Book Review: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

Hello everyone and I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday so far. Yesterday was Independence Day for us here in the US and I was able to spend some time with family and enjoy the day. Today, I wanted to talk about a book I read back in April, which seems like such a crazy long time ago. I loved this book, until I realized what it was seriously lacking. Let’s get into the review so I can explain a little more.

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Mariko Tamaki

Pages: 304

Audience: YA

Genre: Graphic Novel, Contemporary Romance, LGBT

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

TRIGGERS: Toxic relationships, abortion

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.

Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever.

Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.

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  • Freddy’s Group Of Friends – I really loved Freddy’s group of friends. They seemed to be exactly what she needed at that time, and even though she wasn’t always to amazing friend to them back, and even at times rejected their help, they were still there for her, which is what I love to see.
  • Toxic Relationship – It sounds wrong that I “liked” the toxic relationship part, but let me explain. I think in today’s contemporary romantic YA, there isn’t a lot of relationships portrayed like this. But in reality, in high school these type of relationships was all I had seen, all that I knew. I grew up with thinking a relationship should be a certain way, but growing up I realized that is not how it is supposed to be at all. I think the YA community needs to shed more light on how toxic some relationships can be and really shed light on it for awareness, and I just think this book did a great job with showing a toxic relationship and making it known that it absolutely was.
  • Freddy’s Personality- I think Freddy’s personality was perfect. She was a little shy, basically just wanted to try and make everything work and have everyone be happy. Again, goes with the toxic relationship and how people with this personality can be pulled into these kind of relationships.
  • Friendship, Not a New Relationship – I loved how it ended with Freddy gaining new friendships and not just jumping into another relationship. I really appreciated that.

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  • Mental Health Portion of A Toxic Relationship – Okay, so the problem I had with this book is that… Freddy never seeks help from really anyone! She’s clearly going through a toxic relationship, and she never seeks therapy help, never talks to anyone really, she keeps it all bottled up inside. I think if that was really how Freddy was, her mental health would just have deteriorated! I think the book could have definitely followed Freddy try and heal and seek help. Teenagers can’t rely on other teenagers all the time, especially when this was a serious situation at times.

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                             ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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I would recommend this book to anyone, I think it’s a great book. Just make sure the trigger warning’s I listed above wouldn’t effect you in any negative way.

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Top Ten Tuesday #43 – The Best Covers of 2019

Hello everyone, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

This was an idea created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules basically go a little like this:

  1. Jana creates a new topic every Tuesday to make your list, and you create your own Top Ten (or three, or five, or twenty, however many you choose!)
  2. Link back your posts to That Artsy Reader Girl so when others read your post, they’ll know where to go to get more info about future upcoming topics.
  3. There is a linky widget on Jana’s Top Ten Tuesday post so other’s can see your post as well as you being able to check out everyone else’s! So definitely leave your links!
  4. Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

This week’s topic: The Best Covers of 2019

All of these book’s in this list were published in 2019.


(1) King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) – Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

(2) Wayward Son (Simon Snow #2) – Rainbow Rowell

Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2)

(3) Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns

(4) Spin The Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) – Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)

(5) Supernova (Renegades #3) – Marissa Meyer

Supernova (Renegades, #3)

(6) Romanov – Nadine Brandes

Romanov

(7) Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) – Kat Cho

Wicked Fox (Gumiho, #1)

(8) House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows

(9) Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) – Maya Motayne

Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic, #1)

(10) Finale (Caraval #3) – Stephanie Garber

Finale (Caraval, #3)

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Book Review | The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star

Title: The Sun Is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Pages: 384 ( approx. 8 hours)

