A lot has been going on these last few weeks (I will review all that later this month), and I’ve neglected reading. Luckily, this last week or so, I finished three books then I realized that I have failed to review any of the books I’ve read all year. Instead of reviewing each and every one individually, I figured I’ll mesh these reviews together via genre, at least as much as possible and share my quick thoughts. Enjoy! 🙂
The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Jessica Brody is one of my favorite Young Adult authors. Her characters are so funny and witty and Ryn was no exception. And yet, I found her a bit annoying, no, frustrating. It’s understandable that after a tough loss, one would feel the need to get away, but she was just too stubborn at first and held onto things when she shouldn’t have for far too long. Still, I loved the story and thought it was well-written.
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think this was a very important topic of Islamophobia to read, and although I think it sugar-coated the issues a bit, or maybe brushed over them, I still thought it was very well-written. The romance was cute and I thought that Maya Aziz was a strong and smart young lady with her head on straight. It was a quick and enjoyable read and I hope more books such as these get published.
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is my first Robin Benway book and after reading this, I learned that this one the National Book Award and for damn good reason. This story was so beautifully written. It was heart-breaking, it was thought-provoking, it was funny and it had a major family dynamic that I appreciated. I cried, I laughed and I loved everything about this book. This is one the reasons why I read YA Contemporary. Some stories hit you right in the feels.