Book Review: Tortuous Shadows

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(I received this ebook by the author)

HI THERE!

Tortuous Shadows is written by Jennifer Parr and the main character is Aria Morgan. Tortuous Shadows is the first instalment in her ‘Avalon Valley’ trilogy.

Eighteen-year-old Aria Morgan, along with her mother and Dviinu brother, Aaron, are virtually nonexistent members of Avalon Valley, a remote village cupped in the hands of paradise. Outcast since birth, Aria has resigned herself to the grim reality that, without finding love and bearing a child in the next few years, she will die – the unkind result of the Darkness’ unrelenting grip on humanity.
But when a harrowing ordeal brings Aria’s end hauntingly near, fate intervenes in the form of Liam Trey, handsome Avalon Valley newcomer. Liam is the kind of guy Aria can see herself having a future with, but her sordid family history follows her like shadows. If she bares her secrets, Liam could reject her, but what does she have to lose?
Despite her fears, Liam has fallen for Aria and so begins their relationship, fragile at best, troubled at worst, and tested to no end. Still, Aria’s future has never been brighter…until Liam is shunned for his association with her, and a warning brings Aria face to face with a decision that will cost her everything she thought she’d never have.
Ringing with dystopian undertones, Tortuous Shadows delivers a rich, old-world feel to modern-day romantics of any age, as Aria is thrust into a journey that leads her down a path to love, redemption, and eternal purpose. Aria’s journey continues in Better Shade, book two of the Avalon Valley trilogy – available soon.

I’m so sorry but I couldn’t finish it. I don’t know why but I just couldn’t get engaged in the story, I was really enjoying it as I started reading it but as I read on, It just got a bit boring for me and I’m a really impatient reader. I read nearly towards the end but I just couldn’t go on.

The first thing that put me off was the relationship between Aria and Liam, I just think that it happened too fast and it was a bit unrealistic. But then again, it might have went well with the story as you read on. But usually like it when it takes a few pages for the relationships to build between the two characters. I feel like the story just dragged on for me and it was going really slow.

However I must point out that I did not hate this book at all, I think it was beautifully written. It was just not my cup of tea but I can definitely see other people enjoying it if they are into this kind of story. I have seen a lot of positive reviews on this book which shows that it’s worth a read. I just didn’t like it because I’m not into that genre I guess.

Anyway, onto the positive stuff:

I loved the fact that all of the chapters had a title of their own. I know it sounds weird, but I usually love to see a title on a new chapter instead of ‘Chapter 13’. It just makes it more interesting and I really wish more authors did it or continued to do it. And I  want to point  out again that the style of writing was beautiful, it was the story that didn’t really engage me.

Thank you for letting me to read your book 🙂 I will definitely recommend it and tell you to give it a try because this was just my honest opinion. Just because I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to doesn’t mean that you won’t as well. So please do read other reviews and see if it’s up for your taste. Have you read it? Please share your thoughts!

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Book Review: Easy

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(this book was sent to me by Spinebreakers)

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Easy is written by Tammara Webber and it is the first book in ‘The Contours of the Heart’ series. The main characters are Jaqueline, Lucas, Erin and Kennedy. Genre: Romance, contemporary and new adult.

Rescued by a stranger. Haunted by a secret Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior… The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart. Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

So easy to like, so easy to fall in love with this book and so easy to finish the book and wanting more!

I read Easy in what, like 3 days? Yup. I read through it so fast, it was like cutting a butter. I just found myself turning the pages, wanting more and more. The author has written the book in a way that allows you to feel close to the main character, Jaqueline. The relationship between the two main characters developed so well and slowly which made the book extra realistic haha.

It is a really interesting story and I can’t wait to read the next one, ‘Breakable’, because apparently it’s the same story from the boy’s point of view. SO THAT IS EXCITING.

