of issues. Unfortunately some people take it upon themselves to teach those who are in the wrong a lesson and aren’t always the nicest. Instead of calmly explaining why what  was done was problematic and allow that person to learn from their mistakes,  vicious words and threats are thrown around. I’m sorry but your words don’t help a thing especially when that’s your first response.  It’s disgusting especially when done to minors. If You Don’t Have Anything To Say discussed this issue in a really interesting way and I’m so glad that I picked this book up because it allowed me to think a lot about the internet and my role in it.

I’m going to start off this review by saying that while I enjoyed the large majority of this book, the internet post that sparked the public shaming kind of rubbed me the wrong way and I just feel like it was never talked about properly. Due to the fact that we never saw the moments leading up to her posting it, we just had to take her word for it that she didn’t mean it offensively. Basically what happens is that the  main character,Winter, was a Spelling Bee champion when she was like in seventh grade  and then a couple of years later  she posts about that year’s Spelling  Bee Champion who is black and basically says that she’s surprised that a black person person won. Though she insists throughout the novel that she didn’t mean to be racist, it still rubbed me the wrong way. There’s also lots of moments where she realizes how much oppression black people deal with which is just so frustrating because how sheltered do you be to not realize that black people are oppressed? So that aspect of the novel really prevented me from enjoying it as much as I could have.

I don’t know why but I really love stories that feature people in rehab. I find the dynamic super interesting and it’s fun to see how people who are forced to be together interact with one another. Winter goes to a “rehab” of sorts for people who have suffered public shaming which was nice because that allowed me to get different  perspectives of people who get publicly shamed. While I didn’t entirely agree with everything that was said in this book, it opened my eyes to an occurrence that I had not thought about previously. I truly think that for the most part it’s not people’s jobs to shame others no matter what they did. You condemning them among a sea of thousands is doing shit fuck all and it’s a waste of time. Maybe they do deserve it, maybe they are horrible people but there’s no point in being so cruel. Words are beautiful things but you ruin that beauty when you tell people to go kill themselves.

What Do You Think About Public Shaming?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day. On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day

My Rating:5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

After reading all three of the books that Adam Silvera has published as of yet, I can safely say that he is one of my favorite authors. He really understands human emotions better than any other author I’ve ever read and all of his books are guaranteed to tug at your heart strings. All of his books are very tough reads so you really have to be in the right head space but if you are able to read his books I highly recommend that you do. They’re all gems and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. ( also I’m lowkey terrified for his collab with Becky Albertalli. The queen of fluff writing with the king of angst??? it’s  not gonna end well that’s for sure)

So I know that the book is literally called “They Both Die At The End” but  I was kind of hoping that there would be some sort of twist where they don’t actually die but nope the title is very truthful. It’s a very interesting experience to read a book and grow to love the characters full well knowing what their fate will be. The entire book I was just bracing myself, waiting for the ax to fall. It was very nerve wrecking but I mean I wouldn’t expect anything less of Silvera. Going into it I was a little wary that knowing how it was going to end would hinder my  enjoyment  but I sill loved it with every fiber of my being. Rufus and Matteo are both precious cinnamon rolls and they deserve happiness and love and curse Silvera for hurting my beautiful children.

I absolutely love the concept of a world where you get a call when you’re going to die. It really made me think about what I would do if I lived in such a world and I honestly don’t know.  On one hand I feel like it’d be nice to know if you’re going to die, but on the other hand it’s kind of terrifying. I really loved seeing how not only Rufus and Matteo dealt with this knowledge but also the people around them. This book is kind of like The Sun Is Also a Star in that though it’s primarily a dual perspective novel, we also have chapters that follow the perspective of people who Matteo and Rufus come across during their day. Honestly those chapters were some of the most emotional ones and I really liked seeing the different views of this world and the events in the book. I honestly would be super down for a sequel in the same world because I feel like there’s so much that could be explored.

As with any Silvera novel, the diversity is impeccable and is #ownvoices. Matteo is  Puerto-Rican and gay while Rufus is Cuban and bisexual.  I kind of guessed that a romance would be inevitable and while I really did love them separately, I honestly feel like the day wasn’t enough time for the chemistry to be properly established. I could definitely see myself loving it if it was given enough time but I’m just not the biggest fan of insta love.

What Would You Do If You Had One Day To Live?

 

 

 

 

The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy by B.T Gottfred Book Review

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Goodreads Summary:

Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. So many people think that Zee likes girls, even Zee is starting to wonder. Could they be onto something?

Everyone assumes that Art is gay. They take one look at his nice clothes and his pretty face and think: well, obviously.

But there’s more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes. When Art first meets Zee, he knows he’s found someone special–someone magical. Zee may not be able to see that magic in herself, but Art is bound and determined to show it to her.

