Review: 29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz

Review: 29 Dates by Melissa de la CruzTitle: 29 Dates
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Also by this author: Mistletoe: 4 Holiday Stories
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: December 18, 2018
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Jisu's traditional South Korean parents are concerned by what they see as her lack of attention to her schoolwork and her future. Working with Seoul's premiere matchmaker to find the right boyfriend is one step toward ensuring Jisu's success, and going on the recommended dates is Jisu's compromise to please her parents while finding space to figure out her own dreams. But when she flubs a test then skips out on a date to spend time with friends, her fed-up parents shock her by shipping her off to a private school in San Francisco. Where she'll have the opportunity to shine academically—and be set up on more dates!

Navigating her host family, her new city and school, and more dates, Jisu finds comfort in taking the photographs that populate her ever-growing social media account. Soon attention from two very different boys sends Jisu into a tailspin of soul-searching. As her passion for photography lights her on fire, does she even want to find The One? And what if her One isn't parent and matchmaker approved?

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Review: 29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz

29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz is an intriguing book with Korean culture and a super cute story. It tells the story of a girl who goes on dates set up by a matchmaker, and I loved reading about each of her 29 dates. The main character is also enjoyable, and I would say that this is the perfect pick-me-up. Continue reading

Review: Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz

Review: Someone to Love by Melissa de la CruzTitle: Someone to Love
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Also by this author: Mistletoe: 4 Holiday Stories
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Olivia “Liv” Blakely knows how important it is to look good. Her father is running for governor and Liv is thrust into the bright media spotlight. She has an image to uphold—to her maybe boyfriend, to her new friends and to the public, who love to find fault on social media.

Liv’s sunny, charming facade hides an inner voice that will settle for nothing less than perfection. No matter who she has to give up, or what she has to lose, to achieve it. But as the high price of perfection takes a toll, Liv realizes that the love she feels for herself is more important than all the ‘likes’ in the world.

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Review: Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz

Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz is a YA novel that digs deep into the issues surrounding bulimia. While there is some enlightening information contained in this book that will educate its readers about a serious and often ignored topic, there are too many other topics that this book also attempts to address, which seems to detract from the original theme. The main character is one that can be empathized with, but she is not one that I found to be particularly enjoyable. This book contains scenes of self-harm, so I will caution anyone who is triggered by this topic. Continue reading

Book Review: Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott

Book Review: Mistletoe by Hailey AbbottTitle: Mistletoe: 4 Holiday Stories
Author: Hailey Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, Nina Malkin
Also by this author: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Publisher: Scholastic
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: October 1, 2006
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Glittering white snowflakes. The handsome blond ski instructor. The sparkle on a cashmere skirt. Hot cocoa and kisses in front of a crackling fire. The holiday season is the ESSENCE of magic...and romance. Four of today's bestselling teen authors -- Melissa de la Cruz (THE AU PAIRS), Aimee Friedman (SOUTH BEACH), Hailey Abbott (SUMMER BOYS), and Nina Malkin (6X) -- bring us delectable tales of love and lust and holiday cheers (and tears) in this one-of-a-kind collection that teens will devour faster than a plate of Christmas cookies.

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Book Review: Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott

Mistletoe by Hailey Abbott gives the reader a bit of everything with four different festive stories. This book is just over 200 pages and can easily be read in one sitting. One of my favourite things to do around the holiday season is read short and sweet Christmas books. Continue reading