Ten Least Favorite Young Adult Books of 2016


Hi, everyone! I hope you all are having a great day and had a great holiday. I’m starting my Books of 2016 posts while I’m taking a week off of making videos on my Booktube channel since I did Vlogmas this month.

This reading year has been up and down for me. I have read some good books and some disappointing books. I’ve only given out a few 5 stars to the books I’ve read. Here are the books that I disliked this year. All the books listed I gave a rating of 2-3 stars on Goodreads.

DISCLAIMER: These are all of my honest thoughts and opinions on these books. If you enjoyed these books, I am so glad for you because I didn’t. Please be kind in the comments and respect my opinions. Thank you!

1. Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan – I did not finish this book really because of Lily’s character which was only about a few chapters in. I couldn’t stand her and to be honest I think I want Dash & Lily to be by itself rather than a duo.

2.The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion – 2016 was not the year of reading great sequels. Are sequels in duologies even good? I didn’t like this because Rosie was making me mad, I know she’s hormonal but how do you NOT want Don in the future of your lives?? Ugh.

3.The Haters by Jesse Andrews – I was very disappointed in this read. I was so excited to read another Jesse Andrew book because Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was so, so great! However, I went into this thinking road trip and they really only stopped at a few places. Also, the dirty jokes were TOO excessive.

4. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp – This book was a good book to pick up because it was diverse (POC, f/f relationship) and it was informative. If you were unaware, this book is about a school shooting in multiple pov’s of students during the time it’s happening. However, it fell flat for me and I know we couldn’t get too much character development or anything since it was set during a short period of time. I don’t have experience of witnessing a school shooting but I just felt it was predictable and did not have much of a surprise or shock factor.

5.The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner – This book is set during the few days after 9/11 of a boy who meets a girl with wings on the streets of NYC after the first building as collapsed and so forth. I haven’t read a book set during 9.11 but I wanted to. I liked being able to read a character who has experienced 9.11 since I was so young, I don’t know too much. However, the romance tie-in was what threw me off and I just couldn’t get into it. I felt as such a serious topic, romance was the last thing we needed to be worrying about.

6.With Malice by Eileen Cook – I did enjoy this book very much. It was super thrilling and I devoured it. But, it’s on this list because I gave it a low rating due to the fact of the ending. I’m going to be brief about this because of spoilers. But, it just didn’t satisfy me and I wasn’t happy.

7.The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood – I was sent this book from Macmillan to honestly review and I wasn’t a fan of it. It was pitched as a time travel contemporary and the time travel was more of wormholes to memories than time travel. I liked the overall message of grief and how you can be a different person when you’re grieving and I really liked the ending. Just fell flat for me, really.

8.Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman –  This was my first Western-like book that I have ever read. So, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt like it was just a story with a beginning, middle and end that was all the author wanted to accomplish. I just wanted more to the story, really. I did like the overall Western vibes and #girlpower.

9.Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin – Oh man.. I never say I disliked or hated a book but this is one I could NOT stand. I actually hated it so much. Which was sad because I never want to say that about a book. I didn’t like the world of the after life and I didn’t agree with the rules. Also, the main character was very whiny and so mean to her grandmother who she never knew!! She was so rude. Oh, I couldn’t stand her.

10. Never Never Part #3 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher – I was really excited for this because YAY!! last story! finally know what happens!!! THE ENDING MADE ME SOOOOO ANGRY. LIKE, WHY! I READ ALL OF THESE TO FIND OUT AND THAT’S ALL YOU GIVE ME. WHAT. Omg, this made me so angry…as you can see.


Okay, enough ranting for this post! Let me know your kind thoughts on any of these books! What was your most disappointing read of the year? xx

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5 Books to Read If You Like Gilmore Girls


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I recently posted a Gilmore Girls 2.0 Book Tag, and I was thinking of some books that are relatable to the show? It inspired this post, here are five books that you should read (if you haven’t) if you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls! Also, you should just read them anyway. I also posted a video on my channel with this topic and these books.


 

Image result for never have i ever katie heaney1. Never Have I Ever My Life (So Far) Without A Date by Katie Heaney –

This is a memoir by Katie Heaney about her love life starting all the way at preschool/kindergarten. In Gilmore Girls, Lorelai definitely gets her share of weird dates. Kirk, Rune…Katie and Lorelai could definitely relate to weird dates! Katie goes on a date with a guy who replaces “Buckets!” for curse words. It’s bad and hilarious.

 


Image result for amy and roger's epic detour cover2. Rory + Lorelai’s Road Trip  – Amy and Roger road trip from California to Connecticut (Stars Hollow is in CT!!) and take a detour on the way. They go into hotels with fake names, they get Dairy Queen and even go up to Roger’s college. Remember that episode when they go on a random road trip and go to Harvard? The Gilmore girls are roadtrippers!

