Blogmas 2022: Book Review: Kiss Her Once For Me {Alison Cochrun}

Blogmas 2022: Book Review: Kiss Her Once For Me {Alison Cochrun}

Oh was I excited for this book to be released! I absolutely LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Alison Cochrun’s previous book, The Charm Offensive and I couldn’t WAIT to get my hands on a copy of her newest book, Kiss Her Once for Me!

***And if you haven’t yet read The Charm Offensive….READ. THE. CHARM. OFFENSIVE. I absolutely DEVOURED that book, it’s so amazing.***

Goodreads Synopsis of Kiss Her Once For Me {Alison Cochrun}:

One year ago, recent Portland transplant Ellie Oliver had her dream job in animation and a Christmas Eve meet-cute with a woman at a bookstore that led her to fall in love over the course of a single night. But after a betrayal the next morning and the loss of her job soon after, she finds herself adrift, alone, and desperate for money.

Finding work at a local coffee shop, she’s just getting through the days—until Andrew, the shop’s landlord, proposes a shocking, drunken plan: a marriage of convenience that will give him his recent inheritance and alleviate Ellie’s financial woes and isolation. They make a plan to spend the holidays together at his family cabin to keep up the ruse. But when Andrew introduces his new fiancée to his sister, Ellie is shocked to discover it’s Jack—the mysterious woman she fell for over the course of one magical Christmas Eve the year before. Now, Ellie must choose between the safety of a fake relationship and the risk of something real.

My Review of Kiss Her Once For Me {Alison Cochrun}:

Aaaaaaand exactly as expected…I loved it 🙂

It’s wonderful! I LOVED the characters…each so intricate, so complicated, and so beautifully written. I loved the humor and found myself smiling while reading at many different points. I loved the overall messages and takeaways from this book (which I won’t say because I would never spoil a book for you)!

**Side Note: I think the name Ellie Oliver might be the cutest character name I’ve read.**

Reading is self care!

Alison Cochrun has such a gift and whatever she writes, I will absolutely read. Her writing just flows so well…does that even make sense?! I adore her!

Kiss Her Once for Me is such a delightful holiday book and as someone who LOVES the snow, all of the beautiful snowy scenes made my heart so happy 🙂

Bottom Line:

Loved it.

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Blogmas 2022 Posts:

12/1 Welcome to Blogmas 2022 {Video)!!

12/2 BLOGMAS 2022: Happy Birthday to ME {Target Gift Card Giveaway}

12/3 Blogmas 2022: Book Review: The Holiday Swap {Maggie Knox}

12/4 Blogmas 2022: The Bookish Gift I Bought For Myself

12/5 Blogmas 2022: Winter Wonderland Book Tag

12/6 Blogmas 2022: 6 Books I Want To Read in 2023

Xo,

Jenny

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Blogmas 2022: Book Review: The Holiday Swap {Maggie Knox}

Blogmas 2022: Book Review: The Holiday Swap {Maggie Knox}

So this was the book that I wanted to read LAST holiday season but ran out of time (and I am waaaaaay too Type A to read a holiday book at any other time of the year). Everyone was reading this book last December and I found myself experiencing some pretty big FOMO! So, obviously this was the first book I picked up to read during this holiday season and I couldn’t wait to start reading 🙂

Goodreads Synopsis of The Holiday Swap {Maggie Knox}:

All they want for Christmas is a different life.

When chef Charlie Goodwin gets hit on the head on the L.A. set of her reality baking show, she loses a lot more than consciousness; she also loses her ability to taste and smell–both critical to her success as show judge. Meanwhile, Charlie’s identical twin, Cass, is frantically trying to hold her own life together back in their quaint mountain hometown while running the family’s bustling bakery and dealing with her ex, who won’t get the memo that they’re over.


With only days until Christmas, a desperate Charlie asks Cass to do something they haven’t done since they were kids: switch places. Looking for her own escape from reality, Cass agrees. But temporarily trading lives proves more complicated than they imagined, especially when rugged firefighter Jake Greenman and gorgeous physician’s assistant Miguel Rodriguez are thrown into the mix. Will the twins’ identity swap be a recipe for disaster, or does it have all the right ingredients for getting their lives back on track?

