Monday, March 4, 2019

Famous in a Small Town and Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Famous in a Small Town 
by Emma Mills
Read: November 19 - 23, 2018
Published: January 15, 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: Andi @AndiABCs - TY!

Category: YA, Contemporary, Friends, Small Towns, Celebrities, Secrets

Book Description: For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.

The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.

What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything—along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.

My Thoughts: I don’t read a lot of contemporary YA these days, but Emma Mills is an auto-buy author for me, and once again, this book proves why. She is the best at depicting friendships in all their real, messy glory. The dialogue and banter between her characters is so good. I loved Sophie and her group of friends and their love of band. Then August moves in two houses down, and I adored watching them, and, especially, Sophie, get to know him. This book has another slow burn, sweet romance. And (bonus!) more kissing than her previous stories. I always want to give these books a big squeeze when I’m done — and text all my friends. The only thing that bugged me was an over use of T names. I couldn’t keep them all straight. Terrance, Troy, Tegan, Tanner - it was too much!

Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Standalone 

**Thank you Andi for lending me a copy of this book!


Foolish Hearts
 by Emma Mills
Read: November 23 - 24, 2018
Published: December 5, 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Source: Hardback - gift from my sister!

Category: YA, Contemporary, Plays, Romance, Friendships

Book Description: A contemporary young adult novel by Emma Mills about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dreamleads her to new friends--and maybe even new love.

When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will in the class production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year.

Smart, funny, and thoroughly, wonderfully flawed, Claudia navigates a world of intense friendships and tentative romance in Foolish Hearts, a YA novel about expanding your horizons, allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and accepting--and loving--people for who they really are.

My Thoughts: It’s been so long since I binge read a book from start to finish, but I couldn’t stop reading this one! I read 75% last night and then finished the rest this morning after realizing it was super late, and I really needed to sleep. This one doesn’t have such a solid friend group as Famous in a Small Town, but I love Claudia and her friendship with Zoe and the friends she makes through this book - Especially with Iris - and how that leads to a larger group. The romance with Gideon Prewitt was sweet and adorable. Previous heroes have been more Darcy like, but not Gideon. He’s hilarious, and the life of the party, and it’s so obvious how much he likes Claudia. It just takes her some time to realize it. I will read anything this author writes!

Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Standalone 

In Conclusion: Emma Mills is an auto-buy author for me! Her contemporary YA is filled with great friendships, swoony slow-burn romances, and so much fun. Don't miss these books or this author's other stories. This Adventure Ends is still my favorite! And I cannot wait for what she writes next. 

1 comment:

  1. If you're going to pick a contemporary author to read, she's the one!!! She's one of my autobuy authors as well, I love her books so much. Especially the friend groups! Yesss I adored Gideon and that he was more goofy than some of the previous guys. I can't wait for whatever she writes next :)


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