my top five messy characters


Hello, friends!

So, recently, I saw a post from Ngọc @ Read With Ngọc and I was in love with the concept. Basically, they also shared five characters who are a mess but that we love anyway, and I couldn’t stop thinking about all the several characters I could fit under this topic too. So, thanks a lot Ngọc for the amazing idea (& go check out their blog already!)

There were quite a lot of characters I wanted to include, so I’ll be considering making a part 2 for this list, because apparently I just love all the messy people.


Clara was probably one of the biggest surprises I’ve had this year, because I never imagined I’d relate so much to her.

The book pitches our protagonist as this class-clown, troublemaker, which is very much true, but also very much non-relatable for me, since I’m the biggest introvert ever. The entire plot revolves around this prank that went too far and as a punishment, Clara is forced to work in her dad’s food truck for the whole summer, alongside with her nemesis, Rose.

And, truly, that’s not even the worst part about Clara’s personality, if I’m honest.

She’s really short-tempered and constantly pushing Rose’s buttons to get her angry. She’s also really bad at flirting.

But I think the one trait that puts her on this list – and also the one I relate so much – is the fact she keeps every relationship surface-level and everyone at arms’ length. There’s definitely a reason for that, and the exploration of it is what made me love this book so much, but Clara is definitely scared of real commitments because she’s scared of being vulnerable and getting hurt.

Using humor to escape your true, dark thoughts is a real, real big mood, but also a really short way for complications.


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Recently, I saw this Twitter post about how James Potter kinda sucked and, while that’s absolute true, I also really, really love him?

And I’m truly not here to write an essay about how, despise everything, he’s still much better and much more of a hero than Severus Snape ever will, but I think it’s really awesome to analyze James’ character deeply.

When I first read the passages of Harry finding out about James’ past, I remember feeling really torn, because I’ve always had the same idea of James that his son had: that he was a hero and he was perfect. And, in a lot of ways, I felt betrayed that he could also be a bully and a true asshole.

But that’s the point, isn’t it? Showing that every hero has its flaws and imperfections. Harry was far from perfect, and yet he’ll always be known in history for defeating Voldemort. This doesn’t mean that he didn’t make mistakes; it just means that he was human. (Okay, and a wizard, but still human as in a general term).

Characters like this are there to show that you don’t have to be perfect to be a hero. It is expected, and I know Captain America makes it feel like it’s possible, but truly, most people who are known in history were just regular-ass folks, trying their bests. And James grows a hell lot, so I think he deserves a break.

Still, he’s kinda messsy AF, so he deserves a spot here too.


Find any top 5 in which I’m not talking about either Helene or The Maze Runner. I challenge you.

But I just love her character a lot, okay? And she’s so far from perfect; in fact, she’s incredibly flawed and quite problematic, and I still adore her.

The thing about the world in which these characters live in is that it is not merciful at all. Most of the time, it’s about killing in order to survive, and there’s also a ton of hatred and prejudice being thrown around. Therefore, I think it’s extremely understandable how Helene sees the world and the people around her.

And I also don’t believe it’s fair to compare her to Elias, because Elias is literally a Hufflepuff. It’s in his nature to be good and kind to ever single leaving creature. Not all of us are gifted like that.

She’s still trying her best to both be a decent being and also protect the people that she loves, in a world where it’s pretty damn hard to do both. And I appreciate her efforts a whole lot.


Oh, Lord, the walking-mess that is Monty Montague, though!

I love this guy a lot, okay? Re-reading The Gentleman’s Guide just made me realize how much Monty is a work in progress and I love that so much about him.

Monty is loud and hilarious, which are already remarkable traits that would make me love him even if he was an even bigger asshole. Because he can also be incredibly selfish, and it’s hard to get his head out of his own ass sometimes. I do really appreciate the side characters for calling him out on his privilege and teaching him about stuff, though, because his growth becomes obvious.

Despite that, Monty clearly struggles with a lot of self-esteem issues and uses humor to cover his insecurities, which is relatable AF, but also incredibly sad, and I feel like I’ve spent most of this book trying to either hug him, laugh with him or punch him on the face, which represents the messiness of his character pretty well in my opinion.


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When it comes to Kavinsky, there’s no nice way to put it. He’s an asshole, simply.

Kavinsky is an incredibly manipulative and abusive character. He’s the villain in our second book, The Dream Thieves, and has a really intense hate-but-also-not-really relationship with Ronan. And, also, he’s a jackass.

Like, literally.

And, yet, I love him so damn much.

I don’t love him in spite of his bad traits, but very much because of them. He’s just a fascinating character to me. He’s mean and snarky and incredibly mysterious too. There’s so little that we know of his backstory, and even when he shares something, it’s impossible to know whether or not he’s telling the truth, because coming from Kavinsky, it’s more likely to be a lie.

He is still a human being, though, which shows in his feelings towards Ronan, and seeing beneath it all is also such a marvelous ride.

Overall, Kavinsky is the messiest in this list, but also my most favorite especially because of everything.

Alright! I’ve rambled for about 1k words about how much I adore messy and morally-grey characters, so it’s your turn now. Let me know in the comments if you agree with my choices and which ones you’d add for your list. (And, once again, thanks Ngọc for inspiring me for this post!)



mid-year freak out book tag!


Hello, fellow bloggers!

First of all, some of you may have noticed that I changed my blog layout. It’s a change I’ve been wanting to make for a while now and I’m really happy with the new style I came up with. It’s still not perfect, but it’s what I can do for now. Let me know your thoughts on it!

Today, I’ll be finally answering the tag of all tags. The tag that, every year, every book blogger or BookTuber needs to answer. It is pretty much a tradition in the community, and my first time answering it, so yay!

Also, because it’s a tag that is literally been everywhere, it is pretty much impossible to find the original creator, much like the Harry Potter fanarts you see online. If any of you know who was the first person to answer this tag, let me know so I can credit them properly.

Now, onto the tag:

Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

IMG_0964I think this is not only the best book I’ve read this year, but in a really long time. I was so surprised by how much I adored Vicious and how the writing style and format took me aback, because it was so unique, original and smart.

