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Foolish Hearts

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  8,580 ratings  ·  2,206 reviews
When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will in the class production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Sydney | sydneys.books It has to do with the play they're involved in, A Midsummer Night's Dream. The play revolves around characters under a love spell, with commentary on …moreIt has to do with the play they're involved in, A Midsummer Night's Dream. The play revolves around characters under a love spell, with commentary on how foolish and gullible humans can be when the romantic dynamics are shifted. You can see themes of all reflected in the main storyline as well.(less)
Emma Definitely. I was hesitant going in but I adored it by the end :)

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chai ♡
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ppl who would kill Voldemort in a fuck, marry, kill game
First of all, who let me get so emotionally invested in this book that not only was I incapable of putting it down but I also wanted to flip back to its first chapter as soon as I had read the last line?

This book was like a face mask for my soul. And I think it could really use an extra page or two. Scratch that, maybe it's me, I just need more pages of:

✨ girls loving girls
✨ platonic displays of affection between boys
✨ siblings bonding over their shared love for video games
✨ just god-tier relat

“He is my small son”

I’m going to write this review a little differently; instead of telling you the synopsis of this book right away, I’m going to show you the two parts of my heart.

Best Friends & Boy Bands - If you follow me on any social media, you will know that BTS has completely and wholeheartedly taken over my life. The amount of unconditional happiness that I have found within myself because of BTS could be a thesis statement all alone. But the pure joy I feel when I know t
Elle (ellexamines)
Foolish Hearts follows Claudia, who, after accidentally witnessing the great breakup of Her School’s Popular Sapphic Couple, is forced into a rivalry with the exceptionally closed-off and hurt Iris.

Okay, first of all, this book made me so deeply fucking happy. like, on a level of my soul I did not know existed I am happy. It was a weirdly emotionally cathartic read for me because it’s a happy book, but it also doesn’t shy away from the fact that these are all teenagers dealing with their own sh
okay YES i am lowering this a mere half star to 4.5 upon reread but do not let that distract you from my deep and unrelenting love for this book



How did I wait so long to read it??? How was it so good???? How can I pull the high school experience of the protagonist out of this book and live it for myself, despite it being fictional and me being 21?????

My ability to work out such questions is even more ineffective than usual, because I have DIED of CUTE
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
December Owlcrate ♥ Close-us and descriptions in the link below picture.


OMG! Stick me with a fork, I'm done! I gave this book 5 freaking stars because it made me feel all fluffy inside and I need some fluff because I'm losing my stuffing! < -- And my mind!

I loved it so much! I thought I wouldn't like it. Lol, just goes to show what I know!

I love all of the characters! Claudia is such a wonderful person! She has a best friend Zoe that goes to another school than her < -- reasons. And
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
i wish could take the all of the warm fluffy feels of this book and fashion them into a cosy jumper to comfort my soul for the rest of my days. emma mills has truly perfected the art of a warm YA contemporary.

and i have to say that this story particularly stole my heart because of the shakespeare component and how it made everything so light-hearted and fun. this is the kind of book that doesnt take itself too seriously, so its easy to have a good time with it!

4 stars
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reread on January 23 2018: I loved it even more than the first time. I fell in love with all of the characters so much more. This has become one of my favourite contemporaries of all time.

Original review, posted on May 8 2017: Oh my gosh, this book was so fantastic! I feel so light and happy after reading it. It may just be the funniest book I've ever read...I honestly don't think I've ever laughed out loud so much while reading a book like I did this one. Bahhhhhh! SO GOOD.
♛ may
Full review posted:

Emma Mills must have like a special sauce she consumes before writing a book bc the way shes able to craft these fluffy, emotional, heartwarming stories with important undertones is truly a work of art.


1. fantastic sibling rep:
His eyes light up upon seeing the cookies. “Did you make them?”
“My sister did. They’re just the break-and-bake kind.”
“Those are my favorite.”
“No they’re not,” Victoria says.
“Hey, how ab
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
Shelves: queer, favorites
I LOVED THIS SO MUCHHHHHHH. If you like boybands, this is a must read. My heart is SOARING.

I buddy read this with Melanie and Jane <3
Larry H
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars on this one.

