Review: Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up

Title: Why We Broke Up

Author: Daniel Handler

Release Date: December 4, 200827, 2011

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 354

Source: Library

I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

2 out of 5 stars

Let me preface this review by saying that this was not really what I was expecting.

This story follows Min Green who is writing a letter describing the reasons that she broke up with her boyfriend Ed Slaterton. She gives him trinkets back that remind her of him or things that he gave to her with explanations of why the thing reminded her of him.

The concept for this book was very cool, but I think it was executed poorly.

I love that there were pictures/illustrations throughout this book. It was partly the main reason that I picked it up, but I honestly didn’t like much more than that. Sad but true.

I didn’t enjoy the characters, and I thought the fact that Min was so obsessed with Ed was hella annoying. I also don’t really get why Min liked him so much. He was so rude and was just so immature about some things.

Al, Min’s best friend, was there the whole time! Why not choose him? He was so obviously in love with her. Ugh. Come on.

The formatting of this book really annoyed me. There were SO MANY RUN-ON SENTENCES. I am not here for that. Come on, I do not need a full page paragraph that consists of three sentences. *might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the gist* The hardcover version also has the shiny magazine pages which are annoying to read, and as petty as that sounds, it did inhibit my reading experience with it.

I got quite annoyed with how much name dropping there was in this. Min loved movies and wanted to be a director. Great, good for you, but I don’t know all these silent films and indie actors and movies. I don’t want to see the names in quotations and italics because I just feel like I’m missing out.

The fact that Ed said ‘gay’ in rude terms made me angsty, also. Min calls him out, but he doesn’t even try and fix it at all. That should have been the first indicator that he didn’t really love her, but she was just blinded by wanting the idea of him.

There wasn’t really a plot to this, either. I get that it’s a letter to her ex, but why isn’t there a real story? It makes me so sad that she was so controlled in this relationship, but she didn’t realize it at the time.

All in all I was thoroughly disappointed with this book. Fun fact, though. Daniel Handler is Lemony Snicket from The Series of Unfortunate Events. Crazy stuff.

Down the Read-A-Thon Hole!

Hello! It has been a hot minute since I last did a non-review post, but it’s my goal to make it more of a thing this year!!

I found the Down the Read-A-Thon Hole from Falling Down the Book Hole and just really wanted to participate. I LOVE readathons and they push me to read more throughout the time. I’m excited because this readathon is based off a bingo card and there are challenges for each square :)


The  Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge runs from Thursday, February 1 to Thursday, February 15. During this read-a-thon you will select books to complete a bingo card, with each box earning you points as well as a bingo. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges using a blog/twitter/instagram.

Read a book that completes the reading challenges to earn an “Alice” bingo. That means 5 in a row either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Additionally there will be other challenges posted throughout the 2 weeks that will earn you more points.
Each Box: 10pts
Bingo: 50pts
Blog Challenges: 20pts


February 2nd- Alice in Wonderland DIY – Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole 

February 4th- Alice in Wonderland Picture Challenge @ Falling Down The Book Hole

February 6th- Alice’s Adventures Down The Book Hole Book Tag- Two Book Minimum 

February 9th- Alice Themed Discussion- Alex @ Booksy Daisy

February 12th- Mad Hatter Tea Party Book Tag- Liam @ Book Worm Hole 

(You have until February 15th to complete and post this challenges to receive the points)

Okay. I just wanted to give some of the information I knew *from the blog post* in order to persuade you to join me! I think this will be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to participate.


‘Eat Me’ Cakes – read a book with a magical element

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

White Rabbit – read a popular book you are late to the party for

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

Tea Party – read a book based in England/UK

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

Dinah – read a book that focuses on friendship

Everything, Everything


Review: The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J. K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J. K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Title: The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Author: J. K. Rowling

Release Date: December 4, 2008

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 111

Source: Library

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

5 out of 5 stars

This was just the book I needed right now. I hadn’t finished a book in quite awhile, and felt like I was reading every-so-slowly, but this picked it right back up!

I love Harry Potter (Gryffindor power) and am co-hosting Randomathon Round 2 on my YouTube channel. One of the challenges was to read a Harry Potter book, so that’s why I picked this up from my library.

I’m so glad I read this because it was so fast paced and it was perfect for a readathon!

This book included five Wizarding World fairy tales that are told to wizard children while they’re growing up. These stories are just as well known as Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. I honestly really enjoyed every single story, but I think my favorite was “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” Even though I knew this story through watching the Harry Potter movies it was nice to read it in a book :)

Also, this cover is really cool. You should definitely study the cover a little bit after reading this, because you can tie each of the stories to one of the illustrations!

