Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer Reading (So Far)

I always read a lot of books right at the beginning of the summer. Since I've been busy with school for a long time, it's the first few weeks of June where I really go on reading binges. And since I've read so many so far (14 since June 2), I thought I'd do some mini-reviews.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Synopsis: After a typo sends Ellie's e-mail to a stranger, she and Graham (the stranger) begin exchanging e-mails. Graham turns out to be a movie star who is shooting a movie in her New England town.
Thoughts: I read this for the first time a few years ago, and it just felt like summer to me. So I figured my first day of summer vacation would be well-spent with this book. Aside from the suspension of disbelief and the stranger danger, it was just as cute and summer-y as I remembered.

Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Synopsis: This is a companion novel to Between the Lines. Oliver is a fairytale prince who has just escaped the pages of his book to be with Delilah. But things can't stay perfect forever--welcome to the real world.
Thoughts: I had some trouble remembering the characters from Between the Lines, but I was told it wasn't necessary to have read that first, so I figured I would be fine. (Since I had read it, I would still end up ahead, right?) However, this made it kind of hard to care about the characters, since I didn't always know who they were. If you're reading this with Between the Lines fresh in your memory, I'm sure some of these problems get cleared up. But the way I read was a little disappointing.

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Synopsis: Alex has schizophrenia. She has to navigate her new school and figure out what's true and what's not.
Thoughts: Up until the end, I was thinking this was more of a "meh" book. It was good, but not excellent. But the end made up for that--I can't go into too much detail due to the plot twistiness of it all, but the unreliable narrator made for interesting developments.