Vicious is not told in linear pace, so you have a lot of flashbacks and flash-forwards. The concept behind EOs is so interesting and incredibly dark. The characters are fascinating, especially when you start learning more about their motivations and powers. The writing was breath-taking and I was engaged enough that I didn’t want to skip a single sentence; I just wanted to savor every second of it.


Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

mid2I realized I didn’t read a single sequel this year, besides Crooked Kingdom and Obsidio. Clearly, my YA fantasy days are over, since I don’t have any series to finish or continue on with.

Both were amazing but also not. Crooked Kingdom surprised me in a lot of ways and I couldn’t stop thinking about it days after finishing it. The characters are phenomenal and I definitely understand the hype around Leigh Bardugo. Ultimately, though, I don’t know how much this book was necessary and the ending (as in last 40 pages) fell a little flat and convenient.

IMG_0969Obsidio was definitely my favorite one in the trilogy in terms of pacing. It was much more comfortable, while still being entertaining and engaging. However, it kept using the same tropes that were successful in the first two books and it was stressing me out. I’ll still miss the heck out of these characters, though.

So, even though both were bittersweet experiences, I still am very happy to have finished both of these series and totally consider them both worth the hype. I do look forward to finishing more series in my list during the last half of the year too.


New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Let’s talk about this, folks.

I have a particular note on my computer with 25 titles that have come out this year (we’re in July) that I have yet to read. And, of course, I also have this RIDICULOUSLY HUGE list of all backlist titles I haven’t picked up.

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Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

As you guys saw above, I don’t really keep up with new releases, and so I hardly ever know what’s coming out before it’s already here and I see bloggers and BookTubers talking about it.

However, there are to titles I’m dying to read: Jackpot, by Nic Stone (because I strongly believe Nic Stone is on her way to become one of my favorite authors of all times and this premise sounds fantastic) & Wayward Son (because I miss Baz and Simon a lot, ofc).


Biggest disappointment

IMG_0971To be honest, much like the rest of my life, there were a lot of disappointments this year. I’m a disappointment. It’s life.

The biggest one, though, was probably The Foxhole Court. I had this in my “5-star-prediction-list” and, guess what? I gave it 1.5 stars. This is not a let down folks, this is a fall off of a helicopter ride with no parachute. It was devastating.

I don’t think I’ve recovered yet to continue with the series, but it is in my plans to give it a second shot. Apparently, I love pain????


Biggest surprise

IMG_0973Around the same time I picked up The Foxhole Court, I also read the amazing Heretics Anonymous, and I was so pleased and surprised with how much I loved it! Probably because I had literally no expectations going into it? I now need to acquire a physical copy, because I refuse not to have this book standing on my shelves, along with the rest of my children.

Heretics Anonymous is a really fun YA contemporary that follows a group of heretic teenagers in a catholic school. This was smart, hilarious, introduced South-American rep (!!!!!!!) and called out on privilege while still acknowledging that everyone’s problems are important and valid.

Basically, Katie Henry can have my children after this one. I’m that invested.


Favorite new author (debut or new to you)


I do hope Adib Khorram, the author of Darius the Great is Not Okay continues to write as many books as he possibly can. Darius the Great was amazing and had such a soft way of dealing with feelings such as first-love and identity problems.

This entire book is just so soft and adorable and I loved Darius a lot. I can not wait to fall in love with the rest of the characters this author comes up with.




Newest fictional crush

IMG_0962Honestly, if this answer doesn’t solidify the fact that I love pain and I don’t even know why myself, I don’t know what will.

Because my newest fictional crush is David, from Truly Devious. I know a lot of people don’t like him and I definitely understand, but there was something about his mysterious-ness and the fact I was picturing him as a cuter version of Rodrick, from Diary of a Wimpy Kid (if you know it you know it) that was really attractive.

Do I still feel like he could stab me in my sleep? Yes. Do I still want to know more about his character? Heck yes.


Newest favorite character

mid3American Panda was the first book I read in 2019. And Mei remains as one of my favorite characters I read about this year.

I’ve never felt such an urge to hug a book character and become their best friends. I genuinely feel like Mei and I would get along very well and I’d love to just support her in everything she does. She’s funny, sort of clumsy, while still being incredibly talented and strong. There’s just a lot to love about Mei – and this whole book in general -, so I urge you to pick up American Panda already.


Book that made you cry

mid1Far from the Tree is sadder than Marley & Me. It’s so heartbreaking, but also hopeful, and it only makes you cry even more?

Books like this one break me apart and put me back together and I’m so here for it. Far From the Tree deals with adoption, identity and family in ways I had never encountered in YA before – it’s raw and real and absolutely eye-bawling.




Book that made you happy

IMG_0978The Way You Make Me Feel was another book I read way back in January and every time I think about it, I just want to smile and hug all of the characters.

This is a summer contemporary (and since I know it’s summer where many of you live, you already have a perfect excuse to read this one), with hints of Brazilian culture (which I LEGIT died for), a perfect friends-to-enemies relationship, a #relatable main character and a love interest called Hamlet who is a labrador in man form.

How can I not just smile and die every time?


Your favorite book to movie/tv show that you’ve seen so far?

Unfortunately, I don’t think there was any ):

I mean, I did rewatch The Maze Runner trilogy and cried with every single one of them. (In The Maze Runner, because that movie is amazing; in The Scorch Trials, because Minho looked so good; and in Death Cure, because it is such a mess).

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is it really a lais’ post if i’m not raving about tmr?


What is your favorite post you’ve written so far?

I was re-reading some of my old posts recently and I realized that my discussion on the sexual content on YA was so good?

Like, legit.

It was length-y and I actually covered a lot more topics than I remembered. I wish more of my discussions looked like that, but apparently it was a one-time thing? I do hope to get better at it, though, because that one snapped and I didn’t even try, lol.


Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I don’t think I’ve talked enough about the fact I am now a proud owner of a copy of The Weight of Our Sky and this cover is even more stunning up close!!!!!#*(!!) It looks so beautiful on my shelves!

