Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

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Genre: young-adult, contemporary, mental health, fiction

Published: July 4th 2017

Pages: 304

Publisher: Random House for Young Readers

Synopsis

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret. (source)

Thoughts

I wasn’t originally planning to read this book right away, but I couldn’t help myself. I knew that when I read the synopsis, I needed to read it ASAP. I previously mentioned this in my last post (library haul), that I have always been interested in reading about mental health. And this particular plot intrigued me because it was supposedly told through journal entries, which is a unique format for a story like this one.

This book was very well-written in my opinion. The writing style was easy to read and it actually sounded like I was reading a personal journal about a guy with schizophrenia. Even though the entries were directed at his therapist, there were some parts where I felt like the protagonist was actually addressing me, so it definitely felt personal. I know I’ll be reading more books from this author in the future.

Adam himself was such a wonderful, but candid main character who I could not get enough of. It was interesting to read about a mentally ill character who knows they have a problem and will do anything to get better. Which I believe is a realistic approach to any problem (not just for a mental illness). I personally can’t speak on the schizophrenia representation, but I will say that I could relate to Adam on a personal level. I felt that his way of thinking is very similar to mine, especially with thoughts on going to a Catholic school and divorce/new marriages. I especially loved how Adam wasn’t afraid to be honest with his feelings, despite not wanting to at times. Adam is definitely one of my favourite protagonists of all time.

I also loved the family dynamic between Adam, Adam’s mom and his step-dad. Both parents were extremely supportive towards Adam and treated him normally (expect the step-dad is a tad afraid of him, but he accepts Adam more in the end), but it was still amazing to see such a positive family dynamic from a family with a mentally ill child. It felt like they truly accepted Adam for who he was and they loved him no matter what which is always a positive thing.

Meanwhile, the romance between Adam and Maya was fantastic. I loved their chemistry and how well they balanced each other out. Maya was the type of girl to not get emotional over every little thing and didn’t care what anyone else thought of her. Maya did not take shit from anybody and (in those terms) that makes her a pretty strong female character. Adam is sarcastic and witty, who does get a little emotional sometimes throughout the novel. Their individual personalities intertwined with one another and it made their romance more realistic to read about. Their romance flowed well with the rest of the novel and it was one of the more enjoyable aspects to the book.

Overall, this was such an entertaining but interesting read about a character who is trying to live a normal life despite his mental illness. I thought this plot was well executed and the main character, Adam, was one of the most relatable/realistic characters I’ve ever read. This book was actually more funnier than I thought it was gonna be. I even laugh aloud during a few parts. Personally, I thought it was going to be a heartbreaking contemporary (which it was at times) but it did have some light, cute moments to balance out the heavy-content throughout the book. For sure, this book has to be one of my favourite of 2017. I would highly recommend this one if you want a great mental health book, but with funny moments.

Rate

5/5

 

Library Haul (1)

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Hello everyone it’s Nicole Henderson here and I wanted to do something a little different. Since I didn’t post a July haul and I haven’t bought a ton of book thus far this summer, I thought I would show you guys the book I’ve been checking out from the library. There is something about a library that just makes me so happy. It gives me the opportunity to read books that I would be hesitant on buying or discovering new books I wouldn’t normally see in a bookstore. But in this particular haul, the books are all newer releases and you may have read or heard of some of these books listed. I will most likely have another haul like this one in the future. Without any further ado, let’s get into the haul.

The first book I checked out was Bang by Barry Lyga. I read the I Hunt Killers trilogy previously and I absolutely loved it. So when I heard he had a new book out, I knew I needed to read it ASAP. However, I heard mixed reviews about it. Also, the price for this in Canada is a little expensive (and considering it was on the shorter side in terms of length), I was not prepared to spend $23.99 on a book. Anyways, I finished this book the other day and it didn’t affect me as much as I thought it would. I did enjoy the culinary elements to the story (it really made me crave pizza), and that was a lot of fun to read about. I will explain more on my thoughts in my wrap up. The basic premise is about Sebastian who accidentally murdered his four-month old sister and he must live with this guilt for the rest of his life. When his best friend is away for the summer, he meets a new neighbour who comes as a distraction from Sebastian’s dark thoughts. So yeah, it sounded like a great book. It didn’t blow me away however, it was just an average read for me.

