Wrap Ups

July 2019 Wrap Up

Hello Chapterlings! I’m finally getting my July Wrap Up posted! It seems like this has taken me a lot longer than I anticipated. I’m not going to lie, when I was putting this all together, I had no idea I read as many books as I did. In fact, when The Reading Rush hit, my brain mentally dumped everything I had already read out of my brain and made space for everything I had planned for The Reading Rush. It was a whirlwind! We’re dead, but we survived! But seriously, when I realized I was lacking a lot of the books I read for the month of July. I’ve been really burned out and it’s been a wild ride, but I wanted to post it because I read a HUGE amount of books. I have never read so many books before for a month and I feel really accomplished by it. I read fifteen books for the month of July and that’s a whole new record for me! So without me gabbing any further, here are the fifteen books that I managed to read for the month of July!

🌻 The Reading Rush

🌻 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1) by Becky Albertalli | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Warriors: Tales from the Clans by Erin Hunter | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Boys Over Flowers: Hana Yori Dango Vol. 10 (Boys Over Flowers #10) by Yoko Kamio | ⭐⭐⭐
🌻 P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han | ⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Moonstruck Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis | ⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Snowbound with the Boss (Pregnant by Maureen Child | ⭐⭐
🌻 Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez & translated by Megan McDowell | ⭐⭐

🌻 Books Not Shown

🌻 Fence Vol. 2 (Fence #2) by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Blackbird Vol. 1 (Blackbird #1-6) by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Sea Surens (A Trot & Cap’n Bill Adventure #1) by Amy Chu & Janet K. Lee | ⭐⭐⭐
🌻 We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal | ⭐⭐⭐

Okay, friends! That was all fifteen books I managed to read! Granted, there was a good handful of comics on there. Aside from those comics, I’m super happy with how my month of July turned out. I never would have imagined me breaking my own record of books I read in a month. But let me know down below some of the books you read for the month of July or even how many books you read! Until the next time; may August be filled with five stars reads, sweet relaxation, and as always, I love you! ❤️


Book Hauls

July 2019 Book Haul

This is going up a little later than I anticipated, but after the end of July, I’m a little burned out! But we’re not here to talk about feeling like the dead, we’re here to talk about books! Yes books, all the books! Surprisingly, July has been a fairly calm month for books. I mean, for the first time in a long while, I haven’t gone buck wild with getting a lot of books. It’s surprising, very surprising. Granted, two packages still have yet to arrive, but I’m going to loop them in with my August book haul. So, without any further distractions and chit-chat, here are the books that I have gathered up from the month of July.

🌻 Books from Publishers

🌻 No Judgments by Meg Cabot
🌻 Boundless by R.A. Salvatore
🌻 There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
🌻 The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan

🌻 Book Subscription Boxes

🌻 Gods of Jade and Shade by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
🌻 All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil

🌻 Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

🌻 Purchased Myself

🌻 Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke
🌻 The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
🌻Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Okay, Chapterlings! That wraps up all the books I hauled in the month of July! As I said, not that many books at all especially when compared to past hauls! Definitely a nice change of pace and a decrease in my purchasing habits. Not looking forward to the fall when my wallet will be hating me for days on end. Anyway, let me know some of the interesting titles you picked up in July! I would love to know and who knows, maybe we’ll hatch a plan for a buddy read! Until next time; may August be filled with five star reads, I love you! ❤️



Snowbound with the Boss (Pregnant by the Boss) by Maureen Child


Content/Trigger Warnings: Death/loss of a loved one, talk of a miscarriage, borderline stalking, anxiety

“all he saw were Kate’s eyes, and he remembered how they looked with firelight dancing in their depths.”

Kate Wells is an independent, strong, confident woman who doesn’t need any distractions in her life. She works hard for everything she has and when her boss comes to shake things up, her walls coming down aren’t the only things shaking things up. Sea Ryan is California surfing, business running, billionaire who never likes to settle. He keeps things loose and is a number one playboy. However, after coming in contact with Kate Wells, Sean is suddenly questioning everything and can’t seem to get this particular lady off his mind. Now these two stubborn and confident people will locks horns as the news of a baby slowly comes to light.

