[ARC] Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

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4stars

Title: Yes No Maybe So
Author: Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
Release date: February 4th 2020
Number of pages: 448 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: A lot of diversity.
Bad things about this book: Too much politics for my personal taste.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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ARC given by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

With everything going on in the world, this feels important. It’s just about a tiny part of the whole world, super tiny, but it tells you so much about what’s happening and the frustration, the anger. Both the mcs were plenty likeable and adorable. There was a bit too much politics but they got me involved in the narrative and dynamics. I didn’t understand much, though.

I’m a not jewish nor muslim, and I’m ashamed to say I don’t much about either, but I love how tv shows and books educate me and show me more and more. It puts you in their shoes for a bit, showing you the good and the bad parts.

People are so infuriating. They hate for the sake of it, being ignorant and just plain blind about why they’re hating. They just do. And it’s terrifying because they feel entitled to hate, like it’s their right to be physically and mentally violent towards someone. That’s not what this is about. It’s so frustrating it’s making me furious!!

As much as the political theme played a very wide and important part in this book, it’s the friendship between Maya and Jamie that wins it all. Love it.

Important, diverse, with queer rep, friendship, family matters. It has a bit of it all. I really enjoyed it.

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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5stars

“I barely know him. I guess that is every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.”

Title: What If It’s Us
Author: Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Number of pages: 448 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: The sweetest love story I’ve read in a long time, so true and relatable!
Bad things about this book: I wanted a second epilogue, I wanted more!
Do I recommend it? Yes, two of my fav authors collaborating will always be a YES from me.
Rate: 5/5

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Lately it’s becoming hard for me to write reviews. I don’t know why but I struggle a lot to come up with words that describe perfectly, or in very simple words, how I felt about the book I’ve just read. It’s infuriating. I can’t seem to write anymore, and my reviews skills are getting worse. Still I persist because I quit too many times and that’s something I’m trying to do for myself: finish what I start.
I decided, though, not to write much because this book needs to be lived. Whatever I write might spoil the experience, and you know how much I love that!

PLOT —
The plot is pretty simple: boy meets boy, boy loses boy, boy finds boy again, boys fall in love, but boys don’t live in the same city, are boys are destined to be heartbroken? All of that with a lot of musical references, videogames, coffee breaks, and very sweet characters in a beautiful city.

“An actual date with a boy. This is possibly, definitely the number one best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I have no chill about it. None whatsoever.”

CHARACTERS —
Arthur is really adorable: musical geek who talks a lot, believes in fate, and goes the extra mile to find a boy he thinks the universe wants him to be together with. Ben is sweet and confused, but he decides to believe in second chances and a little bit in fate so, even with his heart still healing from a bad breakup, he decides to trust his gut and try things out with this chatty boy he barely knows. The side characters are just as great, and yes, I kind of hated the ex-boyfriend, but it was just because I wanted so much the boys to be happy. So yeah, I liked them all.

It’s highly possible that this is the best I’ve ever looked. Either that or the douchiest. It could go either way.

THOUGHTS —
This book made me want to go see Hamilton again. I saw it in London last June and loved every second of it. I’ve already listened repeatedly to the soundtrack and knew it by heart, but it was like seeing it for the first time. Seeing as Arthur loves Hamilton and I love it too, I trusted his taste and listened to the whole soundtrack of Dear Evan Hansen and now I know what musical I want to see next. I’ve had Only Us stuck in my head all day! I love that song! Thanks, Arthur!!!

“Maybe this won’t work out and I won’t care about it ending. But I can’t get from A to B without us being A and B first. Live in the moment.”

CONCLUSION —
I’m not a 100% satisfied with the ending but that’s just me being picky. This book was just the right amount of fluffiness typical of Becky with a bit of “if life gives you lemons they’re probably rotten” typical of dear Adam. I keep thinking about the book, how I’ll love it when the movie comes out, how I want to wait at least a month before listening to the audiobook if it’s available, and how I picture these two boys living their best lives. I don’t usually go there, but I think I might need fanfiction. Yes, that’s how much I love it, I don’t want it to end.

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli ☆

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5starsplus

Imagine going about your day knowing someone’s carrying you in their mind. That has to be the best part of being in love – the feeling of having a home in someone else’s brain.

Title: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: Creekwood, #2
Number of pages: 352 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: EVERYTHING.
Bad things about this book: I didn’t want to say goodbye. I already miss them so much.
Do I recommend it? Yes! Yes! Yes!
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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I started reading it when it was delivered at 17.37 and now it’s 23.45 and I’ve finished it and I have such a huge smile on my face you’ll think I’ve gone mad!! I loved this so freaking much. I loved everything about it. EVERYTHING!!
I’m going to miss these kids so much. They grew up so fast. I’m having a mom moment here, give me a second. Also having a mom moment because I realized I’m only a couple of years younger than Leah’s mom. When did that happen?

