Review: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Various Authors

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Synopsis

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

 

My Review

*Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno: 2 stars

Unfortunately, I disliked both the POV of this story and the author’s writing style. Siege Etiquette was cute, but I also think that it wasn’t that interesting and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this story.

Print Shop by Nina LaCour: 3.5 stars

I once again didn’t like the POV but unlike the first story, this one was very well written and also a lot more interesting.

Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi: 3 stars

This time, I really liked the POV the author chose for this story and I also really liked Ibi Zoboi’s writing style. I just think that ‘Hourglass’ was a little boring.

Click by Katharine McGee: 4 stars

I loved the idea of this short story and also think it was very well written. I would even be interested in reading more of this because it was just so interesting.

The Intern by Sara Shepard: 4.25 stars

‘The Intern’ was a cute and gripping story and I would definitely be interested in reading more of it. I also really liked the characters and Sara Shepard’s writing style.

Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo: 1.5 stars

Unfortunately, this was my least favorite short story from this anthology. I really loved how the main character of this story was transgender because you don’t get to see that very often but I just feel like the entire plot was a complete disaster. The whole story was extremely confusing and at the end of it, I still hadn’t completely understood how all the characters were related to each other and what was actually going on. ‘Somewhere That’s Green’ was just very boring and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this.

The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton: 4.5 stars

‘The Way We Love Here’ was a very interesting story and I loved the plot. I also immediately fell in love with the characters and would be interested in reading more about them.

Oomph by Emery Lord: 4.75 stars

This was such a cute story and I would love to read more about how their story continues once they both live in New York. I also loved Emery Lord’s writing style and I think I will definitely go and check out some of her other books because I’d never heard about her prior to reading this anthology.

The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 5 stars

This was definitely my favorite story out of all the ones featured in this anthology. I just loved the characters and the whole idea with the library. It would’ve been great if this story had been a lot longer.

The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies: 4 stars

I loved the idea of writing this like a statistics project and also think this was very well written. The plot was interesting and I also really liked the characters. A great short story.

259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan: 4 stars

This was an interesting story and I liked how it had a little bit of a different ending from all the other stories. Furthermore, I also really liked how it was written from the male main characters point of view.

Something Real by Julie Murphy: 3.5 stars

This was such a cute, little, fun story that was very well written and had an ending which I think was really interesting.

Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick: 2.5 stars

I once again just didn’t like the POV of this story and also think it was a little boring even though it was still cute.

The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon: 3 stars

I loved the idea of the ‘Department of Love’ but even though this was an interesting story, I also thought it was quite boring at some points.

Overall, this was probably one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read and it’s definitely a great anthology that deserves to be read!

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Review: Busted by Gina Ciocca

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Synopsis

Catching cheaters and liars is a lucrative hobby—until you fall for one of the suspects. Perfect for fans of Veronica Mars, this new novel from the author of Last Year’s Mistake will steal your heart!

Marisa never planned to be a snoop for hire. It wasn’t like she wanted to catch her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. But as her reputation for sniffing out cheaters spreads all over school, Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

And her next case? It’s for ex-frenemy Kendall. She’s convinced her boyfriend, TJ, has feelings for someone else and persuades Marissa to start spying on him. But the more Marisa gets to know sincere and artistic TJ, the more she starts to fall for him. Worse yet, the feelings seem to be mutual. Marisa knows she needs to give up her investigation—and the spoken-for guy who may just be the love of her life. Then she uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take “cheater” to a whole new level…

 

My Review

*Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!* 

In “Busted”, Gina Ciocca’s newest novel, the main character Marisa coincidentally catches her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Actually, she didn’t plan on ever catching a cheater again but when her ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, Marisa just can’t say no. But what happens when she realizes that she’s slowly but surely falling for the guy she’s spying on and that he’s falling for her as well?

When I first read the synopsis of ‘Busted’, I was immediately intrigued by it and knew that I definitely had to read this book. It’s a beautiful young adult romance book and if you’re looking for a quick and enjoyable read, you should definitely give this one a try.

The novel has a very entertaining plot and there were no unnecessary, protracted parts that could’ve bored me. I also really liked the characters and Gina Ciocca’s writing style. This was the first one of her books I’ve read, but I’m sure it wasn’t the last one.

The only “negative” think I can say about “Busted” is that it definitely reminded me of some other young adult books I’ve read and so it’s probably not a book that will absolutely blow your mind. But like I said, I still really enjoyed reading “Busted” and I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover [SPOILER ALERT]

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Synopsis

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us and November 9 comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.

In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

 

My Review

{Attention: This review includes spoilers!}

I know that Colleen Hoover’s books are usually either a hit or miss for most people. For me though, they’ve mostly been a hit so far, so you can imagine how dissappointed I was when I realized how much I was disliking ‘Without Merit’.

