Book Reviews: This Time Last Year and Only Mostly Devastated

The mood this December has been light and comforting, so these are two wonderful romances to add to the list

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

Goodreads blurb: When Minnie meets Quinn at a NYE party, it’s clear that they’ve got nothing in common – except for the strange fact of their being born in the same place at the same time on New Year’s Eve. A crazy coincidence, but not a reason to pursue a friendship, and definitely not an excuse for Quinn to hope for something more. He is a privileged party boy who believes the world is his for the taking. She is a hard-working realist, whose lack of confidence tends to hold her back. Opposites don’t really attract…it’s not like this is a rom-com, right? The clock strikes midnight, their moment passes, and another year begins. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each frustrating interaction somehow seems to push their lives in the right direction? Could it be that instead of clashing, their different outlooks might complement each other? Perhaps now is the time for them to finally come together..

My take: 4 out of 5. I devoured this book in one night and its the perfect comforting, enticing, romantic read i needed. It was sweet, well written and not utterly predictable. The characters are well developed, flaws and all and you actually get invested in their journey. Def a great romcom to end your year.

Best quote of the book: Be a good companion to yourself and you will never be lonely.

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Goodreads blurb: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease Summer love…gone so fast. Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted―and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk. Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening. The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again. Right? Right

my take: 3.5 out of 5. I discovered this book through some of the bookstagramers i followed and they were raving about it as one of their favorite YA books of the year. I kind of have to agree, its such an adorable YA rom com. Its the type of story that should be in a Disney Channel Original Movie, or a cute continuation to Love Simon or Love Victor, one of my favorite series of the year. I love the references to old movies, especially Grease, but with a twist. A very one day easy read that is quite heart warming.

Best quote of the book: Maybe happily Ever Afters weren’t a singular event. Maybe there were something you had to work at, and build and never give up on, as long as they were something you still wanted.

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