Benjamin Alire Saenz – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe | Review

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A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. 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.

5I’ve heard so many good things about this book, but I have never expected it to be this good. I absolutely loved it. This book definitely deserves all the hype it gets and even more. If you haven’t yet, go pick it up!

There is no much plot in this book, but surprisingly, it works very well anyway. It’s a self-discovery story about friendship and family and accepting who you really are. I loved that this book was mostly character-based and that we saw how certain moments in Ari’s life affected him and made him who he is now. ANother thing I really appreciated was the family aspect and Ari’s relationship with his parents. They were far from the perfect family, but they all loved each other. I have to admit, I liked Dante’s family a bit more, but I guess that’s because they were more outgoing and had less problems.
The whole LGBTQ aspect of this book was done very well and I really lke the direction it took. It wasn’t forced, everything seemed very realistic and I loved it (though it sometimes frustrated me) that Ari took so long to accept his emotions for Dante, even though Dante himself was very open about who he is and what he wants. 12000020

I really liked Ari as a protagonist. At some parts, I could totally connect with him and I found a bit of myself in him. He is far from perfect, but he’s great the way he is. He’s insecure, doesn’t know where he belongs, doesn’t have the best relationship with his parents, but he is also very caring and a great friend to Dante. I love it that he didn’t judge Dante and that he accepted him for who he is and still wanted to be his friend. That probably why I like him the most. He was not a jerk.
Dante was another amazing character. I love how open he is about how he feels and also how he can make Ari talk about everything. I loved all the letters he sent to Ari when he was away and how he didn’t give up on writing to him even though Ari didn’t write him back. Dante didn’t care what other people thought of him, he always said what was on him mind and that’s why I love him so much.
Ari and Dante’s relationship is beautiful and I ship them so, so hard. They’re just a perfect match. It was killing me that Ari didn’t want to admit his feelings for Dante (though it was quite obvious to everyone), but when he finally did, I melted. IT. WAS. SO. CUTE. Great, now I’m overwhelmed with feels all over again.

The writing style is amazing. I love the short chapters and simplicity of dialogues. It worked perfectly with the story. I also really like the bits in Spanish (I was so happy that I could understand it), it just added another layer to the story. The ending sentences in chapters are so amazing! You just have to continue reading.
I just realized that Benjamin Alire Saenz never used the word gay or homosexual in this book. Instead he used different terms and that was so new and refreshing, and also very original. Loved it!

I love the message this books sends and I think everyone needs to read this book. Also, I recommend listening to it via audiobook. For me, it was an amazing experience because the narrator is just awesome. Just go read this book! It’s truly amazing.

P. S. I know I used word loved way too many times in this review, but I don’t care. I LOVED this book.

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Jessica Sorensen – The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) | Review

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Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.
Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.
Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.
Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.

4

I randomly found this book in a store and since it was pretty cheap, I bought it. Yesterday I was trying to find what to read next and the moment I saw this book on my shelf, I knew I had to read it. I would have probably read it in one sitting, but I had to stop halfway through, so I ended up reading it in two sittings. Also, this is the first book this summer that kept me awake until I finished it.

I was sucked into the story from the very beginning and I just flew through this book. The whole setting was very different from what I usually read, but it was very cool and refreshing. Even though this is just another NA book, I highly enjoyed it and this book was definitely much more than two people having sex. Secrets from the past gave another layer to this story and made it very emotional and beautiful. My heart was broken a few times while reading and I wouldn’t say this is the happiest book to read, but there were definitely a lot of moments when I smiled like an idiot. The romance is the big part of this book, but I would say that it’s more character-driven and self-discovery is very important part of it. Also, this book reminded me a bit of Beautiful Disaster, but that’s the only other NA book I read, so I assume all of these books are more or less the same. Which is great, because that means I’ll never run out of fun and quick books. 15717876

