How to Be a Movie Star by T.J. Klune ☆

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“I— I wish I could see things like you do.”
“But then you wouldn’t see things like you do,” Josy said. “And then there would be two of me and none of you, and that wouldn’t be so good.”
“It wouldn’t?”
“Nope. Because I like you just the way you are.”

Title: How to Be a Movie Star
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: How to Be #2
Number of pages: 350 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Perfection, nothing to add
Bad things about this book: I said PERFECTION.
Do I recommend it? Of course, I love Klune’s books.
Rate: 5/5+++

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“Sometimes you need to hide away from the rest of the world. And it’s okay to do that, just as long as you don’t forget the world is waiting for you when you’re done.”

All the stars, all of them!

ALL HAIL TJ KLUNE!!

I laughed so much, cried, smiled like crazy! This book was everything I expected and more, so much more!!! I’ll have to listen to the audiobook just like I did with How To Be A Normal Person. I need more of all these characters, I already miss them. The four text messages at the end?? How perfect were they???? My heart is exploding with joy!

There isn’t much to say about this book. It’s about a bearded demisexual stoner hipster who wants to be a movie star, and while he is working on his dream he falls in friendship with a monster porn author that’s more anxiety than man. I read one chapter and I already loved EVERYTHING about this book.

If everyone just talked about what they were feeling instead of hiding it, things would be so much easier. Miscommunication is such a waste of time.

It was so honest, so true. Josy is the sweetest characters I’ve seen in books in a very long time, if not ever. He may not be “normal” in the weird way people qualifies who is normal and who isn’t, but there isn’t anything wrong with him. He is sincere, he says what he thinks when he thinks it, he tries his best and doesn’t give up. He made a family for himself when the one he was born into decided he was too much to handle.

All the characters were essential to this story, to make it as relatable as it was, as hilarious, important and amazing! Quincy and his mental health, Gustavo and his adventures with the internet (OMG the phone call to the customer service was gold!), Casey and his unconditional love, even Casanova Xander. All of these characters, all of them, gave me so much joy. I was smiling so much. I laughed so much that my mom kept saying “wow, it’s really funny that book I see”. Yes, mother, it is.

“We should go to the church treasure hunt,” Josy blurted. “It’s nondenominational. Yay Jesus!” Quincy stared at him. Casey turned slowly to look at Gustavo, eyes narrowing. Gustavo nodded sagely. “Sounds about right.”

I recommend it to the masses! Pick this book!! Pick all of TJ Klune’s books. This is coming from someone who still needs to read the Green Creek series. But I will, SOON!! Read it!!

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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

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“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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Dangerous Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

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4stars

Title: Dangerous Spirits
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Spirits #2
Number of pages: 184 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Henry and Vincent and really sweet together.
Bad things about this book: I hate miscommunication and this book have it.
Do I recommend it? If you love Hawk’s books then you don’t want to miss this series!
Rate: 4/5

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I love ghost stories and this one was great. Little drama and lot of sweetness. The vengeful spirit was scary as hell and I didn’t want the characters to be hurt by it. But there was so much more to the story than the one on the surface, and I love how many details were put into just a few pages.

New characters were introduced and I knew they were going to bring chaos to the romantic relationship of our main characters. One character in particular I hated from the start. Speaking poisonous words of my Henry, he who is only at fault of having low self-esteem.

I don’t like miscommunication. No, I hate it. There are so many things that could be avoided if people just told the truth instead of concealing it. You don’t things aren’t going to end well if someone is hiding something. It’s a situation doomed from the start.

Besides the dreaded miscommunication, the story was full of the things that made me like this series: ghosts, nice characters, twists, and new questions to be answered in the third and last book. I can’t wait to find out more!

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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

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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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A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

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5stars

“If it’s going to be a world with no time for sentiment, it’s not a world that I want to live in.”

Title: A Single Man
Author: Christopher Isherwood
Number of pages: 152 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Raw and true, extremely well written.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, as long as it should’ve been.
Do I recommend it? Yes, and then watch the movie.
Rate: 5/5

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A Single Man may look like a simple book. Well, it isn’t. It’s short, yes, it takes place during one whole day in the life of George, it analyses his struggles, his routine, his suffering. It may look simple, because it’s written simply, but it really isn’t. It’s a deep dive into George’s life as a gay man, grieving for a lost lover, not really living his life, just going with the tide until you can’t go anymore, and everything ends.

I love books that in just a few pages manage to transmit me so much feelings, either of joy or sadness. Relatable and raw. George’s inner thoughts are hard to process because he isn’t really living anymore after the loss of his lover. Each day is a struggle he just lives just because he has to. But he is determined to keep going.

The ending surprised me. I haven’t seen the movie yet, I didn’t know what to expect, and this was an ending I didn’t see coming. Throughout the book I thought what I was going to get, I was convinced I was going to be right, and I was wrong almost every time, right through the ending. Little book surprised me quite a lot. Highly recommended.

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The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

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5stars

“But your best is not good enough sometimes.”
“Sometimes… you have to stop trying and just let someone else try their best. In order to survive.”

Title: The Wicker King
Author: K. Ancrum
Number of pages: 305 (hardcover edition) + 40 pages (novella in ebook)
Good things about this book: Heart-wrecking, emotional, complex, raw.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, I had also a novella and the ending was perfect.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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Yesterday after lunch I wrote a couple of reviews and then went to bed with the intention of reading a few chapters of The Wicker King. I couldn’t put it down: didn’t eat, didn’t go to the bathroom, didn’t blink. Long story short: the book was over before dinner time.

It wrecked me, this descent into madness of these two boys: one seeing the other losing grip of reality, and being overwhelmed by the weight of it all, the other seeing a different world he needs to defend and can’t do it alone. Jack living in both the real world and the fantasy world was portrayed in a way that kept me glued to the pages. I needed to know more, I needed to know he was going to be okay That they were going to be okay in the end. It was a freaking rollercoaster. I exhaled a long sigh of relief after I finished it.

August’s heart seized.
He didn’t … know he could have this.

I knew it was a queer book from all the Instagram posts, but it wasn’t immediately obvious, and I found myself both curious as to how they were going to face their not so subtle feelings, and bothered by the miscommunication that brought our August to not know he could wish for more, risk asking for more, so he fooled around a lot. It broke my heart, because the feelings were there, as twisted and complex, but they were there!

“If you drop the weight you are carrying, it is okay. You can build yourself back up out of the pieces.”

It wasn’t the easiest of books to read, their friendship was unhealthy, super codependent and the negligence of the adults was absurd and irritating, but it was surely a book that I’ll keep with me forever.

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The novella that was a sort of companion of the book, gave us Jack’s pov and a sneak peek into the fantasy world his mind was creating; I loved the way both the book and the novella ended. I’m so happy now. Five glorious stars for Jack and August, The Wicker King and his Champion.

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Alan Cole Doesn’t Dance by Eric Bell

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5stars

“You know what a good friend said to me once?”
“What?”
“He said, I’d rather have a hard time being myself than an easy time being somebody else.”
“Whoah.”
“Yeah. You’re being yourself, and that’s what matters.”

Title: Alan Cole Doesn’t Dance
Author: Eric Bell
Series: Alan Cole #2
Number of pages: 288 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Fantastic, important, emotional.
Bad things about this book: I want more books now but I’m happy how this ended.
Do I recommend it? Of course. You need to meet Alan.
Rate: 5/5

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Alan made me cry. He did it again with his innocence and good nature and his courage to be himself without having to endure bullism. Standing for himself and for all the people that don’t have the strength to do it. Defeating evil with kindness, with his art, one step at a time. To see the difference you want to see in the world, you have to start somewhere, right? If you don’t do anything, nothing will change, and that’s exactly what Alan thinks and why I love him so much. I adored this little book so much. I couldn’t put it down, finished it in one afternoon.

Alan is the sweetest of boys and Odin was a great addition to the narration. Odin and Alan were the cutest together; from “rivals” to art buddies. Smiles and laughter they didn’t share with anybody else, a past and present not so easy. Innocent and sweet. My heart couldn’t take all the adorableness. Alan’s friends, his family, things aren’t always great; they fight, because for things to get better, a little confrontation is necessary.

Having more queer books out in the world is the most amazing thing in the world and having more and more queer books for middle graders is even greater; this is the kind of book kids nowadays need, a book that normalizes their feelings because they aren’t wrong, they aren’t disgusting, their love is as much true as the ones of other people. They should never feel ashamed of who they are and books like this one give me so much hope they will have a safer world to live and be themselves.

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