To all the boys I loved Before: Non-Spoiler Review!!

To all the boys I loved before by Jenny Han

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Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on January 26, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

My Thoughts:

This book was quite a fun read. I really loved the diversity of this book and was super fascinated by the various relationship and triangle that developed. I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this story and it was def the highlight of the story. I also really enjoyed Lara Jean character as well. This book just put a smile on my face and it was just a fun read! I thought this story was a def a complete story and will be curious to see what happens in the next two books in this series!

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Love and Luck: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Love and Luck  by Jenna Evans Welch

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Published by  Simon Pulse on May 8, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:  321

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge:

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

My Thoughts:

I normally adore travel books and road trip books and this book was no different. I do rec. that you read love and gelato first because there are some spoilers that you may not want to know first. I loved how this book addressed being broken hearted, travel, friendship, romance and siblings relationship. It was such a fast book to read. I thought this book was super fun but also had a emotional element to it that made me enjoy it even more. I just loved exploring ireland with the character and Rowan is so cute, new book boyfriend for sure!

Since you’ve been gone!!! Non-Spoiler Review!!

Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 6, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:  465

Format: Hardback/audio

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever. Hellogiggles.com says, “Basically I couldn’t be more in love with this book,” from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.

Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Wait…what?

Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book. I saw myself so much in the character of emily and also some of my own friend in the character of sloane. It is about his girl name emily who friend family falls of the grid one summer and all she leaves behind is a list of 13 things she wants emily to complete.
Emily is a very sheltered girl and she does not like to break her out of her comfort zone especially without her friend there, she is utterly lost but she eventually finds friends that make the summer adventure fun again and she winds up completing her list and in the end finding out what happen to Sloan. i really love how these simple things were really able to change emily as a person and for the first time she was really Emily and not just oh that is “so and so friend”.
It was such a fast pace summer read and I really loved the romance as well. I loved the progression and how she handled cheating in this book and the effects it had. It was such a good book and hope to read more by this author soon.

Starry Eyes: Non-Spoiler Review!!

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

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Published by  Simon Pulse on April 3, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: PSRC Romeo and Juliet Retelling!!

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

Summary!!!

In this romantic dramedy from the author of Alex, Approximately, a teen girl’s way-too-ordinary life is driven off the beaten path when she’s abandoned in the wilderness with her worst adversary—the boy who broke her heart.

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

My Thoughts:

I did enjoy this book. It was such a fun summer read with a prefect mix of a summer adventure story, survival story and also rekindled romance and also romeo and Juliet. I really did grown to love both leads in this story and. I really did grow to love Lennon a lot and just loved their dynamics. I thought the environment of this novel was really fun back drop for this novel. I wish there was tad more survival stuff then there was. But it was a fun read and would def. read more by this author in the future!

Royals!!! Non-Spoiler Review!!

Royals  by Rachel Hawkins!

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Published by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on May 1, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 304

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings her signature humor, love of Americana, and flair for romance to this page-turning Princess Diaries turned-upside-down story.

My  Brief  Thoughts:

I thought this was the prefect summer read. I reminded me a lot of the princess daries and I really loved the world that was created and also the new boy we met. I also loved the side characters. I just wish I felt more connected to the characters overall. It was such a fun read and i def really loved Miles a lot. I also loved the use of newspaper articles that was used to accent the novel. I will def be checking out book 2!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: I thought the characters were fun but I did not feel very emotionally invested in them. I wanted more from them but did enjoy the story. I just wanted to feel more connected to them overall!

Plot: I thought this book plot was just a fun read. I thought it was predictable at points but it kept me reading and was super fun read! I read this over the course of two days! It was such a fun summer read.

Diversity! I really liked how this was sliped into this book and really hope future books will feature these characters in a lead role!

Will read more books in this series! For sure!

The Unexpected Everything: Non-Spoiler Review!! (also Laura’s YA book ideas… :) )!!!

The Unexpected Everything  by Morgan Matson

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 3, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 416

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

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I would give this book 5  for a review.

Summary!!!

Andie must learn to embrace the beauty in chaos in this New York Times bestselling novel about friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie has her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

My Thoughts:

I loved this book. I love how compicated the story was and also how so many characters were addressed in the story. The story did have adorable romance but so much more with friendship, parents and also art thrown in. I love the boy and girl drama but it was such a fast pace read and i loved the call back to the other novels in the series.

