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Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

“Wait, who are you, man?” -Ross

This is a question that everyone has been asked at some point in their life. Not necessarily by someone specific, but at least by themselves. And at different points in life, that answer changes.

Is Pablo a college dropout? Is he the boyfriend of a teen celebrity? Is he a social media sensation? Or is he a normal young man, trying to find his place in the world?

Pablo has a situation that many young people find themselves in, massive student loans, credit card debt, and no strong sense of what they want to do with their lives. He dropped out of school, is working a minimum wage job, and has no strong ambitions on what to do as of yet. In walks Lee, who is very successful, and suddenly Pablo knows what he wants to do….he wants to be with her. As with every relationship, the curtains open, the magic wears off, and you discover the truth about each other….and whether or not you can handle that. And you find yourself in the meantime.

I enjoyed reading Pablo’s journey as he starts taking his life seriously and learns to ask for help. And that ignoring his problems will not make them go away. Unfortunately, I did find the book to not be engaging and found it very easy to put down. It was well-written, just somewhat dull for me. I would have liked to see more backstory on why Pablo chose the college he did, why Lee became the person she is, and so on. I am curious as to if their relationship progressed as well.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. Permanent Record was a great Book of the Month Young Adult selection.

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Saving Zoë by Alyson Noel

One of my favorite aspects of Book of the Month is that you can add extra books to your monthly box for a very reasonable cost. When I saw Saving Zoë, I knew I needed to add it to my box, and I am so glad I did.

Read along at your own risk for spoilers!

Overall, I was very happy with this book. While it is mostly superficial, it did delve a little into potential dangerous circumstances that surround teenagers: drugs, alcohol, sex, meeting strangers, and all of the risks that go along with these topics. I would have liked to see the book go more in depth into the way Zoë’s life was transformed by these areas, besides the ultimate change that occurred. I also would have liked to see the aftermath of Echo’s life changing after discovering the truth regarding her sister.

I enjoyed seeing the way that Echo realized she was in a relationship because she felt that she should be. Because she felt it was the right thing to do. I enjoyed watching her realize this and then end it when she realized that she did not truly have feelings for the guy. I loved seeing Echo realize that she is her own person and that it is okay to be different from Zoë and that she does not need to follow in her footsteps. The character development of Echo and Marc was also great to see and showed how, realistically, it could happen in everyday life.

The book was well-written and a quick read. I would have liked it to delve a little more into the hard topics rather than staying superficial, but I think it works great for the intended age demographic. I am curious to see how the movie compares to the book! And I am curious to read more books by Alyson Noel.

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Mind Games by Shana Silver

This was such an amazing book!

Read at your own caution for potential spoilers!

Mind Games is a sci-fi book where the main character sells memories. I love the idea that our memories are backed up to a cloud system where we can access them at anytime. Rather than saving photos, you can save full memories instead. To me, this isn’t outside of the realm of possibility, as is the danger that can come with it. If you make the wrong person mad, and they know how to hack, say goodbye to your memories. This creates a huge ethical issue, as shown within Mind Games.

This book keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting to turn the pages as quickly as possible. Even when I could feel myself wanting to put down the book and do something else, my intrigue in the story wouldn’t let me. I am eager to see if the author has more books and sincerely hope that she does.

Thank you to book of the month for picking a book that I might not otherwise have picked up.

Every month, Book of the Month picks 5 books and you get to choose one. They recently started a Young Adult option as well as the regular subscription.

I signed up to be an affiliate and received a book with a couple extra goodies! Mind Games was the book I chose and I am so glad I did as this was one of the best books I’ve read in awhile!

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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 🙂