Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Hold Still

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health
Pages: 272
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4 stars (Goodreads)

Summary:  An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fiction dear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid–and Caitlin herself.

Trigger Warning for discussing suicide and depression.

“You might be looking for reasons but there are no reasons. The sun stopped shining for me is all. The whole story is: I’m sad. I’m sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can’t get away from it.”

As a person suffering from depression myself, i could never bring better words for a major depression episode. The thing is, it doesn’t always stay like that. At first I thought the book was called HOLD ON, as in, stay, be brave, things will get better, but the title is Hold Still, because of the photos i guess, or because you need to really look at something to completely understand it. This book is full of ache, heartache for a person who decided to leave it all and committ suicide and it does it extremely well.

This is the story of Caitlin, seeing for the first time a side of her best friend she completely missed when Ingrid, the friend, was still alive. Caitlin finds Ingrid’s personal journal behind her bed one day and she starts reading it, day by day, entry by entry and she gets to know more about Ingrid’s personal life.

As this all is happening Caitlin has to come back to school where everyone knows she was friends with Ingrid, and now she has trouble dealing with others, because she was left so hurt by Ingrid’s decision.

The story is raw, as Caitlin tries to see Ingrid in a new light, she becomes friends with Dylan, the new girl at school, but she struggles with the friendship because she feels like she might move on from her deceased friend. But, as she reads the entries on Ingrid’s journal i think it helps her not only see her friend, but herself. She is able to go through the different stages of grief while reading the journal.

I don’t know if the writer lost someone to suicide but the book manages to bring all the right feelings.

Personally i lost a friend a few years ago. I never knew why she did what she did, i cannot understand it to this day, and it haunts me. But this book helped me a little to bring up all those feelings again, because i need to deal with them. And yeah, maybe she had her reasons, or maybe there wasn’t a specific reason.

The fact that Ingrid decided to share her personal thoughts with her best friend, leaving her journal behind, as a way of helping understand what happened, feels a very personal way of asking for forgiveness for what she was about to do.

I can only say, this book moved me in a way very little books did. I don’t usually read about suicides, i see myself as a very emotional person, but i didn’t cry with this book, on the contrary it made me stronger. It made me understand so many things, about life, about the people left behind, about grief.

I think Nina LaCour nails the feelings of the people left behind, of the best friend who thought knew their BFF.

I don’t think there’s a need to talk much about the characters on the book, they feel very real, as the pain the MC is feeling.

Also, you can see how the author was still looking for that voice she has perfected over the years, the prose in this book isn’t as smooth as in later books but it is beautiful nontheless.

I feel like there’s a part i wanna talk about. It has Spoilers though so, you can stop reading here if you don’t wanna be spoiled and jump to the last part after i say the spoilers are over.

Before i talk about the spoilery part i’ll say i gave this book 5 stars.

And Now To The Spoilers

I felt that Caitlin had no right to share the personal thoughts of Ingrid as she does at the end of the book. I know it helps give closure to many characters in the book, like the boy Ingrid liked, her parents, Caitlin’s parents, their favorite teacher… but a personal journal is personal and i feel like it was only meant for Caitlin. So yeah, it left me a bit mad at the main character. I think these kind of things are too personal to share with everyone, even with people who didn’t knew Ingrid. To me it disrespects her memory.

END OF SPOILERS

This is a poweful book, full of hope and memory. I don’t think i will be forgetting about this book anytime soon.

Life is hard, and you can see it on the book, it was hard for Ingrid, it was hard for Caitlin when Ingrid passed away, but life goes on, and we all need to find a way to keep on going.

I would like to thank the author for such a wonderful book, thanks for helping me heal a little for a wound i’ve had for such a long time.

I know the topic of the book is a difficult one, but i encourage everyone willing to make the effort to read it. It won’t disappoint.

Have you read the book? If so what did you think about it? Leave your comment down below!

April’s TBR!

April is here, and i have a feeling for this month, this is gonna be my month. Still, i won’t be putting too many books on my TBR, because i already saw i can’t follow it much, i need more place to breathe. Yet, there are a few books i really really wanna read, for example, there are two books i meant to read since a few month ago, and i just didn’t until now, but this is the month, i feel it in my bones!

Infinity Reaper (Infinity Cycle, #2)

Emil and Brighton Rey defied the odds. They beat the Blood Casters and escaped with their lives–or so they thought. When Brighton drank the Reaper’s Blood, he believed it would make him invincible, but instead the potion is killing him.

