ARC Review : Let’s Talk About Love

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★★★★★

Hello, everyone! My name is Marta and after I review this book, I’ll rant about how some of us perceive diversity and why this should stop. Stay with me while I rant about misconceptions and how we don’t do enough as reviewers. 

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My review

First of all, I want to thank Macmillan US for sending me this copy of Let’s Talk about Love, this hadn’t influenced my rating/review in any way.

  • This book is lots of fluff. I mean it. Think about the fluffiest book you’ve ever read. Okay. Now multiplicate this by 100 and you get this book. So fluffy.
  • Diversity is important in this book. Alice is asexual, biromantic and a black woman, she’s also struggling with coming out (about her asexuality) and speaks out on numerous moments about the fact that people shouldn’t have to come out. People should never assume your sexuality or romantic preferences, never. It’s not okay. Don’t do that.
  • Really so many issues are being discussed in this book – Alice speaks about her asexuality frequently, but also about how it’s harder for her as a black biromantic woman to get opportunities in this world.
  • Alice was highly relatable. I loved how she overthought everything, she was very considerate when making hard decisions. For example, she comes from a very rich family and she’s always questioning whether she takes too much from her parents. She has a job because she wants to be independent and when it comes to choosing her career path, she’s determined not to let her mother dictate her life just because it would be financially easier for her.
  • She’s working in a library. This alone should give this book bonus points because this is my dream job when it comes to summer jobs (but hey, in Romania, there are no chances to work in a library as a youngster, thanks)
  • She’s such a nerdy person. She has a cute color code, which is the best thing I’ve ever heard. I think I should start one too! Also, she writes essays on tv shows, there are the 100 mentions, yaay!!
  • I loved the inclusion of therapy. It’s not a bad representation of therapy – no conversion shit or anything. Alice sees a therapist that is actually understanding and genuinely tries to help her. It was refreshing to see this because usually psychologists are used in a negative way in plotlines. Have you noticed? I’ve only read books with them sleeping with their patients, murdering someone or just being assholes. *whispers* We’re not all that bad. *whispers*
  • I loved how asexuality played a huge part of this and it meant a lot to Alice, but it wasn’t her entire personality. She was compassionate, kind, sometimes selfish, she had hobbies. She wasn’t definied only by her being asexual. She was a whole person.
  • Her love interest, Takumi is absolutely the cutest. Near the end of the book, I was really concerned about what he’s going to do, but I loved how everything turned out. You see, Takumi isn’t asexual, actually he even mentions he didn’t know much about it until Alice told him that she is asexual. I loved how he researched it and the fact that Claire Kann didn’t make him decide instantly that he wants to jump into a relationship. I’m sure that many couples that are formed by asexual and sexual individuals had lots of conversations in the beginning of their relationship and worked out things, compromised and everything else.
  • I love how their relationship was based on friendship. It was the cutest, this one has one of my favourite romantic tropes. Go read the book and then ask me what it is. Muhahaha, I’m so evil!!!
  • The friendships were relatable. Alice is 19 years old and she’s struggling between keeping her friends from ‘before college’ and making new ones at college. I think most of us struggle with this. I know I did. I know I still do. I liked how her friendships were imperfect, but it was clear that they would do anything for each others. It was pretty real.
  • The romance was beautiful. Enough said. 
  • Check out the book on GR here.

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Discussion on how we review diverse books

I know I’ve mentioned before that I’m highly interested in this book because of the asexuality representation – I’ve also mentioned that I’m not using a label as I’m still figuring out things for myself, but it’s still very important for me. It’s very important to me that there are books where there’s no romance at all or books where asexual individuals get their happiness in the form of romance if that’s what they want.

Then this review happened and I got even more passionate about this book. This review made me wonder a lot about how we write reviews on diverse books (especially when it comes to diversity that we don’t know much about/aren’t doing a lot to gett educated) :

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In my opinion, this review is at least, insensitive to asexuals individuals : the book turns out to be an asexual romantic fantasy – as if in real world, asexuals never get the cute, sweet, fun love interest. I hate how this review says the book will appeal especially to asexual youth because diverse books aren’t written only for asexual people or for POCs or for mentally ill people or queer people. We have to understand that diverse books are written for the rest of us, too, because there’s this plague called discrimination. Claire Kann had many paragraphs in her book that were obviously written for people who weren’t asexuals, these having the purpose of educating – which is very kind of her since she doesn’t have to educate anyone (there’s internet for that).

