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P.S. I Like You – Kasie West


P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

P.S. I Like You

Title: P.S. I Like You

Author: Kasie West

Release Date: July 26, 2016

Publisher: Point

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 330

Source: Libby app

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

3 out of 5 stars


Predictable? Yes. Still cute? Also, yes.

P.S. I Like You follows Lily and a secret penpal from chemistry class who originally bonded over a shared love for a particular song. Their mutual respect for said song turned into daily letters passed back and forth between them. After daily exchanges and getting to know one another, Lily realizes that she’s fallen for this secret boy. Why oh why did this boy have to only be on paper?! Who was he? Did he also have feelings for Lily?

This book was a little cheesy, but there were also moments I thought were pretty adorable. The whole letter writing thing was super cute and I secretly wish it had happened to me. I’m very partial to letters, so that could be part of it, but also a cute boy waiting on the other end? Sounds pretty great to me.

After Lily finds out who this secret boy of hers is, she freaks her freak out. He’s not who she wants him to be and she holds that against him… viciously. This is the part that bugged me about this book because come on. You obviously like him, why continue hating him in person. Get it together. It just seemed unbelievably childish to me. Can you not set aside your differences to just try and get to know this boy? Honestly.

I loved the family dynamic in this book because they were all so close. One of my favorite things in books is a tightly bonded family because it reminds me of mine. I loved Lily’s siblings and her parents were fun side characters.

The music aspect of this book was a cool choice because we got to see a little more into Lily’s head. She writes lyrics throughout the book and we got backstory on why she wrote them. Pretty nice.

This was a really nice audiobook because it was fast-paced and easy to listen to. I started it on my drive home from school for a weekend and finished it whilst walking to and from class. I’ve fallen in love with audiobooks again YAY!

Would I reread this book? Probably not, but I did enjoy it while listening to it. I think it’s a cute, fast contemporary :)

Guys. I’ve done it. I’ve conquered this reading slump I’ve been in for a few months! I’m actually excited to read again, which is AMAZING. Also, yay for book 20 of the year.

Aubrey Joy

Review: My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella


My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life

Title: My Not So Perfect Life

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Release Date: February 7, 2017

Publisher: Bantam Press

Format: Audiobook

Page Number:

Source: Libby

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle–from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet–not to mention a possible new romance–the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away–until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.

Sophie Kinsella is celebrated for her vibrant, relatable characters and her great storytelling gifts. Now she returns with all of the wit, warmth, and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her bestsellers to spin this fresh, modern story about presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the truth.

4 out of 5 stars


My Not So Perfect Life follows Katie Brenner through her newly formed life in London at a fancy marketing company. She feels like she’s finally figuring the big city life out and enjoys her job… or so she tells herself. She’s so desperately wanted to love everything about London that she might be compromising with some of the things in her life. Like her hour long commute on the Tube, and living in a small flat with two roommates she doesn’t like. But she loves her London life, right? Katie is struggling at work to be noticed by her seemingly perfect boss, Demeter. Demeter has it all together, and Katie aspires to be just like her, and she’ll be able to once she can just move up in the company.

This book was EXTREMELY predictable, but it served it’s purpose as a contemporary novel. This was my first Sophie Kinsella book and I really liked the writing style! I thought it was fun and easy to understand; I listened to it on audio and the voice actor was also really great.

I could actually partly relate to a lot of the London struggles in this book because I just took a trip to England over my winter break at school. The Tube is fast and efficient, but also includes figuring out the stops and which line you need to get on going whatever direction. It was really cool because I actually recognized a lot of the place names she was talking about. I also really relate to the whole “this is what I’ve always wanted, why don’t I love it?” feelings Katie was having.

England, and London specifically, had been my DREAM for so long. Seriously so long. At least 10 years of my life, so when I got there and didn’t love it, I felt like something was wrong with me! I think Katie also had some of this struggle because of choosing to move there from the countryside of Somerset.

I think the romantic relationship in this book was kind of unrealistic, but that could also just be my “I’ve only ever been in one relationship and don’t know how to date” mentality. I think the ending where he came back for her was… kind of cheesy. It was cute, but not the kind of romance I prefer. I like the slow burn, still have each other against all odds, but that could also be my high fantasy perspective lol.

I loved reading about the countryside of England. If I were to ever live in England, which is very unlikely, I would want to live in a small country town where everyone has thick country accents and everyone-knows-everyone. I just love small towns because of their cosy feel, so it was fun to read about that. I think the farm setting made me feel at home, too.

Even though the relationship between Katie and Demeter changes by the end of the book and you get to see a different side of Demeter, I still wasn’t a huge fan. Just be a genuine person and portray yourself accurately and you won’t run into any of the problems she dealt with. I don’t know, it just seems counter productive to me.

Overall I think this was a cute book, and if you have traveled around the UK you would find it enjoyable! I definitely want to read more by Sophie Kinsella in the future, possibly the Confessions of a Shopaholic series.

Aubrey Joy

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) – Stephanie Perkins


Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) – Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3)

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: August 14, 2014

Publisher: Dutton

Format: ebook

Page Number: 352

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

5 out of 5 stars


YOU GUYS.

This is my favorite book from this series and it’s just so cute I’m fricking smiling to myself and having heart palpitations. o m g. Coherent thoughts, Aubrey. Get it together.

Isla and the Happily Ever After follows Isla as she finally gets to be in a relationship with the boy of her dreams. Her crush for over three years, Josh. He’s been friends with Etienne and the gang from Anna and the French Kiss for forever and was dating the same girl for two years. He is finally single, but shy Isla doesn’t know how to talk to him. She gets nervous and overthinks everything (#relatable), but when she’s hopped up on drugs after getting her wisdom teeth removed she finally talks to him…. and he starts falling for her.