As I said, characters are very important in this book and I really liked that. Each and every one of them has it’s own story and it’s own problems, but the way their stories intertwine is just amazing.
I have mixed feelings about Ella. I love the ”old” Ella and I admire her, but the ”new” Ella just went on my nerves. I wanted to slap her and yell at her that she can’t just run away from problems and keep everything inside. Other than that, she was pretty cool and I liked her.
Micha is my bae. I love him so much and I was rooting for him through the entire book. I love him for not giving up on Ella and being there for her even though he knew all her secrets. Also, he’s a hot musician, he fixes cars, participates in car races, has problems with his father, is very determined to get back the girl he loves… isn’t that enough to fall in love with him?
The romance between the two was very interesting. It wasn’t insta-love and I really appreciate that, but it wasn’t really slow-burning either, since the sexual tension was very obvious from the very beginning. However, I ship them very hard, they’re just so cute and amazing together.
Lila was really annoying at the beginning because she was all princess-y and naive, but later I started to appreciate her character a lot more when we found out her story. Though I think it could’ve been a bit more developed. Her relationship with Ethan was a bit forced and I didn’t really buy it, but it was fun to read about, anyway.
When it comes to Dean, I’m not really sure what’s his problem. He’s a total douchebag and I couldn’t care less about him.

Now you’re probably thinking why I gave this book four stars when I didn’t say anything bad about this book. Well, I haven’t mentioned the writing yet. It was the biggest disappointment of this book. It just sounded so cheesy and dialogues were very weird and sometimes I had to go back and read these last few lines again because I got confused. I also realized I like Ella’s POV a bit more because when I was reading from Micha’s POV everything sounded so unrealistic and super-cheesy. The whole book was very fast-paced and that didn’t always work well because at times I just wanted to know more about that particular moment, but the author was already on another chapter. Another thing – I think this book would’ve been a lot better without the sex. Or at least, if characters just stopped thinking about sex for a second. Also, it bothered me how Ella and Micha always acted like they’re alone and didn’t really care that trere are people around them. But that’s just my opinion.

So, the final verdict. I really enjoyed this book and even though the writing is not the best, I managed to ignore that while reading and just enjoy the story. It was a lot of fun and I would recommend it if you’re into NA and all that stuff. I am just discovering New Adult and I think this is a great book to begin with. Definitely give it a try if it sounds like something you’d enjoy.

Zoe Sugg – Girl Online (Girl Online #1) | Review

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Penny has a secret.
Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

3

There was a lot of controversy surrounding this book when it came out last year and I decided to ignore it all and make my own opinion on this book. Only it’s content, the story. I ignored author’s name, other people’s reviews, advertisements, even the cover. I wanted to judge this book only for what it is. Just pages full of words. But damn, it was hard. 22510983

First I have to say something that really bothered me throughout this book. IT SO FUCKING UNREALISTIC! Sorry for the language. But from the very beginning everything was so unbelievable and I was constantly rolling my eyes. There is no possible way that someone is that clumsy and that unlucky. Later, it became only less and less realistic. Especially with the romance. Okay, I’ll admit, the romance was cute and I was totally rooting for them, but the fact something like that never happens in real life really pissed me off. I know, other YA contemporaries are not the most realistic thing in the world, but this was just too much. Also, the entire book is full of drama that was mostly completely unnecessary. I liked the blogging aspect, but in my opinion, the potential of it was not completely used. It just ended up being more drama. I flew through last 100 pages (and forgot that I have to make lunch, so my mom was mad, but whatever) because I had to know how it would all end. I think I mentioned how unrealistic this book is, but that ending… THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE! Yeah, it was cute, it did make me happy and all that, but so unbelievable. In my opinion, it would be a lot cooler if we got a heartbreaking ending. THAT would be real. I started rambling. I should stop.

I really could not connect with Zoe. I mean, Penny. Yeah, you could totally tell Penny was based on Zoe. She was trying to be so relatable and loveable, but she was just too much for me and she really annoyed me. Not because she was clumsy, not because her love story was unrealistic, not because she managed to embarrass herself in any occasion, not because she was selfish etc. but because she was stupid and her decisions didn’t make any sense. She always jumped to conclusions instead of talking to people first (but hey, then we wouldn’t have so much drama, right?) and she found it the easiest to just sit and cry, complaining about everything and feeling sorry for herself. I do appreciate the try of making a somewhat unique protagonist with anxiety problems, but again, the potential of that topic was not used completely. The only thing I really liked about Penny was her love for photography. That was the only thing that made me connect with her a bit.
I don’t know how I feel about Noah. When he first showed up, and also pretty much throughout the whole book, I really liked him. He’s so cute, nice and amazing. The problem is, he’s not real. Though I guessed his secret right away (it was just way too obvious), it didn’t really bother me that much. That made him even more perfect than he already was. What bothered me was how it all played out after Penny found out, but I think I already mentioned that. Oh, I almost forgot. Am I the only one who thought his character was loosely based off Justin Bieber? Guess Zoe just had to ruin his character for me…
When it comes to Penny’s family, they were all so loving and amazing and awesome and… you guessed it – unrealistic.
Elliot was probably the most interesting character in this book, but it really bothered me that he was this stereotypical gay best friend. He was so cool, but I wish he was a bit more original and different. I also don’t understand why did Panny hang out with Megan and all the other idiots when she had Elliot, but whatever.