The second book I checked out was How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. I heard some really great things about this book from many book reviewers and book-tubers. This is a LBGTQ+ novel about Grace (who identifies as bisexual) who also has a toxic relationship with her mother. When Grace meets Eva, they develop a friendship (soon turned relationship) and they each explore the “firsts” in their relationship. Meanwhile, Grace has to navigate the obstacles with the relationship with her mother. I haven’t read this yet, but it sounds like a wonderful, but heart-wrenching, read. I hope to read this one soon.

The third book I checked out was Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton. I’ve always been interested in reading books that deal with mental health. I don’t know why, just something about it has always intrigued me. I wanted to read this immediately because the plot sounded so interesting. However, it wasn’t available in stores near where I live, so of course this is where the library came into play. The story is told through journal entires as a boy named Adam has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He undergoes this experimental drug trial to decrease his visions and everything is going well. Then Adam meets a girl named Maya who he then falls in love with. However, when the drug starts failing, he fears that Maya and the rest of the school will find out about his “condition.” I just finished this book, and it was one of the best debut novels I’ve read this year. It was so well written and realistic in many ways. I really enjoyed Adam’s character and (although I can’t speak personally on the representation), I felt that I could relate to Adam on a personal level. The book was also lot more funnier than I expected it to be and I actually chuckled aloud at some parts. Okay, I’m gonna stop talking about this book now. I will explain more on my thoughts in my wrap up. Also, I will have a full review up on this book (coming soon).

The fourth book I checked out was Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor. I wasn’t expecting to check this book out right now, but I knew that I would read it eventually. This is another book about mental health that I’ve heard great things about. Reggie is suffering from depression but when she meets Snake (who also suffers from depression), Reggie falls in love with him. She soon has to decide if loving him is worth the risk of letting him in. Plus, Snake is also having a baby with his ex-girlfriend. From there, complications arise. This sounds like another great book and I might actually start reading this one right now (after Word on Bathroom Walls, I’m in the mood for more mental health books). Hopefully, I’ll enjoy this one.

The fifth book I checked out was One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. This was another debut novel that I really enjoyed. I have a full review on this book if you want to know my full thoughts on it. Check it out here.  This book was such a fantastic and addicting story, I would consider this to be another favourite book I read this year. The book was inspired by the 1985 classic The Breakfast Club but with a criminal twist and it’s really best to go into this story without knowing too much. But it’s essentially about five classmates who are your stereotypical brain, criminal, beauty, jock and outcast who are all stuck in detention. When one is found dead, the four others are suspected for murder. The story then takes off from there. I would highly recommend this one as it definitely lives up to the hype.

The sixth book I checked out was When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. This book has been hyped up even before it was initially released. I’ve heard so many people talking about this book and raving on how fantastic this book is. So I thought I would give it a read. I really hope I enjoy this book as it’s supposed to be a cute, fluffy, romantic-comedic contemporary. And I’m seriously in the mood for that right now this summer. The main premise is about an Indian-American girl named Dimple, who has been accepted into this computer-coding program for the summer. And the last thing she wants is someone to “woo” her for an arranged marriage. Rishi is a hopeless romantic who goes to the same camp as Dimple and he goes there in hopes that Dimple will fall in love with him and someday marry him. Apparently this is supposed to be a wonderful summer read, so I’m excited to see how I like it.

The seventh book I checked out was It’s Not Like it’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura. I haven’t heard to many things about this one, but it’s been on my radar for quite a bit now. This is another LGBTQ+ novel about Sana who is a shy girl and has keeping lots of secrets from her family, friends and even herself. When Sana and her family move to California, she meets another girl named Jamie and Sana’s pretty sure her friends hate Jamie, Caleb may or may not have feelings for her. Plus, she’s also questioning on whether or not she should tell the truth about her father’s affair. So, it sounds like a decent book as I’ve also heard some mixed reviews about it. But I still want to give it a chance, hence the reason why I picked it up from the library.

