The Emoji Book Tag

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Hello. Welcome to another book tag! Trisha Anne @The Bookgasm and Anette @Anette Reads tagged me for the Emoji Book Tag, where you take your five most recent or most used emojis and come up with books that fit the emotion.


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I’m so sorry, I love this emoji, I find it kind of indecent! And when I see it, the first book and couple that comes to my mind is Warner and Juliette from Ignite Me, Tahereh Mafi.

You know why, right? If you’ve read it, then you know. If you haven’t, why?!

 


Heart Eyes Emoji

This emoji I use a lot, usually in context of ships and so on, but know I’m gonna associate it to a book I read recently that I loved (apart from all the others books featured on this Tag), and that is The One Thing, by Marci Lyn Curtis.

I adored this book! It recently came out, and I need to get my hands on a physical copy.


Smiley Face Emoji

Oh, HAPPY FACE! A book that left a smile on my face, and makes me smile just from thinking about it is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

I loved this book so so much, and I miss it! I’ll need to re-read it soon 😀 !

 


Bawling Emoji

The most recent book where I cried like crazy was Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas. All kind of tears went on in there: happy, sad, angry, more happy, ecstatic, …, I was an emotional mess for the last 25% of the book.

Totally worth it though!


Pained Face Emoji

Let’s say that this my shocked face, and none better than The Wrath and the Dawn, Renée Ahdieh to fit it.

Why? Because of that ending! It totally took me by surprise and left me a mess of shock and other feelings.

  


That’s it! This was a fun one! I think a lot of people already did this tag, so I’m gonna go ahead and tag EVERYONE who wants to do it.

My Life in Books! Book Tag

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Hello!!! Taking advantage of my last night at home, and just having been nominated for this tag by Ashley @Dear World…, I decided that I should so it now, otherwise it would have to wait until Christmas. Thank you Ashley!!! 😀

(oh, I almost missed posting today…)

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

   

Crown of Midnight

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Persuasion

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2. Count your age along your bookshelf – which book is it?

Oh, I’m old! I’m 31, so… Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country.

Os Maias by Eça de Queirós. I think this is currently the only book I own that goes on in Portugal.

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher‘s Stone by JK Rowling, I mean, who wouldn’t want to travel to Hogwarts?!

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I love this book colour! This is not my favorite colour in general, but it is on this cover.

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

As Sete Filhas De Eva or The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes. I read this book when I was young and it quite literally changed my life. It’s a non-fiction, in case you’re wondering, and it’s about Mitochondrial DNA (mostly) and how we can trace all our lineages back to Africa and I read it and I knew that I wanted to be involved in this for life. So, I decided I wanted to do Genetics and Human Populations… and I am!

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin. This book took me so long, I just wasn’t feeling the characters and I was always getting lost with the names… but I did it!

8. Which book in your TBR pile will you give the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it?

Probably The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien! And then The Lord of The Rings trilogy… it’s been in my TBR forever.


I tag EVERYONE! This was fun 😀

#TackleTBR: Bookish Scavenger Hunt!

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Hello people! I’m doing my second challenge for the Tackle your TBR Read-a-thon! Today’s challenge is hosted by Jess @Princessica of Books and it’s an ultimate bookish scavenger hunt.

I’ll give you a set of categories and you scavenge your bookshelves finding books that fit into those categories! Pretty simple and super fun 🙂.

A 2015 Debut Author’s Book!

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera were two amazing debuts this year.

Books that You Have Read at Least Twice!

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I’ve read the Twilight series and the Harry Potter series at least twice… 😉

A Cover-Lust Book (a book that has a beautiful cover)!

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I couldn’t really talk about gorgeous covers without including Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, which is probably the most beautiful cover I own. Other covers that I love are My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

A Book You Always Recommend!

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Why haven’t you read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell or Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli? GO read them right NOW! This two books are amazing, and I’m always half-tempted to pick any of them up and re-read them…

Something on Your Bookshelf That is Not a Book!

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I love my Hermione wand…

A Book That Has A Kick- Ass Butt Female Protagonist!

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The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas has the amazing Celaena (though I like her new name better… my “Fire-breathing bitch-queen”). Then in The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh there’s the amazing Shazi. And Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is pretty amazing as well.

Most Likely To… Book Tag

Hey people, welcome to another book tag! Becca @Becca and Books created this fun tag and I loved it so much that I decided to give it a go.