The thing is I’m bothered by this review because it’s insensitive on so many fronts, I rarely see books that include heterosexual couples being called books that will appeal especially to heterosexual youth or that the love interest was too perfect to be true. So, why do it when it comes to minorities? NOPE. DON’T DO IT. IT’s not okay. 

Don’t tell asexual people that they aren’t going to get romance and that having a healthy, kind relationship will always be a fantasy for them, what do you say?

I think it’s important to be aware of your prejudices, misinformation or any kind of phobia you might have before reviewing a book that might include that. You’re  hurting real people by offending those fictional characters that represent them.

I’m not saying, by any means, that I’m perfect and always reviewing diverse books as I should. I’m just saying that I try very hard not to offend anybody and come off as insensitive person. I probably offended people in the past by insulting one of their favourite characters or books, but that’s different from insulting a whole minority group. If I did that, I would apologize instantly and try better next time.

I think we all should be aware of the fact that we have biases, we still don’t know a lot about some subjects (for example, homosexuality used to be a crime/a mental illness in the past, but we progressed from that because we kept educating ourselves.). But it’s not okay to make statements without informing yourself first (especially if that information is available and in handy), there are many relationships between asexual and sexual people, they happen, they get married, are they living in a romantic fantasy? I don’t think so.

So, please if you review a book that is diverse and you don’t know a lot about the group they represent or the illness or anything between those lines, please either let other people (people that are from that minority) judge the representation or inform yourself before talking on the issue.

I know this discussion might have came off as harsh, but I think it’s important to consider those things.

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Have you read this book? Did you like it/are you excited about the release?

What are some tips you think everyone should take in consideration before reviewing diverse books?

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On Blogging, Social Media and ARCs

 

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Hello, everyone! I’m here with a set of tips and tricks on blogging, ARCs and social media. I was a bit hesitant towards making such a post because I’ve been blogging for only five months now and that’s not quite a long period – I wouldn’t be called an experienced blogger traditionally. But a few people asked me for this post and I would love to share what worked for me. I’m sure this post could help, at least, the newbies. So, here I am!

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Tips for blogging

 

  • I hate to say this, but design is important – make your blog look beautiful and welcoming. Don’t go overboard with it, but have a nice banner and some graphics. That’s what people will notice first – some people will not even read your content if they don’t like the overall look of it. I tend to put more importance on content, but liking what you see doesn’t hurt either.
  • When starting out, it’s important to engage with other people in the book community. I know it might be hard, at first, and you might feel disoriented, but search the WordPress Reader for book bloggers with similar tastes as yours and comment on their posts. Most of the time, they will comment back and you will start making friends.
  • Try not to comment with things like ‘I’m a new blogger, can you check my blog post here’ or something among these lines instead read their posts and give a genuine, interested comment. Most of the time, the bloggers will comment back.
  • Write posts about things you love – I know this might sounds like a cliche advice, but it actually works. I love writing discussion posts and people have noticed and complimented me on them. They are also the most popular posts, so write things that interest you.
  • Also try to write posts on subjects that are actual. For example, I got a lot of traffic when I wrote the post about Netgalley and Goodreads (x) – I didn’t write it with this in mind, but it got a lot of traffic because people were as frustrated as me, many of them wanted to express their opinions in a safe place, others wanted to know more about it and what happened. So, writing about things that are important to this community will help you grow as a blogger and will help you know more and more people within the community.