I went into the book and was immediately hooked. I don’t want to say more because oh gawddd, you need to read it yourself and I don’t want to spoil you 🙂 And this is a ‘new adult’ book which I think it’s a new genre or something or I hadn’t heard of it. But anyway this means that the book isn’t for young readers but I’m guessing 16+? See for yourself and decide if you want to read it because obviously it’s your choice. But to my young adult/new adult readers out there: I RECOMMEND IT! Please share your thoughts!

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Book Review: Fangirl

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HI THERE!

Fangirl is written by Rainbow Rowell and the main characters are Cath, Wren, Levi, Reagan, Art and Nick. Genre: contemporary, young adult, realistic fiction and romance.

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A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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OH MY GODDD! I love Rainbow Rowell!

Her way of writing is definitely different and unique. All of the characters seem very realistic and alive and I just love each one of them to bits!

And Cath is such a relatable character because she’s a fangirl and so am I (and probably so are you) and every time I was like I GET YOU CATH, I GET YOU. It was really interesting to read fan-fiction in a book and to be honest I never read fan fiction but I might do after reading Fangirl. Each ‘Carry on, Simon’ part just made me excited and all of the pages after each chapter were really fun to read.

Actually now that I think about it, fan-fiction is like an alien to me. As I said, I’ve never read one because I just find it weird. In fan-fiction you can just take your favourite characters and change everything about them.

All characters had their own voice and I never got bored when any of them appeared. You know some of those books, where you hate a character and you just want to throw yourself out of the window when they appear? Well Fangirl wasn’t one of them.

IT JUST MADE ME SO HAPPY. This book was like taking happy pills. Every time I opened Fangirl, I just went into happy mode and smiled at so many parts. This book made me stay up late at night to finish it because it was so addictive!

The only thing that kind of annoyed me was Cather’s personality, she didn’t open up to any new stuff and I guess that was the point but the reader can connect to the book through the main character and Cather was so distant. She had to leave her comfort zone at least a bit because It felt like she was so closed to the world around her.

Other than that, I absolutely loved it and staying up till late was TOTALLY WORTH IT! Now I’m going to sleep…who am I kidding? ON TO THE NEXT BOOK!

I definitely recommend Rainbow Rowell’s books, they’re so fun to read. So pick it up if you haven’t yet and share your thought if you have!

Stars: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars | Best book-to-movie adaptation yet…

Hello There!

So as you might know, all of those lucky people in the US got to see ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ waaay earlier than us in the UK. And the movie isn’t even out in the UK! RIDICULOUS.

So I was scrolling through instagram, as you do, and accidentally clicked on a link which lead me to heaven….I’m serious.

IT WAS THE ‘WEEK BEFORE OUR STARS’. ADVANCED SCREENING OF ‘TFIOS’. And I just had to go. Who doesn’t go when they can? So I instantly buy my tickets and get the tissues ready.

So days go by and I get closer and closer to the movie. And let me tell you, I cried during the book (obvs), I even cried during the trailer so I was so scared to watch the movie. Mostly because of all the emotions and because I was scared that the movie was not as good.

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Limited edition poster we received! *stares at it forever and ever*

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The ‘Fan Screening Pass’

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The movie was just brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I cannot put it into words at all. 

When the movie started, a smile immediately fell on my lips. Each individual scene was on point and just exactly how I imagined it in my head. All the important quotes were used and because this was a fan screening, the place was small and it just felt so nice watching the movie with other people who read and loved the book.

Everyone quoted the book with the characters on screen, everyone laughed and everyone cried together. It just felt like we were a family.

I seriously cannot stress enough that PLEASE, PLEASE READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU WATCH THE MOVIE. PLEASE I BEG YOU. You don’t know what difference it makes.

