“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.
Have you read Foolish Hearts? Did you enjoy it?
Have you read anything else by Emma Mills?