My Review of The Holiday Swap {Maggie Knox}:

**Note that the book I own is an Advanced Reader Copy. Thank you to my sweet friend (you know who you are!) for sharing it with me!**

Ok so obviously it’s an adorable premise…set in a adorable small town.

This book was just WAY too unrealistic and way too predictable for me. I literally predicted almost every single thing that happened which made for a rather annoying reading experience.

The “swap” was also annoying…I kept confusing the characters throughout the entire book!

But most of all it made me angry how this book was about 2 adult women who spent the majority of their time switching places and repeatedly LYING to EVERYONE.

And one of THE most annoying parts of this book? It’s freaking not even a holiday book. Yes it takes place right before Christmas but there really isn’t anything “Christmasy” about it until the verrrrrry end.

I didn’t hate this book, I just didn’t love it. It was cute, it was sweet, it was….eh. So many other adorable holiday books out there!

Bottom Line:

Everyone LOVES this book…and I’m honestly not sure how.

Target Gift Card Giveaway

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Have you read The Holiday Swap? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Blogmas 2022 Posts:

Welcome to Blogmas 2022 {Video)!!

BLOGMAS 2022: Happy Birthday to ME {Target Gift Card Giveaway}

Xo,

Jenny

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Book Review: Bookish People {Susan Coll}

Book Review: Bookish People {Susan Coll}

I’m such a sucker for books about people who read books. If you recall what FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME is, than this statement should come to you as no surprise.

Knowing this, you can understand why the synopsis of Bookish People grabbed me….especially the last sentence!

Goodreads Synopsis of Bookish People {Susan Coll}:

Independent bookstore owner Sophie Bernstein is burned out on books. Mourning the death of her husband, the loss of her favorite manager, her only child’s lack of aspiration, and the grim state of the world, she fantasizes about going into hiding in the secret back room of her store.

Meanwhile, renowned poet Raymond Chaucer has published a new collection, and rumors that he’s to blame for his wife’s suicide have led to national cancellations of his publicity tour. He intends to set the record straight—with an ultra-fine-point Sharpie—but only one shop still plans to host him: Sophie’s.

Fearful of potential repercussions from angry customers, Sophie asks Clemi—bookstore events coordinator, aspiring novelist, and daughter of a famed literary agent—to cancel Raymond’s appearance. But Clemi suspects Raymond might be her biological father, and she can’t say no to the chance of finding out for sure.

This big-hearted screwball comedy features an intergenerational cast of oblivious authors and over-qualified booksellers—as well as a Russian tortoise named Kurt Vonnegut Jr.—and captures the endearing quirks of some of the best kinds of people: the ones who love good books.

My Review of Bookish People {Susan Coll}:

Ok so my feelings on this one are a bit all over the place. I definitely liked it and dare I even say there were parts that I LOVED but…there were MOST definitely parts that were pretty boring. It was just so wordy. SO. MANY. WORDS. And so much backstory, so many feelings…I just kept waiting for something (anything) to happen.

I didn’t feel like the character development was complete, the various viewpoints from which the story was told were confusing, and it all just felt a bit jumbled together.

HOWEVER…and here is where I’m so conflicted in my thoughts on this one…there were parts of this book that were absolutely ADORABLE. I found myself smiling on more than one occasion while reading! The backbone of this story is that books is what binds all of these people together and I absolutely loved that aspect of the book. A book describing the inner workings of a bookstore and it’s staff? Yes please!

Waiting for my Covid Booster!

But….just as often as I found myself smiling, I also found myself contemplating not even finishing because I just really didn’t care what happened to any of the characters (except for Sophie and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.).

I will say that I enjoyed this book SIGNIFICANTLY more as I kept reading and by the end, I actually ended up loving it. I just wish I had those feelings the whole time!

Bottom Line:

I pretty much equally loved and disliked this book.

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Jenny

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Book Review: The Perfect Neighborhood {Liz Alterman}

Book Review: The Perfect Neighborhood {Liz Alterman}

If you follow Book Coffee Happy on Instagram, you already know how much I LOVED reading this book! This is a perfect example of spotting a book with a new-to-me title and author sitting on the library shelf and discovering an absolute GEM.

