THAT’S A WRAP | SEPTEMBER 2019

September was a great month of reading for me! I read a lot of 4 and 5 star books. Volume-wise, I read more than I usually do to so that’s a win in my book (you see what I did there). Below are my brief reviews for each. For full reviews, check out my other blog posts.

Recursion – Blake Crouch

★★★★★

What a whirlwind of a novel! When technology is both your friend and your enemy. I really enjoyed the story line of this book. It kept me hooked the whole time.

Becoming – Michelle Obama

★★★

Look, for me this book didn’t live up to the hype. Michelle Obama’s life story is incredible and I think she is an amazing human. I just didn’t enjoy the book as much as I was hoping I would.

It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover

★★★★★

I really enjoyed this one. It was a beautiful story adapted from Hoover’s life. It’s inspired me to read more romance novels. Trigger Warning: domestic violence.

The Chestnut Man – Søren Sveistrup

★★★★★

What a page turner! This thriller had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Investigating multiple murders throughout the novel I couldn’t wait to find out what happens.

The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

★★★★

Great romance novel! Really cute and interesting story line. I would say this errs on the side of erotic but don’t let that turn you away.

Only Mostly DevastatedSophie Gonzales

★★★★

This was so adorable! Set to release in March of 2020, this LGBTQ YA (that’s a lot of acronyms) really pulled all the heartstrings. All. The. Feels.

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

★★★★

Oh the long awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. This was everything I needed. I was so upset at end of The Handmaid’s Tale that I needed to know what happened. If you loved The Handmaid’s Tale, definitely pick this one up.

The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory

★★★★★

I am seriously not normally a romance reader but I read so many this month and loved it! The Wedding Date is such a cute, funny contemporary romance story. The typical, “let’s pretend to be dating” story done really well.

Lock Every Door – Riley Sager

★★★★★

Sager is definitely a new go-to author for me after this one. So many twists and turns. You’ll never guess “who done it.” If you love psychological thrillers, be sure to read this book.

The Bride Test – Helen Hoang

★★★

I just wanted more from the sequel to The Kiss Quotient. It was definitely a slow build. It was a quick and easy read but with all the other great books I’ve read this month, it wasn’t the best.


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Book Review | Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales [Out March 3, 2020]

★★★★

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales is the story of boy meets boy over the summer at the lake in North Carolina. Ollie, our storyteller, is from California and thinks he’s going back to San Jose at the end of the summer. The intention is that they were just visiting his sick aunt and her family but when it’s time to go back, his family tells him they’re going to stay in North Carolina for his senior year of high school. Most people can relate to spending your senior year away from the people you grew up with.

Gonzales started off giving me major Grease vibes with this one. After the summer, Ollie starts school and immediately meets the “Pink Ladies” or the rose necklace girls. It turns out, Will, Ollie’s love interest from the summer, goes to the same school even though he lives outside of town and is apart of the “T Birds” or basketball player group. As I kept reading, the Grease vibes went away but it was a fun start. We learn that while Ollie grew up in California and has been out of the closet for years, Will’s family and friends think he’s straight. This really is your typical “jock-doesn’t-want-to-come-out-of-the-close- and-thinks-his-family-will-judge” story. Don’t get me wrong though it was absolutely adorable.

The story is told going back and forth between present-day Ollie and giving excerpts from his time over the summer with Will. I loved the relationship Ollie had with his cousins that he babysits since their mom is sick. Then we learn about how tender and kind Will is with the younger cousins and you can’t help but want to fall in love with Will too.

Look, was it a predictable teenage romance? Yes. But, did it hit all of my emotions? Yes. I smiled through most of this novel. I was reading it on a plane, and at one point I had to prevent myself from sobbing in public. Sophie Gonzales does an amazing job of telling a beautiful story of friendship, family, and love. I enjoyed it from start to finish. It honestly reminded me a lot of a YA Hallmark movie. I would recommend picking this one up when it comes out in March!

You can pre-order Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales on Amazon now!

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s press for my advanced e-copy!


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All opinions are my own.