Book Review #90: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover (Audiobook)

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“Why are kids drawn into fragile things?”

Title: Without Merit
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Date Published: October 03, 2017
Publishing House: Simon Schuster Audio
Goodreads Rating: 3.98
Personal Rating: 3 / 5

Synopsis

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antique shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves. [Goodreads]

My Personal Thoughts

Whew! Colleen Hoover is undeniably one of my favourite contemporary writers and I’ve loved almost all her books. This is the only book of Hoover that I’ve rated 3 out of 5. It is full of life lessons and I love the fact that depression, family, first loves, and forgiveness were all tackled in the story. It was beautifully written, as always. It’s not the author or the book that made me decide to give it an average rating compared to the five stars that I’ve given to all her previous books; maybe it was my expectation, I think it was too high. I was a bit disappointed because this one is far different from all of her books; it did not surprise me nor even made me excited for the ending. I admit that sensitive matters were discussed and given justification but I find the story boring, plain, and odd. It is not mind blowing like most of her stories; I was hoping that there’s more and I guess I was dumbfounded in the end because that was it. The setting is entertaining; I actually find it weird that Merit’s family lives in a former church that was converted into a house. It is unique and somewhat interesting and it made me want to unravel the secrets that the family’s been hiding. The characters are twisted and I fell in love with each every one of them even though they are all fucked up. The main character is Merit, she is a 17 y/o girl who happens to be left out. She thinks that her family is a wreck and that the secrets that she knows about all the family members are suffocating her existence. It was a journey how she underwent all the shit and still managed to survive. Honor is Merit’s twin sister; she is the more beautiful one, the friendly one, the sweet one, the better one, and everybody loves her. Utah is their elder brother, overachiever but was struggling to find his own identity in a world that is full of judgemental people. Sagan is the only character that I like in the story. He is a book friend material and his character is easy to fall in love with. There are still other members of the Voss family but I just find these four characters to be the most relevant ones. The plot twist is not that jaw-dropping and surprising but I still managed to enjoy the story. Depression was discussed and dissected and I do enjoy books that are about mental health so that’s a plus factor. I admire how the author executed this sensitive topic in a well-explained manner. It was a simple overview but it is enough for the readers to understand the extent of this condition. I am impressed how signs and symptoms were enumerated and how to seek help when one is ready to admit that there is a problem. I even like the way Utah’s case was explained. How LGBT friendly this book is and how it wants us to be open-minded about sexuality. These things are sensitive and phenomenal and Colleen is just so brave to write something about these topics just the same way that she wrote something about violence against women and children before. There is nothing personal with regards to the rating that I’ve given this book, it’s just that it is lacking in so many aspects and it did not meet my expectations. Overall, it is still highly recommended for every reader especially those who are looking for a self-help book. The beauty of having a family and how important it is to be thankful and forgiving are the most amazing things that happened in this masterpiece. It is also important to not just look at things based on our own perspective because we don’t really know how other people feel or sees things. Being considerate and unselfish is not so common these days anymore and it saddens me personally. I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts and of course I’ll always be excited about future books that Collen will be writing.

Setting: ☆☆☆/5
Characters: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Plot: ☆☆☆/5
Lessons: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Cover: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Overall Rating: ☆☆☆/5

~JaNnA

 

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Book Review #87: Mirror Mirror by Cara Delevingne & Rowan Coleman (Review Copy from Hachette Australia)

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Title: Mirror Mirror
Author: Cara Delevingne, Rowan Coleman
Pages: 368
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Format: Trade Paperback
Date Published: October 03, 2017
Publishing House: Hachette Australia
Goodreads Rating: 3.75
Personal Rating: 5 / 5

Friend. Lover. Victim. Betrayer. When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old friends Red, Leo, Naiomi, and Rose are like anyone their age: figuring out who they are and trying to navigate the minefield of school and relationships. Life isn’t perfect, but they’re united by their love of music and excited about what the future holds for their band.

