Mini Book Review Round-Up: YA Summer Reads Edition

Posted July 22, 2013 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments Tags: , ,

This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Summer I Became a Nerd, In Honor, Things I Can't Forget by Jennifer E. Smith, Jessi Kirby, Leah Rae Miller, Miranda Kenneally
Series: This Is What Happy Looks Like #1, Hundred Oaks #3

It’s time for another mini review round-up and this one will cover YA contemporaries that take place during the summer. I’ve recently read all of these and most are books that’d I’d highly recommend as fast, summer reads. Also, most of them are romances. For me, light romances are the best to read during the summer because they’re usually fun and fast and don’t require a lot of focus. If you’re looking for books that fit those requirements, check out what I have to say about these five books.


This Is What Happy Looks Like


This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith: This was definitely cute, fun, easy, and adorable, but it didn’t have nearly the same impact as The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I loved that one and had come to hope for the same with this one. But it just didn’t move me as much. Still, it’s a fun YA romance with a teenage movie star that all starts with an email sent to the wrong person. It’s worth a read on a nice, lazy day, especially if you enjoy light YA contemporaries. 3.5 Stars


The Summer I Became a Nerd


The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller: I was so excited when I found out I won this one from Entangled Teen. It looked like such a fun book! And I’m happy to report that that’s exactly what it was. It was fast, fun, nerdy, and very cute. The whole thing was super predictable and the MC might not be entirely my favorite for hiding her true self for so long and making others feel bad about the things they liked, but the ending is cute and the nerd boy is simply adorable. Definitely worth a read, especially if you’re a girl that’s into comic books or gaming or any kind of fandom. I was definitely giggling at all the references! 4 Stars


In Honor


In Honor by Jessi Kirby: I really enjoy Jessi Kirby’s writing. I picked up In Honor because I had read Golden and loved it. While I didn’t love this one as much, I still really liked it. This book follows Honor as she deals with the loss of her Marine brother and road trips across the country in search for answers to all of her unanswered questions. I liked Honor, even if she could be a little annoying and childish at times, and I liked Rusty, her brother’s best friend, even though he could be a little harsh and standoffish at times. Overall, the book was a great journey through the grief of both Honor and Rusty. I do wish there had been a little more of an ending but that’s my only complaint. I would definitely recommend this book if you like road trip books or emotional journey books and can handle a bit of an open ending. 4 Stars


Things I Can't Forget


Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally: I usually enjoy Miranda Kenneally books but this is one I just can’t get behind. I did not like the MC at all. She was judgmental, hypocritical, naive, and selfish. Also, religion was too much of a focus for me in this one. The MC is a summer camp counselor and constantly talks about how good she is and how horrible other people are (to the counselors, not the campers) because they do things that she knows are wrong. I understand that the author was trying for a coming-of-age story about a girl going through a crisis of faith and trying to learn that the world doesn’t exsist in black and white, but for me, I couldn’t get past the MC and how very judgmental and naive she was. I know other people who really enjoy this book, so don’t base your ideas simply on my review. Go check out what others have to say and decide for yourself. I gave it 2 Stars.



I’d love to hear your thoughts on these books. Also, if you have a favorite summer read, I’d love for you to tell me those, too! They don’t even need to be contemporaries. I’d love your ideas for summery paranormals and sci-fis as well.

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