After reading Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and then Things We Never Got Over, I was in the mood for my next read to be a completely different genre…and I was craving a twisty psychological thriller.

I am currently on such a streak of reading amazing books! The past 3 books I have read have all been WONDERFUL. Oh please let this streak continue…

Goodreads Synopsis of The Perfect Neighborhood {Liz Alterman}:

When actress and model Allison Langley leaves her former rockstar husband, Christopher, in the middle of the night, it’s all her Oak Hill neighbors can talk about. The gossip comes to an abrupt halt when five-year-old Billy Barnes goes missing on his walk home from kindergarten.

Billy’s mother, Rachel, blames herself for being at work and letting her only child walk alone. Cassidy, Billy’s teenage babysitter, was also late to arrive on the afternoon he disappeared and blames herself for his disappearance.

As the clock ticks down, police are unable to find any trace of Billy, forcing Rachel to ponder the enemies she’s made in their well-off suburb. Could it be one of her neighbors who stole her son? Would they abduct Billy to hurt her? How easy would it be to take a child while the parents or nannies are distracted?

When another child goes missing, the town is put under a microscope as the police try to get to the bottom of the disappearances. Will they be able to find the two children, or will it be too late? What secrets lie at the heart of this tragedy, and how far will one go to keep those dangerous secrets buried?

My Review of The Perfect Neighborhood {Liz Alterman}:

I absolutely LOVED this book!

The entire book revolves around the mystery of the missing children and my theories of who took them changed literally by the sentence. Just when I was completely sure of who took them, my theory would instantly change to me thinking it was someone else. I LOVE WHEN BOOKS ARE UNPREDICTABLE. I had NO CLUE how this book was going to end…right up until the very last sentence!

Liz Alterman’s writing style is easy to read, easy to understand, and GREAT. There were a lot of characters in this book but they weren’t difficult to keep track of and remember (which was so appreciated because this is always such a pet peeve of mine)…and each character brought such a unique perspective to this story.

I read this book over the course of a few days, I couldn’t put it down.

Bottom Line:

One of my favorite reads of the year!

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Jenny

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Book Review: Things We Never Got Over {Lucy Score}

Book Review: Things We Never Got Over {Lucy Score}

The bar was set HIGH for this one and my expectations were through the roof. When I actually purchase a book rather than check it out from the library, you KNOW I’m expecting it to be great.

I started reading this book right before my family and I took an epic road trip and this book came along on the adventure! I’ve read parts of this book in 4 different states!

Started in Illinois
Continued in Indiana
Reading while watching the sunrise over the mountains in Tennessee
Read more in Indiana
Aaaaand finished the book while back home in Illinois

Goodreads Synopsis of Things We Never Got Over {Lucy Score}:

Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon.
Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride.

Naomi wasn’t just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin to Knockemout, Virginia, a rough-around-the-edges town where disputes are settled the old-fashioned way…with fists and beer. Usually in that order.

Too bad for Naomi her evil twin hasn’t changed at all. After helping herself to Naomi’s car and cash, Tina leaves her with something unexpected. The niece Naomi didn’t know she had. Now she’s stuck in town with no car, no job, no plan, and no home with an 11-year-old going on thirty to take care of.

There’s a reason Knox doesn’t do complications or high-maintenance women, especially not the romantic ones. But since Naomi’s life imploded right in front of him, the least he can do is help her out of her jam. And just as soon as she stops getting into new trouble he can leave her alone and get back to his peaceful, solitary life.

At least, that’s the plan until the trouble turns to real danger.

My Review of Things We Never Got Over {Lucy Score}:

I really loved it.

There is so much hype surrounding this book right now and there is a reason…it’s wonderful.

Set in a charming small town with charming characters, I found myself smiling while reading. It’s light, easy to read, and a perfect book to bring on vacation.

It’s LONG (552 pages!) but the story never dragged, it just intensified. A bit cheesy at times and I didn’t always love the actions of one of the main characters (Knox)…but overall I really loved the story.

