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MINI REVIEWS: simon vs the homo sapiens agenda, p.s. i like you, & everything leads to you

mini-reviews

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot more than usual. maybe I’m in the mood for it, maybe it has become my pace of reading, I don’t know. But one thing that I’m sure of is that the books I read (a.k.a PERCY JACKSON) were so good they kept me away from studying (oops), socializing and blogging (I’M SORRY GUYS OKAY. Not really. But I’m back, so that’s a thing). That’s why I decided to make a post where I share my opinion about some of the last books I read.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli

19547856Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli
Published by: Balzer + Bray (April 7th, 2015)
Genre: Frienship, Young Adult, LGBT, Social Issues, Family, Love & Romance
Pages: 310
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Everybody is talking about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!”A remarkable gift of a novel.”—Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle”I am so in love with this book.”—Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still”Feels timelessly, effortlessly now.”—Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever”The best kind of love story.”—Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends.
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA was a cute, heart-warming, surprisingly relatable story that I certainly did not expect to like as much as I did. Becky Albertalli knew how to deliver a deep message about love, family and finding yourself in a novel that will definitely make your heart dance with happiness.

This book was honest; it was funny; it was cute. I found myself relating to Simon on so many levels: his sarcasm, his friends, his crazy obsession with Harry Potter and Oreos. I felt like he was me, and was him.

Have I mentioned that SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA was cute? I did so many times, but I’m saying it again: THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE. Like, the wanting-to-bang-your-head-to-the-wall kind of cute. It’s just so adorable and fluffy I just I just I just… *sigh*

However, I did find myself aching for more at the end. Not only because of the adorableness that is this novel, but because even though it wrapped up pretty well, it was really short, and I just needed more (I would have needed more anyway but STILL).

My final thoughts? You need to read this book (if you haven’t yet). 


P.S. I Like You, by Kasie West

25486998P.S. I Like You, by Kasie West
Published by: Point (July 26th, 2016)
Genre: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 330
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Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

THIS BOOK WAS SO ADORABLE I NEARLY DIED.

I read a lot of mixed reviews about Kasie West and about especially P.S. I LIKE YOU, so I was a bit hesitant to pick this book up, and thankfully it did not disappoint. At all. Everything about this novel was cute; the characters, the story line, the writing style…

P.S. I LIKE YOU is the kind of book that is original and cliché at the same time. I really don’t know how to describe it. I mean, I felt that it’s kind of a déja-vu story, but I still found the plot line original. And I may or may not sound cheesy saying this, but these are some of my favorite kind of books.

What I loved the most about this book are the characters. They may or may not be just plain characters with no character development for some people, but not to me. Even though there wasn’t a HUGE character development, I still think it was enough.

Overall, I really loved this book, but I’ll admit it’s not for everyone. However, if you like cute and fluffy original-but-kind-of-cliché books, then I definitely advice you to give it a try.


Everything Leads to You, by Nina Lacour

18667779Everything Leads to You, by Nina Lacour
Published by: Dutton Books for Young Readers (May 15th, 2014)
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBT, Love & Romance
Pages: 312
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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.

I was surprised by how aesthetically pleasing EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU is. From vintage settings to Ava’s clothes to old 90’s Hollywood movies, everything was just…aesthetic. This book is just meant to be made into Pinterest boards or We Heart It collections. And even though it wasn’t the BEST STORY EVER for me, it made me want to create mood boards and watch old movies and live in LA and have a vintage house and be a movie designer and just…*sigh*

This book was enjoyable, but I did have some issues with it. The story was so original and unique, however the writing style was a bit repetitive sometimes, and the pacing felt a little off around the middle of the book.

But don’t get me wrong, the story is really worth reading. So even though I gave it three stars, I highly recommend it.


maha

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14 thoughts on “MINI REVIEWS: simon vs the homo sapiens agenda, p.s. i like you, & everything leads to you

  1. I really like the format of mini-reviews you did here. i got enough info about the books and you’re opinions on them, but didn’t feel like I knew everything overwhelmed by info. I’ll have to add these books to my TBR 🙂

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  2. I agree 100% with what you said about Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda. The book is absolutely cute; the characters are adorable and everything. However, I expected more of it. I don’t know what, exactly. Maybe, because of the amount of hype and popularity, I thought this was going to be a very eye opening and beautiful read. At the end of the day, though, it was just an entertaining fluffy book – which isn’t bad, just not what I expected…
    Great post, Maha!

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