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She’s The Worst || An ARC review

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Borrowed, Bought or ARC: This was an ARC granted to me through NetGalley and the publishers. I am very thankful for this opportunity.

Where did I get it?: As stated above, I got this from NetGalley.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre/s: Teens & YA

Number of pages: The ARC I read was 320 pages but it went by so quick.

Release date: Comes out September 3rd 2019

Sisters April and Jenn haven’t been close in years. Jenn’s too busy with school, the family antique shop, and her boyfriend, and April would rather play soccer and hang out with the boy next door.

But when April notices her older sister is sad about staying home for college, she decides to do something about it. The girls set off to revive a pact they made as kids: spend an epic day exploring the greatest hits of their childhood and all that Los Angeles has to offer.

Then April learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family—and their feuding parents—apart. With only one day to set things right, the sisters must decide if their relationship is worth saving, or if the truth will tear them apart for good.

  • The sister relationship was very real. I’ve seen a lot of people say the bickering is annoying but as a sibling, I thought it was pretty spot on. You always think your sibling only cares about themselves but at the end of the day, they do care about you and they will have your back.
  • The relationship between April and Nate was very adorable. I’m a firm believer in friendships makes the best relationship.
  • The whole idea of a “Special Sister Day”
  • The setting of LA was great. It gave them a lot to be able to do on that day out.
  • The cover of the book is super cute!
  • The pace of the book is great! I think I read it in about 2-3 hours.

  • The ending was too picture perfect. Basically what had been suggested and ignored in the start of the book, somehow magically works out at the end?
  • What was the point of April’s first boyfriend? Someone please tell me because April and Nate could have gotten together the same way without him.
  • The parents are horrible. Literally the worst.
  • Jenn waited wayyyyy too long to tell her parents the big secret and there is no way her plan for what to do would have worked out. College is super expensive. Just saying.

So while I was writing this review, I knocked my rating down a whole star. I had a great time reading this book and I flew through it, hardly taking notes. But there are so many plot details that I didn’t understand or were unbelievable, that I had to give it 3 stars. All in all, this book was pretty good. Three out of five stars is an enjoyable read though not one I might pick up again for a while. If you liked sister relationships, spontaneous adventure and a little bit of family drama, this book might be for you.

There we are, my thought on She’s the Worst. Have you read this? If you have, what did you think? If not, Do you plan to read it? Let me know!


August wrap up || My first month of blogging!

Holy moly y’all! I can’t believe it’s the end August already. September 5th will be an official whole month of me blogging! I’m so excited to have been around for this long! So here’s my month in review.

I read fourteen books!

  • I joined WordPress and set up a schedule. I posted around 11 or 12 different posts!.
  • I started having trouble sleeping and tried talking valerian root to help.
  • I started a job was a waitress and then took a host position instead.
  • It was my fiancee’s birthday! She turned 25!! We drove down to a neighboring county and spent the day before out there.
  • I started a twitter: @ BookswithDana


  • I lost a friend
  • Same room
  • You’re somebody else
  • The Lover Album

TV shows and movies

  • The last two seasons of OITNB
  • The last 4 seasons of The Office
  • Restarted OITNB
  • Detective Pikachu
  • Love After Lockup

This section got WAY longer than I thought it would but these are some of the posts people I follow wrote this month that I want to make sure y’all see!

Small WordPress Tips & Tricks that’ll Go a Long Way ft. html, themes & more! by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea

Just general tips to help with WordPress

Back to School: College YA Edition by Christy and Claire  @ imallbookedup

A list of YA books based around/in college. I now want to read all of them

Blog Tour: All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle | Review + Playlist + Dream Cast by Leelynn @ sometimes Leelynn Reads

Wow Leelynn worked so freaking hard on this and you can really tell. I am so proud of her and I can’t wait to read this

The 5 Most Disappointing Books I’ve Read So Far This Year by May @ Forever and Everly

This was posted the week I started blogging and I loved May’s take on what to post for national book lovers day!

