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.

The Circle

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The Circle by Dave Eggers

Genre: Dystopian/Futuristic

# of Pages: 497

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars (Ikr, ouch)

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely not.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 3

Pace: 5

Plot development: 2

Characters: 2

Enjoyability: 2

Ease of Reading: 3

Summary from Goodreads:

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.

Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

Before I start, I would like to say that if you did enjoy this book, that is perfectly okay. We are all entitled to our own opinions. My opinion just happens to be very negative.

This book was horrible. I did not enjoy it at all. And that really sucks because I wanted to like this book because the movie is coming out, and Emma Watson’s in it.

The characters were absolutely awful, and I think that’s what made this book practically unbearable. Mae had no depth or development, and she kept making such stupid horrible decisions. She was so naive, and such a boring and flat character to follow. Who knows though, maybe Emma Watson will do such a good job as an actress that I’ll enjoy the movie version of Mae.

The plot was also incredibly boring. I was tired of this book by page 150, and I still had 350 to go. I was hoping for a much more exciting story. I also wasn’t expecting Mae to be so boring. Like in some books I’ve read and liked, when the plot was kind of slow, the characters were fantastic, but in this book both the characters and the plot were awful.

The ending was also horrible, like what the heck Dave Eggers. It was like he was trying to write a modern version of stuff like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, but he ended up writing a really boring book that didn’t open my eyes in any way like those other books did.

So I’m sorry I only gave this book one star, but that’s all it deserved in my opinion.

Hopefully the movie will be better. My expectations are definitely really low now.