More mini reviews from books I’ve enjoyed to varying degrees over the last few weeks.
Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: November 10, 2020
“All relationships have problems. It’s how you solve them that matters.”
This was a super cute and laugh-out-loud exploration of family expectations vs personal journey. Chloe while trying to please her parents (and simultaneously ward off an unwanted proposal) hires Drew to be a stand-in ‘perfect’ boyfriend. Things obviously don’t go exactly as planned, but seeing Chloe fit for herself was great to see. I really loved Chloe and Drew’s relationship and how much fun and humor they had in their relationship. I do think the story started feeling a little bit long at the end, and then I personally felt the resolution was a touch quick, but I still had a great time with Rent a Boyfriend, another win from Gloria Chao.
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
Release Date: February 18, 2020
“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty”
This is a Beauty & the Beast inspired story so you will be familiar with a lot of the beats that come with the plot, but I still think Sandhya managed to bring some unique elements – and I always think a boarding/prep school setting is fun and allowed for a fun cast of characters. This was also an excellent audiobook to read alongside other books, it was so easy to pick it up become enveloped in the story.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Release Date: August 4, 2021
Maybe things can always get better between people who want to do a good job loving each other. Maybe that’s all it takes.
I loved this so much. People We Meet on Vacation is such a cozy and comforting read about friendship and home and I could not put it down. Poppy and Alex have such a deep and entangled relationship that my heart filled with joy and broke alongside them as they grew closer and drifted apart over the years. I loved their differences and how much they respected each other and how they acted with each other. One of my favorite scenes in the book was when they go to David’s wedding, after just getting together and are holding hands (even though Alex isn’t the biggest fan of PDA). Alex drops Poppy’s hand when his dad starts to walk over to them, and she isn’t upset or hurt by it. She’s proud of him for talking care of himself and prioritizing his comfort and it was one of the purest displays of love I’ve ever seen and showed how much they truly understood each other. Though you can see how at times they are co-dependent and how that may harm their other relationships. But I loved seeing the growth of their friendship and I thought the alternating timelines was effective and helped propel me to read quicker because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Truly a fantastic story of finding your person and how that relationship can change over time, but never diminish in meaning.
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
Release Date: October 30, 2018
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