Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This book’s theme are ten books on your Spring TBR. Since I am student teaching this semester, I do not have much time to read. However, I still have a lot of books that I hope to read before Spring ends! Here are my choices:

1.) Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy

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I received an ARC of this book, so I really want to read it before its release on May 28. Just Fly Away follows a fifteen-year-old girl who discovers that she has a brother after her father had an affair.

2.) Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon

This is another ARC I hope to read before its May 2 release. This book interested me because it centers on a foster child with autism trying to adjust to her new foster family.

3.) Love, Ish by Karen Rivers

Love, Ish

Once again, another ARC I hope to read. I actually received this book only a few days before its release date (which is today), but I hope to read and review it ASAP! Love, Ish follows Ish, a girl who dreams to be one of the first settlers on Mars. Her dreams are threatened, however, when she is diagnosed with cancer.

4.) Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne

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Snowed In should be a short, quick read. I really want to read this book while snow is still on the ground!

5.) Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark

Icing on the Lake

Like Snowed In, Icing on the Lake is a cute winter read that I want to finish before flowers start blooming!

6.) The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend

Even though I’m no longer in high school, I think The Fill-In Boyfriend would be so much fun to read around prom time since the main character finds a fill-in date at the last minute.

7.) Shooter by Caroline Pignat

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Shooter is described as a Breakfast Club-type story that focuses on a group of students hiding in the bathroom during a school shooting. Anything with the Breakfast Club in the description pulls me in! 

8.) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

Salt to the Sea

After visiting the Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. over Spring Break, I really want to read more books set during World War II. I’m a huge fan of Ruta Sepetys and I’m sure this book will not disappoint!

9.) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile now and I finally started it during Spring Break! Hopefully I can finish it before the spring ends.

10.) Deuteronomy in The Bible

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I’ve been working through Deuteronomy for awhile now, so I hope that I can finish reading it by the end of March!

 

What is on your Spring TBR pile?

 

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Books on my College Bookshelf

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Even though I probably don’t have much time for reading this semester, I wanted to bring a few books back to college! Here are the book currently on my college bookshelf:

The Statistical Probably of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

I’ve wanted to read a book by Jennifer E. Smith for awhile now, so I was so excited to find this book at a local thrift store. This book seems cute and fun, so it is high on my TBR list.

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore

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This cover looked so pretty that it made me want to read it! It will be interesting to go into this book since I really don’t know anything about it. According to Goodreads, Tarnish is about Anne Boleyn when she arrives in King Henry VIII’s court.

Gilt by Katherine Longshore

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Gilt is another book in the Royal Circle series and another case where I haven’t heard much about it. Like with Tarnish, the cover pulled me in. According to Goodreads, Gilt focuses on Kitty, a friend of Catherine Howard, caught in a love triangle.

Paper Towns by John Green

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I’ve read The Fault in Our Stars and a short story by John Green in Let it Snow. I just thought they were okay. For some reason, I’ve really been wanting to read this book. Hopefully I like this book better than the other works I’ve read by him!

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy 

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

My sister picked up this book last summer at our library’s book sale. I started thinking about this book a lot recently, so I thought I would bring it back to college for my TBR shelf. In this book, two Jewish children and taken in by a German woman during the last months of Nazi occupation.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

This book has been on my TBR for a really long time. Now that I have my own copy of this book, hopefully I will finally read it!

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian 

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)

Even though this book was published awhile ago, I’ve really been wanting to read it recently. Luckily, I found a copy at a local thrift store! I’ve never read anything by Siobahn Vivian, but I’ve really enjoyed everything I read by Jenny Han, so I’m excited to read this one.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)

My sister read this book and didn’t like it, so I never picked it up. However, I heard someone on Youtube talking about how much they loved this series recently. I can’t wait to read this book to see what side I fall on!

