Finding Audrey

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Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Genre: Contemporary
# of Pages: 286
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10
Pace: 10
Plot development: 10
Characters: 9
Enjoyability: 10
Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

Finding Audrey is a light-hearted contemporary that still deals with some harder topics. The whole book was just a really good experience for me. I enjoyed it a lot and I felt like I also learned a lot.

Characters:
The characters in this book were EVERYTHING. Every character had such a great personality and character arc throughout the story. I loved the way the characters acted with one another. Overall, this was a very character driven story, and that’s what made this book so fantastic.

Plot:
The plot wasn’t nearly as important as the characters, but it was still really good. I loved watching everything happen with Audrey and her improvements. This story was also surprisingly hilarious.

Writing:
Sophie Kinsella has a fantastic writing style. It’s light-hearted, funny, sweet, beautiful, and serious when it needs to be.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. 🙂

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Eliza and Her Monsters

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Genre: Contemporary
# of Pages: 383
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 9
Pace:9
Plot development: 9
Characters: 8
Enjoyability: 9
Ease of Reading: 9

Summary from Goodreads:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was a very cute story that reminded me of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Ut was nit as grid as Fangirl in my opinion, but it was still very good.

Characters: The characters in this story were very unique, and I liked that they were unique, but it made it much harder to relate to them. That was the big difference between this book and Fangirl. Fangirl was much more relatable. I also wasn’t very fond of either of the main characters. In all honesty I felt like I wouldn’t like either of them in real life.

Plot: The plot was really good, and it ,over along pretty well. There were a few things that happened that I either didn’t like or that bored me, but for the most part I loved the plot.

Writing: The writing was really good. I’ve never read any of Francesca Zappia’s books, but I’ll definitely be checking out her other books.

Windfall

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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Genre: Contemporary

# of Pages: 312

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

Jennifer E. Smith writes incredibly adorable stories full of love, fun, laughter, sadness, and always a message for the reader to take away. Her stories are highly entertaining and the characters are very enjoyable. Windfall is no different than Jennifer’s other books in the way that it was an amazing story and I loved it.

Characters: Jennifer’s characters in this story were perfect. I loved Alice and reading from her POV. I loved how she was relatable and not completely perfect. Teddy and Leo were also fantastic characters that I easily fell in love with. The dynamic between the three was also incredibly entertaining.

Plot: The plot was fantastic, because I’ve read a lot of contemporaries, yet none of them have had a plot/story idea like this one. I loved reading about something new that I had never read about before. The plot also had a great pace, and I never got bored with the story.

Writing: The writing in this story is amazing. It’s the perfect balance between beautiful, poetic, comical, and relatable. I love Jennifer’s writing and I will never get tired of reading her books.

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

# of Pages: 513

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 9.5

Pace: 7

Plot development: 9.5

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he ado res.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This story was incredibly entertaining. It was funny, sad, adorable, and just contained so many great things.

Characters: The characters were easily the best part of this story. Monty was such a fun main character to follow. His character development was fantastic and he had such an entertaining and hilarious personality. Percy and Felicity were also equally as great.

Plot: The plot was very fun and exciting and moved along reasonably well. My only problem with this book was that it had a kind of slow pace, but not boring.

Writing: The writing style was very fun to read. I loved Mackenzi Lee’s characters, and how the story had a lot of humor as well as moral lessons to learn from.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a cute/entertaining read.

What To Say Next

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What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

# of Pages: 287

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 9

Pace: 8

Plot development: 9

Characters: 9

Enjoyability: 9

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

My Opinions (SPOILER FREEE):

I really really really liked this book. The characters were phenomenal, the plot moved well, and the writing was impeccable.

Characters: I thought the characters were very unique and “raw.” It was very easy to sympathize with each thing each of the characters were going through.

Plot: The plot moved along pretty well. there were some parts where I felt like the story dragged a little, but for the most part the story remained interesting.

Writing: Julie Buxbaum’s writing and her stories will forever continue to blow me away. I feel ike she’s a very underrated author and I highly recommend you all checking her out if you haven’t already.

The Fill-In Boyfriend

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The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Genre: Romance/Contemporary

# of pages: 345

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 9

Pace: 10

Plot development: 9

Characters: 9.5

Enjoyability:

Ease of Reading: 10

Do I recommend this book?

ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY! Especially if you’re looking for a cute romance or summer read!

Summary from Goodreads:

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

*content sigh* What an adorable book! The Fill-In Boyfriend is an incredibly cute and fun romance to read. I really enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the writing! This book was definitely a win-win for me. 🙂

I also adored the fact that there are some small, kind of subtle, moral lessons that are slipped into this book. They’re pretty subtle, but they are there, and I really appreciated them.

The romance in this story was of course swoon-worthy. It was very dreamy and made me smile so much my cheeks hurt.

This book was also surprisingly really funny. I even laughed out loud a couple of times while reading it.

The ONLY thing (that’s right there’s only one thing) that I didn’t like about this book was how predictable it was. I basically saw everything coming before it happened. But don’t get me wrong, that didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the book whatsoever. It was still very fun to read even though I did have an idea as to what was going to happen.

Honestly, this book was too short. I just wanted so much more of it cause it was that good.

I highly highly recommend this book. Especially for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Kiera Cass, Jennifer E. Smith, or other romance authors similar to them.

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.