(Re)Reading Sarah Dessen | Dessen Recommendations and Similar Stories

Posted June 15, 2017 in Features / 10 Comments
(Re)Reading Sarah Dessen | Dessen Recommendations and Similar Stories

Most readers and bloggers can agree that Sarah Dessen is the Queen of Contemporary. Her books have been around long before YA was a well-known genre and I remember her books being some of the first I ventured into in middle and high school summers when the YA section at my local library was lacking and I didn’t even really know what a contemporary novel was. Over the past 12+ years I’ve read and loved almost all of her books, and with Once and for All out this Sarah has surely been on everyone’s mind! Lauren from Bookmark Lit and […]


May 2017 | Month in Review

Posted June 14, 2017 in Features, Month In Review / 11 Comments
May 2017 | Month in Review

  So it’s been a few months since I did a month in review post (since February, actually) however things have been such a whirlwind that it never really felt like the right time to sit down and recap my monthly happenings. With May signaling the end of the spring months and the start of summer, I decided it was the perfect time to jump back on the month in review bandwagon- and boy was this spring a RIDE. May pretty much immediately started with Max and I driving back from YallWest and then the following day my MOST ANTICIPATED […]


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | ARC Review

Posted June 12, 2017 in Reviews / 10 Comments
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | ARC Review

*A huge thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* I fell in love with Taylor Jenkins Reid about a year or so ago, after reading Maybe in Another Life. I loved her ability to write adult fiction that felt relevant to me in my twenties, to developed extremely nuanced relationships and to write protagonists who all felt distinct and yet familiar at the same time. I’ve read almost all of her published works, so when I heard about The Seven Husbands on Evelyn Hugo, I have to […]


(Re)Reading Sarah Dessen | Introduction and Someone Like You Discussion

Posted June 8, 2017 in Features / 8 Comments
(Re)Reading Sarah Dessen | Introduction and Someone Like You Discussion

Most readers and bloggers can agree that Sarah Dessen is the Queen of Contemporary. Her books have been around long before YA was a well-known genre and I remember her books being some of the first I ventured into in middle and high school summers when the YA section at my local library was lacking and I didn’t even really know what a contemporary novel was. Over the past 12+ years I’ve read and loved almost all of her books, and with Once and for All out this Sarah has surely been on everyone’s mind! Lauren from Bookmark Lit and […]


Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen | (Re-Read) Review

Posted June 5, 2017 in Reviews / 10 Comments
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen | (Re-Read) Review

Technically when I picked up Someone Like You this summer, it was a reread since I had read the book previously, probably 10-12+ years ago, back when Dessen’s books were some of the only true YA contemporaries out there. I only vaguely remembered the premise (best friends, teen pregnancy, made into a mediocre movie starring Mandy Moore, etc.) but I’m on a Dessen rereading kick and I’m trying to reread the ones I haven’t recently in chronological order to gear up for a fun Dessen related summer feature with Lauren from Bookmark Lit! Perhaps my strongest experiences while reading Someone […]


Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy | ARC Review

Posted May 31, 2017 in Reviews / 9 Comments
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy | ARC Review

Ramona Blue was the first ARC I picked up at YallWest this year, and also the first one I read. It’s cover, unique title, and the fact that I adored Dumplin’ made me eager to dive into another novel by Julie Murphy. I personally have always been attracted to water more than any other element, so I gravitated toward this book where the protagonist hears the siren song of water in so many ways: in her coastal hometown, in the swimming pool where she works away her stress and fears, and even in the destructive storm and flooding that changed […]


California, Here We Come | YA Books Set in the Golden State

Posted May 29, 2017 in California Here We Come, Features / 20 Comments
California, Here We Come | YA Books Set in the Golden State

It’s probably no secret by now that I am a beloved West Coast native and I LIVE for books set in California. I’m thrilled to see that a golden state setting is becoming more and more common, and will 100% prioritize books set in California on my TBR. I’ve decided to start compiling lists of the top YA books set in California and chronicling them on my blog. Today’s post features all books set in Northern California, and it’s completely coincidental that they are all beautiful shades of sunset orange. Have you read any of the above books? Do you […]


Sarah Dessen + Summer Ice Cream Pairings | #ReadADessen Tour and Giveaway

Posted May 25, 2017 in Features / 6 Comments
Sarah Dessen + Summer Ice Cream Pairings | #ReadADessen Tour and Giveaway

It’s just a few weeks until the Queen of Contemporary YA, Sarah Dessen, has a new book hitting shelves! While eagerly waiting for my copy of Once and For All to arrive, I’m joining Penguin Teen’s #ReadADessen campaign and featuring Dessen’s most recent novel, Saint Anything. Note: I was provided a finished copy of Dreamland by Penguin Teen to read, review, and feature on my blog as a #PRHPartner. About the Book Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates […]


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | ARC Review

Posted May 22, 2017 in Reviews / 10 Comments
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | ARC Review

A huge shout-out to the lovely Kristin @ SuperSpaceChick for gifting me her extra ARC copy! When Dimple Met Rishi has pretty much been THE book on most bloggers’ radars for the spring of 2017. With the continual push for more diversity in YA literature, coupled with the adorable concept and gorgeous cover, I know it snagged my attention months and months ago. When I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC by a wonderful fellow blogging friend, I was ecstatic. One of my goals for 2017 is to read more diversely, and upon starting the story I was […]


I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | ARC Review

Posted May 17, 2017 in Reviews / 13 Comments
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | ARC Review

Many thanks to the publisher, Maurene, and YallWest for providing ARCs of this adorable book at the Fierce Friday preview night! I Believe in a Thing Called Love caught my eye a few months ago on the internet because the title and cover were SO adorable, and I adored the K-Drama inspired concept! It seemed like everyone was reading it early, and I oh so pleasantly surprised when I arrived at the Fierce Friday preview night at this year’s YallWest and found out that Maurene was going to be signing ARCs! It quickly shot to the top of my TBR […]