 

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

February Wrap-Up and March TBR

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Here’s a list of the books that I read in February:

  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (★ ★ ★)

Mr. Popper's Penguins

  • Judy Moody Declares Independence by Megan McDonald (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)

Judy Moody Declares Independence (Judy Moody #6)

  • Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately

Here’s what I plan to read in March:

  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend

  • Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark

Icing on the Lake

  • Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne

Snowed In

The Emoji Book Tag

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In the Emoji Book Tag, you choose five emojis and pick one book that represents each emoji. I decided to choose the emojis that I use most frequently. Thanks to Nadwa at Painfully Fictional for nominating me! Here are my answers:

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Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

I didn’t cry while reading Winter, but I was very sad after it ended. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite YA series, so I missed reading about all of my favorite characters. After finishing Winter, I found it hard to pick up another book to read.

Image result for laughing emoji Laughing

Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, #1)

I thought I would enjoy the Allie Finkle series, but didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I was laughing at loud through all of the crazy situations within the book. I also thought Allie’s observations about other people were hilarious.

Image result for heart eyes emoji Heart Eyes

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything was one of my favorite books of 2016. I read both The Unexpected Everything and Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson last summer and she became one of my favorite contemporary authors. Ironically, one of Andie’s friends in The Unexpected Everything on texts in emojis.

Image result for teeth chatter emoji Teeth Chatter or Grimace 

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

This is what my face looked like while reading this entire book. The Winner’s trilogy is one of my favorite YA trilogies and I was afraid for how they story was going to end. During one chapter at the end of the book, I actually had to put the book down and pace around my house.

Image result for rolling eyes emoji Rolling Eyes Emoji

The Row

I found myself rolling my eyes a lot while reading The Row by J.R. Johansson. This book reminded me of a bad Lifetime movie. The romance was weak, there was no action until the last twenty pages, and the plot twist was expected.

I nominate…

Meg @ My Tables of Content

Harlee @ Harlee Reads

Hilary @ Songs Wrote My Story

Lindsey @ Paradis Books

Syc @ The Lit Mermaid

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Least Favorite Romances

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is top ten favorite romance tropes/types. Instead, I’ve decided to list some of my least favorite romances from books and explain why.

1.) The Row by J.R. Johansson

The Row

I actually mentioned this book on a recent Top Ten Tuesday because I wish this book had less romance. The romanced in this book was extremely clichéd and underdeveloped. Furthermore, it took too much time away from the real action of the book.

2.) How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You by Tara Eglington

How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You (Aurora Skye #1)

This book featured a hate-to-love romance. The main character, Aurora, was extremely annoying and shallow. Her love interest fell into many typical YA romance tropes and always came across as too perfect. The most annoying part of this relationship was the “hate” aspect. Instead of tension, readers are given toddler temper tantrums from the main character.

3.) Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

There were three love interests in this book and I didn’t like any of them. One was extremely underdeveloped and was only briefly featured in the beginning of the book to appear randomly at the end. Another, while more developed, fell into the tropes of a typical love interest. The main love interest, Bale, was the worst of the three. I swear his name was mentioned at least five times on every page, but none of the times he was mentioned made me root for him.

4.) Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Girl Online (Girl Online, #1)

While this book consisted mainly of cute moments between the main character and her love interest, I never really bought the romance. A lot of the moments in this book have been done before, and in combination with cardboard cut-out main characters, the romance fell completely flat.

5.) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Once again, I felt like this book tried too hard on the romance. A lot of the larger plot was sacrificed for lackluster “cute” moments between members of yet another love triangle.

6.) Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Stealing Heaven

I read this book at the beach one summer and was underwhelmed by the romance. I think the love interest or the romance as a whole ever captured my attention.

7.) 13 Blue Little Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

I read this book awhile, so I can’t remember exactly why I disliked the love interest in this book. I’m glad I read the other book in this series, however, because I liked the love interest in that back WAY more.

