September 6, 2019

Friday Reads: September 6, 2019


      I'm on a roll these past few weeks with posting, so I'm keeping that momentum going and doing a Friday Reads because why not?

      This past week I've tried picking up several books, and none of them really made me want to keep reading. I'm 100% a mood reader, so if I'm not in the mood for a book, then I'm not going to force myself to read it because there is no point. 

      I finally landed on a book, and that book is "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Maurene Goo. 

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Synopsis: Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? With Maurene Goo's signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

      I'm going to be honest, I'm very close to DNFing this book. I'm about 15% in or so and I'm very annoyed by the main character Clara. She irritates every bone in my body and she is the type of girl that I absolutely hated in high school. I'm really hopeful that she'll improve and I'll want to keep reading, but I'm not counting on it. It's not just her I have a problem with. I don't like the way the author is presenting teens and their priorities and behaviors. She makes them seem so self-absorbed and image centric and maybe I am out of touch at the ripe age of 21, but that seems off to me. Like I still very much consider myself a young adult, and this book makes teens deplorable. That's not to say some teens aren't, but I feel like she is generalizing. 

       Anyway, I'm not loving this book which is disappointing because everyone seems to really enjoy this book, but it is what it is. I'll give this book up to like 25% to 30% to get better, and if it doesn't then it's got to go.

      What have you guys been reading this past week, and what do you plan on reading this weekend? Also if you've read The Way You Make Me Feel, what are your thoughts on it? I'm curious to see if anyone else is annoyed by Clara.

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