Jenny Han – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All The Boys I've Loved Before“It’s scary when it’s real. When it’s not just thinking about a person, but, like, having a real live person in front of you with, like, expectations. And wants.”

Synopsis: Jenny Han is an American writer of children’s & teen novels. Her notable works include The Summer I Turned Pretty (2009) & To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2014). To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is #1 in the Trilogy, followed by PS I Still Love You & Always and Forever, Lara Jean. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a 16 year old Lara Jean Song who keeps her love letters in a hat box that her mother gave her. However, these aren’t love letters that she has received; these are the ones she has written. One for every boy she has ever loved – 5 in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart & soul & says all the things that she would never say in real life, because her letters are meant for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed & suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from non-existent to out of control.

Review: I have never read any other books written by Jenny Han but after reading this trilogy, I think I will. I read all three books in one sitting guys, that should count for something. I really enjoyed the book, it was funny & cute & just one of those books that fed my cheesy romantic book moods. I am totally a hopeless romantic & I find such books to be super-duper cute. I love the Songs girls; their family is super cute. When Lara Jean’s hatbox goes missing & her letters somehow get sent, Peter Kavinsky, one of the 5 boys, receives his & decides to confront Lara Jean about it. EMBARRASSING, I could totally imagine that feeling of “dear Earth, please open up & swallow me whole, RIGHT NOW.” What I didn’t like was Lara Jean having feelings for Josh, her sister’s boyfriend & then ex-boyfriend. Because Lara Jean still has *some* feelings for Josh, she decides to get into a fake relationship contract with Peter because he recently broke up with his girlfriend Gen & he wanted to make her jealous. Which worked until obviously, the two developed feelings for each other. When they finally decided to try things out officially & then broke up, I was like oh hell. The book doesn’t really end on a cliff-hanger but like things aren’t right, if that makes any sense. The book also shows the importance of the strong bond between sisters & that sometimes you may need to take an adult like approach to things. I really appreciated their dad for being such an amazing dad, always supporting them & taking care of them especially after their mother passed away.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Stephanie Perkins – Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After“If you were my girl?” he says. “I’d steal you away from the fancy gatherings and take you somewhere less pretentious.”

Synopsis: Stephanie Perkins is an American author known for her Anna and the French Kiss series. Isla and the Happily Ever After is #3 in the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy. Isla and the Happily Ever After is the story of a hopeless romantic Isla who has had a crush on Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. After a surprise encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance may be closer than Isla ever imagined. As the two begin their senior year back in France, Isla & Josh are faced with challenges that every couple must face, including family drama, college future uncertainties, & the very possibility of being apart.

Review: Finally, after two books of not being that happy, Isla and the Happily Ever After makes a good book to read. Even though the story-line isn’t something so new. It’s one of the classic plots in the romance genre. One of the things I appreciate about the book is spreading awareness about Autism or high functioning Autism (also known as Asperger’s syndrome). I really liked how Isla explained that it’s not a problem, it just isn’t something that can be cured, it’s just that his (Kurt) brain works a little differently. In terms of being super-rational, literal meaning sarcasm & metaphors, difficulty in reading people’s faces, is so honest even when the person he’s talking to may not want him to be aren’t something he’s best at. He, however, loves routine meaning he dislikes change without being prepared for it well in advance. Also, I think Isla’s breaking up with Josh when she felt that she had to end things before he could, is something some people could relate to.

“Because if it hurts this much now,” I say, “I can’t imagine how much it’ll hurt when you come to this realisation yourself.”

All the sudden distance between the two makes Isla overthink, something that I & maybe others have done too.

“He hasn’t given me a chance to doubt him, but the more time we spend apart, the more clearly I see that our relationship was founded on unstable ground. His loneliness. How long will it take before he realises that having me as a girlfriend was easier than being alone? I was convenient. I was a distraction.

Josh is a romantic. He likes being in love, and he craves love to fill the void left by his absentee parents. Maybe our relationship didn’t happen quickly because we’re perfect for each other, but because we each got swept away by it – him because of his insatiable need, me because of my pre-existing crush. Did those three years of longing cloud my perception of reality? How well do I really know him? Since I’ve last seen him in person, I’ve been faced with several incarnations that I didn’t even know existed.”

