#stayhomeandread Verona Comics (arc review)

Verona Comics  by Jennifer Dugan

Published by   G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on April 21, 2020

Genres: young adult , Contempory

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

rom the author of Hot Dog Girl comes a fresh and funny queer YA contemporary novel about two teens who fall in love in an indie comic book shop. 

Jubilee has it all together. She’s an elite cellist, and when she’s not working in her stepmom’s indie comic shop, she’s prepping for the biggest audition of her life.

Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the biggest comic-store chain in the country, and Ridley can’t stop disappointing them–that is, when they’re even paying attention.

They meet one fateful night at a comic convention prom, and the two can’t help falling for each other. Too bad their parents are at each other’s throats every chance they get, making a relationship between them nearly impossible . . . unless they manage to keep it a secret.

Then again, the feud between their families may be the least of their problems. As Ridley’s anxiety spirals, Jubilee tries to help but finds her focus torn between her fast-approaching audition and their intensifying relationship. What if love can’t conquer all? What if each of them needs more than the other can give?

My Thoughts:

I really wound up adoring this read. I love this book so much. I was so invested in both the male and female POV. I loved how this book focused on the comics world and beyond comics books and not just comic con. I also like how this book explored harder relationships topics including family dymamics, romance, codependent relationships and anxiety and depression. I thought this was realistic look at what comes after a whirlwind romance. but it was so fun and loved the characters and the harder topics.

#stayathomeandread Lucky Caller!!

 Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

Published by   Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on January 14, 2020

Genres: young adult , contempoary

Pages: 328

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2020 challenge: 2020 read

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.

The members of Nina’s haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she’d hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.

The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina’s family is on the brink of some major upheaval. 

Everything feels like it’s spiraling out of control—but maybe control is overrated?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. The one thing I love about emma miles books is how they focused on friendship and this friendship good developed in such a fun way. I thought the structure of this book the radio station was a really fun structure for it. I also really was invested in the mystery that was the through line of the read.I also was super invested in the step parent relationship the occurred in this novel. I also really liked the blast from the past romance. Such a fun read. Def high on my favorite reads from emma miles.

You Say It First (Arc Review)

You Say It First  by Katie Cotugno

Published by   Balzer + Bray on June 16, 2020

Genres: young adult, contempory

Pages: 336

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 arc

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

An addictive, irresistible YA novel about two teens from different worlds who fall for each other after a voter registration call turns into a long-distance romance—from Katie Cotugno, the New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days. Perfect for fans of Mary H.K. Choi, Robin Benway, and Nicola Yoon. 

One conversation can change everything.

Meg has her entire life set up perfectly: she and her best friend, Emily, plan to head to Cornell together in the fall, and she works at a voter registration call center in her Philadelphia suburb. But everything changes when one of those calls connects her to a stranger from small-town Ohio.

Colby is stuck in a rut, reeling from a family tragedy and working a dead-end job. The last thing he has time for is some privileged rich girl preaching the sanctity of the political process. So he says the worst thing he can think of and hangs up.

But things don’t end there.…

That night on the phone winds up being the first in a series of candid, sometimes heated, always surprising conversations that lead to a long-distance friendship and then—slowly—to something more. Across state lines and phone lines, Meg and Colby form a once-in-a-lifetime connection. But in the end, are they just too different to make it work?

You Say It First is a propulsive, layered novel about how sometimes the person who has the least in common with us can be the one who changes us most.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was such a fun sequel in this series. I really did like the plot and where the story went in this book. I also really loved how this book was set in paris. I did vist there in the past and the descriptions were so real, like i was there. I think I still want a little bit more out of this world in general. But I thought the pacing of this book was super good. I also like the new group of characters we met and at the heart of this book is always the friendship between cassidy and jacob and some heartfelt moments occurred. I am so excited to read more in this series and find out the new setting!

