REVIEW: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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*Beware: Very shitty review because life happens sometimes

Title: The Female of the Species

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

ISBN: 9780062320896

Rating: 2/5

Synopsis: “Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.”

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REVIEW: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Guess who’s back,

Back again,

Defne’s back,

Tell a friend 👋

“Defne, where have you been?!” Well, let me tell you where I have been for the past, what, 3 months? Hell. 

There isn’t another way to describe these months for me, even though using the word hell may be going a bit too overboard, I feel like during the 16 years that I’ve been gracing the world with my presence (hello), these three months have been the worst I’ve ever seen. From school, hectic schedules, extracurricular activities and trying to balance every little thing with my flimsy little arms to friendship problems and confusing boys, I’m pretty sure I’m internally dead right now. 

And where does reading belong to in all of this? N o w h e r e. I was only able to read, like, 3 books or something in the last 3 months and I’m sure one of them was a school book that I was forced to finish. I finished reading We Were Never Here, and its review is on Goodreads but other than that, nope, not one page.

Still, here I am, with a brand new review, after a 3-month hiatus! Let the party start!!


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Title:  Tell Me Three Things

Author: Julie Buxbaum

Publisher: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 9780553535648

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: “Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?”

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REVIEW: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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*contains minor spoilers*


Title: The Unexpected Eveything

Author: Morgan Matson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781481404549

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?”

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REVIEW: Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

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Title: Suffer Love

Author: Ashley Herring Blake

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

ISBN: 9780544596320

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: “Just let it go.”

That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.

Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.

Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?”

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REVIEW: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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Title: Love & Gelato

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Publisher: Simon Pulse

ISBN: 9781481432542

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis: “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.”

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REVIEW: Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

*Trigger Warning*

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Title: Asking For It

Author: Louise O’Neill

Publisher: Quercus Publishing

ISBN: 9781848664173

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: “It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes…”

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REVIEW: First & Then by Emma Mills

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Title: First & Then

Author: Emma Mills

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

ISBN: 9781627792356

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: “Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.”

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REVIEW: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

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Title: Everything Leads to You

Author: Nina LaCour

Publisher: Dutton Books

ISBN: 9780525425885

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: “A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.”

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REVIEW: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

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Title: The Night We Said Yes

Author: Lauren Gibaldi

Publisher: HarperTeen

ISBN: 9780062302199

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis: “Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future. “

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REVIEW: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

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Title: I Was Here

Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471124396

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis: “‘I regret to inform you that I have had to take my own life. This decision has been a long time coming, and was mine alone to make. I know it will cause you pain, and for that I am sorry, but please know that I needed to end my own pain. This has nothing to do with you and everything to do with me. It’s not your fault. Meg’ 

Cody and Meg were inseparable – best friends for life. They knew everything about each other. Or Cody thought they did. But how well do you ever really know your best friend? And what do you do when they choose to leave you behind?”

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