Sean Ryan is the man, the boss, the billionaire bachelor every girl wants for themselves. He runs his own gaming company along with his brother and they’re planning on a big convention in Wisconsin for the launch of their most recent game. Enters Kate Wells. Kate Wells is a strong headed woman who runs her own contracting company. She needs to be the one in control, always. When she’s hired by the arrogant Sean Ryan, she’s has to balance doing her job and fighting the undying attraction she has for him. Now all her control is slipping through the cracks. And when a snow storm hits, suddenly, both boss and contractor are face to face with their feelings and things begin to heat up. Snowbound with the Boss is about to make you swoon with the perfect situation and outdoor setting! With these two point of views, readers will see things from both sides of the story!

Honestly, I wish we had received so much more from this book. I guess you could say I have some mixed feelings on how this story-line played out as a whole. For me, it felt too short to compact everything it wanted to do into just the 186 pages that it had. There was also some questionable responses to situations that caught me off guard and made me question some things.

One of my biggest issues with this book is how some of the situations are handled. Without going into too much detail or spoilers, there were two incidents that were extremely questionable on how they were handled. The first issue is when Sean flies back to Wisconsin to track down Kate and when he finds her, in in for the biggest surprise of his life. However, in that whole moment, Kate and Sean reaches a point where Sean grabs a hold of Kate’s arm in the heat of the argument. Now for some readers this might now have been an issue or they might have overlooked it, but for myself, that’s something I noticed and the whole thing made me uneasy. No one, regardless of gender, should be putting their hands on the other person in the middle of a heated argument. It would have been one thing if it was out of concern, but if a person is putting their hands on another person in the middle of an argument, anyone can assume that the argument is going to escalate into something physical, whether that’s fighting or getting being overly aggressive to assert dominance in the situation. Then the fact that after that situation happened; the whole action wasn’t challenged afterwards with her saying “Don’t put your hands on me” or “Never touch me like that again” just didn’t sit well with me. And then the second thing that didn’t sit too well with me is how Kate’s character was treated. Both Sean and Kate have their issues, but the way Kate’s character was treated in a certain situation was really bothersome. For the situation, I understand what the author was trying to do; use grief and loss as a way to explain why Kate is acting the way she is, but how it all played out was poorly executed. The ball is basically dropped that she’s been acting so guarded and paranoid about pregnancy is because her grief has made her form a weird ideology about it being the the baby given to her by her late husband. Once that is dropped, she has a moment of realization and then that’s it. Nothing else after that. I will also say that I thought it was incredibly inappropriate for Sean to have pushed Kate to the point of having a mental breakdown just so she would talk about her grief and her late husband. That entire scene as a whole, from start to beginning, just didn’t sit well with me. I wish both of these scenes had been handled differently or executed a little bit better.

The other thing I really wish this book did was give us a hundred more pages. This book just felt too short and lacking in detail that could have filled for at least another hundred pages. A lot of this book felt rushed and quickly thrown together where there’s key points in this book that could have used more details. I love a quick romance as much as the next reader, but I definitely think this book could have used just a little more to it.

“This was a big storm showing of no signs of ending yet – and she was glad. In fact, she’d never been so happy about being snowed in.”

Aside from those negative points, I really did like the bits of detail that we did receive. For example, I definitely appreciated the steamy moments. I wish we had a little more to them, but you could really appreciate the mood that was set between the two main characters. I also really loved the little details and how big of symbol coffee became for this book. As someone who runs off of coffee, I loved how much a hot cup of coffee meant for some of those moments between the two main characters. And the descriptions of the Wisconsin scenery, it makes me miss New Hampshire so much. It was absolutely perfect. Besides all of that, I have so much love for the fact that we have a gaming company in this book. It’s these little pieces that made me appreciate some of the elements in this book. I wish we had seen more of those because those little pieces will make some readers, like myself, all soft and sappy.

Overall, I think this was an okay read. There’s wasn’t anything too special about this book that made me invested in the characters or the story-line. I think if you’re looking for a quick romance to fly through then this will be a book you might enjoy. I definitely think if you go in wanting a good time then you’re definitely going to be disappointed just because there’s maybe three steamy scenes in this book and the rest is about the love-hate relationship and pregnancy. However, there are some lovely details that will make you fall in love with Wisconsin or appreciate the little things. I know I certainly enjoyed them and those little bits are the reason this book is a high two stars.



Warriors: Tales from the Clans by Erin Hunter


Content/Trigger Warnings: Death, loss, grief, bullying, manipulation

Tales from the Clans features three stand-alone Warriors novellas, which were previously available only as ebooks. Each novella in this paperback bind-up centers on a never-before-told story in the Warriors world—giving both first-time readers and dedicated fans a chance to experience spectacular new adventures in the series.

