March 31, 2018

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett


I have been so excited for this book release, so I jumped at the chance to be a part of this blog tour! Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett is a cute contemporary that follows Zorie, a teen girl looking to go on a week-long camping trip with her friends to escape some personal drama. Turns out, some of that drama follows her on the trip, and after a mishap at the campsite, the whole week becomes something Zorie never could have planned for. 

Official Synopsis

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

My Review

I absolutely adored this book! While I'd never read anything by Jenn Bennett before, I'd heard so much about her books, and the hype is definitely justified. I loved the main characters in this story, and I really identified with Zorie. Zorie is a planner girl (all the way down to her washi tape!) like me, and just like Zorie I panic when things aren't fully planned out in advance. I thought it was really unique that Zorie had a passion for astronomy, since this is something you don't see too often in YA. I loved Lennon as well. I just wanted to reach into the story and hug him for everything he'd been through. Some of the minor characters really rubbed me the wrong way, but I know they were supposed to. Watching Zorie's family dynamic in this book was a bit hard. From her mail discovery at the beginning, to her dad's firecracker temper, I really felt for Zorie and what she was dealing with.

I flew through this read. While that's usually the case with contemporaries, I didn't even realize how quickly I was moving through this one until I was almost at the end. I thought the writing style and language were definitely appropriate, and did not feel like an adult "trying too hard" to write for teenagers. I loved that the typical YA trope of "absent parent syndrome" wasn't a thing here, and that Zorie's parents were actively engaged (even if sometimes in the wrong way) in what was going on in their daughter's life.

Unfortunately I was just left wanting more, as is true with many contemporaries. The ending seemed a little rushed and was over too soon for my taste.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the Author

Jenn Bennett is an award-winning author of young adult books, including: Alex, ApproximatelyThe Anatomical Shape of a Heart (aka Night Owls in the U.K.); and Starry Eyes. She also writes romance and urban fantasy for adults. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award, and been included on Publishers Weekly Best Books annual list. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two dogs. Visit her at www.jennbennett.net.

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Be sure to follow the other stops on this blog tour to learn more about Starry Eyes! Thanks so much to Simon Pulse and Fantastic Flying Book Club for early access to a digital copy of this read.

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March 26, 2018

Magical Readathon: OWLs Exams

I've been looking for a good readathon to participate in, and when I saw someone share this one I knew it would be the perfect one to do. This is hosted by Book Roast over on YouTube, so if you want more information be sure to check out the video below.


Basically, the goal of this readathon is to pass your OWLs just like the students at Hogwarts. There are 12 different subjects to choose from, but to pass your OWLs as acceptable you only need to successfully complete 2 subjects. If you want to overachieve, like Hermione, you can pass 3 to exceed expectations or 5 to pass as outstanding.

The OWLs Exams readathon takes place from April 2 to April 29.

I didn't want to disrupt my TBR too much with this readathon, but I knew I could easily squeeze a few of these in (and still pass higher than acceptable!) with books that were already on my radar. I may try to attempt more if I'm having a good reading month, but I wanted to start with just a few. Here are the subjects I've chosen to sit my OWLs for, and the books I will be reading for them:
  • Astronomy (a science fiction book): Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Charms (a fantasy book): The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
  • Herbology (a book with a nature-related word in the title): The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith
Here's to passing my OWLs with an exceeds expectations rating! Have you participated in readathons before? Which was your favorite?

March 22, 2018

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
Thrillers are totally my jam, although I'm really on the fence with YA thrillers since I tend to find them too predictable. But with the hype surrounding One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus (and the fact that I got to meet her at a local event a few weeks ago), I figured I needed to give this one a shot. Plus, Karen described this story as "The Breakfast Club, but with murder" so obviously that got my attention right away.

When five students are sent to detention for something they didn't do, only four walk out of the room alive. Simon is dead, and now Nate, Bronwyn, Cooper, and Addy are the prime suspects. You see, Simon ran the school's gossip app, About That, and there were pending stories about all 4 of them that were about to be posted. Did one (or more) of them decide to kill Simon to keep their secrets from getting out? Building off the criminal, the brain, the athlete, and the beauty from the original Breakfast Club, the story follows these four teens as they deal with questioning and try to figure out who the real killer is.

The story was told from all four points of view. I loved how each character had a very unique voice, and personal struggles they were dealing with in addition to the murder investigation. I really identified with Addy, but I loved Bronwyn and Nate the most (especially together!). I just couldn't identify with Cooper, probably because he was the athlete in the group and I just couldn't relate to all the baseball talk. I loved that there was a gay character in this story as well and I think that aspect was really well done. When I saw Karen speak, she mentioned that she actually let her son name one of the characters, and thus Hank Budapest was born. I just love that, and knowing the story behind it made me laugh every time his character showed up.

