Review: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone (Rachel Lynn Solomon) #OwnVoices


Blurb from Goodreads:

A moving, lyrical debut novel about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and opposite results from a genetic test that determines their fate—whether they inherited their mother’s Huntington’s disease.

Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.

But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.

When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s, and the other tests positive.

These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters.


4.25 STARS


This is actually a very interesting read for me, as the main characters are both twins and Jewish. It is an eye-opening reading experience as the book is both educational yet entertaining at the same time.

I learn so much from this book. I now know about Jewish families and their tradition, how twins communicate with each other, Huntington’s disease and mental health issues. This book is so complex hence it is very hard for me to sit down and collect my thoughts to write my review. The points and issues discussed are important and profound as like it is totally suitable for all young adults to read.

I would like to remind all of you that there are trigger warnings: Huntington’s disease, depression, anxiety, suicide, toxic relationship and abnormal sexual desire.

I believe that this story is #OwnVoices thus it is very interesting to see many #OwnVoices stories are published because representation matters! There is so much to learn by knowing each other’s background and tradition and it warms my heart that after all we are all the same in many different ways. The characters overall are very well written, developed and diverse. There is also LGBT references which makes the story more different.

I love the dynamics of the sister’s relationship. They are totally opposite from each other, they have different interests and approach to problems that they face. They lives are heavily explored and written in the book thus I feel that their stories are the most genuine stories ever. Young adults can find their stories to be highly relatable at points when they struggle their asses off to get into great colleges and obtain flying colours. Both of them have deep parental relationships and I truly appreciate good parents figure in YA. It is important to portray good parental figure in the life of a young adult.

Rachel Lynn Solomon has done a great job on writing about Huntington’s disease. One thing that I know about when people suffer from terminal diseases is the lives of people around the patient will severely effected too, both physically and emotionally. The writer captures the scene and condition of the family affected beautifully and flawlessly.

Overall, this is a stunning 2018 debut from debut author! I look forward for more Rachel Lynn Solomon’s books in the future.





Review: Flipped (Wendelin Van Draanen)


Blurb from Goodreads:

Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.




Flipped is a bittersweet story between two kids named Bryce Loski and Julianna Baker, who are neighbours. Their families are so different in many ways. One of it is their upbringings. Both of them have their own distinctive characteristics that charm the readers.

Their families play an important role in nurturing and moulding them. We can see how both of their parents instill good (and bad) moral values to the child hence we can observe how the child act based on their learnings from their parents.

I love both Julianna and Bryce. Julianna is a selfless and determined little child, who willingly helps her family. She knows that her life isn’t that easy, as a result she makes life better by helping in fixing the yard of her house and producing eggs to support her own expenditure. I think nothing is more heroic than that. She is beautiful because of her strong spirit and motivation. Her parents are the loveliest people. They are very supportive of her doings and work really hard to support the family.

Bryce on the other hand, is quite the opposite of Julianna. It really is not a bad thing, but it is really not entirely his fault. His father, Mr. Loski portrays such toxic behaviour and sayings towards him hence he thinks that it is alright for him to treat people badly, in this case, Julianna. He initially treat Julianna mediocrely because he thinks that they are bad people.

As the story progresses, the kids has aged maturely, they realise many things. They understand the real meaning of friendship, familial ties and life. They see things from different kind of perspectives. They appreciate people who are always with them during good and bad times and they avoid people who negative in their lives.

And that is my friends, makes the story even beautiful ❤



Review: American Panda (Gloria Chao) #OwnVoices


Blurb from Goodreads:

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedlynot Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.




This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2018! I look forward for more POC characters with diverse backgrounds and stories.

This is a coming of age story of a 17-year-old Taiwanese girl named Mei Lu, who struggles with her strict parents, who always tell her what to do and what not to do. She is a freshman at MIT and soon-to-be doctor. Her parents want her to marry the boy of their choice (who has the same roots and believes as theirs). As you can tell, young adults dislike to be told and directed at. Her brother, Xing is disowned and totally erased by their parents because of his disobedience towards the family norms. Mei is reminded not to follow his brother’s steps.

Mei knows what she wants to be and pursue. She longs for her dreams but at the same time, afraid of what her family thinks of her decisions. Family is everything for her.

Mei’s character is the strongest voice I have ever read in YA contemporary. She is definitely the role model for young adults as she gives a strong message to the readers; to always follow your instinct and dreams in order to achieve something in life. As long as it makes you happy, go for it.

Her character development is FREAKING AWESOME! Her transition from being a yes man towards her parents who only follows nonsensical instructions to being a reasonable (yet rebel) child is so moving for me. I love it how she stands on her own opinion and brave enough to cross the boundaries that her parents have carved. She fights the stereotypes and norms which Asians kids are only expected to be lawyers/doctors/engineers when they grow up. She proves that Asian kids are worth it.

