i’ve been in a strange mood lately. i’ve actually been reading a lot of contemporaries *gasps*
we’re back today for another edition of my mini reviews, which i’ve decided that i love to write. i think this is going to be a new series i do every so often (naturally, when i don’t feel like writing a whole book review).
so, my reading habits have been very, very strange lately. i’ve been reading a lot of contemporary novels in the past few weeks, mostly because i’ve been a little tired of fantasy (somehow if that’s even a real thing). i dunno. a lot of the fantasy novels i’ve read lately have been extremely trope-y and cliche. i just needed a little break, and i’ll probably be back to the normal all-fantasy-all-the-time program tomorrow.
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
– i love simon because of his awesome personality.
– the honesty about being gay
– the humor
– the story felt so real
– oreos and food.
– i liked trying to figure out who Blue was. and i was totally off. for a sec there i thought it was martin…
– the ending was perfect <3
– i didn’t really feel an emotional connection with the characters. sure, they were fun and actual cinnamon rolls, but for the most part they didn’t stick out to me much.
– leah was the only character i didn’t love. she seemed really jealous and unhappy the whole time, and it didn’t even seem like her friends’ fault that she was this angry, yet simon and co. had to apologize.
that’s about it for cons. overall, this was a light and fluffy read that was so fun. the only reason i didn’t give it five stars was because i didn’t feel the emotional connection, and i don’t think that it will stick with me in the long run. legitimately though, this book is a cinnamon roll.
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame? Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go. As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…