Mini Reviews

These reviews are spoiler-freeeee! 🙂

Some minis! A couple from my library- SHOUT OUT LIBRARIES!! (Also the Overdrive/Kindle apps, who would I be without u)

fnolField Notes on Love
Author Jennifer E. Smith

4 stars

Having just been dumped by his girlfriend, British-born Hugo is still determined to take his last-hurrah-before-college train trip across the United States. One snag: the companion ticket is already booked under the name of his ex, Margaret Campbell. Nontransferable, no exceptions.

Enter the new Margaret C. (Mae for short), an aspiring filmmaker with big dreams. After finding Hugo’s spare ticket offer online, she’s convinced it’s the perfect opportunity to expand her horizons.

When the two meet, the attraction is undeniable, and both find more than they bargained for. As Mae pushes Hugo to explore his dreams for his future, he’ll encourage her to channel a new, vulnerable side of her art. But when life off the train threatens the bubble they’ve created for themselves, will they manage to keep their love on track? (from Goodreads)

I requested this way back during my rom-com month, but it only now got checked out to me. This ended up being really adorable and fun. I also did NOT expect to cry as much as I did during this. The family relationships are super sweet and heartwarming. Alfie was my favorite, and Hugo and Mae were really cute together. It’s definitely got some insta-love (insta-love doesn’t even bother me that much, but even I was like, whoa) but I mean, it was fine. All I want to do is take a train trip around the country though, it sounds like so much fun! 

wgWilder Girls
Author Rory Power

2 stars

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true. (from Goodreads)

I was actually very excited about this book for months, despite it being classified as horror (a genre I never really read), but now I am SUPER glad I didn’t buy this. This is apparently an unpopular opinion, but I didn’t enjoy this one. The plot was weird and confusing and there were a lot of unanswered questions. I also didn’t really like the characters all that much, and though I am all for more f/f relationships in books, I wasn’t a fan of this one. The characters were not fleshed out very well (though I did really like Byatt) and I just didn’t like the plot. Boo. 

ibtfyI’ll Be There For You
Author Kelsey Miller

3 stars

When Friends debuted in 1994, no one anticipated the sensation it would become. Through its decade-long run, the show maintained an uncanny connection to its audience, who saw it both as a reflection of their own lives and an aspirational escape from reality. I’ll Be There for You is a deep dive into Friends history and lore, exploring all aspects of the show, from its unlikely origins to the societal conditions that amplified its success. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show’s most powerful moments, sheds light on its sometimes dated and problematic elements and examines the worldwide trends that Friends catalyzed, from contemporary coffee culture to the wildly popular ’90s haircut The Rachel. I’ll Be There for You is not only for fans of the series, but for anyone who’s ever wondered what it is about this show—and television comedy—that resonates so powerfully. (from Goodreads)

FRIENDS has been one of my favorite shows for as long as I can remember, so I absolutely could not resist buying this book, and I’ve been really excited for it (especially since I found myself in the midst of a rewatch right after I started it)! Unfortunately, I ended up being disappointed. I’m not 100% sure what I was expecting going into this, but I found myself getting bored and skipping a lot of the financial/judicial paragraphs because I just wasn’t interested. I wanted to learn more about fun tidbits behind the scenes, and instead just got a LOT more detail about things I already knew. I’m not a nonfiction reader anyway, but I was hoping this subject matter would liven things up. Sad face.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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