March + April Reads and Reviews
Happy Friday everyone! Today I'll be sharing the books that I read in March and April. I definitely had a bunch of duds in March, including a DNF, but wanted to get my reading groove back in April (which is why I made it a goal to read 5 books!). My picks were a little all over the place this month- some mystery/drama, lots of romcom, and a semi-post-apocoplyptic novel. Let's get to the books!
The Push by Ashley Audrain
Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had. But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter–she doesn’t behave like most children do.
Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well. Then their son Sam is born–and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.
I feel so conflicted about this book- It seemed to have so much potential and was building up so much, but it just fell flat to me. There seemed to be a lot of questions that were never answered, and the plot stayed pretty much the same the entire time. I kept waiting for SOMETHING different or big to happen. Besides one big event in the middle and towards the end I felt like nothing really HAPPENED- just kept trying to give more examples of what the kid was doing or why the mom felt the way she did. Still was an enjoyable read but I was expecting something more! *SLIGHT SPOILER* I also thought the problems with her mom and grandmother would be tied in somehow and it was actually her causing the issues with her daughter, so that part just seemed kind of random and a different story line to me.
My Rating - 3/5
You Have a Match by Emma Lord
When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie … although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front. But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.
When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.
The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby's growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.
Decent enough book but a little too cheesy for my taste and I found the characters to be pretty obnoxious most of the time (minus Mickey who was my favorite character!!). Loved how the author wove in different types of relationships and people without it seeming like a statement- hope that becomes more of a trend to normalize diversity in young adult novels. This makes me want to go back to my childhood and go to a summer camp!
My Rating - 2/5
The Roommate by Rosie Danan
Such an interesting premise (not about having a crush on your roommate but the rest of the subject matter - can't say more without spoiling). I went in without knowing anything which I think is the best way to read it. Loved the dynamic between the characters but a lot of the dialogue was awkward to me and didn't feel natural- particularly from Clara. Quick read and just enough raunch.
Girl A by Abigail Dean
This was a weird book for me to read- it was kind of hard to follow because the timeline kept switching up (sometimes in the middle of a sentence or paragraph) and vague references were being made to events. Nothing was really spelled out- which might be a good thing because with some vagueness this was a pretty graphic and uncomfortable book. It wasn't really a thriller or mystery- almost more like a memoir (but not a true story).
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
This was a tale of two books for me- the first half was very exciting, page-turning, atmospheric and setting up for a big reveal. The second half (more like the last 20% of the book) things get really weird and frustrating. Even though the end ties things up (a little too well...why does the villain go into depth about why they did exactly what they did for each person? didn't seem realistic), it still felt like a strange ending that didn't fit the rest of the book. I also did not like the main character at all and was screaming at her every time she did something stupid or dangerous!! I still think it's worth a read, just skim when you start to figure out what happened.
The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
Absolutely loved this book and read it SO quickly- this is a companion to The Friend Zone, which I also loved and featured some of the same characters. The story line, characters, conversations, everything was so realistic and likable. I loved the drama and conflict that came up and it felt natural..the only thing I didn't like was how quickly the conflicts got solved. There would be a big issue and then a page later the upset person would just get over it because of love (this happened MULTIPLE times during the book, which just doesn't seem realistic!). That did at least made this a fun book instead of super depressing, or just drawing out drama like most books in this genre. The best thing about this book was that it makes me want to visit Minnesota and paint!
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
This book made me so, so happy. I loved how sassy and confident Dani was- she is probably my favorite main character in a book that I've read for a long, long time. I want to be her friend and wish I was more like her! The relationship was so sweet and pure...it just made me smile and swoon the entire time. I also loved how the book included different topics that aren't normally covered in this genre- different body types and religions and backgrounds and sexual preferences- it was refreshing and felt more realistic than what's normally out there. Read this in one night on my camping trip and it was the perfect read. Now I want to read all the books by Talia!