What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they’ve been told are strange. As they explore their own complexities in gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other. With his trademark frankness, B.T. Gottfred delves inside both characters’ heads in this story about love and living authentically.

My Rating:1.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts

When I first read the summary, I was so excited to read the book and thought that the concept sounded so cool. You know those books that you get really excited about when you think of reading them? The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy. Then I read it and….. I was not impressed.

There are some books that I read where I just keep asking myself how on earth the characters are supposed to be realistic, this book is one such read. From the first page, the way the Mcs talked sounded like nothing real people. I mean when they first meet the dude, Art, takes one look at the girl, Zee , and declares to her that he’s in love with her. I am of course no stranger to insta-love but this was ridiculous. I love quirky characters, characters that are different from what I usually read but all of the characters were weird and unrealistic and I pretty much hated every single one of them. The characters were either super weird and everything they did made no sense whatsoever or they were very stereotypical and one dimensional. I honestly can’t name a single character that didn’t annoy the living shit out of me.

The main thing that attracted me was the latter half of the summary. I was very excited to read about “complexities in gender, sexuality, and identity” and thought that this was going to be a diverse book filled with interesting discussions about social norms. And i mean there was kind of stuff like that but I was will really disappointed. I honestly feel like the author included these weak attempts at trying to hash out these subjects because that’s one of the elements that really sells the book but he just really didn’t do a good job of this. It felt very sporadic and random and I’m usually not a fan of saying that there’s diversity just for the sake of diversity because I mean the real world is diverse you know but this was honestly really horrible representation. I honestly wouldn’t classify it as having LGBTQ elements because that’s what really drew me in but I was heavily disappointed. Honestly this might be just a question of personal preference but it made me really uncomfortable and I hated it. The only reason I didn’t give it a 1 star rating was because the writin g style wasn’t horrible and it as an easy read. and there were times hwere I enjoyed myself

The Spy With The Red Balloon By Katherine Locke Book Review

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Goodreads Summary: In a nuclear arms race, you’d use anything for an edge. Even magic.

Ilse and Wolf Klein bear many secrets. Genius Ilse is unsure if her parents will ever accept her love of physics. Her brother Wolf strives for a quiet life, though he worries that there’s no place in the world for people like him. But their deepest secret lies within their blood: with it, they can work magic.

Blackmailed into service during World War II, Ilse lends her magic to America’s newest weapon, the atom bomb, while Wolf goes behind enemy lines to sabotage Germany’s nuclear program. It’s a dangerous mission, but if Hitler were to create the bomb first, the results would be catastrophic.

When Wolf’s plane is shot down, his entire mission is thrown into jeopardy. Wolf needs Ilse’s help to develop the magic that will keep him alive, but with a spy afoot in Ilse’s laboratory, the secret letters she sends to Wolf begin to look treasonous. Can Ilse prove her loyalty—and find a way to help her brother—before their time runs out?

Loyalties and identities will be tested in this sweeping fantasy and a fast-paced thriller that bravely explores the tensions at the dawn of the nuclear age.

My Rating:5/5 Stars

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss

So when I read The Girl With The Red Balloon earlier this year, I knew Locke was an author to watch out for. I’ve never read anything quite like her writing and she creates such an amazing world that you just want to spend the rest of your life in it. While I really really enjoyed her first book, it wasn’t quite a five-star read. When I saw that Edelweiss  had the companion novel to her wonderful first novel, I jumped at the chance to read it. Boy am I glad that I read it. It was phenomenal and I can’t wait to read any book Locke comes out with in the future.

Okay first off let me say that the two MCs are fucking awesome?!! They’re both queer Jewish siblings who kick ass and punch Nazis and holy shit they are the coolest characters I’ve encountered in a long time. I loved seeing how important they were to one another and seeing how they each  dealt differently with their magical abilities. Ilse being a genius was so wonderful and I loved seeing her work out scientific problems and she was just so fucking smart holy shit. Sometimes she honestly felt like a real historical character that I wanted he entire world to know about. Wolf on the other hand isn’t as scientifically orientated  but he’s still really smart. I loved reading all the scenes where he kicked some serious Nazi ass. Seriously this is how you write a good World War 2 novel involving Nazis. Please can we only let Jewish and other minorities affected by the atrocities write  books like this? Katherine Locke nailed this time period on the head and the fact that there were no “nice” Nazis made it all the more better.

Not only are the main characters amazing but the side characters are just as awesome. I loved all three of the girls that Ilse worked with. I really like reading about women being involved in important historical events because they always get excluded from the narrative. I also really liked how one of the girls was African-American. it’s so important to acknowledge how much they did and how horribly they were treated.

THis book was all in all perfect and Locke is amazing at writing speculative fiction.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I know I can always rely on her for to write amazing diverse characters

From Twinkle,With Love by Sandhya Menon Book Review

Goodreads Summary:Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

My Rating:4/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review via Netgalley.