Unfortunately, I did figure out the killer pretty early on. Like I said before, I can usually predict thrillers (probably because I've read so many...both adult and YA) but from what I've heard most people were not able to predict this outcome. I also wanted a little more from the ending, but there will be a B&N Special Edition coming out this summer that promises an extra chapter! Overall this was a quick, fun read, and definitely a good first thriller to try if you're new to the genre!

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

March 20, 2018

Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

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Historical fiction is usually not my thing, and when I say usually not my thing I mean I've maybe picked up 3 historical fiction reads in as many years. But when I saw Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood, I knew this would be one that I needed to try out. Badass female wing walker? Count me in.

This story takes place shortly after World War I, and follows Grace Lafferty, a teen obsessed with wing walking and her barnstorming team, The Soaring Eagles. Grace is dead set on saving enough money to get the team to the World Aviation Expo and a shot at a high-paying contract with Hollywood. But earning that money means coming up with harder (and more dangerous) stunts, and constantly risking her life for this goal. Throw in an opposing team and its owner hell-bent on getting Grace and her team out of the running, and Grace finds herself in danger more often than not. When push comes to shove, Grace's team is her family, both old members and new, and soon she has to decide what is worth more: the shot at a steady income she's always hoped for or her life and the lives of those around her.

I really liked how this story was laid out, identifying the date, location, and how many days were left until the Expo at the beginning of the chapter. I think this helped the reader identify with Grace's panic as the Expo approached. It was historical fiction, but I didn't get the bland historical fiction vibe that I've gotten from others I've read (you know the one, where it feels more like a school lesson than an exciting story). All the aeronautical terms were explained clearly and I wasn't confused at all. I felt fully immersed in the world of The Soaring Eagles.

As far as characters go, I honestly didn't like Grace. Her attitude, flippancy towards the fact she could die at any time, and the way she talked to her teammates really rubbed me the wrong way. I completely understand having a goal and working toward it, but you don't have to be a complete jerk to everyone around you in the process. I loved her friends, side characters Ethel and Mary, and they were the complete saccharine-sweet opposites to Grace's abrasive personality. But more than anyone in this story, I adored Henry and was completely enveloped by his character. I loved how he latched onto Grace to protect her when she was being too stupid to protect herself. I was pained seeing his PTSD and injuries from the war, but I think knowing this as his back story helped the reader understand him and his actions.

This was a solid read with a great plot, but unfortunately that was muddied a bit by my complete distaste for Grace.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

A big thanks to Flux for early digital access to this read. Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood releases next week, on March 27th, so be sure to pick up a copy!

March 15, 2018

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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No cutesy introduction is needed for this post because this book was FIRE (and just hit #1 on the NYT bestseller list). I heard so much buzz before it was released that I knew I had to go out and pick up a copy on release day. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi takes West African mythology and creates a world full of both beauty and danger, in which its main characters have to fight for their rights and take back the magic that was given to them by the gods but destroyed by the king. Three main characters tell this story through their own unique points of view: Zélie, the daughter of a maji killed for her magic, who is now fighting to get it back; Princess Amari, daughter of the king who did that killing, who has a death of her own to avenge; and Prince Inan, Amari's brother who is struggling to reconcile his upbringing with the new information he learns throughout the story. 

From the world building to the character development, this book was phenomenal. For a high fantasy it was incredibly easy to follow and understand. Many scenes (including the boat arena battle) had me on the edge of my seat. For a 500+ page book I flew through this in record time. I absolutely loved the world of Orïsha and its charactersI truly think Inan was my favorite. His character went through the most as far as development goes, and his inner struggle to reconcile the beliefs he was raised with against what he has learned on his own is something I think a lot of people can relate to. I loved Zélie and Amari equally and I think choosing between the two would be like having to choose your favorite child...impossible.

I was fortunate enough to meet Tomi and hear her speak this past weekend, and she talked a lot about how this book was personal for her. She said that while she wrote Children of Blood and Bone as a response and coping mechanism for everything going on regarding police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, the book itself isn't meant to be preachy. Tomi was clear that her first intention is to entertain and tell a good story, but that if people choose to look into it further, they will see parallels to everything happening in society today. She wants people to see through her story that what makes them different also makes them beautiful, and described it as "Black Panther," but with magic. Through this work she wanted to give black girls their own fantasy characters to embrace, and give them something where they could see themselves depicted as beautiful and strong.