 

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Tips for Social Media

 

  • For this one, I don’t have many tips – it’s just a trick that works a lot when it comes to starting your blog. If you want to start a blog, you should join the social media and promote your posts there, too.
  • I would definitely recommend Twitter as a great platform for meeting fellow bookworms. It’s the one that helped me the most with getting an audience, I also met lovely people who I’m glad to call my friends.
  • I also use Goodreads from time to time, link my review from the blog on Goodreads, which usually brings some views.
  • I know lots of people use Instagram as a way of promoting their blogs, but it’s not really for me. I’m not much of a photographer and Instagram inspires me the pressure to always have perfect pictures and I sadly don’t have the patience, nor the time for that. But you can try it if it’s a platform you like!
  • Any site where you can meet fellow bookworms is a good site to use for promoting your blog.
  • Don’t be ashamed to do some self-promotion, I do it, we all do it. It’s the only way people will ever see your posts.
  • Get involved in groups, challenges and chats.
  • Tweet random bookish things. Lol. Okay, that’s just me.

 

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Tips for ARCs

 

  • Don’t be afraid to request ARCs even if you’re an international blogger, I promise you that it’s not as difficult as it seems.
  • First of all, don’t listen to people who say you should have a certain number of followers or have been blogging for years in order to get ARCs. Some publishers are very flexible about these things, some aren’t. For example, I got my first ARCs when I have been blogging for three months and had 300+ followers. I didn’t try to request physical ARCs before having 300 followers, but I’m sure there are publishers/authors who would send you books for fewer followers.
  • Try to understand the fact that some publishers won’t accept your request or even ignore you. It’s not personal, they just have a limited number of galleys and can’t give it to everyone. That’s why you can try to request less known books first.
  • Lia from lostinastory has a list with emails for publishers (it’s for international bloggers) : here.
  • Things to always include in your mail : your shipping address (don’t forget it, some publishers won’t answer to your email, but send you the books anyway. so it’s better to include it), reason why you’re requesting the books – I try to include why the blurb made me interested in the book, if I read another books from the same author or if there’s a certain theme/subject that makes that book especially interesting to me, your links to everything (blog, social media, every place you talk about books) – always include your stats (of the previous month) and followers for every platform you’re including in the email.
  • Be formal, but don’t overdo it!
  • Request only the books you want and the ones you know you’ll like to review. Of course, it’s totally okay if you can’t finish them – you can explain that. But not request a bunch of books you don’t want to read just for the sake of getting ARCs.
  • Also, indie authors will contact you more and more as you progress in the blogging world if you make yourself available – which means you have a contact form on your blog or your email address visible on either Goodreads, blog or Twitter.

 

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I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that blogging is an easy thing – it takes up a lot of time and dedication. You have to work your way into this bookish world, but people are usually very kind and welcoming. 

If you’re looking for reasons to start a blog – you can check my other post about Reasons Why You Should Start a Blog.

I hope some of the tricks and tips were helpful and that you enjoyed this post, if you have any other suggestions, you can comment down below!

 

 

 

Discussion : Book Piracy

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Hello, everyone! I’m starting to feel like I should be starting a column where I write about International Readers/Bloggers and the bullshit they have to deal with in this community. So, to keep up with this trend, today I’m going to talk about piracy and how you should treat it as a complex issue rather than something simple and only related to privilege.

Before I start, I want to tell you that I’m not trying to attack anyone – especially not US readers/authors. I just think we should all be more careful when we’re making hasty claims and stop trying to make a complex issue seem so easy.

The thing is whenever people talk about piracy – some authors and readers (especially from US) aren’t very sensitive to what happens around the globe. Not all people do piracy because they can or because they feel entitled to some books. Sometimes it’s deeper than that. And by not trying to see anything besides this layer, you’re throwing many international readers under the bus – not because you’re calling out piracy, but because you make reading seem like such an accessible thing to do, when in their countries, it’s not as easy as it’s in US.

Firstly, I’m not saying piracy is not wrong.  I’m not here to say that I promote piracy or that we should do that. Because I don’t. Authors should definitely be supported and we should try to find other ways to get books besides doing piracy.

BUT, whenever someone discusses this topic – something rather problematic comes up every damn time. You say you don’t understand why people would do such a thing because they’ve got access to libraries, to digital libraries, that there are so many sources from where readers can access books rather than pirate them. But these are your sources, international readers have way smaller libraries (or don’t have any, at all), we don’t have digital libraries. God knows that if I went to my library and requested an ebook, the librarian would give me a ‘where-do-you-think-you-are’ look.

So, when you’re telling people to go to libraries, you’re basically shoving the many available resources you have to get books in our faces. And it’s not cute.

