4 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I first watched the Netflix show and was blown away. It felt so very real, and I knew I had to experience the book.

This is about a girl who commits suicide, and leaves tapes for those who affected her to hear her premeditated plans after she’s gone. Many people don’t like it, and I understand why. Continue reading “Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher”

4 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Mini Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This was a great book overall. I didn’t have any spoilers beforehand, but I do have to say that knowing the book was a “sad book” made it not to hard to read. The book starts off with a kid with terminal cancer, who has friends who have or have had cancer. That paired with the fact that it’s a sad book, and you’re already expecting someone to die from the beginning. It was sad, sure, but it wasn’t devastating.

The very, very end was the only bit that had me almost tearing up at the sweetness of it.

I’d rate it a 3.5 out of 5. It was definitely worth the read, but I know I won’t do another read through.

4 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Review: Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

I really enjoyed this book. It was written an almost fun, easy to read manner.

The writing takes form as a therapy journal for Adam, a teenager with schizophrenia. It’s about his journey to try and have a “normal” life, and keep his secret from the people around him.

I liked this book’s portrayal of the character. I think she did a great job hitting on how others can be afraid of mental illness with or without reason, and some of the prejudice that occurs toward those with a mental illness.

While it’s not a book I’m likely to read more than once, it’s definitely one I’d recommend.

(Note: This book contains language and sex scenes)

4 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Published Feb 28th, 2017 by Balzer + Bray; 464 pages

This book was fantastic, and touches on an important topic. Hopefully this book will serve to bring awareness to many young people that don’t realize some of the things that are reality for others.

Starr lives in the hood, but goes to a private school. Her neighborhood is primarily black, and her school primarily white. She finds herself split into two personalities, depending on which environment she’s in. Continue reading “Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas”

4 stars · Contemporary · Young Adult

Mini Review: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

I really loved this book. Eliza has social anxiety and is very relatable. She’s writes a very popular web comic online, but basically no one in real life knows that she’s the author, and her parents have no idea how big it is. When it finally leaks out, she loses it as she’s suddenly bombarded with fans wherever she goes. It’s kind of a lot for someone who is not a social butterfly and is uncomfortable around people.

I’m doing an awful job of explaining it, but if you think you’d enjoy a slightly nerdy book about how a teen copes with her social anxiety, this really was a great read, and one I’d recommend.

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.