Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

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Title: Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
Genres: Fiction, Women’s Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Published: May 19, 2020
Pages: ~361
My Rating: 4/5
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A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

MY REVIEW:
Ok so I’ve gone back and forth with 3.5 stars and 4 stars. The reason I’m giving it 4 stars is because it kind of made me want to think about potentially POSSIBLY writing my own book 😱😂 and if you know me, writing is deff not my strong suit compared to reading. Something about the book made me excited to see how someone can go from a slump to getting out of their comfort zone and writing about something so opposite that would make me feel like my stories wouldn’t be bad. Then the 3.5 stars because it just seemed *long* like the book dragged. I was hoping for more rom-com romance but though it was there it just seemed awkwardly drawn out. I ended up skimming abit throughout the book. The characters were great—wish there was more of Naomi, the back story was depressing. Wish I knew more about her mom. Overall it was such a long story but I can’t pinpoint about what?! So weird I can’t explain it. The title was misleading too—bravo for that because I know a lot of people will want to read thinking it’s like chick lit rom-com book. It’s deff a good book! I just felt it was very very detailed.

Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Genres: YA, Poetry, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction
Published: March 6, 2018
Pages: ~368
My Rating: 4/5
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TRIGGERS: RACISM, MISOGYNY, BODY SHAME, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, PARENTAL ABUSE, CHEATING, PANIC ATTACKS, RECREATIONAL DRUG USE, ALCOHOL USE, INFERTILITY, BULLYING

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
I finished this book in one sitting, one day. I can’t even put my finger on why or how lol. Maybe because it was a story told in poems and the pages weren’t filled with words it seemed really easy to read and not stop. It wasn’t super captivating like OMG I CANT PUT THIS DOWN. It just somehow happened that I finished the whole thing. It was an amazing story of a young girl finding her voice with a very over bearing and GOD worshiping mother. I got teary eyed at the end and it was a feel good story, especially since in the beginning I was skeptical with how this was going to play out. This was my first poetry book laid out like this and it was really good!

Review: Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman

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Title: Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies
Author: Vicky Zimmerman
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Food & Drink
Published: May 30, 2019
Pages: ~326
My Rating: 4/5
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TRIGGERS: MURDER, VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING.

No woman dreams of being unceremoniously dumped and moving back in with her mother on the eve of her 40th birthday. Food technician Kate Parker’s first response? Denial, long days under her duvet and bucket loads of cheesy pasta. A reluctant Kate finds herself volunteering at the Lauderdale House For Exceptional Ladies. There she meets 96-year-old Cecily Finn – spiky and sharp as a pin, but the spark has gone out of her. She has resigned herself to the imminent End.

Having no patience with Kate’s self-pity, Cecily prescribes her a self-help book with a difference – it’s a 1957 cookery manual, featuring menus for anything life can throw at ‘the easily dismayed’. It promises the answers to essential life questions. So begins an unlikely friendship between two lonely and stubborn souls – one at the end of her life, and one stuck in the middle – who come to show each other that food is for feasting, life is for living and the way to a man’s heart is . . . irrelevant!

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This book was so cute. Took me awhile to finish it (six days) however it was none the less delightful. It’s a great book of unlikely friendships and the trials and tribulations of life, going out of your comfort zones and making yourself your priority. A lot easier said than done but the friendship between Cicely and Kate was so cute and progressed naturally. The end was predictable but had a pleasant surprise. A great read in between heavier reads, though the book is quite lengthy.