It was cute, yeah, but the fact that this whole book is just a classic lover's misunderstanding going around and around in circles for what—...more2.5 stars.
It was cute, yeah, but the fact that this whole book is just a classic lover's misunderstanding going around and around in circles for what—300 pages?—made this seriously really draining to get through.(less)
Some of these characters made me want to pull my hair out at times. But it was a cute read, despite Fitzpatrick's inability to just get the...more3.5 stars.
Some of these characters made me want to pull my hair out at times. But it was a cute read, despite Fitzpatrick's inability to just get the truth out, and also the flashbacks tended to come out of nowhere. Cass, though <3 (less)
Okay, I loved this. I liked this a lot better than Han's Summer series. This was adorable and sweet and the way Han portrayed the familial r...more4.5 stars.
Okay, I loved this. I liked this a lot better than Han's Summer series. This was adorable and sweet and the way Han portrayed the familial relationships and cultural differences was something that I just could not fault. Lara Jean is perhaps, one of my favorite contemporary protagonists, although already I know some disagree, claiming that she is childish and spoilt. But I honestly don't see it that way. To me, she's full of life and personality and as hopeless a romantic as I am. Her energy just seems to bounce of the page, remaining optimistic even in the worst situations. She's half-Korean, and the way this was explored was right on point. From the online Japanese street-style shopping to the cute Korean stationary that Lara Jean likes to collect - this is genuinely what my friends and I love to do. And then there's the constant onslaught of delicious food constantly being repeated throughout the book. Lara Jean loves baking and making rice balls and their family has Korean food on their father's off days and asdfghjkl my mouth was just watering all the way through.
And Lara Jean's family! Her sister's and father are so endearing and likable. Their relationship is built around the fact that their mother is gone, and so now they all have to look out for each other and it was perfect. I honestly wasn't sure about them in the beginning, but they grew on me, especially Kitty whom I thought I would hate, but she is just so sassy and smart-assed that I couldn't help but burst out into giggles at 2am at some of the things she said.
The romance side of it is ultimately something that has been done before, but for some reason, these types of fake-date relationships just always seem to work for me, as they definitely did in The Art of Lainey as I recall, although the way they are carried out is quite different. There is a love triangle, I'll tell you now, but it's not drawn out. Lara Jean figures out what she wants before she lets anything get too far, and fixes things up before they spiral out of control. She is strong-willed enough to let one go, is what I'm saying, unlike a lot of other protagonists. And I don't think there will be a love triangle in the next book, in case the love triangle thing is really your defining factor. But I liked both guys, and even though I was viciously rooting for one over the other, I really did enjoy both of their role's in this story.
One complaint though. Genevieve. Really? Are there really such over-exaggerated Queen Bee Bitch Queens out there in high schools? Because the amount of female cattiness in every contemporary book is really making me wonder.
But aside from that, this is a really fun book. The ending made my cry in frustration because 2015?! Are you kidding me? Seriously, 2015 can't come fast enough.(less)
So, so good. I am in love with Iolanthe and Titus—it really is not often that I find two main protagonists that I actually love wholehearted...more4.5 stars.
So, so good. I am in love with Iolanthe and Titus—it really is not often that I find two main protagonists that I actually love wholeheartedly. And I love the ideas that Thomas presented, especially to do with the Crucible. The ending was a little anti-climatic and there were definitely times in the beginning where I was a little confused in regards to the world-building, but everything just comes alive the further in you go. The dialogue is sharp, the banter between the two main characters full of wit and equality, and the secondary characters bring their own life into the story, with the villain being just as scarily capable in enacting deadly deeds as one would hope to expect. This was definitely a pleasant surprise!(less)
So I digress: Yes, this was hot. And yeah, Micha is kind of fucking sexy as hell. But other than that, I felt like I was reading a completely differen...moreSo I digress: Yes, this was hot. And yeah, Micha is kind of fucking sexy as hell. But other than that, I felt like I was reading a completely different book from everyone else. I couldn't relate to anyone, the characters were all flat, and everything just felt like a set up for all the uh, sexual tension going on. WHICH I ADMIT WASN'T ACTUALLY ALL THAT BAD. But if there was a message to be learnt from this, then it was completely lost on me. And seriously, was the secret supposed to surprise me? (less)