Hellooo it feels like it’s been forever 🙂
I have decided to read Most if not All the nominees for Goodreads YA fiction 2016 in order to accurately vote. I have compiled these mini reviews. Not because I’m lazy pffft no but because I wanted to share my opinions on them before Nov. 6 and before casting my vote for the opening round. I don’t feel I can accurately vote if I haven’t read a good number of them. This contains 3 reviews, expect more mini reviews soon 😀 Coming soon is When we collided by Emery Lord and more!
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Love & Gelato
Published: Published May 3rd 2016 by Simon Pulse
Number of pages: Hardcover, 390 pages
My rating: 🌟
Reading time: 1 Nov – 2
❗️There is a whole load of FOOD PORN
Love and Gelato is meant to be the gripping story of getting over grief and finding new love in a new place; moving on. Although ultimately that is the message we get Jenna Evans Welch does it very clumsily. That’s the best way to describe it.
Carolina or Lina for short is our main character. She is also one of the reasons this book got such a low rating from me. She is annoying, bratty, ungrateful and clueless. Those are my choice adjectives to describe her. I didn’t enjoy reading in her point of view. Although she is sometimes funny it didn’t make up for the other 99% of the time when she was annoying rather than ‘quirky’.
The secondary characters don’t add much to the mix either. The flat and one dimensional characters is probably the reason why the romance did not cut it for me. Not only was it too sudden and fast paced I didn’t get to know the characters seperately before having to choose between two love interests in the love triangle. I’ll try to excuse the insta-love because they are in Italy but still.
Mind you just because the romance was fast paced doesn’t mean the book in general was. It was slow and it dragged on for too long. There were many unnecessary parts. The sub plot with her mom was really the only thing I kept reading for. I had to know what the answer to the mystery was. Kudos to Jenna for executing family drama so gracefully.
The writing was not engrossing enough and the dialogue was stiff and forced. The descriptions of Italy didn’t suffice and the book might as well have been set in any place for all the difference it made. This book only succeeded in making me hungry… mostly for Gelato.
This was my biggest disappointment of 2016
P.S I Like You
Published: Published July 26th 2016 by Point
Number of pages: Hardcover, 330 pages
My rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟
Reading time: 27 Oct-29
❗️This book is just right … not too cute or too dull but just right.
This is a shortened version of my original review. For a more indepth review click here.
P.S. I like you is a cute book about finding the person who balances you out. No matter how odd you think you are someone out there understands. It’s mega adorbs.
Lily is our main character. Lily is awkward and is so not mainstream as she would say. She is ‘quirky’ and has a funny enough personality to carry us through this story effectively.
Lily is surrounded by all these amazing people. I just wish we got to learn more about them. The characters although very funny, very unique weren’t as in depth as I would have liked. Mainly the secondary characters who felt like they were just there for Lily’s benefit.
The book starts immediately with first sign off in chemistry class but in all it was very slow in pace. It is also very predictable. Nothing particularly wonderful happened but it was all still entertaining which speaks for Kasie wests writing style which is fun, light and enjoyable.
We have three love interests in this book but you can see from a mile away who is going to get the girl in the end. It’s just all so cliched but its sweet. Thank god for the lack of a love triangle and overly mushy scenes. Most of the cute scenes take place on paper. Which is okay but I would’ve like more ‘for real, OMG, gush scenes’ if you know what I mean 😉 😉 I was somewhat satisfied and was acctually very into it … giggling at 2am in the morning.
This book although unmemorable is a quick lighthearted read. It’s full of adorb moments that you’ll love and appreciate.
The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson
Published: Published May 3rd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Number of pages: Hardcover, 519 pages
My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Reading time: 4 Nov – 6
❗️My favourite contemporary book I mean it this time.
Morgan Matson tries to show us what happens when your plans don’t work. Sometimes you have to just relax and let things be. With a wonderful message like that how can you not enjoy this cute book that’ll make you laugh and think.
Our main character is Andie short for Alexandra. Andie likes things planned and perfect and her summer is no exception. She had it planned to the dot. Her plans are ruined and she finds her self doing something so unexpected; Walking dogs. With her dad having to stay home her house is tenser than ever because she isn’t used to it. She is really closed off but you can really see her change through out the book. Like every situation there is always a plus and for her it was the relationships that developed due to her job.
The romance is unforgettable with unique characters and awkward but cute moments that will make you want to squeal. I loved reading about it and the pace of it was really different. In a nice way. I liked that you could see them change for each other in the relationship. It was so cute. And how cute was the love interest?? Gush.When your trying not to spoil
The characters in this book are really fun and unique. This book really focuses on character development. I loved all the little bonding moments. Morgan Matson is able to show change in character really well. Her fun, light and engrossing writing style aids in this. With a nice pace and a cute romance the book was hard to put down.
Although the book was unnecessarily long I still really enjoyed it. Yes, there were some filler parts and the chapters seemed to drag on and there was also an excessive amount of information dumping but who cares?
Friendship is a major theme in this book. I love how the book doesn’t really just revolve around Andie but Andie and her friends. Morgan Matson really stresses the important of friendship. Especially girl love which is an awesome message.
The plot wasn’t particularly special but it was still different from other books and I really enjoyed it. It was somewhat predictable but I’m not complaining. Featured in this book are little snippets of a fictional book which was really interesting. Think Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 😉
This was my first Morgan Matson book and it reached my expectations.This may have been my favourite contemporary. I say that a lot but I mean it this time… really, kudos to Morgan Matson.
I want to know what you guys thought of these. Most of them have a lot of hype surrounding them so I hope you’re not disappointed. Have you voted in the opening round? Leave a comment if you have please 🙂