The eighth and final book I checked out was Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. I’ve also heard fantastic things about this one, especially how it’s so diverse. It features an asexual character and I haven’t seen or read anything like it in YA before. Asexuality, demisexuality, aromantic etc… never get a ton of rep in the LGBTQ+ community so it’s nice to see that getting represented in literature. But the main premise is about a girl named Tash who has a web series (with her friends) based on Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. When the web series goes viral, they (including Tash) must deal with the obstacles of being viral sensations. I wasn’t originally planning on checking this book out, but for some reason the plot sparked my interest. Hopefully I’ll enjoy this book.

That is pretty much it for my haul, I hope you enjoyed. Hopefully I will have my August haul up soon (if I buy enough books to have a haul). And I also hope to do more of these in the future as I take a lot of books out from the library. Anyways, until my next post: Happy Reading!

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

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Genre: young-adult, mystery, contemporary, romance

Published: February 14th 2017

Pages: 336

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Synopsis

Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming morethan friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.

What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other. (source)

Thoughts

I meant to write this review much earlier than now. But I completely forgot about it until right now, in the month of August. And since the book title matches our current month, I thought it would be appropriate to write this review now while I still can.

This is the sequel to A Study in Charlotte and so for that reason alone, this will be a non-spoiler review. I don’t want to reveal any major spoilers that happen in the first book and since this is a sequel, I also don’t want to spoil the contents of The Last of August. I will say however, that I very much enjoyed the first book as it was a wonderful retelling to the classic Sherlock Holmes but with its own modern twist. The second book in particular was one that I’m not so fond of. The first one was the better book out of the two and I highly recommend you read A Study In Charlotte. I have a full review of the first book on my old blog, so check it out here.

The Last of August was one book that I was highly anticipating last year and I’m so glad I read it because I do enjoy the world and the characters. However, I wouldn’t say it was my favourite read of the year. Throughout the entirety of the book, I was extremely confused with the plot. Like what was the motive behind them going to Berlin? Why were they in disguises half the time? (This may be a slight spoiler, I apologize). But I don’t believe I’ll be able to answer these questions because I genuinely had no idea what the hell was going on. By the end of the book, I was left confused and with more questions rather than answers. To be honest, the plot confusion truly lowered my rating on this book.

The characters, however, did make this book a bit better. But I was still overwhelmed with how many characters were mentioned. I felt that there were too many characters to follow and keep track of. The family tree did help a little, with who was who, and how they were related. But I still felt confused and very much overwhelmed. Plus, the disguises didn’t help with this notion either. It got to a point where I thought the disguises Jamie, Charlotte and August were in, were actual people and having no idea on whether or not they were in their disguises. Yea, it was that bad.

Speaking of characters, I still loved Jamie and Charlotte and I loved the (slight) dual perspectives throughout the book. I adored getting to know Charlotte more in the few chapters and I still enjoyed reading Jamie’s character despite the fact he can be naive at times. I still believe their romance was the best part of the book. The romance motivated me to keep reading. However, not a lot happened with their romance so I was a little disappointed with that and felt less compelled to finish.

Hopefully, in the third book, everything will be better, more smooth and less confusing. I will still be reading the last book because I do want to see what ends up happening to Charlotte and Jamie, as well as the with the rest of the characters. Overall, I did have some major issues with it that made my reading experience less enjoyable. But I really do hope the third and final book is a lot better. I would still recommend you guys go read the first book, it is definitely worth the read.

