Book Review: Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Hey guys! I am here with another book review! And today is Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli!

About the Book: 

This story is about a guy named Simon Spier. He is a closeted gay kid in high school. One day he learns that there is another closeted gay kid at his school but the only thing he knows about him is his made up name “Blue.”. He begins emailing Blue under his own fake name and they start talking back and forth.

One day Simon leaves his email account up in the library by mistake. Another person sees the emails and tells Simon that he won’t show anyone the emails if he can get him a date with his friend Abby. Now Simon begins to freak out because he doesn’t know how Blue would react if the emails get out, so he goes along with the blackmail.

This book is an lgbtq+ fiction that is funny and heartwarming.

What I think of the book:

I LOVED this book! I loved the plot and the characters and just everything! I love Simon’s friends; Nick, Leah, and Abby. I also loved his parents!

Now the kid who blackmails Simon I’m not a particular fan of. No one should make some one else come out if they don’t want to. I also liked that message of the story and how they questioned “Why is being straight the default?”.

I give this book a 5/5 stars and I really highly recommend it!

I’ve seen the movie adaptation “Love, Simon” back in March and it is SOOOO GOOD! ❤

Let me know in the comments: Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Have you seen the movie? What were your thoughts on that? 🙂

I hope everyone has a great week and remember to Spread Happiness! 🙂

Love, Alexis 

 

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Book Review:Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

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Hey guys! I am coming at you with another book review! Today it is ‘Foolish Hearts‘ by Emma Mills. I have the OwlCrate exclusive cover of the book so that’s why it may look a bit different! Let’s go on with the review!

What it’s about:

Foolish Hearts is about a girl named Claudia who accidentally eavesdrops on the breakup of Paige and Iris, the ‘it’ couple at her all girls school. They catch Claudia eavesdropping and Iris is not happy at all! When school starts back, Claudia is unfortunately paired with Iris on a project and they both fail. So the teacher gets them to work together on the schools play called ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘. Claudia also meets a cute, goofy guy called Gideon.

My thoughts on the book:

I give this book 4/5 stars. It’s a Young Adult contemporary novel. I loved the characters and the plot and writing. But this book is meant for when you are in maybe freshman or sophomore in high school. Or maybe middle school as well.

This book is about friendship and also family. I really liked that and the fact they put in that the characters play an online role playing game called Battlequest. I love geeky stuff! 🙂 I also loved that they put in LGBTQ+ aspects in it with Paige and Iris!

But all in all Foolish Hearts is a good book and I would recommend it.  ❤

Let me know in the comments: Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Did you get it in an OwlCrate too? I would love to hear from you!

Hope you guys have a great Sunday! Spread Happiness!

Stay Humble

Alexis

Book Review: ‘We Are Okay’ by Nina LaCour

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There used to be days that I thought I was okay. Or at least that I was going to be. We’d be hanging out somewhere and everything would just fit right and I would think ‘it will be okay if it can just be like this forever’ but of course nothing can ever just stay just how it is forever.”

‘We Are Okay’

Nina LaCour

This book was so amazing! I loved the writing, the plot, the characters! Everything! I basically read this book in a day! I couldn’t put it down! I loved the raw emotion in the book and the main characters journey.

This book is  a YA contemporary about a girl named Marin. She leaves her hometown in California to go to college in New York with nothing but the clothes on her back and not telling anyone she left. Not even her best friend Mabel.

Marin is trying to run away from a tragedy and that’s why she doesn’t tell anyone she’s leaving. She just doesn’t want to deal with people talking about the tragedy or asking her questions. Until her best friend from her hometown decides to come visit at her college.

Now Marin is nervous about Mabel coming to visit her because she knows that she’ll ask her questions and demand answers. She’s not so sure that she is ready to answer.

This book will take you through an emotional journey while Marin tries to figure out how to handle her feelings about her past. You will cry, laugh, and fall in love with the characters! The cover is beautiful too!

I hope you guys pick up this book and love it as much as I did! 🙂

If you have read this book, let me know in the comments what you thought about it! Did you like it? I would love to know!

Spread Happiness and Be kind!

Stay Humble

-Alexis

Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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I was determined to be both pretty and fierce, as Mother had said I could be. Just because I was interested in a man’s job didn’t mean I had to give up being girly. Who defined those roles anyhow?”  -Kerri Maniscalco, Stalking Jack the Ripper.

Hi everyone! I am back with another book review! And, as you can see, I have chosen ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ by Kerri Maniscalco. I chose this book because I have always been interested in Jack the Ripper and the cover is really pretty and awesome!

Now onto my thoughts. What can I say about this book except….it was amazing! I loved the writing, the plot, the characters, just everything! I give this book 5/5 stars! I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel to it! And the third book of the series is coming out soon!

Now about the book, This book is about a girl named Audrey Rose Wadsworth who helps  her uncle examine dead bodies. Now in the time that this book takes place her type of work isn’t deemed “proper” for young ladies. Her father doesn’t like her there and her brother, who really doesn’t mind what she does, would rather her do something else.

But Audrey really doesn’t care what society or her father says, she loves discovering and examining. Then her uncle starts helping the authorities with a series of murders. The media starts calling him ‘Leather apron’ or ‘Jack the Ripper’. They don’t know his true identity yet and all they have gotten is that he’s killing prostitutes.

Oh and also there is a strapping young man named Thomas Cresswell who helps Audrey and her uncle! And let me just say I need one! 😉

Anyways this story is filled with heartache, laughs, mystery, and so much more! Like I said, I can’t wait to get my hand on the sequel!