#stayathomeandread Tweet Cute (non-spolier review)

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Published by   Wednesday Books on January 21, 2020

Genres: young adult , contemporary

Pages: 362

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.

Meet Pepper
, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming — mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account. 

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time. 

All’s fair in love and cheese — that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life — on an anonymous chat app Jack built. 

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate — people on the internet are shipping them?? — their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

My Thoughts:

I really did adore this read. I loved that this book had such a unique premise and really enjoyed how this book was structured so much. I LOVED THE concept of this book as well. I thought the book was such a fun read and for a book set in NYC so realistic. I loved that this book had dual POV and I am always a fan of books that feature twins and this book focused on that realtionship in a unique way. I really loved the various levels “sides” of the romance this book progressed throughout the read. I loved how these characters growed so much throughout this read. I loved the unexpected plot twists in this read and really found this to be a refreshening read!

#stayathomenandread Admission (Arc Non-Spoiler Review)

Admission  by Julie Buxbaum

Published by   Delacorte Press on May 5, 2020

Genres: young adult , contemporary

Pages: 352

Format: arc

Source: publisher

2020 challenge:

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.

It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She’s headed off to the college of her dreams. She’s going to prom with the boy she’s had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer–at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood.

As she loses everything she’s long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?

My Thoughts:

This was def a rip from the headlines book. I also really did wind up enjoying this read. This book follows a character who mom brided, cheated and stole to get her into college. Overall I enjoyed this read. This book focused so much on self discovery. This book I feel was super realistic and really focused on Choe life. I like the structure of this book of Now and Then and also how the story explored who a villain and who is the hero in this story. This book had elements of romance but it was not the main focus. I really wanted to see more of some of the smaller characters talked about in this read. I really did enjoy Chloe as a character and thought the premise was super cool, but felt like the world was not as fleshed out as I wanted. 

#stayathomenandread A match made in Mehendi (Non-Spoiler review)

A Match made in Mehendi  by Nandini Bajpai 

Published by   Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 10, 2019

Genres: young adult , contemporary

Pages: 334

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

2020 challenge: BBLC

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I would give this book 3.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

For fans of When Dimple Met Rishi comes a lighthearted novel about tradition, high school social hierarchy, matchmaking, and swiping right (or left!).

Fifteen-year-old Simran “Simi” Sangha comes from a long line of Indian vichole –– matchmakers — with a rich history for helping parents find good matches for their grown children. When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled that she has the “gift.”

But Simi is an artist, and she doesn’t want to have anything to do with relationships, helicopter parents, and family drama. That is, until she realizes this might be just the thing to improve her and her best friend Noah’s social status. Armed with her family’s ancient guide to finding love, Simi starts a matchmaking service-via an app.

But when she helps connect a wallflower of a girl with the star of the boys’ soccer team, she turns the high school hierarchy topsy-turvy, soon making herself public enemy number one.

My Thoughts:

I really did enjoy this read but It was not favorite read. I really loved how this book focused on a culture that I am not that familar with. I also really liked that this book handled a “job” or Tech element that I have not read about before. The characters were super fun but did not completely capture me. I liked the main character but some of the side characters were super interesting and wanted to get so other POV in this book to flesh out the world a bit more. I would def read more by this author in the future.

Tell me Three things: (non-spoiler review)

Tell me Three things  by Julie Buxbaum

Published by  Delacorte Press on April 5, 2016

Genres: young adult , contemporary

Pages: 332

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2020 challenge:BBLC

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

“Three Things about this novel: (1) I loved it. (2) No, really, I LOVED it. (3) I wish I could tell every teen to read it. Buxbaum’s book sounds, reads, breathes, worries, and soars like real adolescents do.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time and Off the Page

My Thoughts:

I found this book to be a fun read but it did now wow me and the characters were not my favorite. I did like how this book focused alot on tackling grief and self exploration. I liked how the text messages conversations throughout so many different characters were a main element of this novel. I also liked how this book had so many side characters in this book that really populated the world. I liked how the book also handled harder topics in high school. I really adored her other book and this book was fun to read and I wish the book had a less open ending but It was a enjoyable read

A BookWorm Crush

A Book Worm Crush  by Lisa Brown Roberts

Published by   Entangled: Teen on October 29, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 400

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally bought

2020 challenge:BTBLC

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I would give this book 3.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

This spinoff of The Replacement Crush featuring Amy and Toff is sure to melt your heart.