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So, this is how it works:

  1. Put 18 book characters into a jar and shake it up.
  2. Have the first three most likely to… categories ready. Pick three names from the jar and apply them to the first three categories (I’ll be stealing categories from people!).
  3. Keep going until you have none left!

round 1

I think this one is pretty straight forward (they even ended up in the right order!). I think Katniss would be the most likely to kill someone, given that she has killed a lot of people before.

Levi would be the one to get married, he’s such a romantic that I don’t even know if he and Cath would wait until they finished college.

Magnus Bane having a one night stand with a person he hates?! Sure, I can totally see that!


round 2

OHHHH!!! Let’s start with the easy one, Jace would totally get in a bar fight. He already has, right?

Hermione would totally fall in love with her best-friend, at least with one of them, which actually happened: Ron + Hermione = OTP!

And Tamlin would be the one to have kids super young. Now, given that he’s Fae and immortal and stuff, he still IS super young, so he’s totally on time for this one.


round 3

Jesus, this one is a bit weird… So, Jem would probably become a teacher, he’s super patient and smart and gentle, so yeah, that’s what he would do.

Celaena would probably write a book, a memoir, about her time as an assassin. I would totally read that (oh wait, I am reading that… The Assassin’s Blade! 😉 )

Dorian would so cry in the movies, and he wouldn’t even feel embarrassed about it.


round 4

Poor Cath, I can’t see her doing any of this stuff… so I guess she could get a Simon and Baze tattoo?!

Feyre would become a World Leader, at least a court leader, which she will probably be if she marries Tamlin. She would also be that of she chooses Rhys, so really, it’s in her future one way or the other.

Izzy could totally become an actress. I can so see it!


round 5

Juliette IS already a superhero, she has a freaking superpower! So that’s settled, Juliette will become a superhero.

Lucien would totally tweet every event in his life, like “oh, gross! Tamlin and Feyre are getting all steamy again #GetaRoom!”.

And Rowan would so be a stay-at-home dad, while Aelin would be out there ruling her kingdom and stuff… he would be a great full-time dad!


round 6

Kenji would become a dancer in a Beyonce video, he would also go on tour with her. He would also be amazing at it!

The final 2 are so hard!!! Ok, Warner would be the most likely to get his heart broken, because he had it broken already twice, but that will never happen again, because Juliette would never ever ever break his heart again. But he loves her so much that yeah, it’s the most likely thing for him…

And Rhys would starts a grunge band, lol. Or a boy band, not sure about that. Maybe he would be the bad-boy of the band, who gets all the attention but really only has eyes for one person… who in turn loves someone else. Oh, that’s tragic!


So, what did you think?

If you found this fun, consider yourself tagged!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Didn’t Click With

It’s Tuesday, September 1st, which means that it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With.

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1. Pen from Love in the Time of Global Warming  by Francesca Lia Block

I don’t really know why, she was an interesting heroine, I think I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief of the whole situation, so although I liked her, I didn’t quite click with her.

2. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I mentioned in my review that I wasn’t Greg’s biggest fan, right? He was the thing in the book that kept me from loving it more than I did.

3. Ari from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I actually love Ari, but it took me a bit to really be able to connect with him, while Dante was as easy as breathing. Sometimes it annoyed me that Ari’s thoughts and behaviour were so erratic, even though I get the purpose of it.

4. Thomas from The Maze Runner by James Dashner

In all honesty I had trouble connecting to every single character in The Maze Runner, maybe that’s the reason that I still haven’t picked up the second book – though I know I should, before the movie comes out.

5. Gemma from The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond

From the 3 ladies in the book, Gemma is the one I identified less with, though I was rooting for her, it never entirely clicked.

6. Jasmine from A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

So much so that for a moment there I was almost rooting for Jafar. It was a huge problem in this book, the characters weren’t developed at all, which made it extremely hard to click with any of them. But Jasmine was the worst of all of them, her tendencies to go through the same path that she was supposed to be avoiding, made me cringe.

7. Penny from Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and Siobhan Curham

I really disliked Penny. She could have been adorable and relatable, but she was not!

8. Jessamine Lovelace from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

JessieIt took me a really long time to actually feel anything for Jessamine. I eventually did, obviously, and by the end I even shed a tear when she died. But Jessie was definitely not an easy girl to love, at least by me.

9. Wren from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I had a huge problem connecting with Wren from Fangirl. I hated how she treated her sister. I get that she needed her independence and be her own person, that’s more than fine, but things don’t have to be all or nothing. She could have gone her own way, but not completely forget that she had a sister who also needed her.