“Perhaps that’s the best way to recover, to return to the way things were before as quickly as we can. We won the Great Battle, so nothing needs to change.”

This book is a bind-up of three novellas from the Warriors series. Each of these novellas were originally published as ebooks; Tigerclaw’s Fury, Leafpool’s Wish, and Dovewing’s Silence. These three novellas are told in the sequence of past, present, and future. If you’re not familiar with the order of the series then this may be lost to you, but for those who are fans of the series then you probably already made this connection. In this bind-up you’ll read from the perspective of a clan traitor, a medicine cat, and the struggles of a ordinary warrior. You’ll learn about dark thoughts, secrets that can only be shared with a sibling, and how mistakes can impact everyone. Prepare to step into never-told-before stories from the cats of ThunderClan.

This was such a easy read for me and as someone who’s been of this series for a really long time, this was a perfect way to dip my toes back into this world. To be honest, it’s been such a long time since I read anything from this world that I nearly forgot everything that’s happened. But nonetheless, I’m so happy I picked up this novella bind-up. If you’re not familiar with this series then I probably wouldn’t recommend this book for you because you might not be able to enjoy it or even understand what’s happening in these novellas.

In reality, I don’t want to give too much away because I feel that it might be a spoilers for those who have yet to truly read the series or to those who aren’t familiar with the series. So I’m just going to do a breakdown of all three of the novellas and talk a little bit of what I liked and disliked in each one without any spoilers. This is a spoiler free zone!

🌻 Tigerclaw’s Fury

This was probably my least favorite of all of the novellas in this book. For those of you who are familiar with the series you know who Tigerclaw is and you yourselves probably dislike him as much as I do. To those who aren’t familiar with the series, Tigerclaw is known as a super villain throughout this entire series. He’s evil to the core, he thinks the only way to achieve greatness and power is by instilling fear and harm to those around him, and he’s has the horrible idle that only the strongest members of a clan make the clan above all other clans. He’s just a really horrible character and he’s not my favorite. I personally don’t like reading about him because of my knowledge of knowing how evil and toxic he is. He uses lying and fake acts of kindness to brainwash other’s into his cause. On top of all of that, it seems like he has a borderline personality disorder to add to how he goes about doing things. There are parts in this novella where he has an internal conversation with himself, one moment he’ll be talking in a logical manner of plotting and scheming then the next moment he’ll be like “only harm and fear will solve this issue.” So unfortunately for me, this was not the type of novella I wanted to be reading. However, I can appreciate seeing how he got from one phase in his life to the next phase in his life. It was definitely interesting to see that process and read about how he went from one clan to the next. Overall all though, this wasn’t my cup of tea and it definitely shifted the vibe of the other two novellas.

“If mercy is power, then I have never been more powerful.”

🌻 Leafpool’s Wish

Now this is the novella that might get you a little choked up. I’ll admit, I got soft and sappy while I was reading this novella. Leafpool is ThunderClan’s medicine cat meaning she’s a healer, a nurse, a doctor, a shaman, etc… any of those terms could be used to describe what she does for her clan. However, the terms of how she’s supposed to live her life is like that of a nun. No children, no relationships/lovers, only devoted to StarClan and helping her clan as their medicine cat. I have always had a soft spot for Leafpool and even more so with her relationship with her sister Squirrelflight. I’m always here for a sibling relationship. And one of my older favorites, Yellowfang, makes a few appearances in this novella.So the nostalgia was hitting hard. However, I went into this novella knowing what she had done and if we’re being honest, I was a little bitter about how she handled everything. Not to mention, I found her dumping her situation on her sister just for the sake of her staying the clan’s medicine cat was a selfish act and even more shocking of her trying to play it off as selfless act, for the “good of the clan”. I understood the reasoning and I know why she was so hellbent on staying as the clan’s medicine cat, but it still gave me insight to a side of her character that I never saw before. Nonetheless, I still like her character and I still felt sympathy for everything coming full circle for her.

“Leafpool stood outside the barrier of thorns and closed her eyes. Three tiny shapes filled her mind, three pairs of eyes—amber, green and blue—glowed from the shadows.” 

