Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I got a pretty awesome package from Simon Teen – I’m pretty much obsessed with this artwork and the mug!

Thank you to Simon Teen for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Today, she hates him. It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time. Tonight, she puts up with him. When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other. As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.

I really wanted to love this book. It has every trope I desire in a young adult novel! I think I just really didn’t like the main character Rowan. She got on my last nerve and I wanted to just move on from her from the beginning. It also didn’t really seem like a true high school experience that you or I would have had (can’t fault that though, it just seemed totally unrealistic). I also wasn’t a fan of the cussing. I felt like it was there to look cool? It just felt so out of place and unnecessary. What a bummer.

2.5/5 Stars

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

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I’m a huge fan of Jenn’s. She is one of the best at creating a feel-good young adult romance/coming-of-age story! Here’s her latest novel, Chasing Lucky!

Thank you Simon Teen for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there. What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame. Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…

Ugh, I wanted to love this way more than I did. Part of it is because I think I’ve read so many young adult romance novels in my lifetime that I feel like every single one of them is a story about a girl and trying to survive a move with their single parent. I just felt like the beginning of this story has been done so many times and I’m ready for something new and unique. I still love Jenn’s writing and great way at capturing all the emotions on paper, I just was hoping for something slightly different. I’m still adding this to my library!

3/5 Stars

Start Here by Trish Doller

Summer time reading always reminds me of a good young adult book. That’s mostly because I spent every summer growing up reading them! I couldn’t end my summer without having read Trish’s latest book!

Thank you Simon Pulse for gifting me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Willa and Taylor were supposed to spend the summer after high school sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend, Finley. But Finley died before graduation, leaving them with a twenty-five-foot sailboat, a list of clues leading them to destinations along the way, and a friendship that’s hanging by a thread. Now, Willa and Taylor have two months and two thousand miles to discover how life works without Finley—and to decide if their own friendship is worth saving.

Sometimes books about friendship tend to lose my interest half way through. That was not the case with this book! I love Trish’s writing style and was captivated by these characters. I think the locations mentioned in the book and their adventures really made me love this book more than I anticipated! It’s emotional and heart-warming. I want to be best friends with these two! This honestly was the perfect book to end my summer reading escapades. I will be holding this one close to read for next summer!

5/5 Stars

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

I have seen Jenn’s work at the bookstores for many years, but can you believe I haven’t read one of her books until now? Ugh, I am so ashamed! But, you guys, get a load of her newest book!

Thank you Simon Pulse for gifting me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Birdie has gone through a lot in her childhood. Losing her parents and then raised by her strict grandparents, Birdie has had a lot to experience on her own. Her mother’s best friend has helped in that process. Birdie has turned to mystery books for most of her life for new adventures (a girl after my own heart). Then, a one-night stand with Daniel has completely changed her perspective on things. She was incredibly nervous about their interaction and actually ran away right after they hooked-up. Little did she know that Daniel was her new co-worker at her latest job. Can she handle this new adventure in her life?

THIS BOOK IS SO DARN CUTE. It’s weird though…I fell in love with Birdie as a character, but hated her initial interactions with Daniel. I wanted to scream at her! He was just so stinking adorable and she was totally missing the memo! Of course, that makes this book all the more addicting to read. There’s something so magical about reading books about a first love. This one takes the cake.

5/5 Stars

The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

You’ve got a surprise in the mailbox and it’s a book you’ve been so excited to read! You:

A. Jump for joy and begin reading it immediately.

B. Hide away in your room and don’t come out until your finished reading it.

C. All of the above 😍

Thank you Simon Pulse for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review!

Past decisions that Ali’s dad has made things quite hard for her and her mom. Now that he’s passed and left Ali and her mom in a lot of debt, it’s time to figure out what to do. Then comes another surprise – Ali’s dad’s car in mint condition. She puts it up on Craig’s List and someone wants it for a great amount of cash. Ali’s willing to drive the 5 hours to sell it, problem is she can’t drive stick. In comes Ali’s ex-boyfriend. He’s willing to help, but is she willing to survive the trip with all the baggage they’ve left for each other?

This book keeps you coming back for more, over and over again! The book references the past multiple times and leaves cliff hangers throughout. Why did her dad leave? What was in Nico’s glovebox that’s driving Ali so crazy? There’s tons of little references like this….Doesn’t make sense to you now, but you’ve just gotta find out for yourself! I felt like I had this uneasy stomach reading it because I felt for Ali so much. She was making such a huge decision to drive so far with her ex just to help her family out. Oh, the anxiety! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Honestly, it was everything in me to not read the last chapter of the book to find my missing answers I so desperately needed. It does remind me of other romance adventure novels, but it was still a very loved book by me.

4/5 Stars

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

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As of lately, I’ve been daydreaming about my high school days attending concerts and blasting music in the car with the windows down. Those were the days. It certainly brings me back to this gem.

Remy has had her fair share of boys, and honestly so has her mother. It’s almost as if she thinks she’s experienced enough until Dexter (the bad boy) walks into her life. Their relationship takes most people by surprise, Remy included, and she starts to figure out maybe she’s been following this romance thing all wrong her whole life.

Okay, this is most likely my all-time favorite book for so many reasons. Number one: the music scene in the novel is #goals. Number two: her personality is a little like mine. Number three: her taste in guys is divine. Number four: I first read this around the same age as the main character so I could relate to her troubles in life at the time (romance, family, college…). The list goes on and on. I had a huge crush on Dexter and I totally still do. She paints these characters so perfectly in this book. It’s all about taking risks and being open with others, something I think every high schooler struggles with at that stage in life. The romance is so perfect too…ugh I could go on and on. If you want a beautiful read, pick this one up now!

The next Sarah Dessen book I could talk about forever is Dreamland. WOW. That I will save for another time 🙂

5/5 Stars

The Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann

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My favorite hobby is sleep. Honestly, it probably truly is. I love to sleep and I could sleep my entire life away if I let myself! I especially love dreaming. Back in high school, my best friend and I would go for a walk every single day just to share each other our dreams in vivid detail. To say I’m obsessed with sleep and dreams is an understatement. I have been given the gift of vivid dreaming so I could go on and on reminiscing about the dreams I’ve had in my life. When I found this series, I thought I had met heaven.

The Wake Trilogy is a tale about Janie who gets sucked into people’s dreams when she gets around them. Without giving away anything, here is a quick synopsis of the three books: The first book “Wake” introduces Janie and her secret and reveals the captivating relationship between her and Cabel, a boy who’s going through a tough time AND having pretty insane nightmares that Janie gets sucked into. The second novel “Fade” delves deeper into their connection with each other and Janie gets to learn more about what the rest of her life will entail being a “dream catcher”. The third novel “Gone” takes place after Janie is out of high school and reveals the true meaning of what’s in store for the rest of her life, something that keeps you on the edge of your seat and biting your fingernails for sure.

I freaking love this series. I loved everything about it. I fell in love with Cabel and I wanted to be Janie so badly. It kept me thinking for years about what it would be like to get sucked into people’s dreams when I would pass someone sleeping in public. How insane! Lisa’s writing is whimsy and beautiful and kept me coming back for more. I actually grabbed the first book a week after it was released so I actually had to wait for the other two to be published. Longest wait of my life! The second novel was so good, that I was super nervous for what she had in store for her third novel just because the possibilities were endless. Let me just say, the ending is the most emotional thing you will ever come across. Go pick this up right now. In fact, I may go just read it for the millionth time again!

5/5 Stars