Every so often, after I've read a number of thrillers, crime novels, or even emotionally draining books in a row, I seek out what I like to call a "literary palate-cleanser," essentially a book which appears to be a little bit lighter in tone and one which won't have me eyeing my neighbors and delivery men, expecting a crime to break out.

The "palate-cleanser" term isn't meant to be a disparaging one—sometimes I'm just looking for a book that's funny and/or
Chelsea Humphrey

Won via Goodreads Giveaway 🎉🙌🏼
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
This was so delightful. I sat down intending to read 50 pages and instead I read 270. I honestly cannot deal with how cute this book was gahhhh

Also, and I don’t really intend to type up a full review of this, but I just have to say: thank GOD for this book about girls who are friends with each other and aren’t competitive or jealous of their friends having friends. Thank god for these women being funny and loving and supportive. I love them. I love them all.
may ➹
4/16/21: no other book will give me the levels of serotonin that this book does

// buddy (re)read with the gang


3/6/20: if men were more like Gideon... then yeah I’d understand why they think they’re superior to women


I am so upset with myself that I waited so long to read this.... I’m never doubting you all again these 2 are officially added to my valid hets list and I am reading all Emma Mills books immediately

amy ☂︎
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
foolish hearts deserves all the hype radio silence has been getting.

i know, right?


don't get me wrong, i liked radio silence a big deal and i'm not here to compare them in any way or pit them against each other, i just simply want you to acknowledge emma mills as the genius that she is!!!

foolish hearts gave me everything i want in a contemporary. and that comes from a fantasy type person. i do enjoy a contemp every once in a while, but usually they don't really do it for me.

so what makes this on
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Luxury. Affordable. Industry standard.

I will be forever grateful to OwlCrate for bringing this book into my life and introducing me to Emma Mills.

YA Contemporary is not a genre I have really felt compelled to read prior to this.

After completing Foolish Hearts, however, I am ALL about it and have been scooping them up left and right!

I was blown away by how smart, witty and downright hilarious the dialogue in this book was. The banter between the characters had me literally laughing out loud on
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
4.5/5 stars

"You need Google Maps to find your way out of my eyes, or at least a comparable navigation app"

Hello, hi, I'm coming to you from riding the longest a roller coaster ride of emotions of 2018.
Yes, we are like 4 days into the new year, but that's beside the point.
This book was so damn cute!
I read this book in almost one sitting, and I say almost, because for some unknown reason my boss thought my day job was more important than reading???

Yes, this is just another YA Contemporary but this
lily ☁️
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to lily ☁️ by: emma
i genuinely can’t for the life of me remember the last time i so thoroughly enjoyed a YA contemporary … be right back, trying to reassemble the pieces of my heart that went missing somewhere in the depths of this book.

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Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars
“Sometimes...around some people, I feel like I have to, like...try, you know?...But with you-- when I'm with you, I can just...exist. You know what I mean?”

I read my first Emma Mills book earlier this year and it wasn’t the biggest hit for me. After reading Foolish Hearts, I can see why so many love her. This was a great read for me and I’ll definitely be picking up more of her back list.

I enjoyed Claudia and her group of friends. I really, really loved the love interest i
Maggie ☘
“It's like a snort," I say. "Like a snort chortle. It's a snortle."
"Is that a Pokemon?”

This book was so amazing! Emma Mills is fast becoming one of the best contemporary writes I've ever read! By now, I will pick up absolutely anything any everything she writes.

If you want to read a realistic YA contemporary, focusing primarily on awesome friendships - Claudia and Iris are such a brotp!! - and also family dynamics, try out this book! And then read This Adventure Ends. Both are as good as the
“Sometimes it's hard to know if something's for real? It's hard to believe it, even if you want it to be real. Even if you want it so badly. Sometimes it seems... safer, you know? Not to risk it.”
“Your second Emma Mills’ book in two days?” I hear you cry! Yeah, I’m trash for her work, and I’m totally not ashamed of that fact. I need tooth-rotting fluff periodically throughout the year or else my soul will wither and decay, and I’m pretty sure Mills’ catalogue has more than enough to get me t
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
4.5 stars

If you think I read this book because If We Were Villains changed my life and made me want to read more books about people who play Shakespearean characters...
You would be correct.
Though, I wasn’t expecting to laugh this much and melt into a puddle of feels in the process.

