Clara Shin lives with her dad in L.A and is the class clown. She likes to "stay in the shallow end" of feelings and make jokes of everything, but when she and the class president, Rose, get into a fight at prom and almost burn down the school cafeteria, she is forced to work with Rose in her dad's food truck all summer. As the two work together, Clara learns about having to face your feelings and what real friendship and relationships are like.
I loved every second of this book, so much so that I couldn't put it down and finished it in a little under a day. Clara is very real and relatable, her journey from class clown to actual person was easy to follow. I'd love to see a spinoff or novela about her dad and his realtionships being a single dad or her mom's adventures as a social media influencer.
The Way You Make Me Feel is another book that I will be reviewing and booktalking in a Junior Library Guild webcast next month!
For the past three years I have participated in the Goodreads Challenge. The Challenge is set by you, the reader. You set a reading goal for the year and then log your books as you read them throughout the year. You can "cheat" a bit by adjusting your goal as the year goes by, but it is always your CHOICE. I set a goal to read 80 books this year. (In 2016 my goal was 100 and I felt like I put too much pressure on myself to read quickly and not enjoy the books, so I set my goal a little lower for 2017.
I am proud to say that with 25 days left in 2017-today I completed my 2017 Goodreads Challenge of reading 80 books! Now that I've met my goal, I plan on making a "Top 10 of 2017" books list, but in my opinion, and based off of the books that I read that were published in 2017. So that books that I read this year are as follows (In backwards order):
Happy Halloween! 🎃👻 What creepy Books are you reading today? I’m still reading Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray and LOVING it! This third installment of the Diviners series is intense and much creepier than the other two. While the characters have remained the same people, their growth in this book is significant! While it’s definitely NOT a short creepy story, it’s not for the faint of heart!
Five stars! I loved this retelling of The Great Gatsby! As long as you don't focus so much on the Retelling part and focus on the actual story, it's a great one! I loved the attention to detail in the story that really helped me to visualize just how beautiful the settings and people in the book were. I also really enjoyed Naomi's character growth as she enters the Hamptons as a slightly rebellious teen to a young woman who knows the difference between who she thinks she is and who she knows she is. Loved it!
Monty and Percy are two young aristocrats sets out to go on "tour of the continent" after the end of their formal schooling. Monty assumes that this trip will be more gambling, drinking, and sleeping with anything that will have him, but he is quickly wronged. Their group is taken over by highway robbers as soon as they've left and end up in a whirlwind adventure involving pirates, a mysterious stolen box with a mysterious key inside it, and many secrets!
I LOVED the story of how being in love with your best friend can be one of the hardest things to do, especially when your best friend is not only of a different race, but the same sex. I'd never considered what a same sex couple would deal with in the 1700-1800s, but Mackenzi Lee depicts it perfectly.
I very highly recommend this book to anyone who not only loves YA, but love stories, Adventure, and historical fiction!
I read two books over Christmas: