Review Round-Ups are posts were I review multiple books at once. However the reviews are slightly shorter than what I normally do. That could be cause I don’t have a lot to say. Or it could be because it’s been some time since I read the book. In that case I don’t want to write a review that might misinform you so I stay short and sweet.
For today’s round-ups we’re heading back to 2017 and to three of the books I read last year. Specifically that is When It’s Real by Erin Watt, Geekerella by Ashley Poston and I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin.
So, without further ado, let’s get to it!
I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn, Allison Raskin
Published by Wednesday Books on September 5th 2017
Genres: LGTBQAI+, Young Adult, Romance
Dear Best Friend,I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.Sincerely,Ava Helmer(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)
We're still in the same room, you weirdo.Stop crying.G
So begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two best friends will document every moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?
Have you ever had one of those books were you’re like: OMG! I have to read this when it’s released! Only to have a massive brainfart and forget about it? Yeah that’s what happened here.
When I heard that Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin were writing a novel I was really stoked because I’ve enjoyed watching them both on BuzzFeed and on their own YouTube channel.
I Hate Everyone But You is a fun light novel that I quite enjoyed, especially because it’s an epistolary novel which I really love. I liked both Ava and Gen though both drove me mad at times and made me want to pull my hair. Still, it was an enjoyable read.
I did feel that it moved a little slow, that some things should have been explored more and that it moved a little quick near the end, but otherwise I enjoyed it.
When It's Real by Erin Watt
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Young Adult Romance
From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.
Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.
Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?
Do I have an addiction to tropes involving a celebrity and a non-celebrity meeting and falling in love? Maybe. Am I going to admit to it? Nope.
So When It’s Real is at it’s core a book about a famous guy meeting a non-famous girl. However there’s a slight difference which is that the girl is hired to be the famous guy, Oakley’s, girlfriend to give his image some much needed maturity.
However, despite a first meeting that seems unlikely to develop into anything more than grudging acceptance, things change as the two are forced to make the world believe they are in a relationship.
It’s a fun book and a very easy read and the first half, or two thirds, of the book flew by. I felt it got a little slow near the end and the climax was… Predictable, which I predicted it would be. It’s not bad, but it’s not mind blowing either. I did feel like the characters needed to talk a little by the end of the book, but otherwise I quite enjoyed this.
It’s a fun, quick and engaging read that took me very little time to get through and I quite enjoyed it. I just feel like the ending could have been a little bit better.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Young Adult Romance
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad's old costume, Elle's determined to win - unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons - before he was famous. Now they're nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake - until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.
I picked up Geekerella for much the same reason I originally picked up Cinder & Ella, which is that it features two things I really like: Cinderella retellings and the trope of a famous person and a non-famous person getting together.
Now, Cinder & Ella is probably my favorite book dealing with both of those things and it’s a hard one to top for me.
So, did Geekerella do it? Well, not really. I certainly enjoyed it and thought it was a fun and light read, but where I feel Cinder & Ella had a good strong ending, Geekerella’s seemed rushed.
That said, I by no means hated it and I truly enjoyed reading it but I did perhaps feel like it fell a bit short. That said that could very well be because I couldn’t stop comparing it to Cinder & Ella which I re-read a few weeks before I read this so that could be affecting my review.
If you want a fun light read about fandom, celebrity, blogging and how it all goes when it meets I would recommend Geekerella but, I’d more strongly recommend that you read Cinder & Ella instead.
So that’s it for this Review Round-up! I do a have a few more books from 2017 that I might be reviewing like this, so you might see this feature again pretty soon.
Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them?