Odd One Out – A Masterpiece of Messy Feelings and Relationships

Odd one out

Publication date : October 9th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Crown Books | Penguin Random House

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . .
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Leah on the Offbeat – Is really Offbeat

 

Leah on the offbeat

Series: Creakwood #2

Publication date : April 24th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Balzer + Bray | Harpercollins

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 343

Synopsis : Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended. (From Goodreads)

Rating:2 stars

Leah on the Offbeat

TW: racist comment (challenged), biphobia, fatphobia

(No Spoilers)

Listen. Listen. No one is more surprised than me by how much I disliked this book. I’m sad. And disappointed. And sad some more. Because this book let me down from an 80 stories building and i’m just. Sigh. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been championing this book from the moment it was announced til it hit the NYT Bestseller’s list, I was so sure I would love it but then issues started surfacing and my excitement went down a few notches but I still thought I would enjoy it. What surprised me the most though is I didn’t even have an issue with most things people complained about, some of them bugged me for sure, but not enough to dislike the book. It was just a bunch of things adding up which I’m gonna break down in this review.

The writing is pretty good, kind of similar to the one in Simon vs. the Homosapiens’ Agenda where it’s obvious it’s written by the same person but still different in the way that Leah’s personality still shines through it which is Always a sign of skilled writing. One thing I really liked about this is the humour, Leah is sharp and snarky and VERY sarcastic which is my kind of character and it translates well into the narration.

Now, Leah. I know a lot of people had a problem with her character, about how temperamental she is, how sometimes she speaks before she thinks and says hurtful things, she’s hotheaded and abrasive but the thing is, that’s how some teens are, that’s actually how I was as a teen, so I really appreciated her character, not only for that but also for how she was portrayed for having a softer inside that she didn’t know how act on at all, how her anxieties overwhelm her and make her think the worst of everything and everyone, how honest and funny she is and she never hesitates to stand up for the people she cares about (she called out and kind of cut off a friend of hers who implied Abby got into a college because she’s black). What I had an issue with though is that she’s NEVER held accountable for her fuck-ups.

Like I said, being the way she is is perfectly normal but the thing is, she hurts quite a few people and treats her friends and family like crap but that just… flies? Which would NEVER happen in real life. She literally never apologized for anything. NOT ONCE. Not when she lashes out on her mom, not when she lashes out on any of her friends, things just magically go back to normal as if nothing ever happened. What was the most striking is what you’ve probably heard of: Leah’s love interest comes out to her as “lowkey bi” in what is clearly a very vulnerable moment, which gets Leah, who is also bisexual, to tell her that it’s not really a thing to be “lowkey” be, you either are or aren’t and basically policing her label.

I understand the reaction, I really do. With the kind of backlash bi people face, Leah getting defensive and protective of her sexuality like that BUT that did hurt the girl, she was questioning and easing into the new label and Leah basically rejected her and erased her identity. Again, an understandable reaction but one that usually has consequences. You just can’t say something like that, hurt someone like that, and be with them later on without apologizing. So in my opinion, the fact that the scene was written isn’t really a problem, what’s a problem though is that it was never brought up again.

The next thing I had an issue with is that the book was labelled “a cute f/f romance” which…I didn’t see. I honestly didn’t see it. The feelings were established before the book even started, but the thing is for half the book, Leah and her love interest never interact beyond a few words and for the second half it’s the LI trying to get close and Leah just biting her head off over and over again. I love my angst, but this was just non stop angst. All of that together made for little to no on page development for the romance which really saddens me, as the couple is one I was rooting for. There were two cute moments in the whole book, both of which took place in the last two chapters. Otherwise all the cuteness came from Simon and Blue, I LIVED for their interactions as well as little gestures towards each other. And that made me sadder in a way, because I wish Leah’s romance had the same treatment. I wish I could say it was adorable but it wasn’t.

The ending felt very messy to me. The chapter before last was absolutely perfect, it takes place at prom and it full of heart to hearts and cuteness but has a few unresolved things like how <Spoiler> Nick reacts to Leah and Abby being together, as well as Garrett who is Leah’s DATE WHO SHE HAS BEEN LEADING ON FOR THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THE BOOK <End of Spoiler> then between that and the last, a lot has changed, those things are perfectly wrapped up and even Leah seems like a whole different person but we never see any of those things happen which was quite frustrating to me. During the whole book, Leah goes through very little character development but then suddenly at the end she’s changed and when did that happen? how? I’m annoyed. That chapter was really cute like I said but it was just SO out of place I couldn’t fully enjoy it. 

I really wish certain characters were treated better. I really wish the romance was given the space to develop organically. I really wish the ship was given the kind of chemistry they deserve and that I was hoping for. Y’all don’t even understand how much I shipped them and for things to go well for them. So it’s safe to say I felt cheated. And my disappointement is the size of the galaxy.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Leah on the Offbeat? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Darius the Great is Not Okay – And neither am I.

 

Darius the Great is Not Okay

Publication date : August 28th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Dial Books | Penguin Random House

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it’s pretty overwhelming–especially when he’s also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom’s family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything. Continue reading

Final Draft – More Layered than I expected… In a good way

Final Draft

Publication date : June 12th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Amulet Books

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 272

Synopsis: The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he’s suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed. Continue reading

The Poet X – Broke me to Pieces and put me back Together

 

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Publication date : March 6th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : HarperTeen

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 368

Synopsis : Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.  Continue reading

Nice Try, Jane Sinner – Tackling depression with humour… On a reality show

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Publication date : January 9th, 2018

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Publisher : Clarion Books

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 420

Synopsis : The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.

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Not the Girls You’re Looking for Blog Tour: Review + Author Interview

 

Not the Girls You're Looking for

Publication date : June 19th, 2018

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Publisher : Feiwel and Friends | MacMillan

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : Lulu Saad doesn’t need your advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It’s all under control. Ish.
Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can’t find her way out of this mess soon, she’ll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She’ll have to go looking for herself.
(From Goodreads)

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The Girl and the Grove – A girl’s magical Journey to saving nature

The girl and the grove

Publication date : May 8th, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Flux

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.
But the voices in Leila’s head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn’t working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park.
(From Goodreads)
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The Summer of Jordi Perez – Abby, LA Burgers and the cutest romance

The Summer of Jordi Perez

Publication date : April 3rd, 2018goodreads

Publisher : Sky Pony Press

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 224

Synopsis : Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Abby knows it’s a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes.
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Like Water – The Story of Teens screwing up and finding themselves

Like Water

Publication date : October 17th, 2017

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Publisher : Balzer + Bray (Harpercollins)

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 312

Synopsis : In Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now, she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.
That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person stirs up the moat Vanni has carefully constructed around herself, and threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long. (From Goodreads) Continue reading