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: Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina – Michaela DePrince


Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina – Michaela DePrince

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

Title: Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

Author: Michaela DePrince

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Audiobook

Page Number: 256 pages

The extraordinary memoir of Michaela DePrince, a young dancer who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone for the rarefied heights of American ballet.
Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a “devil child” for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life.
At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and is currently a member of the Dutch National Ballet’s junior company. She has appeared in the ballet documentary “First Position,” as well as on “Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America,” and “Nightline.”
In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet’s most exciting rising stars.

4 out of 5 stars


It’s always hard for me to review memoirs because it’s such a personal story, but I really enjoyed this one.

I listened to this book on audio through Scribd (amazing app if you haven’t used it). I think it was really nice to listen to on audiobook because you really felt like you were there with her. I don’t believe she narrated the book, but it was smooth and nice to listen to.

This book follows Michaela DePrince who was born in Sierra Leone to a loving family, but was eventually sent to live at an orphanage after the death of her parents. Her early childhood was hard to read and listen to because I can’t even imagine what it would have been like for her and her sister. Her life was so hard for her before she even knew it was bad. It’s just so terrible that this is happening all over the world.

While at the orphanage she found a magazine photo of a beautiful ballerina from a magazine, and kept it with her. She knew that when she got adopted she wanted to be a dancer. Her life got turned around when she got adopted by the same parents as her best friend in the orphanage. Now the two best friends were becoming sisters.

They got to the United States and had to learn how to adjust to the culture. It was completely different from anything either of the girls had known before. Michaela asked her parents if she could take dance lessons, and her career blossomed from there.

Michaela DePrince is an accomplished ballerina who helped to make a difference in the dance world by showing that black girls can be ballerinas, too. She was in the documentary First Position and danced with Dutch National Ballet.

I, myself, am a dancer so I always love to read about other people’s dance stories. This one was inspiring, and it was beautiful to see Michaela’s passion for dance from the beginning.

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!

Review: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) – Tahereh Mafi


Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) – Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Title: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: November 15, 2011

Publisher: Harpercollins

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 338

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

3 out of 5 stars


I buddy read this book with Emily from her Booktube channel emibookish!

This is a dystopian novel following a girl named Juliette. She has a power that means she is unable to touch anyone without killing them, or coming close to killing them. She has never been loved. She hasn’t touched anyone or been touched in over three years. Oh, and she’s been in solitary confinement in an insane asylum for 264 days.

I loved the writing style of this book. It was beautiful and poetic and rambly, but it a wonderful way. The words flowed so perfectly that sometimes it felt like I was reading free verse poetry. I honestly think this was the easiest writing style to read!

I’ve always been intrigued by this book, so when Emily asked me to buddy read it with her I said ABSOLUTELY. ps. I LOVE buddy reading. So much fun. Anyway, I have always wanted to read this because it sounded interesting.

But here’s the thing. I’m wonderful at avoiding spoilers/knowing anything about books before I read them. So I really had no idea what this was about, but I knew a lot of people loved it. So I was excited to pick it up, and it was absolutely NOTHING like what I thought it was going to be. Any preconceived notion was wrong.

Not bad wrong, just completely wrong. It’s actually comical how much I had no idea what this book was about.

This was so much darker at the beginning than I was expecting. The book starts out with Juliette in her solitary confinement and she’s pretty much going crazy because she hasn’t seen another human being in 264 days. Then Adam comes and becomes her roommate in her cell. She has no idea why he’s there, but she remembers him. She went to school with him and he is now with her. Alone. In her cell. Where she’s been alone. She doesn’t know how to cope, so she kind of freaks out.

But then the story progresses and Juliette gets taken away and finds out that Adam is a soldier who has been spying on her. INTENSE.

I enjoyed this book, but I do have to admit, the beginning was kind of slow. I’ve heard that the rest of the series is amazing, so I’m definitely going to continue on! I already downloaded the rest of the series onto my Nook…. oops.

I can’t wait to read more from Tahereh Mafi because her writing style was GORGEOUS!

REREAD Review: Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu


Legend (Legend #1) – Marie Lu

Legend (Legend, #1)

Title: Legend (Legend #1)

Author: Marie Lu

Release Date: November 29, 2011

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 305

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

5 out of 5 stars


This is the second time I’ve read this book and I’m so excited to actually continue on with the series now!

Here is my original review from last year.

I forgot how much I enjoyed this book the first time I read it, but I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! I’m starting this thing with myself that I’m only going to try and have 2 series going at once (unless they’re not complete), just to keep myself accountable. This is my brother’s favorite book series and he asked me if I would read the whole series this time around. I told him absolutely, because he never gives me recommendations lol.

This book was so fun to read and it is SO fast paced. I feel like I flew through this! I’ve been reading it for a little less than a week, but I’ve only read it for three days… if that makes any sense.

My first review of this book has more coherent thoughts about plot and characters, but I love Day and June. I love them together and I love them individually. I completely forgot how cool it was how Metias left the message for June. I love that he knew she was smart enough to actually figure it out. So cool.

I can’t wait to see where this series goes! My brother said the last book made him cry but is the best book he’s ever read. Who knows. I’ll probably LOVE it :)

Series:

Prodigy (Legend #2)

Champion (Legend #3)

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)