Mini Reviews: The Love Letters Edition

Because I’m super behind on reviews, I thought it’d be fun to do some mini reviews for some contemporary romances I’ve read lately!

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Love & GelatoLove and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept …(continue reading)

 

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I’m not someone who loves YA contemporary, but occasionally I’ll find something like this that’s super cute and light and just so happy, and I accidentally love it.

What I Liked:

  • The setting:
    • Italy!! Gelato!! Florence! True, the whole thing was juuust a bit stereotyped, but in a harmless, sweet way. I loved the setting, and the way all the food and scenery was described was great.
  • The characters:
    • I mean, they weren’t anything super memorable, but I liked them. I thought the romance was cute. The main character is sweet and entertaining to read about, and the love interest was very kind, which was great to see in YA. I also LOVED the relationship between Lina and her dad. It developed realistically and nicely.
  • The mood:
    • The whole book is just so happy. I mean, I’m all for dramatic, dark fantasy, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break and just enjoy something that’s so effortlessly uplifting and bright.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The predictability:
    • I figured out both plot twists right away, and the resolution was pretty obvious. But that really didn’t distract from my enjoyment at all! It just made the whole mystery aspect of the story a tiny bit underwhelming.

Overall, Love and Gelato was uplifting and super fun, even though it was just the teensiest bit unoriginal .

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
I secretly love these covers xD.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanRating: 4 Stars

Release Date: April 15, 2014

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all …(continue reading)

 

 

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What I Liked:

  • The characters:
    • Even though Lara Jean was *kind of* annoying at times, I thought she was cute and endearing, and I liked her narration. I also accidentally fell in love with Peter, and Kitty is adorable.
  • The romance:
    • I thought Peter’s and Lara Jean’s “hate-to-love” romance was fantastic!! Their banter was hilarious, and I loved how they made each other sign contracts to define the rules of their (almost) relationship.
  • The mood:
    • This is another very happy book. I like that.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The drama:
    • It didn’t take over the plot, but there was a fair amount of petty mean-girl and boyfriend drama.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the definition of fluff. It’s pure mindless entertainment, and I loved it.

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Rating: 2 Stars

Release Date: May 26, 2015

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

 

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Well, you can be in love with two boys at once, but it gets annOYING.

What I Liked:

  • It’s entertaining:
    • This is a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s just fun!
  • Kitty:
    • I LOVE Kitty. She is by FAR the best character in the series.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The other characters:
    • They’re all so annOYING in this book. Lara Jean is immature and controlling, Peter is a two faced meanie, and the other characters just felt so flat in this book! What happened to the Peter I fell in love with from book one?? What happened to Lara Jean’s endearing (if not occasionally whiny) personality?? And WHY is everyone so PETTY?? What happened??
  • All the DRAMA:
    • It was so over the top. Like I just screamed, everyone and everything was so PETTY. There were so many problems that could have been avoided if people could just, you know, not be jerks?

Overall, P.S. I Still Love You was a fun read, even if it was extremely frustrating at times. It definitely does not live up to the first book, and at this point I don’t care enough to continue the series.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Rating: 3 Stars

Release Date:

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas …(continue reading)

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What I Liked:

  • The characters:
    • They were all really developed! I LOVED Desi’s personality. She is absolutely hilarious, and I loved how she is a know-it-all who rambles on about random facts all the time. I liked the friends, and all their conversations together.
  • Desi’s escapades:
    • Okay, they were hilarious. Like when her pants fall down while she’s flirting. Or all the awkward Luca-Desi situations she causes.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Desi’s escapades:
    • Uh… yeah. While they were hilarious, some of the lengths she went to to get Luca’s attention made me uncomfortable. There are certain lines you just shouldn’t cross… and Desi crossed them. I cringed a LOT.

Overall, it was hilarious and entertaining, even if I did suffer from a lot of second-hand embarrassment.

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Have you read any of these? If not, do you think you’d like to? Do you like mini-reviews or full-length reviews better?

16 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: The Love Letters Edition

  1. I am currently about 40% through an ARC of the German release for this and I’m not really feeling it too much just yet. But at least the book is easy and quick to read, so I’m definitely going to finish it! I have a feeling like I know what’s gonna happen too!

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  2. I’ve read two of these and want to read the other two. I really enjoyed PS I Still Love You, haha! They are SO fluffy and entertaining and I love it, BUUUUT the drama can get a little annoying sometimes. THE COVERS ARE SO PRETTY THO!!! I’ve read part of Always and Forever, Lara Jean, and it’s enough to make me want to read more! I have a feeling all the characters will grow more in that book.

    Great reviews! 🙂

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  3. HA when your pants fall down when you’re attempting to flirt. If that isn’t a representation of who I am, I don’t know what is. I never told you the story about how I ran into a wall and chipped my frontal bone (in my forehead right on my eyebrow) while searching for my STUPID FRAKCEN tiara when I had to be on stage in like 2.37 minutes. No? Well, I should because it’s hilarious and ridiculous and ends with me bleeding on stage oops.
    I haven’t read To All The Boys I Loved Before because of the sheer amount of cotton candy fluff, but everyone seems to love it so much and it DOES sound fun. I just have to be in the right mood! Right now, I am in the mood of stabbing. This is not the right mood for that series (probably) 😉

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    1. HAHAHAHAHA THAT IS HILARIOUS.
      *Ahem* I’m so sorry, that’s terrible!! (xD) That sounds like an adventure xD. I”m mostly impressed that you managed to break your face from bumping into a WALL. It reminds me of some kids i know who have each broken several bones just from FALLING. No joke. Like, several have said they were literally just walking along, fell, and fractured their wrist. HOW?!?
      Do NOT read TaTB while you are in a stabby mood. YOU WILL MURDER THE CHARACTERS. But yeah, you do have to be in the mood!! I definitely was xD.

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      1. I’m sorry did I say bumped?? What I meant was I literally ran into the wall at full force sprint speed. I’m surprised I didn’t knock myself out. I then continued to sprint down the hallway with blood running down my face and I think an 8 year old thought I was bloody mary or something 😀

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  4. Great reviews! I have read and loved the whole To All The Boys series, but I understand that it felt a lot like unnecessary drama. I liked the second book a bit less than the first one, but the third book I just finished reading a couple days ago was quite great, I loved it, Peter was adorable and I had all the feelings. I’m a bit sad you won’t want to continue on with this series but if you’re not feeling it, well good 🙂 Are you going to try and read some other books by Jenny Han, if you haven’t, yet? 😀
    I have Love and Gelato on my TBR, I can’t WAIT to read it 😀

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    1. I’ll probably end up finishing the series (if my library ever gets the book xD) but it might take a while. I’m glad to hear you liked it! I might try some of her other books eventually!
      I hope you love it!!

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    1. Thanks!!

      I think if I had been in any other mood than I happened to be in right then I would have DNF’d it too, but for some reason it worked for me! I was surprised.

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