Thursday, June 17, 2021

Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutanto



When Meddy Chan accidentally kills her blind date, she turns to her aunties for help. Their meddling set her up on the date so they kind of owe her.


Although hiding this goddamn dead body is going to be harder than they thought especially when her family's wedding business has THE biggest wedding of the year happening right now.


It turns out the wedding venue just happens to be managed by Meddy's ex, aka the one who got away. It's the worst time to see him again, it? Can Meddy finally find love and make her overbearing family happy?

I received a proof copy of this book from the publisher, thanks ever so much!

I read this over 2 day, I drank it in and it was just what I needed. Sitting in the sunshine reading a book that had me giggling out loud to myself. This book is so funny, it’s so crazy that its brilliant. I really really loved it, and wait until you meet he Aunties, they are brilliant. 

There are 4 Aunties: Ma (Meddy’s mum), Big Aunt, Second Aunt and Fourth Aunt. I love them so much. I can just imagine them, I had visions of them all in my head as I was reading. They seem so much fun. I think Jesse wrote these characters perfectly and I wouldn’t change a a thing about them. Their relationship is so strange, they love each other but are always in contest with each other too. 

Meddy is the main character, and we know from the blurb that she accidentally kills her date (you’ll see what happens when you read it, I say when because I know you’re going to). The craziness of what ensues afterwards had me both laughing at the absurdity of it all, whilst also sitting on the edge of my seat wondering when they were going to get caught! There is an absolute hilarious moment with text messages and emojis, and it made me giggle so much, its so real.

Please read this book, you will love it, and it will make you laugh. I would definitely read sequels to this about the aunts as they were by far all my favourite characters. 

Monday, June 14, 2021

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. But when her imaginary love story becomes public knowledge, her life suddenly becomes much more complicated. The inspiration for the Netflix-hosted runaway hit film, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a classic coming-of-age high school romance: a sweet, smart, sharply funny story about the aches and pains of growing up and falling head over heels for the very first time.

So we all know the story right? The film that was made famous by Netflix, which was amazing, but please read the book because it’s absolutely fantastic. I was a bit dubious about reading the book after a few people said it wasn’t as good as the film, but believe me it was great, I thoroughly enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the film. It has made me want to sit down and watch the films again. I’m desperate to dive into book 2 and 3 but I’m unsure whether to read something else first and break them up. This book had me captivated all day.

Laura Jean writes love letters, it’s her way of saying goodbye when she realises she doesn’t love a boy anymore, but they aren’t sent out, but kept for herself. One day a letter she wrote to Peter Kavinsky makes it’s way into his hands, Laura Jean is mortified, he has a girlfriend Genevieve, who is awful, like something out of Mean Girls. Laura Jean runs home to realise all the letters are missing, not just Peters. Stuff happens and they come up with an idea of pretend dating, that way Peter can get back at Gen, and Laura Jean can avoid the other letter receivers.

This book is just so nice, I love how the relationship between Laura Jean and Peter develops. I love the relationship LJ has with her sisters too but most importantly with Kitty. Oh and her Dad, who was a single parent to 3 girls after the Mum died when Kitty was little. But Peter… Oh I love him so much. He stole my heart completely (as did Noah Centineo in the movie). If you like Cheesy rom-coms you will love this book,. I really hope you love it as much as I did.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Heartstopper Vol 4 by Alice Oseman

Charlie didn't think Nick could ever like him back, but now they're officially boyfriends. Charlie's beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you.

Nick's been feeling the same, but he's got a lot on his mind - not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder.

As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.

Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie's lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

So this is the latest instalment of Heartstopper and they keep getting better. In the fourth book we see a lot more about mental illness and it digs quite deep into it. There are a few trigger warnings in here so if you are worried I’d google it first. Nick and Charlie’s relationship is moving on and they’re both realising they love each other, but neither has said the words before. We get to see them both getting themselves ready to say it to each other, and how much they care about each other when Nick goes away for 3 weeks on holiday. 

I think this one is one of the best ones so far, but Vol 1 will always be my favourite as it introduced us to the boys and they are just so sweet. I’m looking forward to Vol 5, an the new Netflix show!!!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Heartstopper 3 by Alice Oseman

Charlie didn't think Nick could ever like him back, but now they're officially boyfriends. Nick's even found the courage to come out to his mum. 

But coming out isn't just something that happens once - there's Nick's older brother, and a school trip to Paris, not to mention all the other friends and family - and life can be hard, even with someone who loves you by your side. As their feelings get more serious, Charlie and Nick will need each other more than ever before. 

Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie's lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us. 

Volume 3 of Heartstopper shows us more of Nick and Charlie’s relationship. I loved this one more than the second, maybe not as much as the first. The school and their neighbouring girls school do a trip to Paris, and the boys are looking forward to sharing a room. Nick’s brother comes back from University and causes Nick a bit of anxiety and worry. But friendships are stronger than ever in this one I think, and I’m loving all of the characters.

This book for me delves deeper into being a teenager, parties, drinking, body issues, and more. I liked this one, and definitely think this series is great for anyone who loves a good love story.

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