My Thoughts

I read When Dimple Met Rishi last year and  fell in love with Sandyha’s beautiful writing and amazing characters so when I heard that she was coming out with a new book, I knew that I had to read. While I didn’t love  From Twinkle, With Love  wasn’t as amazing as I had expected it to be but I still really enjoyed it  and I’m glad that I read it.

While there was lots of things I loved about the book like the romance, the really interesting family dynamic and Twinkle’s passion for filmmaking, there was too much petty drama for me to truly care about the book as much as I would have liked to.  So much of the plot centered around immature and futile problems that could have been easily avoided if Twinkle had thought for more than one second about what she was doing. While we did see a shift in her perspective towards the end, it kind of came out of nowhere so while it was appreciated, it was a little underdeveloped. I know this sounds like I really hated the book but I didn’t at all!! One of the reasons why I kept my rating at a four stars is that though I may find Twinkle’s behavior infuriating that is how teens act and I can’t hold that against the book. I think that retrospection is extremely important when reading YA, especially as I grow further away from the intended audience. Teens dont always make the best decisions but that’s okay. They’re still growing, they’re still learning and the best way to learn is to make mistakes.

I found the family dyanmic to be really really interesting and while I loved what we got, I wished itcould have been developed a little bit more. I really loved the character of the grandmother and the mom.I also really appreciated the way poverty was addressed in the book. More YA books need characters who are poor so I really loved that Twinkle was below the poverty line.

The love interest in this was amazing oh my god!!! I loved Sahil so much and I really liked the way the author explored how he felt regarding his twin brother. He was so dory and wonderful and I’m really glad that Twinkle fell for him.It’s clear that Sandyha Menon is the master of swoon worthy romances. I cannot wait for her next book so I can fall in love with her amazing characters again.

 

The Summer of Jodi Perez (And The Best Burger In Los Angeles) By Amy Spalding Book Review.

Goodreads Summary:

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 has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Abby knows it’s a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes.

Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win a paid job at the boutique. She’s somehow managed to befriend Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro type who needs help in a project that involves eating burgers across L.A.’s eastside. Suddenly, she doesn’t feel like a sidekick. Is it possible Abby’s finally in her own story?

But when Jordi’s photography puts Abby in the spotlight, it feels 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 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you’re looking for a cute summer contemporary then look further because The Summer of Jodi Perez is the book for you. Amazing Main character? Check. Adorable love interest that you wish was your own? Check. Awesome  side characters that deserve their own book? Check. This book is everything you could possibly wish for in a contemporary so I highly recommend that you pick it up.

Books that contain sapphic characters are my raison d’etre. There are few key words that really get me excited about a book but if you tell me that your book features queer girls, I will pick it up and there’s a very high chance that I’ll love it. So I kind of knew that The Summer of Jodi Perez was going to be amazing but I’m glad my suspicions were confirmed.

I loved this book so much and I really cant think of a single thing that I didn’t like. It’s one of those books that you fly through and when you finish you just feel 1000x lighter. The romance was sooo swoonworthy and I loved seeing it play out.  Jodi and Abby were such couple goals my god. Something I really appreciated was that the drama that was inevitably going to occur didn’t have anything to do with their job because that was a route that easily could have been taken but I really appreciated the conflict that presented itself instead. I also really appreciated the fact that Abby was fat and seeing how it had a part in the story.  It was refreshing to not have a skinny Main character. YA really needs Mcs of all sizes.

I really loved the way that food played a role in the novel. Authors mentioning food in detail in books is my weak spot and I loved seeing Abby and Jax try to find the best burger in LA. Seeing their friendship evolve was wonderful. All the side characters that came  up were really great and I really liked seeing both Jodi and Abby parent’s. The conflict that occurred between Abby and her mom was really interesting.The only thing that I would’ve liked more development was Abby’s best friend. I liked what I saw but I would’ve liked to see more.

 

Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli Book Review

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Going into Leah On The Offbeat I was a little wary. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Leah in Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda so I wasn’t sure how fun reading an entire book from her perspective would be. I had also been spoiled as to what the endgame was and I was cautious. It was one of my potential ships but I just wasn’t sure how Albertalli would handle it. I trusted her though because both of the books she’s written so far have been phenomenal so I went into it with an open mind. I’m really glad that I did because it was honestly amazing. I think I like it even more than Simon VS( yes it’s that good.)

First off while the reception to this book has been for the most part positive, I’ve seen some really disturbing reviews where they describe it being akin to fanfic and talking about how they much prefer the interactions between simon and his boyfriend than the actual couple that was being highlighted. That’s not okay. You may well as say that you just don’t like books with sapphic characters because that’s really what you’re implying. How is Leah ending up with a girl fanfiction??? You do know that are sapphic couples in real life right? They just don’t exist in fiction so I really fail to see how on earth Leah On The Offbeat is like fanfiction. Also your fetishization of mlm couples is showing and it’s disgusting. It’s really disheartening for people to fame over male gay couples and then completely disregard female ones. It’s disgusting and your queer phobia is showing.