Let me know in the comments: Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? Were you shocked or did you already know when you found out who was Jack the Ripper? I would love to hear from you! ❤

As always I hope you have a great day and Spread Happiness!

Stay Humble

Alexis

 

 

 

Book Review: ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas

 

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Sorry about the Riverdale pin, just ignore it)

“When I was twelve, my parents had two talks with me.

       One was the usual birds and bees. Well, I didn’t really get the usual version. My mom, Lisa, is a registered nurse, and she told me what went where, and what didn’t need to go here, there, or any damn where, till I’m grown. Back then, I doubted anything was going anywhere anyway. While all the other girls sprouted breasts between sixth and seventh grade, my chest was as flat as my back.

                                              The other talk was about what to do if a cop stopped me.

Momma fussed and told Daddy I was too young for that.

He argued that I wasn’t too young to get arrested or shot.

          “Starr-Starr, you do whatever they tell you to do,” he said. “Keep your hands visible. Don’t make any sudden moves. Only speak when they speak to you.” 

I hope somebody had the same talk with Khalil. 

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This book guys….this book….is so good! I really don’t know what I have to say. It deals with such real issues that we have in our country (U.S.A) today. It really hits home. It deals with situations that black people have to go through. And, just like Christian Science Monitor says about this book, “If  The Hate U Give makes you uncomfortable, that’s because it should. Especially if you’re white and have read this book.

I am a white person and reading this book has really opened my eyes to what black people really have to go through. Of course I will never fully understand, but It really did open my eyes. This book deals with police brutality and riots and protests.

This book is about a sixteen year old girl named Starr Carter. She lives in a poor black neighborhood and goes to a suburban prep school. One night she is at a party, that she didn’t want to go to, and is just there with her friends. Then she sees a friend she hasn’t seen in a while named Khalil.

Suddenly the party ends because shots ring out and Khalil and Starr run to his car and drive off. Starr starts asking Khalil questions, and he doesn’t want to answer them. Then they get pulled over. The cop does the usual and Khalil is being a little smart but then the cop tells him to get out of the car for no reason. Things get out of control and the cop shoots Khalil. (No I’m not giving spoilers because you know what happens when you open the dust cover flap.)

This is the second time Starr has seen a friend murdered in front of her eyes. You’ll just have to read the book to see what happens then. Now this book just isn’t all tears and shock and anger, it has it’s funny moments and good moments. This book is powerful, heart-breaking, and just….amazing.

I like this book because it does bring to light the racism that is in this country today. How there is police brutality, white privilege, and many other bad things in this world. I hope you guys enjoy this book as much as I did.

If you want to get this book it is on sale in stores everywhere. I want to know in the comments: Have you read this book? What was your favorite part about it? How did it make you feel?

As always guys, have a good day and spread happiness!

Stay Humble

{Alexis}

 

 

The Day I met Ellen Hopkins….

Alright guys! I am so excited to be sharing this story! I can’t believe it happened!

Please excuse my ugly face, but yeah there it is! Ellen Hopkins! I found out that she was coming to our town by chance when I saw our public library promote it on Facebook! I just couldn’t believe that such a big author would come to a town like Jonesboro (We hardly get any celebrities here, mainly country singers.) ! I called my mom right away and told her we had to go!

So that Tuesday night (the 10th of this month) we went to the library, purchased two books for her to sign (I purchased ‘Burned’, they didn’t have ‘Identical’.) and went to sit. She came on stage and told us her story and the story of how she came up with her first book in the series ‘Crank’. Basically it is really about her daughter and what happened to her.

She changed some names but almost everything in the book happened to her daughter. And I think she also said some of the things in ‘Glass’ was true too. Now some of her other books she did research on the stuff she wrote in them. She talked to actual victims of sexual trafficking, drug and sexual abuse.

Now my favorite book, besides Crank, in her series is ‘Identical’. I just love how she wasn’t afraid to go there and the twist ending! My head is still reeling from that!

All in all it was an awesome night and I was so happy when she signed my book! Oh and she liked my tweet on twitter and replied to it! ❤

I want to know; what is your favorite book by her? How did they make you feel? Did you relate to some of the things the stories were about? Let me know in the comment section below!

As always have a great day and Spread Happiness! Love you guys! ❤

Stay Humble

{Alexis}

 

Book Review: ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ by Sandhya Menon

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This cute rom-com book is about a girl named Dimple Shah and a guy named Rishi Patel. And they couldn’t be more different!

Dimple Shah is a girl who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to do what she can to get it. She doesn’t want to be the ‘typical Indian daughter’ that her parents want her to be. She doesn’t want to be married, have kids, and then that’s it like her mother. She wants to do something with her life and when she sees a summer program for web developers, she couldn’t be more excited to go!

Rishi Patel is a boy who has always done what is expected of him. He loves the Indian traditions and hopes to have a great love story just like his parents. When he finds out that his future wife is going to a summer program he decides to go as well! He can’t wait to meet Dimple!

Now when these two meet it doesn’t go as planned. But perhaps fate has it’s own way of bringing them together? You’ll really be laughing, crying, and rooting for these two the whole book!

I love the cover! It is so beautiful and just plain amazing! I loved this book and hope you guys will too! You can purchase it at any bookstore such as; Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Target and also online!

As always I hope you have a great week! Lots of love! ❤

Stay Humble

{Alexis}