Guys, I need all of us to take a deep breath because I’m actually coming to you guys with new reviews today? Originally, this was just going to be a quick wrap up for my Spring Fling Readathon but then I figured why not turn it into mini-reviews instead? I mean, I was talking about these books quite extensively already? Made sense!
And in case anyone is wondering if I’m officially back from that weird little break that I took from blogging – I think so? I know that I’ve been writing more posts lately (as you might’ve seen pop up in your reader) and I’m hoping to write more tonight and the next couple of days while I’m watching allllll the soccer.
If you’ve been following my blog you probably know that I am currently participating in the Spring Fling Readathon and for one of the challenges I read Tyler Johnson Was Here and I adored this book! It’s been on my TBR for months now. Pretty much the second we got the cover reveal for this book I knew I had to read it. I just knew. It sounded right up my alley, dealing with similar topics as The Hate U Give and Dear Martin.
And let me tell you guys, this book did not disappoint! I loved Jay Coles’ writing style so, so much! I often felt like I was in the middle of everything happening and I could feel what Marvin was feeling because the author did such a fantastic job of conveying how Marvin is dealing with any situation.
I also really, really loved the way Jay Coles portrayed the black experience (can you say it like that?) of these teenagers – obviously, I can’t tell you how accurate it is being a white woman myself but from what I’ve heard from black people across multiple different platforms it seems to be exactly that. The way the boys are treated, the way their families are treated, the way society reacts to and around them – it was all described in such a fantastic way and in a way that makes you as the reader really feel for these characters and the stories and people they represent.
During my entire reading experience, I was taking notes in my bullet journal and so much of it is just me being pissed at how unfair the black community is treated. And there were so many fantastic quotes in here too.
This month, the day had finally come: Sandhya Menon’s next book was released! I’ve basically been impatiently waiting for From Twinkle, With Love since I finished When Dimple Met Rishi last year (I even talked about it in my mini-review!), so on release day I hurried over to audible and got myself the audiobook right away! That’s my preferred reading method for Sandhya’s books because she’ll have phrases in there that I can’t pronounce and the audiobook really helps with that a lot! Plus, I just really love audiobooks a lot.
I do plan on getting physical copies of both books (have you seen those spines???) but I don’t know when that’ll be because my book buying budget is pretty strict at the moment!
It’s no secret that I love myself a fun, fluffy contemporary novel and Sandhya just delivers on those. I adored Dimple and my god, do I love Twinkle. Sadly, I can already hear so many people hate Twinkle for the things she does in this book, so I am getting ready to protect her at all costs. It’s getting to the point where it’s almost scary to come across characters who are so much like me – especially my teenage self.
Twinkle had quite a bit of that in the way she would lash out at people when she was angry or hurt and my god if that wasn’t teenage me. Especially with my sisters who always knew just which buttons to press to get me angry. But hey, I grew up and learned to deal with those situations – but it took time. And Twinkle does think about what she did afterward and wants to do better, which I really appreciate. I just hope people give her the time to do that when they’re first reading this book.
I had heard about this book quite a bit around the release last year but then it kind of disappeared again but when I was looking for a book about music for one of the challenges I saw Noteworthy recommended and since I had at least heard of it before, I went for it.
Honestly, initially I really enjoyed this book and had a pretty good time listening to the audiobook but as time went on my enjoyment lessened. More and more and by the end, I was feeling pretty ‘meh’ about this book which is really unfortunate. The most annoying thing is that I can’t even put a finger on what made me feel this way? Even my own reading updates were pretty positive for the most part until I got to about 60% I think and it kind of went downhill from there.
But, even though I didn’t end up loving this book as much as I had hoped I would, I still put the author’s upcoming book on my TBR because I did really enjoy her writing style a lot! So at least there’s that, right?
How about you guys? Have you read either or all of these books? And if you’ve read any more of Riley Redgate’s books – please tell me how you felt about them! I’d really love to hear about your reading experience with this author! 🙂
What are some contemporaries you’ve read recently that you want everyone else to read too? Because with summer ahead, I want to read all the contemporary I can get my hands on so please, do share and recommend as many books as you can think of! 😉