That is until Nai dies in tragic circumstances, leaving behind only one word. ‘Sorry’.
What awful truth was she hiding? What dark secret was lurking behind her seemingly sunny persona? And how did Red, the self-styled protector of the group, fail to spot the warning signs?

While Rose turns to wild partying and Leo is shrouded by dark moods, Red sets out to uncover the truth and finds out what – or perhaps who – was responsible for Naomi’s death.

It’s a journey that will cause Red’s world to crumble, exposing the dark and dangerous truth behind the fragile surface of their existence. Nothing will ever be the same again because once a mirror is shattered, it can’t be fixed. [Goodreads]

My Personal Thoughts

Cara Delevingne surprised me with her debut novel because she covered plenty of common issues in our society today especially those involving the young people. The transition phase from being a young adult to a full-grown person is one of the most crucial stages in a person’s life. It is somewhat tricky and tempting. It is very challenging and undeniably hard to deal with. I personally experienced some of these issues that were included in the story and I also struggled a lot. The setting perfectly matches the story because it took place in a classic high school set up where different students with the different type of personalities go to. Some of them are rich, others are poor, and there are those who belong to the middle-class group. It is a school with issues, secrets, and an image to portray. Previous students have gone missing, attempted suicide, or even went psycho. I like how things were described in the story. The characters are all easy to relate to because, at some point in our lives, we all underwent the same scenarios and circumstances when we were young. Red, Rose, Leo, and Naomi are friends and band mates and they have different issues and battles in life. Red is the narrator (I just find the first-person point of view convenient) in the story and I love how this person tricked me. I actually did not see that one coming! Rose is the star; she is beautiful, famous, and everyone loves to be with her or be her. Despite all of these, she has secrets that no one else knows but Red. Leo is the typical boy next door kind of guy, and obviously, every girl is head over heels about him. He is scary because of the image that he has been putting up all along but deep inside, Leo is a kind-hearted boy who’s afraid of his own brother (who happens to be a troubled person) and the skeletons in his closet. And Naomi… everything revolved around her because she went missing and after quite some time people found her almost dead body in a river without a hint as to who did that horrible thing to her. All her friends were determined to unravel the real story behind her disappearance and figure out all the clues that are suddenly appearing every day. The twist is amazing. I did not expect that one coming! Although with the antagonist, I already predicted that one right from the start! I always have this power to guess even from the first few chapters as to who is the real villain in a story. But still, I enjoyed the experience of finding out for myself and playing detective with the gang. The story has a lot of lessons for its readers. I admire the author for coming up with a masterpiece that will show how young adults struggle with their lives because it is really damn hard when you are transitioning from being the one who’s been looking after to someone who needs to stand on his own and fight his everyday battles. There are three points that I find interesting here: 1) the story is LGBT friendly. I like how Cara executed this very well. I felt the struggle of this particular character, I cried and laughed with this person and I understood how hard it was to be in this person’s situation. I salute this character for being brave and not easily intimidated. 2) The importance of loyalty and friendship. I’ve lost plenty of so-called friends along the way. I’ve met a lot of people who showed me kindness and I must admit that I enjoyed their company so much that I even considered them to be my “friends”, but… people change. People’s priorities and likes also develop and we may admit it or not but people tend to mature and move on. Once in our lives, those people made us feel complete and happy. I still respect them but I don’t really have the energy to save a relationship wherein the other party is not willing to reconnect or compromise. So yes, I envy the characters friendship because their bond was able to withstand all the storms and hardships that came along their way. 3) The value of family. This is the most important lesson that I was able to contemplate here in the story. No matter how fucked up we are. No matter what shit we said or did. No matter how hard-headed and prideful we are, our family will always be there to love us and support us. Because at the end of the day, our family is our only rock! Just like how the saying goes, BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER, and I’ve personally proven this repetitively in my 29 years of existence.

