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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Review

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5 stars


“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

This book was recommended to me so many times, and finally last year I got it for my birthday. I couldn’t wait to read it, especially when the film adaption was announced and I finished the book before seeing the film, and oh my God they did so well. Sure  there were changes but nothing too major that spoiled my enjoyment.

I loved this book so much, my heart was just bursting with love for Simon and Blue by the end and I’m kicking myself for having not read this sooner.

‘Sixteen-year-old and not so openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met’ (Summary from Goodreads).

“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 mould. Straight people really should have to come out, and the more awkward it is, the better. Awkwardness should be a requirement.”

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Where She Went by Gayle Forman | Review

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Where She Went by Gayle Forman lying in a garden bed surrounded by vibrant green plants

5 stars

 

“A day might be just twenty-four hours but sometimes getting through just one seems as impossible as scaling Everest.”  

I was quite intrigued when I heard there was a sequel to If I Stay, titled Where She Went, because I considered the ending of If I Stay fairly satisfying. Sure there were some questions about how she would react to her life and if she would remember her out of body experiences. However,  I didn’t entirely require those answers to think the book was great.

Where She Went proved that yes, yes I did need those answers, because this book is phenomenal. Better than the original which isn’t something that happens often. The great thing about this book is that it isn’t a rehash of the first book, its entirely different and very original. This book is told from Adam’s perspective after Mia leaves for Juilliard and never comes back, and the whirlwind his life becomes. By focusing on Adam, we get more character development, plus a fresh perspective on the events from If I Stay.

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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | Review

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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley laying on pieces of paper

5 stars

 

 “Second hand books are full of memories”

I know people often talk about the feeling that lingers after you finish reading a great book. When the words from that book are still wrapped around you, lingering. I don’t often feel like that. But, finishing Words in Deep Blue made me feel that and more.

“This is a love story. It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets. It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea. Now she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal. She’s looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.” – summary from Goodreads

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | Review

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My copy of Fangirl, beside items from fandoms I Fangirl over. Including my Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Arya Stark pop vinyls. And my laptop with its 10th Doctor and Hermione Granger laptop skin.

5 stars.

” Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept I’m a complete disaster.”

This was my first ever Rainbow Rowell novel, I walked past it in the shops and instantly knew that I had to read it. I was hooked by the title alone.

Now I know this book isn’t going to be everybody’s cup of tea. But for those who are a part of any fandom on the internet, will undoubtedly be able to connect to some part of this book.

This book tells the coming-of-age story of twins Cath and Wren who are heading to college, and whilst Wren wants to go out partying and living the “college life”. Cath wants things to stay the same and is perfectly content writing Simon Snow fan fiction in the confines of her dorm room.

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