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Image result for the truth about jack jody gehrman3.  Coffee IN AN IV! – In The Truth about Jack by Jody Gehrman, Dakota stops by her favorite coffee shop daily. This automatically reminds me of GG because it’s a routine for Lorelai to stop at Luke’s for coffee! Dakota basically has her own Luke’s!! Click the title of the book to go to my review, it explains the whole summary of the book.

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Image result for attachments rainbow rowell cover4. Lorelai’s Witty Sense of Humor – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is the perfect book for a GG lover. The setting is an office of a newspaper so RORY and the two characters, Beth and Jennifer remind me so much of Lorelai in the humor sense and they are trying to get their lives on track!

 

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5Image result for why we broke up. Breakups – Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is about Min and Ed’s break-up and Min is putting all of Ed’s things in a box. This is so relatable to Rory’s breakup with Dean, especially that she puts a box together of Dean’s belongings or anything that reminds her of him.

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I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed making it!

THREE DAYS UNTIL THE REVIVAL. WHO IS READY?? 

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY {US & CAN} – The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood // spoiler free //



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 The Square Root of Summer 

 Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
 Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, Time Travel

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

 My Rating: ★★.5

Isla and the Happily Ever After

My heart is a kaleidoscope, and when we kiss it makes my world unravel . . .

Last summer, Gottie’s life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her – the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) – and he wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time – back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . .

During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last.

The Square Root of Summer is an astounding and moving debut from Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

**I was sent this book from Macmillan & Fierce Reads for an honest review, this does not change my opinion!**

 

Meet Margot (Gottie), 17 – she’s dealing with the loss of her grandfather and having her childhood best friend, Thomas who move to Canada four years before, as well as her mother dying after she was born. She’s been through a lot. 

Grief is the main theme of this story. Gottie is really struggling with the loss of her grandfather, Grey. whom she was very close to. She has blocked out most of her family and friends and is always “daydreaming” which results in her missing a lot of life moments. She learns how her grieving has affected her life including her family and friends.  When she finds her grandfather’s diaries in his car, her world changes and she is able to go back to the memories that Grey wrote about.

Gottie’s summer is about to get very interesting when her Papa tells her that Thomas is coming to stay with them for the summer due to his parent’s divorce. Many thoughts fill her head, knowing that they haven’t kept in contact much. Friendship becomes another major theme in this story. Thomas and Gottie rekindle their friendship from the time they made a blood pact in the tree house.

Gottie deals with many emotions, such as lots of heartbreak especially when dealing with seeing her ex-boyfriend, Jason again who she resents because he wasn’t there for her after Grey’s death and kept his distance from her.


Gottie learns many life lessons throughout this story, and I really enjoyed seeing her as a character and develop throughout the summer. She learns a lot about herself and what has really gone on since Grey’s death.

This story is all about watching the pieces fit together while you’re trying to figure out what is going on throughout the story. As well as getting to see the memories Gottie is reliving – which I think really helped her cope with the loss of Grey.  She is really seeing how everyone has mourned in different ways.

In terms of realistic fiction, this story felt very realistic. I was very pleased to see that Harriet Reuter Hapgood had a scene in her story where Gottie gets her period. Of all the contemporary novels I have read. I have not read ONE where the female MC gets her period. I was so, so happy with this!!

Gottie is a very complex character who has been through a lot of hard times such as love, having sex, and losing her mother and grandfather. Gottie felt like a very real character because of all the feelings and actions she encounters.

My favorite character was Gottie’s brother, Ned. We don’t get to see him as much as I wanted to but his brotherly-ness was shown greatly. As much as there are side characters (Sof, Meg, Jason, Ned, Papa, Thomas, etc.) the story is really all about Gottie.


This was my first time-travel book, so it’s really hard to judge the time travel aspect of this book. However, I really enjoyed how it was written and executed.

German is incorporated into the story due to the author’s background. I was constantly looking up what certain words meant, which helped me be educated! Though, it would’ve been nice for some English translation. As well as the setting in England, the slang was in UK terms.

The ending was my favorite part of this story! It was executed very well and I wasn’t expecting it to be the way it was. I enjoyed that friendship was key in this story from beginning to end. Time travel becomes a big role as we near the end of the story!


Overall, I enjoyed reading this book despite some flaws I found while reading. I felt very confused about the story and felt like I missed something, completely? We’re meant to feel like we’re in Gottie’s head and her fog –though it still confused me. I had a hard time compiling my thoughts after reading because I was really confused on what happened. Nonetheless, I enjoyed many of the other aspects of this book and I would still recommend it!

 


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In honor of the release date, I’m working with Macmillan to giveaway one copy of The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood!

