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Monthly Book Reviews: June 2017

monthly book reviews june 2017 | College with Caitlyn

My reader survey and Twitter informed me that you guys love books just as much as I do, so today marks the start of a new series: Reading Wednesday! On the last Wednesday of every month, I’ll be sharing every book I read and whether I think they’re worth your time.

I read a whopping ten books in June. Some of them were poetry or parts of series that I’ve never talked about before, so I won’t be including those.

Don’t worry I still have four books to review for you!

Asking for it by Louise O'Neill book review

Asking for it

As soon as I saw the title and cover of this book I knew I had to read it. I’m a big supporter of the “wear whatever you want” club and am always actively encouraging my younger sister and cousin to break their school’s dress code. (It’s just a shoulder!) I also took a class all about the study of consent a couple years ago and it’s still my favorite class to date.

What I’m trying to say is I’m interested in the topic of consent and how different people view it, so I knew I’d find this book interesting.

This book covers a very pertinent topic in today’s society in a very real way. There’s no sugar coating what happened to Emma, and it’s not a dream fairy tale where everything ends up exactly how one would hope. This book is hard hitting with the mental workings victims endure after an attack and how their peers, family, and town reacts.

However, because this book is so true to real life, the plot moves very slow and there almost is no plot after the assault. I still think it’s an important read because of the subject matter and because of the way Emma handles it.

Description from Goodreads:

“It’s the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can’t remember what happened, she doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain. But everyone else does.

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don’t want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town’s heroes…”

The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han book review

The Summer I Turned Pretty

I never thought I would like this series because I’m not big on chick flicky things, but I love Jenny Han so I thought I’d give this series a try.

Instantly I was HOOKED. At first, it annoyed me that the girl’s name is Belly, but I got over it after it was explained. This was a perfect quick summer read (would have been even better if I was at the beach myself hahah) and totally embodies the feeling of summer and crushes we have growing up.

The ending was a little slow plot wise and I don’t like how everything ended kind of perfectly relationship wise for Belly. Life doesn’t happen like that. But I am excited to read the next two books in the trilogy. And so is my little sister because I made her read it and she finished it in a day. So this book is a must read.

Description from Goodreads:

“Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.”

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by J.K. Johnston book review

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

As I said before, I’m super interested in the idea of consent so I had to pick this up. It having a high school setting made it even more up my alley because I’ve been super into those books lately.

Related: Burn for Burn Series Review

The book made me want to be a cheerleader and experience high school all over again. But it also opened my eyes even more to the world of sexual assault and how not all attacks are the same. I love how this wasn’t the normal story, and how Hermione couldn’t remember anything.

This book wasn’t as realistic as Asking For It, though. This was more the “ideal” case (I feel awful typing that because nothing about sexual assault is ideal) because of how strong her strong support system was, but it is what we hope for in a rape case so it was refreshing to see a decently happy ending.

Also, a note from the author says she wrote this book while super angry at a politician concerning a sexual assault case. That’s why she made it the ideal situation, even if it was unrealistic. She wants what happens to Hermione after her attack to be how real cases are treated.

Description from Goodreads:

“Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team’s summer training camp is Hermione’s last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she’s always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.”

I Had a Nice Time and other lies.... by the Betches book review

I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies…

I was very excited to read this because I thought I was a betch. I’m blunt, straightforward and won’t take crap from anybody. But I found this book to be really freaking mean and made me feel bad about myself. In a non-helpful way.

All the time the authors were cracking jokes about weight and looks, and I knew it was a joke, but in the back of my mind, it still hurt. I can only imagine how a person who is more insecure than me would feel while reading this book.

Related: Stop Glorifying Hate

There was some great advice in the book, but getting through it was hard because it was so insulting! Being mean is not funny. It can ruin people’s self-esteem and I don’t think capitalizing on it is right.

I also think this book was a little sexist and I am not about that. There was a whole section about how you need to stay hot or your partner will leave you! Um no? If he loves me he’ll always think I’m hot.

There were a lot more sections that pissed me off, but I don’t want to rant about them so I’ll leave it at that. You can judge the book based on the description.

Description from Goodreads:

“In the age of Tinder, Hinge, or any other dating app that matches you with randos, the dating game has grown complex and confusing. Cue the Betches—first, we helped you win at basically everything, and now we’re going to help you win the most important battle a betch can face: dating.

Maybe you’re a Delusional Dater who needs to get in touch with reality (seriously, he’s just NOT that f***ing into you) or perhaps you’re a TGF who needs to stop being so desperate and start playing the game. Or maybe you’re just tired of swiping left and ready for the pro of your dreams to put a 15-karat diamond ring on it so you can stop pretending to do work. Either way, we’ve got you covered.

So put away the Ben & Jerry’s fro-yo (just because it’s low fat doesn’t mean it’s okay to eat the whole tub) and start dating like a winner.”

What books have you read recently? Let me know in the comments below!

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