Today I got THREE review from THREE contemporary books that are coming out in May/June
The reason I’m doing a Mashup Review is because I read all three of these books in the time of three days so…YEAH! Let’s get on with the reviews
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Delacorte Press on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.
At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.
As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.
I love Jennifer’s novels. Every single book I’ve read from her I ended up liking, and the same thing goes for this one. I did have a few problems with it and it mostly had to do with once certain character BUT the problem I had for this characters are what eventually got developed throughout the entire books and YES I SEE WHAT JENNIFER WHAT WAS DOING but I don’t know the character’s words and feelings are what really made me rate this book 3 and a half hearts.
Yet there are other characters that I absolutely freaking loved like Alice and her cousin. They were what made me love the book, and I am very glad for it. Alice’s story was so unique and intriguing and I really love how genuinely nice she is.
Would I recommend this book?
If you have patience then yes I do! But for someone like me who doesn’t have the patience then *shrugs*
Antisocial by Jillian Blake
Published by Delacorte Press on May 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Drama
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Alexandria Prep is hacked in this exhilarating whodunit set in the age of social media and the cloud—Pretty Little Liars meets WikiLeaks.
Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.
But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public.
Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives:
Sometimes we share too much.
I really liked this book!! Like really did! I’m not the drama type of reader, I’m not about that life BUT with this book I freaking loved it. The characters and the backstories and the plot itself was just so UNIQUE and really eye-catching. You really did not want to close the book and stop reading.
It is one of the most unrealistic realistic high school book I have ever read. The plot itself with the hacking and the spilling of people secret’s is unrealistic but very nicely done.
The realistic part was the actual drama with boyfriend and friendship and losing friendship. It really reminded me of my high school and some of the relationships I had with people.
THE CHARACTERS! Even the supposed “bad” characters I liked! The character were really what made this book the way it is SO GOOD JOB JILLIAN!
Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
Published by Flatiron on June 27th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Young Adult
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In the tradition of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell, a big-hearted journey of furious friendship, crazy love, and unexpected hope after a teen's decision to end an unwanted pregnancy
“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything.
As Gen pushes herself forward to find her new identity without Peter, she must also confront her most painful memories. Through the lens of an ongoing four act play within the novel, the fantasy of their undying love unravels line by line, scene by scene. Digging deeper into her past while exploring the underground theater world of New York City, she rediscovers a long-forgotten dream. But it’s when Gen lets go of her history, the one she thinks she knows, that she’s finally able to embrace the complicated, chaotic true story of her life, and take center stage.
This powerfully immersive and format-crushing debut follows Gen from dorm rooms to diners to house parties to auditions—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.
This book was brave.
It went through so much stuff that really is brave to put out in the world
The only real complain I have about this book is how short it was. I wish the ending was wrapped a little more slowly and I got to see more from some certain characters. And even though I am making a “review” of this book I really really recommend you go through this book without knowing anything. That is what I did and I loved reading it that way.