Review: Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood #2) – Becky Albertalli


Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood #2) – Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

Title: Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood #2)

Author: Becky Albertalli

Release Date: April 24, 2018

Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: Audiobook

Page Number: 343

Source: Scribd

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

4 out of 5 stars


I listened to this on audiobook on my drive back to college and it made the 5 hour drive FLY by. I always listen to my audiobooks at 1.5x speed, so that’s how I was able to finish it during the drive.

I really enjoyed this book and I think it was a good continuation/conclusion of the Creekwood series. I liked that Simon and the rest of the characters were almost central characters. The story stayed within the friend group which was kind of cool. I wish that I would have read this right after I finished Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda, but I don’t think it was out when I read it.

I was kind of annoyed with how much swearing there was throughout this. It was so unnecessary and really didn’t have anything to do with the plot of the story. I think unnecessary swearing is one of my biggest pet peeves, so this could just be me being hyper-focused, but…

I think Leah was a cool character and some of her stories and scenes were very relatable. I find it kind of interesting that the whole book is about Leah being bisexual, but there wasn’t much about her wanting to be with a guy. She was very focused on being with a girl, which is fine, but I didn’t see how it was about her bisexuality, though.

I loved seeing Simon and Bram from the first book because they’re just so cute. I really think that that is one of my favorite relationships from a YA book.

Series:

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1)

Review: Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) – Arden Rose


Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) – Arden Rose

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)

Title: Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together

Author: Arden Rose

Release Date: March 28, 2017

Publisher: HarperCollins

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 208

Source: Scribd

For fans of Grace Helbig and Alexa Chung comes a fresh, hilarious guide to growing up your way from social media influencer and lifestyle vlogger Arden Rose.

In Almost Adulting — perfect for budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies — Arden tells you how to survive your future adulthood. Topics include:

-Making internet friends who are cool and not murderers

-Flirting with someone in a way to make them think you are cool and not a murderer

-Being in an actual relationship where you talk about your feelings in a healthy manner??? To the other person???????

-Eating enough protein

-Assembling a somewhat acceptable adult wardrobe when you have zero dollars

-Going on adventures without starting to smell

-How sex is supposed to feel, but, like, actually though

By the end of the book — a mash-up of essays, lists, and artwork — you’ll have learned not only how to dress yourself, how to travel alone, how to talk to strangers online, and how to date strangers (in PERSON!), but also how to pass as a real, functioning, appropriately socialized adult.

3 out of 5 stars


Almost Adulting by Arden Rose is just a random hodge-podge of events from Arden’s life, but random in a good way.

Arden Rose is a YouTuber who now lives in LA. She’s mastered the art of not caring what people think and being happy about what she’s doing. I think she’s admirable when it comes to how she’s living her life, but there are obviously some things I would do a little differently.

Arden reminds me of my best friend, Kaitlyn, because they’re both a little free-spirit, like having cute vintage things, have a distinct style, and are confident in who they are. I admire Arden even more because she reminds me of Kaitlyn.

I listened to this on audiobook from Scribd, and I really enjoyed hearing Arden narrate this book. It felt like she was letting you in on some secrets from her life. She is very open and honest with everything in this book.

I liked the chapter where she talked about sex and virginity. Her take on it isn’t exactly like mine, but I loved how open she was about the whole conversation. Her idea is that it’s your body, you can do what you want with it. I agree, and I love that she added that you can have sex if you want, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. She also talked about how important it is to spread positivity when it comes to talking about bodies.

I think this is a great audiobook and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Arden. I think the next time I see this book in a store I’m going to flip through it so I can see some of the artwork, but I’m glad I could listen to Arden read it.

Also. I love the name Arden.

Review: Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch


Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

Title: Love & Gelato

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 389

Source: Public Library

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

5 out of 5 stars


I loved this book so much. I’m just having such great luck with contemporaries lately!