Rate

2.75/5

 

 

 

 

Popular Books I Still Haven’t Read Yet (1)

Hello everyone it’s Nicole Henderson here, and I thought I would share with you guys popular books I haven’t read yet. I have read a lot of books so far in my life and I’ve enjoyed (almost) all of them. However, there are some books that people just absolutely adore, but I just haven’t got around to reading them. I hope to read all of these in the feature as I’m interested in reading the books listed. Alright, let’s get into it.

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Pretty much all John Green books except for three (An Abundance of Katherine’s, Will Grayson, Will Grayson with David Levithan and Let it Snow with Maureen Johnston and Lauren Myracle). So, these are his most popular books with movie adaptations attached to them and I still haven’t read the books or seen the films. Yes, I know, I’m a horrible person. Don’t judge me. Anyways, I’ve heard very mixed reviews on all these books hence why I am hesitant to pick these three up to begin with. I read An Abundance of Katherine’s awhile ago and I wasn’t the biggest fan of it. I was so bored while reading it and nothing really happens. But I still hope to read these three books soon, but I’m just not sure when.

court of thrones and roses

The Court of Thrones and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve been interested in reading these for quite awhile and I don’t really know why I haven’t picked them up yet. They sound like great and entertaining reads, I don’t know what’s holding me back. Maybe it’s because their super long books and their pretty high fantasy. Plus, there are other books by this author (Throne of Glass series) in which I’m not particularly interested in. But I still want to give this author a chance, hence why I want to read this trilogy. I will most likely read this trilogy sometime next year.

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The Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by V.E Schwab. These books are highly popular and I still haven’t read them yet. What is wrong with me?!?! Anyways, the premise to these books sounds so cool and I don’t know why I’ve been hesitant to read them. Maybe it’s because their pretty high fantasy and I’m a little (if not a lot) intimidated to read them. I’ve heard so many wonderful reviews and I need to read them ASAP. And I hope to read these sometime next year, but idk we’ll see.

harry potter series

And of course the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. This series has been raved and well-loved since the beginning of everyone’s childhoods and I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t read this whole series yet. I have heard so many amazing things about this series as it has been one of the major books that has made book-lovers start (and of course) love reading. But I promise I will read them in the very near future.

the lunar chronicles

And the last one I will feature on this list is the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. These books have been hyped by many book-lovers in the book-tube community as well as reviewers. I’ve been interested in reading them because of the whole fairytale retelling plot device. I haven’t read a good retelling in a while and so I feel like these books will be wonderful additions. I also have yet to read Heartless (also by the same author) and I plan to read that one by the end of this year. So hopefully, if I like Heartless, then I will give this series a chance.

So, that is it for now, I hope you all enjoyed. I will be creating another list with more popular books at some point in the future. What are some popular books you have yet to  read? Let me know in the comments below. Until my next post: Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Genre: young-adult, mystery, contemporary, thriller

Published: May 30th 2017

Pages: 361

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Synopsis

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.” (source)

Thoughts

This book has received a ton of hype on the book-tube community and many reviewers have raved on about how much they love this book. They were all saying it was like The Breakfast Club, but with a criminal twist. And to be honest, I couldn’t agree with them more! This book was such an entertaining, addicting and thrilling read, and I feel like I have no words to truly explain how much I loved this book. I thought this would have taken me longer to finish this type of book, but instead I couldn’t put it down.

This was for sure a traditional whodunit book gone right!!! I had my doubts on who actually killed Simon and I was definitely not expecting to end the way it did. I at first thought it might have been Cooper (for like a split second), then I thought it was Nate, because he is the stereotypical criminal. But when I found out who it actually was, I was surprised at the result, but the more I think about it, the less shocked I am. That’s only because there were signs throughout the book that made me think “there not entirely the good guy here.” But I still loved how everything played out.

As for the characters, I loved how well-developed they all were and the execution of each character was well done. However, if I were to pick a least favourite, I would have to go with Addy. I felt that her character was very sheltered and slightly selfish. However, Addy was able to redeem herself in the end so I’m not at all upset over her characterization. But seriously, I loved all the characters equally as they were all fleshed out well. Even Nate was one character that I enjoyed reading about. I will say that Bronwyn annoyed me at times (but she was still a good character), and Copper was well-rounded. I definitely want more from these characters, especially what happens to them after the investigation, like do Bronwyn and Nate start dating? Does Cooper get a baseball scholarship? What’s Addy gonna do with her future? I just want another book that delves into all their lives! But I know that’s not going to be happening anytime soon.

