Monday, April 1st 2019

The Hating Game

The Hating GameThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on August 9th 2016
Pages: 384

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;2) A person’s undoing;3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

I am just going to say it…I love this book. I’ve read it three times so far. I think that says more than I want it to about my love life, but whatever.

This romance has two of my favorite tropes: a slow burn and the enemies to lovers. So, so good.

I’ve seen others talk/write about this book and some of its problematic elements and while I can acknowledge those elements, they don’t make me love the story any less.

This is my go-to book when I am in a reading slump. If you like the same romantic tropes as me, give this one a try.


Saturday, February 4th 2017

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a StarThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016
Pages: 348


Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Seriously? Nicole Yoon needs to write faster. I need more books! I loved this one even a little bit more than Everything, Everything. I fell in love with both of the main characters in this book. They made me laugh and they made me cry. I was devasted towards the end and then unbelievable happy with the ending. This book is about one day. One day when two people cross paths, both who seem lost in different ways. They are lost, and they find each other. This book was so sweet and so endearing. My heart felt like it might explode. Nicola Yoon is very convincing in making me feel like I could believe in love at first sight.


Friday, February 3rd 2017

Everything, Everything

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on September 1st 2015
Pages: 306


My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I am in love with Nicola Yoon. I wish she had more books out. I read the two she has written practically in two days. I never considered myself a huge fan of contemporaries, but I think I was fooling myself. Well, I enjoy well-written contemporaries. I love the diversity in this book. And I love that there is no question as to why it’s there. I fell in love with these characters and I felt the “twist” was well done. I know there were some people irritated with the ending and for whatever reason felt it was a cop-out. But to me, it made perfect sense and allowed me to sympathize with a character I didn’t understand needed some help. Loved this book.