It Ends With Us by Collen Hoover

Domestic violence, Rape, Toxic relationship, Sexual abuse, Emotional abuse

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up — she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 

International and #1 New York Times bestselling author of romance, YA, thriller, women’s fiction and paranormal romance.

“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.” 

MY REVIEW

  1. Atlas is such a nice and helpful person who helped Lily get out of a toxic relationship
  2. Allysa in spite of being Ryle’s sister always took side with Lily and surrounded Lily with a positive environment
  3. Marshall was really nice extra character which I liked in the book.
  1. The mention of alcohol and physical abuse
  2. Even though this book is meant of teenagers of young age it includes topics like rape, physical abuse which are not meant for people of this age.
  3. The most problematic thing is that this book promotes toxic guys like Ryle and young readers like to have such abusive partner
  4. Rape was one of the biggest thing that hurt my soul as one always trust their partner and would not entertain such pain
  5. Also am I the only one to think the whole Ryle and Lily relationship was very fast paced and they did not even get time to know each other and go on normal dates

This book is hyped alot but will I read it starts with us? YES

3.75/ 5 ⭐

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Meet Me In Mumbai by Sabina Khan

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58719175-meet-me-in-mumbai

Racism, Teenage pregnancy, Sexual content

Seventeen-year-old Mira Fuller-Jensen was adopted by her moms at birth. All she knows about her biological mother is that she was a high-school student from India who returned to India after giving birth. Although Mira loves her moms, she’s always felt out of place in her mostly white community.

So when Mira finds an old box with letters addressed to her from her birth mother, she sees a way to finally capture that feeling of belonging. Her mother writes that if Mira can forgive her for having to give her up, she should find a way to travel to India for her eighteenth birthday and meet her. Mira knows she’ll always regret it if she doesn’t go. But is she actually ready for what she will learn?

Sabina Khan is the author of the upcoming YA novel MEET ME IN MUMBAI, as well as ZARA HOSSAIN IS HERE and THE LOVE & LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI. She is an educational consultant and a karaoke enthusiast. After living in Germany, Bangladesh, Macao, Illinois and Texas, she has finally settled down in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, two daughters and the best puppy in the world.

MY REVIEW

  1. I loved how the book is set in two timelines
  2. Supportive friend
  3. It was such a quick read
  4. Also, the mention of food (bonus points)
  1. How unsupportive Suresh was

A nice book which will help you get out of your slump

4/5 ⭐

My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58857822-my-mechanical-romance

Thank you Netgalley, Holiday House and Alexene Farol Follmuth for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

Sexism, Misogyny, Cursing, Vomit, Sexual Assault, Infidelity, Cultural Appropriation, Alcohol, Classism.

Bel would rather die than think about the future. College apps? You’re funny. Extracurriculars? Not a chance. But when she accidentally reveals a talent for engineering at school, she’s basically forced into joining the robotics club. Even worse? All the boys ignore Bel—and Neelam, the only other girl on the team, doesn’t seem to like her either.
 
Enter Mateo Luna, captain of the club, who recognizes Bel as a potential asset—until they start butting heads. Bel doesn’t care about Nationals, while Teo cares too much. But as the nights of after-school work grow longer and longer, Bel and Teo realize they’ve made more than just a combat-ready robot for the championship: they’ve made each other and the team better. Because girls do belong in STEM.

In her YA debut, Alexene Farol Follmuth, author of The Atlas Six (under the penname Olivie Blake), explores both the challenges girls of color face in STEM and the vulnerability of first love with unfailing wit and honesty. With an adorable, opposites-attract romance at its center and lines that beg to be read aloud, My Mechanical Romance is swoonworthy perfection.

“The world is not very helpful to a smart girl,” says Ms. Voss. “More often it will try to force you inside a box. But I urge you not to listen.”