Another thing that I really mind is that nobody talks about poor people who still want to read and get educated. Google ‘piracy and poverty’ and you’ll see that the poorest countries have the biggest rates when it comes to piracy. It’s because they would rather pay for other things that are much more needed (like food or other basic things), but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t have the right to education and recreational means. Then there is this other thing – the main audience of YA literature is made of teens – they don’t have their own money and I’m pretty sure it’s hard for them to make their parents understand why those books are important to them when those parents are struggling with their finances. Hell, my family is middle-class and I still get those questions : ‘do you really need those books?’ /// ‘they are kind of expensive’ and so on, just imagine how it must be for readers who come from poorer backgrounds.

THEN, something that is very frustrating is how whenever you’re calling out piracy, you never offer alternatives for international readers (besides the library thing, of course).

What about different prices rates for poor countries? Because sincerely, I think we really need differentiated prices. I’m browsing sometimes Book Depository or Amazon and I’m checking those prices and they probably mean nothing to some of you, but when I convert those prices to my country’s money – the price differences are huge.

Making those digital libraries you keep telling people who do piracy to use available for international readers too? I’m not sure how these work, so I won’t talk a lot about it, but I’m sure it could be done if someone actually tried.

I never saw these matters being discussed, I just saw people complain about piracy, but never seen things actively being done to reduce it.

And now for the grand end, I know what you’re going to say – we’re not talking about international readers when we’re speaking out about piracy. I’ve seen this remark a thousand of times whenever an author or another reader is being called out – the thing is you never mention. You never specify those things. And no matter how many times you’re being called out, you never become more sensitive on international readers or on readers that really don’t have the money.

You’re really hurting readers who try very hard to find other means of getting books besides piracy when you’re being hasty in your tweets or posts. When you’re making it seem like piracy is as easy as ‘you don’t want to support me and that’s why you pirate my book’ or ‘you’re a privileged scum and that’s why you do this thing’ or the ugliest ‘it’s very easy to access books, so why do you do it?’.

So, please next time you’re writing about piracy and you want to make suggestions on what could work besides doing piracy – try to be sensitive to other readers who can’t have those shiny things that you have. Make it clear that your suggestions are only addressed to US readers who do piracy. And just try to be more inclusive because  reading is an international thing, but sometimes it really doesn’t seem like that. 

 

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What is your perspective on this matter? Let’s talk about this in a critical manner and without being rude to each other.

 

SapphicAThon Mini-reviews

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Hello, everyone! I’m here with some mini-reviews for #sapphicathon. This readathon officially ended and I managed to read a total of 5 books. I’ll write some mini-reviews for all of them (not including The Dark Wife – review here)

 

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1. A Night at the Mall by M. Hollis – 3/5 stars

This one was very cute, it’s more of a novella (therefore it was very easy to read), but it also left me wanting so much more. This is my second read from M. Hollis (check out my review of Ripped Pages) and while I liked better Ripped Pages, this one didn’t let me down.

It’s a beautiful book about two girls being stuck in a mall (if it happened to me, I would have read all the books and prayed they wouldn’t come to my rescue, seriously). I wish M. Hollis continued this novella and wrote more on their relationship, especially after they got together because it was obvious the characters needed more development and depth. I would have loved to see this one as a full novel.

 

341090792. Lambs Can Always Become Lions  by Charlotte Anne Hamilton – 5/5 stars

This one is one of my favourites because it’s a retelling of Robin Hood, where Robin is a girl and a badass one too! We also have an already established relationship between Robin and Marian, who were the cutest (really!). There were fighting scenes, there was a lot of diversity, including a Muslim character. I adored it with all my being and I can’t wait for the sequel, I mean it, the way it ends – it makes you wonder what’s to come. What will happen next, I know that I’m very curious about how this one will continue!

 

 

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3. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake – 4/5 stars

I love how diverse this book was, but the pace wasn’t right at all. Actually, I think this book is to blame for me reading as little as I did for sapphicathon. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adored it. But there was one aspect that frustrated me to no end and made it very hard for me to keep on reading – Grace’s mother and overall, their relationship. I just wanted to scream for Grace to stop enabling her, defend her and so on because they have been in such a vicious cycle for years and it was getting hard to watch. I was even concerned about Grace because her mom was so irresonsible, I thought she might get hurt.