I LOVE reading books with family relationships. Mei’s parents are definitely the strongest and selfless people, they are willing to give their everything just to provide Mei with a good life. However, not all families have good back story. Mei takes matter into her own hands in handling her family problems. That is what we call courage, people.

Everyone should read this gem. You’ll learn many profound things about what family is.





Review: Broken Beautiful Hearts (Kami Garcia) #OwnVoices


Blurb from Goodreads:

From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kami Garcia comes a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again.

Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee—and maybe her dream of going pro—is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it’s too late.

With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.

But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.


4.75 STARS


I was so intrigued to read this book as I always stumbled across Kami Garcia’s book reviews on Instagram and Twitter. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to read it before.

I knew that as soon as I picked this book up, I have to make my heart and body ready to be broken. My single heart and ass is ready to be sad on this Valentine’s Day vibe.

I started reading this book at midnight and I didn’t STOP. It was very addicting and the plot kept me moving and flipping more pages. I was not able to put this down because I wanted to know more about the character’s whereabouts. Kami’s writing was wonderful. It wasn’t too hard to comprehend as I wanted to read this book easily without any difficulties understanding the plot line.

From the moment that the main character, Peyton is introduced, I totally feel connected to her. She is ambitious, selfless and motivated. I appreciate characters with good morality. She struggles in an abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend. She stands and speaks for herself to the people who she trusts the most about her problems. She is indeed a brave character. She thinks and acts rationally to her own problems.

I love Peyton’s family. They are all loving and supportive people. Peyton’s cousins are among the sweetest people you will ever meet. Hank, Peyton’s uncle is the best father figure in the book. Not to forget, Peyton’s mother, who is willing to do anything for her daughter to be safe and comfortable.

The love interest, Owen is the dream guy. I truly love him. I truly love the dynamics between him and Peyton in the book, by their development from normal friends to soul mates. I love it when they are together. They compliment each other so much. I thank Kami for writing about Owen.

All in all, this story lives up to my expectations. The story holds such meaningful message to the readers out there, who are facing such difficulties in dealing with abusive relationships. It is really important to tackle these kind of taboo issues in YA in a very realistic and familiar setting for the readers to read.

To all YA contemporary fans, this is a perfect and powerful read for you. Highly recommended.



Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (Jenny Han) #DiverseReads


Blurb from Goodreads:

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbour, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.




Where do I start?

My heart is full. I really much enjoy reading this wonderful masterpiece by Miss Jenny Han. This book has improved a lot compared to the other two books. I read this book in three days (I think it’s fast), by reading it at night and while commuting because I honestly miss all of the characters so much especially Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky.  This book delves into real life teenage issues that are so relatable yet entertaining to read.

Everyone raves about this last book and how this book makes them happy and sad at the same time. I know I would not want to miss this opportunity to read this. I DNF’d it July last year due to time constraint and I am very grateful to have read this book this month.

In my last book review of P.S I Still Love You, I remember that I totally ship Lara Jean and John Ambrose McClaren so much and I dislike Peter K for being a such a untrustworthy person towards Lara Jean. At first I hope that John and Lara will be together in the third book but it does not happen. For all we know, Peter Kavinsky redeems himself in this book! He is totally worth my time reading about him and his love story with Lara Jean. He is selfless, loving, sweet and also thoughtful of Lara Jean’s family. Jenny Han has successfully persuades all of us to love Peter K.

Many meaningful things happen in this book such as Lara Jean’s graduation, prom, college application, parties, Margot’s coming back home and also Lara Jean’s father, Mr Covey ties the knot with their neighbour, Ms. Rothschild. I don’t fancy his dad with Trina at first, I think that they are a bit off but at the middle of the book I notice such wonderful relationship dynamics between her and the Song’s sisters.

I love Lara Jean. She is thoughtful, mature and independent. I really appreciate her character development. I love how she handles hard situations such as not getting into her university of interest and problems with family and Peter K. I can relate to her more or less. I find that how Lara Jean’s struggles in choosing the right school for her future, unwilling to leave the house and finding the balance between her life at home and college are the most realistic portrayals ever in YA. This is such a genuine point to ponder upon as many of us face this.

The last few chapters are so hard to read. It is really emotional and I totally understand and empathise her. Lara Jean and Peter K make such mature decisions in their lives without any compromise. It is very nostalgic to read this part as I have went through the same thing as them.

I am devastated that this story comes to an end. I am going to miss all of the characters so much because reading about them brings joy to my life. I am very scared to read the ending, as we don’t get to see them anymore in the future 😦

Even though this book is the conclusion of the series, I totally hope that Jenny Han will consider to write about them in the future. Perhaps, novella? Honestly I cannot get over them and I will always be re-reading about their stories. This is not a goodbye for me.

Thank you Jenny Han for writing this trilogy. This trilogy makes me laugh, cry, devastated and crave for more.

Lara Jean will always be in my heart, always and forever

“It all started with a love letter.”



Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)


Blurb from Goodreads:

Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!




“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books.” 

This is one of my most favourite children’s reads. It is honestly heartwarming to reminisce the memories of reading this when I was a little kid. Now that I am an adult, I truly love every bits of the book. I remember how excited I was reading about Charlie and other kids visiting Willy Wonka’s factory. I love the movie even more, it feels like my imagination of the book truly comes into reality.

However, once you get older, you become more mature and understand more complicated issues. I tell you, this book is far darker that I expect. I go through the pages and chapters and I realise that this book exhibits very serious points that we have to ponder upon.

I warn you, if you haven’t read this book or watched the movies, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU!

Okay the first issue is, Charlie and his family are totally in the midst of HARDSHIP. His father, Mr, Bucket, is the only working person in the family. He owns little and he has to make food on the table for other six people. The house is dilapidated and worn out, thus it is very not suitable for all of them to stay in one. They starve during winter when it is the time when the body needs nourishment, to help them go through extreme weather change.

Is there any kind of department or welfare that can help these kind of people who are unable to find jobs? It hurts my heart seeing them like this. I feel sorry for Charlie to face such difficulties at a very young age.

Of course, as young kid reading this, you’ll sympathise on the characters so much.

Second, the Chocolate Factory is always closed to public and there are no government bodies that monitor the factory. Everyone buys Willy Wonka’s chocolate, the money goes inside the factory but it does not come out. Hence, the local economy worsen. People like Mr. Bucket is worst affected. The public does not receive the taxes paid by entrepreneur who earns billions of dollars. This setting is no stranger to the world. They are people who run away from paying taxes. Selfish people like this should rot in hell.

I know it is just a story, but these stuffs happen in the real world. Is the author trying to imply that it is okay to do it? I guess you have to answer it your own.

As a kid, I find it silly and fun reading about other kids’ tantrums and problems throughout their visit. I guess the main concern here is to always control your excitement and always oblige to orders. When something bad happens, there is no turning back anymore.

I love the scene when Charlie is offered to have the factory by Willy Wonka after the visit. It shows that Willy Wonka truly wants someone who can take care of his workers and factory. He knows that someone good and honest like Charlie is capable of doing that. Willy Wonka also accepts Charlie’s family warmheartedly. The story proves that hardships will end sometime, someday. People who earn and are deserving will be paid eventually.



Review: Dear Martin (Nic Stone) #OwnVoices


Blurb from Goodreads:

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.




Dear Martin is a gripping story that makes me captivated. I honestly cannot put this down while reading, I read this in a whole day. It is not that this story is boring and easy, it’s not what you think of. This story is moving, intense and very much emotional to get through.

The main character is Justyce McAllister, who is a POC and faces such difficulties in his teenage years by delving into important issues such as racism and police brutality. His character is so refreshing in the YA world because we get to see his point of view facing the injustice and intolerance by the people around him.

The discussions about racism in the book are totally raw and honest. Justyce is a debater, and it is really enlightening to see a wise main character in a YA book. He is definitely a good person, he thinks the consequences of doing something, he studies and gets excellent grades and he tries to understand what is the main problem of racism and prejudice.

However, being a black person does not give Justyce the privilege to live a happy and safe life. He is constantly challenged by society’s expectations and mindset. We can also observe how POCs are treated in Dear Martin. They are NEVER treated seriously and often undermined by the society. Even people who have the qualifications in the higher ranks are discriminated by others.

My favourite part of the book is when Justyce writes letters to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (as the title is Dear Martin) explaining and telling his experiences as being a POC in a high school and how he feels like he is treated very badly by the society. He writes letters and at the same time he studies about Martin on how he faces discrimination during his time. It is very emotional to see Justyce faces these kind of treatment from the society.

Nic Stone also shows the mindsets of POCs towards white people in the book. It is not their fault to feel doubtful towards white people because of what they or their ancestors have gone through in the past. However, Justyce believes that not all white people are like that. It is not the skin colour which determines the person.

I wish the media will hype and talk about this book a lot, like the hype received from The Hate U Give. This story is such an eye opener to me, as I learn a lot of stuffs from this book regarding racism and prejudice. I don’t know the challenges and feelings of the shoes of people who have gone through shit, but at least by reading this, it opens my perspective.