Blog Tour & ARC Review + Giveaway: How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Title: How to Make a Wish

Author: Ashley Herring Blake

Published: 02 May 2017 | HMH Books for Young Readers

Date Read: 29 April 2017

Synopsis:

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

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Ashley Herring Blake’s debut book Suffer Love has been a remarkable read for me last year. I loved how uniquely the plot of that book was written as well as the characters. That’s why I made it my mission to ensure that I’ll get to read her upcoming novels as well.

I’ve read my fair share of diverse books but this is the first F/F YA story that I’ll be reading. I don’t know what to expect. I’m excited and curious all at the same time. How To Make a Wish is another remarkable story given by Ashley Herring Blake about two-girls who found each other on what may be the lowest points of their lives.

Grace is channeling all her focus in finishing High-School and soon going to a top music school in New York to do what she loves – playing the piano. I really admire Grace’s character. She’s smart, talented, strong-willed and dedicated. These were shown thru her passion in playing the piano, her relationship with his friends and her mother.

“I can’t leave her. She’s my mom; I’m her kid. We belong together.”

Grace and her mom doesn’t have the perfect relationship. Grace’s mom, Maggie is spontaneous, reckless, unreliable and unpredictable leaving Grace into the mother role of their so-called mother-daughter relationship. The way their relationship was written is raw, heartbreaking, painful and real. I literally shed a tear or two after reading several events between Maggie and Grace that are literally sad. With these events shown, we were given a window to see why Grace is feeling the way that she’s feeling – her anger, sadness and helplessness. I really admire her strength as a teen and her love for her mother.

Eva, on the other hand is grieving. She’s grieving the loss of her mom. She’s running from her own demons. I actually had a hard time getting to know Eva. The book already ended but it feels like I still don’t know her that well. Which I think could’ve been remedied by giving her a chapter or two because it feels like I only saw glimpses of her and her life.

“Up there, I didn’t belong to a messed-up mother. She wasn’t the grieving daughter. We were just Grace and Eva.”

“Just Grace and Eva. Two girls who need to feel young and free, need to feel like girls. Need to scream from the top of a lighthouse and eat peanut butter out of a jar and swear and accidentally brush up against each other and giggle about it. “

Grace and Eva are cute together. The chemistry is there! I love their moments in the lighthouse where they are simply Grace and Eva.

The main thing that makes this book stand out is the author was brave enough to introduce us to a set of characters that are not afraid of their sexuality. The main characters Grace and Eva are both bisexual. I really appreciate how real the sexuality of Grace and Eva were portrayed in the story. I also kind of like how we’re saved from all the “coming-out” stuffs because their family and friends easily accepted them. This part was thoughtfully written.

The set of supporting characters that this book has was also easy to love. Luca – Grace’s best friend was so charming. His mom Emmy has been a great help as well. I even ended up liking Jay Lanier!

The storyline flowed smoothly. The setting was dreamy as well – the little coastal town of Cape Katie. And above all, for me, the author well portrayed the F/F relationship in the story.

Overall, How To Make a Wish is a very heartwarming story. The ending was inspiring. It leaves us a very good note of accepting and loving who you really are and who you’re friends and love ones are. And, believing that dreams do come true. You just surely need to chase them.

“If you really want something, baby, the stars won’t help you. You have to reach out and take it.”

 

Ashley Herring Blake is a reader, writer, and mom to two boisterous boys. She holds a Master’s degree in teaching and loves coffee, arranging her books by color, and watching Buffy over and over again on Netflix with her friends. She’s the author of the young adult novels SUFFER LOVE and HOW TO MAKE A WISH.

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Blog Tour & ARC Review: Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan

Title: Lost Rider (Coming Home #1)

Author: Harper Sloan

Published: 25 April 2017 | Pocket Books

Date Read: 18 January 2017

Synopsis:

In Lost Rider, the first Western romance in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan’s Coming Home series, an injured rodeo star encounters an old flame but will she be just what he needs to get back in the saddle?

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a ten-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he’s off the circuit and in the horse farming business, something he’s never taken much of a shine to, but now that it’s his late father’s legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over?

Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick’s childhood—his younger sister’s best friend, to be exact, and someone whose heart he stomped all over when she confessed her crush to him ten years back. Now Leighton is back in Maverick’s life, no longer the insecure, love-stricken teen—and Maverick can’t help but take notice. Sparks fly between them, but will Leighton be able to open her heart to the one man who broke it all those years ago?

Written in the vein of Diana Palmer and Lindsay McKenna, this Texas-set series is filled with sizzle, heart, and plenty of cowboys!

