Mini Reviews: #famous by Jilly Gagnon, One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Posted March 27, 2017 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments Tags: ,

I received this book for free from the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews: #famous by Jilly Gagnon, One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson#famous by Jilly Gagnon
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on February 14th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher via Edelweiss
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two-stars

In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

I was really looking forward to this one. I think it was on all of my most anticipated 2016 books. I mean, the synopsis makes it sound both adorable and a little out there but also something that you could definitely see happening in a teen romance book. Like a perfect one-sitting, fast-paced teen romance that was fun and that you could get totally lost in for just a couple of hours. But it turned out to be a weird Rainbow Rowell wanna-be. The characters were so stereotyped, it was very hard to get past to what they were actually supposed to be. The main character, Rachel, was constantly described as weird. Like, that’s it. She was the odd girl. The outsider. It was sometimes mentioned that she dressed differently and her hair was frizzy. I’m still not completely sure I could accurately describe her other than just different from the crowd and not popular. That’s it. And the main male character, Kyle, was constantly described as the hot guy that everyone liked. He even had a sort-of girlfriend. Other than that, there’s nothing. He was so dull and plain and a huge jackass. That’s really all I can remember about him. He was sort-of liking this girl Rachel but his perfect, ex-girlfriend was also paying a lot of attention to him so he was maybe getting back together with her or something. I don’t know. All I really remember about this book was how under-developed the characters were and how cyber-bullying was sort of brought up but never actually dealt with. It’s too bad because this could have been exceptionally cute if the characters had been fully developed and the issues, like cyber-bullying, social media, mean girls, and attraction, had actually been addressed. Instead it was shallow and predictable and not something I’d recommend to anyone. I’m still really disappointed and sad about this one.

 

Mini Reviews: #famous by Jilly Gagnon, One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonOne Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
Published by Blink on January 1st 1970
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
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two-stars

Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren't betrayal enough, he's about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.
Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn't support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.
Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

 

I thought this was going to be like a cute and fun Anna and the French Kiss but it wasn’t at all. I’d definitely recommend reading that one instead of this one. This one was fine but really nothing special. And there was so much angst and drama and mean-girl antics and it was all just a little ridiculous. Plus, I hated most of the characters. They treated Sophie like she was a completely incapable child. Her brother was ridiculously overprotective and her father was completely out of touch, even for a YA novel, I couldn’t believe he was so shocked at how upset his kids were with him. And Dane. I find it really hard to believe that Eric had no idea what he was really like while being good enough friends with him to invite him to spend four weeks with him and his family in Paris. And why wouldn’t they kick him out after the way he behaved? I don’t get it. And Camille. She was way over the top. I’m sure people behave like her, I know they do, but it made the end between her, Dane, Sophie and Mathieu very unbelievable for me.

But in the end, it was a fast read with lots of fun Paris sites and music and a few magical and romantic moments. There was just too much drama and angst in this one for me.

 

I received this book for free from ALAMW in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews: #famous by Jilly Gagnon, One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 519
Format: ARC
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four-stars

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

 

I really enjoyed this one, which was a pleasant surprise for me. I had read one Morgan Matson book and one Katie Finn book before this and didn’t love either so I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to love this one either but I actually fell pretty hard for the characters. They all felt so realistic and I love getting to revisit summers in high school and spending time with friends. I didn’t love everything about it View Spoiler » but I did really like the characters and how realistic their relationships felt. Plus, Clark is a perfect book boyfriend, very swoony. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many feels over a hand-holding scene before. I also really liked the relationship between Andie and her dad and watching it change and develop throughout the book. But it was also just a book about a bunch of rich kids who don’t have any real problems just enjoying their summer before senior year and it can be hard to read books like that. Spending more than 400 pages with whiny rich kids can get old very quickly. It’s all very Sarah Dessen-y (whose books I love). I enjoyed it, because of the characters and the fun references and the fact that it never got too deep or depressing, but honestly, it was also probably about 100 pages too long for what it was. Still very enjoyable and a perfect summer read.

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