Anyway side rant aside, I think that having a book entirely centered around Leah was the perfect way for me to really appreciate her as a character. In Simon Vs. I found her to be a little cold and just not that of an appealing character but reading from her perspective made me really understand who she was. Seeing her innermost thoughts and insecurities really helped me to understand the persona she put forward. Leah is the amazing fat bi Slytherin MC that we all deserve. I related to so much of the things she went through especially how she catastrophized everything and as an anxious person the way she blew everything out of proportion was very relatable.That scene where she was prom dress shopping was lowkey me last year. I’ve never felt more seen. I also really related to the way she approached her sexuality and honestly Leah is such an amazing character and honestly one of the most relatable characters that I’ve read in a long time.

Becky Albertalli honestly just has this amazing way of writing teen characters that feels so authentic. She understands teens so well and the way she crafts all of her characters is amazing. Her incorporation of diversity is also impeccable and you can really tell how much it matters to her. Since she’s an allocishet white women she hires sensitivity readers to make sure the rep is good and unproblematic. Shes just such a great example of an ally who’s aware of her privilege and never tries to overstep and it’s really amazing to see her write books with amazingly diverse characters.

I also really appreciated how even the side characters were well developed. Obviously since this is a sequel to Simon, we’ve already established side characters but I really loved how we got to see all the characters from the previous book. It was of course first and foremost a book about Leah but you had some really great moments with Simon, Blue, Abby, Nick, Garret and just all of the characters you loved in the previous book. I did feel as though the way that Nick was treated during the book wasn’t the best and I just wish there could have been more of a resolution in the end. Other than that, it was amazing and I loved seeing our favorite Creekwood students freaking out of over prom ( that American doll scene has me in tears it was so funny oh my god) and college. I’m really sad that Becky is never coming out with more books in the simonverse but I think that Leah was the perfect conclusion. I’m just sad that it’s over and we’ll never know more about these amazing characters. I’m going to miss Creekwood.

While I was wary about the endgame, I found myself loving it to bits. I am not a person that cries because of books which is kind of weird because I cry all the time but Leah had me in tears many time. Not really because it was sad but there are so few popular books featuring f/f couples so this book really meant a lot to me. Becky is one of the queens of contemporary and knows how to create the best chemistry and Leah was no exception. It was adorably cute and I’m so glad that that’s the direction that Becky decided to take with Leah’s love interest.

Update: I just saw a review written by the wonderful Marianne where she highlighted a scene that was problematic and hurtful. I am bi and to me it didn’t catch my eye as being problematic but that doesn’t mean other bi ppl won’t get hurt by it. I rlly recommend reading her review so you go into the book knowing what you’re getting into. I also lowered my rating from a five to a four point five to reflect this problematic scene.

Save The Date by Morgan Matson Book Review

Summary:Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future. (less)

My rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review,

Morgan Matson is honestly the queen of contemporaries. I read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour three years ago and that was probably my first real introduction to YA contemporary and ever since then I’ve been hooked. I’ve read all of her books except for one (Second Chance Summer) and they never fail to impress me. They’re a fun quick read which is guaranteed to leave you swooning.

I read someone’s review on Save The Date and they said that it reminded them of a movie and the minute I saw that I couldn’t stop thinking of this as a movie. I mean everyone knows that wedding movies are honestly the best and Save The Date is filled with the most hilarious shenanigans so can a movie of this please happen? It would seriously be epic.

As with any book by Morgan Matson, the characters were amazing! I especially loved all the different sibling dynamics we saw as Charlie interacted with all of the, throughout the book. They all had such interesting character traits and and were all very complex and I really liked seeing their personality and relationship develop. Though this book takes place over a very short period of time we learn a lot about them and they really grow and their point of views change a lot. It was really interesting see just how much they change and how much the wedding weekend affected them.

While I really liked Charlie’s( the main character) relationships with her siblings I just wished we would’ve gotten just a little bit more insight into other aspects of her life. While it’s very clear that her family is very important to her, I would’ve liked to seen just a little bit more surrounding her passion for journalism or her best friend so we got a more rounded perspective of her personality. At times I found her a little annoying because she was SO obsessed with her siblings and it just felt like a little much at times.

Despite this being a Morgan Matson book we don’t really have a clear romantic interest. I mean of course there is romantic elements which I absolutely adored but the focus was really family which I really appreciated. So few contemporaries focus on family so I really appreciated romance taking the back burner because it’s usually the other way around. I would’ve liked just a little bit more scenes with the potential love interest because what little scenes we did get were amazingly cute but all in all I’m really happy with the way Matson centered the Book.