Harper Sloan and her books has been one of my guilty-pleasure reads for quite aome time now. Whenever I’m craving for something cheesy, angst-y and romance-y read, her books are my go-to. I enjoyed reading (and re-reading) her Corps Security and Hope Town Series and I’m so excited and will not miss reading her new series – Coming Home – with its first novel The Lost Rider.

The Lost Rider follows the story of Maverick and Leighton. These two has sizzling chemistry way back when they were in High school. But circumstances happen….

“Bull riding is one of the two things in my life that bring peace. I was meant to ride just as I was meant to draw air in my lungs to live.”

Maverick’s dream is to become a famous and successful bull rider. After experiencing a very tough and hard childhood He’s dead set to leave town and follow his dreams without being pulled back by his own father. That was ten years ago, now, with the end of his bull riding career and the death of his father he’s back to the town he never thought of setting foot again.

To Maverick, going home doesn’t only mean visiting and seeing his siblings. It also means revisiting the past ghosts and facing again the girl he left but never wanted to.

Leighton has been crushing (big time) on Maverick for a long time now.  Maverick is Quinn – her best friend’s – older brother but that didn’t stop the feelings that blossomed into her for Maverick. Ten years ago, Maverick stomped and broke her heart, but now she’s the epitome of a strong, independent woman. She make’s life for herself and found happiness  in making her mom’s dream come true which is by opening her own pie store – The Pie Hole.

“I might have been the king of rodeo after that, but I did it with a dead heart that no one came close to touching”.

The story was told in alternating POV’s of Maverick and Leighton which I really enjoyed because I get to read and see the story from the perspective of our two main characters. I’m quite hesitant with Maverick at first. He’s so silent and keeps everything to himself. But reading on his POV gives me a clarity on why he left and why he did those things. Things that really did a domino effect on other things that happened on the book. 

On the other hand, Leighton is such an easy character to read about. She wears her heart on her sleeves. She’s thoughtful, loving, kind but strong and stubborn as well. I think there’s no better people ending up than these two.

“It’s hard to forget the pain of the past when the memories still shine bright. He might be long gone, but his shadow will never leave this town.”

The story also transitioned from the past and the present. The flashbacks give us a first-hand feel and idea on what happened between these two way back ten years ago. I find it really interesting that despite their time apart their feelings stay the same. Just like the old saying goes “If its love, its love, right?”

The story flowed smoothly. The angst that is ever present to each and every Harper Sloan books was very low and little on this book. Not only it focuses on the second chance at love of Maverick and Leighton it also focuses on the second-chance relationship between Maverick and his siblings Clay and Quinn. Though they were reunited by an unfortunate event, it was nice seeing them seek and get to know each other again after the longest time they’ve been apart.

A little thing I wanted this book to have is for it to include more dialogues between the characters and other people within the story world. There are a lot more internal monologues, I guess.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Lost Rider. I can’t wait to read about Quinn’s story on the next book! If you’re looking for something cheesy and romance-y read with a little angst on the side, pick this one up!

 

ARC Review: The End of Our Story by Meg Haston

Title: The End of Our Story

Author: Meg Haston

Published: 04 April 2017 | Harper Teen

Date Read: 13 April 2017

Synopsis:

Meg Haston’s romantic and thrilling new YA novel explores a star-crossed high school relationship in a tale rife with deeply buried secrets and shocking revelations.

Bridge and Wil have been entangled in each other’s lives for years. Under the white-hot Florida sun, they went from kids daring each other to swim past the breakers to teenagers stealing kisses between classes. But when Bridge betrayed Wil during their junior year, she shattered his heart and their relationship along with it.

Then Wil’s family suffers a violent loss, and Bridge rushes back to Wil’s side. As they struggle to heal old wounds and start falling for each other all over again, Bridge and Wil discover just how much has changed in the past year. As the fierce current of tragedy threatens to pull them under, they must learn how to swim on their own—or risk drowning together.

*ARC Kindly provided by Harper Teen thru Edelweiss for review*

It’s been a day since I finished reading this book and still I’m having a hard time grasping for words on how to describe how I felt when I’m reading it and after reading it. I’m having a hard time right now choosing words and thoughts without spoiling anything. I’m happy, surprised, baffled and I don’t know. My thoughts and feels are everywhere. But one thing I’m certain about is I do enjoy reading The End of Our Story.

For some, breaking-up is the end. But for Bridge & Wil, it’s just the beginning.

Bridge & Wil has been best friends since they are young. Best friends whose feelings for each other turned into something more. They are solid: snack-dates, school dances and first kisses. It took them years to get to that point and it all vanished because of a very unwanted situation.

