I included the rating I gave these books, and I don’t plan on giving all these books a book review but if there’s a book you want me to review or hear more about, comment below!
Number of Books Read: 7
Types of Books:
4 Young Adult Contemporary
4 of which are Arcs, 3 are physical copies I own
Pages Read: Approx. 2,213
The books I read were:
The Outsiders by S.E. Hilton
Rating: 3.5 stars
I was looking for a short novel to read, and I figured that I should catch up on some classics. I feel as though if I didn’t read this in one sitting, I might have felt more connected to the characters because the overall emotion didn’t have any effect on me, which I would have wanted to feel. I did like the writing style of this book, so that’s a plus. Overall, I did enjoy the story, I just felt that the characters and the emotions weren’t all there for me.
Summary: This classic novel that takes place in a span over two weeks. It tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis going through the social struggles between the greasers and the socs, which Ponyboy is a greaser. On one night, his friend Johnny kills a soc, and this takes a turn in Pony’s life and it messes with his outlook on his life.
Brave Enough by Kati Garnder
Rating 3.5 stars
I loved this book to some extent. I rated it lower than a four because of the lack of emotions these characters had because I felt underwhelmed by something major that was happening in their lives. I won’t go too much into detail because I made a full review of it, so if you want, you can go check it out.
Summary: This tells the story of Cason Martin, a ballerina at the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory, who her mother is the director. She’s never had a choice about whether she dances or not until the injury she’s hiding becomes known and changes her life. On the other hand, it talks about Davis Channing, who’s survived cancer, but he’s living with a drug addiction that nearly costed his life. He’s doing community service at the hospital who helped him through his cancer, and he meets Cason while working. Their worlds collide and they end up helping each other conquer their inner struggles.
Every Little Bad Idea by Caitie McKay
Rating: 4 stars
I loved this story, it was short and sweet. It took me by surprise after reading this because I’m not a fan of verse writing, but this was a different case. I have written a review for this book as well, so if you’d like, go check it out.
Summary: This novel written in verse, tells a story from the perspective of Skyler Wise. In her family, she’s supposed to leave to go to college, and not worry about boys. Once her mother starts dating, she feels lonely, until she meets a boy named Cole, who is sweet and charming in the beginning, once he begins to change, Skyler must decide whether or not she wants him in her life or not.
Pulp by Robin Talley
Rating: 3 stars
I loved the overall concept of this story and the era of the 1950’s. I, unfortunately, was disappointed with this book as a result of reading this. I have written a review for this, so if you want to know more on my thoughts, go check it out!
Summary: In different perspectives, present, and past, this novel tells the story of Janet in 1955, whose dream is to write lesbian pulp fiction and is in a secret relationship with her best friend Marie. It also tells the story of Abby in 2017; she’s a senior in high school, and she’s interested in writing her senior project on her own version of lesbian pulp, and she discovers a story written by, ‘Marian Love’ in which she obsesses over, and goes on a mission to discover who she was.
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Rating: 4 stars
I really enjoyed this book, and I will continue to pick up more of Marisha Pessl books from now on. I think this was a fast-paced, intriguing novel to read about. I have written more about this novel, so if you’d like to know more, go check it out!
Summary: Beatrice and her friend group were the cool kids, until Jim, Beatrice’s boyfriend dies. Beatrice returns hoping to uncover the deep truths of what happened with Jim’s death. As she returns, her friends invite her to stay a night in the seaside estate, but something goes wrong when they hear a knock on the door. A man appears and tells them they’ve entered a Neverworld Wake, and they must decide who will live and die to escape.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Rating: 5 stars
I truly loved this book. It kept me intrigued the entire time, and I never wanted to put it down. I hardly give books five stars, and this one definitely deserves it. I have written a review for this book so if you want to know more, go check it out under the Book Review tab.
Summary: Evelyn Hugo is ready to tell her story about her glamorous and scandalous life, and she chooses Monique Grant to tell it. She unravels her stories from the fifties to the 80’s, friendships, relationships to her ambitions all through the until the present. The closer we get to the present, the more Monique can relate in some way to her life.
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Rating: 4 stars
I received this novel as an arc from NetGalley, and I’m so happy that I read it because this was such a good book. I won’t say too much here, but if you want to know more, I have written a review, so go check it out!
Summary: Emma went to Camp Nightingale, 15 years ago, for the first time. She met Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, in their Dogwood cabin. She became close to Vivian, and not so much with the other two girls. One night, they leave the cabin in the middle of the night and disappear. Fast-forward 15 years, Emma still isn’t over their disappearance, and when she receives the offer of coming back for the reopening of Camp Nightingale, she hesitantly says yes. After returning, she wants to know the truth, but knowing what happened may have a deadly cost.