Full disclosure: I do not label myself as one who enjoys contemporaries and fluffier romances*. I’m far more into mysterious lowkey witchy stories (e.g. basically anything by Moïra Fowley-Doyle and books like The Graces**) and books where no character is safe and everyone may very well end up dead.
*up for debate because SPOILER I did indeed adore this one, and To All The Boys I Loved Before is also my aesthetic. When I’m not, you know, murdering characters quite painfully. I’M SELECTIVE OK
**if you’ve been following these posts, it’s probably pretty obvious which reading mood I’m in right now.
HOWEVER, this book captured my heart, tore it out, stomped on it, and walked away. It’s been a week since I read it, and I’m still recovering. You think that everything’s fine when it blows up in your face and the feels and- I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I?
Bee just really hates her name (Bernice Aurora Wescott- not awful in my opinion, but, well, that’s for her to decide isn’t it?) and doesn’t want anyone to know it. When she meets Levi, who runs a charity and relentlessly tries to guess her name and honestly he’s just adorable ok. And things spiral from here and everything goes crazy and just yesssss.
I’m having trouble articulating my thoughts into words right now, so I’ll just go ahead and be inoriginal and list things
What I adooooooorrrred:
- Bee and her sisters. They were very much realistic teenagers and I loved that. They weren’t matured too much, they weren’t matured too little. I have a small teenaged (*runs away sobbing because time what even*) sister and I could see her in all three- Bee, Astrid, and Millie.
- Also, these names. This might be an unpopular opinion, but (with the exception of Bernice, tbh) I adored pretty much all of them. xD
- Also you might know that I have a character named Levi? And Levi is one of the main characters? And that was weird but also funny and interesting.
- Basically everything else? #doyouknowhowmuchbrainingittakestomakethewordsgo
Things I didn’t like so much:
- Everyone was so perfect. Like, aside from normal teenage immaturity and a few other spoilery things, there were… Little to no character flaws.
- Throw in a few random cliches and tropes and… Yep, I still love it. Never mind.
So I’m going to have to cut this review short, since I’m writing on my Kindle* and my thumbs are about to fall off pretty soon. Hope you’re having a good day/night!