I like Bridge & Wil. Together and/or separately. Bridge is our female lead who’s very easy to read and like. She’s an open book. I like how she appreciates her mom, brother and best friend Leigh. Wil is our male lead with penchant for making boats. They are not perfect. They are your typical teenagers who make mistakes and learns from it.

“Tragedy is a powerful magnetic force. It either draws people in or pushes people away.”

A year after they parted ways, a tragedy hits Wil’s family. Bridge knows for certain that she needs to help Wil. Not knowing that in just 1 year that they are apart a lot  has changed.

Just when I thought the story would focus more on the break-up of our two main characters, I was proven wrong. The story focuses more on the familial and social aspects. What happened with Bridge & Wil was revealed on the early part of the story and after it was revealed, more thought-provoking & stay-in-your-seats scenes begins to happen.

The sudden turn of events got my heart racing so fast wanting the pages to turn faster to get to the end of it. Plus, there are literally a lot of emotional blows over the course of reading this book.

I don’t know the technical term to use but I really love how the story was written. I guess we can call it lyrical or just plain catchy? (please feel free to correct me here) Each word just flows. It took me half-day to finish reading this and it was one of the fastest reading I have done!

I also appreciate the alternating POV’s on each chapter as well as the alternating timeline. Though it may come quite confusing at times but it gives me as a reader a glimpse of the past which makes us understand the current happenings.

“I don’t think you have to understand every little corner of a person to love them, I think you can love them first, and you spend the time you have trying to learn the parts you don’t know.”

In all, The End of Our Story is a powerful and heartbreaking story about life realities, family, choosing who you really are and doing the “right” thing for the sake of you loved ones. The ending left me quite hanging but I guess that is the best way to end it because in that way we have enough space for possibilities on the future of Bridge & Wil.

ARC REVIEW: Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Title: Hunted

Author: Meagan Spooner

Published: 14 March 2017 | Harper Teen

Date Read: 08 April 2017

Synopsis:

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

* ARC Kindly provided by Harper Teen thru Edelweiss for review *

Disclaimer: It took me a very very very long time to finish reading Hunted and I’m the one to blame or erm my busy work schedule. As much as I love the whole concept and the story of Hunted I feel bad for not having the chance to immerse myself fully into reading this. Due to my busy schedule, I only get to read a couple of pages and bits and pieces from time to time. But anyway, I finally finished it and I was able to write a review as well so here it goes.

Hunted is a tale as old as time. A retelling of one of my favorite fairytales – Beauty and The Beast. A very intriguing fantasy story about Beauty and the Beast set it the wilderness and snow. The release date of Hunted is very timely for the release of the new movie adaptation and I’m overflowing with love and happiness that is all about Beauty and the Beast.

“The depths of the wood were dangerous, far more deadly than the more commonly hunted perimeters of the wilderness.”

Ever since she’s a little girl, Yeva thrives on freedom and exploring the wilderness. She felt more comfortable being near nature. She seeks more from the daily norm of her life. But something dangerous lurks in the forest and when her father went missing Yeva hunts down the dangerous creature that might have gotten into her father. But what she finds is not quite what she’s expecting. He’s a Beast that supposed to be without a heart not a beast with a penchant for the stories she’s telling and cares for her.

Like Yeva, The Beast wanted freedom. Freedom from the curse that he’s been into. They are both trapped into something unfortunate and they must find a way out of it.

I love Yeva. She’s not an ordinary heroine. She is fierce, brave, selfless and will do anything and everything for her family. I really appreciate the familial bonds presented in the story. Yeva, Lena and Asenka’s loving relationship as sisters and their love for their father. I also love the friendships that has been made along the story.

The beast’s character was greatly written as well. He’s someone that you’ll love to hate especially in the beginning when he’s all rude and impatient with Yeva. But overtime, I can’t help but love him and understand his own story.

“The Firebird made him a being of two natures. You changed him into two beings grappling for a single heart.”

There is a romance part on the story but don’t expect to get something all touchy-feely kind of romance. It was all more focused on the emotional kind of romance where as a reader you’ll just feel that there is a romantic connection between the characters that you are reading.

Magic also played a part in the story. Though the story didn’t have talking coat racks or tea kettle and pot, the story does have magical creatures. The story of the Firebird and the other creatures were creatively written. I got invested with Yeva’s stories – stories that were passed on to her by her father.

