Since it has been almost a week since the contemporary-a-thon ended I thought I should hurry and post my wrap up before it gets to be too late. Here is my Contemporary-a-thon Round 5 TBR if you want to check out all the things I was planning on reading for each challenge. Also, to be totally transparent, I finished two of the books on this list after the readathon ended but I’m still counting them since I was more than half way through them when time ran out. Which in my book totally counts. Right?
Challenge completed: Read a diverse contemporary
This is a middle grade book about George who was born a boy but knows she is a girl. She wants to play Charlotte in the school play of Charlotte’s Web because she really connected to her character and it will also give her the chance of presenting herself to the world as a female. Not only does George’s school not allow her to do this she is also being picked on at school for being different and her mom isn’t receptive to what George is going through. I really appreciated that even though this is a middle grade book it didn’t feel too juvenile. This is a beautiful , well done and important story that I think everyone should read. I gave this book to my ten year old to read because one of the best things about books is how it gives us perspectives that we wouldn’t have otherwise. Also, I think every school should have this book available because I feel like it has the potential to help so many.
Challenge completed: read a contemporary with an illustrated cover
This was a fun romance read. I love football so I really enjoyed this behind the scenes look at the game from a girlfriend of one of the players. This was the author’s first book and I am really hopeful that each book in this series is just going to get better and better. Some of the drama in this book felt unnecessary because it didn’t do anything to further the plot along. In fact most of the time it was confusing because there were times the main character, Marlee, would say she avoids conflict but then she is constantly fighting everyone. Which would have been fine if it didn’t seem to conflict with how the author was trying to portray Marlee. Overall I really liked Marlee and her friends and I absolutely loved the love interest Gavin. The ending of this book really brought my rating down because I hated how the author completely changed a character just to have this big conflict at the end. The conflict did not need to be so over the top and the pacing of everything was just so off. However, like I said before, I have high hopes for the rest of the series because for the most part this was a really fun and sweet romance.
Challenges completed: read a contemporary with plants on the cover (the roses on the pants pockets)/ read a contemporary with yellow on the cover/ read a hard hitting contemporary
I LOVE this book. I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to read it. This is a beautiful story about twin sisters who have just graduated high school and their lives during their last summer at home on the island they have never left. Georgina and Mary are born into a family with magical powers and I loved how the author wove the magic into this beautiful and powerful coming of age story. The magical elements of this book only made this book more beautiful and heart wrenching. This is one of the best YA books I have ever read.
Challenge completed: read a contemporary that has been recommend by someone in the book community (literally everyone who has read this)
Omg this book you guys. I was so in love with this book… until the ending. If I could just give Evelyn Hugo’s story a rating it would be five stars. I loved her story and I love her so much. She is a character who will stay with me for a long time. However, all the choices the author made when Evelyn was done telling her story annoyed me. One of my biggest bookish pet peeves is when an author gets to the end of the book and repetitively tells the reader what the story meant. You just told a beautiful story that conveys your message we do not need you to flash it in bright lights at the end to make sure we got it. Also, if you didn’t want to read all 391 pages of this book you could just flip to the last two where the author summarizes the entire freaking book. Wtf? It was so unnecessary and I still don’t understand why she made those choices at the end. Obviously most people love this book (over 110,000 people have rated it and it has an average of 4.32) so take my critiques with a grain of salt. I do plan on re reading this book multiple times in my life. I will just do like I plan on doing with Game of Throne rewatches… avoid the ending.
Challenge completed: read a 2019 release
I really wanted to like this book so much more than I did. Millie is a great character but I never once believed that she really liked Princess Flora. The only redeeming quality that Millie has for Flora throughout the majority of the story is that she is pretty. Obviously I knew there was going to be a romance between the two but I never once felt it was believable. All the drama between them didn’t do anything to help me feel a connection between them. I did really like Flora’s character so maybe this book would have been better if told from her perspective. Overall, this was a just a bland YA romance.