Thank you so much, Hachette Australia, for sending me Cara Delevingne’s newly released debut novel in exchange for promotion and review. I love it and I highly recommend it not just to young readers but for readers of all ages who also have a number of questions in life. You are not alone.

Thank you for reading my review.

Setting: ☆☆☆/5
Characters: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Plot: ☆☆☆☆/5
Lessons: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Cover: ☆☆☆☆☆/5
Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆/5

~JaNnA

 

Book Review #82: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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“Everyone has that moment I think, the moment when something so momentous happens that it rips your very being into small pieces. And then you have to stop. For a long time, you gather your pieces. And it takes such a very long time, not to fit them back together, but to assemble them in a new way, not necessarily a better way. More, a way you can live with until you know for certain that this piece should go there, and that one there.” 

Title: Girl in Pieces
Author: Kathleen Glasgow
ISBN: 1101934719
Pages: 416
Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health, Contemporary
Format: Hardback
Date Published: August 30, 2016
Publishing House: Delacorte Press
Goodreads Rating: 4.14
Personal Rating: 5 / 5

SYNOPSIS

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS

Oh, dear! Here I go again. Leaving reviews about controversial stories are just so frustrating and a real pain in the ass (but not in a negative way). This is the first time that I’ve read or encountered about people who do “NSSH” or non-suicidal self harming. I’ll be honest and careful because I have no idea how this thing goes. Yes, I’ve always been fascinated with the human behaviour and all the stuff that revolves around it but I am clueless about people who do the self harming thing without the intention of actually committing suicide. This story is full of emotions and it’s overflowing with life and love lessons as well. It is slow-paced and oftentimes I got bored but it was able to send me the message that it wants to convey to its readers. I love how it affected and hit me so damn hard to the point that I was able to contemplate about all my past choices in life. It is a very heartwarming and inspiring novel considering the fact that it is based on actual events that took place. I listened to the audiobook and it is well executed, I even appreciated the last words from the author herself and how she overcame all the struggles that she went through. I admire the main character, Charlie, so much; she is so fragile but brave at the same time. Being in her position is hard but she managed to make it through and get her shit together. Problematic childhood is a sensitive topic as well and it plays a crucial role into how a person will become. I love each and every part of this story because it sums up how life can be:  cruel, fucked up, but somehow it goes on. The main character’s love interests are both swoon worthy. They both have the striking male characteristic that Charlie can’t resist, but shit happens and we can’t force things if they aren’t meant to be. I am impressed with the author’s writing style, the woman knows how to reach out to her readers and she definitely nailed it. She is such an inspiration and it is a brave act to write a story based on your own experience. Hands down and a round of applause for a masterpiece that is beautifully written. The lessons are merely enough for you people to grab a copy and read this book. It taught me plenty of lessons and I am so happy that I am doing this review right now. I’ve learned a lot and it is good that “HELP” is available and accessible. Please, if you know someone or you are suffering from depression or tendency to harm yourself, you are not alone. I highly recommend this book to readers who like reading books about mental health. It is very informative and you will enjoy every chapter of it. Five amazing stars!💜

~JaNnA

Book Review #78: The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobson (Review Copy from Penguin Random House Australia)

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“Everybody’s good when they’re good, darling. You don’t judge a person by that. It’s how they act when things aren’t good that tells you who they really are.”

Title: The Build-Up Season
Author: Megan Jacobson
ISBN: 9780143573388
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Date Published: July 31, 2017
Publishing House: Penguin Random House Australia
Goodreads Rating: 4.31
Personal Rating: 4/5 

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Iliad Piper – Ily for short – is named after war and angry at the world. Growing up with a violent father and abused mother, she doesn’t know how to do relationships, family or friends. Her love-hate friendship with Max turns into a prank war and she nearly destroys her first true friendship with misfit Mia. She takes off her armour for nobody until she meets Jared, a local actor and someone who’s as complicated as she is.

