Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
First Published: December 5th, 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary, Romance, High School, Friendship
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.
This is a real page-turner, perfect for reluctant teens. Granted, it’s light and not the kind of read that will change the way you look at the world, but it will give you a few good laughs, warm your heart for sure and possibly encourage you to get closer to someone you care about.
Claudia didn’t mean to, but she overheard a breakup scene between Iris and Paige, who form the cutest couple in her school. Because she’s been discovered, Iris plans to ruin her life.
You’d think it’d be a cliched story with the mean girl bullying the sweet, innocent girl who wants to cause no trouble whatsoever. But it’s not. Oh, Iris very much hates Claudia, but since circumstances make it that they are forced to spend time together, Iris progressively starts to open up to Claudia, as a friend.
“Bad” girl turned “good” by another girl? I say yes. Though remember that this is not a romantic story between Iris and Claudia, since Claudia has her sights on somebody else – a boy. Iris still loves Paige, but the latter finds her too selfish. Can she change, stop being so spoiled, inconsiderate and egocentric?
It’s a fast-paced story that will keep your interest alive. I fell in love with Claudia and was incredibly entertained by the latter and Iris’ interactions, but couldn’t feel the same way about the play itself, which was a main focus in the story, hence the in-between rating. Even in real life, theater is something I could live without, though I’m sure this is not the case for everyone, so you might enjoy it considerably more!
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