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Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Published: 2014
Length: 355 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★

Hopeless romantic Lara Jean has fallen in–and, she thinks, out of–love with five different boys in her life, and to each one she’s written a heartfelt and very private love letter to “get over” her crush and move on. Then, just before the beginning of her junior year of high school, her secret letters get mailed. Embarrassed, Lara Jean makes a contract with letter recipient Peter K., her former friend and crush, to make one of the other recipients (who also happens to be her next-door neighbor and, worse, her sister’s ex-boyfriend) believe she’s moved on. But as the months pass, she begins to wonder just how fake her fake relationship really is.

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Review: Along for the Ride

Review: Along for the Ride

Title: Along for the Ride
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published: 2009
Length: 383 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

When Auden West receives a souvenir from her brother who is backpacking in Europe, it inspires her to spend her last summer before college visiting her father and stepmother in the quaint beach town of Colby instead of closeted in her childhood home. Her relaxing vacation, however, quickly becomes a whirlwind adventure for Auden, whose focus in high school was academics rather than a social life. Yet even as she steps outside of her comfort zone and into the “world of girls,” Auden also finds herself reliving the trauma of the end of her parents’ marriage and remembering all her own guilt and insecurities as tensions in the house rise.

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Review: Mafia Girl

Review: Mafia Girl

Title: Mafia Girl
Author: Deborah Blumenthal
Published: 2014
Length: 270 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

After Gia and her best friend get pulled over for speeding, she finds herself falling for her arresting officer, Michael. The only problem? Gia is the seventeen-year-old daughter of a New York City mafia boss, which means that law enforcement is off-limits. Her feelings don’t go away, but she soon has more to worry about than a crush. Her dad’s business gets her teased and harassed at school and sometimes even puts her life–and that of her friends and family–in danger. However, when the law threatens to catch up with him at last, Gia must come to terms with how much different her life could be without her father in it.

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Review: The Witch of Belladonna Bay

Review: The Witch of Belladonna Bay

Title: The Witch of Belladonna Bay
Author: Suzanne Palmieri
Published: 2014
Length: 350 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ¾

After fifteen years away, Bronwyn Whalen returns home to Magnolia Creek, Alabama, when she learns that her younger brother Patrick has been imprisoned for the murder of her best friend Charlotte. Patrick’s conviction also leaves his motherless eleven-year-old daughter, Byrd, alone save for an elderly great-aunt and an alcoholic grandfather. As the two lost Whalen girls come together, each desperate to free Patrick from prison, their respective magical powers collide and strange events begin to unfold in Magnolia Creek. Told from the alternating points-of-view of Bronwyn and Byrd, The Witch of Belladonna Bay attempts to be equal parts coming-of-age and self-discovery tales and murder mystery, with limited success.

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Review: For Matrimonial Purposes

Review: For Matrimonial Purposes

Title: For Matrimonial Purposes
Author: Kavita Daswani
Published: 2003
Length: 277 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★

At thirty-three, Anju should long since have been married and settled in her native India. Instead, she works in the fashion industry in New York City, where she makes only half-hearted attempts to solve her marriage woes. Anju, faced with yet another unsuitable suitor at her cousin’s wedding, recalls the ups and downs of her “Great Husband Hunt” and her struggle to find her place in her society.

[11/15 novels in November]

Note: This review is (relatively) spoiler-free, but I have included one tiny little spoiler in my Goodreads review!

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Review: When Autumn Leaves

Review: When Autumn Leaves

Title: When Autumn Leaves
Author: Amy S. Foster
Published: 2009
Length: 287 pages

My star rating: ★ ★ ★

[3/15 novels in November]

When Autumn Avening’s Sisters tell her she must leave her longtime island home, they give her a year to put her affairs in order and to choose a successor to her High Priestess-like position. Over the next year, Autumn observes and counsels many different women on the island—from Ellie, the shy and reclusive researcher for the local newspaper, to Sylvie, a spirited teenager whose mother is dying of cancer—in an effort to decide which one can replace her as the town’s “wise woman.”

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Review: Love Letters

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Review: Love Letters

Title: Love Letters
Author: Katie Fforde
Published: 2009
Length: 400 pages

My star rating:  ★ ★ 

“[C]lichés would simply not do”…unless you’re Katie Fforde.

Laura Horsley is a twenty-six-year-old English bookshop employee who happens to meet a headstrong publishing agent at a function she put together. The bookshop is soon to close, and the agent insists that Laura help her wealthy niece organize a literary festival, though Laura is reluctant to do so. One of the sponsors threatens to rescind his support if they cannot convince the flash-in-the-pan author Dermot Flynn to attend. Laura, who idolizes the hermit-like Flynn, agrees to go to Ireland with her new friend Monica in hopes of doing just that. In jest, he agrees to come as long as she’ll sleep with him. Trouble and melodrama ensues.

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