To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

SYNOPSIS

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 so sweet. I probably smiled the entire time. The premise of this story was so unusual and creative I was immediately drawn to this book, and I am sooo glad I read it.

The story focuses on dreamy-eyed Lara Jean and her sisters, Kitty and Margot. Lara Jean keeps a hat box of letters she wrote to the five boys she’s loved, and she never intended to send them. However, through outside circumstances, the letters get sent and what follows is a series of unpredictable events that are sure to take you on a trip with Lara jean that you won’t forget.

The characters are what makes this novel so great. Jenny Han has the ability to create characters with such depth that reading her work is effortless. Lara jean is a wonderful protagonist. I love the Song sisters. Kitty is the little sister everyone should want: quirky, creative, attentive and utterly herself. The family dynamic in this book was wonderful. I love how the sisters have each others’ backs and support one another and make life easier for their father.

Josh is very sweet. He’s the classic boy-next-door, and the story wouldn’t have been the same without him. He’s the character that you can’t help but love. And then there’s Peter. I love Peter. I love how I was introduced to a certain Peter at the beginning of the book, and then by the end, I was introduced to a whole different Peter. His character development was phenomenal.

The twists in this book were great; I didn’t see them coming, and I really enjoyed that.

This was such a lovely story. I’m going straight into the sequel! 🙂

 

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P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

SYNOPSIS

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

MY THOUGHTS

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**POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW**

Seeing my Lara Jean and Peter K together after all this time…
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Lara Jean being the 16 year old that she is
caring way too much about her being labeled ‘Slut’ by everyone…
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Lara Jean coming to a conclusion on her thoughts on love…
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Kitty being all sorts of amazing…
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Peter and Gen constantly being seen together…
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Lara Jean and JOHN what’s-his-name-the-third…
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The stupid arguments… the love square… the unnecessary drama…
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And when your ship decides to be a “roller coaster couple”…
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That being said, all these twisted plots did not make me love the book any less. (Thank god) The realistic aspect of this book clutched me by the heart. I am just really glad that there are no family drama for once. Or I would have screamed bloody murder.

Well, that is all I can gif out of me.

Dear Jenny Han, remember what you did to ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ trilogy? Remember that almost enough epilogue? With all due respect, I think we deserve the same for this series, no?
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“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not.” – Lara Jean

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The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

SYNOPSIS

 

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation, she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

REVIEW

This book held my attention throughout and I was able to finish it in a day. I loved Caymen and her dry humor. Makes me jealous. Wish I had such witty things to say. Caymen grew up with a lot of responsibility taking care of the shop and her mom. I really liked how Caymen came out of her shell during the book. She started off really closed off to other people, but later she is out socializing, making new friends, spending time for herself, and just having fun as a teen. Xander, which is a cool name, breaks down rich people stereotypes. He is sweet, thoughtful, and a good match for Caymen. He is not intimidated by Caymen’s comebacks and helps her discover what she likes/wants to do with her life.

FAVORITE QUOTE(S)

“Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?”



“I’ve missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.”


FINAL THOUGHTS

It is a 5 star for me, but that ending thoughhhh. Disappointing. Yes, it is a happily ever after, but it’s too abrupt. West kind of just skips over important conversations between characters at the end by summarizing it into something like, “they yelled and cried a lot.” There seemed to be a lot of unanswered question that I had at the end :/


I would definitely recommend this book. Reading about Caymen and Xander’s relationship makes this book totally worth it.



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On the Fence by Kasie West

SYNOPSIS

 

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

REVIEW

On the Fence was a quick summer read for me and I really enjoyed this book. Charlie enters a new world of strange clothes and scary makeup when she gets a new job to pay off her speeding tickets. Playing sports and hanging out with her brothers is what she is used to. She’s afraid that her brothers will laugh at her if they see her in new clothes and makeup. Can she stay true to herself with this new look? Plus, how should she deal with the possibility of a boyfriend!? Charlie faces many new decisions in On the Fence that many of us have probably also faced. In this stand-alone contemporary, Kasie West delivers not only a cute romance but also a relatable main character that I think many readers will like.

I felt bad for Charlie that she never had her mom to help her navigate and understand girl stuff. I thought Charlie was brave for trying something new on her own, even if it took time for her to have the courage to stand before her brothers like that.

Not only clothes though, she also had to deal with boys! Lol, boys and their drama. A new guy is interested in Charlie and she isn’t quite sure how to act around him. Will he like her sporty side? Then there is also the best friend/neighbor who is suddenly acting differently around her. And don’t even get me started on her brothers! After reading this book, I’m 100% sure I would never want older brothers. They were overprotective of her and a lot of times I just wanted to hit them all upside the head.