I fell into this story and the world oOrïsha head first. I am completely invested in this world and its characters, and I have no desire to climb out of this fantastic story any time soon. I can't wait to see what the next book in the series will bring!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

March 13, 2018

In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner

Cover Art Courtesy of St. Martin's Press
I don't cry at books, I just don't. I get sad and do feel emotion for whatever is happening, but I don't ever shed physical tears. BUT HOLY WATERWORKS. This book got me. In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner melted my icy heart and sent tears streaming down my cheeks in droves. This story follows Klee (pronounced Clay), a teen struggling with his father's suicide, who in a moment of weakness hurts himself and ends up in a mental hospital (more fondly known as the Ape Can). It's then that he's forced to reconcile everything that's happened...with his dead father, with his mother, and most importantly with himself.

This book is 100% character driven, which is good because the characters were fantastic. Sister Agnes Theresa was such a joy! While at first she was a completely random character with her board games and snack delivery, she ended up being one of the biggest supporters of Klee.  I also absolutely adored Dr. Alvarez. I thought she was supportive and nurturing in all the right ways, letting Klee take his time with things and pushing just enough to let progress blossom on its own. Between what Klee did for her at the end and what she revealed about herself to him, I just couldn't hold myself together. I really didn't like Sarah, but I don't think I was meant to. She's the typical manic pixie dream girl who takes what she wants without giving anything back, and even at the end she just left a bad taste in my mouth. Klee's mother was a difficult character to crack, but the more the story developed, the more you start to understand why the "Ice Queen" is the way she is.

And Klee himself, I have so much to say about Klee (but I can't without spoiling too much). From his love of Van Gogh to his fierce loyalty to his father, Klee is emotionally complex and raw. I loved seeing him open up to everyone in the Ape Can, and you could tell that no matter how much he was struggling, he really wanted to understand what was happening and get better.

I loved all the stories and flashbacks with Klee and his father, and the tales he told Klee to teach him about life. The whole thing was beautifully written and like I said before, it takes a lot to touch me enough to make me cry, and this story succeeded. Trigger warnings for suicide and self harm are definitely needed, but the subject was touched on in a sensitive and tender way. This book was deep and emotional, and one that will definitely stick with me for a while.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

A huge thanks to St. Martin's Press for sending me an early finished copy of this beauty. In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner is out TODAY so be sure to pick up a copy of this beautiful emotional roller coaster.

March 12, 2018

NoVa TEEN Book Festival 2018 Recap

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to go to the NoVa TEEN Book Festival in Arlington, VA. This was a free event full of panels, breakout sessions, signings, and more. This was my first major event since joining the book community, so I was obviously nervous, but it ended up being a fantastic day!

Dhonielle and Tomi
The first panel, 24K Magic, featured Tomi Adeyemi, Susan Dennard, A.C. Gaughen, and Audrey Coulthurst. While I did DNF Truthwitch, Susan Dennard is an absolute doll! She is so cute and nerdy and precious. Tomi Adeyemi is a goddess. She has the most amazing personality and I loved getting to hear how she (and all these other amazing authors) got the inspiration for the magic systems in their books. Next up came The Power, a panel highlighting both super powers and empowerment, featuring Dhonielle Clayton, Jennifer Mathieu, Shaun David Hutchinson, and Sam Miller. Dhonielle made some really powerful comments about beauty standards, and they all made sure to highlight that with great power comes great responsibility. The third panel of the day was a conversation between Tomi Adeyemi and Dhonielle Clayton. These ladies are so amazing on their own, but hearing them together was inspiring. 

Go the Distance Panel
After a lunch break, the fourth panel centered around family, and included Atia Abawi, Brigid Kemmerer, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Eric Smith. Some of the questions were pretty hard-hitting, and the authors revealed a lot of personal struggles they've had with their own families that led them to develop specific familial relationships for their characters. The fifth panel was all about royals, so this one was right up my alley. Alexandra Christo, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Linsey Miller, and Jodi Meadows all discussed their characters, the political systems in their books, and even had to choose which Disney hero/villain/sidekick their main characters would be! Next came Go The Distance, a panel about obstacles, which featured Rachel Hartman, Arvin Ahmadi, Meagan Spooner, and Scott Reintgen. Whether physical or emotional, all their characters faced some major obstacles, and more than one of these authors admitted to being extra mean to their characters in this aspect a few times throughout their stories.