This book is an absolute mess. That’s the only way I can describe it. ‘Without Merit’ deals with all kinds of different topics like anxiety, despression, suicide, sexuality, abuse, terminal illnesses, the Syrian refugee crisis and romance. But none of the topics were properly dealt with and it kind of seemed like the author didn’t even really know what she was writing about. I just felt like she simply added all these topics to the book to make sure that as many people as possible could relate to it and that she would sell as many copies as possible.

But one of the worst things about the book were the characters themselves (and not only because of their absolutely ridiculous names that almost made me throw the book out of the window). There’s literally no character that is even remotely likable. I usually think it’s important to not only create nice characters but also some the reader can dislike but in this book, all the characters were selfish idiots that kept doing horrible things and got away with it. It’s a thing that has been bothering me about some of her other books as well, but it’s just never been as bad as it is in ‘Without Merit’. I feel like her characters just never have to face the consequences of anything they do which is incredibly unrealistic and might give some of her younger readers false ideas about real life.

I could now keep writing about several scenes in this book that made me give it only 1 star like the moment in which Merit let a random stranger kiss her and thought it’s a great thing, or the moment in which she tells her step-uncle that the whole gay thing he’s experimenting with is turning him sentimental (even though she knows he’s bisexual) or the moment in which Hoover thought it would be a good idea to use the brother that forces his sister to kiss him to turn himself straight again as a plot twist but I just don’t have the energy to spend the next hours writing this review.

All in all, there’s actually only one good thing I can say about this book which is that it was once again a very quick read. But still, it wasn’t as gripping as her other books and even before all the shitty things began happening, something already felt off about this novel which is why I just can’t give this more than 1 star.

Have you already read “Without Merit” and what did you think about it? 🙂

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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Synopsis

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

 

My Review

“Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?” 

I started reading ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ because I felt like a reading slump was heading my way and a couple of people told me that this would be the perfect book to read in such a situation. And it actually is because this was such a quick read and I finished it in less than a day. It’s also a perfect summer read that you can enjoy while spending your time on the beach.

But even though it was a cute book, it was also very cliché and often quite predictable. But that wasn’t the worst thing about this book because it’s something I can usually live with. The worst thing was definitely the main character, Belly. She was such an annoying character and such a whiny little brat. I know that this is a coming of age novel and many girls that age might tend to behave like her but in my opinion, she was just way over to the top. She was complaining so much, she literally made me want to rip my hair out at some points.

Belly was constantly going on about how badly the boys were treating her, how they were always treating her like a child (though she was the one that constantly acted like a 9-year-old) and how they never asked her to come along when going somewhere. She literally made them responsible for everything she didn’t like, for example how she didn’t know anyone in the town they spend their summer breaks in because it would’ve been their job to take her to parties … like seriously though, what the hell? She can walk and talk, she should’ve left the house herself and made her own friends in that town instead of spending all her summer sulking because the three boys just preferred doing their own things.

She was literally such a pain in the neck, I think she was even more annoying than America from the Selection series and I actually thought that was impossible.

All of this just made me feel like I was way too old for this book and I really don’t know if I’ll actually continue this series even though I liked the other characters. I loved Conrad, Jeremiah and Steven and I also think that this book was generally very well written. But because of the main character and the fact that I felt a little too old for the entire story, I can only give TSITP 2.5 out of 5 stars.

(PS: I’m sorry about the fact that half of this review is just me complaining about the MC but she was literally driving me insane!)

Have you already read ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken

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Synopsis

Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…

No fraternizing with the players.

Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.

Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.

 

My Review

*Thanks again to Skyscape for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Emerson and Miller used to be best friends. But when Miller moved away at the beginning of their senior year, the two stopped talking to each other. They both think the other one is responsible for their loss of contact and so they don’t see each other until their ways coincidentally cross again six years later. Now Emerson is a cheerleader for the Bellevue Bucks, a successful football team, and Miller joins the team as a player. Their childhood dream has come true but the circumstances are a little different than they thought they’d be. Will the two end up as lovers, friends or enemies?

‘Fraternize’ is a very quick read and I finished it within less than a day. The book immediately captivated me and I really enjoyed it. I loved Rachel van Dyken’s writing style and you can clearly see that this isn’t the first book she published. It was so well written that I think I’ll check out some of her other works now because she seems to be a very talented author. I also immediately fell in love with the characters she created and I’m so glad I found a book about the relationship of a cheerleader and a player that wasn’t about the usual stick thin, bitchy cheerleader you normally find in similar books.

All in all, this is a very quick and enjoyable read and I’d definitely recommend it to everyone who’s looking for a good new adult romance novel. I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars and I’m definitely interested in reading the second part of this series which will be published in January.

Have you already read ‘Fraternize’ and did you like it? 🙂