🌻 Dovewing’s Silence

Let’s just be honest, this was probably my favorite out of all the novellas in this book. Granted, there is a lot of pain, there’s death, and you can feel the resentment radiating from the pages, but this was so brilliant. This novella makes me wish I had read from end to beginning because this one novella is worth a thousand reads. I got so emotional with this one. There were so many characters I became familiar with, had fallen in love with, only to read that they were taken away by doing what they were destined to do or what they wanted to do. But this was so beautifully written and it will make your heart ache especially anyone who has experienced loss. We also get to see the three siblings come together again and we got to see them struggle only to come together. I was real soft and sappy, I still am! I do, however, think a lot of fans/shippers of the Dovewing and Tigerheart romance are going to be let down by this. This novella isn’t about that relationship, it was never going to be about her romances. This novella is more centered around her trying to find normalcy after a really intense battle that claimed the lives of loved ones and friends, making sense of losing her abilities and what that means for her and her siblings, and standing up for what’s right. I think if more readers, especially fans, go in knowing this then it will be less of a disappointment. For me, I wasn’t bothered by the lack of her romances being addressed more or not enough. However, I can understand why some readers would see this as a let down. I still really enjoyed it, but it’ll definitely make readers soft especially if you’ve read the majority of this series!

“All battles leave deep wounds, whether you can see them or not. And wounds take time to heal. You know that, Dovewing. Don’t give up hope.”

Overall, I truly loved the novellas in this bind-up. As I stated, I think this bind-up could have been done without Tigerclaw’s Fury. It just shifts the mood too much of the book as a whole. I would say that two-thirds of this book is very soft, sappy, and bittersweet while the other third is enough to turn readers off or have a reader dnf the book. I definitely think if you’re a fan of the Warriors series then you should pick this book up. I know I’m glad I picked this book up and have it to add to my library.



Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood #1) by Becky Albertalli


Content/Trigger Warnings: Homophobia, public/online outing, bullying

“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

Sixteen-year-old Simon Spier has it all; a loving family, great friends to spend time with, and a part in the school’s musical. There’s just one thing, he’s no so openly gay. When his emails with the mysterious gay boy from school, Blue, fall into the wrong hands, Simon’s world is suddenly flipped upside down. Now Simon is forced into the role of being the wingman for his blackmailer, Martin. With the energies between his friends already skating on thin ice and the emails with Blue turning more flirtatious by the day, Simon’s junior year has become one giant complication.

I loved this book! I already broke the biggest rule as a reader; ‘Don’t watch the movie before reading the book‘, but I honestly couldn’t help myself. Besides, the book and the movie were both beautifully done! And I’m so in love with both of them that I just can’t get over how great they both are! But after all this time, I finally read this book and I’ve fallen in love with these characters all over again.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is about a boy named Simon Spier who ends up getting his world turned upside down. After his private emails with the mysterious Blue fall into the wrong hands, Simon is suddenly forced into positions he would never put himself in. Now he’s risking it all to prevent the truth being made public to the world and to protect Blue’s privacy. Now Simon has to navigate everything without alienating his best friends, compromising himself, or missing a shot a true happiness with the most precious human being he’s never met before.

“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.”

This book has been a serious breath of fresh air breathing life back into me and it was such a nice change of pace! When all my friends were telling me “Malli, you’re going to love this book! It’s going to knock the wind out of you and take you on a romantic, wild ride,” I thought everyone was exaggerating. Clearly I was wrong, I adored this book! This book as a whole was like having your cake and eating it too!It put the biggest smile on my face and even now I can’t stop smiling.

The romance blooming between Simon and Blue was like a roller coaster ride. It starts off slow and building things up, but then you hit the drop and it just takes off with flying colors! Even though we have no idea who Blue is, he easily became one of my favorite characters. Just the way Blue is portrayed is very smooth, but in a really adorable way. And as these two wonderful characters email each other, we don’t just learn bits of Blue, but we also see another side to Simon, we learn more about him. Just those emails alone, we get so much information and I loved every second of it. I wish we had more of the emails because they were like little treasured hidden among the chaos. When we finally find out who Blue is, even before I watched the movie, I was surprised both times. I swoon every time!

