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.

Kiera Cass – The Elite (The Selection #2) | Review

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The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

4

I just read my review on the first book in the trilogy, The Selection, and I can’t stop laughing. My opinions changed so much after I read the second book. The Elite was not particularly better or worse than The Selection, which is a good thing because that means we have a constant. It was a very satisfying sequel and I was in the perfect mood for the book like this.  16248068

There was a lot more plot in this book, but that also means a lot more drama. We finally got to some more serious topics than just America’s love life (this is a dystopian trilogy, after all), but I think that potential could’ve been used a bit more. The Elite was even more fast-paced and even more fun than The Selection, but the way America’s relationships developed was not my favourite thing. However, I couldn’t expect her to choose immediately, since we still have one more book to go, right? And even though I know who she’s going to end up with (damn you, spoilers), I’m still excited to see how that is going to happen.

I know that in my last review I said that I don’t find America that annoying. Well, I was wrong. In this book, I just wanted to slap her and I was rolling my eyes whenever she changed her mind (which was on pretty much every single page). Just decide, woman! It’s pretty obvious who she likes better and who she really wants, but her reasons for not being sure are the most stupid thing ever. Now I can totally see why is everyone so frustrated with her.
My opinion on both Maxon and Aspen changed quite a bit as well. In the first book, I was rooting a bit more for Aspen, but in this book my feelings dropped. He was not really there and I have a feeling like he came up only when America needed to change her mind again so she can annoy me even more. I don’t see their connection anymore and now I feel like he’s just pushing too hard, instead leaving her alone.
I grew to love Maxon, though my feelings for him constantly changed throughout the book. But let’s say I understand him. Mostly. What I don’t understand is why is he dealing with America’s shit. He’s doing everything for her, but all she does is whining and complaining and being indecisive. If I was him, I’d just send her home and go after someone who would appreciate me more. However, I can’t not ship them. I want them to end up together, if America ever makes a decision.
I hate the King. That’s all I’m going to say about him because he doesn’t deserve anything else. If you read the book, you’ll understand.

The writing is still average and I still like it.  I still think it fit perfectly to the story and I appreciate that the author didn’t push it too hard and didn’t try to be lyrical or sound too smart when that was completely unneccesary. Dialogues in this book were equally not perfect as in the first book, but I learned to ignore that and just enjyoy the story.

To wrap it all up, I flew through this book. It was really entertaining and I would definitely recommend this trilogy if you’re looking for something fun and not very realistic. I’m definitely reading the last book in this trilogy very soon.

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.

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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.

Kiera Cass – The Selection (The Selection #1) | Review

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

4

I’ve been hearing about this book a lot lately so I finally checked it out in the library and read it. I was prepared for a not-so-great book with an annoying main character (I was seriously mentaly prepared to hate America) and the only expectation I had going into it was to have fun. I was pleasantly surprised.10507293

When I started reading, it reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games. I don’t know if anyone else had that feeling, but I just found a ton of simmilarities. The Selection was girly and just tamer version of The Hunger Games. I’ll give you few examples: dystopian world where the protagonist is poor and has a chance to become rich if wins in a competition (it’s just that here she doesn’t have to kill anyone), our lead has a younger sister who she really loves, the two love interests are so Peeta (Maxon) and Gale (Aspen)… Oh, and we even have our Effie Trinket in here – Silvia. Surprisingly, that didn’t bother me as much as you may think now. I just find it kind of funny.
The plot itself was actually very interesting and I managed to fly through it. The romance takes a huge part in this book, so don’t expect anything else from it, except a lot of drama and huge amount of fun.

As I said, I was really prepared to hate America SInger. A lot of people say that she’s the most annoying protagonist ever and I went into this book expecting that, but it didn’t happen. Okay, she’s not the best, but I didn’t find her as annoying as everyone else portrayed her. I even really liked her at the beginning. Toward the end when she started playing with both Aspen and Maxon, she started to annoy me. So maybe she becomes the most annoying protagonist ever in the next books.
When it comes to our love interests, I have no idea for who I root for. At the beginning, I really liked Aspen and I was so sure I’ll be team Aspen, but then he broke my heart and Maxon showed up. However, I didn’t like Maxon immediately. Then I started liking Maxon more and more, but Aspen also couldn’t leave me alone. I DON’T KNOW which team I am! I like them both, but I don’t really love either of them. Okay, maybe I understand why is America indecisive. But if I really had to choose who I like better, I’m leaning a bit more toward Aspen. But just a bit.
When it comes to relationships between America and these two guys, I have mixed feelings. I actually really like her relationship with Maxon, but the problem is that at the beginning, I friendzoned Maxon and I really enjoyed their relationship when they were friends. On the other hand, Aspen was immediately categorized as a boyfirend material in my mind so I guess that’s why I’m rooting for him a bit more.
I don’t really have anything to say about other characters, since they all seem quite unimportant. We didn’t really get to know any of them and they are all just names and roles for me, not real people, Which is a bit disappointing, but whatever.