So for those of you who haven’t read the book and haven’t watched the movie:

1) read the book       2) cry

3) watch the movie  4) cry

Towards the end EVERYONE was sobbing. I was crying to the point that I couldn’t even hear the movie and the people next to me just collapsed on the floor, lay there and just cried. They just lay on the floor and cried…

After the movie, I was about to scream when I saw my face in the mirror. I literally looked like a panda because my eyeliner was smudged all around my eye so I had two huge, black circles around my eyes! I’m definitely going to see the movie again when it officially comes out here *sigh*

List of things you need when you go to watch the movie:

  1. Tissues
  2. Lots of tissues
  3. more tissues
  4. a movie date (don’t go alone)
  5. and don’t wear makeup! so you don’t look like a panda
  6. water (you must be dehydrated after all of that crying)

But seriously, I had never experienced such emotions while reading a book or watching a movie and John Green is just the queen…I mean king, he’s just the king. I LOVE YOU.

Thank you for reading!

My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations

 

 

Book Review: The Bubble Wrap Boy

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(This book was sent to me by Spinebreakers)

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The Bubble Wrap Boy is written by Phil Earle and the main characters are Charlie Han and Sinus. Genre: young adult and family.

Charlie Han’s troubles are way bigger than he is. At school, he’s branded an outsider, a loser – the tiny kid from the Chinese Chippy. His only ally is Sinus Sedgely, the only lad in school with a worse reputation than Charlie himself. Life at home isn’t much better. His dad is better with a wok than he is with words, and his mum is suffocating the life out of Charlie, wrapping him in enough cotton wool to fill a pharmacy. But when a new passion leads Charlie to the mother of all confrontations, he finds his mum’s been hiding a massive secret. A secret that whilst shocking, might actually lead Charlie to feeling ten feet tall. The Bubble Wrap Boy is about the terrors of friendship, family and one undersized boy’s ability to think BIG…

I usually don’t get a book if I don’t know much about it but I did it anyway and I DO NOT REGRET IT!

I had never read any of Phil Earle’s books before and after reading The Bubble Wrap boy, I am definitely going to give his other books another try! This book was funny, emotional and heart-breaking. The main character was so unique and relatable.

At first when I started the book, I wasn’t really sure if it was going to be interesting but wow, I really did enjoy it. I read it in one go and could not put it down. It had me giggling and laughing at one point and then on the edge of crying my eyes out. And you know it’s a good book when it can make you feel all these emotions in just 200 pages. It’s such a fast and adorable read and it shows that whatever situation you’re at, follow your dreams! I really don’t have anything to say more other than to give it a try because it’s a short book and I  don’t want to spoil it in any way…

Even though I think it is targeted at young readers, I still recommend it to everyone! I think it’s a amazing story! Have you read it? Please share your thoughts!

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Book Review: Take Back the Skies

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Take Back the Skies is written by Lucy Saxon and the main characters are Cat, Fox, James, Harry, Matt, Ben and Alice. Genre: science-fiction, fantasy and young adult.

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .

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So first of all can we just have a round of applause for the amazing Lucy Saxon?

I am just so amazed by her talent and the fact that she wrote this book at the age of 16 just shocks me. I don’t know why I’m so surprised by it but to be honest it is an amazing thing. I never thought I would read a book written by a young adult in the young adult genre….I’m not making any sense…

BUT ANYWAY

I really enjoyed this book! I loved the whole idea of it and the characters and just everything!

It does start a bit slow at the start but you just have to push through it and get to the good parts. I was really interested in the world that Cat was living in and her situation BUT I have to say that reading through her point of view annoyed me. She’s supposed to be 14 when the book starts and then she turns 15 a few pages in.

She definitely DID NOT sound 15. I mean, come on, does a teenager actually do that? I swear sometimes she just sounded like a 5 year old and I wanted to go in there and slap her across the face and shout GROW UP! And to be honest, Fox was just as annoying. I get it, you don’t trust her but seriously? Their ‘mini fights’ were just so stupid. I think they should’ve just gotten over it after spending that much time with each other.

The other thing that annoyed me was that I felt like things were flowing almost too easily…  I hate it when authors just keep going on and on about stuff that are not relevant but in this case, things were just happening too easily.

