This book just came out recently in the US, however, I bought it when I was in the UK around this time last year because I COULDN’T WAIT to read it….aThis book just came out recently in the US, however, I bought it when I was in the UK around this time last year because I COULDN’T WAIT to read it….and then I promptly waited until this February when it was almost out here to read it. TYPICAL. Anyways. I really enjoyed this one…I found Frances SO relatable because, way back in the day in middle/high school, I was so like her — at school vs in my neighborhood with my bffs I was like two different people. I hid so much of who I really was until college where I became way more outgoing but I still hid my nerdy side because I was afraid people wouldn’t get/appreciate it (which the group of friends I had at that point DID NOT). So, yeah, I really loved watching her meet Aled and finding someone she could really be herself with. Their friendship was fantastic and it really felt like that thrill of being with someone who just GETS YOU and you can let your guard down with. I also loved that this book featured a platonic friendship. It was just a great book about trying to navigate that hard road of “being yourself”, figuring out what you want to do with your life in that last year of school, geeky awesome stuff & being a content creator/artist on the internet & friendship. So much to love about this book in the plot and the characters in this one. It was just a really fantastic book that I’m confused isn’t more popular now that it’s out here in the States!...more
Wow this book was quite the emotional kicker. Really sad and hard to read at times (fyi there *is* some really intense abuse scenes I’d be remiss notWow this book was quite the emotional kicker. Really sad and hard to read at times (fyi there *is* some really intense abuse scenes I’d be remiss not to mention if that’s a no-go for you). I thought the dual POVs of Adam and Julian really worked. I think the thing that stuck out for me with this one was the relationship between Adam and Julian as it’s not something you see very often — a really interesting friendship of sorts that borderlines on a brother/mentor type relationship as they are about 4 years apart if I recall correctly. They knew each other from when they were younger and kind of fell out of each other’s lives and I enjoyed watching them get to know each other again. It was a really sweet friendship and I loved how Adam looked out for Julian. Both Adam and Julian were great characters that I loved spending time with albeit how heartbreaking and infuriating this story was at times....more
This book was just sooooo delightful! There needs to be a proper word for something that makes your heart a little sad but equally giddy. Maybe thereThis book was just sooooo delightful! There needs to be a proper word for something that makes your heart a little sad but equally giddy. Maybe there is a word for it? I don’t know but this book is whatever that word is. I’m sad I made my YA contemporary beach read list already because this one would have definitely been at the top — compulsively readable and just heart-melting. And YOU GUYS…one of the sweetest, swooniest dudes in YA.
I LOVED the relationship between Maguire and Jordy. So banter-y. So cute. I want you to discover it for yourself so I don’t want to say too much about it. I just loved how they met and how they opened up to each other and helped each other.
I love books that deal with grief/loss and read a lot of them but I actually really loved that this one wasn’t directly dealing with the grief and loss of losing her father and brother. I loved that it was still showing the lasting effects of losing someone especially so tragically as well as some of the other things she went through. While on the surface it seems silly that she would really think she’s cursed and live her life in the careful manner she does, it’s actually amazing what your brain convince you. I really felt for Maguire especially because I could relate. After my mom passed away from brain cancer in 2006 I convinced myself I was dying or that I was going to die. Like some days I just laid in bed so scared of dying. It really hit pretty personally how one can hold themselves back from living because of a fear and belief so tight within your gut that no matter the logic people try to use on you you just can’t shake it.
I think the shining star of this novel is how positively therapy is portrayed. Honestly I wish I had this book after my mom passed away because maybe I would have gotten the help that I needed to deal with my issues. Watching Maguire put in that work and do these scary assignments, that to others would seem easy, was just wonderful. I really enjoyed watching her (and Jordy) tackle them even though they were hard. I really loved that therapy wasn’t just a convenient plot thing for her and Jordy but I really felt like the author showed how important it was for her....more