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What I Read in July 2017

What I Read in July 2017: reviewing two YA romance books & the story of a millennial adulting | College with Caitlyn

July wasn’t the greatest reading month for me. I only read four books. I know this can seem like a lot to some people, but I’m used to reading more than that. Especially during the summer! But I won’t complain any further, as I know I fell off the book wagon because of my vacation. (I plan on sharing more about that soon so stay tuned!)

Since one of the books I read was part of a series I’ve never talked about, I’m going to leave that one out. Here are three of the books I read in July:

Here are three of the books I read in July:

It's No Summer Without You by Jenny Han book review

It’s Not Summer Without You

This is the second book in The Summer I Turned Pretty series. I was excited to read this after the cliffhanger in the first book, but I wasn’t all too impressed.

Belly is still struggling with her crush on Conrad and while I just want to yell at her to “give up already!!” I know letting go of a first love is hard.

I was kind of sad that her brother wasn’t in this book as much, even though he was hardly in the first book as well. I just really like his character. All of the characters Jenny Han creates are amazing though. Even Belly’s best friend Taylor, though she was an awful best friend.

Not the best book, but I think it’s worth finishing the series.

Description from Goodreads:

“Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.”

We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han book review

We’ll Always Have Summer

And of course, I had to finish the series as well. This is the third and final book in The Summer I Turned Pretty series. And you guys, I didn’t really like it.

Basically, Belly is trying to get married and I’m like really girl? YOU’RE EIGHTEEN. I’m almost two years older than you and I still wouldn’t get married at this age.

Despite the whole marriage thing (which is why I’m lowkey hating on this book), it’s actually pretty decent. And I love that there are some chapters told from Conrad’s point of view.

Description from Goodreads:

“It’s been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college– only, their relationship hasn’t exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It’s time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.”

My Not so Perfect Life by Sophia Kinsella book review

My Not so Perfect Life

I don’t remember how I found out about this book. I just remember one day while at work I was sorting a cart of books and knew it was on my list, so I set it aside to check out for myself. (I do that a lot at work. I always find great books through patrons, too!)

This book has that whole “adult but doesn’t know how to adult” plot. I’ve been seeing more books with that subject circulating and I’m really getting into it, so if you know anymore drop them in the comments below!

Anyways, I really liked this book. It centers around an English girl, Katie/Cat, who dreams of living in London, but thinks she has to change herself to be perfect to do so. The author does a great job tackling the issue of comparison, specifically to other people’s highlight reels. By the end of the book, I was even more convinced to try and never judge anyone. We never know what they really struggle with, especially if you’re only looking at pictures of them.

The author’s voice is absolutely amazing, too. As soon as I finished this book, I looked up all her other novels and checked out another one from the library. (Even though I already had two other books checked out to read. It’s fine.)

However, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending. I mean it wasn’t awful. I just don’t like Katie’s whole social media campaign at the end. And I don’t like the like last five pages. But I won’t tell you why because huge spoiler alert.

You’ll have to read it all yourself.

Description from Goodreads:

“Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?”

What books have you read lately?

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