Heartstopper Vol. 1 & 2 by Alice Oseman ☆

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Title: Heartstopper (Vol.1 & 2)
Author: Alice Oseman
Number of pages: 278 & 315 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: This is one of the sweetest coming of age stories I’ve ever read.
Bad things about this book: Nothing. Alice spoils us with new content very often.
Do I recommend it? Yes, always.
Rate: 5+++/5 (this is a fav series)

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I haven’t posted a review in MONTHS! I’ve read tons of books but I’ve also been through a few reading slumps. These months have been weird. If you follow me on instagram, my bookstagram account is very active and I update it daily.

So I got the second volume of Heartstopper yesterday and, even if I’m up to date with the webcomic, being a patron and all that, I decided to read it immediately. I just love these kids so much. They are relatable, have real problems, aren’t romanticized in any way, they just are teenagers having issues you may or may not have had when you were in your teens.

In the first volume we saw how Charlie and Nick started being friends, best friends, and how Nick started feeling a deeper connection. In volume 2 we see how this deeper thing is explored and how this revelation will affect both Charlie and Nick. Knowing what is going to happen, I’m calm about everything, but I still worry about them. They are adorable and should be protected. The bullies can just go away and never come back. Why do bullies exist, btw? I don’t get it!

At the end of volume 2 there was the special chapter of how two other very sweet characters met: Darcy and Tara. It was so cute! I want more.

Please follow Alice Oseman’s instagram, support her, support her work, and read her books. They are worth it! Tomorrow there’s going to be the title and cover reveal of he 4th book! I’m excited!!!!

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[ARC] Play It Again by Aidan Wayne

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4stars

Title: Play It Again
Author: Aidan Wayne
Release date: April 22nd 2019
Number of pages: 288 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was simple and enjoyable.
Bad things about this book: Too many “how to get famous” chat.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it was fun.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

ARC kindly provided by NetGalley

This was such a pleasant book with no drama, quite cheesy, and just plain nice. Exactly what to read when you want things to start and end well, with no unnecessary obstacles!

Dovid’s name was distracting a bit because I still don’t know if I’m pronouncing it well in my head. I can relate a bit because my name is mispronounced and miswritten a lot!

I liked the calm and quiet of the romance. Just like it’d happen in real life. Getting to really know each other, understanding that you care way more than just a friend, exploring what this means, accepting the risks, being just happy to have each other, no matter the distance.

There were a little too many “how to be famous on the internet” chat: they were constantly talking about what to do to be rich and famous. At some point I was rolling my eyes because we didn’t get much info about the characters but now I know exactly what to do to earn money making youtube videos.

I’d recommend it.

All in all, this was a pretty book. Simple, the way I like it. Sometimes you just want to enjoy a book with nice characters, having a drama free life, and smile a little at the happy ending.

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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5stars

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn’t spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”

Title: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Number of pages: 386 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Great story, great characters, great book.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, I enjoyed all of it.
Do I recommend it? Always.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

“Although it’s good to try new things and to keep an open mind, it’s also extremely important to stay true to who you really are.”

Truly captivating. Once I started reading it was hard to stop because I wanted to know more about Eleanor. I wanted her to have the best life. She deserved it. I loved Raymond and Sammy even if he wasn’t on page much.

I loved how the book ended. At first I didn’t know how I wanted it to end, I wasn’t sure. The more I went on with the book, the more unsure I was. But the book surprised me with a great ending. It left me smiling. Happy. Satisfied. Hopeful.

This review is very short because I’ve been struggling with writing them. I’m not inspired. This book made me feel and think so much and I don’t know how to put my thoughts into words. I guess you just have to read it, right? Wink wink!

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Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

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5stars

“Hell itself couldn’t stop her now.”

Title: Death Prefers Blondes
Author: Caleb Roehrig
Number of pages: 448 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: A YA Ocean’s 8 meets Gossip Girl.
Bad things about this book: Over the top as usual but that’s not a bad thing for me.
Do I recommend it? I always recommend Caleb Roehrig’s books.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

“When you’re done, would you like to maybe go for a walk?”
“A walk? How Pride and Prejudice of you!”

Another win for Caleb. Loved it: the story, the characters, the plans, the twists, EVERYTHING! I love how they were obviously all paired up but I didn’t mind it, not one bit. They were all lethal cinnamon rolls and I love them all!

This story had everything it needed to be an over the top, teenagers do things they shouldn’t do, people are rude and evil for stupid reasons, kind of story. And I live for it. Teenage criminals in drag, getting away with super dangerous heists! I had my heart in my throat for them, afraid things were going to get ugly, as they usually go in these situations.

The characters were relatable, real. Diverse! I love so much a book with diversity. Margo is my new bisexual princess! You go, girl! Each character had a story to tell, and so much love to give. I wanted to give each of them all the love they deserved. You know I can’t help but care about struggling characters. I’m a mother at heart and all these characters are my children.

