The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Maston

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

This is a story about mostly typical teenage girl life happenings, that’s told in a relatable, charming way. That features dogs, dogs and even more dogs. Andie becomes a dog walker after her summer plans go astray, she starts out doing it reluctantly then discovers that it’s fulfilling. She also meets a cuts guy, awkward and very nerdy guy, romance obviously follows. Their initial interactions are so awkward that I literally had to put the book down at one point. It was also really amusing and cute, especially when he first met her dad, this book had me laughing our loud a few times, that was one of them.

I definitely don’t love this as much as Since You’re Been Gone, the romance wasn’t as cute to me, and it wasn’t as relatable. Though it does feel for the most part realistic, and the parent relationship was much better. I did enjoy the friendship, I liked all of Andie’s friends, and how authentic the friendships felt. There’s a really good balance between the romance, friendship, and family relationship, nothing is overshadowed. The story is predictable, but that didn’t really lessen my enjoyment of it.

This is a long book it’s five hundred plus pages and it is a slow read, but it’s not often you find a long captivating YA contemporary. You could argue that some of the scenes are unnecessary, but I enjoyed all the conversations between friends, and even them simply hanging out by the pool. It depicted many mundane, happy moments and I really enjoyed that. This is mostly a light happy book about happiness. Finding what makes you happy, who makes you happy, and strengthening relationships.


Since You’ve Been Gone // the perfect summer read

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?

Since You’ve Been Gone was the perfect first read of Summer! It’s everything you want from a summer contemporary. There’s romance, adventure, lists and ice cream. Now that I’ve read two Morgan Maston books I can safety say that I see what the hypes about, her books deserve tons of love and recognition. I loved everything about this one all of the  shenanigans that take place are charming and amusing.  
There are a few moments that gave me major second hand embarrassment, but I also admittedly found Emily’s awkwardness relatable. Emily has a great character arc she goes from living in the shadows of her best friend, to learning to take chances, and face her fears. She starts out doing Sloane’s list in the hopes that it will bring her back, then she does it more for herself. It becomes less about Slone and more of summer project for her and her friends. I liked all the characters, and really enjoyed how the romance was slow building and first started as a great friendship.
I was inspired by this wonderful story to create my own summer to do list. Many of them are directly inspired by the events of the book, all much easier to accomplish then Emily’s list.
  1. Be a tourist for a day
  2. Watch a movie at the drive in
  3. Treat yo self to the spa
  4. Make a summer playlist
  5. Have a girls night out 
  6. Eat lots of ice cream 
  7. Photograph everything 
  8. Thrift shop
  9. Bake something homemade
  10. Look up more
  11. Take a trip
  12. Read a series in a day
  13. Hug a Zac

What’s on your summer to do list? Are there any books you plan on reading? I definitely want to read the rest of Morgan Maston’s books this summer.

Book review: The Color Project

Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely, or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

I fell in love with this within the first few chapters and couldn’t put it down or stop smiling. There was so many great things going on. Bee works in a flower shop and all the scenes of her arranging flowers are lovely. The love interest Levi is the sweetest, he’s and Bee’s first conversations are awkward and adorable. I soon found myself screaming at them to hurry up and get together. I liked all the characters my favorite is Albert who goes around throwing glitter at people he finds rude.

At first this was the perfect fluffy contemporary but you can tell that something bad is going to happen in the beginning. However you forgot about it las you get entranced by The Color Project and the romance. Then the book goes from happy to sad to aggravating real fast. The last quarter of the book is where I started to not love it quite so much. The sad thing is handled fine but there’s an overlapping storyline that isn’t. I felt for what Bee was going through but I also couldn’t help but be frustrated by her refusal to tell Levi her name.

There’s a few chapters towards the end that that felt repetitive and the characters actions, mostly Bee’s, frustrated me. Throughout those chapters the characters don’t grow, nothing really happens, all it seemed to do was draw out the book. The ending however is good and all in all I adore this book, the writing is lovely and witty, Bee has a strong voice that I found instantly compelling. This was everything I wanted it to be, it made me feel all the emotions, mostly it made me happy.

Revisiting my first ever book review

I thought it would be fun to share with you the first review I ever wrote and see how I have grown as a reviewer. The first book I ever reviewed is All the Bright Places, I reviewed it on February 17th 2015. That’s almost exactly three years ago it feels like I’ve been reviewing books a lot longer then three years. I will insert my review below for you guys then tell you how my thoughts on the book have changed.

This book is marketed as The Fault in Our Stars meats Eleanor and Park I haven’t read The Fault in are Stars but I have read Eleanor and Park and I see very little similarity’s between the two. I’m getting really tired of the this book meats this book thing, All the Bright Places is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park but it definitively stands on its own. Its very original the characters were realistic although I would have liked to see more of the minor characters.

Violet had a lot of fantastic character development throughout the novel. Finch is complex and quirky and I loved him I liked his point of view better then Violets. I’m not normally a fan of alternating point of views but this one was very well done the characters both had very distinctive voice, the romance was cute, the last half of the book felt rushed and the ending was predictable but well done. The writing is wonderful and overall this book is thoughtful honest and lovely.

Well I don’t think it’s too bad for a first review but now I would completely cut the first paragraph and go into more detail. I’ve definitely learned to be more critical and how to better explain why I did or didn’t enjoy a book. I am positive that if I were to reread this that I would not enjoy it as much, and I’m sure I wouldn’t call it original. But part of what I adore about reading is that where you are in life can greatly effect how you feel about a book.