My Ya book Ideas!!

many moons ago in high school I came up with many ideas for YA books and just wrote. I am not the best writer but these were some ideas that came into my head, I may explore them again one day.. but wanted to share them 🙂 let me know if any of them sound cool 🙂

  1. Angelic Intervention: A book about angles that return to earth to save teenagers from the same fate that they were handed!
  2. Middle grade: A young boy on the cusp of being a teenager is forced to return to fantasy world he created when it is spiraling out of control!
  3. Mystery: A young girl is forced to confront her past when her mother finally goes on trial for all the horrors she is commited against her and her siblings*
  4. Sports: a young girl olympic dreams are shattered when she falls in the olympic trials and needs to decide if she is read to walk away or try again!

Thanks for reading you guys! Give me yours thoughts in the comments!

 

The Case for Jamie: Non-Spoiler Review

The Case for Jamie by  Brittany Cavallaro 

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Published by   Katherine Tegen Books on March 6, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Pages: 368

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken.

Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex—and Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time.

Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

 

My Thoughts:

I def enjoyed this book. I have always enjoyed the two leads in this story and I really love Jamie alot. I really wish I had re-listened to book 2 because I think book 2 and three were very closely tied together and it did hinder my enjoyment just because I did not have firm grasp on these facts. I def loved getting in both characters heads and I did enjoy the mystery overall. I am so excited we are getting book 4. I will def edit this review on me re-listen next year. I just loved seeing the impact of the past events on Jamie and how it really effected him.

My extended thoughts on this whole series is coming after I re-read them next year!

Save the Date: Non-Spoiler Review

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Signed edition on June 5, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 5 for a 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.

My Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I have enjoyed all the books set in the Matson world. I really loved not only the formate of this book but also the entire family and the various situations that occurred. I loved the relationship between bill and charlie and just wish we saw a bit more of it throughout the novel. I just love all the high jinx that came from the wedding and all the problems that need to be solved. I thought it also tackled harder issues super well. I really loved the tie backs to her other novels. And it was a prefect summer read!

My Extended Thoughts

Characters: I loved the characters in this book so much. Even thought we had so many characters in this novel, i felt like they were all so well crafted and developed. I also really enjoyed the focus on the family relationships were at the heart of it. I really think even thought this book took place over a super short time frame Charlie really did change so much during this book. I really liked all of these characters!

Premise: I really loved the premise of the novel. A wedding weekend and so many issues coming up and a cute wedding planner to help Charlie save the day! I loved the short time line of this novel and all the drama that occurred!

Romancee! This book def. focused more on the self discovery of Charlie and I normally really enjoy that. But i did enjoy the potential boy crush in this and just wanted more of their “getting”to know each other in the book. But the situations they were in made me laugh and I did enjoy the paring. I just wanted it to have a bit more focus in the novel.

Pace: This was a super fast pace even thought it was so long and the wedding timeline def. help with that!

 

 

Stay Sweet: Non-Spoiler Review

Stay Sweet  by Siobhan Vivian

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Published by  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 24, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:358

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: N/A

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!

From the author of The Last Boy and Girl in the World and The List comes a bold and sweet summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best for friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…

My  Brief Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the premise and this book a lot. I went to a mostly all girl school and the dynamics in this book reminded me of all female college. I also went to this school as it was going to coed and the male presence def rang true for me. I just loved the use of past and present to tell the story. I loved the focus on female friendship and the focus on the job. I did like the romance but it was def not the focus of the book. I found it to be a super fun read, and reminded me so much of college days. The book had some predictable moments but i still read it so fast!

My Extended Thoughts!!

characters: I thought  the lead girl was super fleshed out and well crafted. But I did want more from the other characters at points. I felt like we got glimpses of these awesome female characters but did not do more but scratch the surface because of all the other story elements. I just wanted more from the other characters

Plot: I thought the plot had predictable moments but overall it still kept me surprised  until the very end. It did have some plots that got dropped but still a super fun read.

Themes: This book was def more focued on self dissovery and the summer job then romance. I perosnally loved the job angle but the romance was def not the heart of this novel and was okay with that!

Pick up next book! I def would in the future I also really liked her pre order campigne!

 

 

This Adventure ends: Non-Spoiler Review

This Adventure ends by Emma Mills

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Published by  Henry Holt and Co.   October 4, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 318

Format: Paper back

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist and PSRC book about twins!

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

My  Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book a lot. It focuses so much on friendship as most of Emma books does. I also enjoyed Solane character. She is very much a outsider trying to find her place in a new group of friends. I also like the arts connection that was threaded throughout this novel and also how the fandom elements were used in this novel. I also just loved the group of friends sloane fell into. It was a prefect summer read even thought it is technically set in the winter. I also loved the light mystery that was threaded in this novel. I found this to be a fast pace read as well!