As for Bronwyn and Nate’s romance, I know I said no spoilers (but at least I didn’t reveal who killed Simon) but I still wanted to talk about their romance. I actually loved the romance between Nate and Bronwyn because they were not total insta-lovey and they actually got to know each other (a little more) before pursuing anything. I just loved how realistic that was. But also touching on the romances between the rest of the characters, they were so adorable but I wanted more from them (again, I don’t want to say which characters because it is major spoilers for the book), but still I loved them and wanted more from their relationship.

Overall, this was such a great read and I would consider this book to be one of my favourite books of the year. I will most likely be reading more books from this author. I would highly recommend this book if you want something thrilling and addicting but with a contemporary feel.

Rate

5/5

 

 

 

 

August TBR

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Hello everyone it’s Nicole Henderson here and it’s that time of the month to post about my monthly TBR. I know this is quite the ambitious TBR, but since summer school is over, I have a lot more time to read. I really do plan on getting to these books this month. I’ve been wanting to read each of them for quite a bit now. Anyways, I’m already currently reading two books on this list and I hope to finish them in August. I’m so excited for all these books so without any further ado, let’s get into it.

The first book I planned to read (but already finished) was On The Fence by Kasie West. I was in the mood to read something quick and light for the summer. I’ve previously read books by Kasie West and I really enjoyed them. On The Fence is about a sixteen year old girl named Charlie, who was raised by her single father and three brothers. So because of this, Charlie has been a tomboy all her life. But when Charlie receives a speeding ticket, she must pay it off by getting a job at a girly boutique. As Charlie delves into the world of all things girly, she comes to terms with her feminine side. In the mist of all this, Charlie ends up falling for her neighbour Braden as they have their nightly chats by the fence that divide their properties. Meanwhile, complications arise when she meets Evan and she possibly develops a crush on him. I very much enjoyed this book, but I will explain more on my thoughts from this book in my August wrap up.

The second book I planned on reading (well, currently reading) is Zero Repeat Forever by G.S Pendergast. I received an ARC for this in exchange for an honest review by Simon and Schuster Canada. This is a Canadian dystopian novel (similar to the 5th Wave or The 100) about two characters, Eighth, an alien and Raven, who is human, who must survive after her city was invaded by the alien creatures called Nahx. Eighth and Raven develop a friendship and must depend on each other for survival. I’m enjoying this so far, but I will say it is pretty slow-paced. Despite that, I’m still wanting to finish this before the book comes out. If I really do enjoy this book, then I am considering reading the future books in the series. This book comes out on August 29th and I will explain more on my thoughts in my monthly wrap up (once I finish it, of course).

The third book I planned to read (and just finished) was Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor. I started reading this because this was required reading for my summer school course. I was hoping to finish this, this month as I was supposed to finish this a long time ago and I’m so happy I did. Nonetheless, this book is about a thirteen year old girl named Zahrah who was born with vines in her hair, and can also levitate in the air. She embarks on this journey to the forbidden jungle to find a cure for her best friend Dari. I liked this book but the slow pacing took forever to get through. But I will say it’s one of the better books I’ve had to read for school. And I will explain more on my thoughts in my monthly wrap up.

The fourth book I wanted to read (and I promise the last one I’m currently reading) was One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. This is her debut novel and I must say, it’s a wonderful, fantastic novel so far. This book was clearly inspired by the 1985 classic The Breakfast Club (which I love), but with a criminal twist. Five classmates (Bronwyn, the brain, Nate, the criminal, Cooper, the jock, Addy, the beauty, and Simon, the outcast) are stuck in detention, but only one never leaves. And four of the remaining classmates are suspected for murder. This book was super hyped before it came out and I’m actually really enjoying this book so far. This is definitely living up to the hype for sure. I will explain more on my thoughts in the August wrap up.

