Words in Deep Blue

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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Genre: Contemporary

# of Pages: 269

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely! It was so beautiful and touching.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

I really really enjoyed this story a lot. I thought it was such a beautiful and unique story. It was so unlike any other YA contemporary that I’ve read because it was just so touching and beautiful and made me feel so many feelings. It was also a unique story, and not like any other plot that I’ve heard or read about.

This is overall a very adorable, yet sad story. There were lots of great quotes and hidden meanings that really touched my heart.

The setting and characters were just everything to me. It was such a well written story with beautiful writing and I just fell in love with the whole thing.

I was highly anticipating this book and it most definitely did not disappoint me.

When Dimple Met Rishi

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandy Menon

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

# of Pages: 380

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, it was a very cute story that I recommend to anyone who likes contemporaries.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was such  great story. I loved the uniqueness of the whole thing. I have never read any YA contemporary like this before.

I absolutely adored the characters so much. Dimple and Rishi both had great qualities that made this story all the more interesting. They really worked well together even though they were very different.

There were also great side characters, and a great “sub-plot” that was going on on the side. This was a very character driven story, and I was a little worried that I would get bored, but I didn’t because there was lots of interesting stuff happening on the side with the other characters and the plot.

This was overall a very cute and funny story, but it also felt so real which I really appreciated. And because of these things, I highly recommend When Dimple Met Rishi.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

# of Pages: 325

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Yes! I do. I definitely recommend this trilogy as a whole.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality:  8

Pace: 10

Plot development: 7

Characters: 9

Enjoyability: 9

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was a very cute, adorable story overall, but a lot was left unresolved for me. And that was disappointing because I felt like the whole point of this book was to conclude everything that had been left unresolved after the second book. But a lot of the unresolved things from book 2 weren’t resolved in this book either.

The plot of this book was also not very strong. Not a lot was going on, and I got a little bored sometimes.

Overall, I don’t have a whole lot to say about this book. It was a short book, but I think Jenny Han did a pretty good job of wrapping things up. I’m glad I read this book, I was just hoping for some more satisfaction.

I do recommend this trilogy as a whole for sure, and I think the second book was my favorite, although it’s been a really long time since I’ve read the first book, so I don’t know for sure.

Tell Me Three Things

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

# of Pages: 328

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, especially to anyone who wants to read a fun, cute contemporary.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 9

Plot development: 10

Characters: 9

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

My Opinion (SPOILER FREE):

Tell Me Three Things turned out to be such a good contemporary. I loved every minute of reading it. It was very cute, funny, sweet, and it was just an all around adorable novel.

The plot was really good, because I couldn’t put this book down. I love contemporaries like this where there’s kind of a mystery within the story. I also loved this contemporary because it wasn’t too serious, but there were still some sad and raw moments that made the story even better. I was still able to get a lot out of this book, but it was still a fun read.

The characters in this book were also great, because they felt really real. It was easy to understand Jessie and everything that was going on in her life, even though I haven’t experienced anything like it.

This book felt very similar to P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (review on my blog), but unlike P.S. I Like You, this book was not predictable. I had no idea who SN was until the very end. The book had me guessing the whole time, and that’s something I really liked about it.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it had a great ending. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves any kind of contemporary.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Genre: Contemporary

# of Pages: 359

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Is this is a series? If so, will I continue?

No, this is not a series

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, and I definitely recommend you read it with the audiobook, because the audibook is read by Lin Manuel Miranda, and it’s so good.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: I listened to the audiobook

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

I mainly just read this book because Lin Manuel Miranda was the one reading it to me, but I also fell in love with the story and the characters.

This is such a beautiful book about accepting people for who they are, and learning to love them no matter what mistakes they make. I just thought that message was so good.

I also really connected with these characters, which surprised me. I felt so much love, pain, joy, and sadness along with Aristotle and Dante.

I don’t have anything else to really say about this book, but I highly recommend this book.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Number of Pages: 344

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Before I continue with the remainder of this review, I would like to thank SocialBookCo for sending me a copy of this book to review. SocialBookCo is an incredible website that helps you find the best price for the book you want. Be sure to check out their website and this book using this link: http://www.socialbookco.com/book/9781416990666/amy-and-rogers-epic-detour?rid=180

Is this a series? If so, will I continue?

No, unfortunately this is not a series, but if it was I definitely would continue.

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, I really enjoyed it, and I think anyone who likes to read contemporaries or romances will love it.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 9

Plot development: 9

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

My Opinion (SPOILER FREE):

This book was absolutely incredible, there were so many amazing aspects of the story that I just adored.

I want to start by saying that one of the main reasons why I loved this book so much was because it wasn’t like other contemporaries. I’ve never read any other romance or contemporary book like this one, so I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this story.

The characters were also fantastic. The chemistry between Amy and Roger was so good because they started out as strangers, and then slowly that formed into an awkward friendship, and then the rest is history. Both of their characters went through great character development. They were completely different people between the beginning and end of the book. Their stories felt very genuine, and it was easy to connect and relate to both Amy and Roger. I really liked that even though Amy was the one telling the story, we learned a lot about Roger and how he developed as a character, as well. Both of the main characters start this book dealing with different problems, and I think that added really nicely to the story. They were able to help each other, but neither of them judged the other for having problems of their own.

Throughout this book there were also really cool pictures and additions that I think really added nicely to the story. It made the whole book seem much more realistic and relatable. There were also flashback moments that helped the reader understand more about the past and what made the characters the way they were. I wish this book could have been longer because there was so much more I wanted to know about their lives.

The side characters were also written into the story really well. Even though they all only had small parts in the actual book, they each played big roles in the lives of the characters overall throughout the story. I really liked this aspect of the story because sometimes I feel like authors just add side characters to take up space, but each one of the side characters in this story really did have a purpose.

I also enjoyed the fact that this book had a great balance of sad, funny, happy, and stressful moments. Sometimes in a contemporary you only feel either happy or sad, but this contemporary was more like an adventure. I found myself really invested in the story. It was almost like a cute contemporary with the thrill you get when reading a fantasy or action book. It’s unusual for a contemporary to be such a “page-turner”, but it was honestly really difficult to put this book down.

Although I was kind of sad this book was so short, I felt like it worked really well for the themes and messages that Morgan Matson was trying to get across. Morgan Matson truly is a phenomenal writer. All of her books are so unique and fun, and they always make you want to get up and live life. I love reading her stories because they’re happy, but they’re realistic. Not everything always turns out just the way you want it to, and Morgan Matson does an amazing job of portraying this in her story.

I also wanted to just share a few quotes that I felt really show how wonderful of a writer Morgan Matson really is:

“There sometimes isn’t much difference between a knight’s quest and fool’s errand.”

“It’s really not about the destination. It’s about getting there that is the good part.”

“Tomorrow will be better.”  “But what if it’s not?” “Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know right? At some point, tomorrow will be better.”

Again, I highly recommend everyone check out this book, and if you decide you do want to, make sure to check it out through SocialBookCo, using the link I provided above.