Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)

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Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own. 

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?


I finally did it!!! After owning the book for several months, I finally read Anna and the French Kiss, and I did it in little over 24 hours because it was awesome!

The first thing that really surprised me was how funny the writing was. Most contemporaries are quite light and easy to read, but Stephanie Perkins made this book hilariously funny, and I had such a  great time reading it.

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I adored all this cast of characters. Two things amazed me in this book, for one the characters acted their age, even with the level of maturity that comes with not having a parent present 24/7, they were still teenagers, learning by trial and error. Secondly, I loved that no one was perfect! And how those little imperfections just made for better characters, like the fact that Étienne was short and afraid of heights… I mean, how cute was that?

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Anna and Étienne’s relationship is the epitome of cuteness! They’re adorable :D! I liked how they became friends first and foremost, and how they both helped each other through such hard times. I just wished that some decisions were made a little earlier in the game, but I was pretty happy with the end result.

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This was definitly one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read so far, and I can’t wait to read Lola and Isla

Spanish Lessons (Jessica Peterson)

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Vivian Bingley has big plans for her semester abroad in Spain… 

Along with her BFF, Maddie, Vivian hopes to indulge her inner Art History nerd by visiting the best museums in the world. She also wants to tackle more practical concerns — like a less than stellar GPA in her major, Economics — with the help of a Spanish tutor.

But falling for her studly Spanish tutor definitely isn’t one of them.

Madrileño Rafa Montoya is the stuff study abroad dreams are made of: super studly and super smart. He also happens to be super into Vivian. With his wicked dancing skills and his passion for the arts, he tempts her to throw caution to the wind and live out her wildest dreams. 

Only problem? Maddie wants Rafa, too, and Vivian promised herself she’d never settle for second best again…not after a hookup-gone-awry last semester left her heartbroken. Is it best for Vivian to protect her heart at all costs? Or is letting Rafa in worth the risk?


First of all I would like to say that some of the feelings at the beginning of the book felt familiar to me. I never did the Erasmus program during my undergrad years, but during my Masters I relocated to Barcelona to do the practical component of it, and stayed for roughly 6 months. I was never as lost as Vivian feels though, because even though I didn’t dominate the Spanish language, I always understood it – Portuguese people mostly understand spanish quite well. But still, it’s a daunting feeling, to not feel at home… I know, because I felt it again when I moved again to Barcelona a little over 3 years ago.

Also, I freaking love this cover!!!

Now, onto the book itself. I really liked the writing. It was fun and easy and Vivian was mostly a fun narrator. Obviously, because I do understand spanish SUPER well, I sometimes found it too much to have the translation after every spanish phrase uttered, but I do understand its presence. I did have a couple of moments where I totally went “OK, I’m pretty sure that’s not right”, like Venga con dios” being translated as “Go with God”… nope, it’s Vaya, because “Venga” means “come” and not “go”. Or “Quiero ser contigo”… again nope… the right ways would be “quiero estar contigo”, I know that in english the verb TO BE is used for a lot of things, but for us the verb SER and ESTAR mean different things, though they both translate to TO BE.

The thing that, well, didn’t bothered me, but I just couldn’t quite see it, it was the descriptions of the spanish people and certain habits. Well, maybe I’m just living in the wrong part of Spain, but the way that the spanish people are described? Not exactly what I see everyday. Now, I can totally blame the city here, I’ve only been to Madrid once and back then I wasn’t actually looking (really looking), but here in Barcelona? Nope. I don’t see it.

Other thing that kind of bothered me was the coffee. Wow Cristina, nitpicking much? Well, I am! Because coffee is very important for my survival and the coffee here sucks. With that said, and especially in the center of Madrid, it is quite easy to find coffee chains like Starbucks that not only serve all kinds of coffee, but they all have to-go cups. I know, because in my first day in the city I located a bunch of them. Also, not that I get out much, but I usually see people drinking way more bear than red wine…

Ok, I’m done! Now onto the story :D. I liked the fact that it dealt with Vivian finding her true passion and what she wants to do with her life. I also understand her unwillingness to keep having flings and to find The One, though I thought that at 20, and with very little experience under her belt, it was a bit TOO important for her, if that makes any sense.

I liked how she slowly decided to make the choices that were best for her, and stop focusing on what she should be doing. Still, her road there was a bit unnerving at times. I was frustrated with this girl for most of the book!

Rafa, on the other hand, was a delight to read. I loved his broken english. And how friendly he was to everyone. And how patient he was with Vivian… though, let’s be honest, that had to be hard.

I could have done with the weird sort of love triangle. It was weird! It’s worth noting that Rafa is NEVER interested in Maddie though. I thought that both Viv and Mads were in the wrong, but honestly? Mostly Maddie! She got under my skin. True that Vivian should have been honest about her feelings for Rafa, but Maddie KNEW (and she admits that she knew) that her best friend had feelings for this guy, and still she made a move on him. Not right!