The biggest surprise of the book was the way the author went from cheesy, overly saccharine writing to…EXTREMELY HOT AND DIRTY SEX SCENES! Like, holy fuck did those scenes come out of left field. They were awesome and a very pleasant surprise indeed. Loved them 🙂

The second biggest surprise to me was that there was one storyline that I predicted from the very beginning that I felt was glaringly obvious throughout the entire book…AND IT TURNED OUT THAT I WAS WRONG! I absolutely LOVE when that happens!

The author’s note at the end was so beautifully written and made me respect the whole book even more.

The sequel comes out in February 2023! I’m excited to revisit Knockemout and to revisit these beautiful characters. I already LOVE the gorgeous cover:

Bottom Line:

Sweet, innocent, cheesy words of a really beautiful story and suddenly…BAM…dirty sex scene. Loved this book so much!

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Xo,

Jenny

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Book Review: Any Other Family {Eleanor Brown}

Book Review: Any Other Family {Eleanor Brown}

The library didn’t put the book cover on straight and it bothered me for the entire duration of the time I was reading this book. GRRRRRRRR.

Goodreads Synopsis of Any Other Family {Eleanor Brown}:

They look just like any other family. But they aren’t a family like any other – not quite. Instead, they are three sets of parents who adopted four biological siblings, committing to keeping the children connected after the death of their grandmother.

Tabitha, who adopted the twins, is the planner of the group, responsible for coordinating playdates and birthdays and Sunday night dinners, insistent that everything happens just so. Quiet and steady Ginger, single mother to the eldest daughter, resists the forced togetherness, her own unsettled childhood leaving her wary of trusting too much. And Elizabeth is still reeling from going directly from failed fertility treatments into adopting a newborn, terrified that her unhappiness means she was not meant to be a mother at all.

But when the three women receive a surprising call from their children’s birth mother, announcing she is pregnant again and wants them to help her find an adoptive family for this child too, the delicate bonds they are still struggling to form threaten to collapse. As tensions rise, the women reckon with their own feelings about what it means to be a mother and what they owe each other as a family.

Set across the span of a family vacation, one full of boisterous laughter and emotional upheaval, Any Other Family is a thought-provoking and poignant look at how families shift and evolve and a striking portrait of motherhood in all its forms.

My Review of Any Other Family {Eleanor Brown}:

It’s a beautiful story filled with beautifully complex characters.

That being said…

…I found it boring.

It’s extremely character driven which I’ve learned I just don’t enjoy as much as a plot driven story. I like when THINGS evolve significantly more than I like reading about PEOPLE evolving. Thoughts, feelings, emotions, relationships…eh. Give me a good plot twist over any of these. Does that make sense? This book was SO character driven and I just kept waiting for something (ANYTHING) to happen…but what WAS happening were the thoughts, feelings, emotions, relationships, etc.

Boring.

**One thing that I LOVED and so wish more authors would do was that a family tree was drawn on page 1. With a book filled with so many characters and backstories, THIS WAS SO HELPFUL to keep everyone straight! Why don’t more authors choose to include this?!? As a reader, I found this so incredibly helpful and beneficial to make sure that I knew exactly everyone was and I found myself referring back to it OFTEN. While reading books, I have thought many times of creating my own type of chart/family tree to keep track of characters. Have you done this? There is a poll currently up in my Instastories asking how many of you have…I think at times I may need to start.**

Bottom Line:

A very beautiful but very boring book.

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Jenny

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STOP EVERYTHING AND READ. THIS. BOOK.

STOP EVERYTHING AND READ. THIS. BOOK.

I saw this shirt while shopping a few weeks ago, I should have bought it!

The first book of Gabrielle Zevin’s that I read waaaaaaaaaaaay back when I first started writing Book Coffee Happy was Young Jane Young. I loved it (you can read the synopsis and my review HERE…one of my verrrry first blog posts). A few years later I read The Storied Life of AJ Fikry which I declared to be the very best book that I have ever read…EVER. That book is so amazing (you can read the synopsis and my review HERE).

Goodreads Synopsis of Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow {Gabrielle Zevin}:

On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom. These friends, intimates since childhood, borrow money, beg favors, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo. Overnight, the world is theirs. Not even twenty-five years old, Sam and Sadie are brilliant, successful, and rich, but these qualities won’t protect them from their own creative ambitions or the betrayals of their hearts.

Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a dazzling and intricately imagined novel that examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. Yes, it is a love story, but it is not one you have read before. 

STOP EVERYTHING AND READ. THIS. BOOK.

Omg this book.

It’s so BEAUTIFULLY written.

I must admit that I was hesitant to pick this one up due to the subject…I am NOT by any means a “gamer” (although I must admit that I am FANTASTIC at Mario Kart). I am here to report that if you are at all hesitant as I was, READ THIS BOOK. I promise that not being an actual gamer didn’t hinder my understanding or my love for this book even the slightest bit. If anything, it piqued my interest and made me realize how brilliant game designers truly are.

Do you follow Book Coffee Happy on Instagram? Here are some of the Instastories that I shared while reading (devouring?) this beautiful book:

A beautifully written book in every single way. Stop whatever you are doing and get your hands on a copy. Stat.

Every single thing about this book is pure magic. The beautiful writing, the in depth characters representing SO MANY, the complicated relationships, the overall story (and the stories that fall within those stories)…all simply magic. I absolutely savored every word in this book and never wanted it to end.

Bottom Line:

I officially now declare this to be one of my all time favorite books.

I won’t be posting here for a bit…my family is going on a little vacation for the next week! Follow me on Instagram…I’ll be posting stories while on the trip 🙂

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Xo,

Jenny

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Horrific, Disgusting, Awesome, and Amazing…AKA Verity {Colleen Hoover}

Horrific, Disgusting, Awesome, and Amazing…AKA Verity {Colleen Hoover}

A smiling, happy picture of me somehow doesn’t seem appropriate when discussing this book but I did take this selfie a few weeks ago when the sun was setting and lighting was perfection so…

Omg this book. My dear friend, Becca, loaned it to me MONTHS ago and for months I’ve been staring at it (check out Becca’s adorable YouTube channel HERE). Of course I had heard Verity was intense, of course I had heard it was messed up. I didn’t really want to read it but I was incredibly curious to see what all the hype was about…

Goodreads Synopsis of Verity {Colleen Hoover}

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. 

My Review of Verity {Colleen Hoover}

Holy. Hell.

This book is FUCKED UP. It’s twisted, horrific, disgusting….the list goes on and on.

And yet…

I couldn’t put it down. I read it in 24 hours. I can’t remember the last time I read an entire book in 24 hours!

Writing a spoiler free review is practically impossible with this one so I really can’t say much except…READ THIS. STAT.

I mean…how often to do you see a Facebook page created for people to discuss ONE book?!? If you follow Book Coffee Happy on Instagram (which you should because I post on there significantly more often than I post on here…I usually post stories daily), you saw that I had shared this in my stories a few weeks ago. This is one of a few Facebook groups out there created just to discuss Verity…crazy. Colleen Hoover herself even chimes in on discussions at times!

**Pro Tip: Do NOT visit this FB page until you have finished reading the book. The primary discussion on there is all about the ending of the book.**

Best and simultaneously most fucked up Colleen Hoover book I’ve read (and I’ve read a whole bunch). The writing in this book is absolutely brilliantly amazing. It’s so weird to say that I loved this book because it’s just so MESSED UP but…it’s an amazing book.

Bottom Line

It’s haunting, it’s disturbing, it’s insane. It’s awesome. I LOVED it.

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Xo,

Jenny

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Book Review: Every Summer After {Carley Fortune}

Book Review: Every Summer After {Carley Fortune}

So EVERYONE is obsessed with this book right now.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember the Instastories of me literally CHASING this book around town at the beginning of summer. It was high on my TBR and I was DETERMINED to find myself a copy. I went to Barnes and Noble and not only were they sold out…but apparently ALL Barnes and Nobles in my area for miles around were sold out! Well if THAT didn’t make me want to read it even more, nothing would.

So I took a quick lunch break and then went straight to to bookstore #2…Barbara’s Bookstore in Vernon Hills…SUCCESS! I happily bought my book and left with a smile on my face. I couldn’t wait to start reading!