When I read All the Bright Places I had just begun to read contemporary and this was the first hard hitting one I ever read. Now I have a lot of books to compare it to and my reading tastes have changed. I originally gave this four stars if I were to read it now I would probably give it three maybe even two. It’s hard to say exactly how I would feel about and I don’t remember it too well. I know though that the book did not stick with me for long like I originally thought it would. I have since read contemporary stories that deal with important topics with a lot more care.

This is Not the End

Seventeen-year-old Lake Deveraux is the survivor of a car crash that killed her best friend and boyfriend. Now she faces an impossible choice. Resurrection technology changed the world, but strict laws allow just one resurrection per citizen, to be used on your eighteenth birthday or lost forever.

For each grieving family, Lake is the best chance to bring back their child. For Lake, it’s the only way to reclaim a piece of happiness after her own family fell apart.

And Lake must also grapple with a secret–and illegal–vow she made years ago to resurrect someone else. Someone who’s not even dead yet.

As Lake’s eighteenth birthday nears, secrets and betrayals new and old threaten to eclipse her cherished memories. Lake has one chance to save a life…but can she live with her choice?

Rating: 4/5 stars

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This is a pragmatic thought provoking story that I got way more enjoyment then I was expecting from. I was intrigued by the idea of resurrections but I was still weary going into this book I had never heard anything about it before. So for once I had no preconceived ideas of what I would think.

This was worth the read, the writing grabbed me right from the beginning, and wouldn’t let me go, when I wasn’t reading this I was thinking about it. The resurrections was an interesting concept every character had a different take on it. Some thought it was this miracles thing while others saw it as corrupt. Then there’s the fact that when you bring someone back from death they may not be the same person they used to be.

I really liked the flashbacks you got to see Lake meeting Will and Penny and how deeply they all cared for one another. The relationship between all three of them was adorable and made the rest of the book all the more sad. I really synthesized with Lake she has to make an impossible decision and no one makes it easy for her, everyone is pulling her in a million different directions.

I understand where the adults are coming from after all most parents would do anything for their kid and they should never have to outlive them. But they still ask too much of her even Lake’s own parents put a weight on her shoulders that she shouldn’t have to carry, they really aggravated me.

This book keeps you guessing some of the twists were unnecessary they were there to add drama but didn’t add any substance. All the characters are complex I don’t necessarily love them all but I can understand and appreciate them. The story took some interesting turns I love reading about alternative worlds they tend to raise some interesting questions. Overall it’s a remarkable story that’s worth checking out.

Book review: Always and Forever Lara Jean

SynopsisLara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

My thoughts (1)This book wasn’t at all necessary but it was cute and lovely and I did very much enjoy it, even though nothing really happened. I didn’t notice until I finished that there wasn’t much going on it was about planning a wedding and Lara making plans for after high school. And there also some baking and senior year shenanigans. This book has less drama then the other two in a way it’s good and I’m so glad the there was no Genevieve drama Genevieve is hardly even in this she’s in like one page and that was enough for me. What little drama there was wasn’t too interesting it wasn’t unnecessary but it was something I’ve seen done a million times.

I had a blast reading this because everything was so cute and sweet this trilogy, that shouldn’t really be a trilogy, has so much charm. These are the perfect fluffy reads the writing is simple and lovely and I always read them so fast. Despite being so darn adorable these books are also emotional the they always have moments that make me tear up because there just so sweet.

Always and Forever Lara Jean is one of the only books I’ve read that focuses on deciding what to do after high school. I have read books that take place during senior year but in them the characters are unrealistically not worried abut getting into college, even though they apply to prestigious schools, that they always get into. I think Jenny Han did a great job of capturing the stress of deciding where to go to college and all the bittersweetness of graduation. But I was disappointed that Lara Jean never mentions what career she wants or what she wants to major in it’s fine for her not to know but she should have at least been thinking about it.


Book review: When Dimple Met Rishi

synopsis3Dimple 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?my-thoughts3The first half of this book was so cute! I was loving this book, despite the cliches until about half way through then the talent show happened. I was so confused as to what a talent show had to do with coding it made no sense for a talent show to be apart of a program for aspiring web developers. The talent show was just odd it didn’t fit the book and caused me to loose interest. Nothing after the talent show was that great either the book became a lot more cliche or maybe I became more aware and less forgiving of the cliches.

Other then the talent show, a couple of aggravating side characters and a few things about the ending this book was good. I liked the writing and the character the romance was very sweet. When Dimple Met Rishi os a fun, fluffy book with a rom com feel to it. While it was an adorable book it could have been better I would have liked more of a focus on coding and it would have been better without the talent show.

It seems like everyone either hates this book or loves it I’m in the middle it has a lot going for it and I think most of the negative reviews are absurd. Most of the negative reviews were saying they hated Dimple because when she first met Rishi she thought he was a creepy stranger and threw iced coffee on him. I think her reaction was warranted, I don’t know why people are so bitter about fictional iced coffee, anyway, I liked that scene. I liked the whole book for the most part and even though it was obvious it was a deput I really liked the writing. 

How and why contemporary YA has become my favorite genre

I used to say that YA fantasy was my favorite genre but I recently realized that I now love YA contemporary’s just as much as YA fantasy I used to read primary fantasy and even now that I read a wider rang of genres its still half of what I read, when I first started reading fantasy books are what was primary available to me. Fantasy and dysopian were the two most popular genres when I got into reading and didn’t know what books existed outside off what my sister was reading and what was becoming a movie. Even when I started to learn about all the books out there and knew off a lot of contemporary books I still didn’t read them mostly because I thought they were all supper sappy or sad or at least all the ones I knew of seemed to be one of those things. The first contemporary that I read was Fangirl I loved it and it’s still one of my favorite books even though I loved Fangirl it was a while before I actively read books in the genre.  Continue reading “How and why contemporary YA has become my favorite genre”