Book Review #3 – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S. I Still Love You

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I’m going to review these two books together since PS I Still Love You is the sequel of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I loved this book so much that I read the sequel as soon as I finished the first book at three in the morning.

I thought the story was cute and relatable. We all had that mean girl experience in high school, we all lost a friend at one point in our life, and we all lied to someone just to impress them or make them jealous. It’s a very “young adult” story and I think it’s definitely worth reading.

This book is actually the reason why I started this blog. The letters that I’ve been writing to myself and to other people are inspired by the letters that Lara Jean wrote for all the boys that she “loved” in her life. It felt like such a good idea to write down your thoughts until they disappeared or to write down how you felt until you stopped feeling them. It’s a great outlet if you don’t have anyone willing to listen or if you don’t want anyone else to know how you feel. So thank you, Jenny Han for helping me come up with this idea.

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The story just flowed so smoothly between the two books and I’m glad I had both books on hand because if I didn’t I would’ve gone mad trying to figure out what it was that she wrote for Peter. I also loved how it wasn’t just a love story between partners. It was also a love story between a father and his daughters, a love story between a girl and her sisters, and a love story between a girl and old friends.

I’d give them both a 5 out of 5. There are so many things to love about these books and the only way to know more is to read them. So start reading and let me know how the experience was for you!

Here are some of the quotes that I highlighted while reading P.S. I Still Love You:

“Love can go away, or people can, without even meaning to. Nothing is guaranteed.”

“I can see now that it’s the little things, the small efforts, that keep a relationship going.”

“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.”

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Book Review #2 – The Fill-In Boyfriend

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I realized that when I choose books to read I look at the cover and the title but I don’t bother with the summary cause I want to be surprised as to what the book is actually about. So that’s what I’m going to do with you guys. I’m just going to talk about what I liked about the book, the lessons I learned from it, and maybe I’ll give you a few quotes that I couldn’t help but highlight while I was reading.

I finished reading this book in a day cause I liked it that much. I didn’t expect to at first but it was so relatable that I wanted to know how it would end as soon as I finished the first chapter which made it hard to put down.

The book discussed a bunch of different issues that teens go through these days. It talked about how this certain generation was obsessed with popularity, how they use likes as a way to validate their existence or how important one thing is, how people have this need to be perfect in the eyes of others, etc. You’ll realize while reading the book that you are Gia (she’s the main character; typical popular girl, student body president, has a crazy following online, etc). Well, maybe you’re not popular or the student body president but like her, people care too much about what other people think which is something that shouldn’t really be an issue.

The book also covered the importance of trust in a relationship, may it be with friends or a significant other. Aside from trust it also covered growing apart from friends or outgrowing friends which I didn’t know actually happened until I experienced it for myself.

Like Fangirl, I didn’t like how this book ended as well. Mainly because I wanted to know more of what will happen next. I’d give this a 4.5 out of 5 just because of how it ended. Other than that, I think it’s a great book.

Here are some of the quotes that I highlighted while reading:

“Depth is found in what we can learn from the people and things around us. Everyone, everything, has a story, Gia. When you learn those stories, you learn experiences that fill you up, that expand your understanding. You add layers to your soul.”

“Comparing yourself to others, the need for validation, it’s not good for our mental health.”

“He didn’t hurt you, did he?” His voice was surprisingly angry.
“No, well, he just hurt my heart.”

 

Book Review #1 – Fangirl

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Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl is about a girl named Cath who’s a college freshman. While adjusting to the new world that is college, she finds comfort in a world that she, and her twin sister, held on to since before their mom left them, the world of Simon Snow.

Cath and her twin sister were inseparable before college but Wren decided that she wanted to try something new. She decided to meet new people which Cath wasn’t excited about. This is where her whole crisis starts.

Basically it’s a story about trying to adjust to change and finding yourself, well, that’s how I saw it.

The book had two stories, the first being the actual story about Cath, Wren, Levi, and the other characters and then there were excerpts from the Simon Snow books and excerpts from Cath’s Magicath page. Personally, I thought the Simon Snow excerpts were distracting. I think they’re completely unnecessary (let me know if I missed some sort of symbolism or connection between the excerpts and the chapters cause if I did, then I suck at reading).

The first few chapters were dragging. I don’t understand why but they were even if I could relate to Cath in so many ways. Cath worried a lot. She worried about her sister, her dad, school, her roommate, her roommate’s boyfriend, her writing partner, her Simon Snow fan fiction, basically she worried about everything.

She’s also very paranoid. She’d wake up in the middle of the night to check if the front door was locked and she couldn’t sleep in the living room couch out of fear that someone would break in and the couch was too near the front door. It’s silly, I know. But sometimes I find myself worrying about everything and I feel like I’m as paranoid as she is so I liked that about her.

I liked how she was the more responsible sister. I liked how she worried about things like boys and sex and that she was a virgin. As compared to her sister, Wren, who was the wild child (for a while since something happened that made her tone down a bit).

After everything she became stronger and less worried and I guess I needed to read this book now since I might be going through something similar. It’s a good book to read if you need a little push, you know, to be more confident or to believe in yourself more (or something like that).

It was an okay story with an unsatisfying ending. I’d give it a 3 out of 5. Try reading it and let me know if there were parts that I misunderstood (like all the Simon and Baz things which I’ve never heard of until I read this book).

Also, the main character of this book, Cath, wrote a Simon and Baz fanfic called Carry On which I guess could possibly be what Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On is about. Not sure if I’m still going to read that (highly unlikely).