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Friends, there’s a lot. But, a summary version would be:

  • RE-READS: I’ll Give You The Sun, The Dream Thieves, Magnus Chase (still haven’t decided if I want to re-read only one of the books or the whole trilogy already, lol).
  • BACKLIST TITLES: The Golden Compass, The Rose and the Dagger, The Hidden Maze
  • NEW RELEASES: Don’t Date Rosa Santos and Daisy Jones and the Six.


And that’s a wrap up! Let me know in the comments: what books do you need to read by the end of the year? Are you also hyped about Wayward Son? And are there any movie adaptations I should check out? Let’s chat!

the harry potter book tag!


Hello, friends!

Today, I’ll be answering the Harry Potter Book Tag. I was tagged for this one by the lovely Zoie @ Whisked Away By Words, which is by the way the nicest blog title ever – and she’s super nice too, which is fitting.

This tag was created by Trang and Lashaan @ Bokidote, whom I’m very thankful for spending such a long time gathering all these spell names and creating the graphics!

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Man, is it bad that I’m already going for a MAJORLY CONTROVERSIAL START?

But I’ll have to answer RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE, BY CASEY MCQUINSTON. I know, I know.

Probably many of you are screaming at your computer right now, saying: “HOW DARE this girl think she can re-write this already perfect book?”. But we just didn’t click at all.

Casey McQuinston’s writing style is quite descriptive, with very long paragraphs and humongous chapters. I much prefer my contemporaries short and sweet and dynamic, full of dialogues, preferably. I really liked the premise and I overall appreciate what the book was trying to do, but I had such a hard time getting through it.



TRULY DEVIOUS, BY MAUREEN JOHNSON was a *good* first book in a series.

Even though it’s been a while since I last read it, it’s a book I think about frequently. I really like the characters and the setting and the overall writing style, even if it was hard for me to get into it at first.

(Actually, I just learned recently that it is being translated to Portuguese, which means that I overused my last two brain cells trying to read this in English when I could’ve just waited a couple more months. That’s nice).



I think about JACKPOT, BY NIC STONE approximately 5 times a day. I just need that book so bad.

I’ve recently established Nic Stone as one of my favorite authors and the premise for her most recent release just sounds SO GOOD. I’m so ready.



I love this question.

VICIOUS, BY V.E. SCHWAB was pretty much both. It was killer, in the sense that it was one of the best written books I’ve ever read; and also there were quite a lot of deaths going on too. It was a great time.



Every time I think about confusing books, I can only picture THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER, BY HARRIET REUTER HAPGOOD.

There were some things to like about that book: the family relationships were nice and I liked the main character. But a lot of the book had to do with physics and wormholes and time-travel, but not really, and I was just a big ball of ?????????? throughout the whole read.



(This is my favorite spell, by the way!)

I mean, ARI & DANTE is the type of book that is everything I’ve ever wanted to be and everything I already am just put together, so is there any other possible answer for this one?



Time to bring back and old favorite: THE DREAM THIEVES, BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER.

I still haven’t re-read this one this year, which is a crime that needs to be fixed soon. It’s one of my favorite books ever, but most of it is about stealing things, and dreaming, and getting high, and being bad.




A recent book that surprised me a lot was THE BRIDE TEST, BY HELEN HOANG, that turned out to be a lot more than just a romance novel.

When I first picked it up, I was just looking for a great and steamy time, but Helen Hoang punched me in the face several times. It discusses identity, immigration, family and feelings so well. I was so pleased that this turned out to be a lot more than I thought.


Friends, that was the tag! But, since it is a Harry Potter tag and I feel like I haven’t even talked that much about Harry Potter itself, let’s chat:

What’s your Hogwarts House? (I’m a Slytherclaw, because I can’t choose). Who’s your favorite character? (I love Cedric Diggory and Dumbledore the most). What’s your favorite book and movie? (Prisoner of Azkaban – Goblet of Fire). Let me know your answers in the comments!


my favorite & least favorite romantic tropes


Hello, fellow bloggers! And Happy Brazilian Valentine’s Day!

In Brazil, we actually celebrate Valentine’s Day in June 12th! It’s the eve for Saint Anthony’s Day. My country is very catholic, and therefore we celebrate a lot of saints during this time of the year. But the reason why we associate Valentine’s Day with Saint Anthony is because he’s considered the saint of marriage, as he’s reconciled a lot of couples in legends.

In honor of the fact that we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day here today, I want to share my five favorite & least-favorite romantic tropes in fiction.

Let’s get started!



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I live for a good and old Romeo & Juliet trope. This is my type of angst, really. I love the idea of two people loving each other but having the world work against them; stopping them from being together. It honestly sets the best romantic storylines, but most importantly, the most beautiful dialogues.

“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triump die, like fire and powder
Which, as they kiss, consume”

I do understand not everyone is into this trope. It’s kind of overdramatic, but what is to love about fiction if it’s not overdramatic? This is not the type of love you’ll see anywhere but in a novel or a big screen, and I find it entertaining AF.


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The Proposal is the best rom-com with the fake-dating trope. That’s it.

Ohhh, the good and old fake-dating. “Let’s pretend we’re boyfriend and girlfriend” and then also pretend that we’re not clearly falling in love with each other for real.

Peter Kavinsky & Lara Jean, from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, is the #1 bookish example for this trope. And probably my only one too! I have read The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory, but the fake-dating didn’t last for long enough to satisfy my *needs*. I really want to read as many books with this trope as I can. For me, it never gets old.


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Friends to lovers is soooooo superior to enemies to lovers. Don’t @ me.

Growing up, I’ve always dreamt about these types of relationships. (Granted, growing up, I also didn’t know much about what it was like *being* in a relationship). Nonetheless, I always thought that relationships that start as friendships are always so much more comfortable. You already know the other person so well.

Ari & Dante are my babies for this trope. They grow up together, and slowly find their way back to each other.


