I loved This Adventure Ends but I think I loved Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills even more. I’m putting it on my Top of 2017 list! Read all my thoughts below!
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
To be published on December 5, 2017 by Henry Holt
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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. Claudia navigates a world of intense friendships and tentative romance in this book about expanding your horizons, allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and accepting—and loving—people for who they really are.
My take: LOVED this.
Claudia was a character that I think a lot of bookworms can relate to. She’s smart, but better off dealing with stuff on the page (or the screen) than the people who are right in front of her. And Iris! Iris, how I loved Iris. She’s an extremely difficult person – impatient, sarcastic and snappish – yet has a heart of gold underneath. I actually was kind of wondering if Claudia and Iris would get together. I became especially hopeful after they got paired up on a class project because HELLO THAT IS A HUGE YA ROMANTIC TROPE. But Cliris was a pairing that ended up being platonic. That’s okay, because I love a good female friendship story too.
Claudia’s feeling a little vulnerable after a guy made her feel like she was nothing special. When gorgeous, charismatic Gideon starts paying attention to her, she’s suspicious. Claudia’s how-could-this-guy-possibly-like-me uncertainty was so relatable and sweet that I just wanted to reach inside the pages and hug her. I also loved that Gideon revealed a lot more depth throughout the story.
It’s impossible to convey all the completely charming, captivating and hilarious things about this book without just making a laundry list. There are sister relationships, friendship, and drama kids. There a boy band, discussion of socioeconomic class issues, and Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion jokes. There’s Shakespeare and an MMO (massively multiplayer online) game. And more. I had a smile on my face for the whole 312 pages.
If you love contemporary YA, you need to read this!