On a side note, is it just me or does Beauty and the Beast really do have an aspect of Stockholm Syndrome somewhere? I don’t know why I just realized it now but there’s a case of Stockholm Syndrome, right? What differs from to the other books that I’ve read that do have an aspect of Stockholm Syndorme is that Yeva realizes that she shouldn’t feel something for beast as he’s her captor.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Hunted. The thing that I liked most is the fact that it didn’t stray from the original plot line of Beauty and the Beast. It just changed setting but the plot line is just the same. If you love fantasy stories especially retellings, please do yourselves a huge favor and pick this one up now. You’ll definite love it.

PS. I NEED AN EPILOGUE WITH BEAST AS A HUMAN PLEASE.

ARC Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Title: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Published: 07 March 2017 | Clarion Books

Date Read: 13 March 2017

Synopsis:

The first day of senior year:

Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.

Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

*ARC Kindly provided by HMH Books for Young Readers for review*

My love for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is unexplainable. I easily fell in love with Ari and Dante and their world. I’m eagerly waiting for Benjamin Alire Saenz’s new work and I consider myself one of the lucky ones to get an ARC of The Inexplicable Logic of my Life.

I’ve finished reading this book for over two weeks now and as I’m writing this review it feels like I just read the book a while ago. The feels and love still feels so new. I loved Sam, Sal, Fito and probably everything about this book.

I can probably say that this book has one of the most memorable set of characters that I have encountered. In the span of 400+ pages I was able read the different life experiences of the characters. It’s so easy to connect to them and in the end so hard to say goodbye as well.

Sal is ready to start is senior year anew but circumstances happened. Salvador is trying to find himself – who he really is amidst the anxiety, sadness, tragedy and loss he’s currently encountering.

Samantha is Sal’s best friend. She’s independent and a “know-it-all” but you can’t help but really like and love her. Her relationship with Sal is so adorable. They are like two peas in a pod but so much different like two sides of a coin, but these differences that they have complement each other that’s why they had a great relationship. I was rooting for them to be romantically involved at the beginning, but as I go on reading, I find myself realizing that these two people are so much more better off as friends because the strong friendship and foundation that they have are all sisterly/brotherly type.

“But see, it’s not where I come from that matters – it’s where I’m going.”

Completing the trio of friends is Fito. The guy from the wrong side of the track that comes from an abusive family. I just want to hug Fito the whole time. He’s fun and happy on the outside but struggling on the inside. I really salute him because even though he comes from an abusive family he supports himself and still has the determination to finish school for him to succeed in life.

Once again, Benjamin Alire Saenz features an LGBT character who is Sal’s father Vicente.  I loved him so much! I’m really amazed by his pure-heartedness. He’s so loving and warm, kind, understandable. He’s just the greatest father material that I’ve read.

Family is one of the main highlight of this book. The familial relationship was made beautifully. The families are far from perfect but reading the good side and the bad side gives the story a realistic feel to it. The topic of loss was also highlighted on the story. It shows how family handles the hardship of losing someone.

  1. Aside from the characters and the topics, the writing style of this book was also quite noticeable. It’s different comparing it to Aristotle and Dante. Each chapter is like Sal’s diary –filled with randomish thoughts. It took me awhile to get used to the world building and the writing itself but when I was in – I can no longer get out. I was hooked with Sal’s story. In all honesty, the story feels like it doesn’t really have an actual plot. You don’t know what to expect and what will/might happen. But a lot happened. Goes to show that Benjamin Alire Saenz is a brilliant writer.

“People died every day. And people lived they lives every day. There were always survivors in the aftermath of all that death. And I was one of those survivors.”

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life is a love story. A love between father and child, mother and child, grandmother and grandson and best friends. This story is so full of different kinds of love. Reading this is like an educational trip to different kinds of love and loss.

Overall, it was a great reading experience. I loved how the story ended (despite all the loss that the characters had), it has closure. The story really captured my heart (it now earned a place on it). I’m so looking forward in hopefully reading more about Sal, Sam and Fito. Who knows? Maybe we’ll be able to get more of them right

ARC Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Published: 28 February 2017 | Balzer + Bray

Date Read: 25 February 2017

Synopsis:

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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*ARC Kindly provided by Balzer+Bray thru Edelweiss for review*

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

The Hate U Give is a story inspired by Black Lives Matter Movement –  a movement made to fight anti-black Racism and the killings of black people.

I admit, I was a bit skeptical before reading this book. Aside from the big hype that surrounds it (especially on twitter) I don’t really know what to expect out of it.

But sometimes, the greatest things come unexpectedly, right?

I know it still might be a bit early to say this but The Hate U Give is one of the greatest book I’ve read this year. I’m honestly having a hard time right now putting into words all the greatness that is this book.