MY REVIEW

  1. The chemistry between Bel and Teo is very good. From beings almost enemies to being friends and understanding each other to slowly fall in love with each other.
  2. The cultures and the way Bels mother love her and supports her in spite of being a nurse and being a single- mother and taking care of her kids.
  3. Teo’s friend Dash is a real comedian.
  4. The many mention of food, being a foodie I obviously loved it.
  5. * SPOILER * But the Holi scene where Teo kissed Bel, I mean I almost threw my phone, it was so good.
  1. Neelam as a character is such a badass however they way everyone portrays her as a heartbroken nerdy girl. And she keeps getting into Bel’s business, however her character development towards the ending was really good.

A quick read and a fun book which helped me get out of my reading slump. A fun read with cute moments among the main characters.

5/5 ⭐

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

 Toxic relationship, Panic attacks/disorders, Emotional abuse, Vomit, Transphobia, Cursing, Racism, Drug use, Alcohol, Suicide attempt, Bullying,

Noah Ramirez thinks he’s an expert on romance. He has to be for his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. There’s just one problem—all the stories are fake. What started as the fantasies of a trans boy afraid to step out of the closet has grown into a beacon of hope for trans readers across the globe.

When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn’t have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah’s life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah’s feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn’t quite the same as finding love on the page.

In this charming novel by Emery Lee, Noah will have to choose between following his own rules for love or discovering that the most romantic endings are the ones that go off script.

To be honest, I did not find a good quote this time, sorry 😔

MY REVIEW

I read this book for the #diversifyyourjune readathon bingo challenge @diversifyyourshelvesbc on instagram

  1. The book starts on a very cute meet cute.
  2. The amount of food references and various traditions mentioned was something I liked .
  3. The way a fake relationship was implemented was definitely a good part of a story.
  4. I really like really loved how indirectly the effects of social media was implemented. Like the mention of negative comments, strangers blaming each other for some common content.
  5. How the backstory is :- parents always suspicious of their sons dating life, elder brothers partner hating the younger brother.
  1. The amount of cliché the story had and how easily the main character would be affected by the outer factors like social media.
  2. I somehow lost interest in the book by the second half of the book, making me bored to complete it. ( Please its a personal experience, opinions may differ)
  3. I definitely did not like how Noah was acting like an pampered or an entitled baby just because his parent cut him off while he spent the 400 dollars his parents gave on coffee and taxi fair.
  4. I did like the fact that one can start fake dating a complete stranger he has met only twice that also for some job related stuff.
  5. The story somehow lacked the real emotions one has , the main character acting completely rude with his one and only friend and expect his friend to make it up, I feel if u did a mistake you should make it up for it.

The plot lacked a lot of fun and but lacked realism. Being a teenager myself, I definitely felt realism is something that lacked and if added I would love it.

3.75/5 ⭐

Hani And Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50266871-hani-and-ishu-s-guide-to-fake-dating

Racism, Homophobia, Islamophobia, Bullying, Toxic friendship, Gaslighting, Abandonment (parental)

Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.

Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after. 

Adiba Jaigirdar was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has been living in Dublin, Ireland from the age of ten. She has a BA in English and History, and an MA in Postcolonial Studies. She is a contributor for Bookriot. All of her writing is aided by tea, and a healthy dose of Janelle Monáe and Hayley Kiyoko. When not writing, she can be found ranting about the ills of colonialism, playing video games, and expanding her overflowing lipstick collection.

“Sometimes I think that maybe I like guys more as a concept than a reality.”

MY REVIEW

A book with moments of real friendship, love in the air and breaking rules young teens face.

  1. The fact that the story is set up in a school with the characters with almost the same age as mine.
  2. The connection between Ishu and her sister Nik is truly adorable.
  3. The development from friends to lovers is a perfect cherry to the cake.
  4. The way Hani’s parents are supportive towards her and her sexuality.
  5. The many dawats and food mentioned.
  6. THE PERFECT ENDING
  1. The toxic friendship
  2. The homophobia and islamophobia mentioned in the book.
  3. The way Ishu’s parents are forcing their kids to be inclined towards studies instead of equally enjoying a high school lifestyle.

A nice book with perfect elements and perfect characters .