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Fun fact about me: my favorite fictional couple of all times, the one with the true crown, is the one from the gif above – Mickey & Ian, from Shameless US. I’ve never even watched the show in its entirety, only *their* scenes for about 5 years, which I think shows my commitment.

ANYWAY. I love their banter, because they like to pretend they’re just casual sex buddies. They have nothing more than that. Needless to say, they’re absolutely in love with each other.

I think this is sort of a friends-with-benefits trope, but it’s so hard to find good ones these days? I think most are either way too sex-centered or just don’t give me any feels at all (hello, No Strings Attached). Nonetheless, I still like to believe I can find more from this trope that will finally get in Gallavich’s level for me.


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This is a very specific trope, but boy, if it doesn’t work for me every time.

When I first found Korean Dramas, I’d mostly find poor girl/rich guy narratives. And I really, really don’t vibe with those. There’s something about my feminist side that just can’t stand how the girl has to be constantly inferior, even in her financial situation, which kinda makes the guy this hero that will save her from all her worries. Uh, no, thanks.

The poor guy/rich girl, though, gives me just my type of favorite dynamic. The guy is typically full of pride, and doesn’t want to take the girl’s help. They have a lot of angst. It’s glorious, truly.

Kestrel and Arin, from The Winner’s Trilogy along with Aspen and America, from The Selection series are some of my favorites from this trope. (Adam/anyone in the Raven Cycle is also pretty much this trope in a nutshell and it’s amazing).

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I don’t know what else to call this trope. It’s basically centered around the one nerdy-weird character, that “wears sneakers” and “sits on the bleachers”, dreaming about the day when their love interest will wake up and find that what they’ve been looking for has been here this whole time.

It also typically involves the “cheerleader” with “high heels” that just “doesn’t get your humor like I do”.

Now, as you can *clearly* tell: I freaking love You Belong With Me. My biggest dream is to sing this song off the top of my lungs to a whole crowd. It’s my karaoke go-to. But when it’s taken seriously in a book or show, it makes me want to pierce my eyes with a fork.

Stiles and Lydia, from Teen Wolf, are the best example of it. Probably one of the many reasons why I can’t stand them.


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Even though I’m not a fan of this trope – at all -, I do recognize some couples that work well with it. But my problem with hate to love or enemies to lovers or whatever you want to call it is that it exhausts me by page 2.

I know that typically people adore this type of banter. It’s the “will they, won’t they” that makes the story entertaining. But it’s also with this trope that comes a lot of toxic behavior, unrealistic attraction, etc.

Ron & Hermione weren’t exactly enemies when they met, but they certainly weren’t the best of friends either. And I just really can’t stand the idea that if a guy treats you poorly, he’s actually in love with you. Or that you can’t really hate a person, otherwise it means you’re secretly falling for them. Ew.


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As much as I enjoy reading romance, I just can’t stand when that is everything the characters live for. They need to have a personality and a life before they have a love interest.

I also hate when the relationship takes up pretty much everything that these characters live for. The friendships they used to have, the things they used to do, it pretty much vanishes as soon as they find their significant others. Like? How?

It’s so beyond unrealistic and quite unhealthy as well. There’s more to life than romantic relationships, friends. Just stop.

Jason and Piper, from the Heroes of Olympus series, were that annoying couple that people consider a unit because they never let go of each other and can not shut up about how the other looks good or how much they like them. It was unbearable going through their POVs when reading this series.


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This trope is the reason as to why I hate teenagers. I don’t even care that I’m technically one of them.

The things teenagers do believing that “they’re in love” is frankly ridiculous. I feel like there’s a very important line and I’m so bothered when it’s crossed. Like, your health is definitely more important than a guy in a cute hairstyle, but you know, go off.

I also hate when the main couple decides to do something reckless together and then, when it backfires, take no responsibility for it. That’s probably why I hated Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins so much. The characters just make the dumbest decisions ever but do not owe up to them. My eyes hurt from rolling so much.


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I’m really sorry, all your Notting Hill fans out there.

I don’t even feel like I need to explain much about this trope, because we all find it annoying. It takes all the fun out of the book.

My favorite thing when reading or watching a romance is to see how the characters will fall in love. To follow how they get to know more about each other, to feel the sexual tension as they’re getting closer and closer, but still not quite there. It’s the magic behind a romance after all.

But if by chapter 10, they’re already kissing; and by chapter 15, they’re already saying ‘I love you’, then this was all fun and no play and I can’t accept that.

I Have Lost My Way, by Gayle Forman, sadly gave me all the insta-love & insta-friendship vibes and I was not happy about that at all.

Friends! Now it’s your turn to let me know: which are your favorite & least-favorite tropes? Do you agree with my choices? Have you got any recommendations for me? And, most importantly, what’s your favorite rom-com? Let’s chat in the comments!

top 5: female authors


Hello, fellow bloggers!

One remarkable trait of mine is that I tend to care a lot for male characters. I don’t know why, but I’m more drawn to them than by female ones and I feel like, sometimes, I am only talking about men in my blog. Even if they’re fictional men. And I am not really about that.

So, I decided to finally share my favorite *female* authors and soon a female characters list too. Basically, let’s have me hyping up all the amazing women in the bookish world who deserve so much more.


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Now, honestly, I adore Rainbow Rowell. Don’t take that as personal offense if you don’t. I know she has released problematic things in the past, but I still love all of her stuff with my whole heart. She wrote the first fat character I had ever read about in YA. Or at least the first fat character who was not there for a comic relief or as a bully. (I’m talking to you, J.K Rowling and Dudley Dursley).

I find she has one of the most unique writing voices ever. Considering she has YA and adult books, a fantasy one and contemporaries, it’s phenomenal to me that her voice pops in every single one of them. Her dialogues are also always hilarious and the way she describes romance tugs in my heart strings everytime.

(And she also taught me that Oklahoma is a state!)


Resultado de imagem para nic stoneGranted, Nic Stone is still a new author, and has only released two books. But when I tell you that she’s an autobuy author and I’ll get whatever else she releases, I mean it.