How to: pretend that you know what you’re doing + useful resources from around the community! by Ally @ Ally Writes Things

Literally posted 2 days before I started my blog and taught me a few things to get ahead as well as linking other similar and helpful posts!

One Star Reviews – A Discussion by Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog

Talk (respectfully) about our thoughts on one star ratings and when or if we give them

If You Liked These, You Might Also Like… by Anniek @ Anniekslibrary

I love this post! I sometimes do a similar thing in certain reviews but I love seeing a bunch recommendations stacked together!

Honestly this month has been pretty great for me. Starting a book blog feels amazing and I’ve already made a ton of friends and found books I wouldn’t have otherwise. I am so grateful for this community and I can’t to wait to continue to be a part of it.

Let me know how your August was! What was your favorite book or post this month?

The Blogger Recognition award

Big thank you to Kitty for tagging me in this!!

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How Devour Books with Dana Started

I’ve always loved reading. In high school, I was supposed to meet with my teacher to discuss the book I read during SSR and I was reading so much that she couldn’t meet with me every book. I constantly had a library pass in my hand, to the point where they gave me a laminated one and I just wrote on it with dry erase. But this blog didn’t happen because any of that. This blog started because at 4am or so one night, my best friend called me and asked me to tell her a story. And my mind went blank. So the next morning I started looking up books to read her if she needed that again or even books I could read, And that’s how I found book blogs and decided to make my own.

Two Pieces Of Advice For Book Bloggers

2.)  Keep organized

I personally keep a planner to write down what ARCS I have, when they are due, when I plan to post what and when I plan to write it out. I also keep my books separated by to-read, currently reading, library books and books I own and have or haven’t read. I will be doing a post on this hopefully in September but if not definitely in October.

Also sometimes the WordPress document creator doesn’t work for me when I’m at home on my wifi, I’m not sure why. I’ve found a way around it by connecting to my phone hotspot loading a open document page and then connecting back to my wifi. But if I don’t have data or something like that, I have a 8 page Word document on my laptop where I type up the post and then I only have to format, copy and paste when I am at the library or get WordPress to work.

2.) Don’t be afraid to interact! (Most important)

Please, please don’t be afraid to start reaching out to other bloggers. See something on their upcoming TBR you want to read? Say something! You can ask to buddy-read or even just say you plan on reading it soon too and can’t wait to see what they think! Have you read a book on their upcoming TBR? Tell them if you thought it was good!! If they talk about a book and what they say makes you want to read it or not, tell them that too!!!

Make a twitter!! It is so much easier to connect with others right away on twitter. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask questions!! You can ask Leelynn, I still ask her questions almost every day about how to do something on WordPress or twitter or even what something means or how to get involved in the community.

People I am tagging… No pressure and sorry if you’ve done this already

September TBR

Happy almost September y ‘all! This year is really flying by! This coming month, I will be taking part in two read-a-thons. First is the ATLA read-a-thon and also a House Battles read-a-thon. I’ve tagged the twitters of both so you can check them out too!



I have two ARC’s coming out in the middle or later portion of the month so they are at the top of my list to read. Six Goodbyes We Never Said is an ARC from NetGalley due to be published September 24th. I was so excited to be approved for this book because I think the blurb sounds great. This also counts as my Arithmancy (Books with a number in the title) for House Battles.

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Somewhere Along the Way By Kathleen Knowles is the other ARC coming out in September. It comes out September 10th. I will probably read this one first so I can get a review up on or around release day.

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I love the musical Hamilton and I probably already own three or 4 books, both fiction and non-fiction, about him. However when I went to go pens for work at the dollar store, I wandered through the book section as a joke and found this! For a dollar, I figured why not? (Counts as my History class in House Battles)

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This will be the second time you’ve seen this book on a TBR for me. I was supposed to read it in August and just…. didn’t? Then I joined the ATLA readathon on twitter and joined the Fire Nation. One of our prompts is read a book based on an interesting villain. I was going to pick another fairytale based book until Leelynn suggested using this one!


