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ARC Review: You’ve Reached Sam

Good evening and happy Monday! I’ve been gone for a while because of school and exams, but I’m so excited to be back! I hope you’re all doing well!! ❤
Today I’m here with a review of You’ve Reached Sam, which will be published this November! I was extremely excited when I received an eARC of this book, but unfortunately, it did not quite meet my expectations.
Happy reading!


You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Magic Realism
Pages: 304
Publication Date: November 2021
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read April 2021

Goodreads Synopsis:
If I Stay meets Your Name in this heartfelt novel about love, loss, and what it means to say goodbye.
Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.
Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.
And Sam picks up the phone.
In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.


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Is You’ve Reached Sam on your TBR? Is it one of your anticipated releases of 2021?
What are your favourite books that deal with grief?

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Review: Again, But Better

Good evening and happy World Book Day!
Today I’m back with a review of Christine Riccio’s debut novel Again But Better. I had a few issues with the book, but I enjoyed it overall!
I’m also very happy to be sharing this review on World Book Day because I talked a lot about my love for readsing and relationship with the online book community in my review! ❤
I hope you enjoy!! 🙂


Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Magic Realism
Pages: 373
Publication Date: May 2019
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read April 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?
Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!
Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.
Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.


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Have you read Again But Better?
Do you watch Christine’s videos on YouTube?
How do you feel about YA books featuring protagonists in their late teens or early twenties?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments down below!

Thank you so very much for reading! See you again soon! ❤

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Review: Fly On The Wall: How One Girl Saw The World

 Fly On The Wall: How One Girl Saw The World by E. Lockhart
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Magic Realism, Romance
Pages: 182
Publication Date: March 2006
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Read August 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:
At the Manhattan School for Art and Music, where everyone is “different” and everyone is “special,” Gretchen Yee feels ordinary. She’s the kind of girl who sits alone at lunch, drawing pictures of Spider-Man, so she won’t have to talk to anyone; who has a crush on Titus but won’t do anything about it; who has no one to hang out with when her best (and only real) friend Katya is busy.
One day, Gretchen wishes that she could be a fly on the wall in the boys’ locker room–just to learn more about guys. What are they really like? What do they really talk about? Are they really cretins most of the time?
Fly on the Wall is the story of how that wish comes true.


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Review: The Way We Bared Our Souls

The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Magic Realism, Romance
Pages: 288
Publication Date:
January 2015
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read in August 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:
If you could trade your biggest burden for someone else’s, would you do it?
Five teenagers sit around a bonfire in the middle of the New Mexico desert. They don’t know it yet, but they are about to make the biggest sacrifice of their lives.
Lo has a family history of MS, and is starting to come down with all the symptoms.
Thomas, a former child soldier from Liberia, is plagued by traumatic memories of his war-torn past.
Kaya would do anything to feel physical pain, but a rare condition called CIP keeps her numb.
Ellen can’t remember who she was before she started doing drugs.
Kit lost his girlfriend in a car accident and now he just can’t shake his newfound fear of death.
When they trade totems as a symbol of shedding and adopting one another’s sorrows, they think it’s only an exercise.
But in the morning, they wake to find their burdens gone…and replaced with someone else’s.

As the reality of the ritual unfolds, this unlikely group of five embarks on a week of beautiful, terrifying experiences that all culminate in one perfect truth: In the end, your soul is stronger than your burdens.


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Have any of you read The Way We Bared Our Souls?  What were your thoughts on it? How did you feel about the writing style?
Is it on your TBR?
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