In fact, I was SO excited to start reading that I declared this book to be the book I was most excited to read this summer!

Goodreads Synopsis of Every Summer After {Carley Fortune}:

They say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser, ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago, that has felt too true. Instead of glittering summers on the lakeshore of her childhood, she spends them in a stylish apartment in the city, going out with friends, and keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart.

Until she receives the call that sends her racing back to Barry’s Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek—the man she never thought she’d have to live without.

For six summers, through hazy afternoons on the water and warm summer nights working in his family’s restaurant and curling up together with books—medical textbooks for him and work-in-progress horror short stories for her—Percy and Sam had been inseparable. Eventually that friendship turned into something breathtakingly more, before it fell spectacularly apart.

When Percy returns to the lake for Sam’s mother’s funeral, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until Percy can confront the decisions she made and the years she’s spent punishing herself for them, they’ll never know whether their love might be bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.

Told over the course of six years and one weekend, Every Summer After is a big, sweeping nostalgic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever.

Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.

My Review of Every Summer After {Carley Fortune}:

Book + Pedicure = Happiness

I was so excited when I finally DID manage myself a copy of this book! I bought it, I read it, and…Eh.

I really, really liked it. There’s nothing not to like! I smiled, I cried, I felt alllll the emotions while reading. BUT…

It was boring. It took me weeks to finish. I’m not sure what I’m missing here….so many people say they devoured this book in 1 sitting? I felt like nothing really happened within the first 2/3 of this book? It held my interest enough to keep reading but I just kept waiting for something….ANYTHING…to happen? I also just wanted MORE. More storyline, more character development, more reasons to like Percy (I did not), more Sue, more EVERYTHING.

I found the timelines to be confusing. Bouncing around through 12 years while simultaneously talking about the present just didn’t work for me. I found myself going back to the beginning of chapters to remind myself what decade we were in. Eh.

And my biggest issue with this book….IT. WAS. SO. PREDICTABLE. By chapter 2, I figured out the entire ending and I was spot on. And I wasn’t even trying to predict anything! I HATE THAT SO MUCH.

Now I DID enjoy the writing style and I’m very much looking forward to reading another book by Carley Fortune but unfortunately this one just wasn’t my favorite.

And the cover art is weird. Why does Percy have a bald spot?

Bottom Line:

It’s good…definitely not worthy of all the hype.

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Xo,

Jenny

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Book Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before {Jenny Han}

Book Review: To All The Boys I Loved Before {Jenny Han}

I ran a few polls on Instagram and here are the results:

Goodreads Synopsis of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before {Jenny Han}:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed.

But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh.

As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

My Review of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before {Jenny Han}:

As soon as I purchased it, I noticed that my very first impressions of the book were SO positive. And when I say book, I mean the actual aesthetic of the book….

As for the words written INSIDE of the beautiful book…

Eh.

I made it 150 pages in before I declared I was done. I had HUGE expectations for this book because I know people who absolutely LOVE it and I just…didn’t?

I’ve mentioned this before but I hate when YA books are too….YA. I love a YA book that’s written to the appeal of any age and this book just felt so, so incredibly juvenile to me. Would a high schooler love this book? Maybe. Does a married mother of 2 love this book? Absolutely not. It was just TOO unrelatable. On every single level.

The passage that officially put me over the edge:

Aaaaaand I’m out.

I was super disappointed because I so badly wanted to love this series. I even ran to the library to get the next 2 books in the trilogy so they would be waiting for me when I finished book #1! Aaaaaaaand now I need to return those 2 books. Stat. They are currently still sitting in the front seat of my car. Never even made it into my house.

As I was taking this picture, a gigantic fly flew into my car and I couldn’t get it to leave. Currently my car is housing a gigantic fly and 2 library books that I will be returning without even opening the covers. Lovely.

Do I think this book may have gotten better had I kept reading? Probably. Did I care enough to find out? Absolutely not.

I know that putting this one down was a good choice because once I stopped reading, I never even thought about these characters again until I sat down to write this blog post.

Bottom Line:

Congratulations to the 47% of my Instagram followers who have not read this book!

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Xo,

Jenny

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