8.) Little Miss Red by Robin Palmer

Little Miss Red

There are many books by Robin Palmer where I find myself disliking the love interests. I really did not like the romance in this book at all. The love interest possessed zero redeeming qualities and lacked any chemistry with the main character.

9.) Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

Queen of Babble (Queen of Babble, #1)

I think this book focused too much on the main character’s first love interest than the love interest who should have been the main focus of the story. The first love interest possesses zero redeeming qualities, but you are forced to read about him for at least half of the book even though it mentions their breakup on the back cover. As a result, the main romance suffers. In addition, the true romance in the story is very stereotypical and too rushed.

10.) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

It’s not like I hated the romance in this book, but I didn’t like it as much as the first two books in the series. I was so excited for this book’s release and when I actually read it, I remember being disappointed that I didn’t like this couple as much as the first two.

 

What are your least favorite romance?

Conversation Hearts Book Tag

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In honor of Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I would complete the Conversation book tag created by That Bookie on Youtube. In the video, she pulls out conversation hearts and chooses a book that relates. Since I don’t have any conversation hearts nearby, I decided to look up some phrases and create some of my own! Here are my answers:

 

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This phrases reminded me of book covers! Since I started blogging, I usually don’t pick up books based on this cover. Instead, I rely on reading reviews. However, one book that I wanted recently based on the cover would be Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch! It looked like the perfect summer read. The story was cute and fun, so I wasn’t disappointed!

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This is a phrase that I made up, but it definitely should be a conversation heart for books. A book that I read recently which features insta-love would have to be Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I’m not usually a fan of insta-love, but it didn’t bother me as much in this story.

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Hug Me reminded me about all the relationships in books that aren’t romantic. My favorite group of friends would have to be the Rampion crew from The Lunar Chronicles! I loved every character and was so sad after I finished Winter. Out of the crew, my favorite characters would have to be Cress, Thorne, and Iko. My favorite friendship is between Cinder and Iko!

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This phrase made me laugh out loud! It also made me think of all the authors that I would love to meet! I would love to have a conversation with Sarah Dessen or Meg Cabot! Throughout high school, I loved reading their books and frequently checked them out of the library. After following them on social media, they also seem like really good and interesting people.

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You Rock reminded of all the music that I’ve read about in books. If I was serenaded on Valentine’s Day, I hope it would be Dexter from This Lullaby. The lyrics might be little odd (like the Potato Opus) or from a car lot, but Dexter would make it perfect! I definitely wouldn’t choose Spinnerbait.

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Soul mate reminded me of all my favorite OTPs. I definitely have a long list of favorite couples from books. Here are a few of my favorites: Kestrel and Arin (The Winner’s Curse series), Cress and Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles), Lola and Cricket (Lola and the Boy Next Door), Annabel and Owen (Just Listen) and Remy and Dexter (This Lullaby).

Have a great Valentine’s Day! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is visuals! For my post, I decided to share some of my favorite book covers. Here are my choices:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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I love both of the covers of Heartless! If this book was made a few years earlier, it would feature a girl supposed to be Cath in a fancy dress. I really like how the crown relates to the story and how the sword balanced the cover.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Twenty Boy Summer

This book relates to one of the most emotional parts of the story. It also is extremely beautiful! I love the simple, but cute font and the variety of colors in the sea glass.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins 

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

This cover really captures the spirit of this story! I really loved the spunky attitude of the main character in Rebel Belle. Like with Heartless, this cover could feature a girl with a sword in a homecoming dress. Instead, it features a nice font with objects that relate to the story.

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Even though I had mixed feelings after reading My True Love Gave to Me, I still absolutely love the cover. I really like how the cover actually features the characters from the short stories inside!

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

Stealing Snow wasn’t my favorite book, but I really like the cover. The broken mirror relates to the story and the winter-y cover reflects the Snow Queen retelling very well. This is one book that made me really want to read it just because of the cover!

