06 December, 2017

{ ARC Review } Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

about the book }

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Standalone novel
Published December 5, 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
e-ARC provided by Netgalley
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.


my review }

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GUYS. Oh my god, you guys! You HAVE TO have to have to have to read this beautiful, charming book, because oooooh. I love it so much. Not only because of that, but maybe a little bit. But it’s also really good. Like. Super, super, super good, so much so that it makes me want to cry tears of joy.

I don’t like crying so y’know. That means something. 

Foolish Hearts is my first Emma Mills book and omg this now means I have to read everything by her like right now because I love her writing. I love the characters she creates. I love everything. I know it’s probably ridiculous to say that after ONE BOOK, but I can’t help it. I just. I’m feeling so much right now!!

I think this book had everything: new friendships, new relationships, new connections. Great family dynamics, how to be a Proper Stan, and soooo much more. It made me feel light and happy and everything a good book should make you feel.

Claudia was an amazing main character and I related to her so much. She’s clearly a bit awkward in social functions but she manages to get by there and at school. She doesn’t really belong to any of the not-clique cliques at her school, somehow floating just in between, but getting along with most people. She was funny and sarcastic, level headed, and just plain wonderful. I would love to have been her friend if she existed. (Actually, I feel like she might. She read like my best friend! And I adore her, so it sort of makes sense!)

After Claudia hears the It Couple of her school break up, things get a bit iffy for Claudia because one of the girls could probably kill you if you crossed her. But the more time Iris and Claudia spent together, the more they manage to get along. They even manage to become good friends—the kind you stand up for no matter what, the one you try your best to awkwardly cheer up, the kind that bluntly tells you what you need to do and you don’t mind her talking to you like that because you know she’s doing it because she cares. (Sorry for the run-on. Good friendships ruin me all the time). I honestly was so wary of Iris in the beginning and I’m glad that Claudia stood her ground and confronted Iris about it. I’m glad that they bonded over music and that Claudia tried to become Iris’ friend just like Iris tried to become hers. It might be unnecessary to say this, but I ended up adoring Iris.

Emma Mills did such a wonderful job at creating this odd dynamic and it warms me to my core. I’m so, so happy a book like this exists that depicts a new friendship like theirs. 

Not only that! But Claudia’s best friend is present in this book too! Zoe and Claudia have been friends since like pre-school and I loved the two of them. Their inside jokes, running commentary, all their conversations, it was just the best.

Claudia’s family was super present. If it wasn’t something her parents said, then it was either her older brother Alex, whom I adored, or her older-older sister, Julia, whom I also adored. They are not sidelined. They are not pushed aside. They are not there just for a simple plot thing. They’re there because Claudia loves them and they love her and they’re a part of her life, and her game, and it was a wonderful thing to read. I loved loved loved it.

The romance!! Oh, my god, the romance. To be honest, it’s not even that big a thing, but I loved it. I didn’t even care that I had to wait super long for a kiss, the entire book made it worth it. It’s a very lowkey thing and Gideon is the biggest sweetheart on earth, I am convinced of this. He’s super sweet and caring (his friendship with Noah!!! Oh my god, I love them so much). It’s very clear that he likes Claudia and literally every cute interaction (which, let’s be real, was basically all of them) gave me the funniest feeling in my belly. (Spoiler alert: that hardly ever happens.) Gideon is an angel and I love him. 

Ahhh, I’m super sorry for this long review! But I adore this book and I think it’s one of my new all time favourites, AKA the next book I’ll be recommending to everyone and will constantly be yelling about. 5 stars!! All the stars! Every star in the universe because this book will remain so close to my heart!


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about the author }

Emma Mills is the author of First & Then, This Adventure Ends, and Foolish Hearts. She lives in Indianapolis, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in cell biology.

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