When a 15 year old wants to start a rebellion against the government, sure, she can’t do it on her own so she asks the adults but I was so shocked that they just agreed so quickly. I mean:

“Hey mum, I don’t like what the government doing, wanna go kill ’em?”

“Sure honey! Let me just finish washing this plate!”

I mean please, just stop. That’s just too easy. (damn this is hard to explain)

I probably sound like I hate this book but that is not true. I actually did enjoy reading it even though those things annoyed me. It’s kind of hard to explain but there is something that makes you want to read more. The synopsis definitely caught my attention and the ending just killed me. I was like…what?

HOW THE HELL DID WE GET HERE?!

I think its one of those books that you need to read without knowing much about it. And there might be another one coming out so I’m not sure if It’s going to be a series or a trilogy. I would definitely give the second book a try because as I said, I really loved the whole idea behind it. I am still amazed that she wrote this at the age of 16…

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I would recommend giving this a try because it might be your cup of tea. The synopsis is very interesting and I might go on to the next book if it comes out because you never know, it might get better.

So I’m thinking that this might be for younger readers, I’m not sure because some things were just too childish to be honest. It didn’t sound like a YA book. It was a nice read but not one of my favourites. Have you read it? Please share your thoughts!

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Book Review: Bad Girls Don’t Die

 

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First can I just say that I love this cover? SO UNIQUE!

Bad Girls Don’t Die is written by Katie Alender and the genre is mystery. Main characters: Alexis and Kasey.

When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger.

Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior.

Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in. Alexis wants to think that it’s all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening–to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president.

Alexis knows she’s the only person who can stop Kasey — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?

The book is very well written. Alexis seemed like a real teenager and this helped to make the story way more believable. This book was definitely creepy, infact the best part was the creepiness. It’s not scary but if you get freaked out easily then I recommend not reading it at night because I did and in some parts I just had to put the book down or turn more lights on haha

It is very fast-paced and there are no unnecessary parts in it which just made it more perfect because I just hate it when the author goes on and on without being relevant. As you might know I LOVE CREEPY STORIES! And this was just so unique and interesting. I really need to get to the second book! There’s not much to say other than it was really good because I think it’s one of those stories that you need to read without knowing much.

 

Bad girls don’t die is for teens but it definitely appeals to adults as well. There are two more books after this one. And if you like books filled with creepy stuff then I definitely recommend it. SO AMAZING.

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Book Review: The Devil in the Corner

 

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 (Book sent to me by The Guardian)

HELLO!

The Devil in the Corner is written by Patricia Elliott and the main characters are Maud Greenwood, John Shawcross, Juliana Greenwood and Edie Brundish. Genre: mystery, gothic, horror, young adult and romance. It is a gorgeously gothic historical tale.

Penniless, and escaping the horrors of life as a governess to brutal households, Maud seeks refuge with the cousin-by-marriage she never knew. But Juliana quashes Maud’s emerging friendships with the staff and locals – especially John, the artist commissioned to restore the sinister Doom in the local church. John, however, is smitten with Maud and makes every effort to woo her.

Maud, isolated and thwarted at every turn, continues to take the laudanum which was her only solace in London. Soon she becomes dependent on the drug – so is this the cause of her fresh anxieties? Or is someone – or something – plotting her demise? Is the devil in the corner of the Doom a reality, or a figment of her imagination?

I absolutely loved The Devil in the Corner. Personally I really like creepy, Victorian-era stories so this was just so enjoyable for me. I will admit that some parts got really slow and dragged on but I could not put the book down as I got engaged into the story. It might put some people off but the detailed story made it more realistic for me.

Some parts really did creep the hell out of me, especially when I was reading late at night which I did often because it was so GOOD!

The characters are very well written and I found all of them mysterious in some way because the way that author had written about each character made you think that maybe they’re not who they seem to be.