From the author of Yellow comes a powerful exploration of family and identity set against the humid build-up to the wet season in Darwin. [Goodreads]

My Personal Thoughts

The Build-Up season is a young adult contemporary story that gave me the “feels”, literally and figuratively. I have always been cautious and feeling off whenever I review a book that contains sensitive topic like violence against women and children. I hate it, I just so despise the fact that this thing exists not just today but even before we were all aware of its modern term. I remember when I reviewed Colleen Hoover’s novel entitled “It Ends with Us” (check my review HERE)r , it was very delicate and I even revised my draft a few times just to make sure that I did not offend anyone or opened up a very controversial stuff. It’s hard if you know someone who’s a victim, but it’s even harder if you are the victim itself.

I would like to thank Penguin Teen Australia for providing me an advance copy in exchange for an honest and fair book review. This, however, does not change my view and opinion about the book.

First and foremost, let’s start talking about the setting. The story took place in Darwin (Australia), I actually do not have a vast amount of knowledge regarding the place but because it was here in the land down under, it made me appreciate the story more. The story and setting matches, it is a perfect place for someone who’s hiding from someone and wants to start over. I am guessing that some people in Darwin like the main character herself dreams of taking up a college degree in Sydney or in a more modernised state and it was perfectly portrayed in the story. Some simple high school students aspire to become popular in Sydney and excel in their chosen careers. I have nothing to say regarding the setting aside from the fact that the author chose the perfect place.

Moving on, I will discuss the characters briefly one by one. Iliad is the young female character in this novel that is named from the famous poem itself about war. She is fierce, loyal, and free-spirited. I love how Ily expresses herself without the fear of being judged and rejected. She does things that will satisfy her without giving a crap about other people’s opinion. The negative thing about Ily is that I hated the way she treated her mother. I don’t want to spoil anything but it’s one of the main reasons why you should pick up this book and dive in her story. The next character is Jared; he is ambitious, handsome, but has a temper. He could have been a perfect partner for anyone but I was so disappointed when I discovered his true identity. I love his chemistry with Ily but at the same time, I was afraid of him as well. There is a love triangle in the story (which I always enjoy! Ha!) and my ship has always been with the bad guy, and this time it is Max. He is Ily’s neighbour who happens to be her mortal enemy at the same time. I enjoyed their prank war and the way their story and characters developed. It may sound cliché but I find the love hate relationship highly entertaining especially at first. The last character that I want to discuss is Ily’s mother. I pity the woman so much. She loves Iliad unconditionally that she almost gave up everything and pretended to be the bad person just so she could protect her daughter. I personally felt her battles and feelings because I am also a mother. I find the heroic act of standing up and fighting for your child as the best action of all.

The writing style is superb. I already liked it just by skim reading the first page. Iliad’s name already caught my interest and curiosity and I wasn’t disappointed. I love how delicate the topic was and how the author gave justification to it. I cringed a couple of times and it also made my heart skip a beat. Everything was so intense and beautiful. I could never wish for a better ending. Everything went the way they should have ended and I could not ask for more. I love how the problem with her father was figured out. I am impressed with how the author made Ily realise all her shortcomings and how she made some amends to all the people that she unintentionally hurt. And of course, my OTP (one true pair) ship made it! Yay!

Overall, I highly recommend this story to YA readers who enjoy books that will give those bits and pieces of life and love advice. This is one hell of a book that one should read because it is an eye-opener and it is phenomenal. Plenty of women or family are suffering from this kind of crisis and immediate help must be sought. Please, wherever you are in the world, please be aware that you are not alone in this battle and there is help available. Do not be afraid to walk the path alone, being abused is not something to be ignored or be given a justification. Nobody has the right to hurt you, not even your spouse. We care, I care.

~JaNnA

Book Review #77: Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan (Advance Reader Copy from Bloomsbury Publishing)

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“When a huge star dies, there is a massive explosion, a supernova, and later, all that’s left is a dark, dense black hole where no light can get in or out. From brilliant lightness to total darkness.”