Almost everything I knew about Leah changed immediately after reading just one chapter of this book. It was really important for me to read from her point of view to truly understand who she was and to connect to her spiritually. We are so similar (both beautiful curvy Slyterins) even with the very big age gap. I knew Leah had secrets but I would have never guessed her crush and what she went through because of it being unrequited.

It’s like I missed a beat somewhere, and now the whole song’s off tempo.

I don’t want to say anything because everything is a spoiler. Really, everything I want to say will spoil the book for people, like myself, who don’t know what’s going to happen. I didn’t know almost anything about it. I knew Simon and the gang were going to be there, I knew they were going to prepare for graduation and separation, but the rest? I didn’t know anything so I was ready to face whatever Becky was going to throw at me. I was so happy I went in almost blindly. It was such an emotional and adorable book. I fell in love with Leah and I learned more about characters I liked but didn’t really know from Simon’s book. And there was so much Simon and so much Simon and Bram adorableness!!! It was great seeing them being so cute together!

“Am I the worst person?”
“Well, no,” says Simon. “That would be Voldermort.”

I related to Leah so much. She is so much like me, in more ways than I thought possible and I found myself so many times nodding, remembering some things that have happened to me in the past and some that still happen to me. The weight thing hit really close to home. I wish things will change and curvy (real curvy) people can be free to be who they are without all judgments that come with being “not like everyone else”. Don’t do dare start with the “you lost weight you look so much better now” speech, I’ll scream! If I lose weight it’ll be for health reasons or for reasons I won’t share with you and not to be the center of your “you look prettier now” nonsense.

It’s like it doesn’t even matter if I like my body, because there’s always someone there to remind me I shouldn’t.

Long story short, I loved the book, I loved how Leah stoop up for her friends, for what she believed was right even if it could mean losing someone she considered a friend, and how she decided to be really true to herself and be happy. Leah grew up so much from the beginning of the book until the final chapter. She had some sort of awakening; she started feeling things stronger than before, not easy to hide said feelings and so scary to deal with them. She handled the whole thing better that I expected and, while thinking she deserved the world from the start, I knew she needed to challenge herself, to put her head truly in the game and come out victorious. I’m going to miss these kids so much. I want to cry!

The ending was so sweet I still giggle thinking about it. It’s endings like these that make me love romance young adult books when my young-adultness is long gone.

The sneak peak of What If It’s Us caught me off-guard. I’m going to love that book. A collaboration between two of my favorite authors? Yes, please! I just hope my beloved king of drama Adam Silvera, won’t put too many sad moments in it! Adam, I’m trusting you with my heart, don’t crush it too much, I’m begging you!

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[ARC] The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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5stars

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Good things about this book: It all kinds of cute and funny with a very nice main character.
Bad things about this book: I can’t think of anything, with its flaws it’s still a very cute book!!
Do I recommend it? Yes, if you liked Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda then you will like this as well, no doubt.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

[ARC received via Netgalley]

Plenty adorable, a tad frustrating, highly relatable. That’s it. That’s the book for me. I enjoyed it a lot and I enjoyed also the fact that I got to read it before lots of people; it made me feel a little smug about it. Like “I know something you don’t know” kind of smug. It’s a great feeling! It made me feel special!

This book is about the search for romance from a girl, Molly, who thinks this kind of thing happens to other people, people with the right body and face, and not to fat people like her with lots of crushes and zero experience. Oh, the struggle! The frustration! All the time she was being pessimistic or only unnecessarily hard on herself I wanted to shake her a little bit. Girl, I get it. Our minds are our biggest enemies. We start thinking of the possibilities only to get crushed by the fear of not being enough, of thinking that, yeah of course he isn’t into me, how could he, with me looking the way I look. Losing before starting the race for something she wants with all her heart. A boyfriend. A crush reciprocated. The utopia of crushes. Love??? That’s the dream.

The journey to get there will be filled with obstacles, misunderstandings, wedding preparations, lots of blushing, insecurities, and unexpected changes. Molly’s growth as a person is moving; I rooted for her. I wanted to see her happy and if she thought having the hot boyfriend was what she needed, who was I to tell her she was facing her problems the wrong way? She needed to learn to look beyond what she thought the others might say or think, and start doing things for herself and for what she truly wanted to be a happier version of herself.

I love how Molly was a craft magician, going crazy looking for DIY ideas on pinterest for her moms’ wedding. I want to try making those cookie dough treats with ice cream: they sounded delicious. I think I will login again on my pinterest account: I have ideas!!

Being the nerdy person I love to be, I liked Reid, Molly’s co-worker, from the very first time he showed up. He loves Game of Thrones, Tolkien, World of Warcraft, and Queen Elizabeth the first. I have a crush on him because he is such an adorable human being, the type known as the “cinnamon roll too pure for the world”! You know a boy is a keeper when he wears with pride and joy a t-shirt about something he is passionate about. I find that extremely sexy.

