When you were mine by Rebecca Serle

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When you were mine is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, but the story is told by Rosaline, the girl Romeo was fond of, before meeting Juliet at the ball.

The novel is set in California, Rose (Rosaline Caplet), is in love with her best friend, Rob Monteg who – following the script – will leave her for Juliet Caplet, Rose’s cousin.

The names are explicit reminds of the orignal story, a choice I always find somewhat sad, and the novel fells completely into the contemporary YA genre. There is no originality, and the characters are flat and they do not communicate emotions.

It’s a short book, easy to read, but I was bored; moreover it’s one of these books full with exclamation marks, a thing I tend to notice and that I do not like.


* When you were mine by Rebecca Serle ★☆☆☆☆

*I read this book in italian

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[ARC] Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

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Seven Ways We Lie is a contemporary YA, so a novel that deals with the issues of young adults, and in this specific situation a novel that does not focus on a single issue.

I was appealed by the cover, and I hoped in a major relevance of the seven sins in the story; in the end it only means the story is told by seven different voices, discernible thanks to a sharp characterization: the weird one, the one who thinks in poems, the one who list everything, the jealous one, the gamer and the two normal ones.

The novel begins with the gossip about a relationship between a teacher and a student, and then the seven character begin to talk about their issues.

It’s a nice and fluid novel, but it is not different from other contemporary YA and it does not shine in this context.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate ★★☆☆☆½

*I read this book in english

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Simon has great friends and a nice family – even if sometimes it is loud and intrusive – and he does not know how to tell them he is homosexual.

Of his uncertainties he talks only with Blue, a guy of his town he does not know the identity of, since they share the same problems.

Simon’s story unravels between rehearsals, friendships and quarrels, fond emails and the doubt about who Blue really is.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a nice novel, maybe not particularly original, but it works well at least till the discoveries near the end. To be clear: Rossana was in love with Cristiano’s beauty or with Cyrano’s idea and letters? How much flexibility is needed to move the love for a person we associate a soul to the one who owns the soul? (if you don’t know what I’m talking about read Cyrano de Bergerac)

Following this logic I think the end of the novel is quite simplistic and Simon’s emotion shallow.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★★★☆

*I read this book in English

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

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Katie says, “You can’t choose the time and place
the when and where
and with whom
you fall in love.”

[…]
I guess,
I worry that I won’t do it right.
That it’ll be the wrong time,
the wrong place,
the wrong person.

The novel starts with the separation of Marcie’s parents, her mother decides to go away in New Hampshire to put some distance to the problem bringing Marcie with her.

Marcie is then far away from her friends and her boyfriend while adapting to the new life. The themes dealt with in the novel are not particularly innovative, on one side there is the separation theme – that on the second part appears to be in the background – on the other one  Marcie’s relationship with her old and new friends and the issues caused by a long distance relationship.

Taking in consideration these aspects the novel would not appear particularly interesting, instead it is peculiar in the writing style chosen. Everything is told by Marcie through her poems. There aren’t dialogues or long descriptions: all is told using a few words: not every poem is meaningful, however this read is certainly different.

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* Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in English