“You’ve never been able to believe that he could like you as much as you like him. You were afraid he’d dump you. So you picked those fights to get a conversation going in which you could dump him yourself.”

But I’m so glad that she finally came to her senses & they are back together 😭😭

“Thanks to Josh, I am taking risks, I’ve learned that if I never leave those areas of my life that feel comfortable, I’ll never have a chance at a greater happiness. Accepting Dartmouth was a risk. Asking my sister to hang out with me was a risk. But the biggest risk of all is Josh himself. I don’t yet have the courage to give him the opportunity to say no. It’s impossible, the not-knowing, but it’s better than getting the wrong answer.”

The book was really funny, I finished it under 4 hours. I couldn’t put it down. I was glad to see Josh’s friends from Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door make their appearances in the book.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Get To Know Me

Me

Hellooooo! So as a get to know me kinda thing that @thebooknookae just did, I thought it would be great to be a part of it! So here are the 10 facts about me! 👇🏼

1️⃣My name is Seema & Im 18 years old (turning 19 on August 2nd!!!!! Im so excited as always)

2️⃣ Im a Pakistani but born & brought up here in Dubai 🇵🇰🇦🇪!

3️⃣ Im a coffee person ☕️ & I absolutely HATE tea. I loveeee @cariboucoffeeme ❤️, have you guys tried their Red Velvet Snowdrift?!!!! 😍😍😍😍

4️⃣My FAVVVVVVV shows are Greys Anatomy & Blindspot but I watch SOOOOOO many shows!!!

5️⃣Things I love collecting: Books, Stationery, Lipsticks, Nailpolishes & Bookmarks!! ❤️

6️⃣Im more of an ebook person & now im much faster on ebooks than paperbacks but I really do enjoy them! I think I would love to own a copy of all the books by my favourite authors: Colleen Hoover & Jodi Picoult

7️⃣My two favourite places to spend time are at the beach & in a bookstore (preferably @kinokuniya.uae )😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

8️⃣I love things that are travel themed & so one of my FAVVVV stores is @typoshop, if I had the money, im pretty sure half of it would be spent there & the other half at the bookstore

9️⃣Im terrified of every animal, insect or whatever

🔟 I love meeting new people & making friends but im not always a great conversationalist, sometimes i just prefer being on my own reading a book or watching a show



The only friend I’ve made here as a bookstagramer is @thebooknookae & she is an ABSOLUTE GEM, but I would love to get to know you all so hit me up ANYTIME!! 😁 I tag all the people in the bookstagram community! 😄

#books #bookstagramuae #bookstagram#10factsaboutme #gettoknowme

More Book Mail!

Book & Bookmarks Haul

I got mail! I purchased House Rules by Jodi Picoult from @prelovedbooksuae & received the beautiful customised handmade bookmarks from @thecraftstudio.ae !! Love them both so much! Definitely recommend them!

House Rules Synopsis: Jacob Hunt is a teenager: brilliant at maths, wicked sense of humour, extraordinarily organised, hopeless at reading social cues. And Jacob has Asperger’s. He is locked in his own world – aware of the world outside, and wanting to make a connection. Jacob tries to be like everyone else, but doesn’t know how.
When his tutor is found dead, all the hallmark behaviours of Jacob’s syndrome – not looking someone in the eye, odd movements, inappropriate actions – start to seem a lot like guilt to the police. And Jacob’s mother must ask herself the hardedt question in the world: is her child capable of murder?
The most powerful novel yet from Jodi Picoult will open your eyes to what it is like to be different in our society.

Super excited to read House Rules! If you’ve ever read it, let me know your opinions in the comments below!

Haul!

