Mini Reviews!

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I’ve done a few of these mini reviews in the past, and I really enjoy them for books I don’t feel like writing a full review on, so today I bring you 5 mini reviews! This month, I’ve really been in the mood for some romance, so these mini reviews have some romance books as well as some thriller, and some young adult!

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Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel

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After her boyfriend breaks up with her, Kate is a mess. She rarely leaves the couch and is doing nothing productive with her life. Her friends are frustrated with how much she’s let herself wallow in the breakup, and want her to get her life back on track. Kate eventually manages to get herself a job interview at a prestigious private school in Manhattan for elementary school aged children.

She ends up getting hired, and her new job is working in admissions. What Kate thinks will be an easy job ends up being much harder than she thought. Not only does she have to make decisions as to which children will be accepted into the school, she has to deal with the parents that will do anything to make sure their child is on the list of accepted students.

We follow Kate as she navigates her new job and her relationships with her friends and parents, and are able to see the ups and downs of her life as she recovers from her heartbreak.

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My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

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Katie Brenner always dreamed of living the city life in London. After finishing school, she moves to London from the countryside farm where she grew up. She changed her style, her hair, her makeup, her accent, and even her name to fit in. Katie, now known as “Cat” seems to have it all, which is reiterated by her perfect Instagram feed. Or does she? In order to afford her life in London, she lives in a rundown apartment, eats bad cheap food, and can’t afford to go out to lunch with her friends. She’s able to keep up her fake appearances until she’s let go from her job unexpectedly. She heads back to her hometown “temporarily” to help her dad and stepmom start their Glamping business while she tries to get back on her feet. Things start to come crashing down when her old boss Demeter shows up at the glamping site…partly because her dad and stepmom don’t know she’s been fired, and partly because her boss doesn’t recognize her, which gives her the perfect opportunity to exact some revenge. Will Katie’s plan for revenge work, or will she find out that Demeter isn’t as bad as she thought? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

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After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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After I Do is a contemporary “chick lit” book that holds a magnifying glass up to marriage and relationships, and what it takes to make them work. It opens with Lauren and her husband Ryan arguing with each other and being short and snippy in their communications with each other. It then takes a step back and the story rewinds. We find out where and how they first met, and follow them quickly through the early stages of dating, engagement, and marriage. We see how happy they were in the beginning, and how things deteriorated over time. Everything reaches a breaking point after 11 years of being together and the couple decides to separate for a year with no communication in between, and then decide if they want to stay together or not.

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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Attachments was the first book that I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve heard such great things about it, and I’m a sucker for books told through texts/emails/IM’s, and this one was told partly through e-mails. I went into the book with really high expectations because of all of the hype surrounding the author, and couldn’t help feeling a little let down. I did like the book, I just didn’t love it.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Can I just say that I’m so sad this book is over?! I want more!!

The Hating Game follows Lucy and her co-worker Josh. They hate each other. Each day at work they play games. The Staring Game, The Mirror Game, etc. Lucy’s whole goal is to make Josh laugh or smile, because when his company merged with hers and they were first introduced, she smiled at him and he didn’t smile back, so she feels like he’s “winning”.

Obviously anyone who has ever read a chick lit book knows what will happen next, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less! As Lucy and Josh start to grow into friends, she realizes that maybe she doesn’t hate him after all.

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