Monday, 11 December 2017

Review: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

by Emma Mills
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: December 5th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn't supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn't know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they're both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia's ever seen. As Claudia's world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for

As a big fan of Emma Mills, Foolish Hearts was an easy book to pick up and read. After absolutely loving First & Then, and This Adventure Ends, I figured Foolish Hearts would be a light-hearted and emotional read that I would find effortless to sink into. Although it's synopsis did sound quite different, and less dramatic than Emma's previous titles, I was certain I'd find it just as enjoyable!

"In truth, we are rarely all on the same page. More often than not, they’re all on one page, and I’m on a completely different one. It can’t be helped most of the time."

In this witty and emotional contemporary release by Emma Mills, protagonist Claudia finds herself in quite the conundrum. During the last party of the summer, what is supposed to be the highlight of Claudia's year quickly becomes a matter of wrong place/wrong time. She accidentally overhears a breakup conversation between the meanest girl in school and her ex, and Claudia instantly finds herself on the wrong side of said mean girl. However, as fate would have it, the two end up having to work together as part of the production of A Midsummer's Night Dream. What, at first, appears to be one of the worst twist of events for Claudia, becomes the opportunity to meet new friends, learn and explore her identity, and perhaps even fall in love.

Cupcakes, I absolutely adored Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. As I had guessed before picking the title up, Foolish Hearts wasn't a book that focused on any one thing that intended to inspire some change of thought about our society or social construct. It was, however, a light hearted book about simple teen life. It focused on friendships, relationships, drama, and most of all some good-hearted laughter. It was a delicious and exciting read from beginning to end, and although not a title quite like This Adventure Ends or First & Then, it still featured Emma's iconic writing and witty humor. It was an absolute must-read!

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful read, thank you for the review!

  2. That sounds a fun read with interesting topics. I like the cover too except I don't see its relevance with the blurb or your review. Or is it a kind of figure like life is made of different things?

  3. This sounds like a good book!