July 2019 | Recent Reads Mini Reviews Pt. II

Here are some mini reviews for some of the  the books I read (and enjoyed to varying degrees) in the last few weeks. 


The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem with Forever

Rating:  ★★★☆☆
Release Date: May 17, 2016

“In their minds, they still had forever. But we knew better. Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”

The Problem With Forever is an emotional gut punch of a story with a lot of self reflection and heart sprinkled throughout its pages. You can feel the intense bond between Mallory and Rider – all the pain and heartache they’ve been through together just makes their reunion all the more powerful. There’s an unfortunate legacy of pain that both Mallory and Rider bring with them from their younger years in terrible living situations, but seeing each of their journeys to overcome that was powerful.


With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

With the Fire on High

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: May 7, 2019

The world is a turntable that never stops spinning; as humans we merely choose the tracks we want to sit out and the ones that inspire us to dance.

I think that audiobooks is the way to go for books by Elizabeth Acevedo. The writing and narration are so simple and effective in showcasing the everyday life, struggles, and joys of her characters. I loved Emoni’s journey and her confidence and self assurance – even if it did get her in trouble a time or two. And the food descriptions are out of this world. With the Fire on High is a quick read fileld with beautiful writing, realistic characters, and honest growth and progression.


China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians, #2)

Rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: May 31, 2016

People are messy. Life gets messy. Things are not always going to work out perfectly just because you want them to.

China Rich Girlfriend is just as deliciously addicting as Crazy Rich Asians, but has more characters, more excess, and much more family drama. I feel like there was less of an overall plot in this one – or at least I cared about it a bit less. But there are more characters and character progression that I appreciated. I thought the 2 year time jump was smart and allowed us to more forward in the story quickly without feeling rushed. And Astrid remains an absolute favorite and I can’t wait to see what happens next!


Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry

Hello Girls

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: August 6, 2019

DNF @10%

You know when you start a book and know immediately that it’s not going to click with you. That was me after starting HELLO GIRLS. I read about 10% of the book, but I felt no connection to the characters or the relationships. I also didn’t feel anything about Winona or Lucy’s situation which should have been a big emotional investment from me. I love friendship stories but this one was a miss for me.

Have you read any of these books? Which do you think you’ll pick up first? Share below!

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