10. Jacob from the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

I was never, even remotely, on team Jacob. I just never really clicked with him… And I kind of liked him (just a tiny bit) more on the movies (because of Taylor Lautner… *not sorry!*). The truth is, I never got why he was so into Bella, because he’s into her more or less from the starts and it annoyed me.

Top Ten Tuesday: Perfect Male Specimens 101

It’s Tuesday again! Where is the time going?! o_O … So it means, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, and today’s theme is: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

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I have to admit that I was a bit at a lost here, I had no idea what to write about, but luckily Kat @Life and Other Disasters, gave me a fantastic idea, she said “Or books that have the perfect fictional crush in them.” and I LOVED IT! With that in mind, welcome to my Top Ten Books with Perfect Male Specimens 101.

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

By now it comes to no surprise to anyone, but I have a huge crush on James Carstairs. But these books have multiple sources of perfect (or close to it) male specimens, being Will Herondale a perfect example of a man who makes most of the book community swoon (am I right?). Other perfectly good example, for me, of a swoon-worthy man in this series is Gideon Lightwood (the scones under the bed… wow). Between Jem, Will and Gideon, a lot of crushable guys here.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Levi is as crush-worthy as they come. I couldn’t stop myself from loving the hell out of him in Fangirl, even when he kind of messes up, because his character feels so real and so absolutely perfect. He always sees the bright side of things and people, he’s always happy, and the poor guy can’t stay away from the girl he loves for one single day… wow.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

77493_originalWe (all of us who have read Sarah J. Maas books) can all agree that she’s a master at creating men, especially Fae hunks. Now, all the 3 main males from this book are pretty swoon-worthy, and I’m not even mentioning how gorgeous and hot they are, but I’m super partial to Tamlin…

Poor Tamlin, who has forgotten how to flirt, who thinks that “your hair is clean” is enough for… something… oh, but he learns! Soon it’s all “let’s go for a swim” “dance for me” and all those other stuff, so yeah, pretty crushable (especially from all of Feyre’s accounts of their intimate moments).

Then we have Lucien (the red hair kills me), who left his family and all he had for his love. WOW! And then Rhysand, the most beautiful man that Feyre has even seen – and she lives with Tamlin and Lucien. Rhys is kind of amazing and full of potential, I just want to see more of him.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Romance is never the main plot of this book, but the perfectness that is Elias is hard to ignore. This guy, who has trained to be a ruthless killer for years on end, has so much more to him… he’s kind, compassionate, he doesn’t want to kill, or fight, he just wants to be free. He’s attracted to his BFF but doesn’t act on it because he doesn’t want things to be weird and he doesn’t want to lose her. He helps a slave (and something more than help…)… The whole time I was reading about him, I couldn’t help but sigh and swoon.

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

It will be weird if you haven’t read this book before, so you really need to take this class seriously and read it, only then will you understand why a guy who has all his wives murdered at dawn can be so perfect and honestly, one of the most perfect male specimen that I found in any kind of books.

But trust me, Khalid is perfect, truly perfect! Again, once you ignore the fact that all his brides die. But the relationship he has with Shazi, and the kind of love he has for her, is seriously relationship goal.

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

One name people, Peter K.! This guy is seriously swoon worthy – I feel kind of weird saying this because he’s definitely way too young for me. But he’s so sweet and he cares so much, that it’s impossible not to fall a bit in love with him while reading these books.

7. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Remember when I said in point 3 how amazing Sarah J. Maas is at creating fictional men? It doesn’t end there. Throne of Glass is full of amazing men, all of them are pretty hot and pretty great. I’m a bit more partial to Dorian (prince, fights for what he loves, etc) and Rowan (200 years suffering for a lost love), but you might like Chaol better and that’s totally ok, because he’s pretty amazing as well. Or maybe Aedion?! I know Aedion rocks my boat, but that’s just me… Not even going to mention Sam, because I haven’t read The Assassin’s Blade yet.

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Come on, a list of books with perfect men, you couldn’t really expect that I wouldn’t include the one fictional character that has been driving women crazy for more than 100 years, right?! Oh Yeah, the one and only, Mr. Darcy! I don’t think I need to explain this one…

9. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I just find Lincoln pretty perfect, because I relate so much to him. The way he loves is so full and complete…

And I think Christine and Beth say it best:

“Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”

“I didn’t know someone could love me like this,” she said. “Could love me and love me and love without…needing space.”

10. The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

Mason Milton, people! Read this book, for real, as soon as it is out. It’s so worth it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

And it’s Tuesday again! The Top Ten Tuesday theme this week is “Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds“, which surprisingly was harder than I thought to come up with 10. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. So, without further ado…

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1. Cath – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is the ultimate book nerd, she not only loves to read, but she loves to live inside their world. And Cath reading to Levi is the cutest thing ever.