Title: Stargazing for Beginners
Author: Jenny McLachlan
ISBN: 9781408879757
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Date Published: April 06, 2017
Publishing House: Bloomsbury Publishing
Goodreads Rating: 4.14
Personal Rating: 4/5 

Synopsis [Goodreads]

Science geek Meg is left to look after her little sister for ten days after her free-spirited mom leaves suddenly to follow up yet another of her Big Important Causes. But while Meg may understand how the universe was formed, baby Elsa is a complete mystery to her.

And Mom’s disappearance has come at the worst time: Meg is desperate to win a competition to get the chance to visit NASA headquarters, but to do this she has to beat a close rival, Ed. Can Meg pull off this double life of caring for Elsa and following her own dreams? She’ll need a miracle of cosmic proportions…

Fans fell in love with the warmth, wit, romance and fierce friendships in Flirty Dancing, Love Bomb, Sun kissed and Star Struck, and Stargazing for Beginners has all that and galaxies more. This is the best kind of real-life fiction – with big themes and irresistible characters; it goes straight to your heart.

My Personal Thoughts

Alright, so I find this book cute, nerdy and totally awesome! I received my copy from Bloomsbury Publishing Australia along with other three newly released young adult contemporary novels. Frankly, young adult contemporary is not my thing, but since different publishing companies are sending me books with this type of genre lately, I am becoming more and more inclined to it. And I actually find myself liking it. I can’t believe that simple stuff and stories like this one can still make me feel giddy and excited. The story is simple, there’s really nothing unusual in all honesty, but I find myself enjoying it as the story progresses! It is highly entertaining because of the female character, Meg Clark is a certified Science geek and a smarty-pants. I even learned a lot from her and took down some notes. She is so obsessed with the galaxy and she was able to make me reminisce some of the stuff that I’ve already forgotten since my elementary days, and God knows how long it has been since. Let’s talk about Meg’s prince charming, Ed King, I like Ed! I love the idea that despite being an athlete and a heartthrob, he also happens to be Meg’s fellow Science geek and it’s just so cute that Meg and Ed are the contenders in class ever since. I know it may sound cliché but things like this still make me swoon so badly. I can relate to Meg’s character because obviously, she is an introvert but not until the Biscuit Club was founded (you have to read it to find out more). Her mother is a selfish and self-centered woman and I just hate the idea that she left Meg and her little sister alone with just the grandfather to look after them, and apparently, their grandfather is already showing signs of irresponsibility and dementia. So, yes, for me Meg’s mother is the antagonist-ish here. But I am so impressed with how the character handled all the chaos that she was put into and how all these stuff made her a better person. Furthermore, the friendships formed here are just too beautiful; you can see the transformation of each character from being mean and selfish to selfless and loyal. I also like the author’s writing style, it was a fast-read and even though that the story is predictable I still manage to enjoy and appreciate it so much. I highly recommend this for young adult readers. I gave it a four out of five rating and I was hoping for a sequel because I can’t get enough of Ed and Meg’s story. Lastly, I want to commend the cover! It is undeniably gorgeous and elegant! It is very enticing because purple and gold are always good together. Hope I was able to help you with my insight and thanks for reading my review, until the next book talk.

~JaNnA

Book Review #76: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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“I’m a little distracted by this English French American Boy Masterpiece.”

 Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
ISBN: 0307968537
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Chick Lit
Format: Audiobook
Date Published: October 11, 2011
Publishing House: Books on Tape
Goodreads Rating: 4.08
Personal Rating: 4/5

Synopsis

Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her co-worker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for? [Goodreads]

My Personal Thoughts

The very first time that I’ve read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins was two years ago via digital copy and I wasn’t a book collector yet back then, I was just a plain book reader. I enjoyed this so much; it was cute and highly entertaining. Although the story is shallow, I still find myself immersed within Anna and Etienne’s up and down ride. This week, I decided to re-read this story through an audio book which approximately took me two days to finish while doing some coloring and stuff.