Her writing style is phenomenal. So engaging and so fast-paced, like you’re just having a regular conversation at her kitchen’s table. And, yet, she’s able to intertwine all these powerful and important topics.

Dear Martin is one of my favorite books of all times, because despise being a super short-read, it holds a punch. There are a lot of meaningful discussions and hilarious dialogues too. The same goes for Odd One Out. While the book touches on sexuality in a very messy, but relatable way, the narrations were always funny and endearing.

I am SO excited for Jackpot. I simply can not wait to have this book in my hands.


Imagem relacionadaGranted, my relationship with Stephanie Perkins has always been a bit of a hit or miss. We haven’t seen eye to eye in every single book, but I still know that I’ll buy any contemporary she releases in the future, because, deep down, I’m just her bitch.

I think my favorite trait in her writing is just how quirky it is. And not in like: “I’m desperate to be edgy” way, but just in an unique way I had never seen in YA before. Like, in Anna and the French Kiss, where Anna is taller than her boyfriend. Or how Lola wears colorful wigs depending on her mood. Her characters aren’t exactly relatable, but that’s okay.

I sometimes look at people around me and I label the ones who look like fictional characters. They’re typically the most different ones, with crazy hairstyles or funky shoes. I think standing out is very much a fictional character trait and I love how Stephanie Perkins writes the best ones.

(Plus, the way she describes sexual tension. Ugh. Always a great time).


Resultado de imagem para gayle formanGayle Forman and I have a similar relationship than the one before. We have our fall outs every now and then, but we’re still connected deep down. (Why has this post turned into me discussing my non-existent relationship with book authors? Jesus).

I think my favorite thing about Gayle Forman is that she likes writing about music a lot. And I love books about music. So, we’re pretty much the perfect match.

She also tends to write a lot about New York or amazing places I’ve never been to but desperately want to and I am always prepared for a solid great time with her. Plus, she’s one of the few people whose set-in-one-day books generally work for me. (Except for I Have Lost My Way. That was sort of a disappointment).


Resultado de imagem para maggie stiefvaterImportant to note that even though I’m including all these authors in my favorites list, I know very little about their persona behind their books. Like, I am aware Maggie Stiefvater has a very big online presence and I’ve read some of the things she said and completely disagreed with, but I’m still adding her to this list because I love her books to death. It’s a problem. I don’t think she’s ever made any huge problematic statement, but let me know if that is the case, so I can re-think this list.

Obviously, The Raven Cycle series is a huge deal and I am thankful for this amazing world she created. I also have to acknowledge The Wolves of Mercy Falls, because even though this is not her most popular series, I still adore it. I’m always grateful for people who are writing about werewolves, because few are BRAVE ENOUGH.

Her characters are always torn and broken and probably went through something very traumatic that either made them the softest beans (Gansey, Noah, Sam) or snarky and rude badboys with a good heart beneath it all (Ronan, Cole). She also gave me the gift that is Joseph Kavinsky and I’ll never be able to repay that.


Yayyy! Those are all my choices for today. I am definitely a fan of Leigh Bardugo and Jenny Han as well, but I haven’t read as many books by them as I have by these other authors. Let me know in the comments some of your favorite female authors too! 💛

book tag: books i want to read but don’t want to read


Hello, friends!

Today, I’ll be answering this tag created by Jamieson @ JamiShelves. I was tagged by Laura @ Laura Herondale. Go check out her blog, because she’s amazing and super friendly and creative!

ONE. A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

31931941This excuse doesn’t really work for me, because if there’s something I love is ignoring what everyone else is doing. I am an Aquarius rising after all, so my need to be the odd one out is kinda alarming sometimes.

BUT, Eliza & Her Monsters has a lot of hype around the bookish community, even from people who are not fans of contemporaries and I definitely feel the need to read it. I will admit, though, I’ve already started the first chapter and Eliza already annoys the heck out of me, so… This shall be interesting.


TWO. A book that is really long.

38746485I’ll have to give this one to Becoming, by Michelle Obama. Now, the physical version isn’t really *that* long but the audiobook is NINETEEN hours long. 19 hours. It’s almost a whole day.

I already struggle through audiobooks that are 9h long, so add 10+ more to that and I’m likely to take about a month to listen to the entire thing. Which is why I’ve been putting it off so much, even if I’m desperate to read it because I’m Obama’s family biggest fan.


THREE. A book you’ve owned / had on your TBR for too long

6413788It seems like all the books I’ve had on my TBR the longest have already been read this year (YAY!), but Last Night I Sang To the Monster, by Benjamin Alire Saenz is still there.

I do hope to move it to my read shelf by the end of the year. I know I can trust Benjamin Alire Saenz to write the best and most heartbreaking stories and this is one of his backlist titles that interests me the most, so hopefully I’ll love it as much as I did with Ari & Dante.

(Plus, can we talk about how this book’s title is so incredibly creative and beautiful? Ugh).

FOUR. A book that is ‘required’ reading

18135Ha. I don’t do required readings, so I have absolutely none on my TBR. I am a rebel like that.

I didn’t do a single required read back in high school (okay, I did ONE!). I have never liked the idea of being forced to read something and most books didn’t have interesting plots at all. Most of the required reads we have back in high school are written by white dudes in the 1800s and somehow I’m supposed to relate to that, lol.

I am interested in picking up Romeo & Juliet, though, because apparently Shakespeare is the only white dude with ancient English I can stand.

FIVE. A book that intimidates you

39863498I really want to read The Gilded Wolves, but I am so intimdated! First: it’s a fantasy book. Second: I’ll only be able to read it in English. (And though I am confident on my English, I still struggle with any vocabulary beyond a YA contemporary). Third: it’s historical fiction too. My two brain cells are already struggling.

Plus, I’ve heard from people that it is quite confusing and it is only piling up the intimidating level.


SIX. A book that you think might be slow

34273236Little Fires Everywhere is a book that has been getting a lot of positive reviews, including ones from my country, so I am looking forward to picking it up. And, it touches on matters such as adoption and family, and you all know how that makes me feel.