In Emil’s race to find an antidote that will not only save his brother but also rid him of his own unwanted phoenix powers, he will have to dig deep into the very past lives he’s trying to outrun. Though he needs the help of the Spell Walkers now more than ever, their ranks are fracturing, with Maribelle’s thirst for revenge sending her down a dangerous path.

Meanwhile, Ness is being abused by Senator Iron for political gain, his rare shifting ability making him a dangerous weapon. As much as Ness longs to send Emil a signal, he knows the best way to keep Emil safe from his corrupt father is to keep him at a distance.

The battle for peace is playing out like an intricate game of chess, and as the pieces on the board move into place, Emil starts to realize that he may have been competing against the wrong enemy all along.

Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give, #0)

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

Can't Take That Away

An empowering and emotional debut about a genderqueer teen who finds the courage to stand up and speak out for equality when they are discriminated against by their high school administration.

Carey Parker dreams of being a diva, and bringing the house down with song. They can hit every note of all the top pop and Broadway hits. But despite their talent, emotional scars from an incident with a homophobic classmate and their grandmother’s spiraling dementia make it harder and harder for Carey to find their voice.

Then Carey meets Cris, a singer/guitarist who makes Carey feel seen for the first time in their life. With the rush of a promising new romantic relationship, Carey finds the confidence to audition for the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the school musical, setting off a chain reaction of prejudice by Carey’s tormentor and others in the school. It’s up to Carey, Cris, and their friends to defend their rights–and they refuse to be silenced.

Told in alternating chapters with identifying pronouns, debut author Steven Salvatore’s Can’t Take That Away conducts a powerful, uplifting anthem, a swoony romance, and an affirmation of self-identity that will ignite the activist in all of us.

Hold Still

An arresting story about starting over after a friend’s suicide, from a breakthrough new voice in YA fictiondear caitlin, there are so many things that i want so badly to tell you but i just can’t.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid–and Caitlin herself.

And those are the four books i’m planning on reading this month, no more no less than four books because after this many will suddenly appear and i’ll want to read them, so i’ll leave place to books to come.

What are you planning on reading this month? Leave your comment down below!

Everything Leads To You By Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You

Everything Leads To You By Nina LaCour

Genre: YA, Romance, Queer, F/F
Pages: 307
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.86 stars (Goodreads)

Summary: A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
 
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
 
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Emi and her friend Charlotte find a letter from a deceased actor which leads them to a young woman named Ava. Emi has been trying to get over her last girlfriend with whom she has broke up too many times to count and she is taken by the beauty of Ava as a mystery, as a story as a person. As Emi and Charlotte help Ava discover things about her past, Emi can’t help but fall for Ava, but is really love?

I adore the way Nina LaCour tells stories, they are always so open and real, her main characters feel human and are full of questions well all have to ourselves. She manages to create a world where everything feels real and at the same time so poetic it’s painful.

In other books of hers, Nina brings loneliness to it’s most hurtful place, in this book she brings love and care, solitude but at the same time the feeling of not being completely alone or the feeling of finding somebody to helo you go through difficult times, someone who cares about you enough to be there for you when you need them most.

The story is pretty simple, it’s the story of how Emi falls for a girl she meets by chance and how it changes her and her point of view on how she was seeing things, and yet it is told in such a way i’m left speechless.

Everyhting Leads To You is about seeing others, understandng they are not just characters on your story but they have their own. It’s a way of finding your are not the only person who matters, but others do too, especially when you care about them.

I read other books by the author but they were more recent, and you can see in this one who the author is becoming the author you can find today, the story starts pretty normal but as it develops you can see and feel a lot more, the story, the thoughts of the character become more poetic, more lyrical, and i absolutely loved it.

You can see the realnees of the characters, the depth of them in every moment.

I don’t know how to explain it, there’s just something about this book. It shows a side of a main character that was refreshing, one where they truly show their feelings to the reader, the way the discover different things and how i all plays out.

I also liked how the topic of F/F was treated as a normal issue in some places and it became an important factor in others. That’s so true to life, it was simply nice and wonderful to see it portrayted that way.

I want to add that i listened to the audiobook at times, because i was a work and it helped me to get even more into the story. The narrator Jorjeana Marie did an amazing job bringing to life the voice of Emi. And if you are looking for a beautifully narrated audiobook i recommend it very much.

I loved the fact that the book touched in the how movies are made, how settings are made for a character to feel real in the screen and how Emi and Charlotte worked on it. Although i didn’t care much about the other characters related to the movie, with one exception *spoiler*, i appreaciated how it was shown to us how important this part of the job in the movies is. I guess it’s somehow the same with books, cover, edition, etc. It made me think a lot about how i watch movies and tv shows.