The Hate U Give is a very timely book that is an eye-opener on how several black people were treated. It is pollical, topical and very timely. Grief, anger, sadness and trauma surrounds the book but what I really appreciate was how the issues were handled in the story.

Our lead, Starr is just sixteen but she already witnessed two murders in her life: the first was of a young girl shot in a drive by and the other was her childhood best friend who was shot multiple times by a cop.

Can you even imagine how would you feel if you are in Starr’s place? All the grief and sadness in losing your childhood best friend and the trauma of losing him right before your eyes. Though the situation is very tough, I’m glad that Starr has a great support system – her family.

The portrayal of Starr’s family is perfect. They all are not perfect as person but their lives was made realistically. Her dad was an ex-gang member but is a very cool and loving dad, her mom got pregnant and married young to her dad, her brother Seven is also cool and very protective and Sekani her youngest brother is just is a pain-in-butt cute. The dynamic between their family was created beautifully by the author. Their family feels so warm and loving and accommodating despite what they are all going thru.

There are a whole set of other people present on this book and they were all given great importance and roles on the story. I really appreciate the complexity of not only the main characters but the supporting as well.

Another thing that I just want to share is that Starr have a boyfriend – Chris. And he’s white. Goes to show that skin color is not relevant if you care and understand each other.

“We let people say stuff, and they say it as much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re going to be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Starr is a very engaging story teller. Her voice is clear and distinct. Though Starr was hesitant on the first part of the book to speak out what she’s feeling, it was so good to see her give it all out in the end. At the end of the story, we all learned that our greatest weapon is our voice and we should use it and not let other people put words in our own mouths.

Overall, The Hate U Give is a very influential book about family, the harsh realities of life for black people, being who you are 100% of the time and simply finding your own voice. This is a fictional book with fictional characters but this story has been told over the news and newspapers. Very timely and real. Please do yourselves a big big big favor and don’t miss out on reading this one.

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4-starss

ARC Review: #famous by Jilly Gagnon

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Title: #famous

Author: Jilly Gagnon

Published: 14 February 2017 | Katherin Tegen Books

Date Read: 20 February 2017

Synopsis:

In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

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*ARC Kindly provided by Katherine Tegen Books thru Edelweiss for review*

#famous is just the book that you should pick up if you’re looking for a story that boasts a lot of cuteness and adorableness!

In our current world where social media is the “in” thing and being “internet famous” can be achieved in one picture and one post, this book feels so real, relevant and relatable.

I think #famous’ blurb says what mostly this book will be about:

Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous.

Being “internet famous” has been a thing for a while now. Pictures of random guys and girls usually went viral on the internet and that anonymous guy or girl suddenly become “internet famous”. Even here in my home country, Philippines – where social media usage was rampant – a lot of guys and girls gets attention because someone posted a picture or a video of them.

But the thing that made #famous’ plot line a bit different from what is happening with the real life is that instead of solely focusing on the guy on the picture that went viral, the story also reached out to the girl who took the picture. And together – Kyle and Rachel – started living the life of the so-called “#famous”

Told in alternating POV’s of Kyle and Rachel, we saw the complete picture on what is happening on in both of our main characters lives especially how the instant fame affects them both.

It’s easy to like Rachel. As Kyle said, she’s 100% herself all the time. Despite her being somewhat different – different looks, likes and social hierarchy – she stands out as her own character.

“If I’d learn anything from the past week, it was that other people could be cruel-needlessly cruel-for no reason at all.”

When the picture she has taken went viral, people starts to send her vicious and hurtful comments. Cyber-bullying is one of the problems we are facing today and Rachel has been a victim of it. Good thing she was in company of great parents and awesome best friend – Mo. Jilly Gagnon did a great job of creating a character with flaws but downright relatable.

Honestly, Kyle pissed me off more than a couple of time throughout the book but he still did capture my heart in the end. He’s naïve and had a hard time making up his mind on the first parts (okay even in the latter parts) of the book. But I’m thinking, he’s a teenager, right? He’s acting like how a teenager should. He got caught up with his fame at first but eventually managed it and soon enough realize how he may have hurt people (ahem Rachel) along the way.

“I know I’m pretty square, but I like weirdos, you know”

It started as a one-sided crush turned into friendship and blossomed into something more. The friendship and romance was slow-burn but worth reading and waiting for.

Overall, #famous was such a fun and adorable read. Very relevant to today’s “internet fame” thing. I really enjoyed how the author conveyed a lot of message about – internet fame, cyber bullying and just being yourself – on the pages of this book.

PS. I don’t think I’ll ever look at an order of French fries the same way again without remembering Kyle and Rachel’s story. *wink*

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4-starss