As for the friendships and family, well, I ADORED Abby! She was hands down my favorite friend out of all the friends Simon had. She stepped up to the bat so many times and all I remember was saying “Damn, Abby is about to knock someone out!” She was such a positive force and even though she’s a fictional character, her energy in this book radiates like the sun. Aside from Abby, I definitely had a lot of issues with Leah. I can understand why she feels the way she does (everyone gets like that sometimes), but her actions and how she goes about saying things (all the time!), I wish she had been challenged more with her attitude and behavior. I almost wish Leah hadn’t been a character in this book. As whole, I think the friendships felt very real and even though we have this close-nit group of friends, we still see them argue and face challenges with one another. This goes the same for Simon’s family. I loved the dynamic of Simon’s family. I really loved the way Simon and his sisters are so close, but he’s also close with his parents. I really liked how we got to see them be overly nosy about things, a little on the crazy side, but they felt so real, like a true healthy family dynamic. I even liked the way Blue talked about his family and how they celebrate the holidays. It touched close to home and landed on a warm, soft spot in my heart.

And of course, I can’t finish this review without talking about the core of this book. Those hard hitting topics of some pretty hard subjects to talk about. We have a long list of blackmailing, bullying, homophobia, and above all else, the difficulties in trying to find and express our own identities. For some readers, they may not find it relatable or may seem unsure of what to think. So let me get a little personal and be the first to say that this… THIS is a lot of what I experienced and went through in high school. I can openly say, the way Albertalli handled certain things, not making them dismissed or fully treated, it’s very accurate to a lot of the things I have personally experienced. Yes, Albertalli could have dove more into those issues, but if her goal was to create a light and fluffy contemporary romance instead of diving too deeply into the darkness of those hard subjects then she accomplished that (and did it very well, might I add!). But there are some heartbreaking moments, moments where you may cry (like I did) and moments where your heart will ache for these characters. It’s all beautifully written, flawed, but sincere in a way that makes you love it all the more.

“He tells me to pick the music. I’m not sure if he knows that handing me his iPod is like handing me the window to his soul.”

Overall, I don’t think I could love this book even more. I loved the movie and I loved the book. I read this book all in one sitting and if that doesn’t say something about this book then I don’t know what does! This was the five star book that I’ve been aching for and this book delivered so much for me. I hope the day never comes where I stop loving this book or these characters. If you’re looking for a book that sweet, fluffy, but flawed and sincere, then this is the book for you and you should pick it up immediately!



Top Ten Tuesday | Books that Changed My Life

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Hello Chapterlings! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a bit different than the others. While the others are a bit bright and full of anticipation, this one is going to be a bit different. It’s going to be a bit sappy, a bit emotional, and there’s going to be a giant piece of me that gets poured into this post. Reading has always been an important part of my life, but there have been a few books that have made an impact with me. They changed my life, they altered my paths, and to all of that, I’m very thankful for these books to have come into my life when they did. Without these books, I definitely believe my life would have turned out far more different. So prepare some sappy, emotional bits, but I hope you enjoy this post nonetheless!

Please note, these books aren’t in any particular order.

🌻 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

For coming into my life at the darkest time and pulling me out of that darkness.

🌻 The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall by Shannon Kirk

For teaching me to grieve, but to also to remember all the good and let go.

🌻 To Make Monster Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace

For coming into my life when I needed to be reminded to hold my head high and be proud of my scars, they are the results of my strength and all that I have overcome.

🌻 Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

For being the voice and perspective of poverty and hunger through the eyes of a child. For being the book I needed as a child, but the book I longed for as an adult.

🌻 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

For being the most relatable book I have come across in my entire life. For being the book that shattered me into a million pieces, but for being the book that put me back together in a million ways. For being everything when I needed anything. For being the book I never knew I needed until I had it.

🌻 The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Cassandra Jean

For being the first book I read with a bisexual character. For being the book that made me proud in my sexuality. For being the book with my most favorite character who instilled the strongest confidence and pride in me.

🌻 Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston

For teaching me that it’s okay to vulnerable, but still fight for what you believe in, to fight for what’s right.

🌻 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

For reminding me that through hard work, you can achieve all your goals and dreams. For being the book to remind me that through all the pain and hardship, you can still find happiness.

🌻 The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

For being my friend, my companion, my source of adventure when I was too sick to be around anyone. For being the words of bravery to keep fighting and the anchor to keep me grounded. For being the first book that made me fall in love with reading.

🌻 Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

For giving me the strength to keep chasing my goals and dreams despite all the obstacles. For reminding me the greatest love is found in the most unlikeliest places and in the most unlikeliest people. For giving me so much when I least expected it.