Kiera Cass‘ writing style was average. Not bad, but there was nothing special to it. However, I think it fit perfectly to the story and I appreciate that the author didn’t push it too hard and didn’t try to be lyrical or sound too smart when that was completely unneccesary. Dialogues in this book were not perfect and that’s probably my only complaint about the writing. When two characters talked, it all seemed a bit too juvenille, but I went over that and reminded myself that I’m reading a YA book and I should get used to it.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a fun and easy read. I will definitely be continuing with the trilogy very soon. Reading about this highly unrealistic boy drama is just so entertaining and relaxing.

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.

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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.

Sally Green – Half Wild (Half Life #2) | Review

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In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he’s on the run–but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

3

I have so many feels right now and I want to mention so many things in this review, but I bet I’ll forget half of it. I’m just overwhelmed with emotions and I have a huge book hangover. So this review will probably be a complete mess. Sorry for that.20814989

I read the first book in this trilogy, Half Bad, last summer and I completely loved it so I was highly anticipating this one. I love the cover even more than the cover of the first book, which I thought was impossible. However, the content was not nearly as good as in Half Bad. Or I just didn’t enjoy it as much.

First chapter of this book was really good and I was very excited to be back in this world, but then next chapter came and it all went downhill. I really struggled to read this book, I was not into it at all and I was seriously thinking about DNF-ing it. However, I pushed through and when I got more than halfway through, I thought I may as well finish it. And now I’m so glad I did. There is basically no plot through the most of the book, but then so much stuff happens in the last 100-150 pages that it get totally insane. Though I think this last part of the book was too rushed, I really enjoyed it and it really helped me to fly through that last portion of the book. I don’t see why the first part of the book had to drag so much. Literally nothing happened, except Nathan fantasizing about Annalise and bonding with Gabriel at the same time (though I loved the Gabriel parts). I just don’t understand why did Sally Green leave the best and most exciting part of the book for the very end when she could’ve done so much more with that plot and spread it throughout the entire book instead of having this huge pointless intro. Oh, and the very, very end. I hate it. It was very good and I like how it fits into the whole story, but I hate it. I can’t talk about it without spoiling everything, but if you read the book, you know.

I hate Annalise. She should’ve just die. A long time ago. For example, at the very beginning of the first book. She’s so stupid and she acts like a princess in a fucking fairytale when there is war all around her. She’s all about giggling and making out with Nathan, but she doesn’t even know him that well. She’s just excited about the fact he’s badass and kind of famous, but she doesn’t accept him for he truly is. Urgh, I really dislike her. Also, the ending. Nope. But at least now I know there is no fucking chance that Nathan will end up with her.
Okay, I need to calm down. Nathan. I have mixed feelings about him. I really liked him in the first book, but through this one, he became really annoying with his fantasizing about Annalise and risking everything for her. AND THEY ARE NOT GOOD FOR EACH OTHER! Though I do appreciate his character when he’s not all about Annalise. For example, when he’s with Gabriel. Or when he transforms. Or when he’s with Marcus. Then I really like him. I think the best aspect of this book is Nathan’s character and it’s development. He’s very confused about who he is and what he feels and all that is very well protrayed in this book, even better thn in the first one. I love it how he obviously has feelings for Gabriel, but he just doesn’t want to admit it, neither to him or to himself. And that’s driving me crazy. And then he goes to Annalise and tells her that he loves her. Damn, I hated all the Nathan/Annalise scenes.
Okay, back to Gabirel so I don’t get upset again. I love Nathan when he’s with him. They’re perfect for each other. Nathan trusts him completely, and only him. Gabriel understands him and accepts him for who he truly is, both his good and bad side. Gabriel supports him in whatever he decides to do, but he also tells him his opinion on it, whether he agrees with him or not. And these are only some of the reasons why Nathan and Gabriel have to end up together. I ship them above anything. Also, the best scene in this book whas The Kiss (if you read the book, you know, if you haven’t, sorry for a spoiler, but I can’t not mention it). I fangirled so hard, and then Sally Green decided to break my heart. Not cool.
I will just quickly mention my love for Marcus. I love him so much and he’s definitely one of my favourite characters in this book. Yeah, he’s a monster and he kills a lot of people, but that’s exactly why I love him. And I really appreciate the relationship between him and Nathan. He may not be the healthiest role model in the world for Nathan, but in my opinion, he is the best. I know I said it already, but I hate the ending so much.

The writing was a bit disappointing for me. I was really looking forward to those second-person chapters, but we got almost none. However, I do really appreciate that the last chapter was in the second person. It put a smile on my face after the heartbreak. Aside from regular first-person writing, there was nothing especially bad about it. It was fine, but nothing special. Just another solid writing. Oh, and I really like that chapters are mostly short. That really helped when I was struggling to read this book.

Overall, Half WIld was not as good as the first book and I definitely enjoyed it a lot less, but the end of the book kind of made up for it. But not completely. If you read and liked Half Bad, I suggest you picking this one up and stick to it because it does get a lot better and now I’m very excited about the final book. I really hope Sally Green won’t disappoint me again.

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.

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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.