My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It was great to learn what happened after This Is What Happy Looks Like. This made the love story seem even more realistic and lovely. It’s a quick must-read to find out more of their story and have some closure.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The email banter was really cute, but once they met up I didn’t think it was as adorable – I still wanted them to be together because obviously, but there just wasn’t enough substance to freak out about them being together. The setting was amazingly perfect and the dialogue was really good. The pacing was a bit slow sometimes though. The background characters weren’t overly developed and were rather there as plot devices (for the most part), so the story still moved along without being weighed down by pointless details. It was generally really cute and was quite fun to read.
Coloured this on Bloom, with some colours inspired by The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, of course. This was a free daily design that I unlocked a few days after reading the book and nearly squealed with joy because it’s a SHIP. This app is great for people like me who don’t have time (or the patience) to sit down and physically colour. Clicking and having colours appear is magic!
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A great concept – it’s so ridiculously sad that things like Suicide Partners exist… It blows my mind how screwed up our society is. I hope that anyone who feels like Aysel or Roman seeks the help that they deserve.
It was hard to feel truly attached to the characters and I didn’t fully care about what would happen to them for a lot of the book because they made a lot of stupid decisions when there were clearly people who cared about them and saw their potential and wanted them to be happy. It was also quite predictable how things would turn out, so I felt like screaming at a few of the characters that should have realized things a lot sooner than they did. Aysel and Roman’s relationship developed at a great pace, and it was cool to see how they grew both separately and together.
What I really loved about this novel is the idea that you can feel so alone in the world but can still find someone that makes it all worth it in the end. To me, that’s choosing life.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A high school book that makes me hate high school all over again, but in an almost fond way… That’s slightly confusing, but it’s just the fact that high school is so tropey for everyone except the select few that seem to rule the school – pain and suffering in high school almost seem inevitable… I survived in a way similar to the way Jessie survives, one day at a time, so I felt connected to her. We also have other things in common, like books, food, nerd power, and not wanting to be like the popular girls, so that helps too! (I too like the word waffle.) She was a great character with really supportive friends, with everyone doing or saying some silly things – REAL LIFE!
The many themes in this book added up to a complicated group of characters. They all had stuff to deal with, making them feel like defined individuals with personalities that were easy to notice almost instantly. The pacing was perfect, allowing for a big build up all the way to the reveal at the very end, with many highs and lows for Jessie along the way.
Somebody Nobody and his messages were awesome. The way the relationship between Jessie and SN changes is great and made for an entertaining read. Their “three things” sharing was super cute and such a good idea for this book. Guessing who SN could be was fun, and the reveal was not disappointing!
The writing is so lovely and even poetic at times. The way she talks about smiling made me happy.
“And there it is again, his sudden goofy smile. So bright and beautiful, it’s like staring straight into the sun.” and “My voice is smiling. I didn’t even know it could do that.”
And then it switches to pure humor and sass that I really appreciated. Like: “‘What are you talking about?’ Liam looks confused. I wonder if he is not so bright. According to Dri, he and Gem have been dating for six months, which is five months and twenty-nine days longer than he should have needed to realize that his girlfriend is a royal bitch.” SNAP! The one scene with her English teacher resulted in some great puns and “dorks unite! nerd power!” so that made me super duper happy.
There are some really profound thoughts in here too, some of which I nodded along with and was like YAS, so true. “How strange, I think, to be called both ugly and beautiful, two words I rarely hear, in the same day. The former because most people are neither that mean nor that truthful, the latter because it has never applied to me. Agnes called me hot today too – another word never before used to describe me – though I think of hot as altogether different from beautiful. Hot seems to be about guys liking you. Beautiful is about liking how you look.”