Simon is there. This is not a drill, Simon, the Simon, that Simon, Oreo Simon, SIMON, is making a cameo through Abby, Molly’s cousin, who we already know. This made me smile so much, knowing he is okay and happy and still very geeky. The boy deserves the world. Now a re-read of the book is required!

A few of the things I loved about the book:
– Diversity → We get different ethnicities, different sexual orientations, different religions, and different body types: nothing forced, just exactly how the world is, in all its variety. Loved it!
– Struggle → Feeling unsure or self-conscious about how we are, how we look and how we behave it’s a daily feeling for some, a rarity for others, but it’s a feeling that’s somehow always there, lurking in the shadows. More often than I’d like in books the main character is flawlessly perfect or plain but in a way that the hottest of all the hot guys is attracted to her. Why? I usually sigh, think “of course”, and move on, feeling a tiny bit betrayed by it. No, it doesn’t give me hope, it portrays a needle in a haystack kind of situation; it makes me sigh which is not good.
– Siblings → As much as Molly’s search for a boyfriend might seem like the main theme of the book, I felt like the relationship between her and Cassie, her twin sister, was a pretty big deal. I truly loved how the interactions between them were shown, fights and everything.

I was sure I was going to like this book and I was also sure it was going to have a different kind of feeling from Simon’s book, which I adored. I haven’t been a teenager in a long time and I was a teenager in a different country, but still I related to Molly, to her everyday life and the struggles she was facing. Fat girls are like any other girl, only with more meat on their bones. Fat girls can wear whatever they feel comfortable enough to wear without people judging them and looking bad at them. Fat girls don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Fat girls are GIRLS. Why is it so hard to understand?

We are all different and I think that’s the most wonderful thing there is.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ☆

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“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.”

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Why you should read this book: It left me giggling for hours because it was adorable!

Simon is a 16-year-old boy who is gay but only his penpal friend Blue knows it. His secret is save until Martin, the class clown, found his email account still logged in and starts blackmailing him: if Simon doesn’t help him with her friend, Abby, he is going to reveal his secret to the whole school. Simon doesn’t know Blue’s true identity and Blue doesn’t know his either but if Martin tells his secret their relationship may be in jeopardy. What is Simon going to do?

“It is definitely annoying that straight (and white, for that matter) is the default, and that the only people who have to think about their identity are the ones who don’t fit that mold. Straight people really should have to come out, and the more awkward it is, the better. Awkwardness should be a requirement.”

Wonderful, sweet, adorable!! When I finished reading it I started smiling so much my face hurt. I re-read the par I didn’t expect to love it this much, it took my heart and filled it with love, music and oreos!

Simon is in high school, is in drama club, has a small group of friends, a loving family and a wonderful dog called Bieber (yes, like Justin Bieber). One day he sees a post on tumblr by a guy in his school about being gay and after posting an answer they begin writing emails to each other without revealing their true identities. Simon has friends: singing Nick who is in love with the new girl Abby, and manga/fanfic lover Leah who is in love with Nick. They are a nice group and at lunch they are met by other people like Nick’s soccer friends, adorable Bram and Garrett. The manga, fanfic and movie references are the best! *gay dementor*

But who is Blue?? By the emails he wrote it was almost impossible to guess his true identity. We know he is from the same school but that’s it, that’s all we know. I knew he had to be someone Simon interacted with at some point, maybe a lot, maybe not so much, but they talked, I was sure of that. I started wanting this guy to be Blue, I liked him but then something made me think he wasn’t interested in boys so I didn’t know what to think. Luckily it was indeed him and when I found out I was so happy I started smiling and never stopped! I’m still smiling!

THE FREAKING EMAILS!!!! (Freaking Casanova!). Couldn’t the emails be any cuter? I love how they were innocent at first but then they started flirting more and more and they got embarrassed. Aww they are adorable!

After finishing the book I had a craving for Oreos. If you read the book you will need to eat them, I think it’s mandatory. Oreos with everything, Oreos everywhere, Oreos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

I won’t say more. There are a lot of happy, sad and angry moments with his family and friends but writing about them means you will know what is going to happen and you won’t enjoy the book as much as this book deserves to be enjoyed.

“Anyway, we have something for you.”
“Is it another awkward anecdote about me breast-feeding?”
“Oh my God, you were all about the boob,” my dad says. “I can’t believe you turned out to be gay.”
“Hilarious, Dad.”

For a moment I was seriously scared about everything that was happening and I had the feeling something bad was just around the corner. There were so many times my feelings were crushing my heart, it was painful.
Yes, the more painful the better. That’s how I like my books: sweet with a side of ANGST!!!

This book is a gem, everyone should read it. This is a book I will gladly read again in the future.

Do I recommend it? Yes, 500% yes.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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