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Girl Online (Girl Online, #1)

I really didn’t like Girl Online, but I think it has the perfect cover! I love the Polaroid-type pictures mixed in with the fairy lights on the cover. What makes the cover even more special is that the pictures come from one of Zoella’s fans!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder

Wonder is an amazing book with an equally amazing cover! The cover is very graphic and artsy. I really like how every character has their own face, especially in Auggie and Me!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars is a great graphic cover in YA fiction. I remember seeing so many books released after this one that followed a similar style!

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Usually, I don’t like people on books covers. This book is an exception! The colors on the cover are so beautiful and really reflects the book’s setting and characters.

Rules by Cynthia Lord 

Rules

This is such a great book and it has such a cute cover! Even though a rubber duck is never mentioned in the story, it reflects one of the rules within the book (no toys in the fish tank). I read an article about the author and she mentioned that so many people send her rubber ducks because of this cover!

 

What are some of your favorite book covers?

 

 

Mystery Blogger Award

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Thank you to Nadwa at Painfully Fictional for nominating me for The Mystery Blogger Tag created by Okoto Enigma.

Rules:
  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share your link to your best post(s).

3 Things About Me:

  • The most recent movie that I saw in theaters was Moana… and I loved it! I can’t get the songs out of my head.
  • This year, I will graduate college (too bad most people still think I looked 12 or 13!).
  • Bookables and Tashapolis are my favorite Booktubers!

 

Nadwa’s Questions:

  • If you were to live in any fictional world, which one would you choose?

I would want to live in the world of The Lunar Chronicles, but after Winter. I would love to meet any of the characters from that book! Kai would also be a great leader.

  • If you could bring one fictional character to life, who would it be?

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

If I could bring one fictional character to life, I would probably choose Mia’s grandmother from The Princess Diaries. Even if she isn’t as nice in the books, I would want her to be real so she could tell me that I was the Princess of Genovia!

  • Here’s an overrated, cliché question: What book would you bring if you were stranded on an island?

If I were stranded on island, I would want to have my Bible with me!

  • A book that you didn’t expect would make you cry?

The Lorax

I actually can’t remember every crying from a book, but there were a few close calls. The Giving Tree, The Lorax, and Oh! The Place You’ll Go are few that almost make me cry.

  • Random: One sort of food you wouldn’t mind eating for the rest of your life?

I love pizza! It also has unlimited possibilities with different toppings, so I could always change it up.

 

My Best Posts:

I don’t know what my best posts are, but here are some of my recent favorites:

  • The Brittany Awards Parts One, Two, Three, and Four
    • I loved reflecting one my favorite books of the year. I also liked dividing the books into categories so I could share more of my favorite books.
  • Marissa Meyer Contest Entry and Update
    • I had so much fun designing my hat for the Marissa Meyer contest. She’s one of my favorite authors, so I was so happy when she chose me as an honorable mention!
  • My Thrift Store Book Haul posts
    • It’s so much fun to find great books at the thrift store. I love sharing what I find on my blog!

 

I nominate:

 

Here are your questions: 

  • What are some of your favorite books from before you started blogging?
  • What character from a book are you most like?
  • What author would you like to meet in person?
  • What is a popular/hyped book that you didn’t like?
  • If you could eat any food from a book, what would it be?

Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie Week (Characters I Would Follow on Social Media)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is freebie week! For my post, I decided to list the ten characters that I would follow on social media. If Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and other media existed in the worlds on my favorite books, there are a few characters I would immediately follow. Here are my choices:

Iko from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Iko would be such a great person to follow on Twitter or Youtube. I’m sure she would be up to date on all the Hollywood gossip. Also, she would be a great fashion or beauty blogger on Youtube!

Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Matilda loves to read, so she would make the perfect book blogger. I wonder what her Top Ten Tuesdays would look like!

Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Like Iko, I can imagine Lola being a popular fashion guru on Youtube or Instagram. I can also imagine her doing a lot of DIYs for her quirky and fun outfits! The tutorial on her school dance dress would be amazing.

