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.
The books I’m going to be reviewing today are Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern and Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate.
So, let’s get to them!
Book oneGet Well Soon (Anna Bloom #1) by Julie Halpern
Series: Anna Bloom #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on September 1st 2009
Genres: Contemporary Young Adult Romance
Anna Bloom is depressed—so depressed that her parents have committed her to a mental hospital with a bunch of other messed-up teens. Here she meets a roommate with a secret (and a plastic baby), a doctor who focuses way too much on her weight, and a cute, shy boy who just might like her.
But wait! Being trapped in a loony bin isn’t supposed to be about making friends, losing weight, and having a crush, is it?
In her fiction debut, Julie Halpern finds humor in the unlikeliest of places, and presents a character whose voice—and heart—will resonate with all of us who have ever felt just a little bit crazy.
I began Get Well Soon around the same time I started Seven Ways We Lie. However I only got around 55% through the book at that time. I finished reading it today and while it was neither enjoyable not frustrating. In all honesty it was a little unmemorable and uninteresting, never really going anywhere that I found all that interesting. It was a cute read, for sure. However it didn’t really bring anything else to the table and what it did bring in cuteness- Well. I have read better elsewhere unfortunately. All in all I found this pretty underwhelming and bland.
Book twoSeven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
Published by Harry N. Abrams on March 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Young Adult Romance, LGTBQAI+
Seven students. Seven (deadly) sins. One secret.
Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—from Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage, to Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.
When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the seven unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.
Seven Ways We Lie is a book I read awhile back and as I’m sitting down to write I realize there’s nothing in particular that really stands out. That might not sound too good, but I did like the book and enjoy the characters. However it wasn’t the most memorable book I’ve read. The book didn’t match up to my expectations of what I thought I was going to read. The book, while enjoyable enough to read, did present a few issues. It’s enjoyable enough to read, although I did roll my eyes a little at some of the issues presented in this book and how they were dealt with. That said, I’m well aware that could be my own bias speaking. I would say that some POVs in this novel were really interesting while others… Well, they didn’t do much for me.
I could potentially give this a lower rating, but the writing was good enough, the plot was good and I did like the characters, it just didn’t knock my socks off and I’m not sure if that’s the books fault or the fault of my own expectations.
All in all neither one of these two books really did anything much to particularly wow me. Like I said above, this could be because of the time it took me to read/review. It could also be because I expected something different or because it wasn’t up my alley.
Have you read either one of these two? What did you think?