Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #19

20200921_104732_0000

BOOKS READ:

  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon
  • Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
  • Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes
  •  

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • Chain of Iron (The Last Hours, #2) by Cassandra Clare
  • Convenient Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
  • The Ravens (Ravens, #1) by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige
  • The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

Continue reading

Book Review: Frankly in Love by David Yoon

20200921_104925_0000

Title: Frankly in Love

Author: David Yoon

Format: Trade Paperback

Publication Date: September 10, 2019

Number of Pages: 406

Publisher: Putnam

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong?

Frank Li has two names. There’s Frank Li, his American name. Then there’s Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. No one uses his Korean name, not even his parents. Frank barely speaks any Korean. He was born and raised in Southern California.

Even so, his parents still expect him to end up with a nice Korean girl–which is a problem, since Frank is finally dating the girl of his dreams: Brit Means. Brit, who is funny and nerdy just like him. Brit, who makes him laugh like no one else. Brit . . . who is white.

As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he’s forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don’t leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen. Desperate to be with Brit without his parents finding out, Frank turns to family friend Joy Song, who is in a similar bind. Together, they come up with a plan to help each other and keep their parents off their backs. Frank thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, but when life throws him a curveball, he’s left wondering whether he ever really knew anything about love—or himself—at all.

Continue reading

Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #18

20200921_104732_0000

BOOKS READ:

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

BOOKS RECEIVED:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

Continue reading

Book Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

20200921_104925_0000

Title: The Bride Test

Author: Helen Hoang

Format: Trade Paperback

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Number of Pages: 296

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

 

Synopsis:

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

Continue reading

Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

20200921_104925_0000

Title: The Kiss Quotient

Author: Helen Hoang

Format: Trade Paperback

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Number of Pages: 314

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

 

Synopsis:

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he’s making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic.

Continue reading