The fifth book I plan on reading this month, is Bang by Barry Lyga. He wrote the I Hunt Killers trilogy, which is one of my favourite trilogies ever. Also, this plot really intrigued me and I needed to read it ASAP. The book is mainly about a boy named Sebastian who accidentally killed his four-month old little sister. He now must live with this crime for the rest of his life. When his best friend is away for the summer, Sebastian meets a new girl that he believes could be a potential relationship and distract him from his awfully dark thoughts. However, this distraction does not get rid of his pain from the past. In order to “sanctify” his past, he needs a gun to get himself out. So, this sounds like an incredibly dark book, but I’m excited to see how it all plays out. It also does not have a ton of reviews on Goodreads, and they seem pretty mixed. However, I’m still intrigued.

The sixth book I plan on reading is How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one, from so many amazing book tubers and reviewers. This is a LGBT novel about Grace who does not have a good relationship with her mother. One day, in the summer, Grace meets a girl named Eva and a whole world opens up for her. She soon discovers that she has things in common with Eva (especially with them both liking girls). And they both end up in a relationship, while Grace is still trying to figure out her relationship with her mother. This sounds like a heartfelt read and I can’t wait to dive into it.

The seventh book I plan on reading this month is Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown. Okay, guys, I’ve had this book on my TBR for two months now and I still haven’t read it. Like why?! What is wrong with me? But I promise you I will read it for real this month. I’ve heard good things about this one and it was my most anticipated release for 2016. Anyways, it’s about Joanne who is out and proud in her town. But once she and her father (who is a minister or preacher), move to a new town, her father asks her to keep her sexuality on the down low. Joanne thinks this will be easy, until she meets a girl and falls in love her. So, I can’t wait to finally pick this up and I’m excited to see what I think.

The eighth book I’m planning on reading this month is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. So many people have been hyping about this book non-stop and I know I need to start reading it very soon. I meant to read this last month, but I never got around to it, so I’m very happy to finally be reading it this month. I would assume you guys know lots about the plot (because it is a popular book), but in case you guys don’t, it’s about this girl named Starr who goes to a private school in the rich part of town, while also living in a lower class neighbourhood. When her childhood best friend is killed by a police officer, Starr is brought into question and her whole world is turned upside down. This book is inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement and it also deals with issues such as police brutality and racism. So, this seems like it’s going to be a very eye-opening and educational read.

The ninth book I plan on reading is The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee. I think I bought this when it first came out and I’m now just reading it. The next book to this comes out on August 29th so I really want to read this before then. This book (and series) takes place in a futuristic New York and it centres around five different characters who all live in the tallest building in the city (and it is a thousand floors). Each character is going through their own issues that affect their lives (going from drug use to sexual assault, or wanting someone you can’t have). This book has been compared to Gossip Girl and I’m so excited for it. Gossip Girl is (believe or not) one of my favourite shows of all time. This was one of my most anticipated reads to finish by the end of 2017, so I’m very excited to finally get this book off the list.

The tenth book I plan on reading this month is I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I’ve had this book on my TBR for so long. So, I think now is finally the time to read it. I have heard such fantastic things about this book and I’m so excited to dive into it. It’s about twins named Jude and Noah who are super close when they are thirteen years old, however when there sixteen they no longer speak. The story goes back and forth as it is told in dual perspectives (with Noah being 13 and Jude being 16). This one has won a lot of awards, so I’m excited to read what everyone was raving about for so long. And to finally get this book off my “to read before 2017 is over list.”

