Waking Up Married

 

Waking Up Married (Waking Up, #1)

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Waking Up Married, for me, is an easy read. It is a light-hearted book with cute and sweet moments. One night, Megan and Connor met in Vegas… and they got married. The morning after, Megan wants a divorce but Connor doesn’t. He then proposed a 3-month-trial, if Megan wants divorce then, they will. Connor believes that marriage is like a partnership and is better without love involved. The story is quite typical and predictable. The characters are quite unrealistic as well. But I liked the book anyways… It might be because the dialogues are really cute and funny. I had a lot of fun reading. So if you’re looking for a light-hearted easy read, this chick lit might be the one for you.

The Summer I Turned Pretty

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

For me, it was almost like winter didn’t count. Summer was what mattered. My whole life was measured in summers.

 

With her brother and mother, Belly spends her summer in Cousins Beach ever since she was little. She shares the beach house with Susannah, her mother’s best friend who she adores, and Susannah’s boys – Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly basically grew up with them but then Belly is in love with Conrad. They always treated her as a sister until the summer they saw that Belly has grown up and no longer the little girl that is always left out but a beautiful young woman.

The plot intrigued me immediately. I was always so fond of childhood sweethearts growing up together and eventually falling in love. I also liked how the book is in alternating chapters of the present and a flashback. I really enjoyed the book at first.

However, The Summer I Turned Pretty was too… messy. There were so many conflicts thrown in there which turned the supposedly cute love story in a drama that would make you want to climb into the book and slap the characters in the face. I believe that the internal struggle of falling in love with someone you knew since the beginning of time and keeping it as a secret would have been enough. The drama with the ex-bestfriend, love triangle between brothers, a new boyfriend, smoking problems, divorce of parents and it being their probably last summer together was completely unnecessary.

This book would have been somethng that I would love. But the main character was just so confusing and annoying. The interactions among the characters felt like awkward and out of place from the middle until the end.

I also think that the ending failed to give us any resolution. It might be a strategy to make us buy the second book and I hated books like these.

This book had a lot of potential in it but was ruined by the too-much-effort of entertaining the readers.

This Is What Happy Looks Like

 

This Is What Happy Looks Like

 

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

He could see her, and it was just like he’d thought.

It was just like being punched in the stomach.

This Is What Happy Looks Like is a typical story – girl meets boy she thinks she can’t have. In this case, a movie star – typical element also.

Graham and Ellie met through one of fate’s accidents- a mistyped email address. After their short funny emails, they started to tell each other little things, they tell each other what they think what happy looks like, they tell each other small details about their lives but never about the important ones. For months, they talk to each without really knowing each other. Until Graham convinces the production team to shoot his new movie in the small town of Henley, Maine – the small town where Ellie lives.

Even though the plot and the elements are typical for romantic comedies, something about This is What Happy Looks Like lured me in, caught my attention, maintained it and made me crave for more of their cute moments. I loved how they were brought together and what Graham went through before actually meeting her (there were misunderstandings along the way). I loved the moments that they had. They were realistic. Except from him being a movie star, the time spent together was how things are like when teenagers are in love. So, it was like you were there. It was like falling in love over again. You smile about their quirky comments. You just know that their love is possible – and it could have been you.

However, what I think the best thing about this book is actually, the conflict is just really internal. It wasn’t just because Graham is a movie star. It’s what Ellie thinks of what life would be like if she dates a movie star. It’s her internal battle with the guy he likes and the life she wants to maintain – a quiet and peaceful life, far from the blinding lights of the cameras.

Over-all,  I liked this book. It was an easy read- I was just sitting on my bed reading and then oooops, I have finished the book. The book was not enough to change me but it was certainly enough to entertain me and make me smile. I also realized that celebrities’ life isn’t really that easy. Well, no one’s life is really easy. So, I hope that whatever comes- Ellie and Graham can stay together, and if not, I hope they stay friends.

This Is What Happy Looks Like is perfect for those looking for light-hearted romantic comedy books.

Eleanor & Park

 

Eleanor & Park

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 3 of5 stars

What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that?, he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.

 

Eleanor and Park is actually a typical teenage love story. Two people living their opposite lives meet in a way that happens everyday, in a way that could have happened to anyone- in their case, the school bus. Slowly, through their mutual interests drawing them together, they realize that the person is so much more and they fall in love. However, life is just not that simple – Eleanor’s life is not simple and their love is actually “forbidden”.

I really liked the narrative of this book. The story was told the way teenagers would have told it. Inside Eleanor’s POV, I could hear a teenage girl in love talking about her first love and how it’s the only thing that matters in my life now. Let’s face it – we were all there. Eleanor, in my opinion, was a bit selfish and all her attention was on Park. When I reflected it to my reality, I realized that it’s just how we are – we think our first love is the best thing that ever happened to us – and the best thing that would ever happen to us. Rainbow Rowell was able to portray the minds of a sixteen-year-old guy and a sixteen-year-old girl in love.

The light-heartedness of the narrative, for me, overpowers the heavy concepts which made it very easy to read. If you are looking for something to make you smile and giggle, then this might be a great read for you. But, that’s all the book has done for me so if you’re actually looking for something that will change you, this might not be it.

The ending haunts me though. I really wanted more. It was not enough for me. It was too vague. I’m the kind of person who seeks closure so I’m not really fond of open endings.

Moreover, I feel like there’s something lacking here – something that makes young adult romances above the others. This book’s elements are something that I have seen before. There’s nothing that makes me really laugh out loud, or pause reading to cry or to scream.

This book is just like an acquaintance, you enjoy the company for a while but it’s not someone you’d call to have dinner with or share exciting news with.

 

Maybe Someday

 

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“If there are two people in this world capable of finding a way to love each other, it’s us.”

I don’t know why I keep torturing myself this way. I have read the other books written by Colleen Hoover and I know how intense the emotions are. I know how Colleen Hoover makes you fall in love, rips your heart out, but in the end makes you believe in true love. So here I am, again, utterly amazed with one of Hoover’s masterpieces.

Maybe Someday is about a woman who just found out she was being cheated on by her boyfriend of two years and the man who helped her realize that she deserves more. However, that man has a girlfriend of his own. So basically, Sydney and Ridge have to fight their attraction for each other. More than the love story, Maybe Someday is also a story about music.

Colleen Hoover really has an immense talent. Her writing style is brilliant such that I am certain that every one who reads this- regardless of gender and age- would understand the complexities of love as portrayed by this story. With this book, prepare to laugh, to smile, to actually fall in love with a fictional character… However, prepare to cry and get your heart broken as well. While reading this book, there wasn’t a single moment that I did not feel anything. From the first word to the last, this book has affected me so much.

Another thing is the music! This is also a good book for music lovers. Listen to the soundtrack yourself and be moved.

Maybe Someday is a great read for everyone. I am certain that this book will be enjoyed. Furthermore, you’ll also learn a lot not just about romance but about friendship and brotherhood as well. This book is deeper than ordinary love stories.