Beautiful Quotes #123 / Leah on the Offbeat

Beautiful Quotes #123 / Leah on the Offbeat

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hi everyone! I’ve been busy this past week and I even got to attend an awesome event last night and rewatch Love, Simon with my lovely friend Courtney! We had an awesome time and both really enjoyed it, so here I am with a quote from it’s sequel, Leah on the Offbeat. I loved this book, and it’s one of the only YA books about body positivity.

As I’m super busy at the moment, I knew I needed easy reads to keep me going. So I picked up Morganville, which I’m rereading the first 5 books of before I carry on with this mammoth 15 book series. They’re so fun, entertaining and quick, which is perfect.

Anyway, back to Leah, and here’s the beautiful quote of the week!

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“Imagine going about your day knowing someone’s carrying you in their mind. That has to be the best part of being in love- the feeling of having a home in some else’s brain.” 
― Becky Albertalli, Leah on the Offbeat

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #107 / The Upside of Unrequited

Beautiful Quotes #107 / The Upside of Unrequited

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hi everyone! As the Christmas festivities are in full swing, I’ve been looking back on the books I’ve read so far this year. I’ve also been celebrating the festive season!

  • Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I went out with my family to a Christmas food festival. I had one of the little marshmallow teacakes I love so much!
  • I’ve spent all evening wrapping presents in preparation for the big day.
  • I finish uni this week for the holidays, so I’ve been working on my project which is due in the New Year!

So here’s a quote from one of the books I enjoyed this year!

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“Something like that. But you know, there’s an upside here. Because when you spend so much time just intensely wanting something, and then you actually get the thing? It’s magic.”
― Becky Albertalli, The Upside of Unrequited

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Meeting Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Let’s Discuss! Meeting Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Hello again my lovely readers! I had the pleasure of meeting two of my absolute favourite authors this weekend – Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. I’ve been a fan of Becky’s since her first book Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda came out, and a more recent fan of Adam’s! They were both so lovely and answered some really interesting questions in their interview with The Book Belle.

Becky Albertalli is the author of the book that inspired Love, Simon, and also wrote Leah on the Offbeat and The Upside of Unrequited. Adam is the author of More Happy Than Not, History is All You Left Me and They Both Die at the End. Anything to make you cry, really.

They started talking a few years ago and decided they wanted to write a book together. Hence, What if It’s Us was born! I got my copy at the signing and I can’t wait to read it.

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Afterwards, I met them both and we got to talk for a couple of minutes! I also gave them a little gift, which Adam seemed to like…

It’s become a habit of mine to create book cakes for my favourite authors, but I haven’t been to a signing in a while. It was really fun to give What if It’s Us a go in cake and icing!

Do you attend bookish events?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Love, Simon Movie

Let’s Discuss! Love, Simon Movie

It’s taken me way, way too long to get round to watching this movie! I read the book years ago, possibly even when it was released, and I’ve been following the movie progress since it was announced. But then it was actually released, and I managed to miss it in cinemas (partly due to the limited release here in the UK). But I’ve finally watched it, and I’m so glad I did!

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I really enjoyed this movie. Mostly. Because I can’t lie, I had more than a few issues with it.

  1. Love, Simon includes many posts on an online group for their school Creekwood High. I think this page is called Creek Secrets? I’m not going to blather on about how this is unrealistic, because frankly I can see this being a thing in high schools now…my issue is that this wasn’t really explained in the movie? In fact I don’t think it was ever even mentioned that they went to Creekwood High, therefore halfway through the movie my boyfriend turned to me and asked me what this online group/page actually was.
  2. Simon is kind of an a-hole. I’m sorry. I love Simon. But he really, really didn’t come across well in this movie. It actually seemed kind of extreme that he turned his best friends against each other to just slow down his inevitable coming-out. Sure, he redeemed himself a little, but overall I felt really disappointed in him. I remembered a better Simon from the books, where his actions were more understandable. But in the movie, I just couldn’t help but roll my eyes whenever he made another sh*tty move.
  3. The mystery could have been done a lot better. It really annoyed me that who ‘Blue’ was wasn’t really suggested, but shown under such a plain light that every time it happened, I felt like we’d found Blue. The suggestions should have been just that, but instead each guy felt like a definite until the end. Instead of being intrigued, it just left me feeling annoyed.

So unfortunately I had more than a few niggles about this movie. But I still thought it was great and loved all the things I loved about the book!

  1. The teaches were downright awesome. I’m a big Arrested Development fan and it was so great to see Tony Hale playing such a funny character. I also loved Mrs Albright, she might have even been my favourite character in this movie :p
  2. It was so cool to see Simon’s family, and I loved his little sister. Family is never shown enough in YA and it warmed my heart to see Simon have the love and support from his family
  3. Simon’s friend group was also so great! They all had their issues but I loved their diversity and the way they supported one another.

So overall this movie is definitely worth a watch. It’s fun, entertaining and kind of comforting in it’s feel-good factor! But I’m sorry to say….the book was better.