And the ending was just fantastic! I think the reader isn’t able to tell what is about to happen in the next chapter which is always important otherwise why would you keep reading if you know the end?

The romance between John and Maud was really well developed and realistic. And as I said before I really enjoy the stories that take place in that era and the way that the book is written makes you familiar with the times and how people were which was so interesting! I absolutely loved the use of drugs such as the laudanum in the book. All of these little details made the book more realistic.

I really recommend it to young adults and even adults would enjoy it in my opinion! Especially if you’re in to creepy, horror stories. Have you read it? Please share your thoughts!

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Book Covers | to judge or not to judge…

So I’m pretty sure we have all heard the saying: “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

And I’ve seen so many people say “oh that cover is soooo not cute, so the book must be pretty bad” and that is when I want to slap that person across the face…

…BUT

To be honest, I sometimes find myself judging a book by its cover *hangs head shamefully* so I don’t know why I get so mad when I see other people do it. And I can promise you that you have done the same but just deny it because what is the first thing you see when you look at the book? THE COVER.

And if that cover is pretty you will automatically pick it up and see if the story is interesting. This actually happened when I bought ‘Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done’ by Sarah Mlynowski. (Hint: I’m really girly)

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I mean look at that cover! Isn’t it so pretty? *stares*

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It was one of those times when you go to the book store and that they don’t have the book you’re looking for, so when I saw this book with a beautiful cover just sitting on the shelf, I just had to buy it! I didn’t even know what the book was about and I just bought it. But thankfully it turned out to be a really cool book and I absolutely loved it.

When my friends saw me reading it in school, they just asked me to lend it to them after I was finished (which shows that I wasn’t the only one attracted to the cover!)

But obviously as you get more into reading you do realise that the cover does not mean anything at all. I mean sure it will look nice on your bookshelf next to all of your other books but it is truly the words that matter.

I’m going to add this as well: “do not judge the book by its title” because that’s what I used to do as well (surprise surprise)

Another example I have for you is the amazing ‘Vampire Academy’ series by Richelle Mead. The title kept pushing me away because it sounded so cheesy to me and to be honest the original book covers aren’t that pretty either. I mean just look:

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So that is why I own these:

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Click for Vampire Academy review

Click for Frost Bite review

Click for Shadow Kiss review

Anyway I finally picked them up after ‘Vampire Academy’ was sent to me for reviewing and now it is my ultimate FAVOURITE SERIES EVER!

So next time you judge a book by its cover, think again.

And to those of you that still judge a book by its cover:

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Let me know in the comments below if you have judged a book by its cover haha

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

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Hellooo!

Eleanor and Park is written by Rainbow Rowell and the main characters are Eleanor and Park (duh). Genre: realistic fiction, contemporary and romance. . Two misfits. One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

OMG THE FEELS

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Awwww this was SO adorable. It was such a cute and heart-warming (and heartbreaking) story and I read it sooo fast. I loved how the relationships built up between the characters, not just Eleanor and Park. It was the relationship that developed between Park’s mum and Eleanor that just made me smile.

It all felt so realistic and I also loved how we change point of views all the time. Rainbow Rowell was able to write both characters really well and you could tell which character was talking because they did sound different (unlike Allegiant😒)

There were times where I actually laughed out loud which made people think that there was something wrong with me… And there were times I actually wanted to cry or get into the book and kill a character(*cough*Richie*cough*).

The book was in third person narrative and it always makes it hard for me to connect with the characters but not in this book! I never thought I would care so much about the characters! They will always stay in my heart. I loved everything about it, I loved the humour, I loved the sarcasm and the pain. Rainbow Rowell had captured everything beautifully. I did not know that you were able to write down those feelings. It was so unique. Thank you Rainbow for letting me experience such emotions that were new and familiar.

Even John Green recommends it!

“Reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”

 

So I really suggest you read it! Even adults need to pick it up.

Have you read it? Please share your thoughts. I would love to hear it! I seriously could write on and on about this book.

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