Shy bookworm Amy McIntyre is about to compete for the chance to interview her favorite author, who hasn’t spoken to the press in years. The only way to win is to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, but that level of confidence has never come easy.

The solution? A competition coach. The problem? The best person for the job is the guy she’s secretly crushing on…local surfer celebrity Toff Nichols.

He’s a player. He’s a heartthrob. He makes her forget basic things, like how to breathe. How can she feel any confidence around him?

To her surprise, Toff agrees to help. And he’s an excellent teacher. Amy feels braver—maybe even brave enough to admit her feelings for him. When their late night practices become less about coaching and more about making out, Amy’s newfound confidence wavers.

My Thoughts:


I really did enjoy this read. I loved the focus on a book lovers life so much. I also really liked how this book was duel POV story and grew to love both characters. I thought the way the chapters were set up was harder to see who’s head you were in, but I really did enjoy the characters. I also liked how this book had a nice cast of side character and would def go and read the other books in this series. I loved the setting of the book store and loved the romanced in this book. This book def had some predicable moments but overall i found the pacing to be not as strong and there was not enough tension in this book to keep me reading all the time. But i did enjoy it!

What I Carry (Non-Spoiler Review)

What I Carry by Jennifer Longo

Published by  Random House Books for Young Readers on January 21, 2020

Genres: young adult , contempoary

Pages: 327

Format: Hardback

Source: library

2020 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

For readers of Robin Benway’s Far from the Tree, a powerful and heartwarming look at a teen girl about to age out of the foster care system.

Growing up in foster care, Muir has lived in many houses. And if she’s learned one thing, it is to Pack. Light. Carry only what fits in a suitcase.

Toothbrush? Yes. Socks? Yes. Emotional attachment to friends? foster families? a boyfriend? Nope! There’s no room for any additional baggage.

Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before she’s free. One year to avoid anything–or anyone–that could get in her way.

Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean. 

My Thoughts:

 really did like this read. This book did take a awhile to grow on me. I thought the structure in this book was not as clear to follow but intreating. i def grew to love this character as this book progreseed this book de was more a of see discovery novel that I feel tackled foster care issues in a very inspireing way. I really did enjoy the various side characters in this book and really loved how much character growth happened in this novel. It was a book that def brought the emotions and overall good read, just not my favorite.

What I like about you (arc review)

What I like about you  by Marisa Kanter

Published by   Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 7, 2020

Genres: young adult , contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: arc

Source: ALA publisher

2020 challenge: 2020 book

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Can a love triangle have only two people in it? Online, it can…but in the real world, its more complicated. In this debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson, Marisa Kanter hilariously and poignantly explores what happens when internet friends turn into IRL crushes.

Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.

He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…

Except who she really is.

Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.

That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.

Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.

If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.

My Thoughts:

Overall I loved the concept of this novel so much. As book lover and someone involved in the world of books, reviews and supporting books that part of the book I adored. I thought that part was so true to my own life and really loved that part of the book. I also really loved the used of emailing and social media as a source of friendship and communication. I also really liked how Marisa explored how her main character tackled anxiety. I thought this book was super fast pace read. It is def a book I would re-read again in the future. I loved how this book also talked about the book industry in a honest way. I thought some elements of the books were not wrapped up nicely as I would like and also thought this book had some predicable moments but overall I loved this read. If you are booklover, this might be the perfect read for you and the romance was so cute overall but online and off!!