Oh, the writing. I hated it. First, it was so juvenille and fake. Author was really trying to sound realatable and cool, but it turned out wrong in so many ways. Second, I really didn’t like the way blog posts were written. Way too childish for my taste, and Penny is supposed to be only a year younger than I am now. I already mentioned the drama and how improbable the whole book is, so I’m not going to say it again. Maybe. It also really bothered me how everything was so stereotypical and the lack of uniqueness and originality was very obvious. There was not a single thing in this book which I haven’t already seen in some other book. Another thing, am I the only one who thought this book felt like unsuccessful fanfiction?
I’ll just quickly mention my opinion on the entire ghost-writing controversy. How I see it, Zoe wrote a book, it got to the publisher, but it probably wasn’t the best so the editor made some major changes to make it better, becuase you can totally tell which part are written by a person with experience, and which by an amateur. But it’s very clear that this book sells out so well only because of Zoe’s name on the cover and nothing else.

Okay, after reading all this, you probably think I hate this book. I don’t. I actually really enjoyed it, it was a fun, quick and cute read, but it definitely wasn’t the best thing in the world. As you may tell, I had a lot of problems with it, but while I was reading, these didn’t bother me as much becuase I was really emersed to the story. Only now when I started thinking more about it, I realized how bad it actually is. However, I would still recommend it. Why? Well, it’s fun. I’m glad I read it because I was very curious and now I can finally have my own opinion on it. That feels nice. Oh, and one more thing. I just found out there is going to be a sequel and I just wanted to tell you that I will be picking it up when it comes out because there is definitely material for the sequel. I’m looking forward to this Valentine’s Day in New York (because I’m assuming that’s what the next book is going to be all about) and even more drama.

P. S. Now I’m really tempted to write xxx at the bottom. Damn you, Penny.

Thomas Hoobler – Come Sit By Me | Review

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The boy who shot seven people in the school library is dead. But did his secrets die with him?
Something terrible happened at Hamilton High last year, and those who survived don’t want to relive the past. But Paul has just arrived, and gets the same locker that the shooter used. He wants to know what really happened…and you know what curiosity did to the cat.

4

I was provided with an e-ARC  of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Booktrope for letting me read this!

I picked this book up mostly because of the cover, but when I read the synopsis, I knew I was going to like this book. And I really did. Come Sit By Me comes out tomorrow (July 15th), so I’m writing this review kind of last minute, but whatever. I highly enjoyed this book, though I don’t think it’s for everyone.25665769

The premise sounded really interesting to me and I really liked the mystery at the beginning. Thomas Hoobler introduced us with the setting and the characters on an interesting way, and the beginning of the book was neither too fast or too slow. I liked how Paul quickly met all the important characters and he was soon just another student, not a newbie (which was very weird for me, since I am not very social, but that’s my problem). But the more he fit in the school and the more stuff he discovered, I realized I knew how this book is going to end. Whenever I read a mystery book, I try to guess ‘the bad guy’ and I usually epicly fail so at the end the twist blows my mind. With this book, I guessed correctly and I was even right about what exactly happened, which odd out from my enjoyment a bit. It’s not that the twist is not good, I actually really like it, but the clues we got through the book were just way too obvious. But other than that, I really liked the plot, it was exciting and intense and I just flew through this book in two sittings. Another thing I really appreciate about this book is that there is no romance. Yes, a YA book without romance. Surprised, ha? Okay, there are some boy/girl scenes and our main character does talk about girls, but there is no real romance. Paul does hook up with girls, but does he fall deeply in love with that one perfect girl and then the entire book is about him swooning over her? Nope. Not in this book. And I find THAT realistic.

