Book Review Mash-Up

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I absolutely loved this book. The story is just so comfy and cozy without being too simple. The characters had depth and I found myself falling quickly in love with all of them. I think that Rainbow’s writing is beautiful and easy to read all at the same time which can be really hard to do. I would suggest that if you are look for a book that is a fast read or a good story about college, love, and family, this is the book for you.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

I honestly couldn’t finish this one 😦 I think that this book has a lot of untapped potential. I think that the author is trying to write a book about a lot of hard-hitting issues when really it is about a bunch of girls in pretty dresses. The main character, America, drove me absolutely crazy. One minute she is terrified of leaving the airport and then the next she is signing autographs like a lifelong celebrity. She seemed to think that she was worse than every other person even though she had a boyfriend who loved her, an amazing singing voice and everyone including the prince thought she was gorgeous and wonderful. I thought that the world building in the book was weak and I felt like it was modern day America instead of a futuristic dystopian society. I wanted to enjoy this book but I honestly couldn’t do it.

 

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

This book was not a good one. I gave it one star on Goodreads. I absolutely loved the idea and premise of the story but I feel like it fell flat only a little way into it. The notebook dares just got sort of mediocre and Dash and Lily’s obsession over one another through this notebook just didn’t make sense to me. The story, about 100 pages in, changed completely and it was like reading a really horrible romantic comedy in book form that was neither romantic nor funny. I also felt that the writing was a bit wordy and just plain hard to read. Again, I really tried to enjoy this book but it just didn’t do anything for me.

 

Sorry about the negative reviews in this but I really want to add my honest thoughts about the books I read. Here’s to hoping I read more books like Fangirl in the near future!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Reading!

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