However, it sounds very slow. I’ve heard reviews saying that it is a very slow-paced, character-driven story and I am not sure how to feel about that.

SEVEN. A book you need to be in the right mood for

37584991I definitely need to be in the right mood for romance, because I can be a mean b*tch. Just watch me as I roll my eyes to every straight couple that shows up in front of me. I am constantly existing between: “I love all ships and I’ll die watching rom-coms!” and “Straight people disgust me and I don’t know how they do it.” It’s hard being inside my head sometimes.

Therefore, I’ll have to find the right moment to read The Proposal, by Jasmine Guillory. I read the first book in this companion series and really liked Carlos, so I am excited to read this one and hopefully enjoy it more than The Wedding Date.

EIGHT. A book you’re unsure if you’ll like

37880094The Lady Guide’s to Petticoats and Piracy is one I am torn about already. I have read mixed reviews – some people love it, others hate it. I didn’t like Felicity‘s character in the first book, Gentleman’s Guide, so I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this one. But it does have asexuality rep, so I feel like it’s my *duty* to read & review it.

I’ll probably read it soon enough, since the audiobook is available on Scribd and I did like Mackenzi Lee’s writing style A LOT, but I don’t have high expectations for it whatsoever.

I loved answering this tag and sharing some of the intimidating books in my TBR. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and what is your opinion on them and which other books you’re a bit scared about! (And, once again, thank you so much Laura for tagging me!) 😊



my favorite bookish names


Hello, fellow bookworms!

I am very excited about today’s post, even if most of you are considering it very random. I first saw Xandra @ Starry Sky Books listing bookish names she’d give her children, and then recently Caitlin @ Caitlin Reads did it too. I thought it was just fitting if I did the same, because it’s always a great day to rave about names.

The fact I’m obsessed with names is definitely a little weird. Sometimes, I find myself creating plots in my head solely because I want to be able to name my characters. I don’t have kids or pets, so until now, I’ve only been able to name my phone – Baz – and my computer – Skandar.

And because we’ll spend a lot of time in this post talking about pronounciations, I just want to clarify that my name is pronounced as: lah.ees. It’s very hard for English native speakers to pronounce it, so everytime I went to Starbucks and fitting rooms in the US, I’d tell them my name is Lola or Violet or whatever I felt like. It’s less of a burden than trying to make them spell it right.

(I also apologize that this list is so full of male names. I do like more masculine and gender neutral names in general, so that’s probably why).

  1. ELIAS

I’ve mentioned this before SEVERAL times, but I love this name. Elias, from the Ember in the Ashes series definitely solidified my love, because he turns out to be a phenomenal character too.

There are two ways to pronounce this: as E-lee-yas (which is closer to the Portuguese pronounciation) and E-lai-yas. I kinda like both, to be honest. The second one is my favorite because then it works if I want ‘Eli‘ for short.

Elias is a very traditional name in my country, so I know a total of zero people who are named it. But then again, that’s the beauty of fiction, after all. Being able to name your characters whatever the heck you want, because no one can tell you otherwise.


Resultado de imagem para lara jean gifLara-Jean is one of the prettiest names I’ve ever heard – and I don’t even like pretty names. I am more into traditional and masculine or querky and edgy names. I’d probably name my daughter Logan if I could.

But despise Lara-Jean being super feminine and girly, I still adore it. I heard it for the first time in To All The Boys and fell in love with it afterwards.

I think it’s so fun to have double-barrelled names. My sister has a double-barrelled name, but my parents never prolonged the tradition. It reminds me of super hero names, which is so adorable – and likely to give you superpowers too. (My sister’s would probably be to be annoying as heck).


No, I’m not including this name here only because I adore Matthias Helvar with my heart and soul. I also happen to think this is a gorgeous name.

As you can see, I have sort of a crush for biblical names. The hebrews were killing it with their name game, ok? (Actually, after a quick Google search, I found out that Mathias actually stands for Matthew in English. BUT STILL.)

It’s pretty hard for me to even pronounce Matthias, because in Portuguese we’d say Ma.tee.yas (and spell it as Matias too). When I read Six of Crows for the first time, I was pronouncing his name like this in my head for the entire time, until I watched reviews on Booktube and people were saying at as + a weird sound on the t as in “the”.

At first, I was weirded out and couldn’t roll my tongue right. But now, I actually find it to be a beautiful name. I’ve never cared for the name Matias (it’s kinda like Elias around here; probably too traditional and out-dated), but figuring out the way people pronounce it in English made me find it unique and really beautiful too.

4. KAI

Yes, I have thought multiple times of naming my future kid Hezekiah solely so I could call him Kai for short. Someone please stop me already.

Prince Kai, from Cinder, became my favorite character just because he was named Kai. And also because he was a handsome looking prince with a phenomenal personality, but the name for sure helped.

The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang, is about to come out, and I already know, for a fact, I’ll love this book more than The Kiss Quotient and tha’ts because our protagonist’s name is Khai. (Okay, slightly different pronounciation and spelling here, but STILL.)

It is a gorgeous name. I’ve always liked the name Kai, even before I found out there’s a K-idol with the same name that also happens to be the most handsome man I’ve ever laid eyes on. Conclusion: name your son Kai for a bright, handsome future.


Imagem relacionadaThe first time I heard this name was in The Maze Runner series, way before I started to like K-Pop and found out it’s a popular name in Korea. I didn’t even know Minho was Korean until I saw the movie casting, lol. I was an uneducated twelve-year old, okay. I’ve grown.

I just love the sound of this name, truly. Minho being my favorite character in TMR series just added to the charm. It sounded like a warrior name, which fits him very well indeed.

It’s funny that now everytime I think about this name I just picture Dylan O’brien screaming MINHO! at the top of his lungs at any given moment in the movie trilogy, because these movies are stressful as heck and the characters are constantly close to dying. It’s a great time, I promise.

Now that I’ve practically rambled about bookish names for about 1k words, let me know in the comments: do you have any favorite bookish name? And do you agree with any of my choices? Let’s chat! 😊

jonas brothers book tag!


