adult · romance · sci-fi

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

This is a painful dnf. I tried to read this, I truly did, but I couldn’t get myself through this. It’s as if someone looked at all the tropes I disliked and put them into one book. I’m honestly sad because I was almost certain I would love this, but by the first page I already knew that was not the case. The writing wasn’t atrocious, it was fairly basic and didn’t capture my attention. The characters, oh the characters, were not my cup of tea whatsoever and felt like a mix of basic stereotypes thrown into one. I did not feel connected to the characters and I honestly can’t even remember at what page I dnf’ed this on (I also can’t even remember what the names of the characters were since I dnf’ed it months ago and am only now writing a review, yes I know, I’m quite intelligent 😂). I won’t be adding a rating on goodreads since I’m fairly certain I didn’t make it past the halfway mark.

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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contemporary · young adult

Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner

Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I liked how it felt to be out of control, a moth on a carnival ride, ready to be swept off by the wind, every tenuous hair, every fibre, every quivering speck of me, lit up, on end, and electrified.

This book made me feel so many emotions all at once.

It left me conflicted, hurt, betrayed, and wanting more. This novel is a raw and gritty portrayal of a teen’s life, and the struggles they have to face each day. The conflicts that arose in this book left me feeling inexplicably sad, and questioning everything.

I honestly can’t find the words to explain my fascination with this book. Some topics that were mentioned and issues portrayed hit me like a train, and gave me nostalgia and left a bad taste in my mouth.

I found myself relating to the protagonist a lot, who I thought was a realistic portal of a teen, confused and conflicted. I loved this story. It truly made me sit down and think. It impacted me in a million ways and I questioned everyone in this novel.

I love books that rip my heart out and ruin my state of mind. And I never thought i’d find that in a YA novel that I assumed would be a sweet romance/coming of age or something along those lines. There’s nothing wrong with those books either, but this was so much more than that.

It dealt with real issues. It showed life through a teen’s lens, and never hid the dark bits that lurk beneath everyone’s story. I think that’s what I truly loved about this novel, it didn’t sugar-coat anything. Everything was left out in the open to judge. Mistakes were made. Battles were lost. Memories were re-lived. And love tied them all together.

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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