Now onto the ones that are not pictured above:

Yes there are more books on my TBR. The first book not pictured (but want to read) is Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton. This book was released on July 4th, and I did not plan on reading it this month, but I knew I wanted to read the book eventually.  The plot very much intrigued me as it’s about a boy named Adam who is diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is given a (prescription) drug to test out in order to decrease his visions. He then meets a girl named Maya and he may have the possibility of pursuing a relationship with her. However, the drug starts failing and he must do everything he can to keep his mental illness a secret from Maya. I’ve always been interested in reading books that have a lot to do with mental health and its different illnesses, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this one plays out.

The last book I plan to read is Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor. I wasn’t planning on reading this one in August, but I’ve heard some good things about this book. Again, this book has to do with mental health with both of the main characters suffering from depression. It’s about a girl named Reggie, who is suffering from depression, falls for Snake, who is also depressed. However, Snake has a seven month pregnant ex-girlfriend named Carla. As she is falling for Snake, she must make the decision on whether or not letting him in (or loving him) is truly worth it. So, I’m super excited to read this one and see how it is.

Okay, that is really it for my August TBR I hope you all enjoyed. What books do you plan on reading this month? Let me know in the comments below. I am determined to finish all these books this month. I’m truly excited for all them and until my next post: Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

i see london

Genre: contemporary, young-adult, romance

Published: July 11th 2017

Pages: 378

Publisher: HarperTeen

Synopsis

I see London, I see France, I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war.

As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera…wearing only her polka-dot underpants. (source)

Thoughts

I didn’t expect to purchase this right away, but I would have bought it and read it eventually. However, since I was reading heavier contented books (at the time), I was very much in the mood for something lighthearted and fluffy. Plus, I bought this book assuming that Loved (the 10th anniversary novel by P.C and Kristin Cast) was not going to be available in stores. God! I was so impatient I could’ve just waited a week!! I’m still very mad at myself if you guys can’t already tell. Anyways, I enjoyed this book so it wasn’t a total loss for me.

I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I thought I would. I loved the travel, friendship and family aspects to the story and the romances were great as well. I also loved the occasional Canadian references throughout the story because I was able to relate and understand some of those references. This book definitely got me in the mood to travel all around the world. But, I still had a few issues with this book that caused me not to give it a full five stars.

Despite my love for this book, I wasn’t able to truly connect with the characters but I still enjoyed reading about them. Sydney was a good main character and I will say I could relate to her at some points during the book, but I couldn’t relate to her with everything going on. I didn’t like Leela’s character for the majority of the book just because she was incredibly selfish and she truly got on my nerves. Leela later redeemed herself but that still wasn’t enough for me to like her at all. Kat, who is another friend of Sydney’s, grew on me as her character progressed. At first, I didn’t like Kat as she was to hyper (for my personal liking), but I enjoyed her character in the end.  Jackson was a great love interest and my favourite supporting character. I also enjoyed the romance between Sydney and Jackson, although I did find it to be a tad insta-lovey.

The family aspect was another favourite part of mine. I loved how the issues with Sydney’s mother were added to the story because it created substance to the fluffy, lighthearted read. I can’t speak on the representation for agoraphobia or anxiety but I still thought it was a good addition to the novel.

As for the friendships, I found myself getting a tad annoyed with Leela and Sydney’s friendship as it did get a bit toxic a times. For example, Leela would get Sydney to change their plans only to suit her (Leela’s) needs. And like I previously mentioned, Leela very much annoyed me. Kat and Sydney also had a great friendship and I loved how it developed slowly throughout the novel, as Sydney also grew to trust Kat more with her personal issues.

My last problem was with the marketing. So, as you guys know, this book was marketed as being a young-adult novel. However, the cover gives off the vibe of an early teen story. Meanwhile, the content is more new-adult, than young-adult, because the girls are nineteen and just finished their first year of college. There are also references to sex, drinking, drugs (only weed) and they go see a sex show in Amsterdam. So, on those terms, I was slightly mislead with how the story was going to play out.

Overall, I enjoyed the story for what it was and it definitely got me in the mood for travelling and summer reading. It was a light, fluffy, lighthearted story with a bit substance added into the mix. I would highly recommend this if you want something light and quick to read during the summer.

Rate

4/5