This book was something else. It was so easy to fall in love with all the characters, especially Claudia. I feel like it's the first time I encounter a character like her. She cares about everyone and makes friends wi
I'm... crying in the club rn

This book was everything I could've ever wanted and then some, and *I* WAS TRULY THE FOOLISH ONE FOR DAWDLING PICKING IT UP

God. Stories about family and friendship hit me with all the force of a punch to the solar plexus—an uplifting, joyous, punch to the solar plexus, that is.

Below you will find quite possibly my favourite passage in the whole book (though it was pretty hard to decide; I highlighted the crap out of it):

“It’s not like I want to date him,” she repli
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

I THINK THIS IS MY FAVORITE EMMA MILLS BOOK? IDK. She has become an auto-buy author for me because she is so great at writing great characters and witty dialogue.
When Claudia accidentally overhears the breakup of the power couple of their all-girls school and is found out by Iris, the meanest girl she knows, she's pretty sure her school life as she knows it is going to end. BUT she ends up becoming friends with Iris who is the definition of a porcupine but once she opens up is one of
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
I think this was more a *it's not you, it's me* thing, so I'm going to refrain from leaving a rating for now, perhaps til closer to the review date. I don't normally try out contemporary, and I'm a little older than the target audience, so I'll credit that to being part of it.

Without giving away much, I'll just say the plot definitely revolves around girl drama that seemed so silly and the trigger for it was kinda far fetched. I know girls tend to have drama over some silly reasons in high schoo
jaime ⭐️
book 18 out of 100

I feel like such a harsh critic giving this three stars. I read this so quickly and I loved so much about it but there was also so much that frustrated me. I genuinely recommend this book to so many people, I'm honestly just such a picky bitch.

Okay, things I loved:
➽ The entire storyline about TION and that being how Iris and Claudia bond. That storyline is literally my relationship to BTS and one of my best friends. Emma Mills is so knowledgable about fandom culture, this ent
Trigger Warnings: panic attack, grand mal seizure mentions


I went into Foolish Hearts with literally no expectations. I didn’t know what I was going to get from this book but I figured a YA contemporary was something that would help me pass the time until I worked out what I did want to read. I was so wrong. This book is a masterpiece. I read it incredibly quickly (two days, only because my mum was home from
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Laura
But my phone buzzes a moment later. It's Iris:
I don't know how to type in the game
Meanwhile what the fuck is Gideon doing

4.5 stars. You know, I haven't read this kind of YA contemporary for so long. For a couple of years I've been slowly breaking up with that genre, and that's okay! Not everything is meant to be, etcetera etcetera. But you can't give me :
💫 a likeable and fun (if oblivious) main character who plays videogames in a way that actually felt genuine and relatable to me ;
💫 a way-t
chan ☆
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya-contemporary
cute & forgettable

this is my first emma mills book and it went about as well as i expected. which is to say that i expected it to be a standard fluffy contemporary but not necessarily groundbreaking.

i will say that at times i was annoyed with the main character, claudia's, actions. she seemed pretty selfless for the majority of the book but her blatant ignorance to the love interest's interest was pretty annoying. and her reaction to a certain thing was.... a little childish (can't really expla
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

I ended up adoring this book!!! Got this in my owlcrate months ago and set it aside, I had no interest in it (based on the cover, shallow I know). Flash forward to now, I have a neverending literal tbr pile and I picked this one up to defeat that pile. It was so cute, such a wonderful story and everything I look for in a YA contemporary read.

The story is simple enough, girl meets boy and isn't sure he likes her. Add this with a new friendship and a school play, Mills created a snapsho
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
This was a sweet, friendship-based story that reminded me a lot of a Morgan Matson type vibe. I really loved it. Iris and Paige break up in a terrible fight that Claudia overhears. She and Iris become the unlikeliest of friends, and as Claudia’s circle of friends expands through work on the school play, she begins to open up, as well as develop new anxieties. Very relatable, and the relationship that slow burns between Claudia and Gideon, as well as Iris/Paige is heartwarming. These characters f ...more
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Emma Mills is the author of several novels for Young Adults.

She holds a PhD in cell biology and is known for her YouTube channel, Elmify. She is also the co-creator and co-host of the "life skills" channel How to Adult, which ended in 2016.

Mills lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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