This book followed a girl named Lina who goes to live with a father she’s never met right outside of Florence after her mother dies of cancer. Lina gets to Italy and realizes that she’s going to have to live in a house at a cemetery. It’s a WWII cemetery and is no longer used for new burials, but still. She goes on her daily morning run and meets a boy her age named Ren. They quickly become friends and she starts spending a lot of time with him. In the meantime, one of her father’s friends gives her a journal from her mother during her time living in Italy. She reads through it piece by piece, but the journal becomes an object of mystery. Her mother explains stories about her time in Italy and Lina realizes her father might not be who she thinks he is…

This reminded me so much of my trip to Italy that I took two years ago. The description of travel was so accurate it almost hurt. Lina’s initial response to walking up to the Duomo in Florence was exactly how I felt. It was amazing.

Her first taste of gelato was exactly how I felt. The small adventures were just as important as the big ones. It was the perfect depiction of having new experiences.

Then there’s Ren. Oh my gosh I love him so much. Right away you know that she’s going to fall for him because she HAS to. He’s cute, half-Italian, quirky. He’s perfect. I love them together.

I love her father. He’s so sweet and loves her so much. I love that it’s not a “typical” familial tie but it works so well.

I love that there’s a little mystery when it comes to the journal.

There was just so much to love about this book and it just makes me want to go travel in Italy again!

Review: I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman


I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman

I Have Lost My Way

Title: I Have Lost My Way

Author: Gayle Forman

Release Date: March 27, 2018

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 258

Source: Public Library

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in help­ing the others out of theirs.

An emotionally cathartic story of losing love, finding love, and discovering the person you are meant to be, I Have Lost My Way is best­selling author Gayle Forman at her finest.

5 out of 5 stars


This book was AMAZING.

This book fulfilled the challenge of ‘read a book with a beautiful spine’ for Booktubeathon. I’m right on track! It’s such an amazing feeling :)

Wow, okay this book was just what I needed. It was the perfect mix of loss, grief, happiness, and love. I just can’t express how beautifully it was written and how it came together so seamlessly.

This story followed three main characters who fatefully meet up when a girl falls off a bridge onto a stranger, and the whole event is witnessed by a boy walking in the park. The girl, Freya, is a musician. She’s about to be known as “famous” because of her YouTube channel and her music deal with one of the biggest producers available. She’s about to really “make it” when she loses her voice. She falls onto a boy named Nathaniel. He is visiting New York City and is just slowly making his way through life. He’s depressed. He doesn’t know what to do. He’s broken. The whole scene is witnessed by a boy named Harun. Harun is about to be sent to Pakistan to find a bride, but he hasn’t told his family his biggest secret. He’s gay, and he’s known since he was 9 years old. He knows they would disown him, so he just runs off for the day trying to get away from his family…

Now, this plot sounds all over the place, but it comes together so beautifully. There are so many little nuances that make it feel so real and right. I’m just so impressed with this book. The friendships that developed were so… real and raw. They needed each other and it was just so perfectly written.

I loved the characters from this book and was so invested right away. I think this book took place over one day, and I loved that it was such a short time line. I just loved so much about this book and was blown away by it. There were so many different layers to the story that just added so many different levels.

I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read more by Gayle Forman.

Review: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel – Hope Larson and Madeleine L’Engle


A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel – Hope Larson and Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Title: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Release Date: October 2, 2012

Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 392

Source: Public Library

Late one night, three otherworldly creatures appear and sweep Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe away on a mission to save Mr. Murry, who has gone missing while doing top-secret work for the government. They travel via tesseract — a wrinkle that transports one across space and time — to the planet Camazotz, where Mr. Murry is being held captive. There they discover a dark force that threatens not only Mr. Murry but the safety of the whole universe.

Never before illustrated, A Wrinkle in Time is now available in a spellbinding graphic novel adaptation. Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, Mrs Which, the Happy Medium, Aunt Beast, and the many other characters that readers have loved for the past fifty years. Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet.

1 out of 5 stars


I read this book for the challenge of ‘read and watch a book to movie adaptation’ for Booktubeathon!

I read the novel of A Wrinkle in Time back at the beginning of this year and didn’t really enjoy it, but was SUPER excited for the movie. For some reason I didn’t go and see the movie when it was out in theatre, so I thought this would be the perfect book to read for this challenge. 

