The Summer I Turned Pretty : A Book Review

Hey everyone!

So I read a book haha. I love reading but I don’t get the time to read as much I would love to. So when I finally had the chance to read this book I thought I would review it for you guys.

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So I got this bind up version of the first three books in the Summer I Turned Pretty series. I have finished the first book in the series. I got the book for like 7$ USD at Target. I thought it was worth the price, especially when books can run 10$ each.

I loved this book! I thought it was sweet and had the amazing reflection on what first love can do to us. The writing was easy and fun, the characters are relatable and the themes are important. It was the best summer read I could have picked up. It just made me want to go to the beach right that second.

I know this book didn’t get the best reviews because it’s predictable and some people think the main character is selfish. For the main character being selfish, I found her realistic. I remember being 15-16 and feeling the same way she did about her first love. For the predictability of the book, I don’t think that necessarily makes a book bad. I just find it was an easy read and easy to get sucked in.

I read the whole book in one sitting during a 12-hour bus ride. It made everything go faster. It was so easy to get lost in this book. I recommend it to anyone that just wants an easy short read that will give you all the feels. My friend is actually the one that suggested this book to me and I thank her for introducing this book series to me. I’m going to try and review the next two books in the series too if you’re interested in that.

If you want to pick up this book you can find it here on the CHAPTERS or TARGET website. Honestly, it’s summer goals.

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My Female Empowerment Reading List // Spring 2018

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I really wanted to share with you guys the books I will be reading for Spring 2018. I decided to go with a theme for the next couple of months. I decided I wanted to spend more time focusing on empowerment and success especially amongst women. After a few things that happened in my own personal life and a podcast I listened to, I really wanted to start reading more. I want to take the time and focus more on my female friendships and help my fellow women become more successful in their own endeavours. So without further ado, this is my reading list for spring 2018.

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

I decided to pick up this book because everyone won’t stop talking about it. From what I’ve heard it’s one of the must reads of 2018. I’m really excited to read this book. The main character is a strong female. I added this to my girl power reading list because I think racism is a huge part that is overlooked when we talk about helping women. People of colour are often left out of conversations when it comes to women’s rights. I decided that this book would really help me open up to a world that I don’t really know. I was lucky to be raised in a family that was very against racism and taught me that everyone is equal regardless of skin colour, income, language, etc. I talk more about what this book is about in my YouTube video.

Moxie By Jennifer Mathieu

I actually already finished reading this book and all I can say is that I love it! I loved this book so much. I read it so quickly. Everything about this book screams girl power. I want to read it again that’s how much I liked it. I believe it was also on Zoella’s book club list this year. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a lighthearted read that is all about a badass female. After reading this book I really wanted to be part of something. It made me feel empowered and motivated to change the world. Again I have the description of this book and all the other books I’m going to talk about in my YouTube video.

Girl Online By Zoe Sugg

This is me encouraging my fellow content creators. I decided to add this book to the list because if I’m going to talk about empowering other women I may as well do it. I’m currently on the second book in the series and I really like it. I know this book got a lot of hate from reviews on Goodreads but it really isn’t as bad as people say it is. They’re just upset that someone from YouTube was able to write a book and it’s very difficult for “real” writers to get book deal. Is it the best writing I have ever read, no, is it the best plotline I’ve ever read, probably not, but it’s still a very fun book. I love how lighthearted and fun it is. I find it so cute, it’s the book I wish I was able to read when I was 14-15. It also talks about panic attacks which is something I also suffer from. All in all, it’s adorable and I love supporting my fellow YouTubers.

Do It Like A Woman…and Change the World By Caroline Criado-Perez

I honestly don’t know much about this book but the description really intrigued me. I was in the Community and Culture section of my local Chapters when I saw it. I was looking for books related to female empowerment and feminism when I saw it. It’s a collection of stories about women who took the phrase “like a girl” and made it into something positive. This reminded me a lot of the Always commercial getting people to do things like a girl. I’ll be honest, I cried when I saw the commercial for the first time and chock up everytime I see it since. Like a girl has become such a negative statement when it shouldn’t be. Being a woman should not be seen as an inferior thing. That is why I am so excited to start reading this book!

