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Just One Year by Gayle Forman

“Just One Day. Just One Year. Just One Read.

Before you find out how their story ends, remember how it began….

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .

The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

It took me forever to read this book. Not cause I didnt enjoy it, I just moved into college this past week or so and then got settled in with classes.  A post will be coming about that hopefully this weekend.

But anyway, I’ve been needing to catch up on my reading and get to the point where I feel more comfotable. I can’t fail my Goodreads goal for this year.

Anyway, I did really enjoy this book. I really enjoyed the companion, Just One Day, more. I think I related more to Allyson/Lulu than I did to Willem. Willem is still an interesting character with a lot of problems

I think his grief and almost feeling abandoned plays a very important role in this story. It helps him I think become more human and more relatable. I think the whole companion novel thing works with these books. They usually annoy me, but in each book you get character development as they search for each other.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it and I think a lot of people will like it. Totally recommend it. You will like this a lot more than If I Stay.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

“Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

And again, I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I related so much to it. This is during Lara Jean’s senior year and the summer. It’s reminded me of some of the problems I had while trying to figure out college. I didn’t have to worry about a boyfriend, but  I did have to worry about being 3 hours away from my family and friends.

That is such a huge struggle and so the idea of leaving my security blanket behind is terrifying.  So I completely understand. I would’ve probably been so depressed if I didn’t get into my first choice for college, but I did. I can just relate to friends going their separate ways and it’s sad. I’m so grateful I read this book right before move in because it  eased so much anxiety.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars.  I absolutely loved it. It was a little slow at first, but I still really enjoyed it. I recommend it to anyone really. It’s a little more mature than the other two, but not much. I really recommend it to incoming freshman/or seniors.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

“Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

It is very rarely I love the second book in a trilogy more than the first book. I did with this book though. I think the romance was so much more intense in this book. Lara Jean came out of her shell more while also having to deal with high school and family. I loved the way that this book depicted how high school really is. And especially the whole idea of having a minority.

I also resonated with it because the Song girls had lost a parent. I think I understood that pain even though it’s different for me. I think the Song girls are just such relatable characters.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, but I really enjoyed it. I totally recommend it to middle school and up. I think it’s a very great coming of age book.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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

“What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I have to say first off I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a cute contemporary. I think I ended up relating more to Lara Jean than I thought I would. She was a very shy character and I remember being like her.

I think this book was a little slow at times, but still very enjoyable.

I ended up giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to really anyone.

Until Next Time,

Alex