I was super happy about the last 20% of the book. I liked the resolution of the story a lot. That, Raffa, and Vivian’s sense of humour while narrating it, totally did the book for me. I’m excited about the next story of the series, which will be about Maddie, even though I had a lot of problems with her character during this book.

7 Reasons Why You Should Read Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)

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First of all I would like to say that this was a re-read for me. I first read this book back in May 2015, and I wrote a review for it at the time, that you can read HERE.

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


1. Because of the Fangirling:

” “And because your glasses make you look like Harry Potter, right Simon?”  One time. I said it once.”  

“Wow, is that Katniss making out with Yoda?” 

” “It’s a dementor robe over my clothes. I think you’ll survive.”   “What’s a dementor?”   I mean, I can’t even. “Nora, you are no longer my sister.”  “So it’s some Harry Potter thing,” she says.”  

2. Because it tells some basic truths:

“Talking to them is more exhausting than keeping a blog.”

“Nothing is worse than the secret humiliation of being insulted by proxy.”

“People are shameless when it comes to cake. It’s a beautiful thing to see.”

3. And then some more:

“I take a sip of my beer, and it’s – I mean, it’s just astonishingly disgusting. I don’t think I was expecting it to taste like ice cream, but holy fucking hell. People lie and get fake IDs and sneak into bars, and for this? I honestly think I’d rather make out with Bieber. The dog. Or Justin.”

“That was the summer I taught myself how to do laundry. There are some socks that shouldn’t be washed by your mom.”

“I actually hate when people say that. I mean, I feel secure in my masculinity, too. Being secure in your masculinity isn’t the same as being straight.”

4. Because there shouldn’t be a default:

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”

5. And everyone should have to come out:

“But I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.”

“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.” 

“It is definitely annoying that straight (and white, for that matter) is the default, and that the only people who have to think about their identity are the ones who don’t fit that mold. Straight people really should have to come out, and the more awkward it is, the better. Awkwardness should be a requirement.” 

6. And people are more than they appear:

“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”

7. Because it will make you swoon like crazy!

“It was seriously like five lines, but it was grammatically correct and strangely poetic, and just completely different from anything I’d ever read before.”

“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat – soft and persistent, underlying everything.”

“Then he smiles and I smile. And then I blush and he lowers his eyes, and it’s like this entire pantomime of nervous gestures. ”


And there are a lot more reasons to read this amazing book. On my first read I rated it 4.5 stars, but on re-read I bumped it up to 5 stars because this book made me smile and laugh and cry and I loved it even more than the first time around.

This time I noticed EVERYTHING about Blue, because I knew who he was (obviously), and I noticed so much more about all the secondary characters. So, if by some disaster you haven’t read this book yet, go and read it! NOW!

 

Chasing Crazy (Kelly Siskind)

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“Dear Mom & Dad, I dropped out of school. I’m going backpacking. Sorry. Love you both.” 

At nineteen, Nina has endured two lifetime’s worth of humiliation. Tired of waiting for it to get better, she decides to get going—across the globe to New Zealand. There she soon faces what she most fears: a super sexy guy ready to be Nina’s next mistake. 

Once Sam’s life was all about having fun. That was before the accident. Now his friends have bailed and his world is broken. But when a gorgeous girl on his flight looks at him with passion instead of pity, Sam feels his old self coming back to life.

Now traveling together, Nina and Sam know this isn’t just a fling. They’re falling fast, hard, and deep. More than anything, Sam wants Nina to forget her fears. But to help her do that he must reveal his own painful secret—and risk Nina never seeing him the same way again.


You know when you just know you’re gonna love a book from the first couple of pages? Yeah, this was one of those books. The book opens with one of the main characters telling us how she decided that there are “three official have-to-pee stages”, and from there I couldn’t stop cracking, because it was beyond funny.

I don’t know how else to describe how amazing the writing style is, just that Kelly Siskind had me laughing out loud and tearing up like a baby in a matter of chapters. Freaking perfect!

I absolutely loved the characters, not only are they both amazing narrators, funny and witty, but they are also brilliant characters, both broken and beaten and full of light. Nina with her accident-prone life and her “incident” recorded on YouTube for life, with her hippie parents and 5 younger siblings, and no direction in life. And Sam, broken and scarred after a car accident that took everything from him, including his mom, and that left his confidence and self-esteem shattered. It was absolutely amazing to read how they come together and help each other face their true selves, and how they fall for one another in the way. HARD! And let me tell you, it’s impossible not to root for them…

And Nina is so damn funny, with her rants, her love for Star Trek and Harry Potter, and her very vivid daydreams (eheh) :D.

This book is about so much more than just the romance between Nina and Sam, it’s all about accepting who and what you are, and “chasing your crazy”. And OMG, it’s brilliant!

I highly recommend it to everyone. EVERYONE!!!  It’s impossible not to love these characters and their story.

