Review Roundup: ARC Edition

Posted June 9, 2017 by Kate in Realistic Fiction, Review Roundup, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Review Roundup: ARC EditionOnce and For All by Sarah Dessen
Series: Standalone
Published by Penguin on June 6, 2017
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 358
Format: eARC
Goodreads Amazon
four-stars

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

 

In an effort to pare down my ARC reviews I am starting a feature called “Review Roundup” sharing my thoughts on ARCs I receive throughout the month. Occasionally, I will do individual reviews on certain titles but overall you can find my general thoughts in these posts!

Review Roundup: ARC EditionOnce and For All by Sarah Dessen
Series: Standalone
Published by Penguin on June 6, 2017
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 358
Format: eARC
Goodreads Amazon
four-stars

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

I’m slowly but surely becoming a huge Dessen fan. I missed the hype around her books somehow when I was a teenager but I am loving talking to my students about them now! Of the one’s I have read (only 3 so far) this is by far my favorite! Its a great summer read and the background of love and wedding planning definitely doesn’t disappoint. Of course like many Dessen books this is not entirely fluff. Louna is dealing with own personal pain and I loved how it was dealt with in such a realistic and thoughtful way! If you are a Dessen fan you won’t want miss out on this title. I will definitely be ordering a print copy for my bookshelf for sure!

Review Roundup: ARC EditionAftercare Instruction by Bonnie Pipkin
Series: Standalone
Published by Flatiron Books on June 27, 2017
Genres: YA, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 265
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads Amazon
four-stars

“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything.

As Gen pushes herself forward to find her new identity without Peter, she must also confront her most painful memories. Through the lens of an ongoing four act play within the novel, the fantasy of their undying love unravels line by line, scene by scene. Digging deeper into her past while exploring the underground theater world of New York City, she rediscovers a long-forgotten dream. But it’s when Gen lets go of her history, the one she thinks she knows, that she’s finally able to embrace the complicated, chaotic true story of her life, and take center stage.

This was surprising book for me, but I loved it! If you are or were a fan of theater in High School you will of course see this theme threaded throughout. It has a light romance but ultimately this a story of dealing with the loss of love, choice and ultimately self. Told in present day, the author provides flashbacks in the form of “scenes” like you would see in a play script which is fitting to the story overall. Pipkin creates a main character who unapologetically flawed and extremely realistic. I grew to love Gen with all of her pain and promise. This is a great book for everyone but most especially teens struggling with similar issues. Definitely pick this one up!

Review Roundup: ARC EditionWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Series: Standalone
Published by Simon Pulse on May 30, 2017
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads Amazon
four-stars

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Definitely the most cutesy for these contemporaries, When Dimple met Rishi was such a fun story. I really enjoyed reading a YA romance that was quite unique dealing with parental obligations in relation to culture and identity. Dimple really wants to be her own person but does struggle with adhering to her parents goals for her and her own. Rishi flocks to these very ideals which ultimately puts him in opposition to everything Dimple believes she’s every wanted. Read this for the uniqueness/diversity of the characters with a very universal theme of love, identity and learning in a fresh and new way!

 

So, have you read any of these titles? If not, are you planning to pick them up?

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