*REVIEW* Before we were strangers by Renee Carlino

Before I start, let me just say that I love stories about artists in general so if I come off a little swoony, it’s because of that and because the book was really good ofcourse!

I’ve been a reader for so long and it still astounds me how much power books actually possess.
Cause let me tell you ladies and gents. This one is a gem. It gave me ALL the feels!

There’s something about New York love stories that always have something magical about them. I’ve read a few that take place in NY and they were pretty good, but obviously you need more than just the setting.
You need good plot, well written complete characters, as well as character development and plot development.
Renee delivered.
This is a one day book for me. Meaning, I sat and read it all day, unable to continue with life unless I finished this first.
Let’s check the blurp shall we?
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“To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.
You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.
We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.
Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…
I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.
After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?”

The reasons I wanted to read this one was the blurp, which is super interesting, It’s mysterious and shares just enough to compel someone to read it without revealing anything major.
Also, that cover! WOW!!!

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‘m known to be a cover whOr, so once I saw it, I was like “yup”.
Continuing to the story, it was a cute love story that definitely reminds everyone who reads it of their first love, so It’s relatable on some level, no matter how far fetched it becomes later on.
The plot made me really emotional. I cried a lot in many parts of reading it, I don’t know if It’s because I’m hormonal or what. (I’m gonna need opinions on this one, did you guys cry at all reading it?)
I loved the past of the story (college years and love story) as well  as the present, even though I felt like some points were a  little repetitive.
This is a story about the one that got away, but was finally found 15 years later.
(I know it sounds cheesy but I just finished it and I’m still on cloud nine, bear with me!)
Finally, Renee’s writing is so good that it made me feel super connected and related to these characters, (way too much for my own good.)
I also wish I had some of the great qualities all of them possessed. Grace’s free spirit and joy about life, Matt’s quiet confidence and talent and Ash’s combination of their best qualities.
This is a tale, about love and second chances.
We all need second chances in life, even if they come 15 years later. But not too late.

Discover “Before we were strangers” by Renee Carlino
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Enjoy!!

xoxo

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover REVIEW

5 Amazing -screaming over the top of my lungs- fangirling stars!
What an awesome way to start my reading year!
First of all, just look at that cover. Just look at it. GAH! I’m a cover whOre what can I say! Very pleased with this one!17788403
Now let’s get to the good part.
I definitely didn’t think that Colleen Hoover could get any better at writing books. (She is already the best)
I guess I was wrong.
After the slammed and the Hopeless series, Colleen is coming back better than ever!
This heartwarming story about love,betrayal,loss and hope is propably her best work so far!
I love that she gets better and better every single time and I can be a witness to that.
The story is about Sydney, a 22 year old woman, who finds out after a 2 year relationship, that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend.
Devastated, she finds refuge to the cute guy’s apartment, just opposite of hers.
Ridge is a musician and Sydney has been secretly listening to him playing guitar for some time, when Ridge desperately asks her to help him write lyrics because he is going through a terrible writer’s block.
That’s where it all starts.
I will not be posting ANY spoilers because this book is something you must read about and gasp,laugh,cry and curse out loud without knowing anything beforehand.
I was very impressed about how original this story was, because to tell you the absolute truth, when I read the blurp,I thought “Well it sounds good but not something I haven’t read before.”
I was again wrong.
You will gasp for air and you will wish about a love so selfless and strong.
Maybe….Someday.

FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL REVIEW

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Okay! This book gets all the stars everywhere!
It deserves everything!


But just to go along with the “rules” it gets 5 out of 5 amazing stars.

The cover, is AMAZEBALLS! I mean look at it! Look at the colours, look at the drawings!
It definitely got me thinking that this was going to be a very interesting read.

It’s been 3 days since I finished reading the book,and I still don’t quite know what to say, because I don’t want to undersale it in any way.

This book was me . This book was people I know,friends I have,
my sister.
My social difficulties all inside one book. (they are a lot! lol)
I think It’s the very first time I relate to a character this much.

Cath is a freshman in college, she has a twin sister Wren, and they’re both completely different.
They got in the same University but Wren decided to live in another dorm room so she could meet new people. (Breaking Cath’s heart in the process)
Cath is the introvert. The bookworm. The Fangirl. She LOVES Simon Snow so much, she spends whole nights writing SS fanfiction.
She afraid to go out of her room even for food. She doesn’t really “like” or get people.

“I feel sorry for you, and I’m going to be your friend.”
“I don’t want to be your friend,” Cath said as sternly as she could. “I like that we’re not friends.”
“Me, too. I’m sorry you ruined it by being so pathetic.” 

This is where Reagan steps up.
Reagan is Cath’s sassy,grumpy,hilarious roommate who becomes her only friend.
Together they help each other come out of their comfort zones and live a little differently.
I love Cath’s relationship with Reagan.It’s so entertaining!
Along with Reagan came Levi.
Levi is the sweetest,kindest character I think I’ve ever read about.

“You give away nice like it doesn’t cost you anything.”
― Cath to Levi. 

And he really did. He smiled to everyone! From the people he knew, to the ones he just met.
He’s just one of those rare characters you can’t help but love.
He was always there for her even when he didn’t need her,but Cath didn’t understand that cause she thought Levi was Reagan’s boyfriend.
Yeah you guessed right. He wasn’t.

I adored all the Cath-Levi moments.
From the fights, to their reading sessions, to the first time they kissed.
They are so different and yet so,so alike!
He is propably the only person who didn’t try to change her at all.

“It’s okay if you’re crazy,” he said softly. “You don’t even know-”
“I don’t have to know,” he said. “I’m rooting for you.”

Finally, this book was a such an incredible read.
It was fandom,love,second chances,friendship,family,devotion and so much more.
It left me all warm and fuzzy inside!

The only thing I want is more!! I feel like there’s so much more to find out about these characters!
Rainbow Rowell do you hear me?
Please write another one!

If you’re a fangirl in any way,you’ll adore this one.
Until next time xoxo