August Wrap Up

What I’m Up To

August was a month of relaxation for me. I’m only home for a few months every year, so I loved spending time with my family- especially by the pool. But, I’m so excited to start school next week.

Last school year, I really struggled with keeping up with my blogging schedule, so this year I’m making a change. I’ve scheduled posts to post automatically through November. In November, during Thanksgiving break, I’ll schedule posts up until winter break. I’m optimistic that this system will work fantastically, but if there’s any problems, feel free to reach out on my contact page.

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Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss. Moss, a features writer at Bustle chronicles the history of 80’s and 90’s Young Adult cult classics, from Sweet Valley High to Goosebumps. Think: Everything after Forever but before Harry Potter. I’m only 100 pages in, but it’s so interesting to learn about an era of YA that I know almost nothing about. Check out my review soon and check out Paperback Crush when it hits shelves October 30.

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Summer’s Best Book to Movie Adaptations

The hottest days of summer are here- which means there’s nothing better than an air conditioned movie theater. Luckily, there are plenty of great book to movie adaptations coming out in the next month. Here are just some of my favorites!

tdmAugust 3: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Protagonist of The Darkest Minds, Ruby, is played by Amandla Stenberg, a Young Adult book to movie adaptation veteran (check her out in The Hunger Games and Everything, Everything). Ruby lives in a world where teenagers have begun developing special powers- and she’s one of them. After escaping the government camp she was held in, with the help of some friends Ruby discovers a safe haven run by teens like her. In this action-packed dystopian thriller, nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to be afraid of.

August 15: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Kwan’s wealth-saturated debut boasts a nearly all Asian cast and $30 million dollar budget. Set in Singapore, the story follows Rachel as she’s introduced to her boyfriend Nick’s family. However, Nick’s family happens to be one of the richest families in Asia- and they’re not exactly welcoming of an outsider. A win for diverse representation and romance novel lovers alike, Crazy Rich Asians is sure to be a hit.

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The Trouble With Friends

Gift giving can be hard at times… Here’s how to survive (and make everyone happy).

HERE’S WHAT TO GET….

The friend who reads everything…

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin (my review here)

The Friend who doesn’t like reading…

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Friend who’s still talking about The Fault in Our Stars (sorry John Green) …

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (my review here)

The friend who “doesn’t read Young Adult”…

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (my review here)

The Friend who loves classics…

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (my review here)

The Friend who’s way to excited about Christmas…

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

The Friend who thinks YA is just about girls…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (my review here)

That Obscure Cousin you know nothing about but have to give a gift every year…

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (my review here)

The Friend who’s stuck on the East Coast  and just wants some California sunshine…

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

The Friend that just wants to see the movie, not read the book…

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (my review here)

The Friend who can’t be bothered with fiction…

Symphony for the City of the Dead by M. T. Anderson (my review here)

And finally, if you’re wondering what to get me (are you reading this, Dad?) YallWest begins on May 30th (here’s where you can purchase my ticket: link)!

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

I loved Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, although not as much as its predecessor. PSISLY is chock-full of the things I loved about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (the first in the duology) ; romance, relatable and laughable moments, and times when you just want to cry an ocean. P.S. I Still Love You  is definitely one of those books perfect for curling up with on the couch during a rainy day.

Note: Spoilers for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before below!

It starts off right where To All the Boys ends, with Lara Jean finishing up writing a letter to Peter K. about how she screwed up at the Christmas party. However, her sisters, Margot and Kitty, convince her that instead of mailing the letter to Peter she should deliver it to him face to face. One thing I enjoyed about the book starting off so soon after the first book ended was how Lara Jean recounted the events multiple times in her head, just to clear up your memory if, in case, you have forgotten some of the major details. Luckily, Peter and Lara Jean make up sharing a totally swoon-worthy moment. But things aren’t  quite over for the couple (after all, it’s just the beginning of the book). Lara Jean’s never been in a real relationship, much less one with Peter Kavinsky.

One weak aspect of PSISLY was the whole epilogue-ness about it. The story wasn’t particularly character or plot driven; it was more about what happens next for our favorite characters (I’m looking at you, Kitty Covey). That isn’t necessarily bad, it just means you really must care about the characters to enjoy the book.

In conclusion, if a rainy day happens upon you anytime in the near future, or part of your summer travel means hanging out in airports or on planes, pick up P.S I Still Love You. You won’t regret it.