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I did like Braden though. He understood that Charlie shouldn’t try to be less sporty just to make a guy like her. You should never have to give up something you love for a guy. Braden liked Charlie for who she was and I loved reading their night talks by the fence. On the Fence does touch on some deeper topics that added good depth to this book. This wasn’t just a cute silly romance, but a book with relatable characters and topics. I will say that I didn’t think On the Fence had as much humor for me as Kasie West’s previous books, but I loved it all the same!

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

SYNOPSIS

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

REVIEW

 WHAT I LOVED
  • The cute illustrations! The author’s husband created all of the artwork in the book and I think that’s so sweet 🙂
  • Madeline likes to read!
  • This is a quick and easy read. The book itself is thin and there are a lot of half pages and illustration pages.
  • PLOT TWIST!
  • The romance is so cute and fluffy 😀

 

FAVORITE QUOTE(S)

Thursday, 8:19 P.M. (online chat)
Madeline: Since we’re going to be friends, I have questions: Where are you from? Why do you wear a cap all the time? Is your head oddly shaped? Why do you only ever wear black? Related question: Are you aware that clothing comes in other colors? I have suggestions if you need them. What do you do on the roof? What’s the tattoo on your right arm?
Olly: I have answers: we’re from all over, but mostly the east coast. I shaved my head before we moved here (big mistake). yes. I’m dead sexy in black. yes. none needed, thanks. nothing. barcode
Madeline: What have you got against capital letters and proper punctuation?

Olly’s math says you can’t predict the future. It turns out you can’t predict the past either. Time moves in both directions – forward and backward – and what happens here and now changes both

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I finished Everything, Everything in a few hours and loved it! I really liked Madeline as the main character. She’s a bit naive as she experiences stuff for the first time, but not in an annoying way. Everything, Everything made me smile a lot but was also sad at times. Olly and Madeline both have hard issues they must face.

The way this book is written with the illustrations and chat/emails is perfect. I highly recommend this one if you love contemporary romances 🙂

What do you think of this review format?

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Guessing the plots from fan art and tumblr!

Disclaimer: There might be spoilers but also all of this could be wrong.

Shadowhunters: Teenagers covered in tattoos fight evil ninjas. The TV show is apparently better than the books and the author is an asshole. Everyone ships the blond guy and the redheaded girl even though they seem to be siblings, and a dark-haired guy called Alec at some point made out with a glittery Asian DJ?

Divergent: Teenagers also covered in tattoos fight mysterious dystopian government which sorts them into sci-fi versions of the Hogwarts Houses and apparently has sumptuary laws about not wearing anything that isn’t black. At some point, you jump off a building in a very extreme game of parachute. Somebody dies at the end and nobody talks about it.

Percy Jackson: Summer camp for bastard offspring of various Greek deities. Chapter titles look like Fall Out Boy songs. The movie was terrible. Rick Riordan is milking this for all it is worth.

Grisha Trilogy: Everyone is Russian and into BDSM. Also, antlers.

Throne of Glass: Girl assassin is supposed to protect somebody from something and has sex in a closet with somebody named Chaol?

The Selection: Fairy tale version of The Bachelor with a really annoying protagonist.

The Maze Runner: Hunger Games/Lord of the Flies slashfic sausagefest.  

Vampire Academy: Vampire royalty need personal bodyguards at their fancy prep school for some reason. People fight with sticks. Stakes? I don’t know they just look like sticks.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: Gay boys indistinguishable in fan art from the gay boys in Song of Achilles go on a road trip and wear Chuck Taylors. One of them is Latino? I think there’s a pool involved.

The Raven Cycle: Asian girl named Blue babysits a group of gay boys in a weird Southern town called Cabswater or Carpswater or something. One of them dies but doesn’t seem to actually go away? Someone turns into a tree.

Stephanie Perkins’ books: Cutesey heterosexual rom-coms which take place in Romantic with a capital R European cities and one of the boys is named after a bug.

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Get to Know the Book Dragon Behind this Blog!

Favorite Authors: 

  1. Marissa Meyer
  2. Sarah J. Maas
  3. A. G. Howard
  4. Jenny Han
  5. Cynthia Hand
  6. Kasie West

 

Favorite Book Series: 

  1. The Lunar Chronicles
  2. Wires and Nerves
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses
  4. Splintered Series
  5. The Summer I Turned Pretty
  6. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
  7. Unearthly

Favorite Stand-alones: 

  1. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
  2. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  3. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  4. P.S I Like You by Kasie West
  5. In a Perfect World by Trish Dollar
  6. The Thing With Feathers by Mcall Hoyle
  7. The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
  8. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  9. Dreamology by Lucy Keating
  10. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

 

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  3. @lifeinlit
  4. @cosyreads
  5. @superspacechick

 

Bookish boyfriends: 

  1. Rhysand
  2. Jest
  3. Peter Kelvinsky
  4. Morpheus
  5. Jeb Holt
  6. Marco
  7. Christan Prescott
  8. Tucker Avery