Also, the fact that not everything is glamorous in Hollywood, how the actor that wrote the letter had so much yet he didn’t have the most important things, how he missed them.

Overall, i think it s a great book, simple yet so beautifully written. I will keep reading more books by this author because she just knows how to bring all the feelings.

I gave it 4 starts in goodreads although i feel it may be more of a 3.75 to be completely honest.

I do recomment it though, I’d recommend this author to everyone.

Have You read this or any book by Nina LaCour? Do you like her writing style? Leave your comment down below!

WWW Wednesday | March 3rd, 2021

This is WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam at Taking On A Wolrd Of Words. The meme is simple, just answer the three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

At that’s it! Now let’s have some fun!!

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Hitch will smith there are none GIF on GIFER - by Samujin

Actually, i finished Clean Getaway this morning, and now i’m at work so i have no idea what will i pick up this afternoon, as you’ll see in the UP NEXT section i have a few ideas, but i don’t know if i’ll start both those books at the same time or i’ll read them separately.

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Everything Leads to You

This being the third book i read by Nina LaCour i have to admit i wasn’t surprised by how much i liked the book. Obviously i’ll bring a complete review for it next Sunday, but like, be prepared to hear me talk great things about this book.

Clean Getaway

I was so touched by this little book, i wasn’t expecting this kind of thing when i picked it up. Very glad i did read it though, and i’ll be reviewing it soon enough. Nic Stone is AMAZING and if you haven’t read anything by her yet… what are you waiting for?! This is the perfect moment to do so.

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Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give, #0)

I want to give the right place and respect to this book, so i actually started it, but i put it aside until i finished other readings. Angie Thomas is such a powerful author, i want to enjoy this book the way it deserves.

Infinity Reaper (Infinity Cycle, #2)

After that ending in Infinity Son i won’t wait too long to read this one. Adam surprised me a little because the previous book wasn’t as good as i expected but this one seems to have better reviews, so i’m looking forward to start it.

What are you reading this week? Leave your response in the comments down below!

Happy Readings!

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February’s TBR

At the end of 2020 i made a list, a TBR list where i put all the books i felt i shoudlhave read a long time ago and i didn´t. Obviously this isn´t more than a scratch of my full TBR that i hope to end one day, or not because i hope i´ll always have another book to read.

This list consisted of 112 books when I started and after a month reading a few books of this TBR list it still has 112 because i added new releases that i want to read so so badly. It looks like it will never stop being a list of more than 100 books.

But the worst part of all that is to choose books to read from there. There are so many books i want to have already have read it´s almost impossible to make a TBR list for the month.

Anyway, here is me trying to make a list of 6 books i hope to read this month… Obviously i hope to read more these are just a guide;

Amelia Unabridged

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.

Ashley Schumacher’s devastating and beautiful debut, Amelia Unabridged, is about finding hope and strength within yourself, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love while you do it. 

Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle, #1)

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

Dear Justyce (Dear Martin, #2)

In the stunning and hard-hitting sequel to the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin, incarcerated teen Quan writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American prison system.

Shortly after teenager Quan enters a not guilty plea for the shooting death of a police officer, he is placed in a holding cell to await trial. Through a series of flashbacks and letters to Justyce, the protagonist of Dear Martin, Quan’s story unravels.

From a troubled childhood and bad timing to a coerced confession and prejudiced police work, Nic Stone’s newest novel takes an unflinching look at the flawed practices and ideologies that discriminate against African American boys and minorities in the American justice system.

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Everything Leads to You

A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
 
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
 
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

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Yes No Maybe So

New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed have crafted a resonant, funny, and memorable story about the power of love and resistance.

YES
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

NO
Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

MAYBE SO
Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybeit’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely. 

Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give, #0)

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man. 

I hope you all have an interesting TBR for the month of February! ♥

Authors I Want To Read More From.

WE all have favorite authors we read a ton of book written by… as i previously talked about (you can find my post here). But we also have a lot of authors we read maybe once or twice and totally loved, though we haven’t had the time to read anything by them again….

Following this i came up with the idea of looking for authors i would want to read from again because i love the way the write, their ideas for books, their talent, their back story… it could be anything, really.

So, today i bring you the list of my top 10 authors i want to read more books from.

(In no specific order):

Rainbow Rowell: I know i read a few books from her (more than two) but i absolutely love her style and the stories she has to tell. I loved her from the very first book i read by her, Fangirl. And had never disappointed me, yet.

David Levithan: I love him, i absolutely adore his trilogy of Every Day and i really want to read more books by him. He is such an inspiration to me, i met him once in a book signing and he was so humble and got really happy when i told him i flew all the way there to meet him.