Format: audiobook

Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: November 1, 2016

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

  • Korean/Black Relationship – Fun fact! I think this is one of the first books I’ve read with a Korean/Black relationship! Pretty cool. If you know a little about Nicola Yoon’s background, she is African American and her husband is actually Korean! Knowing that, it made the relationship a little more enjoyable for me. I love when author’s use their own personal life and what they know from their everyday lives and transform it into a completely different love story. I also believe Nicola Yoon is from Jamaica too! But don’t quote me on that.
  • The Ending – I thought the last 10-ish pages (10 minutes) for me were the best parts of the book. No, it is not just because I wanted it to be over, that’s only a small part. But no really, I loved the ending. I never try and give anything away, but it was a nice, DIFFERENT, way to end things.
  • The Pacing – This book flew by. Yes, I was reading the audiobook, but still! Time flew by and I was seriously shocked the book never really lost its pace.
  • The Cover – I have adored this cover since the first time I saw it and LOVED IT! It is so beautiful and also looks like something I could recreate with yarn… if I had the time or the patience.
  • Insta-love – I knew this was the trope going into it. I get it! It’s one of my most hated tropes. BUT! I was hoping it wouldn’t be a full-blown out relationship, and it would be a book where it’s kind of like… the start of something good? Am I making any sense? Well, if you understand what I’m trying to say, just know that did not happen in this book and I was disappointed.
  • Relationship – The relationship was okay. It wasn’t really anything to fangirl over or like adore or wish I had that or anything. It was just meh, and TBH, there were some parts that the whole making out and the relationship seemed… forced? It was cringey.
  • The Writing – The writing was a little off, especially after reading her first book, it just wasn’t the same. It didn’t pull me in like Everything, Everything did and I just ended up not really caring about the characters.
  • The Voice-Actors – I remembered some of these voice actors, especially who ever voiced Natasha. She was the Death-Cast girl from They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera, and I LOVED her voice in that. So much actually, that whenever Natasha talked, I thought she was telling me someone is dying today. Not a reason why I disliked the book so much, but definitely a reason why it made it very difficult to listen to for me.
  • Got Boring – The beginning started off really promising, but at the 60% point, I had just lost all interest. It got the point where I was just kind of begging for it to be over.

⭐⭐/5

Ehh, no. I wouldn’t. I mean if you don’t mind insta-love and actually love insta-love, then YES. This is for you, but for people like me who hate that trope in books…. no, I wouldn’t recommend. Sorry guys! I wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t. Honestly, most of the book is forgettable except the ending. The ending is really the only part that impacted me in any way whatsoever.


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Book Review: Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch (Villains #3) by Serena Valentino

Hello everyone! Is everyone almost prepared for Thanksgiving this Thursday??? I am so looking forward to it! Dallas Cowboys game, good food, and spending the day with family. Yay! So looking forward to it.

Guys! I must have jinxed myself because I really thought I was loving this series but… ugh! What happened! This book was just… woof. It was rough guys.

Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch

Title: Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch (Villains #3)

Author: Serena Valentino

Series Number: 3

Pages: 196

Format: ebook

Genre(s): YA Fairy-tale Re-tellings

Publication Date: July 26, 2016

The third novel in Serena Valentino’s (Fairest of All, Beast Within) “VILLAINS” trilogy, featuring the story of the Little Mermaid from the perspective of the sea witch Ursula.

  • Ursula’s background – I did enjoy hearing about Ursula’s background for a bit. It was interesting and honestly I didn’t expect the background story to be what it was.
  • Triton’s bad side – I loved the fact that Valentino gave Triton a little bit of a bad side. By the end of the story you are kind of left wondering if you really even like Triton at all! I always knew Triton wasn’t always the perfect king he was made out to be originally.
  • Pflanze I liked that the author included her cat in the series. I didn’t mind it and it just added a little bit to the story.
  • The writing – Guys, it just didn’t work for me in this one. It wasn’t horrible, like it definitely wasn’t one of the reason’s why I didn’t care for this book… but it just didn’t grip me so much like the last two books did.
  • Barely any Ursula! – This is what bothered me the most. There was barely any Ursula in this story. I think that I enjoyed about the last two books was that the wicked sisters were just behind everything that happened with the Queen and the Beast. In this book, we follow the wicked sisters and Tulip more than anything.
  • Nothing made sense – This book was just… I can’t even explain. I kind of can barley make any sense of what this book was actually about. There were so many switching of points of views and switching back and forth between different times and.. it just wasn’t consistent in the slightest.
  • No Circe – I love Circe, and I was happy we got to meet her in book 2. Book 2 hinted she would be in book 3 quite a bit, but she wasn’t!! Barely. She was in it for like… 2 pages? Yes, this book was about finding her, but I wanted to actually hear from her.
  • Extremely fast paced – Written way too quick. I preferred the pace in the last two books.
  • Barely any Ariel or Eric or Scuttle
  • And where the hell was SEBASTIAN – WHERE WAS MY FAVORITE CRAB???!

