Tweet Cute | book review

Surprise! I have been pretty bad about posting on here, which is kind of embarrassing since I said I’d be doing it more regularly in my June Wrap-Up 🤠 But truth be told, things have been a lot busier than I’d have expected. I’m wrapping up my summer courses (which are a lot harder than I’d have thought rip), preparing to move for college, and also practicing driving A LOT so I can *finally* get my license.

Thankfully, things aren’t too hectic to the point where I don’t get time to read! I’m excited to share my thoughts with you all on this fun YA contemporary <33

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Emergency Contact | book review

So, it’s been a minute since I’ve done a review! June was kind of a weird month for me in that I wasn’t able to read as many books as I would’ve liked. There’s still a few days left so hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more in before the end of the month but regardless, I wasn’t able to really post any reviews. Of course, that is totally okay and I’m still happy with my reading 💞 Anyways, I just finished reading Emergency Contact today and wanted to share my thoughts!

If there was ever a book that just felt “okay”, then this would be the one. I didn’t love it or hate it, the characters were interesting but not too much, and the plot was entertaining at some times but otherwise felt a little forced. All that being said, I personally would not recommend it, but I know a lot of people who actually did love it so I would say give it a try if it sounds like something you’d enjoy!

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Grown | book review

By this point I think I’ve made it clear that Tiffany D. Jackson is one of my favorite authors and I will honestly read anything she writes. Grown, an absolutely heartbreaking book, was no different and I’m so glad I finally read it this month.

Please be sure to read the trigger warnings for this book found here before reading this review because I will be mentioning some of that content.

Keep reading for all my thoughts and a full review!

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All Boys Aren’t Blue | book review

All Boys Aren’t Blue is an eye-opening and necessary book that I would recommend to everyone. I am so glad I decided to read this because it allowed me to learn through the perspective of a different identity than myself.

This is the first time I’ll be reviewing a memoir on my blog, so keep reading to know all my thoughts!

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Ties That Tether | book review

Going into Ties That Tether, I was expecting a book that could become my new favorite romance. It sounded perfectly relatable, with a main character who struggles with her cultural identity, a hot love interest, and lots of drama. That being said, I was let down by how this story played out.

Keep reading for a full review!

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Crazy Rich Asians | book review

“Remember, every treasure comes with a price.”

My decision to read Crazy Rich Asians was pretty spontaneous and if I’m being honest, I didn’t even have any plans of ever picking it up. The main reason for that is I LOVE the movie (I would even go so far to say it’s one of my favorite rom-com films 👀) and was slightly nervous about whether or not the book would be a let down. I mean, as far as the movie goes, it was just such a fun time and full of ridiculous, extravagant characters whom you couldn’t help but love. I’ve watched the movie so many times at this point, and the thought of reading the book hadn’t even really crossed my mind.

BUT, I was scrolling through the Libby app on my phone to look for an audiobook I could listen to while working and Crazy Rich Asians was one of the only ones that really caught my eye. I decided to get it and…here we are! Hope you guys liked that (unnecessary) recount of why and how I read this book 🙃

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Everything I Never Told You | book review

“You never got what you wanted; you just learned to get by without it.”

If I could describe Everything I Never Told You in one sentence, it would be this: a heartbreaking book about a fractured family told in a beautiful way. Luckily, I have more than one sentence to write this review, but frankly, I don’t think anything I write could truly do it justice. 

This book takes place in the suburbs of Ohio during the 1970’s. The Lee’s are a mixed-race family of four who have a seemingly perfect life. However, the story starts with the body of Lydia Lee, the oldest daughter, being found in the local lake. In her wake, Lydia’s mother, father, brother, and sister are all left to deal with their grief and figure out where they stand as a family and as individuals without her. We follow multiple timelines, like when James Lee (the father) and Marilyn (the mother) first met, their romance and struggles as an inter-racial couple in the 60’s/70’s, the lives of their kids growing up, and more.

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Sweet Dreams | book review

Before getting into the review, I wanted to let you all know that I have done a complete revamp of my blog! When I first started blogging, I kind of just went into it not knowing much. All I wanted to do was write, which is still true, but I decided to make it more to my liking. The reason I’m mentioning this is because if you take a look at some of older posts, the format may seem weird now. They should still be readable if you are interested, but just keep in mind that they were all written and formatted before I changed my blog’s ✨aesthetic✨. Anyways, onto the review!

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WOLF BY WOLF | book review

# of pages: 388

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Title: Wolf by Wolf

Author: Ryan Graudin

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host an annual motorbike race across their combined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.
Yael has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost when she was a prisoner in a brutal concentration camp. Now part of the resistance, Yael has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. But the only way to enter the race is to impersonate last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. Yael is a master of deception but there are two other competitors it may be impossible to fool – Adele’s brother, Felix, and Luka, a boy she clearly has history with.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and stay true to her mission? The future on the world is depending on her . . .

“The world is wrong. I’m just doing my part to fix it.”

I’m usually not a fan of historical fiction, and I could count the number of books from this genre that I actually liked on one hand. However, I had really high hopes for Wolf by Wolf.

The premise sounded so interesting. It follows main character Yael, a former death camp prisoner, in a world in which the Axis powers won World War II. While she was at the death camp, Yael was a human subject and had many chemicals injected in her as an experiment. Now, she has a secret. As a result of that testing, Yael is able to skinshift and change her appearance. Now, Yael is on a mission to kill Hitler. The only way she can do that is by joining a race in which the winner gets to meet him.

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