I literally can’t express how cute this was. Yes, it was typical. Yes, it’s a very classic and somewhat cliche romance book. BUT, I couldn’t get enough of it. Oh man who do I get my thoughts together for this one.

I loved that the romance started right away. I love that this relationship happened quickly. I love that there wasn’t any apologizing when it came to them having sex. It felt so organic and real. This book felt the most realistic out of all the books of this series to me because it was so… frantic feeling. In the best way possible.

Isla has been in love with Josh for three years and her crush is MAJOR, so I loved that they pretty much started dating right away. It’s a romance book after all, I want the romance to happen. The majority of this book took place in the first month of them being together and it felt so real. Yes, I can be here for a slow burn romance, but a fast paced one is so refreshing every once in awhile. I love that they confessed their love early, because sometimes you just know.

I love that they didn’t make it such a big deal about having sex. I think everyone can choose what they want to do and when they want to do it, but I think so many young adult books apologize for containing sex. I can’t even express how refreshing it is to read about two people in love without a bad consequence in that regard! They weren’t shunned by their friends. They weren’t looked down on by their parents. They were happy and loved and it was just so nice. It was a healthy and safe relationship.

I related to Isla in so many ways. She was such an over thinker. Just. Like. Me. It sucks because it’s so hard to balance it because most of the time the other person you’re freaking out over literally doesn’t even give the conversation you’re obsessing over a second thought. I can speak from experience lol. I do think that she got annoyingly angry at Josh, but hey it all worked out so it’s fineeeee.

Everything was going way too smoothly the first half of the book, so you knew something bad was going to happen to ruin it. I kind of called it because they decided to take an unauthorized trip to Spain but didn’t think about telling the right people to not report it to whoever. Obviously something was going to go wrong. But there was a somewhat steamy sex scene which was cute and safe and just the right amount of detail.

Of course they’re going to get back together because why wouldn’t they. Again. YA contemporary. But I was kind of convinced near the end that it wasn’t going to happen. I’m SO glad that first inkling was wrong because it got SO MUCH CUTER. yay aww.

The characters from Anna and Lola showed up! And we saw Etienne propose to Anna which was quite possibly the most adorable thing I’ve ever read.

These books just read like a movie. I could see the whole thing unfolding in my mind and it was so vivid in detail. I think this is one of my favorite series of all time because it’s just so damn cute. I know cute is the word of this review, but there’s no other way to describe it!

This is one of those books that you get the ‘have to kind of hold your breath but try and breathe at the same time without making stupid girly aww cute noises.’ I know you know what I mean lol. I mean I hope you do. But DAMN SO GOOD.

I love this series and will FOREVER recommend it to everyone who needs a new book. Please read it; you will be grateful.

Series:

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

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

Review: The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli


The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Release Date: April 11, 2017

Publisher: Balzar + Bray

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 336

Source: Public Library

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

5 out of 5 stars


I loved this book and can now say that Becky Albertalli is one of my favorite authors.

The Upside of Unrequited follows Molly who is one of a twin duo who is highly unexperienced in the romance department. Molly has had 26 unrequited crushes and has never even kissed a boy. When her twin sister gets a girlfriend she feels left out because they’ve ALWAYS been best friends and have always told each other everything. She doesn’t know what to do. She’s confused and sad. She starts working at a store called Bissel and may or may not start to fall for a nerdy boy obsessed with Tolkien and Game of Thrones…

I totally get why everyone loves this book. This was so cute and perfectly written! I’ve had my annoyances with the term “adequate representation” because I don’t think a book should just be checking off boxes of different ethnicities, genders, religions, sexual orientations etc. but this book ACTUALLY has amazing representation.

Molly is heterosexual. Molly’s sister, Cassie is lesbian. Cassie’s girlfriend is pansexual. Molly has two moms one of whom is lesbian and the other is bisexual. Molly is fat. One of Molly’s moms is black. Some of the family is Jewish.

Okay. So this sounds like a super random hodge podge of different things and you might be thinking “wow that looks like it CHECKS OFF A LOT OF BOXES” but the way this was done was so seamless. There was no questioning about anything which I think made it feel like REAL representation. This book felt so so so real and I loved it.

The way that anxiety was represented was also perfect. I have anxiety so I could relate so much with Molly. She overthinks EVERYTHING and I think to someone who doesn’t overthink everything it would just seem like unnecessary worrying, but this is literally me. She texted someone and two minutes later when they didn’t respond she would freak out and feel like she made the biggest mistake of her life. Dude me too. I think anyone with anxiety could benefit from reading this because it is such an accurate representation of what it’s like.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

Because that’s the thing about change. It’s so painfully normal. It’s the most basic of all tragedies.

I feel this on so many levels because I’m not one that likes change and this is so true it actually hurts.

All the characters were so fun and unique. I don’t even understand how and author could possibly create this many beautiful characters, but Becky Albertalli doesn’t fail to amaze me. The characters from Simon were here!! I had heard that they would be, but I completely forgot about it and then they all showed up to the wedding and aww omg I couldn’t not smile.

Molly and Reid were quite possibly the cutest couple on planet earth. Enough said. Read the book.

ALWAYS READ THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS BECAUSE:

And to Grandma Molly. I never knew just how much I could miss a person. I lost you while drafting this. I thought of you every time I typed your name. What would I give to hear you call me mamaleh one more time.

omg can this get any cuter? I almost started crying when I read it because aww.