Contemporary Lovin’: August 2015 Book Haul

Last month, I did a lot of damage to my TBR by adding more than 20 books to it but this month I tried to restrain myself and buy less books. This month I also went back to school so that meant living right next to my favorite bookstore again. Nonetheless, I was able to exercise some restraint and I’m happy to report I only bought 13 books and 3 of the ones included in this hall were actually sent to me for review!



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Review: Everything, Everything

18692431Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Pages: 350

Publisher: Random House Children’s: Delacorte Press

Format and source: eARC from NetGalley

Expected publication date: September 1st, 2015


This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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Review: The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting

22533460Title: The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting

Author: Holly Bourne

Pages: 448

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Format and Source: Paperback copy purchased from National Bookstore


Apparently I’m boring. A nobody. But that’s all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you’re very welcome.

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.

From the bestselling author of Soulmates comes a fearlessly frank take on school, cliques and crushes.

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Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas


**This is a review for a new adult novel

Title: Bully

Author: Penelope Douglas

Pages: 290

Publisher: Penelope Douglas (Self published)

Format: eBook


My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all.

We’re neighbors, and once, we were best friends. But then, one summer, he turned on me and has made it his mission to screw up my life at every opportunity. I’ve been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to hide from him. I worried about what was around every corner and behind every door.

So I left.

I spent a year studying abroad and bathed in the freedom of life without Jared. Now I’m back to finish up high school and get the hell out of here forever. I’m hoping that after a year of breathing room, he’s moved on and forgotten all about me.

But even if he hasn’t changed, I have. I’m not interested in avoiding him or turning the other cheek anymore. We’re going to go head to head, because neither of us wants to back down.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Dream Things True

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating. Happy middle of the week! 

23848212Title: Dream Things True

Author: Marie Marquardt

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Expected publication date: September 1st, 2015


A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.

Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much — except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard.

But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There’s too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she’s an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one’s family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.


Taking away that beautiful cover, the synopsis of this book is very unique and something I’ve never encountered before. Undocumented immigrants are obviously a real issue and rampant one in any country. For it to be finally depicted in literary fiction is somewhat a miracle. I hope this sheds some light on the terrifying aspect of being deported from the one place you call home and having to face some crippling charges. At this point, I’m very curious how the author will be able to weave a realistic issue into the two lives of teenagers who are at the opposite spectrum of life.