Two Book Tuesday

A disappointing “Two Book Tuesday” today. This was rough. I tried to review them as best I could, but I definitely struggled. 

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Title: Fake It Till You Break It
Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: May 28th
Ratings: ♥♥

Goodreads Summary:

Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.

After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.

The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…

I was excited about this book just by the cover alone. It looked like a fun summer read in the same vein of Kasie West. However, it was just average. There was nothing interesting or original about this, at all. I semi enjoyed the story enough to not DNF the book, but I definitely didn’t get anything out of reading it. The plot was really cliched and was so rushed. It was so unbelievable that this couple would fall in love with each other so fast after only just days prior they hated each other.

The writing overall was subpar overall and I probably won’t read anything else by this author. This is for a younger reader of YA.

I was sent an e-arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: And We Call it Love
Author: Amanda Vink
Genre: YA Contemporary/Poetry
Publication Date: June 1st
Ratings: ♥♥

Goodreads Summary:

Clare and Zari are best friends. They write music together, go everywhere together, and they know everything about the other. At least they did before Zari started dating Dion. The more Zari falls for Dion, the less she has time for anything else. At first, Clare chalks it up to a new and exciting relationship, and she tries to be happy for her friend despite her loneliness. When Zari starts to show up to school with half-hidden bruises, Clare knows there’s something darker about this relationship that has to be stopped.

I have a love/hate relationship when it comes books written in verse or through poetry. They can either be extremely effective, or kind of a waste. And We Call It Love had a great premise, but I think it never should have been written in verse. The poetry was lackluster, when it had the potential to be powerful. The darker parts of the plot could have been way more intense if they had been flushed out and explored more.

Another thing that got lost in the story’s format was the change in perspectives. half the time I had a really hard time figuring out who was narrating. If I could have this story written in prose, I would have enjoyed it much more.

I was sent an e-arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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