I really liked Paul as a protagonist. His obsession with wanting to find out what happened was very interesting and I was excited just as much as he was whenever he found another clue. I found him to be a very realistic character, and not this idealized main character who does everything right. He was portrayed as a curious teenage boy who wanted to be accepted. He got in trouble, he made stupid decisions, he was very interested in girl’s boobs and he kept secrets, but you can’t really blame him for any of that. Which teenager isn’t like Paul?
I really like Terry. She was a bit stereotypical and she reminded me a lot of Annabeth or Hermione (you know, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter). But I liked her relationship with Paul and how it all played out between them at the end (I already said there is no romance, so don’t expect it).
When it comes to Cale, I have no idea what to think about him. I really appreciate him as a character and it was definitely interesting to unravel that mystery surrounding him. He was weird, but he was also very naive and dumb. No wonder it was so easy to manipulate with him.
Overall, characters in this book were all very different and unique and I enjoyed reading about all of them. They all added a lot to the whole story, but Cale’s backstory was just wow. I even feel a bit sorry for him. Though he is very weird and very creepy.

Through the first part of the book, I though the writing was okay. It was good, pace was fitting to the storyline, protagonist was funny and I really liked his voice, but I wasn’t really impressed. You know, just a regular, high-quality writing style. But then, the second part of the book came, Caleb’s Book, and I was completely blown away. All that misspelling and confused writing, but also some beautiful quotes at the same time, made me really appreciate Thomas Hoobler. Yeah, it was painful to read all these words misspelled and I felt like I won’t be able to spell properly after reading this book, but I also really enjoyed decipering all the words. Also I have to mention this beautiful, but morbid, quote: They can’t hurt you when you’re dead. I know I’m a weird person, but I find this quote to be very cool and very empowering.

If you’re okay with reading a book about a weird, crazy character, I definitely recommend this book to you. I highly enjoy it and I am very happy that I got to review this book. It was an insane ride and I would be really happy if this book becomes popular in the book community (though I don’t think it will, unfortunately). But YOU can read it and spread the word. It definitely deserves a lot of love.

Brenna Ehrlich – Placid Girl | Review

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Punk was created for the malcontents, something that loner and aspiring drummer Hallie understands all too well. Trapped in a boring suburban life – dysfunctional parents included! – Hallie drowns her angst in the angry songs of Haze, a masked musician who has not been heard from in five years. So naturally she’s surprised – and more than a little skeptical – when someone who seems to be Haze starts flirting with her via her favorite photo-sharing app. Is he who he says he is? What does he want from her? The questions only multiply when Hallie — along with bandmate Sarah and aspiring music journalist Steve — roadtrip to Haze’s comeback gig to unmask the reclusive musician once and for all.

5

I was provided with an e-ARC  of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to All Ages Press for letting me read this!

I first heard about this book from Kacie (Kacie’s Bookshelf) when I read her review and I knew I had to read Placid Girl ASAP. The premise sounded so cool and different from everything I’ve ever read, and since it’s quite short, I knew I’d fly through it. I was very curious to see how Brenna Ehrlich made this whole romance between a famous singer and his huge fan, but this book ended up being so much more than I expected it to be. Very pleasant surprise.24465492

This book was a bit slow at the beginning, because we had to meet all the characters, in order to understand their actions later (especially Hallie), but I didn’t really mind. However, as the book goes on, plot really picks up and eventually it comes to the point when I realized how messed up and weird this book actually is. And this is a compliment, if you were wondering. Crazy stuff start to happen near the end of the book and there are some pretty intense scenes. I was completely mind-blown when I finished it.
I love the ending so much, though it’s nothing like I imagined it. Throughout the entire book I was trying to guess who Haze is nd my theories changed with pretty much every chapter, but I was always more or less wrong. I did guess one part of the mystery, but that twist at the end… I really did not see it coming.

I liked how every character in this book had it’s own backstory and relationships between all the chaaracters are so complex and beautifully done. However, I wish we got to know them even better.
Hallie was not the best protagonist ever, but I didn’t hate her. I actually kind of liked her. She always lived in a shadow of her best friend and she was not confident enough, so when someone finally started noticing her, instead of her best friend, of course she stops thinking and makes some stupid decisions. I don’t really blame her for that.
I hated Sarah. I could not like her, no matter how much I tried. Even at the end, I couldn’t. She’s selfish and a terrible best friend. There are no excuses for that.
Steve is bae. I did not really like him at the very beginning, but quickly I grew to love him. He’s cool and interesting, though he has his own problems. His story is just so sad, but also very well done. Great new layer to the whole story. Also, I ship him and Hallie so hard.
Parents in this book were all portrayed as more or less terrible people. Hallies parents are the ones less terrible, since they just ignored her (though I kind of like Hallie’s dad), but Steve’s dad was the worst. I completely hate the guy.
I almost forgot to mention Haze. I’m not going to tell you my opinion on him since that would probably ruin the whole book for you, but I will tell you that I was very surprised with his character. I think he’s a very interesting character, very complex and different, but I’m not telling you whether I liked him or not. If you read the book, you can probably guess.