Y’all can also thank Leelynn for this one. I started the audiobook in August as a trial for audiobooks. But with Dumplin’ clocking in between 371-400 pages, I could not wrap my head around spending almost TEN hours listening to it. So it also joined my ATLA readathon list as my “Give a book a second chance” challenge (also counts as DADA: Book you gave up on before for House Battles.) But this time I’m getting a copy to read, not to listen to.

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I picked up Emergency Contact in August at the local Books-A-Million. It was hanging out in the bargain section and I thought the cover was super cute. I think the idea of this book is SO cute and I really want to read it right now! (Also counts as Charms: Book new to you, for House Battles)


I decided to try something new and I had my fiancée, Alice, pick a number between 1 and whatever the last number on my TBR list was. I am sure it has changed by now. But then I took that number and found the book labeled with it to pick my last planned book for September. I added this to my TBR in January so I’m glad to finally have a plan to read it.

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The Chaos of Standing Still is going to count as my Herbology book (book that means a lot to you) for House Battles!


With the Fire on High is a book I’ve heard so many people talk about that I knew I had to read it! It fits perfectly in the Muggle Studies (hyped up book) and Divination (predicted 5 star read) classes for House Battles!


This is the group book for ATLA read-a-thon. This is the one book on this list I’m not sure I will actually be reading but we will see!

Personally, I don’t plan all of my books and often books get shifted if I get approved for an ARC or if I find a book at the library I really want to read. Also I tend to push off books I own in favor of library books even though, as long as there isn’t a hold for them. So this is just a small planned list compared to what I am actually going to read.

Do you have any of these on your TBR? What book are you most looking forward to in September? Let me know!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d like in my personal library!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then we all post our top ten list that fits that topic. Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics here you can plan ahead.If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!

This is my first week participating in TTT and I’m super excited about the topic!!

That was a lot of fun, going through books I have or haven’t read to see what I want to buy. Do you have any of these? Do you plan to buy them? Let me know!!

A Year In Her Life || An ARC Review

Warning: This review is not a good one. There may be mentions of sexual assault, the 2016 election, abusive relationships and heavy drinking as well other heavy topics. If you choose to read this book, please proceed with caution and be sure to take breaks if you need them. Remember, no book is as important as your mental health. I’m always open to talk and listen over here, it’s the fastest way to reach me. Okay now… Let’s get on with this.

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Borrowed, Bought or ARC: This was an ARC granted to me through NetGalley and the publishers. I am very thankful for this opportunity.

Where did I get it?: As stated above, I got this from NetGalley.

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Genre/s: LGBT+ Fiction, Women’s fiction

Number of pages: The ARC I read was 533 pages.

Release date: Came out July 16th 2019

Bonnie is a young woman, engaged and passionate about her new job, her feminist ideals, and her friends. Bonnie is also single and looking for a soulmate. Her last boyfriend dumped her after she supported him through law school. Her new boyfriend is nice, but a little boring and they’re not attuned politically. Then Bonnie meets Jane. She’s a little older, experienced, and compelling. They share a commitment to feminism and social justice. Unfortunately, Jane is married. Still, Bonnie finds her attraction growing. She denies it because Jane is off limits, but Bonnie is compelled and sure the attraction is mutual.

Set in 2016, the election is a backdrop to Bonnie’s turbulent year of searching for love. This is a story of growth and maturation told in a voice that grows from timid to hopeful to confident and explores the complexity of relationships as well as themes relevant to the current times

The saving grace of this book for me was the friendship that Bonnie had with Linda and Vickie. No matter what happened and how much time had passed since they had seen each other, Linda and Vickie never gave up on Bonnie. They loved her regardless. Friendships like that are so pure and rare that it was really heartwarming to see.

This book was very hard to finish, I often use books as a way to step out of real life and catch my breath and relax but I could not do that with this book.

