Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • Nothing, but I should be getting my Book of the Month soon! 🙂

2 things this week:

  • In an interesting turn of events, the six sentences I wrote about The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky are now my most popular review of all time (by views, at least). I wondered why and then I found out that it’s the first review when you Google the novella!!! My mind is blown.
  • I watched Bird Box and… what was that. I was so disappointed. I was probably even more disappointed than I would have been because I’d heard multiple people raving about how good it was.

Blog hopping:

  • Malanie shared her list of five books being published in 2019 that she wants to read and wow, I need Technically, You Started It in my life.
  • Bree talked about tropes that need to go away and I agree with all of them, but especially all dudes being hot. I mean, come on, why is every love interest a sex god with rippling abs?

Song of the week:

So, first things first, I absolutely love Judah & the Lion. They released a new song this week and I really relate to it and I love it.

I think the first verse is my favorite:

What’s my purpose, huh?
What’s my future? I don’t know
These are the questions I address
Before I go to sleep
I wish my mind would turn off
With the lights on my TV screen
But here in the dark, everything off
I start to think
It gets hard to breathe

Book review: Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi

Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Source: Borrowed

When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, their connection is like a sugar rush to the heart. Betts already knows the two of them are infinite. Inevitable. Destined to become an us.

Betts has only ever kept one secret from her best friend, Jo, but suddenly there’s a long list of things she won’t tell her, things Jo wouldn’t understand. Because Jo doesn’t see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Controlling.

She’s wrong. With a love like this, nothing else matters.

Fun fact: Anica Mrose Rissi lives in my town. I see her downtown sometimes. I once attended an author event that she spoke at. I really wanted to love her book. It was fine, but unfortunately, I didn’t love it.

Let me just start off by saying that I think this book is really important. Sure, there are plenty of YA books addressing abuse, but I think that this one handled the progression of Betts and Aiden’s relationship from cute and sweet to terrifying and abusive really well.

When Betts and Aiden meet, sparks fly instantly. They’re attracted to each other, they genuinely like each other, and they become each other’s whole world really quickly. I’ve seen a lot of reviews mention the instalove aspect, but I kind of get it here. Yes, it’s a little crazy to start dropping “I love you”s two weeks after meeting someone, but teenagers can be dramatic and I didn’t think it was out of place here. Their relationship seems healthy at the beginning. Little things that seem a little off start happening, and then almost out of nowhere (but not really, if you’ve been paying attention), it’s like a switch flips and Aiden is controlling every aspect of Betts’ life.

That said, other than the progression of the relationship, I didn’t love this book. I thought the love triangle was unnecessary and weird and added nothing to the plot. I hated Betts’ parents and think this book would have been infinitely better had Betts been able to talk to them once her relationship began to turn abusive. And, finally, aside from being a cautionary tale, what was really the point of this book?

This is a decent book, but definitely not one of my favorites.


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Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

  • Nothing! I’ve been too busy traveling to do much book-acquiring this week.

1 THING THIS WEEK:

  • I drove approximately 1900 miles BY MYSELF in the last week. I was maybe a little bit impulsive, but it was worth it.

BLOG HOPPING:

  • Again, I’ve been too busy traveling! I haven’t done any blog hopping in the last week, but hopefully I’ll be back at it soon!

SONG OF THE WEEK:

So, basically, in order to stay awake during my ridiculously long drive this week, I had to listen to some songs I liked very, very loudly. One song that kept me alive and moving was Sober by Lorde.