 

The Story of Lizzy and Darcy by Grace Watson – 347319325/5 stars

I’m a huge nerd when it comes to Pride and Prejudice, I watched the movie and the tv series (mini tv series? whatever) and some retellings too (yes, including the web series) and this one was pretty cool. I saw some similarities between this one and the web series, actually, but they were pretty slim. All in all, I really liked it and I would definitely recommend it if you’re a P&P fan or if you enjoy hate-to-love books.

 

 

Total : 5 books

Total pages : 803

Average rating : 4.00

To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed with the fact that I didn’t read more books. It’s kind of annoying, but around the one week mark, I just got really tired and my winter break started and suddenly all I wanted to do was sleep. Then I got a cold and so on. I’m still interested in many of the books that were on my TBR and I hope I will read them as soon as my January exams are over.

Talking of January exams – I will be on hiatus most of January and during the first week of February. That doesn’t mean I won’t post – because I will have scheduled posts and everything, but I will probably not be able to reply to the comments/comment on your posts or be active on Twitter so much. I’m so sorry, I’ll miss you all so much! Wish me luck because I’ll really need it!

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Did you take part in the sapphicathon? How many books have you read it and did you enjoy it?

ARC Review : Foolish Hearts

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★★★★★

“He likes that he can exist around me – he likes it now – but he doesn’t even realize it, that it’s the very reason his feelings will wear off later.”

I want to thank Macmillan US for providing me with this copy of Foolish Hearts. This didn’t influence my rating or my review in any way.

I can’t believe I actually enjoyed my first physical ARC. With my luck, I was certain I would absolutely hate it. BUUUT, I absolutely adored it, if I could give Foolish Hearts – a thousand stars, I would. I hugged this book a hundred times and I laughed so much even though I was nursing a cold. I mean it, it was amazing.

Why Foolish Hearts will be your next favourite book (a list) :

 

#1 : Claudia (the main character) is very relatable.

She’s a gamer, a hard-working student, someone who cares a lot about her family, someone who has a few friends and values the ones she’s got. I just adored it. I think I related a lot to her fear about being regular – it just spoke to me. Claudia felt like she wasn’t enough for love, her fear came from a relationship gone wrong. She basically felt like she wasn’t exciting enough to have someone interested in her for more than just a few weeks, months. I think this resonated so much with me because I hate feeling like I’m regular (and it’s not neccessary about dating, it extends to everything), I just want to know that I’m more than that.

 

#2 : The love interest (Gideon) was a very kind and considerate one.

I adore kind love interests, I feel like they are kind of rare because nice love interests aren’t seen as being as interesting as bad boys. Though, I like to think this trend is dead or at least, not as huge as it used to be. So, please writers give us more of these funny, considerate and swoon-worthy guys.  Gideon was all these and I loved how he interacted with Claudia, their respective senses of humor worked so well together and their chemistry was effortless. I’ve been rooting for them to get together so much. (I guess I have another otp to add on my looooong list).

Another funny thing about Gideon is that my first impression of him was along these lines ‘Oh, god, I can’t believe Claudia is going to fall for a jock. WHYYY?’ and then they got closer and I saw more of Gideon and I think I fell in love with him.

The best thing about Gideon probably is how loyal he was to Noah. I literary loved how I got this feeling that they would die for each other. ALSOOO, I love Noah. Thank god there were no fuckboys in this novel.

 

#3 : Gaming was a passion that Claudia shared with her family

You have no idea how much I screamed (out of happiness, of course) when I read this. Claudia’s sister got her into gaming, not a boyfriend, not a friend, but her sister. You’re probably rolling your eyes at me and mutter ‘move on, we got it’, but you know how much I love family dynamics especially in YA where they are so scarce.

I adored how the book gave a subtle nudge to the stereotype that gaming is only for boys, Claudia absolutely didn’t care about this. She just did her thing. And god, was she passionate about gaming. It likes watching a mirror, not because I’m passionate about gaming (because I’m not, unless you count visual novels, lol), but because she reminded me of myself when I go on and on about books. You know what I’m saying. I’m sure you do it too.