It felt slow moving and repetitive on top of covering many social issues. While I appreciate the author bringing these issues to light, there wasn’t much of a break from them.. This books covers the election of 2016, topics of racism, sexual assault, abusive relationship, gaslighting and manipulation. They also mention abortion and cheating. I had to take multiple breaks because as I said, you rarely got a break from all of the hard topics.

There were also moments of sexual content which I was not prepared for since the other reviews and synopsis did not seem to indicate that would be included.

Towards the end, I was struggling to keep going and only did out of obligation to NetGalley and the Publishers.

One teacup out of five. I feel bad rating a book so poorly and sharing that with everyone. As I said before, if you do choose to read this, please make sure you take breaks if you need them!

Have you read or heard of this book? What did you think? I hope y’all are having a great day!

Down the TBR hole || Part 2

Hey Y’all! I’m back for round two of Down the TBR hole. I moved this tag from every other Tuesday to every other SAturday due to planning issues. But! I really enjoyed doing this because some of these books, I hardly remember adding so I’m going to keep going. If your list feels like it has gotten out of hand, I totally recommend doing this! So let’s see the 10 books of the week!

Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.

Order on ascending date added.

Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time. I picked 10.

Read the synopses of the books

Decide: keep it or should it go?


A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world. Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

I’m not sure on this one. It has good reviews and has LGBT content but I’m not sold.


A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman. . . .

Ireland, 1912 . . .

Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage to survive. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that fateful night again.

Chicago, 1982 . . .

Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her great-grandmother Maggie shares the painful secret about the Titanic that she’s harbored for almost a lifetime, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads both her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home poignantly blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants

You know when you’re a kid and you have that one historical event or time that you’re obsessed with? Mine was the Titanic but I never grew out of it so I need to read this!!

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An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades

Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss—while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past.

Alive with an urgent, unshakable tenderness, Julie Buntin’s Marlena is an unforgettable look at the people who shape us beyond reason and the ways it might be possible to pull oneself back from the brink. 

I’m going to keep this one. It sounds pretty good to me and the reviews are nice. It’s not at the top of my list but maybe someday.


It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

This just doesn’t seem interesting to me anymore. That’s what happens when you let some books sit on your TBR for two years.


Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school. 

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside

There is just something about this one that I can’t let go. But I’m also not sure I want to read it?? Brain??? What are you doing???


Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she’s unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she’ll always be trapped in the past.

Again, this is just one that I don’t even remember putting on here and I didn’t get the “I need to read this” feeling. Pass!


We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along. Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world. Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever

I just like the sound of it! Plus I’ve hear Emery Lord’s books are pretty good so I’ll start with this one!


John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern’s insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

I love the cover art which was first called me to this book. And yes, I judge a book by the cover.

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A charming and imaginative new novel about getting lost before you can be found.

Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, not lose them, exactly. Things just seem to…disappear. 

They each receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost. And by the time they finally meet in person, they realize that the things you lose might be things you weren’t meant to have at all, and that you never know what you might find if you just take a chance.

The Lost & Found is a bighearted novel about connections (missed and found), family (the kind you’re born with and the kind you make for yourself), and unexpected journeys (on the road, and of the heart), from an author who Publishers Weekly called “a fierce new presence.

Fun fact about me: If you put the theme of found family in a book, I am 100% going to read the heck out of it.


AP exams—check
SAT test—check
College application—check
Date the wrong guy and ruin everything you’ve spent your whole life working for—check

Super-achiever Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has never had room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection is derailed when her boyfriend leaks a private picture of her to the entire school—a picture only he was supposed to see. Making matters worse, her parents are getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Vivi feels like a complete and utter failure.

Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new group of friends who know nothing about her past. That includes Evan, a gorgeous guy who makes her want to do something she never thought she’d do again: trust. For the first time in her life, Vivi realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? While she tries to figure it out, she learns something they never covered in her AP courses: that it’s okay to be less than perfect, because it’s our imperfections that make us who we are.

