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Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra

Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra is the first book that I received through Book of the Month’s YA Program. I have very mixed feelings regarding this book honestly but the part that I adore with BOTM, is that it encourages me to read books that I normally would not look at. Which is definitely the case with Symptoms of a Heartbreak.

I loved the idea of a 16 year old “girl genius” doctor. However, I didn’t like the way that she was portrayed. I felt that if she is supposed to be a “genius” and a board-certified doctor, she should have been more mature than she was shown to be. And yes, she is still a child, but I did not like the inconsistency between her lives. I also did not like that her Mom was running interference for her at work, causing her to be late, etc.

I did love that the protagonist truly cared about her patients but I would have liked for the book to focus more on her medical skills rather than relationships.

While it was still a good read, I was overall disappointed with the story and plot of this book.

I am excited to see what book I can choose for August’s Book of the Month YA! If you are interested in trying out new books, this is a great program to use! Click here for more information, and yes, I do get a referral if you use my link 🙂

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Still use this app all the time. I have now gotten a total of $49.69 back! You have to get gas no matter what, might as well get some of that money back!

Michelle Boyea

With the volatility of gas prices, it’s easy to dread having to fill up your gas tank. Even when gas prices are going down, you don’t want to spend the money filling up your car. As someone who easily fills up a minimum 2-3 times a week due to her commute, I’m always looking for ways to save money.

Enter the Get Upside gas app. This app helps you save money at the pump. Open the app, see where the cheapest prices are, CLAIM THE DEAL FIRST, fill up your tank, and then submit a picture of your receipt with 4 hours and you will receive money back. It’s that easy. In two months, I’m at almost $17 cash back.

I’m also part of fuel rewards (shell stations) and use them together to save as much as I can.

Get an extra $0.20 back per gallon on your first receipt…

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Me Myself & Him by Chris Tebbetts

I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you net galley!

Truth be told, I did not like this book. I had a very hard time getting into it and I struggled to find the motivation to continue reading. The way the book was set up simply made me very not interested in it. I did not like that each chapter essentially had two chapters in it, one version for each of the two storylines that was being told.

I think the premise behind the book is great, and I love the idea of there being two stories within one book. Especially with the idea of alternate realities. However, I did not like the flip-flop back and forth in this book. If you weren’t keeping careful track on which chapter was which, it was easy to forget that the storyline switched back and forth. There were a few times that I got confused as to which version of Chris that I was currently reading.

With that being said, I did very much enjoy the storyline of this book. I liked how one version had Kris in trouble for something that he did it while the other version showed what would happen if he got away with it. I did like that the two storylines merged together at points so that there were specific events that happened in both timelines.

If you like alternate realities and alternate possibilities for stories, then this book is absolutely perfect for you. The storyline and the premise and the characters were fantastic.

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Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

I don’t think it is possible for me to not enjoy a book from Emma Mills. And Famous in a Small Town was definitely enjoyable!

Sophie’s enthusiasm for raising money for the band, her love and dedication to her friends, and her naive outlook on Megan Pleasant make her adorable and fun to know.

As a former band geek who got to participate in trips, the importance of fund raising is huge. Especially if you are in a small town where parents might not be able to just write a check for you to be able to participate. Her enthusiasm and dedication to raising the money are inspiring, especially when she wants to help out everyone.

Her loyalty and dedication to her friends, even ones she just met, are wonderful to see. It’s too easy to get caught up in your own world and not see that others are suffering too. It was great to see that she puts them first, even when she probably shouldn’t.

Her naive outlook on Megan Pleasant is adorable because Sophie wants everyone to see the good in everyone and everything. That innocence is a breath of fresh air in today’s world.

Overall, this was a very cute and engaging book. Super easy and quick to read, but still wonderful nonetheless.

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Another fun and cute read from Emma Mills!

I love the character of Claudia. She is the perfect blend of true friend/defender/introvert. While she is skeptical of people, and skeptical of them liking her, she is a true defender of her friends. Once she befriends someone, she is loyal.

I wasn’t thrilled with the storyline between her and Gideon. I loved them as friends, and loved that they ended up together, but I felt that the tension and minor drama between them was unnecessary. It felt similar to most YA romcoms. Predictable but relatable at the same time.

I did enjoy the storyline with her and Iris. I loved that she brought Iris out of her shell and showed her how to be a true person and to not always rely on herself.

Overall I found the book to be cute and funny. Very easy to read and engaging as well. Another great book to escape the stress of life with!