I won’t reveal anything of the plot because I went in knowing nothing and it was the best experience I could get. Do it!

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Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

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4stars

“Looking after yourself is the greatest act of kindness you can give the world. Loving yourself first is the best way to spread love.”

Title: Vigilance
Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Number of pages: 208 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Raw and violent and so very likely to happen.
Bad things about this book: I would’ve loved another short chapter to explain a bit the ending, because it left me like whaaat.
Do I recommend it? I do!
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

“Sometimes you need to put you first and get fit and strong so you can go out and save the world when you’re in the best shape to.”

Another win for Holly Bourne. I kept nodding, she kept raising relatable issues, and I understood. I almost never put my oxygen mask first, then help others. I usually jump into helping others even if it drowns me, even if it brakes me, because I need the people I love happy, and if I can give them my happiness or give them something that’ll make them happy, then I’ll do it, no matter what.

I was afraid there was going to be some forced romance that we didn’t need. The story that needed to be told was not about a girl finding love in the weirdest of places, but about a girl getting the help she needed to get better, to live the life she deserves. And we got that. I felt all the feelings Olive was feeling. I felt the rush when she was hyperactive, I felt the darkness when all seemed lost.

I was angry at her for not wanting to get treated, for thinking she knew best, that she could “cure” herself her own way. If it was that easy, we would all be the happiest all the time. So many factors come to play that can determine wether we develop mental illness, but sometimes it’s just how we are born. There is no logic, no reason behind it, we just are wired differently. Some can cope, some need help. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

The brain is a powerful thing. We need to keep it in shape. For us. If our brain is in shape, we can shape our lives better and we can share our happiness with the people around us, the people that we love.

I always recommend Holly Bourne’s books, and this is no exception. Read it.

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The Whispers by Greg Howard

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4stars

Title: The Whispers
Author: Greg Howard
Number of pages: 256 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: The story was so sweet and not predictable.
Bad things about this book: I can’t think of any, I enjoyed this little book a lot.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Look at me crying all the tears. I know I read this book was for fans of Bridge to Terabithia, and I still was surprised when the book was sad. I should have known better! It was exactly like that time I put on Netflix the movie I Fight Giants, thinking it was a movie about a girl fighting giants, and ended up crying all the tears I had inside me.

This book started with Riley being interviewed by Frank, asking him questions about the day his mother disappeared. I felt both sad and frustrated because Riley wasn’t telling him the whole truth. Why wouldn’t you do it if it helps find your mom? I was shaking my head hard, trying to remember what it meant being 13 and afraid. And you know what? I don’t remember. It’s been 20 years and the only thing that I remember is that of course I didn’t always tell the whole truth to grown ups. But what if the truth would’ve helped find someone I love? I would have told the truth, I’m almost sure of it.

But 13 years old don’t really know the weight of things, not really. They don’t understand how a simple detail that you think unimportant, can change everything. He is young, unexperienced, confused and afraid. Riley has a lot going on for him and I was saddened by his situation. I rooted for him to find the whispers, little fairies from tales his mom told him that could grant wishes in exchange for gifts.

The story is not as simple as it seemed, as I thought it would be. It was frustrating, infuriating, sad, and also hopeful. I didn’t get what I thought I was going to get and I’m happy for it. I read a beautiful and sweet story about a boy trying to understand his place in the world, to understand himself, and to get back the only person he thinks has his back.

The cover made me notice the book, so thank you cover for making me read this unique and heartbreaking story.

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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5stars

“I wonder- if nobody is listening to my voice, am I making any sound at all?”

Title: Radio Silence
Author: Alice Oseman
Number of pages: 403 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Sort of podcast, fandom, life giving a hard time.
Bad things about this book: Nothing. Characters will make you mad but that’s how it is.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course I do, it’s an Alice Oseman book.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

The perfect mix of heart-breaking and uplifting and I loved it. I was afraid of starting it, thought it was going to be super sad, and while it was sad, it was also so much more. I’m glad I finally picked it up.

The characters were flawed, likeable and authentic. Just how I like them. I was frustrated at times, wanted the book to be over just to see how everything was going to turn out. I was not disappointed by it, not a bit.

Aled and Frances struggled with school, with life, and I was with them every step of the way. They needed to be protected: Aled and his creation, Universe City, was so interesting and at the same time so sad, I wish I could hug him forever.

Side-characters so detailed and full of fulfilled potential; can we talk about Daniel? Surprising how I found myself in love with him just as much as I loved Aled. I can’t seem to stop thinking about every message this book communicated, all the things that made me think of. Radio Silence is a quiet jewel that needs more people paying attention to it.

“Everyone’s different inside their head.”

Ah, don’t I know it. Luckily there’s no mind reading yet.

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