Cath from Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless

Cath is such a great baker that I would love to follow her on Instagram or Youtube. On Instagram, I think Cath would post a lot of great pictures of her food and any dessert that she made. On Youtube, Cath would make great how-to videos so I could make some her tasty recipes!

Lina from Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

I would love to follow Lina from Love and Gelato because she lives in Italy! I’m sure she would have tons of pictures of cool landmarks, beautiful countrysides, and delicious food.

Andie from The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 

The Unexpected Everything

I can see Andie finally using her dog walking job to her advantage. Andie could have a pet Instagram that features all the cute dogs from the book. I would love to watch a video of Andie trying to get the leash on Bertie for a walk.

Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

Thorne seems like the type of guy who would post “Instagram model” in his bio and have a feed full of selfies in front of the Rampion. If he had a Twitter, he probably would banter back and forth with Cinder. I would love to follow his social media!

Holly from The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

The Chapel Wars

I think Holly would have an Instagram like How He Asked or The Way We Met. I would live to see pictures and read the stories of people who decided to elope in a Vegas chapel!

Owen from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen 

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If Just Listen was written now, I can imagine Owen having tons of Spotify playlists. I would love to see Owen’s playlists to find new music, even if was a little different than the norm. I can imagine Annabel lamenting over a techno playlist.

Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Not only would Anna have great pictures of France, but she would also blog the best movie reviews! I would definitely read Anna’s blog posts before I went to see a movie.

What characters would you follow on social media?

 

What Light Review

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Bre is a fashion and lifestyle blogger at The Queen Bre. She is a girl from the North with a heart for Lilly Pulitzer, shopping and anything pink. She is also my twin sister.

 

Santa made a list, checked it twice, and put What Light by Jay Asher on the naughty list for its cliché plot and one-dimensional characters.

What Light follows Sierra, who feels like she leads two lives. For the majority of the year, Sierra lives in Oregon on her family’s tree farm. However, from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, her family runs a Christmas tree lot in California. While Sierra usually tries to avoid any romance while in California due to the time restrictions and her dad’s warnings, all caution goes out the window when she meets Caleb, a boy with a troubled past and bad reputation. Yet, Sierra struggles what to make of their relationship with the threat of the Christmas tree lot closing for good.

Although the book’s inside cover suggests that the plot focuses on Sierra and her problems, the book actually focuses on Caleb all. of. the. time., which ultimately makes the book feel unbalanced. By focusing only on Caleb and their relationship, the novel fails to develop several other important plot points, most importantly, the fate of the Christmas tree lot. Second, as a result, the novel glosses over any conflict, which makes any conflict resolution feel unrealistic and rushed.

Additionally, the characters feel one-dimensional and underdeveloped, especially the secondary characters. Sierra’s best friends and family fit into a simple stereotypical mold, and serve no real purpose in the novel. Unfortunately, the main characters do not fare much better.

Sierra’s personality does not really develop any further after she meets Caleb. Her only purpose in novel comes from fighting all of Caleb’s battles for him, defending his character to her parents, and abandoning her friends to spend more time with him. She acts like she understands Caleb best of all, when in actuality, she’s only known him for a few weeks.

As for Caleb, I could not get into his character.He falls into the stereotypical ‘reformed bad boy’ trap that most YA male protagonists do. Additionally, we got it after the hundredth (okay, exaggeration) reference – the boy’s got dimples and likes peppermint hot chocolate.

Last, but not least, the writing felt forced and awkward. While Asher’s writing in Thirteen Reasons Why really drew me in and kept me interested until the very end, I cannot say that I had the same experience What Light. I actually cringed at some of the awkward dialogue between characters.

Although I got really excited when I heard Jay Asher wrote a new novel, and a Christmas novel at that, I felt so disappointed when I read What Light. I actually had to force myself to finish it. For that reason, I give the novel only 2 out of 5 stars.

What did you think of What Light by Jay Asher? 

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