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2. Celaena – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The girl loves a good book, even more than she loves killing (I hope)!

“I can survive well enough on my own — if given the proper reading material.”

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3. Dorian – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The second bookworm in this series is Prince Dorian. Come on, the Prince has a library in his room and it is said several times that he was born more of a reader than a fighter. And it’s so cute that he has books at the ready to send Celaena when she asks for books.

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4 & 5. Tessa and Will – The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

These two are such bookworms. She spends all her time surrounded by books and he knows the books by heart.

“One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

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6. Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

This one is mandatory. I bet not one single person is going to leave Hermione out of this list, am I right? Come on, at 11 the girl read the school manuals before even setting foot at the school.

7. Dante – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Dante loves to read and shares his love for books with Aristotle. It’s also very cute.

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8. Luke – The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Luke has a bookstore, which is kind of cool. Also, he’s one of my favorite characters from the Shadowhunters chronicles :).

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9. Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

True that Jane Austen tell us that for a woman to be accomplished she has to read and to all these other stuff, but Lizzie really did enjoy reading.

10. Catherine Morland – Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Other of Austen’s heroines that loved to spend a good deal of time with her nose in a book, especially if they were sordid and scandalous…

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

Second day!!! YAY! So, I was tagged by  to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge, and this is day 2 (you can see day 1 here). Once again, thank you so much , this is such an amazing tag/challenge!

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The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

For the second day I had to post something written by Rainbow Rowell, I just HAD TO! The trouble would be picking one, so instead of some of my favorites super meaningful quotes, I chose one that is so true, that’s a bit funny! So, here we go, from Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell.

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For this second day, I nominate:

 

Attachments (Rainbow Rowell)

>>>  Nº 8 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A funny book <<<

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“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . “

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories. 

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

>> Warning – SPOILERS AHEAD! <<

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I loved Fangirl, truly madly loved it. But on some levels I loved Attachments even more.

It’s impossible not to love Lincoln, Beth and Jennifer. And it’s actually impossible to hate anyone on the book… for a long time I really wanted to hate Chris, Beth’s boyfriend, because I felt that she deserved better than he was giving her, but I couldn’t hate him, because somehow, they all felt so genuine, so true… how can you hate a character for their honesty?!

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I identify with Lincoln in more ways than one… life is hard. I’m 30 and I’m still in school and I never ever want to leave. The thought of what to do next is terrifying, paralyzing at times, especially when you feel that the only thing you’re good at is actually being in school.

Moving on, I adored the ending. I liked that Lincoln actually put his life together before he got the girl. I loved that the girl made the first move. I loved that not everything has to start is a perfect way for it to be perfect, because life is messy.

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Oh my, Rainbow Rowell is becoming a favorite of mine, I’m hitching to pick up Eleanor & Park and I can’t wait to get my hands on Landline. I adore the way she writes and how her characters feel so relatable… I’m totally in love with this book!

Rating: 5 Stars

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Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)

> Nº 11 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book with a one-word title <

With a title like this, I just had to read this book. A few weeks ago, after prowling the bookstores of Lisbon and Barcelona for an English copy, I finally found one… in Oxford, obviously (it was 1 of the 9 books I brought from my recent trip to the UK). The cover is gorgeous, so having just finished Love at First Type, I decided that Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell would be a good book to start while still there. It was! I finished it in 3 days!

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“Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?” – Rainbow Rowell

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I could totally relate to Cath, though I never wrote fanfiction (or read it), but her reactions to everything new and her anxieties are all too familiar to me. Starting college is hard, actually, being anywhere new is always hard, no matter what age you are.

I loved this novel so much, I loved Cath, though I sometimes wanted to punch her, with her Simon shirts and her power bars under the bed… LOVED Levi (though there’s also a couple of moments where I could totally hit him) and the fact that he respected and admired Cath so much. Loved Reagan and the fact that people don’t have to click right away to become friends and that not all friendships look the same. I loved that no one is perfect and that it read true to me. I saw myself there and I’m just sorry that no Levi has ever crossed my path…

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Wonderful book! It’s more than just a coming-of-age book, it deals with a variety of subjects such as social anxieties, alcohol abuse, bipolar disease and dyslexia… while mixing it up with the Simon Snow universe (which is basically Harry Potter… the school is where they shot the movies and everything…) and a lot of Simon/Baz fanfic… you know… you should give it a try =D.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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