Again, I don’t remember anything about this book or adding it. Also I’m kinda tired of super smart AP taking MC’s. Those of you taking AP courses, I’ll see you in the comments.


From the bestselling author of Catching Jordan comes a contemporary YA you won’t forget.

The finish line is only the beginning.…

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind-and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

Just like the picture says, it’s not for me. Nothing wrong with it, just me not being interested.

And there we go! The 10 books of this round. I did pretty good, I got rid of 5 of them! I’ll be back with this tag on

Are there any books this round that you think I should keep? Any I should toss out? Leave me your thoughts below!

The Hate U Give || Book Review and Buddy Read with Kitty

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Before I get into the book, I just want to say what an amazing experience it was to buddy-read with Kitty. She brings so many good thoughts to the discussions and is totally flexible if I’m running late or need a day longer. You should really check her blog out. She’s exteremly active and she is so, so kind. This was first buddy-reading experience and I’m very glad it was with her. We will also be buddy-reading Girl Made of Stars together! Okay! Now into the book!

Bought, borrowed or ARC: I borrowed this from my local library! I get most of my books from here!

Published: February 28th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Pages: The copy I read had 444 pages.

Where can you get it? Here are some links to brand new, physical copies of this book.*

I do not make any money off of these links. This is simply to make it easier for you to find the book and compare prices. I normally buy my books at Books-A-Million since I have a membership with them.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. 

I don’t know what to say. Actually, I have so much to say!!! This book was amazing. I am so glad I finally checked it out. It focuses on real life issues but gives you time to breath and laugh while reading. There were times I was crying and times I was covering my mouth so I didn’t laugh.

Some things I want to really focus on that this book did well are…

  • YA parents who stay active and are loveable.
  • Bringing in social issues without being overwhelming. (Racism, violent cops, guns and drugs)
  • Minority friendships. (Also just really strong friendships)
  • Shared/ Blended families.
  • The characters in general, I felt so attached to each and everyone!
  • Interracial relationships.
  • Community and what that means.
  • The book never felt like it dragged on. I was sad when I finished, not relieved.
  • This book also talks about grief in a very realistic and relatable way.

So I literally have nothing to add here other than I was sad that it ended. I had no issues with this book and loved every second.

Five teacups out of five! If you can’t tell, I absolutely adored this book. I will looking to add it to my own personal library and will be checking out the author to see what else she has wrote.

Before I close this out, I want to thank Kitty one more time for being my amazing buddy during this book!

Have you read The Hate U Give? What did you think? Are there any books by Angie Thomas you think I should read? Let me know!!!

All The Love You Write || An ARC Review

This book was an ARC gifted to me by the publisher and author through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own honest thoughts and do not reflect the author or publisher in any way.

Publisher: Melange

Author: D.G. Driver

Genre/s: Romance, Teens & YA

Release date: August 20th 2019

Bethany and Mark are from two different lives. Bethany is an honors student in the debate club. She dreams of going to college and succeeding there. Mark doesn’t do as well academically and is in the JOTC, heading into the army. He has had a crush on Bethany since they were little. With the help of two ghosts with invested interest in Mark, they try to bridge the gap between their worlds even as others try to push them apart.

Bethany was the best thing about this book.She made an effort to change how she looked at the world and defended her relationship to anyone who questioned them. She was also realistic about how hard a long distance relationship can really be.

I also really enjoyed the concept of the book though I think it could have come together a little better. Switching POV’s was a good way to let us see what was going on through the eyes of each major character.

I loved the dedication of this book. We always think our grandparents will be around forever and we will have time for their stories later. We should all make an effort to listen and learn their stories while we can.

While this book had some good components , some parts were a little too mushy for me.

The similarities between Mark and Bethany and Joe and Eileen were sometimes too much. I understand why it was set up that way but I wish Mark and Bethany had been able to have their own relationship that wasn’t always compared to his grandparents.