⭐/5


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Book Review: This Book Loves You by Pewdiepie

I just want to get this out there first guys, that I really do love Pewdiepie and his videos. I think he is funny and I’ve been watching him for years. Although I really like Pewdiepie, this book was just not it folks! I understand this book was kind of meant the be a coffee table book, but honestly who would even put this on their coffee table for people to see?


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This Book Loves You

Pewdiepie

Pages: 256

Format: ebook

Genre(s): Nonfiction, Humor

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

This Book Loves You by PewDiePie is a collection of beautifully illustrated inspirational sayings by which you should live your life. If you follow each and every one, your life will become easier, more fabulous, more rewarding.

Imagine what a chilled-out and wonderful human being people would think you were if you lived by the simple principle “You can never fail if you never try.” Your wasted life would be an inspiration to others. Think of all the pointless, unhappy striving you could simply give up. Throw away that guitar! Give up on your dreams! Embrace your astounding mediocrity.

This Book Loves You has something for everyone–or at least everyone willing to give up and stop caring. If all else fails, remember: “Don’t be yourself. Be a pizza. Everyone loves pizza.”

  • ‘ghostwritten by Edgar’ – I love Edgar in all of his videos so I just thought that one little line was cute and funny.
  • Maybe only a handful of quotes – There were only a few that I found to actually be funny
  • Money grab – Honestly, it seemed like a HUGE money grab to me. I just have a hunch he had no input into this and just found a couple of quotes on the internet and told someone to put them in this book. He spent one afternoon taking silly pictures of himself to include in it and then bam, make millions off of it.
  • Some quotes were distasteful – Some quotes I honestly couldn’t believe he had in there. If you have kids that enjoy watching Pewdiepie, do not let them read this.
  • Nothing regarding Pewdiepie at all – It had nothing to do with him! I couldn’t get past the fact that this was all for a money grab.

⭐/5


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Book Review: Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell

What a cute fall read this was! Ahhh! So cute totally would recommend! Beautiful artwork and a really lovely story. Let’s get into the review!


Pumpkin Heads

Pumpkin Heads

Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator)

Pages: 224

Format: paperback

Genre(s): YA Graphic Novel, Contemporary

Publication Date: August 27, 2019

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years…

What if their last shift was an adventure?

  • Very cute – I thought the whole idea of the story was pretty cute and I enjoyed the light hearted read.
  • Artwork – I loved the illustrations! I need to check out more of Faith Erin Hicks illustrations that she has done because I think this is probably one of the best artistic wise graphic novels I have ever read.
  • Deja – I loved Deja’s personality. Really funny and sweet with a hint of sass.
  • Super funny
  • Plus-Sized Character Rep – Yay! A MC Plus Sized character that I really enjoyed!
  • Interracial Rep – Between Deja and Josie, of course. Also Deja and the first Jess.
  • Bisexual Rep – Deja is bisexual.
  • Food-Crazy Deja – Yes, she’s a plus-sized character… but why did she need to be a food crazy girl. Like yes, we get the fact she’s plus sized… you don’t need to keep shoving food down her mouth to make that more apparent.
  • No backstory – I would have like to have seen more of these two characters backstory. Maybe when they were a little bit younger working at the patch or how they first met. Don’t just tell me about it, show me.
  • The story – I thought the story itself was a little lackluster. Just running around the pumpkin patch to go try and talk to a girl? Seriously?
  • Would have rather them stayed as friends

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


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