Nina LaCour: This author writes like if writing was silk and she was making the most wonderful kind of cloth. I read two books by her and she brings me to tears just by writing HI.

Stephen King: The master of horror. I really want to enter his universe of writing and enjoy it as much as possible.

Angie Thomas: I will never forget the first time i read The Hate You Give. I cried so badly, even with the movie. I just, i adored the book and she seems like she has so many important things to say, i’m looking forward to reading more books by her.

Nic Stone: I read Dear Martin and it brought me to tears so many times. I already bought Dear Justyce and i hope to read it ASAP. She brings so much heart to her work, it is AMAZING.

Jennifer Niven: I love this woman. She is my inspiration to being here today. I love her books, the way she is, how she calls her fans Lovelies, everything. I recently purchased her new book Breathless and she made me a video thanking me for buying it and for loving her work and i cried for days.

Shaun David Hutchinson: This person has one of the most interesting minds i’ve read. He has so many dfferent ideas for books and he writes so wonderfully. I absolutely adore his work and i hope to read much much more.

Haruki Murakami: Did i tell you i own all his books? I own them all… I haven’t read them all yet, but this man has amazing talent and i love his books to pieces. I read about four of them and i can’t get enough of his writing style.

Ann Brashares: I read one book by her My Name Is Memory and is one of my favorite of all times, i remember so many quotes, like Nina LaCour the way she wrote that book was magnficent and i can’t wait to get my hands on more books by her.

And those are my favorites!

What are some authors you are wanting to read more from? Leave your comment down below!

Happy Readings!

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

Watch Over Me

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

Genre: Young Adult, Magical Realism
Pages: 272
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4.05 stars

Summary: Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.

But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.

Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. The farm is a refuge, but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.

My Review:

After fiishining high school a girl in the foster care system decides on going to live in this place, where she’ll teach little kids and live in a farm. When she gets the job no one tell her about the ghosts that materialize there every now and then. The ghosts though are not scary but of very significance in the farm, will Mila learn about them? Will she run away? what are those ghosts?

This is one of those books that are written so beautifully you just don’t want to put down. Nina LaCour makes art everytime she writes a novel, there is something about her writing, it’s like touching silk. And i absolutely love the way she tells stories. It feels so nostalgic, so magnetic.

I don’t know how much it develops the other characters. I think the book only develops the main character and one of the kids living in the house, but other than that you don’t reallhy get to know much about any others, more than what the main and narrator are thinking about the others.

I thought the book would be spooky because it talked about ghosts, but don’t get your hopes up for a scary story. This book is about loneliness and finding your place in the world.

In a way this book reminded me of Daddy-Long-Legs, maybe because it’s a story about an orphan finding her place in the world, but nothing more, because the stories are completely different.

I just, i really feel you should give this book at least a try because of the way it is written. Nina is just amazing in describing feelings and emotions and this book can really touch and move you.

I give the book 4.5 stars.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your opinion on it? If you didn’t have you heard of it? Leave your comment down below!

News on Books

This week has been full of great and amazing news about books! So I thought to share with you the ones i’m the most excited for!

Nina Lacour will be on Friday First Reads Live at Penguin Teen Instagram this very Friday with her new novel WATCH OVER ME which will be released next September 15th!

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CEMETERY BOYS a trans book by trans author Aiden Thomas has made its way to the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER list on its very first week of release! This being the first book of its kind (but hopefully not the last!). The book was released on September 1st and it is already a hit!!!! It also debuted #2 in the indie bestsellers list!!!! From this humble blog we want to congratulte Aiden for this amazing achievement ! The reviews for the book are simply Outstanding! I already freed my weekend for reading it! What about you?!!!??

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Adam Silvera‘s More Happy Than Not is celebrating its 5th anniversary! (well it was in June but anyway! we are always happy to talk about this book and Adam Silvera himself!!!!). And for that on September 8th a new deluxe edition of the book was released with an additional NEW final chapter! I already ordered my copy, did you?!

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One of this blog’s favorite authors, Becky Abertalli (author of Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda and Leah on the off beat) will be releasing a new book next April and this week we got to see the cover for it! Are you excited or what?!

Kate in Waiting
Doesn’t it look AMAZING?! Can’t wait for it to be April 2021 already!!!

Also, Becky published on her medium page a very touching and important post, if you want to read it you can do it here.

Another blog’s favorite, Jennifer Niven (author of my all-time favorite All the Bright Places) is releasing her new book Breathless this month! You can get your signed copy and a personal video message by her, all details on jennifernivenbreathlessvideo.com

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The book’s release will be on September 29th!

