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ARC Review: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Beautiful Ones

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I LOVED this book. I didn’t expect to at all, since the writing style is unexpected and at first turned me off, but the story kept dragging me back in.

The story itself is simple – the upper class, former lovers, rejection, new love, jealousy, destruction. It reminds me of something by Henry James or Edith Wharton, full of drama and passion and also restrained. At the same time, the writing style is reminiscent of Ernest Hemingway. It is clipped and to the point and dry, even emotionless. Yet still the story burns with passion and jealousy. I don’t understand how Silvia Moreno-Garcica wrought such magic, but I loved every moment I spent reading it.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Quercus books for providing an e-arc for review.

ARC Review: She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

She Drives Me Crazy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I saw ‘enemies-to-lovers fake dating sapphic sports romance’ and absolutely had to read this. And I am SO happy that it completely lived up to and surpassed my expectations.

This book is a sappy feel-good teen romcom at its finest and I loved every minute. I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to cheer for Scottie and Irene. The grand gestures are perfection and echoed their (and my) favorite romcom moments.

The heart-to-heart moment with Scottie’s family was a tad unrealistic but also lovely. Scottie’s family and friends were so supportive – as were Irene’s – and the ending was as joyful as I hoped.

Also that cover is Everything.

If you love queer romances and teen romcoms then I encourage you to pick this one up.

Thanks to NetGalley and Roaring Book Press for providing an e-arc for review.