And I’m back with the book reviews! Well, just one. For now 😉 Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills was my first read of 2018 and 1) I loved it, 2) it was the perfect book to kick-start the new year, 3) it was freaking adorable and nerdy and hilarious and the characters were endearingly awkward and exceptionally witty, 4) I could go on, 5) okay, I will (see below), 6) I’ll be picking up more Emma Mills books in the near future. Read on for more of my barely-coherent and, more importantly, spoiler-free fangirl ramblings.
YA, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
YA and older ☺️ Really anyone who enjoys a light-hearted, sweet, adorable, and funny romance ❤️
Overview (From book jacket)
When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will into a class production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year.
Smart, funny, and thoroughly, wonderfully flawed, Claudia navigates a world of intense friendships and tentative romance in this book about expanding your horizons, allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and accepting – and loving – people for who they really are.
An all-girls school and an all-boys school
Gah, these characters! 😍 I want to be friends with all of them! Okay, well, maybe not ALL of them. But definitely with Claudia, and- wait, no. I mean, yes, with Claudia, but I’ll refrain from listing all the other ones I’d also like in my Inner Circle. No sense in spoiling all the awesome character development and reveals for you.
What I Liked
Well, aside from the vaguely aforementioned characters… so much! There was SO MUCH to like in this book!
I’ll expound a liiiiiittle bit in regards to the characters. I think they reminded me of my own friends. We have similar conversations on a regular basis (and we get together to play video games). Actually, I’m now about to embark on a fairly well known MMORPG. World of WarCraft. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? 😜
I also liked that every bit of information delivered through character conversations, interactions, descriptions, events, recalls, etc. was (I felt) very deliberate and essential to the development of the story (and obviously spectacularly written). It all contributed to moving the story along and furthering the reader’s understanding of each character and their motivations. But wait! You might argue that all novels are like that. Or, at least, are supposed to be like that. Perhaps yes, perhaps no. I just felt like it was more obvious in Foolish Hearts. Obvious, but not overwhelming or out of place. I never once felt like the content or the writing style took me out of the story. I was all in for the long run. Which I, admittedly, wish was longer, because I could do with a little more of these characters and their lives.
But that brings me to my next liking-point. I liked that this was a stand alone. No major cliffhangers here! Everything was wrapped up sufficiently, in my opinion. Woot-woot! (Or, I guess, as far as I know this is a stand alone. If I’m wrong, 1) please let me know and 2) tell me where I can find info on the next book!)
Last, but not least, the romance! (Because of course 😆) I loved how Mills depicted each couple and everything about their relationships – how and why they worked; how and why they didn’t; how they grew, both together and as individuals; etc. Just. Everything. It was endearing, adorable, romantic, and real.
What I Liked a Little Less
…I really don’t think there was anything I didn’t like…
Foolish Hearts gets 5/5 ✨ Thank you, Emma Mills, for a wonderful story! ❤️