Contemporary has been failing me recently: Mini Reviews

In the very limited amount of free time I had, I tried to read a bit and in the span of two weeks, I managed to get four books down. A few more to go!

It’s no question why I picked contemporary. I’m usually already worn out from school so I would definitely want to read something which is easy to get into or relate to. And what’s better genre than contemporary?

Unfortunately, most of my recent reads were a miss.

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

the revenge playbook>> Goodreads

I was expecting a group girls trying to get revenge through sports competition but what did I get? Do not be fooled guys. The synopsis may say “beat at their own game” but the whole book is actually about a scavenger hunt and no, this isn’t a spoiler. Throughout the book, I didn’t feel any sort of connection with the characters but if I had to choose, I like Liv’s character’s best because honestly, hers stuck to my mind and still do until now. I read this book weeks ago and I have already forgotten most of the plot… So yeah, a huge disappointment since everyone has been recommending this. But overall, I appreciate that this book is about justice and equality. I could feel the whole “girl power” vibe.

Rating: 3 stars

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

geography of you and me>> Goodreads

I read Smith’s book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, a few years back and ended up loving it despite the negative reviews. Unfortunately this time, I didn’t love her book. I felt bored most of the time. Honestly, I really like the whole concept. Jennifer E. Smith always writes about that impossible love story but still able to make it as realistic and enjoyable as possible. However, The Geography of You and Me is missing that “spark” and as a result, I found it hard to stay awake since this book is 99% made up of romance.  There were so many other aspects that could have been explored more deeply, such as the main characters’ relationships with their family. It’s a shame that this book only focuses on the romance department — a dull one at that.

Rating: 2 stars

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

things we know>> Goodreads

AHHHHHHH SO MUCH LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! Definitely the best book I’ve read in a while <3 Jessi Kirby’s writing hooked me from the start and I could feel all the pain and emotions from her words. I love the forbidden element of the romance but hey, it’s not the only thing that makes this book so appealing to me. I love how family plays a huge role in Quinn’s life, giving her advises in the most difficult and important time of her life. This book won my heart (see what I did there?) and I don’t know how to express my love for it so just read it, peeps. Read it and see how amazing Jessi Kirby’s writing really is.

Rating: 5 stars

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

all the rage>> Goodreads

I rarely read something which touches a difficult yet important subject before. But everyone has been raving about this book so I just had to know okay? And maybe fall in love with it too and learn a lot from it. Unfortunately, I didn’t love All the Rage as much as everyone else. This book is like a grittier version of The Revenge Playbook, with the whole concept screaming feminism and whether you want to stand up for yourself. Unfortunately, much like The Revenge Playbook, I was also somehow misled by the synopsis. I know from the first place that it’s a very heavy character-driven book that portrays the ugly side of the world. But I didn’t know it’s the kind of book that would require me a lot of re-reading because I kinda didn’t get what the paragraph means the first time. All the Rage is the kind of book where you should take your time slowly to digest the story and I might just be in the totally wrong mood when I was reading it.

(SPOILERS: The events mentioned in the synopsis don’t happen till the middle part of the book and Kellan was barely in the picture. It’s not that I am thirsty for romance, but I thought he had a huge role in Romy’s life that I needed some sort of confrontation between them — to give me some closure.)

Rating: 2 stars


8 thoughts on “Contemporary has been failing me recently: Mini Reviews”

  1. Oh my gosh, Kezia, it’s like you reviewed 1/4 of the books in my TBR hahahaha. Can I get your books, please?? (Kidding, kidding……. but if you’d be willing, that’d be awesome!) 😛

    Anyway, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy most of the books here! I’m a huge lover of contemporary, so it’s pretty sad they didn’t seem to click with you well. I was really looking forward to The Geography of You and Me, but I can’t believe you found it boring. So sad 🙁 But I’m so happy you enjoyed Things We Know By Heart! I’ve been dying to read it for months now. Seeing that you loved it makes me more excited than ever 🙂
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    1. Yeah, I was so disappointed, especially since I had been looking forward to read them 🙁 And I guess I found the writing style in The Geography to be boring. But maybe that’s because I had been in the wrong mood hahaha. I hope you’re gonna enjoy them though <33 I miss talking to you, Jillian!! ^^

  2. Aw, so sorry you didn’t really enjoy most of these books! Things We Know by Heart sounds amazing though! I’ve yet to read a book by Jessi Kirby (I know, I know), and it looks like a great place to start. Hopefully you’ll be able to catch a breather soon; good luck with school!
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    1. Yup yup!! Definitely give Things We Know By Heart a chance. I need to read Jessi’s other books as well! Golden sounds amazing so maybe I should start with that 😀 And thanks so much, Chri!! Good luck with those application! I completely understand how dreadful that can be.

  3. I’m at least glad The Things We Know By Heart didn’t fail you. That was such a lovely book! I adore Jessi Kirby’s writing so much. I did enjoy The Geography Of Me And You more, and I think that maybe because I really appreciated the prose. It did go at a rather slow pace though, so I can understand why you were bored. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kezia!

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