I made a video reviewing the book and announcing the giveaway! I wanted to make it far and offer the giveaway to not just my subscribers, but my blog followers too!

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Book Review: Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin [spoiler free]



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 Elsewhere

 Author: Gabrielle Zevin
 Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy

Publisher:  Square Fish
Publication Date: May 15th 2007
Paperback: 277 pages

 My Rating: 

Isla and the Happily Ever After

It is very rare for me to give a book less than three or four stars…I was very disappointed in this book, it was definitely a book that I was hoping to enjoy. The expectations I had going into reading this were not met. This was my first Zevin book.

Elsewhere is about a fifteen year-old girl named Liz who is hit by a taxi and dies. Liz wakes up on a ship and can’t remember what happened. Later, she learns that the ship is taking her to Elsewhere. On the ship, she meets a friend, Thandi and a famous musician, Curtis.  Basically, this story is a portrayal of the “afterlife”. I was confused by the rules in Elsewhere and did not agree with them such as that they are forbidden to talk to their loved ones on Earth? That’s ridiculous. They don’t age up, they age down and then return to Earth as babies.  Also, you’re punished if you try to use the ocean to contact your loved ones on Earth. The children do not go to school, they immediately have a job.  Animals speak, which we learn at Liz’s job. Some concepts I enjoyed but I wished that Elsewhere wasn’t so strict. I felt that the world building wasn’t developed very well or fair.

The main character, Liz *I felt* wasn’t a likeable character, she was rude and self-centered. She’s very rude when she meets her grandmother for the first time which made me very unhappy. She spends countless hours watching her family on Earth and complaining about how she doesn’t want to be dead.

I also was left with unanswered questions & felt that the romance wasn’t needed. I wanted to see more of Thandi, too. I felt that Thandi was her friend and she didn’t go to her for advice, she went to Curtis. Really, Liz just annoyed me!!

Overall, this was just not my kind of book and I wish it would’ve been constructed better & left out Liz’s romance. I couldn’t wait to be done this book. But, I’ll still try more of Zevin’s work! This book wasn’t for me, but it could be for you!

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Book Review: Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts [spoiler free]



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 Zac & Mia

 Author: A.J. Betts
 Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Publication Date:  March 25th 2014
Paperbacks: 272 pages

 My Rating: ★★ 

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Throughout alternating perspectives, we meet Zac and Mia who are both Australian cancer patients; later in remission. Zac and Mia are very great characters, throughout the story we get to really get to know them as characters before knowing them together. Zac has a great family, which is focused on in this book and Mia is trying to escape her life.

One day, Zac hears a new patient come into the room next door, he asks his mom to scope out who it is and such. Zac is greeted by Mia when she starts blasting a Lady Gaga song in her room on repeat and won’t stop. He starts banging on the wall to get her to stop, but…she doesn’t. Eventually, Mia knocks back and knocking becomes their “thing”.

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While reading this book, I felt Red Band Society vibes, which is a show that aired on FOX set in a hospital. This book felt like it focused on the RBS characters, Leo (Zac) and Kara (Mia). Their personalities are very, very similar. Mia is a popular girl who really wears her ♥ on her sleeve. Zac is a witty, friendly, & all around nice guy who is in-love with Emma Watson. He’s such a nerd! He’s binged all the Harry Potter movies one day when he was bored!  I WANT TO WATCH THIS SHOW AGAIN NOW. #riprbs

They both have different reactions towards their cancer. Mia is very angry and aggressive toward it by shutting people out such as her boyfriend, her mom and her friends. Mia feels that she has to escape and just keeps running as far as she possibly can…like to Zac’s farm/home?

Like I mentioned, Zac has a great sense of humor and is a very nice guy. But, he’s obsessed with statistics. He’s constantly reading cancer statistics and thinking about them, a lot. His internet history probably consists of Facebook, Emma Watson, cancer stories and statistics. Zac learns a lot about cancer statistics by the end of this book.

Emotion is a main focus throughout this book. We are able to see Mia’s emotions toward  getting cancer, post-cancer and how-to be a friend. Zac is so good for her, he shows her what it’s like to be a friend and she ends up being very grateful for him and their friendship really develops. We see Zac at his best and at his worst, which is very interesting because we meet Zac when he’s very cheery and seeing him almost mute is really upsetting. This book isn’t very sad, but there are some parts that are heartbreaking.

I rated this 4/5 stars because the book is written in Australian with slang and areas that I was very confused b/c I am American and this is throughout the whole book. Although, I’m sort-of educated in Aussie now! I was just confused when the Aussie slang & stuff was mentioned.

You should definitely go pick this book up, I highly recommend it! This story is very different and Zac & Mia are very great characters with nice character development. If my review intrigued you, definitely go pick this one up especially to experience Zac’s humor.

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