Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Young Adult

Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give, #0)

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray on January 12, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Pages: 360

“It’s kinda like how we have to do with ourselves. Get rid of the things that don’t do us any good. If it won’t help the rose grow, you’ve gotta let it go.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Angie Thomas has not put out a bad book yet. All of her books have been absolute hits for me! Concrete Rose is no exception.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Stand Alone, Young Adult

On the Come Up

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray on February 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 613

“There’s only so much you can take being described as somebody you’re not.” 

Another amazing novel from Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give was such an impactful and raw story, I had no idea what On the Come Up was going to have in store as a follow up. Equally as honest, but a different type of story.

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Adult, Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars

Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Published by Penguin Books on December 31, 2012

Genres: Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

Pages: 369

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” 

Some books suck you into its world and take you on an adventure without ever leaving your chair. Some books make you want to get up and go on your own adventure. For me, Me Before You is the latter. 

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Book Reviews, Contemporary, new adult, Stand Alone, Three Stars, Young Adult

Again, but Better

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Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Published by Wednesday Books on May 7, 2019

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Pages: 377

“You’re bolder than before.”

I’ve never read a book by a booktuber (to my knowledge) so Again, but Better was my first one. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this after watching Christine’s book writing series on YouTube. But my desperation to read it skyrocketed when I read the synopsis. I lived this life (studying abroad, trying to start over, being too shy) so I figured I would love it. Again, but Better wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, but in a good way.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Series, Young Adult

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #3)

35247769 Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Published by Simon & Schuster on May 2, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 325

 

“Never say no when you really want to say yes.”

 

The conclusion to the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, Always and Forever, Lara Jean captivated me just as much as the books before it. Continue reading “Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #3)”

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Series, Young Adult

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2)

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han20698530

Published by Simon & Schuster on May 26, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 337

 

So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.

 

I’ve been absolutely obsessed with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before since the day the movie was released on Netflix. I only recently read the first book and since August I’ve been dying to get my hands on the sequel, needing to know how Lara Jean’s story continues. And was it ever worth the wait? Yes.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Young Adult

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny15749186 Han

Published by Simon & Schuster on April 15, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 355

“Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s part of the risk.”

 

 

If you have any sort of ear or other body part to the ground, you’ve most likely heard of this title. The Netflix-adapted movie is one of the biggest releases of 2018. After seeing the movie, I had to read the book and I am so glad I did. Continue reading “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1)”

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Stand Alone, Young Adult

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

38720939A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Published by HarperTeen on October 16, 2018

Genres: Contemporary, YA, Romance

Pages: 310

“I understood too well what it was like to feel like you were defined by one superficial thing- to feel like you would never excape the box people had put you in”

 

There have been some books this year that have been great, but there are the ones that are great and important to read. This is one of those. Continue reading “A Very Large Expanse of Sea”

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, Stand Alone, Young Adult

Girl Made of Stars

35721231Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 15, 2018

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBT

Pages: 295

“It’s such a little thing, this skirt. For other girls, maybe it’s makeup or a sport or having sex or not having sex or writing or music or kicking ass in school or wearing your hair so it looks like the sun’s unruly rays. I think every girl has a thing or two, tiny details in her life that say This is me. I’m done hiding. I’m done feeling ashamed.

Beautiful, raw, heartbreaking, real…Girl Made of Stars is all of these things and more.
I only knew the barest of details when I picked the book up and really had no intention of consuming it so fast. This book is begging to be read and it’s going on my slow growing list of needed reads. Continue reading “Girl Made of Stars”

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Five Stars, My Favorites, Stand Alone, Young Adult

The Hate U Give

32075671The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 444

 

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

 

Eye opening, hard hitting, and honest, this book needs to be read by everyone. In a time with so much political and social turmoil, The Hate U Give stands out and talks about the hard topics no one wants to dive into. Continue reading “The Hate U Give”