4/5 ⭐

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

https://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/34895950-the-tea-dragon-society

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

FROM-GOODREADS

A fun little graphic novel which contains a lot of fantasy elements. A fun read to help you get out of a reading slump or when you are behind with your reading goals.

But, please sure it also has a few trigger warning, so make sure to check those.

A fun little graphic novel with cuter characters.

4.75/5 ⭐

The Henna Wars By Adiba Jaigirdar

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44286258-the-henna-wars

Racism, Homophobia, Cultural appropriation, Bullying, Islamophobia

When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life.

Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.

FROM- GOODREADS

Adiba Jaigirdar was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has been living in Dublin, Ireland from the age of ten. She has a BA in English and History, and an MA in Postcolonial Studies. She is a contributor for Bookriot. All of her writing is aided by tea, and a healthy dose of Janelle Monáe and Hayley Kiyoko. When not writing, she can be found ranting about the ills of colonialism, playing video games, and expanding her overflowing lipstick collection.

“What I want more than anything else in the world is to feel like being myself isn’t something that should be hidden and a secret. What I want is for my parents to be outraged that someone betrayed me, not ashamed of my identity.”

My Review

First of all thank you so much Taani [ @taanireads on ig] for buddy reading it with me. My solo attempt was such a failure and I’m thankful to her who read it with me. Definitely up to do buddy reads in future.

  1. A book set up in schools, obviously a big yes for me.
  2. A healthy [ kind of not so] competition among kids.
  3. I liked how the main character Nishant is very honest about her caste and religion. Perfect representation.
  4. Wedding scene which also includes a nice description of food, I mean come on who doesn’t love food, right?
  5. Supportive sister+ Family
  6. Relevant and modern references to pop culture
  1. The hate our main character Nishant gets just because she’s part of the LGBTQ community.
  2. The way people make fun of a religion, etc.
  3. I’m not the biggest fan of the ending though.

I’ve definitely liked this book and I would love to read more of this author

3.75 ⭐

Anna K Away By Jenny Lee

By Jenny Lee

Anna K [the previous book] is a modern-day retelling of Anna Karenina written by Leo Tolstoy. It’s a story surrounding the scandalous lives of Manhattan elites.

Drug use, addiction, sexual content, cursing and alcohol.

How the mighty have fallen. Anna K, once the golden girl of Greenwich, CT, and New York City, has been brought low by a scandalous sex tape and the tragic death of her first love, Alexia Vronsky. At the beginning of the summer, her father takes her to the other side of the world, to connect with his family in South Korea and hide her away. Is Anna in exile? Or could this be her chance to figure out who she really is?

Back in the U.S., Lolly has forgiven Steven for cheating on her, and their relationship feels stronger than ever. But when Lolly meets a boy at her beloved theater camp, she has to ask herself how well Steven will ever really know her. Meanwhile, in Manhattan, everything between Kimmie and her new boyfriend, Dustin, is easy—except when it comes to finally having sex. And Bea escapes to LA, running away from her grief at her beloved cousin’s death, until a beautiful stranger steals her heart. Is Bea ready to finally forgive Anna, and let herself truly fall in love for the very first time?

FROM- GOODREADS

  1. The book picked up exactly where it left off. It’s something that every book lover and a reader could have ever wanted.
  2. It has a lot of K-pop mentions – for someone who loves K-pop [ including me] it was cute to read those specific chapters.
  3. There is one character with one less leg [ not spoiling] in the book we come across. I think that part was executed well.
  4. All the characters have a positive progress by the end of the book and all kind of hate for one another was buried down.
  1. How are the characters in their teens and are consuming alcohol, drugs and are sexually active? I mean even if they are elites, this is definitely something I don’t like and don’t support.
  2. Toxic relationship- There is one couple who aren’t able to tackle a lot of problems. Rather than blaming one another, it would have been much better to come to a solution than including a third party.

It’s definitely one of my favorite duology out there, there are some points which you can either love or hate.

4/5 ⭐