November Wrap-Up

Hey guys!

I’m back to posting regularly with my November Wrap-Up and December TBR. I didn’t read as many books in November as I would’ve liked, because I was very busy writing! I read quite a few that I absolutely adored, though.

1. It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm

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★★★★☆

This book was super funny and absolutely adorable. If you’re looking for a light, funny read, I totally recommend this.

Summary from Goodreads:

One high school girl’s comedic examination of her dating past as told by the friends, family, and boys who were involved!

Avery Dennis is a high school senior and one of the most popular girls in her class. But a majorly public breakup with the guy she’s been dating causes some disastrous waves. It is right before prom and Avery no longer has the perfect date. She runs the prom committee, how could she not show up with somebody?

Post-breakup, Avery gets to thinking about all of the guys that she has ever dated. How come none of those relationships ever worked out? Could it be her fault? Avery decides to investigate. In history class she’s learning about this method of record-keeping called “oral history” and she has a report due. So Avery decides to go directly to the source. Avery tracks down all of the guys she’s ever dated, and uses that information, along with thoughts from her friends, family, and teachers, to compile a total account of her dating history.

Avery discovers some surprises about herself and the guys she’s spent time with — just in time for prom night!


2. The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir

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★★☆☆☆

This book was a big letdown for me. I thought the buildup to the plot twist ending was quite boring, and the actual twist was not worth the read.

Summary from Goodreads:

Nicole Morgan has been labeled many things — the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick to Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep.

The Girl in the Picture.

After high school heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police are in search of the girl whose picture with Chace is the only clue found amongst his personal belongings. A girl who no one knew was even close to Chace–and whose dormmate, Lana Rivera, was Chace’s girlfriend.

Nicole is that girl and now she’s the primary suspect in his murder.

But what really happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back; were he and Lana over? Could either of them have killed him?

Told in alternating points of view, that of our suspect, Nicole Morgan, and her former best friend and roommate, Lana Rivera, readers will piece together the story of a starcrossed love, a fractured friendship–and what really happened the night Chace was killed.

From Alexandra Monir, author of the popular time-travel novel Timeless, comes a gripping mystery and a poignant romance in one thrilling read.


3. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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★★★★.5

This was one of my favorites of the year. It’s extremely hard to read at times, but it’s very open about rape culture in our society. I highly recommend it!

Summary from Goodreads:

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.


4. The Fever by Megan Abbott

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★★★☆☆

This book was okay, but it wasn’t as good as Megan Abbott’s other book, You Will Know Me. Although Megan Abbott has a wonderful writing style, the main character Deenie bothered me so much.

Summary from Goodreads:

“THE FEVER holds true to its title: It’s dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful and utterly unshakeable” — Gillian Flynn.

In this impossible-to-put-down “panic attack of a novel,”* a small-town high school becomes the breeding ground for a mysterious illness.

Deenie Nash is a diligent student with a close-knit family; her brother Eli is a hockey star and her father is a popular teacher. But when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class, the Nashes’ seeming stability dissolves into chaos. As rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through school, and hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families, and the town’s fragile sense of security.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER is “a potboiler in the truest, best sense” and “a great novel, full stop.”**

*Jodi Picoult


5. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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★★★★★

Hands down one of the best books I read this year. Ever since I read Becky’s wonderful debut (another favorite of mine), Simon vs. The Homo Saipien’s Agenda, I have been waiting on this book. I am so happy to say that it exceeded my expectations. It’s funny, diverse, and freaking adorable. If you’ve ever had an unrequited crush, you need this book. *Review to Come*

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.


6. Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

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★★★★☆

This book is another new favorite of mine. Although it is labelled as a love story, it is so much more. It deals with mental illness really well and the story overall was very unexpected and surprising.

Summary from Goodreads:

A remarkable story of strange beauty and self-discovery from Printz Award winner Nick Lake

Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.

Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.


7. How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore

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★★☆☆☆

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2017, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. The main character annoyed me on so many levels because she was just genuinely an awful person. The only thing that saved this book from being 1 star was Whit, the love interest. *Review to Come*

Summary from Goodreads:

Keep your enemies close, but your friends closer.

Olivia Clayton has mastered the art of tearing others down to stay on top. She and her best friend, Adrienne, rule their small southern town like all good mean girls do–through intimidation and manipulation.

After Olivia suffers a family tragedy and catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend, Olivia is over it. She decides to make a change–but it’s impossible to resist taking Adrienne down one last time. Up to her old tricks, Olivia convinces golden boy Whit DuRant to be her SAT tutor and her fake boyfriend. But when it starts to feel real, Whit gets caught up in Olivia and Adrienne’s war.

Olivia may ruin everything she touches, but this time she won’t go down without a fight–not if it means losing Whit.

And definitely not if it means losing what’s left of herself.


Do you see any of your favorites up here? How many books did you read this November? Let me know in the comments!

xo,

Sophie

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4 thoughts on “November Wrap-Up

  1. I also thought It’s Not Me, It’s You was adorable. So cute and the format made up for not as much substance (for me anyhow). The Female of the Species is a front-runner for fave of the year for me too. It was SO powerful and different. It was tough at times, but worth it. Bummer about How to Break a Boy… I really like that cover!!

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    1. Yeah, It’s Not Me… was a very fluffy read, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. And I’m glad you enjoyed The Female of the Species, too! And I know, I’m so sad the actual book wasn’t as good as the cover 😦

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