I’ve decided it’s high time for me to write some mini reviews! Hopefully I will succeed at making these mini, and not three full sized reviews in one post. I think I can do it.
Also, these are all light fluffy contemporaries. I read them all IN A ROW! I almost never read light fluffy contemporaries, so that was weird.
by Jenny Han
Rating: 4.5 stars.
I thought that To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a thoroughly enjoyable book. It didn’t seem like anything special to me, but I liked it quite a lot… Light fluffy contemporary isn’t really my thing, so I enjoyed it quite a lot for what it was I suppose…
- I really enjoyed the plot of this. It’s basically the entire reason I picked it up. All the love letters she’s ever written get mailed. All the love letters meant for her eyes only.
- I liked the plot. It was a tiny bit predictable, but not enough that it bothered me.
- The one thing about the plot that annoyed me a bit was that I feel like some of the people… under reacted a bit.
- Lara Jean was… sort of flat. She was okay, and I suppose she was developed well enough, but she just seemed sort of bland.
- Peter was one of my favourites. At times he doesn’t come across as the nicest person, but he’s funny, and I think he actually is quite nice. Besides, who cares about nice?
- Josh was also a favourite. He was so nice, and… I don’t know, he was just nice.
- Kitty was adorable. She’s Lara Jean’s little sister, and oh my gosh, she is so cute.
- She’s also very determined to get a dog, and keeps dropping little hints, like “If we had a dog, we wouldn’t have to eat all these leftovers.” and all sorts of stuff like that. And she’s cute.
- Chris was… not exactly nice, (In fact, she’s sort of mean at times), but she was a great friend to Lara Jean, and I just really liked her.
There was a couple of things in this though, that really bugged me.
There was this one line, where she was saying why Margot and Chris didn’t like each other, and she was saying how Chris thought Margot was controlling (Which is perfectly reasonable), and Margot thought Chris was bipolar. As if that was an insult.
Like, how about no?!? That should not be an insult, and I feel like that was really insulting to anyone who is bipolar. I think this particularly got to me because I have an uncle who’s bipolar, but really, it was an insulting thing to say, and it really bugged me.
And then Peter made this comment about how somebody was gay, because of what he’d worn. Lara Jean got him in trouble for it, but then… the guy was gay. And I mean, it’s great that it featured a gay character and everything, but it felt like a very stereotypical gay character, instead of an actually realistic one.
Maybe I’m just being hypersensitive, but these things both really got on my nerves.
by Morgan Matson
Rating: 5 stars.
Since You’ve Been Gone was amazing. It left me feeling so happy, and I admit, I think I might have screamed when I realized there was twenty pages of bonus content at the back. I wanted that twenty pages to be more book, not interviews with the author!
So… I would say I loved it!
- Emily’s best friend, Sloane, has disappeared, and all that she left behind was a list of things for Emily to do. Hoping that it will lead her to Sloan, Emily sets out to do all the things on the list- No matter how scary they are.
- Despite my description of it, this book isn’t a mystery.
- There’s sort of an aspect of mystery, but it’s certainly not actually a mystery.*
*Wow, how many times did I say mystery in that sentence?
- Emily was great. She was super shy, and although she had to overcome her shyness a bit, she wasn’t expected to stop being shy or anything, just… be able to talk to people, without having to rely on Sloane.
- I had mixed feelings about Sloane. Some of the items on her list were… questionable. I don’t think stealing something was really going to help Emily in any way. At the same time, I could actually really relate to Sloane…
- Frank was my absolute favourite character. It was super refreshing to read a love interest who wasn’t a bad boy, or a cool kid, or anything like that. Frank was very serious. Very studious, and just overall good.
And then you get to know him, and he is SO much more than that. When he’s around his friends in fact, he’s a complete goofball. Him and his friend spoke in Beatles songs for three days.
He’s such a complex character, and I just love him so much!
- Collins is Frank’s best friend. He’s a flirt, and a goofball, and… I don’t really know how to describe him. He was an awesome character though.
by Jennifer E. Smith
Rating: 5 stars!
Oh my gosh, I loved this book so much!!! It left me feeling so happy, but at the same time I felt SO many different emotions throughout this book!
It was so amazing, and ASJSKSFGJSFGJHKSJFGKSJFSFKHFHK!!!! I really don’t have anything else to say, but I will do my best to be semi-coherent.
I’m not even going to bother with dividing this into categories, I’m just going to do a list of random things about this book.
- This book takes place over the space of twenty-four hours. At times I questioned how on earth the pacing was going to work, but I actually felt like it was spot on. I ended up really liking that aspect of it.
- There was some awesome book appreciation.
- Not very much, but I still appreciated the book appreciation.
- It was absolutely hilarious. I suspected it would be, based off of the title, and boy, I was not wrong. I spent the entire book laughing my head off.
- Hadley was lovely.
- I mean, she was bitter and angry, but she was a very lovely bitter and angry person.*
- Oliver was THE BEST character ever! I LOVED HIM SO MUCH!!!!! Remember how I said this book was so funny? Yeah, this is why. Oliver was the absolute funniest character.
He was also amazingly well developed, and a very rich character. He’s so awesome!!
- Also the romance.
- I shipped them SO HARD! They were sososo adorable together, and ASKHLKFSFGSJHFGSJFGSFSHMFSMFSFHKH!
- The only problem I had with this book, is that I had a slightly hard time getting into it. I think it was mostly because it was told in third person present tense… I’ve been reading a lot of first person lately I guess, and I’ve never been a huge fan of present tense. I guess the combination just isn’t my favourite.
Once I got into it, I forgot all about it, but it just took me a bit.
*That makes sense, really!