I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Maurene Goo

I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Maurene GooTitle: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Author: Maurene Goo
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and never had a B. But in her charmed school life, there's one thing missing--she's never had a boyfriend. In fact, she's a known disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet.

When the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides it's time to tackle her flirting failures. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has watched obsessively for years--in which the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. Armed with her "K Drama Rules for True Love," Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos. All's fair in love and Korean dramas, right? But when the fun and games turn to feelings, Desi finds out that real-life love is about way more than just drama.

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Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Maurene Goo

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo is the K drama-inspired book that has been on my most anticipated books list for quite some time. However, while the concept had so much potential, it got a bit creepy, and the main character became manipulative. I did still enjoy some aspects of the novel, like the strong bond between the main character and her father, but I feel like this story could have been so much more than it was. Continue reading

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonTitle: When Dimple Met Rishi
Series: Dimple and Rishi #1
Author: Sandhya Menon
Also by this author: From Twinkle, With Love
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon has got to be the best rom-com of the year. This story is about two teens arranged to be married who are also paired together in an app development competition. I loved the main character and her intelligence and the bits of culture laced throughout the book. This novel is a must-read this summer! Continue reading

Book Review: The Truth About Happily Ever After

Book Review: The Truth About Happily Ever AfterTitle: The Truth About Happily Ever After
Author: Karole Cozzo
Also by this author: How to Say I Love You Out Loud
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 16th 2017
Rating: four-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.

A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in this contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud.

Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa's perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn't have to do it alone. With her friend Miller's support, she's determined to prove that she's more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she's finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she's ready for something real.

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Review: The Truth ABout Happily Ever After

The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo is a rollercoaster of emotions. Set in a theme park, this book is about proving yourself and overcoming difficulties. The main character is so likeable and realistic, but also so strong. For those that have ever wondered what it might be like to work at Disneyland, this book outlines both the good and the bad. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: Kissing Max Holden

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s book: Kissing Max Holden

Kissing Max Holden by Katy UppermanTitle: Kissing Max Holden
Author: Katy Upperman
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

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Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanTitle: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3)
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3
Author: Jenny Han
Also by this author: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lara Jean is having the best senior year.

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

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Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han is an unexpected and thrilling final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. I was unsure of what would happen in this book since P.S. I Still Love You also wrapped up pretty well, but I can safely say that this story does not disappoint. This final instalment is all about change, and Lara Jean has come a long way since the beginning of book one. One of my favourite things about this series is the strong familial bond. I am so satisfied with this culmination, and I would definitely recommend it. Continue reading