Hello, friends!

This is, by far, the most exciting tag I’ve ever answered in my blog before. First: we can oficially say that the Jonas Brothers are back and I still feel like crying everytime I’m reminded that this is real. And also because there’s now an entire book tag, merging two of my favorite things together and I, of course, had to answer it.

This tag was created by Rendz, @ Reading With Rendz and I saw it on Angelica’s blog, The Book Cover Girl.

YEAR 3000

A book/series set in the way distant future or A book/series that took you on an adventure

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First of all: Year 3000 is a jam. My biggest pride growing up was being able to successfully sing to the bridge of this song. (It’s not much of an impressive skill now, but considering I knew two words in English at that point, I’d say it was pretty impressive).

I think there’s no other way to answer this question than talking about THE ILLUMINAE FILES, because it is one of my favorite series of all times. I already miss these characters.


A book/series that took a while for you to get into

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That is hard, not gonna lie, because I hardly ever continue with a book series if the first book doesn’t capture my attention enough.

But for regular standalones, I’d say it was a bit hard to get into TRULY DEVIOUS. I was struggling with the language and long descriptions a lot and I found the first chapters to be super slow. I’m super thankful I pushed through, though, because it turned out to be a fantastic read – and much more dynamic after the halfway point.

(Hold On is also my mom’s favorite song by the Jonas Brothers. Thanks, guys).


A book/series that you needed saving from

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I feel like I haven’t ranted enough about this book yet, but here it goes one more time. THE FOXHOLE COURT, BY NORA SAKAVIC. Why? Whyyyyyyyyy?

I was so sure I was going to love this book. It was in my 5-star-prediction’s list. And I hated it. This book was a mess. The characters are all bad-boys; there was absolutely NO PLOT; the writing is messy and I literally spent eight hours listening to an audiobook and I can’t even tell you what I’ve listened to because it was just a ball of ???????

I’d gladly have Joe Jonas rescue me from this book, thank you very much.


A romance that makes you melt into a puddle of goo

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I just need to mention this couple, because there’s no one else that melts me into a puddle of goo like these two. NINA & MATTHIAS, FROM SIX OF CROWS.

Every single time they flirted or just *looked* at one another, I was already crying. When they get together, I had to actually put the book down and fangirl for about fifteen minutes before I could continue reading. I don’t even want to think what a re-read of Six of Crows will look like. I hope I’m not reading it in public, otherwise it will get embarrassing.

I probably cried with them more times than I cried listening to When You Look Me in the Eyes, which is a statement, because that song turns on all the hose.


A book/series so good it set you on fire

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I think my current read will be a great fit to this answer: HERETICS ANONYMOUS, by Katie Henry.

You know when you pick up a book and two seconds into it you already have the feeling it will be one of your favorite books of all times? That’s how I’m feeling at the moment. It’s hilarious, relatable, interesting and very immersive. I love Michael a lot and I’ve only known him for a couple hours. (Is this allowed?)

I hope to be slipping into the lava for a good reason here. Let’s hope future Lais doesn’t get totally disappointed.


A ship you were not expecting, but it happened and you ship it

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if you don’t agree that lovebug is the best title track by the jonas brothers we can not be friends

I totally didn’t see them coming, and then when it happened, I was the happiest person in the world. ALEX & MAGNUS, FROM MAGNUS CHASE.

(From Mangus Chase. Not the other two Alex and Magnus, from Shadowhunters. Thanks).

When Alex first shows up, I could kinda feel some tension between them and Magnus, but I didn’t think they would work as a couple. (Alex is snarky and a bit mean; Magnus is a Hufflepuff. Do you get me?) And then they start getting closer, and closer, and by the third book, I was already the president of their fanclub.


A book/series you would reread over and over again

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There are a lot of books I’d re-read nonstop. Where She Went. (I just re-read this book back in March and I already want to re-read it again. Someone stop me). Lola & The Boy Next Door. Percy Jackson. Ari & Dante.

Re-reading books is a huge passion of mine. I feel like it’s a safe space for me, because I already know just what to expect. I know some people find scary to re-read books and realize they don’t like it as much as they did the first time around, but I have yet to encounter a book that feels like that for me (I only re-read old favorites anyway, and they’re definitely favorites for a reason).

Before I leave, I want to tag three fellow bloggers to answer this if they feel like it:

I know they’re fellow JoBros fans, so I hope they enjoy answering this tag as much as I did!

my favorite documentaries


Hello, fellow bloggers!

Today, I wanted to share about a recent passion of mine that has nothing to do with books. It’s funny that I’m in love with documentaries now, because I was just reading old journal entries and I mentioned that I hated them. Well, things definitely changed and I decided to choose my top favorites to talk about today.


This is a documentary for those who are interested in politics, which I just became recently. As the name suggests, this documentary follows Roger Stone, an infamous figure in the US politics, that recently served as an adviser for Trump’s early campaign. And though I couldn’t disagree more with  Trump’s politics, both him and Stone are very interesting figures to follow.

Roger Stone is known for being a dirty trickster and for having Richard Nixon’s face tattoed in his back. Getting to know about him is understanding the dark side of American politics, as well as how fake-news have been helping campaigns for years before the term even became popular. In order to criticize someone, we have to know them, which is why I found this so incredible to watch.


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As a pop-culture lover, I certainly know very few things about most 90’s stars. And though Lady Di was not an artist, she was definitely a very popular figure of that time. Getting to know her, through her own perspective in this documentary, was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever watched.

Lady Di was a wonderful woman and I was absolutely unaware of the amount of struggles that she went through, from eating disorders to the media pressure. It is a slow paced documentary, with just pictures and old video footage, along with her own audio, but very insightful and absolutely beautiful.


If you don’t know anything about The Beatles – like me, that only knew 2/4 of them -, I wouldn’t say start with this one. ‘How The Beatles Changed The World‘ would probably be the best one for beginners, because it covers their entire career, with all the ups and down. Eight Days a Week, on the other hand, focuses solely on the ‘touring years‘, aka, the beginning of their career.

