The Hate U Give \\ Spoiler-Free Review

The Hate U GiveTitle: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Format: Hardcover

Spoiler Review: to be posted


Synopsis

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.

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A Map for Wrecked Girls \\ Spoiler-Free Review

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A Map for Wrecked GirlsTitle: A Map for Wrecked Girls

Author: Jessica Taylor

Publisher: Dial Books

Genre: Contemporary, Adventure

Format: Hardcover

Spoiler Review: coming soon


Synopsis

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.

To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

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The Upside of Unrequited \\ Spoiler-Free Review

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The Upside of Unrequited Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Contemporary

Format: Hardcover (Owlcrate edition)

Spoiler Review: GoodReads

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | Review

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.

Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


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I’m really excited for this movie to come out, so I decided to read the book first. Plus I had  a very pushy friend who was about to force me to read it, so.

 

 

The writing style was perfect for a contemporary. Really easy to read, and very enjoyable. Same with the dialogue – none of it felt stressed or faked.

Which worked well, as it is also an LGBTQ book, so it’s important that is feels natural.

 

The plot was exactly to be expected from a contemporary – not necessarily complicated, but still interesting.

 

 

The characters were definitely my favorite part! Simon was such a fun main character, and I really enjoyed learning about his family and friends. They were all very realistic, and very relatable.

 

 

One of the best things about this book, is all the references to other books, movies, songs, stories etc.

For example: super random, but Tohru from Fruits Basket (which is one of my favorite mangas ever) was brought up, and it just made me so happy!

 

 

Overall Thoughts

This is most definitely a must-read contemporary! It’s super funny and relatable, and should be on your TBR!


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Contemporary Writing Playlist

Writers Wednesday

 

It’s summer!

 

…Well, for most of you, anyway. But it’s already warming up (thankfully), so I figured to help bring that summer feeling around, I’d make a writing playlist themed around Contemporary.

 

Let me know what you listen to when writing contemporary! Did I forget any bands or songs?


Echosmith – Cool Kids


One Republic – Counting Stars


Phillip Phillips – Gone Gone Gone


L’Orchestra Cinematique – Top of the World


Walk the Moon – Shut up and Dance


 

 

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