Book 21: Letters to the Lost

Book: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Rating: 2.5/5

After about 30% of this book, I started to lose interest and it never really came back. It was a cute concept, and I liked Juliet and Declan but this book was at least 100 pages too long and it started meandering through the middle and then packed way too much in at the end. Everything was resolved way too quickly as well; all of a sudden Declan is fine with his mom and stepdad and Juliet is done thinking her mom is perfect. This is also one of those books that tries to pack in too many issues, it would have been better to fully flesh out a few. I feel like all the characters were very one dimensional and seemed surprised to find out that there are other sides to someone’s personality.  But I really liked Rev and his friendship with Declan. And some of the dialog was great, I loved seeing Juliet, Declan and Rev together.

Book 20: One True Loves

Book: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Rating: 2/5

I really wanted to like this book, but I didn’t really like the characters, I didn’t like the writing style, I didn’t even like the layout of the book. I was so uninterested in the play-by-play of how Emma and Jesse got together, especially since you knew that he was going to go missing and then show up again. I really think that this book would have been much better if this was a surprise twist half way through. I liked the Sam part more because it was more interesting to see how she reacted to a someone being interested in her, but the problem was that TJR tried to cram two relationships into a short amount of book and so there was never any depth to the relationships. Actually, for a book that was supposed to be very emotional, I thought there was very depth at all. I also HATED the second person POV, I think because I didn’t at all relate to Emma it felt so forced to put myself into that exact situation. Also, I don’t know about the whole cast away story. Having just read Unbroken, how on earth was the guy able to swim to a boat? How did he actually get stronger with barely any food or water? Especially since he was gone for THREE years. I get that the rest of the story needed that amount of time, but 3 years on an Atoll in the middle of the ocean and then coming back like this? It just didn’t seem realistic.  I’m so intrigued by the ideas that TJR comes up with but I really dislike reading her books so let’s see if I can work my way up to try Maybe in Another Life.

Good review here and I basically felt the total opposite of this review haha.

Book 19: The Upside of Unrequited

Book: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Rating: 3/5

I’m pretty mixed on this book. Overall, it was pretty cute, but I had a lot of issues with it, too. Molly was a really annoying narrator, we spent too much time stuck in her head going over past crushes and other things. There were way too many characters, and so we didn’t really get to focus on any of them. I did not like the Will story line, I just wanted her to be with Reid. It felt too contemporary with all the emojis and the way everyone spoke, and maybe that is currently real life for teenagers but it was just annoying to me. It also makes the book feel really dated, like if someone wants to read this in 10 years they’re going to be like what are they even talking about? I could have done without a play by play of the wedding, by that point I had lost interest and just wanted the book to be over. On the plus side, I really liked Reid and loved Reid and Molly together. I thought Molly’s angst when Reid was hanging out with Olivia and the ensuing fall out from the walk home was so on point.

Good review here.

Book 18: It Ends With Us

Book: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Ugh, I have such mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I think it’s an important book. On the other hand, it’s still very much a Colleen Hoover book which sometimes makes it a little bit hard to read. There’s just something unrealistic about her books which bothers me because I want this to be relateable and true but then she says things like “I got three car seats at my babyshower” and I just think what!? It pulls me so far out of the book. I thought it was really eye opening to see the path of abuse as it leads from something seemingly innocent and an accident to it escalating and then having to make a decision about where to go, I thought that was really good. But then my problem is that it’s over explained and it becomes a little preachy and I wanted less of Lily’s voice telling me how to feel and I wanted to come to terms with it on my own.

Good reviews here, here, and here.

Book 17: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany
Rating: 3/5

This didn’t feel like a JK Rowling book to me, and the main reason for that was the dialog. I didn’t particularly enjoy Rowling’s dialog in HP, it was always boring and drawn out and not very clever. I didn’t see any of that with Albus and Scorpius and thank goodness for that! I found them adorable and charming and hilarious and I wanted the whole book to be about just the two of them, they were far and away the best parts of it. I didn’t care for much of the rest of the book. Except for maybe Ron. I didn’t need to see where Harry and Hermione ended up. I didn’t need to see updates on where everyone was now, I just didn’t care. I’m not really sure how I felt about the story line, it was sort of interesting but at the same time it totally recycled past events, could they not come up with something original?

Book 16: Vicarious

Book: Vicarious by Paula Stokes
Rating: 4/5

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Paula Stokes can write SciFi! I felt like this book was written just for me, I’ve done a lot of complaining lately about books that just aren’t as enjoyable because I don’t like the writing style but this one hit it out of the park. It was the right amount of mystery, intrigue, romance, characterization, and surprise!  There were a few slower sections (them reviewing Vises and the shark diving) but overall, it kept on pace really well. I just loved all the characters, Winter, Jesse, and even Gideon at the end. And I seriously can’t wait for part two!

Great review here.


Book 15: Deathly Hallows

Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
Rating: 3.5/5

I just don’t know about these books… I think Rowling had some great ideas but her execution was off. And it must have been so hard to write all these books with the world watching but I just think it would have been much better if these books were edited down and really just focused on the important things. And I keep looking at the Raven Cycle as an example of a book about teenagers that doesn’t revolve around the school year (each book isn’t a year) it just flows one book into the next, and everything (especially the last book) is so condensed that I actually wish there was more of it!

Overall, this series had its high points and some low points and was overall, just ok. My poor childhood will be forever ruined.

Book 14: My Not So Perfect Life

Book: My Not So Secret Life by Sophie Kinsella
Rating: 2.5/5

I went back and forth on how I felt about this book. The first part was ok, a fairly enjoyable read but the problem was that after reading the summary, I kept waiting for her to get sacked and then move the farm and this didn’t happen until about 1/3 of the way through the book. I enjoyed most of Katie’s time on the farm, I thought her family was charming but I thought the book became really immature when she was basically torturing Demeter. And I thought the whole “no one’s life is perfect” message was a little too on the nose. I did really like the last third of the book, especially the fact that Katie was willing to let Alex go. Though, I did find their relationship to be a little too insta-lovey for my taste.