Genre: Contemporary

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen | ARC Review

Posted March 30, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen | ARC Review

There are so many things I loved about Loveboat, Taipei. It was like a crazy summer camp book yet set in a breathtaking, international setting with a backdrop of constant, amazing cultural experiences. Yet at the same time, there are some elements that didn’t always sit the best with me personally as a reader. I’m extremely glad I read it (it was a lot of fun!) and am looking forward to the sequel, but there were some elements I personally wish had been handled a bit differently. Loveboat, Taipei follows Ever Wong, an American-Chinese 18 year old living in Ohio […]


Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno | Review

Posted March 30, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno | Review

One of my goals for 2020 is for at least 10% of the books I read to be by Latinx authors, and I’m thrilled I was able to start off the year with a cute and charming Latinx story. Don’t Date Rosa Santos was as charming, quirky and colorful as the gorgeous cover suggests, and also had threads of magical realism, self-discovery and travel that I wasn’t expecting. The story takes place in the charming Florida town of Port Coral, where Rosa lives with her abuela Mimi, who’s raised her from a young age while her wanderlust mother travels across […]


The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren | ARC Review

Posted March 23, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren | ARC Review

Recently Christina Lauren books seem to have taken a turn from predominantly romance focused stories to stories focused more on the career and self-exploration of their 20-something protagonists- and I am here for it! I still love their original stand-alone romance stories (Roomies, Love and Other Words, etc) however there’s something refreshing and original about their new perspective, and I truly enjoyed The Honey Don’t List, zipping through it in just a few days when my previous read had left me in a little bit of a slump! The Honey Don’t List plays on the popularity of home renovation shows […]


This Train is Being Held by Ismeé Amiel Williams | ARC Review

Posted February 24, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
This Train is Being Held by Ismeé Amiel Williams | ARC Review

One of my goals for 2020 is to read more novels with Latinx characters by Latinx authors, and I was thrilled to find that This Train Is Being Held featured not one but two Latinx protagonists, I was thrilled! The story follows Isa, a white passing, half Cuban ballerina, who meets Alex, a Dominican-American aspiring pro-baseball player, on New York public transit. Existing in different classes, social circles, and areas of New York, they keep running into each other on various trains until they realize there is definitely a spark between them that they both can’t deny. While this is […]


Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi | Review

Posted January 20, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi | Review

I apparently missed the wagon on Emergency Contact because I still haven’t gotten around to reading Mary H.K.Choi’s debut (oops) but I saw so many bloggers flailing about the gorgeous dust jacket for Permanent Record that I decided to request it from my library via Overdrive to see what all the fuss was about. It turns out that Mark H.K. Choi can write a great New Adult novel and I really enjoyed this slice-of-not-so-ordinary-life novel. I am a huge fan of books that have regular protagonists who somehow end up dating celebrities/royals/etc (I just find the premise so improbable and […]


The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord | ARC Review

Posted January 13, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord | ARC Review

I’ll admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Start of Me and You. It was OK, but I felt like there was something I wasn’t getting from the story that everyone else was. However, the hype around The Map From Here to There was so tangible that I felt like I had to give it a shot, especially since contemporary YA stories that wrap up so neatly usually aren’t revisited by the author. I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Map From Here to There not only surpassed my expectations but provided one of the most sincere and […]


Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao | ARC Review

Posted November 10, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao | ARC Review

American Panda was quite possibly my favorite contemporary book of 2018. It had everything I love in an upper YA contemporary: college setting, diversity, the exploration of family relationships, adorable chapter art etc. It was something so fresh and different feeling from many of the YA contemporary options available, even with today’s booming YA market. I therefore went into Gloria Chao’s sophomore novel, Our Wayward Fate, with absolutely no doubts that I would enjoy it. Much to my surprise, while Our Wayward Fate did share a few thematic elements with American Panda (straddling two cultures, strained family relationships) it unfortunately […]


Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | ARC Review

Posted September 9, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | ARC Review

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine immediately caught my eye at ALA midwinter this year because of its striking cover. I had never heard of it before, but it was GORGEOUS and I knew I had to add it to my TBR immediately. With a release date 8 months in the future, I saved it as one of my special reads for the end of the summer season. When I finally picked it up over the Labor Day holiday weekend it did NOT disappoint, and is easily one of my favorite contemporary reads of the year. I was thrilled by the format […]


The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen | In Which I Fall In Love With Dessen’s Summer Stories Again

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen | In Which I Fall In Love With Dessen’s Summer Stories Again

I think there are few adult readers in the YA communities that didn’t grow up with Sarah Dessen being a staple on their summer reading list. Whether it was set on the shores of the lake in Colby or in the quiet suburban streets of Lakeview, reading her novels are like coming home to one of the best summers of your teenage life. I was, however, a little scared that this magic was starting to wear off when I was terribly underwhelmed with Once and For All and then reread This Lullaby and could not fathom why it was a […]


The Undoing of Thistle Tate by Katelyn Detweiler | ARC Review

Posted August 11, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Undoing of Thistle Tate by Katelyn Detweiler | ARC Review

*Thank you so much to Holiday House Publicity and the Publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!* I’ve been a fan of Katelyn Detweiler’s since I read her debut novel, Immaculate, which explored themes of faith, religion, and miracles in modern society. I found it incredibly well written and thoughtful in its approach to question the inexpiable. So when I was offered the opportunity to read her newest novel that provided an inside look into the publishing world, I quickly accepted. The Undoing of Thistle Tate follows Thistle, a prolific teen author who has penned […]