Book review: Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager

Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Source: Borrowed

Online, you can choose who you want to be. If only real life were so easy…

Emma Nash may be down, but after months of wallowing, stalking her ex online and avoiding showering—because, really, who’s going to care?—Emma’s ready to own her newly single status, get out with her friends and chronicle her dating adventures on her private blog.

But life online doesn’t always run smoothly. Stumbling upon her mother’s Tinder dating profile, getting catfished and accidentally telling the entire world why her ex-boyfriend Leon’s not worth any girl’s…um…time… Okay, those were disasters.

But surely nothing else can go wrong?

Before I left for a ten-hour road trip, I impulsively chose six different audiobooks for the ride. I only ended up listening to two of them on the actual trip, but I made an effort to get through the rest after I got home. I want to preface my review by saying that I do not recommend the audiobook for this one. It’s written as a series of blog posts and I am like 99% sure that it makes more sense as a physical book.

First of all, the book is hilarious. It reminds me a lot of the British YA novels I loved in middle school, like Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson series and Cathy Hopkins’ Mates, Dates series. I probably would have liked this book a lot more as a younger teen than I did at my current age.

It’s not necessarily a bad book, but it’s basically just about the various dating disasters in Emma’s life (including her mother’s) and I like my books to have a little more substance than that these days. The pacing also felt really uneven and Emma was an incredibly annoying character.

A thing that also bothered me personally were the constant references to vomit throughout the entire book. That’s the one bodily fluid that I just cannot handle and it was constant. What was the point? Did it actually add anything to the plot? No, it was just gross.

I will give the book some bonus points for being one of the only YA books I’ve ever read to specifically reference female masturbation. It also has a nice message at the end about learning to be comfortable with yourself before trying to be with someone else and not replacing one boy with another just to avoid being single, but getting there is a hassle that I’m not entirely convinced was worth it.

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Weekly Update

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

  • Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores I want to visit
  • Review: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
  • Review: Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
  • Review: Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar
  • Review: Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

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  • I’ve still got nothing. There is both a lot and nothing going on in my life right now.

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You may or may not know that twenty one pilots is one of my favorite bands! I saw them in Brooklyn with one of my friends a couple years ago and they were so good!! In honor of the Bandito tour starting this week, here’s Trench in its entirety. I can’t even believe that I’m going to see them again in June. ❤ ❤

Book review: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Source: Borrowed

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend … until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West’s adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

I actually requested an ARC of this book at the beginning of the year and was denied because… that’s just what usually happens to me. After reading this book, I’m actually okay with it. This is going to be a very short review because the biggest emotion this book made me feel was disinterest.

Last year, I read (and actually enjoyed) The Distance Between Us. I am admittedly very hard on romance novels right now, and this one is no exception. I have four main complaints:

  • the whole book felt underdeveloped,
  • the characters were flat,
  • the plot was predictable,
  • and absolutely nothing happened.
None of that is to say that this is necessarily a bad book. It’s cute in that way that YA contemporaries usually are. It’s pretty low on the angst scale, although it’s ridiculously high on the misunderstanding and miscommunication scale. I expected something more than that, and just ended up being disappointed. Also, the synopsis gives away literally the entire plot.

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Have you read Listen to Your Heart? What’s the best romance you’ve read recently?
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d slay a lion to get early

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today we’re talking about those books that we would love to get early (and might do anything to get). I’ve actually had to revise this list a couple times since I’ve received some ARCs that I never thought I would get!

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee! I loved The Gentleman’s Guide and cannot wait for its follow-up. Felicity was a great character and I’m so excited to read about her adventures.

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of The Big F, Maggie’s debut. It was an amazing book and I’ve been waiting on pins and needles for her sophomore novel.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera! It’s no secret that I’m a huge Becky Albertalli fangirl, but the cover of this book has actually slayed me. I want to frame it and put it on my wall.

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer! I don’t know how I ever got lucky enough to get an ARC of Renegades but it was one of the highlights of my blogging life in 2017. I have to know what happens next!

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab! I actually got an ARC of A Darker Shade of Magic back in the day and I’ve been a big fan of Schwab’s ever since. It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for Vengeful, so I am open to just about anything to shorten the wait!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab! Yep, it’s another Schwab book. I follow her on Twitter and every sentence she shares from a new book makes me want to read it even more. Who even knows how long we’ll have to wait for this book. I need it now!

I’ve been meaning to read more Kasie West since I’ve really enjoyed what little I’ve read from her so far, but I’ve just never gotten around to it. Still, Listen To Your Heart has an adorable cover and I love the vibe of her books.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson! I haven’t yet read all of Morgan Matson’s work, but what I have read, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. I’m thinking it’s pretty doubtful that I’d ever be approved for an ARC of a book this hyped, but hey, I can dream.

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka! I was over on Twitter one day and there was a thread where debut authors could talk about their books. The way that these authors were talking about this book made me hop over to Edelweiss and immediately request it. I never have any luck on Edelweiss so I’m just over here waiting for this book to finally come out.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne! I loved The Hating Game and Sally Thorne quickly became one of my must-buy authors. Twitter’s about to show up for the third time on this short list… Honestly, Sally has been killing me with her vague tweets about this book! It sounds so amazing! Please, save me from my misery and give me this book asap.

Books that originally appeared on this list that I actually got advance copies of are: The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie, Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, and Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff.