Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Owlcrate (I LOVE this book box!!)
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A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.
The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best-dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.
Foolish Hearts was one of those YA contemporaries that I read in one day. I thought it was fun and fairly light. One thing that I really appreciated about Foolish Hearts was that all of the characters were flawed. Instead of the cliche perfect boy and plain girl and the mean girl (though, at first it seems like all of these have a part) we see that everyone has flaws, secrets, and problems just like in real life. I love when books do that, it makes them more real to me.
I really loved Claudia in this book. At the beginning of the story, she overhears a private conversation and everything takes off from there. She’s trying to navigate her senior year and after a botched assignment, she and Iris have to audition for the school’s play, A Midsummers Night Dream. Foolish hearts is about friendship, new (young) love ((NOT INSTALOVE WHICH IS AMAZING)), and growing up. If you’re looking for a quick, fun read this one is for you!
What I didn’t really love:
There was one thing that bothered me a little though as I read Foolish Hearts, and I thought I’d put it out there as a disclaimer. There was a LOT of language in this book (not as much as you see in Eleanor and Park but more than I appreciate. I get it, I get that teenagers talk that way now and that is pretty relevant, but I also enjoy reading books that don’t have it as often. I also feel like I should say that most of the time, swearing doesn’t really bother me, so the fact that I noticed it meant that there was more than normal. That being said, I still gave Foolish Hearts 4/5 stars because I really enjoyed the story.
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