Diary of a Young Girl“I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”

I first saw The Diary of a Young Girl at my university’s book fair but I had already spent too much & had no money left 😭😭😭😂😂😂. #ProblemsOfABibliophile. My luck, @usedbooksuae had it available & I bought it. Additionally, I also bought the bookmark, it’s so beautiful!! ❤️. I received both in perfect condition & with a quick delivery. I felt really interested in reading books that have the storyline of The Holocaust especially after reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (I have a review on it on my blog, here’s a link: https://thebookierookieblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/06/jodi-picoult-the-storyteller/ )

Background: On this day, June 12th 1929, Anne Frank was born & on her 13th birthday she received an empty diary, & made her first entry. She was one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The Diary of a Young Girl is where she documented her life in hiding from 1942-1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War 2. She died while imprisoned at Bergen-Belsen, three months short of her 16th birthday. The day I received the package, June 12th, Anne Frank would’ve been 88.

Synopsis: The Diary of a Young Girl remains the single most poignant true-life story to emerge from the Second World War.

In July 1942 Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, hid in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Anne was thirteen when the family went into the Secret Annexe and, over the next two years, she vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such confined quarters, the constant threat of discovery, the hungry and the fear. Her diary ends abruptly when, in August 1944, she and her family were finally discovered by the Nazis.

Anne Frank died in March 1945, aged fifteen, in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

This book provides a deeply moving and unforgettable portrait of Anne Frank – an ordinary and yet an extraordinary teenage girl.

Really looking forward to reading it. Have you read The Diary of a Young Girl? Leave your opinions in the comments down below! 👇🏼

Stephanie Perkins – Lola and the Boy Next Door (#2)

Lola and the Boy Next Door“Just because something isn’t practical doesn’t mean it’s not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.”

Synopsis: Stephanie Perkins is an American author known for her Anna and the French Kiss series. Lola and the Boy Next Door is #2 in the trilogy, between Anna and the French Kiss & Isla and the Happily Ever After. Lola and the Boy Next Door is the story of Lola Nolan, a budding costume designer. For her, the more outrageous, sparkling & fun the outfit, the better. Everything is going perfect in her life especially with her Rock-star boyfriend, Max, until the Bell twins, Cricket & Calliope move back to their neighbourhood. When Cricket decides it’s time to step out from his sister’s shadows & back into Lola’s life, she must decide whether to finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Review: I liked the story-line, always was a sucker for love stories that began right under everyone’s noses without the characters knowing how they were meant to be. But, Lola was so indecisive about whether she wanted to be with Max or Cricket , it was basically constant whining. Max was described as a close to perfect boyfriend but obviously, for Cricket & Lola to end up together Max had to become the douche-bag. I liked that Lola’s character was unique in terms of the whole creating costumes but it got annoying when she was in a costume…it was a bit much. Also, Cricket’s name 😂, I was imagining an actual Cricket half the time 😂

Rating: 💎💎💎

Stephanie Perkins – Anna and the French Kiss (#1)

Anna and the French Kiss“I bought you love poetry! ‘I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.’”

Stephanie Perkins is an American author known for her Anna and the French Kiss series. Anna and the French Kiss is #1 in the trilogy, followed by Lola and the Boy Next Door & Isla and the Happily Ever After.

Synopsis: Anna and the French Kiss is about a girl named Anna living her life in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend & a crush on her movie theatre co-worker, who is just beginning to return her feelings. So, she’s less than thrilled when her father, a bestselling author, decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. Despite not knowing French, Anna becomes friends with some cool people, including the handsome Etienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her new best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken & she might be too.

Review: I liked the book but there were aspects that I believe could be better or changed. Firstly, Anna’s assumptions of French people hating Americans, maybe it’s just stereotyping. Secondly, considering that Anna was doing her senior year at a school for Americans, shouldn’t the staff & majority (if not all) of the students speak English? Thirdly, I really wanted Etienne to end things with his girlfriend but I also understand the feeling of not wanting to be lonely especially when his mother & him were going through such a tough time. Anna & Etienne are cute together, BUT he cheated on Ellie, which is never okay, even if she was a horrible person. It wasn’t just him that was in the wrong, it takes two to tango; Anna had an “almost boyfriend” & she did the same even though she wasn’t sure about her relationship status.

Rating: 💎💎💎