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #98 / Love, Simon

Beautiful Quotes #98 / Love, Simon

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hi readers! I’m very happy to say I finally got around to watching Love, Simon the other day. I’ve wanted to watch the movie since, um, it was announced, yet here I am, having only just watched it. I kind of felt like it was my duty, since I’m meeting Becky in a couple of weeks!

I had my issues with the movie (full discussion coming Friday), but I did still really enjoy it! It’s so great to see such brilliant books come to life on the big screen, and it rekindled my love for this book. So here I am today, sharing a beautiful quote from Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

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“People really are like house with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.” 
― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

-Beth

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Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

I didn’t think I was going to read this book – I was just unsure that it was my thing as I’m getting older and my reading tastes are developing, but I’m so glad I did! It was a combination of loving The Upside of Unrequited and @bookish_and_proud (shoutout to Becky!) enjoying it that made me finally picking up, and it was definitely worth it.

“Imagine going about your day knowing someone’s carrying you in their mind.”

In some ways, this book was exactly how I expected it to be. It was angsty, cheesy and cliche, but I also loved it. I’m trying to be honest with myself here, and be honest with you guys too, so I’ll just come out with it. I really want to be cultured, and educated, and have an obsession with classics and other  books that will shape me as a person. But I honestly really love a good YA contemporary, so here we are. This book was my guilty pleasure in written form.

First of all, Leah. I loved her, she was so relatable and badass and I really found myself enjoying reading about her character. But I have to say, she was also incredibly…brash? I don’t really know how to describe her, but she really needs to learn to forgive and stop holding so many grudges. I get it, I can be like her as a person too, but sometimes it just annoyed me a little how she seemed to hate people for no reason (*cough* Wells *cough*).

“That has to be the best part of being in love- the feeling of having a home in some else’s brain.”

But that really has to be the only downside of Leah on the Offbeat, because I couldn’t help but love the rest. It’s cliche, but it also has a balance of deep, meaningful stuff which is really true about growing up. But what I really loved about these books was the laughter. I find it really, truly difficult to laugh-out-loud at books, but this one really tickled me. I kept having to stop and recite funny passages to my boyfriend.

On top of it being so funny, it was also so current! I found myself giving a little fist-pump when I saw Troye Sivan was mentioned. It warmed my heart at every single Harry Potter reference. I melted when I saw a reference to Six of Crows. I’m going to have to stop, because I loved this book so much I could go on and on about it, so I will say one last thing – I love how this book is in the same world as Simon vs. and The Upside of Unrequited. And I love how they’re not direct sequels, because there is no pressure to go back and remember what happened in Simon vs!

★★★★
4 stars

-Beth

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Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

This book honestly really surprised me! I thought I was over cutesy YA romances like this but it turns out I can’t help but have a soft spot for them. And it also turns out that my friend Amy knows me even better than I know myself, because she sent this to me knowing how much I’d love it!

Before I start, this book isn’t perfect. I’d rather finish on the good, so I’m going to start with the little bad there is. Even though I enjoyed it, it is predictable and all of the characters have their…problems. For example, there was a few places that made me cringeeee. Basically, Molly (the main character), talks to her cousin Abby and the conversation almost suggests Abby is a slut because she slept with her serious boyfriend of 4 months. Why is that even a consideration? It’s up to Abby whether she sleeps with her boyfriend or not. If they were ready at 4 months, great. If they were ready sooner, great.

“You would matter. That’s the thing. I get into this weird place sometimes where I worry about that.”

But apart from a few little things, I did love this book. I had to put myself into my mind a year or two ago, but I couldn’t help but really enjoy this. It is exactly how I felt when I was Molly’s age and crushing. She felt so real to me. I love how much I could relate to her and her situation. Molly wasn’t perfect but who is? And this book was so diverse, with so many LGBT and POC characters! Sometimes I struggled to remember Molly was still growing up (I was a little more mature than her at the same age), but that was just her as a person, and I could sympathise with that.

“I’ve never told anyone this – not my moms, not Cassie – but that’s the thing I’m most afraid of. Not mattering. Existing in a world that doesn’t care who I am.”

Maybe this book says something about me, because I feel like I’m one of the only readers who didn’t find Molly a little annoying because I found her so relatable. I loved that Molly suffered with anxiety and that was part of her character. I loved that she was fat and that was discussed in relation to how she was feeling. I loved her addiction to Pinterest.

So overall, this book feels like a guilty pleasure to me. I just couldn’t help but fall completely in love with it. Molly is the perfect representation of a 17 year old girl with low self-confidence. Her story, and the stories of the people around her, brought tears to my eyes even though I kind of knew what was about to happen. If you love romance and have a secret obsession with contemporaries, please go and read this. It’s beautiful and perfect and includes many, many Mini Eggs. It’s the definition of cute and fluffy, but it warmed my heart so much.

★★★★
4 stars

-Beth

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