But…. I really did not enjoy this book…. at all.

Firstly, the art style was not the type of art that I like. It just didn’t flow how I thought it should and the characters looked kind of creepy.

Secondly, I would have been SO LOST had I not read the original novel before reading this. I was so confused even though I knew what was supposed to be happening. There was absolutely no cohesion when it came to anything.

Thirdly, the storyline just doesn’t appeal to me. I understand that it’s a children’s book, but it was way too confusing to be a good story. There were so many random things that had nothing to do with anything special.

The only reason I read this was because I’m looking forward to the movie. I still plan on watching the movie, and hopefully I’ll like that better than this.

Review: Champion (Legend #3) – Marie Lu


Champion (Legend #3) – Marie Lu

Champion (Legend, #3)

Title: Champion (Legend #3)

Author: Marie Lu

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 369

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

5 out of 5 stars


DEFINITELY the best of the trilogy!

I loved reading Champion and am SO HAPPY my brother bullied me into reading these books. Wow. All I can say is wow.

Champion follows Day and June after the events that happen in Prodigy. June takes a position as the Princeps-Elect in order to work closely with the government as she’s been trained to do her whole life. Day’s headaches are progressively getting worse, and he finally has a diagnosis. There is a plague breakout with no cure. The former United States is rivaling and the Republic needs outside help. Will they get the help they need? Who will be champion?

Guys. This series is so fricking good. This last book was the PERFECT way to end the series and I honestly don’t think I’ve read an ending that was better than this one. The way this ended was tragically sad, but also beautiful and perfect. I just have so many emotions regarding literally everything that happened in this book.

I was a little angsty about how Prodigy ended, so I knew that something had to be resolved right away at the beginning of Champion, but it took so long, but was also a perfect amount of waiting. Wow, okay this doesn’t even sound like anything lol.

Because I don’t want to spoil anything, I don’t want to go into much detail with… anything, but this was such a great ending.

I love Day. I love June. I love them together. I love Anden. I love all of the characters in this series.

So many things happened in this book and I think this book specifically, goes to show how talented Marie Lu is. I want to read more books by her because I know that I’m going to love them!

READ THIS SERIES.

Series:

Legend (Legend #1)

Prodigy (Legend #2)

Review: The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) – Katharine McGee


The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) – Katharine McGee

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)

Title: The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)

Author: Katharine McGee

Release Date: August 30, 2016

Publisher: Harpercollins

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 437

New York City as you’ve never seen it before.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…

3 out of 5 stars


I liked this book, but wasn’t blown away with it. I buddy read this book with Molly from her YouTube channel, Molly Strzelecki. I plan on talking about it more in my video wrap-up at the end of this month!

This book was a super cool concept because it was so futuristic and there were so many things that seemed viable and interesting, but I don’t know if the execution was what it could have been.

There were 5 different perspectives, and although I could understand and follow along with all 5, there were times that I had to think about who was who. Which could just be a me thing, but I was confused at times.

I liked that there were characters from many different social classes. It added some diversity that isn’t usually shown all at once in a young adult book. There were very poor people and excessively rich in comparison. It really made you think about where you would fall ranking-wise in this dystopian/futuristic society.

The ending was crazy! I’m so excited to read the second book in this series because I know that it’s going to answer so many questions I have. Also, I completely forgot about this until I was almost to the end, but the prologue of the book was actually the ending.

So we learn right at the beginning that someone is going to fall off the top of the Tower, which never happens, so it’s super mysterious and makes you wonder who it is. But I COMPLETELY forgot it was even a thing. So it was nice to remember that I had something to try and figure out. I correctly guessed who fell off the tower, but for the completely wrong reasons. Crazy stuff.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian because it was a very cool world. I wasn’t the biggest fan of all the characters, but they weren’t bad. I’m just feeling kind of torn with this book in regards to how I feel. It was good, but there were parts that were kind of bad. I just don’t know.

Lol even after all that nonsense, I’m excited to read the second book and look forward to reading it soon!