Thriller Panel
I ended up going to a breakout session instead of the seventh panel, and I picked the Q&A session with Dhonielle Clayton and Eric Smith. I've followed Eric on Twitter for a while now so I wanted to get some more time around him, and obviously Dhonielle has a personality that you just gravitate towards! I returned to the main room for the Thriller panel, featuring Karen McManus, Dana Mele, Megan Miranda, K. Ancrum, and Kimberly Reid. I love thrillers so I really enjoyed hearing these ladies talk about the research that went into their books (including having to be careful what they look up on Google!) and their writing processes to determine whodunit. I was fortunate enough to meet Karen and Megan at a local event earlier in the week, so I enjoyed getting to see them again in conversation with a few other authors. 

Finally was the keynote by Anna-Marie McLemore. This girl is fire! Her speech was about not only the doors that have been slammed in her face due to being queer and Latinx, but also how she overcame them, and how we can all overcome obstacles if we choose to write our own stories rather than letting others write them for us.

Keynote by Anna-Marie McLemore
After all the panels and sessions were over came the signing. You got to enter based on what time you arrived at the event, so if you had been there since the beginning you got to enter the signing room first, and so on. This surprisingly wasn't as chaotic as I was anticipating! Each guest could bring up to 3 books from home, then buy any additional books they wanted signed at the event. I preordered mine, which was an easy process! During the signing I got to meet Tomi Adeyemi, Alexandra Christo, Jennifer Mathieu, Dhonielle Clayton, Meagan Spooner, Anna-Marie McLemore, Dana Mele, and Sarah Nicole Lemon. They were all just the sweetest human beings ever. I also got to spend some time during the day with Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, and she gave me some great advice on being new in the community and connecting with other creators. 

Overall this was a really fun day! I'm going to another big event in about 2 weeks so I'll be sure to do a recap of that as well. Can't wait to go to this again next year!

March 7, 2018

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

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The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton is one of those witchy books that just grabs you and pulls you in, enveloping you with both beautiful writing and magic. This story follows Nor Blackburn, a teenage girl living on Anathema Island. Nor seems like your typical teenager: she has a part time job, she has a quirky best friend, and she has a crush on a boy. But what's not so typical about Nor is that she's a witch. In fact, she's ninth in a generation of famous witches, tracing back to Rona Blackburn, the first female to ever inhabit Anathema. While Rona was an all-powerful witch, each of her descendants has been blessed with only one power, or "burden" as they call them...all that is except for Nor, who has all of them, just like Rona. 

Abandoned at a young age by her mother Fern, Nor has been raised by her grandmother Judd and her partner Apothia. She keeps all but the most basic of her powers (being able to understand animals) quiet, since all she wants is a normal life. She works at The Witching Hour, a store for witches famous for its tours of the island. One day a book turns up while she is working called The Price Guide to the Occult...and it's written by her mother. The book contains a multitude of spells and their prices, and Nor doesn't think anything of it until her mother becomes internationally famous for her mail-order magic. But all magic comes at a price, often much steeper than money, and soon they will all find out what that price is.

I absolutely loved this book. Walton's writing was gorgeous and poetic. Nor was a fantastic character, and you were really able to get inside her head and feel her internal struggles. I also loved all the minor characters, including Savvy, Judd and Apothia, and even the little dog Bijou. The magical realism was authentic, plausible, and very well done. My only real complaint with this book was that I wanted more. I wanted more at the climax of the story, and more follow-up at the end. You know that feeling when you finish something amazing but are suddenly let down because it's over? That was me with this book. I became immersed in Anathema and its inhabitants, and really invested in Nor and what happened to her, her family, and her friends. Plus this cover is utterly stunning, and super relevant to the plot as well!

I've heard that Walton's first work, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, is amazing as well, so now I'm going to have to pick that one up!

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to Candlewick Press for an ARC of this fantastic read. The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton  releases March 13th, so be sure to pick up a copy!

March 6, 2018

The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

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Random House Children's Books
The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk is a book about loss. Most of us have experienced at least one great loss in our lives (and if you haven't, you're so very lucky). Experiencing a great loss tears you up inside and makes you question everything, and often when this type of loss strikes you're forced to rebuild your life from the ground up.

In this story, Autumn, Logan, and Shay have all recently lost someone: a best friend, an ex-boyfriend, a twin sister. From a car wreck, to suicide, to cancer, these deaths were mostly unexpected, and tear each of the characters apart. Autumn turns to her dead best friend's brother for comfort (and a little more), Logan picks up the bottle and develops a destructive relationship with drinking, and Shay runs, literally, away from every situation that reminds her of her sister. But all three characters also find comfort in music. Through their love of music, they all know one another as acquaintances, but really come together at the end of the story to honor the loved ones they lost through the music that held them together.

