Book Review: I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

Book Review: I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

You all expected me to read this book, right? I Kissed Shara Wheeler is a highly anticipated book for many. I wouldn’t say I was excited as some people, but as soon as I saw it on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it. I’ve currently only read Red, White and Royal Blue, but One Last Stop is also on my TBR. I wanted to try McQuistion’s first YA book as soon as possible, and I’m glad I did. However, I didn’t love this book quite as much as I’d hoped.

I Kissed Shara Wheeler follows Chloe Green, who was shocked after being randomly kissed by the principal’s daughter, Shara Wheeler. Chloe and Shara have been academic rivals for years, but after she tries to track her down at prom, Shara promptly disappears. Now Chloe is having to follow clues alongside Shara’s boyfriend and next-door neighbour as they try to find out where she’s gone and how to bring her back. Chloe has a bone to pick, and she’s determined to prove she’s better than Shara.

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Book Review: My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth

Book Review: My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth

These days I love a good YA contemporary or romance. Especially when they’re nerdy. So My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth, aka Olivie Blake, sounded like a perfect read for me. I might not know much about robots or STEM. That’s not the type of nerd I am, but I was eager to check it out, and I’m all for supporting women in STEM.

This book follows Bel and Teo, two seniors at a prestigious high school where science is pretty cool. That’s not quite Bel’s scene, and when it comes to college applications, she’d rather than die than think about them, much to the school’s chagrin. Teo, on the other hand, has everything planned. He is going to be the best ‘soccer’ captain, win at the Robotics Nationals and get into MIT. When Bel accidentally proves she’s a mechanical genius in a class project, she is pushed to join the robotics team. At first, she was not happy about it. But as sparks begin to fly between her and Teo, she realises that within that club, she’s found two things she loves.

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Book Review: If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

Book Review: If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

Both Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich are authors who each have a book that I adore and another that didn’t work for me. But this first project they’ve worked on together? I loved it! If you’re looking for a fun contemporary about two boyband members falling in love, then this will be the book for you.

Ruben and Zach are two members of the band Saturday. Ruben is gay but hasn’t been allowed to come out, and when things start to happen between him and Zach, it seems unlikely that things will change. As well as their blossoming romance, they have their bandmates to contend with, and the path to success has never been rougher. This was a super fun book but one that deals with darker elements. So if you’re looking for a new queer contemporary that you won’t be able to put down? This is the book for you.

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Book Review: As If On Cue by Marisa Kanter

Book Review: As If On Cue by Marisa Kanter

Contemporary and romance are what I’m in the mood for right now. I’ve had this on my NetGalley shelf for a while. And I loved the first book I read by Marisa Kanter, so I’ve been looking forward to this one.

As If on Cue follows Natalie, who wrote a play with her best friend, Henry. With the arts budget depleted, they hoped that by putting on their own play, they would be allowed. But when the school says no at first, Natalie and her friends decide to do something about it. They want the money that has been given to the band, and her childhood rival Reid is part of that group. They’re forced to work together and turn her play into a musical, and that’s when things get chaotic.

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Book Review: The Yearbook by Holly Bourne

Book Review: The Yearbook by Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne is one of those authors that I know of, but I’ve never read anything from before. Nor had I ever planned to. Her books didn’t look like my sort of thing. Until The Yearbook. The premise of a girl getting back at her bullies using the lies they wanted her to put in the yearbook? Genius. I’ll be honest, this book was nowhere near what I was expecting. But it was still an easy and enjoyable read. Just…a much more emotional one.

Paige is a quiet girl in school. The way anyone would ever know her is through the school paper. She planned to keep out of it all until Grace and her friends bring the yearbook to the newspaper. Now as well as spreading lies in the paper? Paige has to bring up all these false or cruel memories in the yearbook too, and she hates it. The only person who could understand her is Elijah, and it’s him she turns to as she figures out what to do.

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Blog Tour: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Blog Tour: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Would you believe that this is the first Becky Albertelli that I’ve read? As someone who reads a lot of queer YA, I’ve still not picked up any of her books before this. But this book sounded like so much fun that I grabbed at the chance to be on the blog tour, so I could read this book.

And I actually really enjoyed it. This book took me no time at all to get through, and it was actually more friendship focused than I expected. I really loved that. So if you’re on the lookout for more YA contemporary with more of a focus on friendship? This could definitely be the book for you.

This story follows Kate, a junior in high school and her best friend, Anderson. The two of them are described by other friends as being too codependent. To the point where they actually have communal crushes. You heard that right. They like crushing on the same guy. But these guys are usually guys that aren’t really involved in their lives. Until their latest crush, Matt joins their school and the school musical. Suddenly Kate is beginning to realise that liking the same guy as her best friend isn’t all that fun, even as other aspects of her life seem to be changing for the better.

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Book Review: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Book Review: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

This is a book that’s been out for a good while now, I know. But it’s finally getting released in the UK on the 18th of May. And that allowed me to read this book through the publishers. Thanks so much to Bethany Carter from Faber & Faber for sending me this gorgeous proof. I actually loved it, and it really was a book I needed to read.

Felix Love has never been in love. He’s 17-years-old and focused on the summer art program at his school. He wants to fall in love, he wants to figure out what to do for his portfolio, and he wants to figure out why guy doesn’t always fit right. Sometimes he wonders if being black, trans and queer is too much and when someone at school reveals old pictures of him with his dead name… He starts to spiral.

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Book Review: Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

Book Review: Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

If you’ve looked through my blog you’ve probably seen that I don’t read much contemporary and when I do it’s usually adult and more along the chick-lit and romance lines. But I love me a nerdy contemporary and because of that I’ve been picking up and devouring the Once Upon A Con books by Ashley Poston .

I had bought the first two but when I saw there was a giveaway for the third book on Twitter I entered and was so lucky to win! The book was being sent by the publisher Quirk Books through a book blogger so that’s probably worth adding. It did take a little while to get here but when it did I knew I had to read it pretty much straight away. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite fairytales ever so obviously Bookish and the Beast was going to be a win

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Book Review: Shine by Jessica Jung

Book Review: Shine by Jessica Jung

This book was one that I was lucky enough to win in one of the giveaways hosted during UKYA at Home and though it’s not maybe something you’d expect to me to read. I wanted it. Because if you’re going to read about k-pop why not read something written by one of the stars herself?

Shine follows Rachel Kim, an American-Korean girl who when she was younger moved to Seoul for the opportunity to start a career as a k-pop star. She’s nearly aging out of her chance to debut when she meets Jason Lee, a k-pop heart throb who she winds up developing feelings for.

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