I found it really hard to like Eileen after she started messing with Bethany. It didn’t seem fair to me to punish Bethany for what was going on. Not everyone can handle being in a relationship where one is in the military and that should be Bethany’s decision to make.

All in all, I would give this book a 3 out of 5. It is an okay book and I had no issue reading or finishing it. However I don’t think it will stick with me as long as some other books would. I think if you like paranormal, romance and historical fiction mixed into one, you might like this!

The Netflix Tag

I recently followed Siobhan and she had this tag so even though she didn’t tag me, I decided to do it . I’m not sure who started it but I watch a lot of netflix and thought this tag was so cool! So let’s get into it, shall we?

Recently Watched | The last book you finished

This was a pretty good book! It was 202 pages so it made a quick read. I got it off of bookbubs when it was free for Amazon Kindle. I am definitely going to look for the rest of the series since the first book ends on a cliffhanger.

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Top Picks | A Book That Has Been Recommended to You Based on What You’ve Previously Read

Goodreads recommended this to me because I read It’s Not Like It’s a Secret. I actually had this on my TBR anyway so it works out!


Recently Added | Last book you purchased

I guess the last book is technically Tainted but the last book I got from the bookstore would be The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. I actually bought it with a few others but yeah.

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Popular on Netflix | Books That Everyone Knows (Two You’ve Read, and Two You Have No Interest in Reading)

The two I’ve read would have to be Harry Potter and The Book Thief. I love both of these books a lot. They both make must reads and owns for me.

So I actually had to really think about the two that I have no interest in. The two I came up with are Aurora Rising and Six of Crows! Sorry guys but they just aren’t my kind of books.

Pardon the huge images, I couldn’t figure out to change the size in the code. I also couldn’t figure out how to link the pictures so I linked the titles.

Comedies | A funny book

I’m currently listening my way through an audiobook of Dumplin and I really can’t stop laughing and smiling through the whole thing. I like it a lot more than the movie.

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Dramas | A Character Who Is a Drama Queen/King

He is technically a real king too but Joffrey Baratheon is the biggest drama queen in all of Westeros. Also I hate him.

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Animated | A Book with Cartoons on the Cover

Wicked counts, right? I got Wicked and its series for Christmas in 2018. In fact, I think I may have begged for it? Only to promptly set it on a shelf and grin before not touching it for months. I should probably start it before my aunt finds out. Hi Aunt Jessie!

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Watch It Again | A Book or Series You Want to Reread

Honestly, I find it crazy that out of the 10 or so of these I read, nobody said Harry Potter!! I love Harry Potter. I talked about it in this post and in my Top favorite books of all time post. But yes, sometime soon-ish, I would love to sit down and read Harry Potter again.

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Documentaries | A Nonfiction Book You’d Recommend to Everyone

So don’t hate me, but this is another one I haven’t read yet but plan to! It’s on hold at my library, they just have ship it from somewhere else in the county. I am currently barreling my way through the last season of OITNB on Netflix (Thanks anxiety for keeping me up) so I thought when it was over, I would start the book.


Action and Adventure | An Action-Packed Book or Series

So I’m really not a series person or an action book person. I tend to read the same kind of books over and over. I’m working on stepping out of that but I haven’t gotten the chance so…. The Hunger Games series! I actually really like this series. Bonus fact, we ended up reading this in 10th grade, right after I read it for the first time. I did not reread it and did all the work by memory.


New Releases | A Book That Just Came Out or Will Be Coming Out Soon That You Can’t Wait to Read

This is my fiancee’s birthday gift but I can’t wait her for to finish it once it comes in so I can steal it. We both love Ruth Ware, in fact I think between the two of us, she may be the only auto-buy author we have!

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And here we are at the end! What did you think of my picks? Any you agree or disagree with? Thoughts on the fact that I won’t read Aurora Rising or Six of Crows? Let me know!!