But in addition to loss, this book is more about finding yourself after that loss, holding onto what you have, and embracing your own life while learning to live without the person that is no longer with you. Woodfolk's main characters do exactly that: find themselves and hold on to each other in their times of loss, truly living with an unwavering determination in memory of those now gone. Each of the characters was well developed, and it was easy to get inside their heads and understand their feelings. The diverse representation here was important, but the characters were so much more than that. The plot was simple but effective.

My biggest complaint with this book is the same one I usually have with YA contemporaries...the youth/parent interactions just didn't seem realistic. Maybe it's me, but I just don't believe (and have never experienced myself or even witnessed) the high level of obliviousness and leniency that I see with some of these parents. That being said, this book was beautiful. It tugged at your heart strings and you were really able to relate to the characters, no matter who you've lost in your life.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to Random House Children's Books for sending me an advanced copy of this book! The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk releases TODAY so be sure to pick up a copy!

March 5, 2018

Gun Love by Jennifer Clement

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When I first heard about this book, I was super excited for it. Gun Love by Jennifer Clement is a coming of age story that centers around a young girl growing up in a world obsessed with guns. Sounds relevant right? The main character Pearl (named for her alabaster skin) lives in a car with her mother in a small trailer park in Florida. We learn about Pearl, her mother, and their neighbors and friends, as Pearl struggles to find herself and learn about the world when her own world is so small.

I have to say I'm very neutral on this book. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. I wouldn't reread it, but it also wasn't a waste of time. There wasn't much of a plot, and even what you might call the climax was a disappointment. And as far as a coming of age story goes, I didn't really see any character development with Pearl, who simply just existed. Everything was very flat when it came to her character, and you got more character development and motivation from the minor characters than from her. I did very much enjoy those minor characters, as I think they added a large amount of value, and I loved learning about their personalities and backstories.

One big complaint that I had with this book was that quotes weren't distinguished as quotes. They ran into the normal descriptive paragraphs and it was hard to figure out what was a quote versus what was just descriptive or Pearl's stream of consciousness. Otherwise, the writing was beautiful, detailed, and flowed well, and was a quick read. It was easy to imagine yourself in that Florida trailer park.

I did appreciate that this book talked about the relevant topic of guns, but I wish the overall message had been a little stronger. People in Pearl's life were obsessed with them, whether that meant going out and shooting randomly into a lake at all hours of the day and night, trying to get guns off the street in the name of God, or selling guns across the border. And ultimately, it was a gun that lead to a turning point in Pearl's life. I also liked all the Selena references, and I obviously have to mention that the cover is stunning. 

If you like flowy books with pretty writing and very basic plots, you'd really enjoy this story. If you're looking for something more complex with some action, this might not be your cup of tea. Since to me this was a very middle of the road book, it's getting a very middle of the road rating.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to Hogarth for sending me a finished copy of this book! Gun Love by Jennifer Clement releases tomorrow, so if this sounds like something up your alley, be sure to pick up a copy!

March 1, 2018

People Like Us by Dana Mele

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If a book (or show or movie, for that matter) has a boarding school, snobby teenage girls, and an unexplained death, you can count me in. That's why I was so excited to receive a copy of People Like Us by Dana Mele. 

This story follows Kay, a popular girl at Bates, a boarding school for the rich and preppy. She has her typical clique of friends, and as predicted they tend to bully others at their school just for the fun of it. One night a fellow student Jessica turns up dead, an apparent suicide, but as both Kay and detectives start looking into the death, it turns out it may not have been suicide after all...and Kay is one of the prime suspects. After she gets a threatening email from the deceased Jessica, Kay has to solve a series of riddles, taking out each of her friends in the process to save her own dark secrets from being spilled. She finds an unlikely ally in Nola, an unpopular goth girl with superior hacking skills, who Kay and her friends made miserable in the past. The two of them work together to solve Jessica's riddles, bringing down each girl in Kay's circle and piecing together clues to try to find the killer. 

This was a solid read, it just wasn't fantastic. It was an overall quick read with a gorgeous cover, and I would definitely recommend it for fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars for the big brother/communication from the grave vibes. Unfortunately I thought the killer was predictable from about the halfway mark, and the reveal wasn't even that good. Some parts did drag and were somewhat boring, and you didn't see very much character development. Of all the characters, I loved Spencer the most, and I would have liked to see more of him. I did appreciate the diversity and LGBTQ+ representation in this book, and it's important that we're starting to see more of that in YA novels.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

A huge thanks to Penguin Teen for sending me a finished copy of this book! People Like Us by Dana Mele just released on February 27, so you can pick up your copy now!