Publication date : December 5th, 2017
Publisher : Henry Holt | Macmillan
Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary
Page Count: 320
Synopsis : The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for. (From GoodreadsBut mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for. (From Goodreads)
If you’d be inclined to help me get my heart back, please take a spoon a help me gather this puddle of feelings off the floor. That’s my heart. That’s it. That’s what Foolish Hearts does to you. It just takes your frigid heart (if you’re like me) and starts sneakily melting it, which you don’t even realize until it succeeds. This book is so fluffy and soft and cute and happy, it made me want to pick up every similar book out there because I want the genuine warm happiness it made me feel to last forever.
The writing is very simple and yet enjoyable, which is helped by how funny and quirky it is. It’s from our main character Claudia‘s POV and I. Loved. Her. She’s so awkward but also extremely funny. Like, laugh out loud funny which I always appreciate, especially when it’s sarcasm. She’s insecure and uses her humour as a defense mechanism, which is so relatable to teenage me. She’s been metaphorically romantically burned before and isn’t looking to relive the experience so she’s a flee first, think later kind of girl. Claudia is also a MMRPG player and I only realized how little we see of gamers in YA books. So, GIMME MORE. PLEASE.
The thing I really appreciated about this book is how realistically it portrayed the teenage experience. With imprefect teens who have different interests, make mistakes, hang out, fight and make up. Just living their messy teen lives. We get a 360° view of the high school experience, with a main character who isn’t super popular but isn’t isolated either, friendship, romance, drama (!!!) both in their personal lives and having the characters all working in a play, and genuine realistic dialogue.
At the core of this book, is its friendship, more specifically it’s amazing portrayal of female friendship. She has a best friend is Zoe with whom she shares a very tight bond, but in the book we see a brand new friendship bloom between her and Iris. Iris is…a tough one to like, but I absolutely loved her. She’s closed off, rough around the edges and straight up rude in the beginning and she’s hated for it around school, she doesn’t know how to make friends and pushes people away so much that they don’t want to be around her. What I loved most is that Claudia didn’t let that scare her away. She kept pushing back whenever Iris pushed and calling her out on her bullshit. And the two of them bonded over a boy band which Iris is a huge fan of and got Claudia into. And the keyboard smash when Iris started freaking out over them? Fucking iconic!
THEN, in second place comes the romance. Gideon, the love interest is such a HUGE dorky sweetheart. He’s super popular and loved by basically everyone but that never gets to his head and he just genuinely enjoys being around people, especially Claudia. I really appreciated how the author challenged every toxic masculinity trait out there. H’s not afraid of showing his feelings for Claudia without ever pushing her or resenting her if she doesn’t reciprocate, as well as physical displays of affections towards his best friends, Noah, who also only has great things to say about him. And honestly? Their relationship is SO slowburn and beyond adorable, they take genuine interest in each other and Gideon starts playing Claudia’s favourite game BECAUSE HE LIKES HER. And oh gosh, she’s so oblivious to it all.
There’s also a sapphic side relationship that made my heart burst. It just showed how sometimes people need some time apart to grow on their own and find their way back to each other. And Iris and Paige’s love for each other is almost palpable, even when they’re not in each other’s vicinity, and even with the book not centering them and their romance being secondary to the plot. I loved it.
Foolish Hearts feels like a warm hug after a long hard day that you never want to let go of and I’m sure this will become one of my go-to feel good reads because it’s just that type of book.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read Foolish Hearts? If so, what did you think?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.