I’ve read a lot of books recently but I don’t have any “strong” feelings towards them so here are some mini-reviews!
The first two (yes, only two) books I read for #TBRJARRAT.
Style by Chelsea M. Cameron
Review: If you like the enemies to lovers and the opposite attracts trope look no further because Style is here! This follows “nerdy” Kyle who just wants to go to college and “cheerleader” Stella who is a closeted lesbian who looks forward to leaving home to wave her Pride Flag at a university. The two hate each other, but after being paired to do a project, they start to develop feelings…You know how it is. This was cute and fluffy but the writing was terrible and a tad bit cringy. The dialogue was choppy and full of cheese, but my heart still fluttered because I am a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope. There were also some discussions of sexuality and queer representation in media in which I thought was meaningful. Kyle also has a disability, and there are other queer characters in the story as well! If you can look past the terrible writing.
Lies my Girlfriend told me by Julie Ann Pearson.
Review: Honestly, I think Pearson and I will just never click, so I think this will be the last book I read by her. After Alix’s girlfriend, Swanne, dies of cardiac arrest, she looks into her old room to find some mementos but comes across a cell phone. What she sees on the cell phone is a bunch of lovey-dovey text messages by a mysterious L.T. aka Liliana. Alix texts Liliana, basically pretending to be Swanne and the drama ensues! I think this book was just not for me because I didn’t like the plot too much. It was all about lying and cheating, and everything would have been quickly resolved in Alix would just tell Liliana the truth. Throughout the entire book, Alix is like “omg I need to tell her but I won’t,” and as the reader, we know Liliana will eventually find out. Since it took too long to reach the peak of the story when Liliana actually found out there was no time to really give a damn anymore because the book was almost over. Also, Liliana deserves better than Alix and Swanne in my opinion.
Here are some random books I recently finished
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
Review: A good short reference book for those who want to learn more about gender pronouns! I thought I wouldn’t gain much from this, but I was pleasantly surprised. I learned that when asking for people’s pronouns, you shouldn’t say “what is your preferred pronouns” and I’m slapping myself for all the times I said that phrase. I like how the book doesn’t shame people who are still learning to adjust to nongendered language. I think it’s important for everybody to not misgendered individuals and it kind of sucks that society is taught to place a gender label on everything, including language. I love the duel point of view, especially the non-binary voice. I work at customer service, and I’m going to start using gender-neutral language the book suggests. I think this is a must read for EVERYONE, even schools because more children need to know how to use gender-neutral pronouns. I think workplaces should also incorporate this when training new employees as well.
Encyclopedia of Black Comics by Sheena C. Howard, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Christopher J. Priest
Review: An astounding collection of Black comic book/graphic novel artist! It was exciting learning about all these black artists and how much their life experiences, including parental abandonment, lack of representation in media and flat out racism inspire them to create art. Like the title says, it’s an encyclopedia, so it read like a textbook. However, the drawings were absolutely gorgeous and made the read totally worth it. I also need to check out all these black artists because I didn’t know most of them! In media, we hardly hear or see black artists (people of color artists in general), so I think this book does a great job of uplifting these artists. My favorites were Vita Ayala, Jamie Broadnax, Julian Chambliss, and Afu Njoki Richardson! Their stories were empowering, and I google a lot of their pieces, and of course, it was mesmerizing. Overall, a solid collection that I think fans of diverse art might enjoy!
Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright
Review: Perfect Harmony had a lot of potential, but it became your usual cliche young adult contemporary. Pippa is the leading cellist in her high school, but things start to shake up when Declan transfers to her school and claims he’s going to take her seat. They fall in love but then other people love them, love triangle, blah blah blah. The romance was flat; the love triangle seemed unnecessary. I usually don’t entirely mind them, but this was annoyed me to the moon because it was an overlapping one, so it was the center of the overall story. There was a lot of convenience scenarios, such as the jock so happens to like Pippa when Declan, the actual love interest transfers. We all know what happens in the end and I honestly was just bored with the entire story. Before Pippa started to like Declan, the second love interest, Noah, was a decent guy but change when Pippa began to question her feelings for Declan (the typical love triangle formula). I also grew annoyed with the “princess” nickname, even though Pippa did nothing “princess”- like. I mean, she’s described as a full out band nerd, so the nickname was just awkward and distracted the romance. (yes I get Pippa didn’t like it but still). As you might predict, the writing also suffered, it was just too cheesy. The reason why I’m giving this two stars and not one is that although the romance between Pippa and Declan felt a little cliche, I thought that as a whole, they were good for one another and was developed pretty well. Netherless, I did not enjoy reading this one, and it just wasn’t for me.
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