Book Review: She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: She Drives Me Crazy
Author: Kelly Quindlen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Tropes/Themes: Sapphic/Lesbian romance, Enemies to Lovers, Fake Dating
Edition/Pages: Ebook, 304 Pages
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Thank you so, so much to Roaring Book Press and Netgalley for sending me an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review.

YA contemporary romance isn’t always my thing – but this book made me a believer. This was really adorable and really well done.

While, this started off a little slow, once the story got going I absolutely fell in love with these characters. These characters read like real teens – they make bad choices, they were messy, they were angsty, and it was absolutely fantastic.

This book really explored the vast range of the teenage experiences. It dealt heavily with heartbreak, which I think anyone – including older readers – will be able to relate to. Scottie lost herself in a past relationship and is trying to recover her identity outside of it. It’s is not a topic I’ve seen discussed before in a book, so I really appreciated that Kelly Quindlen went there in a YA romance.

In general this book really dives in the discussion of toxic relationships. This features a pretty heavy theme of bullying and manipulative relationships. I loved and appreciated how the author dealt with the topic.

On top of that this had absolutely amazing female friendships. Both of the main heroines have the strongest friend groups. I love seeing characters who have friends in there life that support each other this fiercely. Everyone needs a Honey-Belle. (Also can I get an entire book for Honey-Belle? She’s amazing)

And of course the romance was fantastic! This really went there on the enemies portion of enemies to lovers. I liked that the MCs really needed to work through their toxic past before getting to their HFN.

Overall this was just an absolutely adorable YA contemporary romance that I completely fell in love with. If you want an angsty, sapphic romance – this is it! Not only do these characters have great banter and chemistry, but this book does such an amazing job of discussing heartbreak and toxic relationships. I can’t wait to read more from Kelly Quindlen in the future!

Book Review: The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: The Mary Shelley Club
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense, Horror
Tropes/Themes: Prep School, Classic Horror, Pranks
Edition/Pages: Hardcover, 352 Pages
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Thank you so much to Macmillan and Netgalley for providing an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review

This was SO GOOD 😱 I’m usually very picky about thrillers – especially YA thrillers – but I had a good feeling about this one and it did not disappoint on any level! If you’re fan of 90’s horror, this book is for you. Not only does this have amazing classic horror/suspense vibes, but it also has an amazing teenage cast and plenty of twists and turn to keep you on the edge of your seat. 

This book does not shy away from anything – so content warnings for bullying (excessive and detailed), death/murder, drugs, and assault

I really loved this cast of characters. Literally everyone in here is unlikeable and unreliable – because they’re teenagers. But it was so fascinating being in their heads and lives and following them through this terrifying pranks. 

This club was such a fantastic and unique twist to modern horror. I loved how Goldy Moldavsky used classic elements to create something that felt wholly new and fresh. This has so many nods to classic horror without falling into stale or overused tropes. Every time I thought I knew where this was going something would take me by surprise. 

It’s been a long time since a book has made me vocally gasp, but this book made it happen TWICE. I loved the ride this book took me on and I really (really) hope that the author is able to write more in this world! I want so many more books with the Mary Shelley Club! 

Book Review: The Intimacy Experiment (The Roommate #2) by Rosie Danan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: The Intimacy Experiment
Series: The Roommate #2
Author: Rosie Danan
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Tropes/Themes: Opposites Attract, Jewish MC, Sex Worker MC
Edition/Pages: E-ARC, 336 Pages
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This book will definitely make my favorites of 2021 list!

I absolutely adored everything this book did. Not only did this have an outstandingly sexy romance, but the main characters went through amazing personal journeys along the way. This had chemistry, tension, amazing themes, and fantastic Jewish representation (just a note – I am not own voices however I am married into a Reform Jewish family).

Naomi is a new all-time favorite main character. I loved her journey throughout this book – particularly the way she had to learn to let her guard down, and I think it’s a struggle that many people can relate to. Naomi’s tumultuous past paired with societal prejudices against sex-workers, has caused her to put up impenetrable walls. She refuses to let anyone see her as anything other than feisty and utterly self-reliant. And she fully embraces her identity as a sexual icon since that is all most people she her as anyways. But throughout the book you watch her unravel her trauma and open up. And it’s a stunning journey to experience.

The way Ethan and Naomi love each other was absolutely beautiful. Ethan stood up against everyone so fiercely for Naomi – despite the risks. And Naomi fully embraced his passion for his career. Their slow burn romance was full of chemistry and tension. And that first date scene…. left me panting.

I loved absolutely everything that Rosie Danan tackled throughout this book. From faith to sex work to society prejudices, she handled everything with so much care. There were so many moments and lines throughout that hit in a way that made it was clear the author felt personally invested in the themes she was writing. 

Overall this book stole my heart. Naomi’s monologue at the end had me reading through tears and solidified this as an all-time favorite romance. I absolutely cannot wait to read whatever Rosie Danan writes next – inside this world or otherwise!