The Girlfriend Request (Jodie Andrefski)

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Updating best friend to girlfriend is more than a change of status…

Emma has been best friends with Eli since she moved to his neighborhood ten years ago. Tired of being cast in the role of the girl next door, Emma creates a fake Facebook profile in the hopes of starting an online friendship with Eli, which would hopefully lead to more. Like…way more. From friend request to In a Relationship–it all seemed so completely logical when she’d planned it.

Eli can’t figure out what Emma is up to. He’s pretty sure she’s the one behind the Facebook profile, but then again, why would she do something so drastic instead of just admitting she wants to be more than friends? And who the heck is this new guy he saw her with? Eli starts to think that just maybe…he missed his chance with the girl next door.

Two best friends, one outlandish ruse. Their status is about to become way more than It’s Complicated… 

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one fake Facebook profile, two best friends who secretly crave each other, and a dreaded sex talk with parents…boy crush in the room included. Pushing a relationship beyond the friend zone has never been so crazy…


I started this book at Lisbon airport, yesterday at 6 a.m., and finished it around 5 p.m., in my bed in Barcelona. I picked this one up because I was too tired to focus on Winter and I needed a fun and easy read for the trip day.

While this book was an enjoyable and fast read, it was by no means brilliant. 

I enjoyed the writing well enough, the story flows well and I even liked how the author makes time passages within the same phrase.

My main problem though was with the plot and the characters. The premise of this story seemed a bit idiotic to me from the get go, but maybe it’s because I’m an adult, and “creating a false profile, with a fake pic, so he fall in love with her, then he will love me” seems really stupid to me. I understand Emma’s reluctance to flat out admit her feelings for her best friend, sure, I can even get on board with a fake profile of sorts, but the fake pic and some other stuff just went a bit overboard.

I could understand Emma and where she was coming from, but all her decisions felt wrong to me, and her inability to sort out her feelings was a bit too much. I kind of liked Eli, and I understand why it took him so long to see Em as something more (I was in love with my best friend at 15, and he only looked at me differently after I told him). But in the end, the drama between these two was too much! For 2 people who knew each other so well, they had a lot of communication problems. 

About Jake… grrr, I’m conflicted! I liked him when he first got there, and for a moment there I wasn’t actually sure that Emma and Eli would get together, because Jake seemed like a wiser and better option. But then I had to wonder, what the hell was a 19 yo boy doing with a 16 yo (very childish) girl? Because let’s face it: Emma acted way younger than her age! And then he did something I didn’t like, so… yeah… Sarah, I liked!

This book has very funny moments, and Emma’s parents are part of a few of them, like the sex talk! But overall this book was too heavy on the teen drama, with a lot of shouts and lack of communication, and that didn’t quite work for me. Also, the last chapter or so… NO! The idea that Eli needed to prove to anyone other than Emma how he felt, felt wrong to me, sorry.

In the end, this is not a MUST read, but it was fun and cute at times, so I sort of recommend it.

Carry On (Rainbow Rowell)

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Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. 

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.


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Now I understand why Katytastic read this book a few times in a row, and why so many people were raving about Carry On, because this book is just freaking amazing!!!

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Simon Snow bits of Fangirl, so while I was excited for this book, I was facing it as something totally new and independent from that one, because, to be honest, I didn’t retain much of it from Fangirl.  But Carry On made me love most of the characters right away, and I was sucked in from the first pages.

I’ve said it repeatedly: Rainbow Rowell is a genious! Not only is her writing style fabulous and funny, but she creates the best characters. I loved everyone! Ok, maybe I loved a couple of characters a little less than others, but I loved Simon and Baz and Penelope and Fiona and I could totally empathize with Agatha, though she wasn’t my favorite. And they’re all funny as hell!

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I found the World Building fantastic! The idea behind it was pure genius. The concept of the power of words is pretty great, but what I loved the most was the fact that despite the existence of magic, they still used cars and phones and went to normal school and universities. I liked that they wore normal clothes and talked about manicures. This book felt normal in the most magical way! I really loved how our everyday stuff has a place in the magickal world of Carry On, and I’m with you Agatha, why use magic if you have tape, right?

Even though this is supposed to be the 7th year of school, and there have been 6 years of adventures before, I was never lost and I really liked the references to all those other times, and the relationships between all the characters was super well explained. And OMG, BAZ!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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Should we talk about the romance? I mean, it’s not really a spoiler, right? Simon and Baz are almost kissing on the cover, ok?

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So, yeah, the romance… 😍❤😍❤ It’s so heartwarming and cute and my heart felt like it was going to explode and I never wanted it to end! Baz and Simon are totally OTP and I could read a whole book with just the two of them spending time together :D.

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The book was fast paced and I really liked how the various elements of the plot came together in one big plot. The only thing I would have liked would be for the gang to actually find out the whole truth about everything. We, as readers, get to find out, but the guys don’t. But that ok, I guess, they CARRY ON just fine :D.

Now I want to read Fangirl to appreciate the characters a lot more than I did the first time… 😀 And do yourself a favor, and read it now!!!