Weekly Round Up: May 14 – May 20

I decided to start a small series to keep up with my weekly reading endeavors. From what I bought, to what I loved and hated, these are what caught my eye last week.

What I Read

32571395One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

What I thought:

4 stars

  • I was pleasantly surprised by this one! It was pretty slow for me at first and I was having trouble distinguishing the different characters voices. But when things started picking up about 20% in, I was completely hooked. I guessed who the killer was about halfway through but I was never quite sure, it kept you guessing the whole time. I usually hate multiple POVs but this was done well. I didn’t feel there were too many characters, though, in my opinion, Bronwyn was the main character. We saw more of her and I was definitely more invested in her, and her love life, more than anything. I wish we had seen a bit more of the others. This book had you guessing and second-guessing what you thought and what all of the characters were telling you.

29414576After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

What I thought:

5+ Stars

  • I can’t stop screaming about how much I loved this book. As an ace girl myself, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a book about a girl like me. Though my feelings aren’t completely on par with Tash’s, she was so relatable. She was written like a normal person and her being ace wasn’t the entire storyline. It was such a relatable story. From accidental viral fame to dealing with friends and how fast life changes as a teen, the number one problem was not how Tash migrated romance being ace. Each problem that arose in the book seemed as important as the last, which was a refreshing change. If there’s an LGBTQ+ character in a book, the biggest problem in the book seems to be if the character should come out or how to tell their parents or their crush. It gets really annoying really fast. I loved the way the author handled the ace situation. There was clarification of what being ace meant to Tash, it’s not the exact same for everyone and even an unfortunate situation where she’s told she’s making it up. I felt for Tash so much in that situation, especially considering I face that day to day. Being ace was a facet of Tash and her story. That’s more of the stories I want to read.

What I Bought

Thankfully, I was only tempted by one book at Half Price books so my wallet is very happy with me right now. My preorder of A Million Junes by Emily Henry came in, too. Just in time for the signing, I went to yesterday!

 

How are you doing on your Goodreads challenge? Is your wallet upset with you?

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