Also, Jennifer announced her book Holding Up The Universe was option as a movie so she is working on a scrpit! Fingers crossed for the movie to be!!!!

Ally Carter (author of Gallahger Girls as many other books) announced on twitter her first original screenplay A CASTLE FOR CHRISTMAS is going to be a netflix movie starring Brooke Shields and Cary Elwes!!!!! Read everything we know about it here.

And last but not least!!

Warcross by Marie Lu has been optioned for a tv adaptation! we’ll be waiting for more news on the topic and i’ll inform everything i hear and read about it!

And, that’s a wrap for this week! What other interesting news about books have you read or hear this week?! Tell me all about it down below in the comments!

February Wrap Up

I cannot believe another month is gone already, and with it almost all the promises for cold days (*suffers in silence*).

I have to admit i’m a little disappointed on myself, my book buying ban is over, yet i haven’t bought a book since. I need inspiration, which books should i buy next?

Any recommendations are happily welcome.

So this month i read 4 books and a lot of fanfiction. Like, seriously i read so many fanfics i cannot believe it myself.

Anyway, i enjoy everything i read pretty much. So now let me share with you the books i read on February.

We Are the Ants

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson [5♥]

OMG, i don’t really have words to describe the way i feel about the book right now.

The story is about Henry, a teenager that has been abducted by aliens since he was 13 and now they gave him an ultimatum, life on earth will be destroyed, but he has the power to decide if it’s worth to be saved.

An absolute amazing plot, with a lot of lovable character and a relatable narrator in many ways. This book will be for sure one of my favorite readings of the year. I wrote full review for this book, you can find it here.

Things I Should Have Known

Things I Should Have Known by Clare LaZebnik [3.25♥]

I’m still not a 100% sure on how to feel about this book.

The story is about a girl that tries to get her autistic sister a boyfriend so she wouldn’t feel so alone.

Though i enjoyed it some, i’m not sure how much i liked it… i mean it was an easy read and easy going but, i had so many questions about it.

I wrote a review for this book, and i wanted to post it, but i’m still changing and trying to make an opinion on the book, so it is still sitting in my notebook. Maybe i’ll be posting it next week and you can decide for yourself.

The book will be released at the end of the month, i got the arc from netgalley.

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy [3.5♥]

This book is about a self-proclaimed fat girl and how the body where she always felt home in, suddenly isn’t as comfortable as it used to be and the lengths she’ll go to feel okay with herself again.

So, i’m not sure how to feel about this book. I have a lot of feelings about the story and the characters and not all of them are good. I mean… it had its sweet moments, but i don’t know, i’m not sure i would recommend it to people.

We Are Okay

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour [4.25♥]

This book made me so emotional. I just can’t, okay. I adored the main character, Marin, so freaking much. The story was nothing as i expected and that made it so much better. I loved and enjoyed every moment i spent reading this. I hope to read more by the author pretty soon because her writing was beautiful.

I recently posted my review for the book, you can find it here.

Well, that was pretty much what i read this February, if you wanna know the names of the fanfictions i read, just let me know.

have a great month!

Clemence.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

We Are OkayWe Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Genre: YA, GLBT.
Pages: 240
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Rating: 4.25 stars

Synopsis: You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

My opinion on the book:

I jumped into the book without knowing anything about it or the writer, i just wanted to immerse myself as much as possible in the book without a previous idea of what could it be about.

It was a great idea. I stumbled upon a very interesting story with lovable character and amazing writing.

The book is a bitter-sweet tale about how life changes not only because of stuff we are expecting to happen (like leaving for college) but also because life is so much bigger than what we think and see of it.

I adored the story. The main character, Marin, was an incredibly sweet character and narrator. I could feel the pain she was feeling through her words. I think the author made a great job creating the voice of the narrator.

There aren’t many characters in the book, and not all of them are fully developed (obviously), but the most important one are three-dimensional and come to life in the best way possible.

I enjoyed a lot the writing style of the author. It was soft and poetic and it suited the narrator very much. This was the first book i read by Nina LaCour, but i believe i’ll be reading more of her books because it was absolutely fantastic (so if you have one that you think i should start with, please tell me).

The book made me really melancholic and i went through a lot of emotions while reading it, i laughed and cried, smiled and felt really sad.

It was an extremely enjoyable reading and the emotions it made me feel were very real.

I would like to recommend this book to pretty much everyone, especially to those looking for a heart-warming, bitter-sweet story about friendship, loss, love & family.