Why I read this: This book was getting a lot of positive reviews and it sounded fun.
What it’s about: A woman who had a hard time growing up goes back home to Smalltown, Texas and tries to find herself, more or less.
How I feel about it: It was okay. I thought parts of it were incredibly dramatic and unrealistic. There was one major scene and I think a few others (it’s been a while since I read it) where private things happened in a largely public setting. Stuff like that makes me cringe. I mean, maybe it could happen and I’m sure even the drama can be bigger in Texas, but if stuff like that does happen in real life, I never want to find out. There was also some stuff with the Queenie’s job that was kind of sketchy, I am not sure on the rules of it at all but it seemed unrealistic. Plus, her reactions to some of the events that took place were too easy. The whole book felt too easy for me. The romance was predictable. HOWEVER: Overall it was light and enjoyable. Not a bad read, just not something I loved. It had some heartfelt, warm moments involving family and moving on from the past. I liked Queenie and her family, too.
Would I read it again? No, I don’t see myself wanting to revisit this story.
Would I recommend it? If you’re looking for something that might be kind of silly but with a lot of heart!
Do I plan on reading more by the author? I would read more of her work.
Why I read this: I saw this book mentioned a lot. It seemed like an emotional New Adult book.
What it’s about: A woman and her young sister move to find a new life years after tragedy, I’m not sure how to explain this one well.
How I feel about it: I did not like this book. I didn’t even read all of it, I skimmed the end because I was curious. I feel like Kacey was written to seem so tough that she just lost her reality. She just came off as a caricature of the angry/hurt girl. I didn’t feel anything genuine from her character. The whole story also felt extremely dramatic, it felt like a fanfic. When the “twist” happened, I was just…completely turned off. I skimmed everything after that. Also, taking ten tiny breaths doesn’t seem like it would be very helpful. I don’t get it.
Would I read it again? No.
Would I recommend it? No, but if it sounds like a story you might like, go for it!
Do I plan on reading more by the author? I don’t think so, it’s not my type of writing.