The best aspect of this book is definitely the writing style. It’s so beautiful and captivating. At the beginning, we had all those amazing descriptions of how Hallie feels when she listenes to music, it made me want to stop reading and just go enjoy the music, but I stopped myself from doing that. I also really liked parts when Hallie remembered how she spent a lot of time with her dad in the past. So beautiful! Brenna Ehrlich‘s style is very lyrical and she’s very good at making different atmospheres in the book. She uses a lot of fancy words, but there is a lot of cursing as well. I think it’s all balanced out at the end, so it doesn’t seem unrealistic. Brenna Ehrlich really knows how to write, I was very surprised when I found out that this is her debut novel. I want more of her books!

I am very happy that I had a chance to read this book, but I have no idea who would I recommend it to. There definitely are some weird and sometimes even creepy parts, so if you’re not comfortable with that, maybe you should skip this one, but I you enjoy weird and unexpected, this book is definitely for you. This book doesn’t come out until August 25th, but maybe you can try and get it from NetGalley like I did.

Jamie McGuire – Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) | Review

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

★★★★☆ 11505797

I had so much fun reading this book. Yeah, I had some problems with it, but these didn’t really affect the good time I had while reading. Damn, this book was entertaining! I first heard about this book a little after Fifty Shades of Grey came out and everyone who liked Fifty Shades of Grey loved this one and said it was so much better than Fifty Shades. However, I was not very interested in it, since Fifty Shades didn’t sound very appealing to me either. However, recently I got really interested in the NA genre and I while I was at the library trying to find a Coleen Hoover book (which I couldn’t find) I came across this one and I instantly picked it up. I read the back and the premise sounded pretty cool so I decided to get it.  I regret nothing.

As I already said, the premise of this book is very interesting and I got excited about this book immediately. I was a bit confused when the bet ended before even halfway through the book and I had no idea what will be happening throughout the rest of the book. However, I kept reading because I was so into the story and everything, I couldn’t put the book down. Plotwise, there was a ton of drama, mostly unnecessary, but I really enjoyed it and had a lot of fun reading. I really got immersed in the plot and even though it was extremely unrealistic and often ridiculous, I really liked it. I guess I found my guilty pleasure. Another thing that helped my fly through this book, except for this huge amount of drama that keeps you at the end of your seat the entire time, was the fast pace this book has. Not just fast, but like super-fast. So many stuff happened in these 300-and-something pages, I didn’t even think it’s possible to write a 300-paged book with so much plot.
When it comes to the ending, it was a bit too much for me, but I can’t say I hate it because it’s definitely what I was rooting for (kind of). However, that last sentence blew me away. It’s nothing deep or emotional or anything like that. I just found it so fitting and kind of funny. Loved it. If you read the book, you know what I’m talking about.

I don’t know how I feel about the characters in this book. I have a love-hate realtionship with all of them.
Abby was pretty flat at the beginning and I couldn’t really see why does Travis thinks she’s so special, but I started to appreciate her character a lot more after we got to find out her past. That aspect of her character was very well done.
Oh, Travis Maddox. I loved him so much at the beginning of the book. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love him so much, but he changed a lot throughout the book so I don’t really know what I feel now. Yeah, he’s a possesive jerk through most of the book and his obsession with Abby is quite unhealty, but you just can’t not love him. However, my favourite aspect of his character is his family. I’m in love with all of them. Maddox family is just the best.
I have to say how much I hated Parker. I just wanted to puke whenever he spoke. I don’t understand why Travis didn’t just beat the hell out of that guy.
No matter how I feel about these two main characters individually, I freaking love them together. Okay, they’re highly disfunctional and their relationship is not the best, but I ship them so hard. I loved the comparison of their relationship with a tornado. It’s exactly how I see them. Perfect. You can’t read this book and not root for them. My heart was broken at least five times while reading this book, but I kept reading because I knew they’ll get back together again. And then fight again. I wanted to yell at her, I wanted to yell at him, I wanted to yell at both. But I also couldn’t get the smile off my face when they finally realized how much they love eachother. So yeah, this book’s a freaking rollercoaster.