#4 : Friendships were so unique and unexpected

This book has one of the best characters ever – Iris, I know she’s presented in this book as being selfish and not trying enough and so on. But I actually really loved her. Iris is snarky and she isn’t the most agreeable person, but she also cares a lot about people. I just loved her. And I adored how Claudia and her clicked because it seemed like such an unlikeable friendship at first. (So, yes, this book has positive female friendships)

 

#5 : The cast was so cool, I wanted to befriend each and every one of them

This one doesn’t need much of an explanation, they were so cool. Anytime they hang out together (all of them), I felt like I wanted to be there too, I wanted to be a part of this squad.

 

#6 : There was a f/f ship in here (a secondary ship)

And they got their happy ending!!! And I was so happy, I wish we got to see more of them, though. But I’m grateful for anything that I’ve got from them.

 

#7 : There was Shakespeare and theatre involved.

Now I’m not a big fan of Skakespeare, but the play helped the plot move along and it felt amazing to see all those characters work together.

#8 : Just so many funny scenes.

I haven’t laughed so loudly for a looong time. Now this one is purely subjective, but I think you will laugh just as much as I did. (or I hope so)

All in all, I will definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a contemporary read. It’s something light, very funny and the characters are clever, the dynamics are so much fun and you will adore the ships.

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Have you read Foolish Hearts? Did you enjoy it?

Have you read anything else by Emma Mills?

Interview with Rachel Lynn Solomon

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Hello, lovelies! As you know I’ve read and reviewed the wonder that is You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone (my review), I absolutely adored it and rated it five stars. Fantastic Flying Book Club made this interview possible and I thank them for that! Rachel Lynn Solomon agreed to answer all my questions and I’m sure her answers will make you want to read this book even more.

If you forgot (even though I’m sure it’s hard with me screaming about this all the time), this book was released on January 2nd and you can order it now!

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My Interview with Rachel Lynn Solomon

 

  1. What are some of your favourite authors? Did any of them inspire you in your writing career? 

Thank you for having me, Marta! Some of my favorite YA authors are Courtney Summers, Corey Ann Haydu, Jenn Bennett, Miranda Kenneally, Nina LaCour, and Amy Reed. Their books absolutely inspire me; they write with a fearlessness I deeply admire. To me, writing YA is all about taking risks, being bold, putting something out in the world that hasn’t existed in quite this way before.

 

  1. Family bonds tend to overshadow romantic relationships in your book, what was the reason behind this? 

There are a lot of absent parents or bad parents in YA, and I wanted to write about a family with two loving, present parents who are trying their best but sometimes mess up. I actually wrote a whole backstory for the parents in order to get to know them better. I also wanted to play with the idea of one twin relating more to her father, and the other to her mother, and the strange jealousy that can inspire. The family is imperfect, but they are trying.

 

  1. What inspired you to write such complex female characters that aren’t necessary likeable? 

I’m often inspired by things that make me mad, and I hate how society often puts girls in boxes. They’re expected to be nice above anything else. I read so many reviews of books with interesting, complex protagonists that being with, “I didn’t like the main character.” Why do we need to like the main character in order to relate to her? I don’t want to read a book with a protagonist who makes zero mistakes. Mistakes are the best things to read about! I’d so much rather write a relatable, complicated character than a “likable” character. I want to give the girls in my books the space to mess up and be messy.

 

  1. How important do you think it is to have diverse books?  

I’ve always gravitated toward diverse books, but it wasn’t until I started reading early reviews of YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE that I truly realized the power of an #ownvoices book in particular. Jewish readers have been so thrilled to read about practicing Jewish characters in a book that isn’t about the Holocaust, and that was a huge part of why I wrote observant Jewish characters. Growing up, I assumed Holocaust narratives were the only stories we had to tell. Someone telling me, “I finally saw myself in your book,” is beyond incredible. I’ve been moved to tears a few times—seeing your book impact someone else is truly surreal.

Diverse books aren’t just important but entirely necessary. Everyone should be able to have not just one but entire shelves full of books with characters like them.

