1 & 2 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

published: April 25th, 2017 by Delacorte Press

pages: 304

genre: YA contemporary

This book was really not my cup of tea. I’ve liked other books by Ann Brashares in the past, so I was a bit disappointed with this one.

The story has a unique family dynamic. Sasha and Ray are not related, but share 3 half-sisters. The story tells the perspectives of Sasha, Ray, and the 3 sisters, and their experiences in their family. Continue reading “Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares”

4 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Bonus Review!: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

published: April 4th, 2017 by Quirk Books

pages: 320

genre: YA contemporary romance; Cinderella retelling

I LOVED this story! It was so well done, from beginning to end. It gave me that same awed, swept away feeling I felt the first time I watched Ever After with Drew Barrymore. Even though it very strongly Cinderella’s story from the get go, this modern take was so well done that I couldn’t put the book down.

There were so many things to like about this story. The first is the fandom and how Elle relates to it. The story circles around her favorite fandom that is getting a movie remake, and the comicon ball that will be held shortly before the movie premiere. The fandom is so much more than the premise for the plot though. Elle has such a passion for the show. She takes its wisdom points and relates it to her life. In many ways, she tries to live by the principles found in the show. Not only that, but it was a show that bonded her and her now deceased father. He loved the show as much as she did, and she still feels connected to him through it. Not only was it a shout out to all of us that have our own fandoms we live and breathe, but it was also a powerful element of the story that couldn’t have been done better.

I also loved that the story was told from two perspectives, and we got insight into the thoughts of the “prince” from the very beginning. It helped the reader to get to know both characters well, and slowly builds up the sweet romance so that it makes sense at the end (unlike the actual cinderella story). It also gave it the feeling of a contemporary romance as well as a cinderella retelling.

The whole feel of the story was great. Even when there were obviously fake scenarios, the author somehow managed to make it all feel like it could be real. It was so easy for me to get sucked into the reality of the world.

The only way I could have loved this story more is if it was less obviously a cinderella story. Series like the Lunar Chronicles, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Throne of Glass all have an initial fairy tale base, but it’s hardly there unless you’re looking for it. It’s not glaringly obvious that it’s a fairy retell. Those stories also take paths and leaps that make their story their own that travels down its own path. While Geekerella is a great retelling that is its own story, it is also very clearly a version of cinderella and follows the same storyline.

Rating

I’d rate this book a 4 out of 5 and I will definitely read it again! It was so well done, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes retellings or contemporary romance.

3 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

Published: January 31st, 2017 by HarperTeen

pages: 352

genre: contemporary romance

Wow. Umm… I really didn’t like this one. When I think of Kasie West, I think of a fun, bubbly fluff read that will leave me smiling most of the way through. This isn’t that kind of book. While I think that there will be others that will love this book, I was almost bored.

The main character, Autumn, gets locked in the library for the weekend with the mysterious “bad boy” from her school. Continue reading “Review: By Your Side by Kasie West”

3 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Bonus Review! The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane

published: December 1st, 2016 by Skyscrape

pages: 272

genre: YA contemporary romance

This book started out great. Zander (a girl) is sent to a summer camp for teens in emotionally heightened states. The camp is 5 themed weeks to help the kids deal with their problems. The different characters are unique enough that the story feels like its about the whole group of characters, not just Zander. The story takes on a tone which is both serious and lighthearted at the same time. It was executed so well for the first part of the group that I was immediately engrossed with the read.

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3 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

published: November 1st, 2016 by Delacorte Press

pages: 384 pages

genre: YA contemporary romance

There were many things about this book that I loved. There were many elements that made it fun to read and made it feel unique. However, the overarching tone of the store was one I couldn’t get over. So, I will start there.

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3 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

published: July 2013 by HarperTeen

pages: 320

genre: YA contemporary romance

After reading P.S. I Like You earlier this year, I knew I had to read some of Kasie West’s other books. She has a great talent for writing romantic fluff. Yes, the book is cheesy. But sometimes, a girl needs a fluffy book she can blow through in a day or a weekend. The Distance Between Us delivered on that front.

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