I think this was a great addition to the Harry Potter world, and if you get the chance you should totally pick it up! It was short and a very fast read :)

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) – Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) – Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: September 29, 2011

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Format: ebook

Page Number: 386

Source: Library Overdrive

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

5 out of 5 stars

I loved this so much. It was so cute and warmed my heart to no end.

I liked this one much more than Anna and the French Kiss, although I did love that one too. I’ve found that the climax of these books is right at the end when the couple gets together, and then the book ends, but I’m just so obsessed with the cute that I’m okay that I don’t get much of the relationship.

This book followed Lola Nolan who is dating this 22-year-old bad boy rocker guy named Max. She’s in love with him, but she’s only 16 when they start dating. Her dads don’t like Max so they always pester him with questions, and at the time Lola hates it, but she comes to realize it’s for the best, when her childhood crush moves back in next door. Cricket Bell. The epitome of the boy next door, but now he’s older, taller, and much more handsome…

This was so cute.

Seriously SO cute.

I loved Lola because she was different. She has two gay fathers which I loved having in a story. It just added a different dynamic to make the book more realistic. She also wore costumes each and every day. She loved dressing up and creating her own outfits, which I thought was so cool. She wore wigs, glasses, dresses, rainboots, sparkles, you name it and Lola has worn it. I loved that this added something interesting to the storyline. Cricket. Let me tell ya. Dream guy right here, and I’m so lucky because he reminded me of my own boyfriend (aww I know).

Cricket Bell is the cutest love interest I have ever read because he’s so honest with everything. He tells Anna that he’s been in love with her since childhood, but doesn’t push her. He lives right next door and they can see into each other’s windows. He climbs over to her room one night while she’s still dating Max. He knows that she’s sad, so he tries to comfort her, and then Anna realizes in that moment that she loves him and has for forever. So she leans in for the kiss, and Cricket tells her that he wants to kiss her more than anything in the whole world, but doesn’t want her to feel guilty with Max. He’s just such a considerate guy.

Anna and St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss showed up! It was so cute because I knew that these were companion novels, but I didn’t know that they would be in the storyline so much. I can just see Stephanie Perkins smiling and giggling to herself while she came up with this adorable storyline. Ugh so cute. I love St. Clair and Anna together, so seeing that again was just so cute.

The first kiss between Lola and Cricket was perfect. The rest of the kisses were perfect. You could tell they were crazy about each other, and it was precious and so pure. That is what love feels like. That was such an amazing representation of the pure need and want of a couple in a new relationship. It was just so cute and real and I loved it.

The moon cycle thing that Cricket makes for Lola. Oh my gosh I almost died when I read that because it was just so sweet. So thoughtful, and you can tell in that moment she’s just so far head-over-heels. I LOVE that Cricket didn’t make a big deal about Lola having slept with Max because that would just be dumb and rude, but I’m also glad that the book left off when they were walking into the dance so then you were left thinking that all they did was kiss and be happy and cute.

I’ve started reading the acknowledgements of books, and I would HIGHLY recommend doing this. The last part of the acknowledgments was to her husband, and she talked about how he flew across the country to take her to prom, and they wore their matching Converse for grand march. I was just overwhelmed with the cute of the book and that just added another layer omg it made me so happy.

Guys, this series is just as good as everyone says it is. This has raised the bar for every contemporary book I read!!

Review: A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) – Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) – Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time Movie Tie-In Edition

Title: A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1)

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Release Date: 1962

Publisher: Square Fish

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 256

Source: The Country Bookshop

Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (one of the most popular boys in school) journey through time and space in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. What’s a tesseract? It’s a wrinkle in time–but to say any more about the subject would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Madeleine L’Engle’s unusual and enchanting book.

4 out of 5 stars

Middle grade!

Almost every single time I read a middle grade book it makes me question why I don’t read them more often. I love the innocence and fun that happen in books written for younger readers, and this was the PERFECT book to read after ACOWAR.

This book follows Meg Murry who has a family that is a little different than most. She isn’t very academically inclined, her younger brother is too smart for his own good, her twin brothers are kind of rude, her mother is a scientist, and her father has been gone on a government trip for more than 4 years. Meg’s mother starts to explain about tesseracts to her after she finds out about them. Why are they so important, and why is her little brother friends with three old women?

This book was very cute, but I gave this 4/5 stars because there wasn’t very much description. I don’t know if this is just because L’Engle didn’t want to explain too much about the world or if it is just normal for middle grade books to not have much description because kids are more imaginative, but I found it to be the bare minimum of description sometimes. I found it quite annoying because I just wanted to know what everything was like.

