I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on December 5th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: the Publisher
A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.
The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn't supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn't know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they're both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia's ever seen. As Claudia's world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.
I absolutely loved this! It’s been a while since I’ve read a book where almost every character was so real and relatable. I loved them all and I don’t even think I could pick a favorite among them. I loved watching their relationships develop and not just the romantic ones. The friendships and family relationships are really the focus in this one. There was no insta-love here, everything develops slowly and very realistically. And very awkwardly. And I think that might be what I loved most about this book. The characters are so lovable (Iris being the exception here) and awkward and I just wanted to give them all hugs and be friends with them (even Iris near the end). But the romance is there too and it’s very adorable. Claudia was not smooth at all while she was getting to know Gideon and Gideon was cute and flirty and sweet but acted like that with everyone so it was also easy to see why Claudia didn’t pick up on his feelings for her and I loved that and how real this misunderstanding was and how nothing got insanely dramatic or over-the-top. It also made him great book boyfriend material without making him a player or alpha male type. He’s honestly one of the sweetest guys I’ve read about in a long time and we really need more Gideons in YA books.
Overall, I really just loved how sweet and funny and nerdy this whole book was. It’s a great example of a coming-of-age story where the MC is learning that the people around her don’t exist only when she’s around and have their own lives, which of course she knows but is really just starting to see how big the world really is. It’s something everyone goes through and this book did a great job with it. Mostly because the characters are so great and easy to love. This isn’t a book that deals with deep issues or gets too dramatic, it’s just full of theater and video games and friendships and school and cute boys. I highly recommend it!