Neglected Books (1.1)

So as part of this month challenge with Juhina, we have chosen four books that we have been neglecting. Each week we decide on one of these books, read it, and then review it together.


The four books chosen are:Back When We Were Easier To Love by Emily Wing Smith

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

10 Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

if you haven’t noticed we are doing one week contemporary, and the next paranormal.

We were excited about all these four books but for some reason never got the chance to read them (we’ve got tons of others on our TBR list so this challenge will be a monthly challenge).

First book is

Title: Back When You Were Easier To Love

Author: Emily Wing Smith

Genre: Young adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis (via Goodread)

What’s worse than getting dumped? Not even knowing if you’ve been dumped. Joy got no goodbye, and certainly no explanation when Zan – the love of her life and the only good thing about stifling, backward Haven, Utah – unceremoniously and unexpectedly left for college a year early. Joy needs closure almost as much as she needs Zan, so she heads for California, and Zan, riding shotgun beside Zan’s former-best-friend Noah.

Original and insightful, quirky and crushing, Joy’s story is told in surprising and artfully shifting flashbacks between her life then and now. Exquisite craft and wry, relatable humor signal the arrival of Emily Wing Smith as a breakout talent.

Thats how our conversation went:

Juhina: What do you think of the book?

Farah: It wasn’t as good as i expected, i felt like it was lacking the excitment factor…

juhina: in many roadtrip books right? such as Amy and Roger’s Epic detour? which was SUPER CUTE!

Farah: what about you?

Juhina: Honestly I was a bit annoyed at the protagonist at the beginning, because she was overly obsessed with Zan, and i didn’t understand her need to go see him after he ditched her, but what do i know? i’ve never been in love.

Farah: For me what i didn’t like in the beginning was how they converted from past to present but then i got used to and i got the hang of it and started knowing what was in the present and what was in the past

Juhina: right! that also confused me, sometimes i didn’t know whether she was recalling a memory or whether we were in the present tense, i got overly confused too.

Farah: When i first saw zan and how she described him.. it was the first time I didn’t like the female protagonist’s crush

Juhina: You know, he was actually cute when she remembered him, aside from thinking he’s better than everyone else, but i liked his gestures, but when she actually met him, he was a totally different person from what she rememebered and what i know of him so that kinda pissed me off

Farah: True, true

Juhina: but anyways i was rooting for her and Noah so i was happy that there was a chance that she could get over him

Farah: I really liked the ending, it was very realistic

Juhina: yes! after she got over zan, this is when i truely enjoyed the story, and it was cute seeing her with noah, and im happy that the ending was open ended

Farah: yea! because if she got together with Noah this fast, then i can’t help but mark her love for Zan as an immature teen obsession, so i was happy with that.

Juhina: how would rate this book then?

Farah: a three and a half

Juhina: what does that mean?

Farah: umm… it means i enjoyed it as a fast read, but i don’t think i’ll read it again

Juhina: well yea, it was cute and all, but this was an easy read, i would give it a three. But i think this wasn’t for my age target, maybe it would suit tweens better? so kinda unfair for me to judge it like that. But overall it was cute, i liked it!

Farah: i don’t want to make it sound as bad as you guys think. hahaha.. but if you’re bored and dunno what to read, try it out!

Juhina: ok great! so this wraps up the first Neglected Books post =)

Farah: Happy reading!


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New Books: Exciting Books Out This Week!

1) Dark Passage by Mary Jo Putney

2) As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott

3) After Obsession by Carrie Jones

4) Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

1) Glow (Sky Chasers) by Amy Kathleen Ryan

2) Frost by Marianna Baer

3) You Against Me by Jenny Downham

4) Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos

Review: “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

My rating: ★★★★★*

Synopsis:  17-year-old Mia has a wonderful family consisting of her quirky ex-punk rocker-now teacher dad, her feisty travel-agent mother and endearing younger brother Teddy. When school is cancelled due to snow, Mia’s mother takes the day off work and they decide to have a family outing.

On the way to visit Mia’s grandparents, their car skids on the road and crashes into another vehicle. Mia is stunned to discover that her parents have died on impact, changing her world forever. If I Stay is an account of the 24 hours from Mia’s breakfast with her family through to the aftermath of the accident.

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My Review:

Im just…. speechless. This book, gave me goosebumps all the way. The feelings i had while reading this book, were sadness, happiness, joy, love, it was just EVERYTHING. This book touched me to the bottom of my heart. I honestly never expected it to be this good. It was beautiful. I loved the way it was written, how one chapter were flashbacks, and how the other chapter was in the present. That way, the author allowed us to know the past and present of the characters, which made me connect with them even more.

This book taught me a lot, especially to appreciate every second i live. The reason i loved this book, was because it made me feel, that maybe this is what you might approach some day in your life. To choose a decision, that might be as important as life and death. When that time comes, we have to be strong right? Thats exactly what this book showed me.

While reading this book, i cried alot. It hurt me, like a whole in my heart. But that doesn’t mean i wouldn’t read it again. Like, i dont really care i cried, because i enjoyed it you know?

If you didnt read this book, and if you like books that make you cry and arent all happy happy, you should totally give it a shot and read it. There is also a sequel to it called “Where She Went”. Below is the cover of the sequel!

Happy Reading! ❤