The setting is in a boarding school located in Paris. Who wouldn’t want to read a book that is set in one of the world’s most beautiful cities? When I read the synopsis before, I was already so eager to dive into their world because Paris is one of the places that I’ve been dreaming of going to and it’s even included on my bucket list. So, yes, the setting is definitely very appealing and romantic! It is undeniably perfect for the story line.

Let’s talk about the characters one by one and let me tell you something nice and annoying about them. Etienne St. Clair, he is the American/French boy who swept me off my feet two years ago. He is sweet and handsome. There is nothing to dislike about St. Clair except for the fact that he is afraid to be alone and to make big life decisions. It sucks right? You have all the beauty and everything but some of your principles in life are just off. Next is Anna Oliphant, the innocent girl from America who fell in love with her best friend. Anna is nice, an ideal girl to go out with but I find her pathetic and a certified boyfriend stealer! Sorry for the fans but Anna just annoyed the hell out of me when I read the book for the second time. I liked her so much before but then now I realized that she did things on purpose even though the boy is in a relationship. She did not actually resist his advances, she flirted with him as well. Oh gosh! I just hate girls and women like her. Anyway, they still made the perfect pair! It may be a cliché but the best friend to boyfriend thing is kind of cute but RISKY.

The story line is usual and there’s nothing special, to be honest. There is nothing in the story that I haven’t read from other young adult contemporary books before and it is not a good thing if you’ll ask me. I was expecting for something new and interesting but no, it was disappointing to realize that the story is plain, odd, and just simple. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the story and I am not complaining.

Overall, it is highly recommended for young adult readers because it does not contain sensual scenes and it is full of innocence and pure fun, friendships, and first loves! New adult readers might find it boring though. Four out of five for giving me butterflies in the stomach because St. Clair is swoon-worthy, indeed.

~JaNnA

Book Review #62: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han

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“Disappointment is good for kids; it prepares them for the real world, where it’s not all about them and their feelings.”

Synopsis

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

My Personal Thoughts

Young adult contemporary books are really not my cup of tea since I started my reading habit, but Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series definitely made an exception. OMG! I don’t know how to start drafting my book review about the 3rd and final installment of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky’s young love story. It is evidently innocent, pure, and overflowing with emotions! Just like what I mentioned a year ago when I read the 1st two books via audiobook during Valentine’s Day. I know, it’s so cheesy and everything but a woman can only fangirl and reminisce, right? The characters both matured and evolved into more fabulous and gorgeous beings! Lara Jean is someone to be proud of because she kept her thoughts and principles about love and sex until the very end. Peter, on the other hand, is a young man who changed a lot because of Lara Jean. He transformed into a real gentleman compared to the naughty and easy-go-lucky dude he was from the first 2 novels. I am so happy because this book is very inspiring and it contains a lot of life lessons which are suitable for young readers especially to those people nowadays who think that young love is not or will never be a real love. I am so proud of Lara Jean’s conviction and Peter’ not-taking-an-advantage attitude. Basically, this story is just so light and cute and realistic. Many young readers can relate and reflect about their own situation and views in life. The story is fast-paced which I was able to read and finish for 6 hours. The writing style has always been my favourite part, the author writes from the heart and it is evident in my e-reader because I highlighted plenty of inspiring lines and scenes. Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Nicola Yoon are my favourite YA contemporary writers at the moment and I just admire the way they write books that will make a person swoon. I am so happy that I immediately started this book after I did a whole day of reviewing for my upcoming final exam. It was worth it. Family, friendship, life, and love lessons are all here! I can’t think of anything negative to say, maybe the simplicity which I think New Adult story lovers would find boring but not with a 29 y/o mom of two like me who still enjoys reading stories that gives me butterflies in the stomach. It is highly recommended for readers of all ages. Five amazing stars for Jenny Han and cheers to Lara Jean and Peter K’s refreshing love story.

~JaNnA💖