I look forward to seeing how the relationship between Calvin and Meg grows, and I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE.

There are so many great actors in this movie, and I love that it’s a mixed race family. I think we need more of that in movies and books. I liked that they didn’t really mention race in this book because it allowed you to imagine who you wanted.

This had many more Christian ideals that I thought would be in it. I didn’t even know this was a Christian book, but I really enjoyed that aspect of it. The fact that the Mrs. Ws were the guardian angels was a nice addition to the story.

Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) – Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) – Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 2 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 705

Source: TBR Pile

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

5 out of 5 stars

I don’t understand how people didn’t like this book. After I write this review I’m going to watch some book review videos on YouTube, because I loved this book!

This was a great continuation of the Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I honestly do not understand why people hated this book so much! Everything wrapped up perfectly and all the characters grew so much.

This beginning of this book follows Feyre in the Spring Court deceiving Tamlin and everyone else in order to get the information she needs to return to the Night Court. First off, that’s such a badass way to start a book. Loved the deception even if it was sad at times. Then she and the rest of the Night Court family have to figure out what to do with the Cauldron situation and how to defeat Hybern and fix literally everything that everyone had messed up…

But this was so good. I do admit, it was VERY slow in the middle. Part two was so slow, but it’s just one of those books you have to get into the groove of reading larger sections at one time and you’re A OK. That being said, I’m all here for the slow burn books. I love when you have to wait to figure everything out. It builds suspense and makes you want to finish it even more. This book did take me quite awhile to read, but I think it’s because I started it and then got distracted because I was home for winter break still and then I took a trip to visit my aunt, uncle, five-year-old cousin, and two newborn twin girls, but I thoroughly enjoyed this nonetheless.

I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book because this was originally supposed to be a trilogy, I think. I need to know what happens with Nesta and Cassian, because their mating bond is going to snap into place any time and everyone knows it. Elain and Lucien are going to have their mating bond situation all figured out and they’re going to be helplessly in love cause AWW.

Also, Amren. I was pissed off when I found out that she was lying to Feyre, but then it all worked out so I’m cool with that. Rhys though.

Oh. My. Gosh. I thought he was actually going to stay dead forever and when Feyre found out that he also made a bargain with a monster I was so shooketh. Because she did the same thing and didn’t tell him and he did the same thing to her because they loved each other so much that they just didn’t want one another to be mad or sad or worried. And Feyre went and found the mirror for the Bone Carver. Excuse me. Cool and so badass.

One of my favorite parts from this book was the whole scene where Feyre goes and summons the Suriel and then it also brings Ianthe and her cronies. SHOOK. I was shook. I loved that Feyre stayed with the Suriel and also led Ianthe and those people to their death, but not before Rhys figured out how to get the Weaver. Man oh man.

I do have to admit that A Court of Mist and Fury was my favorite of the series, but I was not disappointed by the ending of this book at all :)


A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Review: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) – Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) – Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Title: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1)

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Format: ebook

Page Number: 385

Source: Library Overdrive

Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?

4 out of 5 stars

This was just the book I needed and I’m so happy to finally have read it. I totally get why everyone loves this series because this was just so cute.

The only reason I gave this a 4/5 instead of 5/5 is because Anna cried. So. Much.

I understand that lots of emotions can be coursing through your body at times, but you do not need to cry at literally everything. The guy you like just told you you’re beautiful. Crying. His girlfriend is mean. Crying. Anything happening. Crying.


Other than that though, I really loved this book. I read this in one day and was hooked the entire time. I did think that St. Clair and Anna got together with too little time to spare because you didn’t really even get to see their relationship, but it was still good.

St. Clair is such a great guy, but if he wanted to break up with his girlfriend Ellie, why didn’t he? He went on and on at the end saying things to the extent that he didn’t like change, and that they had been together for so long, but he wanted to break it off. It kind of made me mad when he said that he’s liked Anna since the first day of school, but didn’t act on it… hmmmm.

I loved the group of friends that Anna found at SOAP, and it was so cool that she got to go to school in Paris. I thought it was funny that she didn’t want to right away. Umm. You’re in Paris. One of the most iconic cities in the world, and you’re angsty? Live it up!

It’s strange to me that her dad picked Paris because she had literally never even spoken French, but had taken a few years of Spanish. Right.

Even though I found some things I didn’t like of this, I loved the majority of this. Anna and St. Clair’s relationship was so cute. I am so excited to read the other two books in this series!