Okay, friends! I think that’s all the books that have impacted me, changed my life, and made ripples in my heart. Of course, there are probably plenty more and more to come, but these are the ones that I hold dear to my heart the most. Words can’t even begin to express what these books have done for me. But please let me know some of the books that have impacted you or have changed your life! I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did writing it. And until next time; may your books be five stars, I love you! ❤️



P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han


🌻 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Content/Trigger Warnings: Ableist language, slut shaming, suicide joke, cheating/implied cheating, adultery

“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.”

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

Synopsis from GoodReads

Lara Jean wasn’t expecting to truly be this in love with Peter. When things get more than messy, Lara Jean is forced to look deep inside herself to figure out what she really and truly wants. Scandalous videos, time capsules, dream boys from the past, and snowy kisses – P.S. I Still Love You is about to deliver all the things that can really happen in a small town with a girl growing up and walking her own path.

Okay friends, let me be honest for a minute. I think I’m the odd one out because so many of my trusted friends really loved this book or swears this is the best book of all three. However, I think I was expecting so much more from this book. I can’t pin point the exact thing because it feels like a number of little things added up to me rating this book somewhere in the middle. It just really felt like it was missing something, an extra umph, if you know what I mean.

For starters, don’t think I disliked this book. There were some many parts and moments that I feel in love with. For example, when Kitty takes Lara Jean’s side and supports her sister or the moment Lara Jean and Kitty have a heart to heart during Kitty’s birthday party. There were so many heartwarming, sweet moments scattered throughout this entire book. I really loved them. I even loved the parts where Lara Jean’s sisters rallied to her defense with the leaked video. I love a good moment between siblings where they rally to each other.

I think what I really and truly loved in this book was the amount of diversity we see shine through. We, as the readers, get to explore and see more into Lara Jean’s culture and family traditions. It’s such a rare, but beautiful thing that authors should do more often in their books. We also get a minor gay character. Thank you Jenny Han for adding that character and making them appear more frequent in this book!

“So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.”

And let me take this moment to say this… Team John Ambrose McClaren. I love a character who is romantic, appreciates a girl for who she is (flaws and all), acts like a gentleman, and loves a good homemade cake, but has the class to back it all up and throw down when others want to be jerks. I loved him, I adore him, and I regret nothing by choosing him over Peter. He was the real V.I.P. of this book and his character made everything feel more entertaining, more interesting. I think he was the only character that I felt an attachment to in this book. Plus, he hand wrote letters back to Lara Jean. And there were some really good moments with John Ambrose and Lara Jean that made me all soft and swoony. I just really loved his character.

Aside from all this good, those little things that were bothersome were really hard to forget. My two biggest issues are the ones that bothered the most. For starters, Peter’s attitude and how he handled a lot of situations. There were moments in this book had me going, “Did you really just do that? Did you really just act like that?” I let a lot of his behavior slide and convinced myself he was just being protective or jealous, but for me, it reached a point where I was over it and I just wanted to wash my hands of him. The second issue I had was that one little scene with Genevieve’s father and Anna Hicks. Something about an older man with a daughter and a girl the same age as man’s said daughter gives me icky vibes. I don’t want to get into details, but it gave me little tingles of creepy. Everything else that followed were minor things like the beginning feeling like an extended epilogue, Lara Jean leading John Ambrose McClaren on, Kitty coming off as an un-supportive sister, Lara Jean badgering Josh about his new girlfriend, etc… it all just added up to an un-fun time and I didn’t like it. It was annoying and it felt like filler to fill the void in the empty space until something suspenseful or drama filled happened. Not my cup of tea.

Overall, I did like this book, but there were very problematic things that happened in this book that completely turned me off from reading it at certain points. I definitely have to say that John Ambrose was a huge highlight for this book and probably one of the most exciting things that has happened (in a positive light) that has left an impression with me. Otherwise, parts felt dragged out or like a lot of fluff has been added just for the sake of having things happen. However, as someone who did enjoy the first book, I would recommend picking this book up. There are truly some wonderful moments just like the first book had that will make your heart all soft and mushy. On the the other hand, if you’re someone who really didn’t enjoy the first book or thought it was just “meh” then I don’t recommend reading this book anytime soon. It definitely had great moments just like the first, but it definitely leaves you with a desire for more than what you actually get.

“If two people are meant to be, they’ll find their way to each other.”