 

  1. Is there anyone from your characters that you especially relate to? 

I relate to each twin in different ways! I was similar to Tovah in high school, logical and overachieving and single-minded, but on the inside, I was a bit of Adina…though I never let those thoughts come to the surface. I’ve joked that Tovah is who I was in high school, and Adina is all the thoughts I had but never acted on.

 

  1. What is your most favourite thing about being a writer? 

Finding the perfect last line for a book, one that wraps everything up and maybe even parallels the first line, satisfies the reader yet still leaves them thinking about the book. The last line in my book that comes out in 2019 is my favorite one I’ve ever written!

 

  1. Can you tell us anything about your future projects?

I’m working on revisions for another contemporary YA, which will be out from Simon Pulse in 2019! It’s about the aftermath of a kidney transplant between best friends, complicated by the fact that the donor is in love with the recipient. It’s dual POV, like YOU’LL MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE, and deals with friendship codependency, identity, and music.

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You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone

by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 2, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Synopsis:

A moving, lyrical debut novel about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and opposite results from a genetic test that determines their fate—whether they inherited their mother’s Huntington’s disease.

Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.

But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.

These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters.

                                                   

Rachel Lynn Solomon is a Pacific Northwest native who loves rainy days, tap dancing, red lipstick, and new wave music. Her debut contemporary YA novel, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, will be out from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse in spring 2018, with a second book, A Year of Bad Ideas, to follow in 2019.

Rachel has written for newspapers, produced a radio show that aired in the middle of the night, and worked for NPR, and she currently works in education. Rachel lives in Seattle with her boyfriend and tiny dog. She’s represented by Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency.

 

 

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Book Discussion : Why Reviews are Important

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Hello, everyone! Today I’m here to chat with you all on a very serious matter (at least for me) – why reviews are important and why we shouldn’t ignore them!!!

First of all, I enjoy writing reviews quite a lot (especially if they are rants or on books I adored), so this post might be a bit biased, that’s why I’ll wait for all your opinions on this subject in the comments.

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I really love reading reviews from other bloggers as well because of the following reasons :

 

#1 :

I discover new books.

 

I think this one is pretty obvious, but I’ve discovered some of my most favourite books from other people’s reviews. It happens all the time, you might meet your next favourite read while reading other people’s reviews.

 

#2 :

I get to see what other people are into.

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m really interested in my fellow followers’ tastes. I’m always looking to expand my reading to other genres & authors and it’s absolutely amazing when you have a sense of what everyone likes because you can ask them for recommendations if you get the urge to explore a new genre… Think on it!

 

#3 :

I genuinely think reviews are very interesting.

 

Now I know this might be an unpopular opinion, but I really think they are really interesting. You get to see other people fangirl about books (which is my favourite activity and also makes things so much more relatable) or rant about them (which is delicious, don’t say you don’t love rants). You get to be excited with them in the comments, there’s just so much excitement to reviews.

 

#4 :

Negative Reviews help me avoid books I’d hate.

 

This one is so huge for me because sometimes reviews raise very important points about bad representation or about awful characters or lack of plot or just things that you know you won’t like. Therefore, reviews help you not waste your time on books you’d absolutely despise. For example, I still haven’t read Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth because of how many people called it racist. I’ve read their reviews and I’ve got to agree with them. Not having read those reviews and directly reading this book would have probably resulted in a one star rating and a very annoyed me. So, go reviews!!!

 

#5 :

People put a lot of work and time into writing them.

 

You might think ‘Marty, that’s not a reason for us to read them. if they’re not fun, it doesn’t matter how much work the reviewer put into writing them’, buuut if nobody reads reviews because they aren’t as fun as tags or discussions, will people keep on writing them? Will we find out new books as easily as we do right now? You might say ‘yes’ because we have Goodreads or there’re other posts on people’s blogs from where we can get recommendations. But 1) some people don’t use Goodreads; 2) yes, you can, but usually when people talk about books on tags or other fun posts, the descriptions are short and you might not get a very clear idea on the book.

So, let’s show more love to the book reviews our fellow favourites blogger post, what do you say?

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What do you think about reviews? Do you find them less enjoyable than other posts? Also, do you love writing them?

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