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Reviews
Review
This book is such a cute YA contemporary with diversity! The main characters are Indian and they're both high school graduates who meet at a summer program before college. The romance was very cute and very cheesy but it worked! I also loved the summer program premise because I went to one last year and I had major nostalgia from reading about Dimple and Rishi's experiences at their program. I love that YA is becoming more diverse and we're able to read about different cultures. Definitely recommend to all!
Title
When Dimple Met Rishi
Author
Sandhya Menon
Rating
4
Review
This books centers around d 15-year-old Ivy who develops anorexia after living around her stick thin mother and watching the rest of her family leave her and move away. The book was told in a poetry format, which I'm not normally a big fan of, but the Myers did it really well. She left slight gaps of time in between each poem which allowed the reader to do a bit of filling in the blanks about what was occurring. I know that I started crying about 1/4 of the way through the book and I didn't stop until I finished it. I can't really pin point exactly what the author did or how the story was phrased but it really hit me and I'm just absolutely in love with this book.
Title
This Impossible Light
Author
Lily Myers
Rating
5
Review
You ever open to a new chapter, read the first few lines, and immediately know what's going to happen next? That was this entire book. The premise is a handful of kids who were born by sperm donation, looking for their biological dad. All the half-siblings become friends by the end of the book, but they never really get closure anywhere else. Almost every single plot twist or surprise can be seen from miles away and it's really not all that exciting when it's no longer a shock. It's a cute concept, but badly executed.
Title
The Other F-Word
Author
Natasha Friend
Rating
3
Review
Libby is fat. Jack can't identify faces. Jack is popular. Libby is not. But yet these two still end up together. This book seems to be the kind to share the message of "everyone has secrets," which it does. But it never really moves on from that concept, which get's a little boring after a while. Like a good YA book it does have a bit of warm-gooey romance witch makes you feel good inside, but it's all pretty repetitive and predictable after a while.
Title
Holding Up the Universe
Author
Jennifer Niven
Rating
4
Review
Grace is a mega fangirl. Then one night, she meets the lead singer of her favorite band on a bench in her neighborhood and blossoms and friendship with the very same people she was used to gawking to over a computer screen. The book is cute and might give you a bit of a warm feeling for part of it. But it's pretty predictable in the "secrets always catch up to you" kinda way and the ending is left more open-ended than I would've liked.
Title
Grace and the Fever
Author
Zan Romanoff
Rating
4