The writing style is probably one of my favourite things about this book. It was simple and straight to the point, very fast-paced and often quite dramatic, but perfect for this kind of story. I was perfectly okay with cursing and the language used in the book and I don’t think the book would have the same effect if the author used only polite words. There were some beautiful quotes through the book and often I had to close a book for a second and just breathe becuase I got so into the story that I forgot how to inhale and exhale. Yeah, that actually happened. Sex scenes were not as detailed as I expected them to be, and I’m still debating if I’m disappointed with that or not. But I’m going to say I’m fine with that. All in all, I really like Jamie McGuire writing style and I can’t wait to read her other books. I think her books are great for pulling you out of the reading slump.

I can definitely see reasons why people hate this book, but i can also see why people love it. Though I was trying to be objective while writing this review and talk about both good and bad sides of this book, I think it’s pretty obvious how much I enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a quick, fun romance book, I definitely recommend this book to you. However, if you want to read something more complex and deep, maybe this isn’t a best choice for you.

Morgan Matson – Since You’ve Been Gone | Review

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um…
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

★★★★★ 18189606

In a well-ordered universe everyone would read this book and love it.

When I first heard about this book a year ago, I was especially intrigued by the premise so I didn’t even consider picking it up. However, this year, #MonthofMatson was happening and even though this book was not my first choice for the readalong, I started listening it on audio and I don’t regret it at all. I absolutely adored this book and I recommend it to EVERYONE. Literally.

The plot in this book is developed so well and the more I think about it, the idea behind this book sounds better to me. All these stuff on the list were very clever and fun, but what I like the most is the fact that whatever I expected to happen and however I imagined Emily would fulfill each task, it turned out ten times better and ten times more original.
Thins book made me want to have a friend like Sloane who would make me lists of stuff I should do over the summer, and also, a friend to whom I could make lists as well. I am very tempted to suggest this idea to my best friend.
Even though Emily decides do to stuff on the list only because she thinks that’s the way she would find Sloane, later she really starts to enjoy herself and she doesn’t think about Sloane as much as she did before. I liked the mystery aspect to the whole story and the fact that until the end of the book we didn’t find out where the hell was Sloane. The ending did not disappoint me at all and I ended up really liking the reson behing Sloane’s leaving and all that. It all wrapped up nicely and I’m glad that ending didn’t feel like these unrealistic And they lived happily ever after stories. Yeah, it’s quite a happy ending, but it was still realistic.

Characters were okay most of the time, but now that I think a bit more about them, I realize that all of them were kind of flat and without personality most of the time. Which is kind of a disappointment.
I did connect to Emily and I was really rooting for her to complete the list and find Sloane, but sometimes she was just not special enough to me. However, I still like her and she was one of the better female protagonists in YA contemporaries.
I didn’t love Frank, but I liked him enough to ship him and Emily. He was one of the less flat and boring characters, but I still found him not-so-interesting at times. But I definitely love his relationship with Emily and I shipped them from the very beginning. I love their chemistry. In a well-ordered universe, everyone would have their Frank or their Emily.
I am not a huge fan of Sloane. Even now when I know her reasons, I still don’t think it was okay from her to abandon her best friend without a word. I feel like she’s that type of girl who believes everything is about her and I don’t really like that type of characters.
Collins is my favourite character what-so-ever. I just love the guy and I knew I was going to like him from the moment he showed up. He’s funny and open, sometimes can seem like a jerk, but he’s a really good friend and he proves that a ton of times thorugh the book.

When it comes to writing, I have nothing bad to say. It’s just amazing. Simple, but also lyrical at rare occasions. Very easy to read and it really helped me fly through this book. Though the beginning was a bit slow, it picked up very quickly and I was hooked immediately. Morgan Matson really knows how to write a good book about frindship, romance and even family. I can’t wait to read her other books.

Overall, this book was a whole lot of fun and I higly enjoyed it. As I already said, I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for some cute and fun summer read. Also, i’d suggest listening to it on audio (that’s how I did it) because in my opinion, you get to experience this book on a whole different level. But, I think you can enjoy it just as much if you read it in any other format.