Bad Feminist By Roxane Gay

I just started this book and it’s magic. It’s a very thought-provoking book. Her short stories and insights into her world are so interesting and captivating. There is a famous essay by her called Bad Feminist Part 1 and Part 2. They have been recited a few times by multiple people and they are so powerful. I love this book beyond words! I believe that I too can be a bad feminist sometimes and it’s not the end of the world. Feminism is personal and people with the loudest voices shouldn’t be the ones that get to control what feminism is or looks like. I swear both women and men can get a lot from this book. It’s powerful and really good read.

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

For all those who don’t know this is a show on Netflix. I honestly almost went to Netflix headquarters myself to yell at a manager when I found out this show was cancelled after only one season. I loved this show beyond explanation. It sparked a fire in me. It made me really want to do something. It actually pushed me to start working on my blog and YouTube channel more often. After watching the whole first season in 2 days I started planning Blogmas. After being told that I wouldn’t finish and that I take on too big projects so I never finish, I did it. I had so much fire and motivation in me that I did it. I didn’t care if some of my posters were terrible. I didn’t care if it was half-assed or not the best content I had ever created, I just wanted to do it. I would like everyone to know that I also cancelled my Netflix subscription after that haha. It was one of the most female-empowering shows that I had ever watched and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Now for the book, unfortunately, I watched the show before reading the book but at least now I know that I will love the book. I can’t wait to read this book, I just love Sophia’s attitude and story. If you really need inspiration to get to work and do what you want to do in life, this is it!

So this is my reading list for Spring 2018! I will try and keep you guys updated and maybe do full reviews of the books on this list if you guys would like to see it! I can’t wait to read these books and I would love it if you guys joined in and read them too! Do tell me if you have read or are planning on reading any of these books, I would love to know. I also have a Youtube video with more information if you guys want to go check it out.

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My Get Away Reading List

I love bringing light happy reads when I go on vacation. Fluffy, lovey, annoyingly
cute reads that go by quick. Contemporary is my go to grab for vacations. I have a 3-hour drive there and back on my family summer trip, so I need something that can hold me over for the whole ride.

Yes, I’m one of those freaks that can read in the car. I know, I know, most people get headaches or car sick if they read in a moving vehicule. For me, it’s the opposite. I’ve been taking long car rides since birth. I am trained to be able to just sit in a car and be okay, no bathroom, no food, just read a book and listen to music or a movie.

So I picked up three little fluffy books for my trip this year. I grabbed Once and For All by Sarah Dessen, a standalone novel about a girl named Louna that is the daughter of a famed wedding planner. Louna is an anti-happily-ever-after girl until she meets a bad boy along the way that has her question her hatred of love.

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The second book I got was The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand. This is one of the first adult novels that I am taking a crack at. I typically stick to YA but this book caught my eye. The book followed identical twins who happen to live in Nantucket, how summer-y, that have not spoken in years but are brought together by a family crisis. It’s supposed to be the summer read of the year. Elin Hilderbrand is known for writing good summer reads and I am excited to dip my toes in her novel.

The last book I grabbed and the book I am most excited for is How To Love by Katie Cotugno. I love Katie Cotugno’s writing and I could not wait for to get my hands on this novel. This book features a teen pregnancy, a lost love and of course romance. There is a lot of negative reviews for the book though which worries me but I am excited nonetheless.

One of my favourite magazines of all time is Cosmo. I am an avid reader. I have a
monthly subscription. My ultimate dream is to be able to work for Cosmo. I got the August and September issues in the mail and I’ve been waiting for the trip to read them. I do in fact read a magazine cover to cover. I’m one of those old people. I thought they would be great to read with my but on the sand and toes in the water.

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I plan to either review or go a bit more in-depth with these books when I come back from vacation.

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen*: Once and for All

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand*: The Identicals: A Novel

How to love by Katie Cotugno*: How to Love

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