Because I’m much more interested in the early 60s and my favorite albums by The Beatles are their first ones, I enjoyed this one a lot more. It’s a very interesting take on the Beatlemania and in the early boyband-fan culture, which is obviously very relatable. And I’m still impressed by the fact they were able to perform on synch even though they didn’t listen to each other at all, while on stage. Like, how?!

4. 13TH

I actually watched this documentary on class, and it moved some of my classmates to tears. 13th, in the name, refers to the 13th amendmant in the American Constitution, that abolished slavery as an aftermath of Civil War. As you can expect, it will be all about the lives of black people in the United States today.

Actually, the documentary tackles mostly the problem of mass incarceration of communities of color in the country. It’s such a well done project: there are historical elements, mixed in with shocking data and a very engaging and dynamic presentation that makes it delightful to watch. If the theme sparks your interest, it’s a must check!


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This is a documentary I watched recently and it was fascinating and crazy at the same time. As the name suggest, Fyre follows the process and the outcome of the Fyre Festival that happened in 2017 and was the biggest disaster of all times. In case you’re not familiar with the story: this festival was advertised as the biggest music festival of this age, set in a desert island with tickets around $10,000. It all turned out to be a huge scam in the end, and the documentary follows how it all came to be pretty well.

One of my favorite things about this one though was how it shed light to the lives affected by the outcome of the scam. Most people got back into planes, returned to their homes and moved on with their lives. But the locals in the Bahamas, who rent their homes, worked their butts off and tried to pull this thing together never even got paid. It’s a side of the story that I had never really thought about before, and I’m glad the docmmentary was able to tell it.

These are all the documentaries I have to share today! All of them are either original Netflix’s or available on the platform, so it should be pretty easy to find if you want to watch it. If you have any favorite documentary yourself, please share in the comments, as I’m constantly looking for recommendations! ☀️

who am i book tag


Hello, fellow bloggers!

Today, I’m bringing yet another book tag. This one is quite different, though, and I love the questions! The first time I saw this tag was in Adriana‘s channel @ Perpetual Pages (which is by the way, a phenomenal channel and they’re amazingggg).

This tag was started by PBS Digital Studios in conjunction with The Great American Read, around the time when you were supposed to vote for America’s Favorite Novel. I’m not American, so you can imagine I barely glanced twice at this, but the questions were great, so I’ll be answering nonetheless!

ONE. If your life were a book genre, what would it be?

Definitely a YA contemporary. I actually imagine my life as a book sometimes, and I write a lot based in my own experiences – or how I wish they would turn out, because life is boring but books are not. Not that they actually become anything more than a paragraph, most of the times, but it’s a fun way to look at my life – through a fictional lense.

Here’s a paragraph that I wrote last year, when I was in New York City, taking the subway everyday. It’s super random, and doesn’t mean much, but it shows how much I take inspiration from things that happen around me when I’m writing.

He slipped through the subway doors right as they were closing. His body moved so subtly and swiftly, and in a glimpse of an eye he was inside. I didn’t even see him moving, except when his long legs and hooded eyes were already inside the wagon.

TWO. What villain from a book do you identify with the most?

PJOThis is a weird question, because I typically don’t like villains or morally grey characters. But Luke Castellan, from Percy Jackson, is pretty much me sometimes.

  • Holds grugdges ✔️
  • Bad relationship with their father ✔️
  • Doesn’t know how to cook ✔️
  • Doesn’t cope well with failure ✔️

Uh, yeah. Pretty much me. I do like to believe I’m not such an antagonist, though.

THREE. What protagonist are you most similar to? 

One of the first protagonists I deeply related with was Tris, from Divergent. She’s selfless and smart, which are traits I share. Granted, she’s much more of a badass than I’ll ever be, but I still felt like we’d be great friends if we shared the same world. Plus, every test I took would put me in either Abnegation or Erudite, so there’s only Dauntless keeping us apart, if you think about it.

Apart from Tris, I also need to mention Ari, from Ari & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I read this book for the first time when I was fourteen, so we were pretty close on age. From his relationship with his father, to his thoughts and feelings of inadequacy, Ari was one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever encountered in YA.

FOUR. Which book did you connect with in the past that you no longer do?

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That will for sure have to be The Hunger Games trilogy. When I first picked up this series, I think I was severely carried away by the hype. I have more memories of feeling frustrated towards the book than I have of actually enjoying it.

Over the years, my rating has changed a lot. I’m still overall thankful for the series, because it introduced me to other dystopians that I love (as Divergent and The Maze Runner), but I certainly don’t have the same love for the characters as I once did.

FIVE. What recent book read would you love to be a character in?

Obviously, Truly Devious! I love the idea of an academy for kids that are incredibly passionate about one thing. I don’t think I’m particularly excelent in anything, except perhaps procrastinating, but as a fictional character, I could thrive a lot more.

I actually think about how much better I’d be as a fictional character than as a real person approximately 43 times a day.

If I could be part of the Truly Devious cast, I’d love to be the dancer – because I have zero dancing skills but am obsessed with ballet nonetheless.

SIX. How do your reading habits show off your personality?

The fact I don’t have many reading habits just show that my life is CONSTANTLY all over the place. I have no idea what’s going on half of the time.

I think the only thing I do consistently is track my reading. I love the idea to track my star ratings and my overall thoughts on a book, just as much as I love tracking my favorite songs for the month or all the movies I’ve watched. I’m a tracker, not a planner.

I also don’t have TBRs and consider myself a mood reader, because I’m absolutely incapable of doing things that I set myself to. By the time I write a to-do list, it’s ruined. I have to go with the flow.

SEVEN. What book taught you something about yourself?

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I think Ari & Dante was a super life-changing novel for me, so it couldn’t be any other. Just the realization that my feelings were understood and therefore valid, even if I was relating to fictional people, was a super important moment for me. This book means more to me than I can explain, and it definitely taught me that it’s okay to feel out of place in your own skin sometimes.

Let me hear from you in the comments down below! Which book have you changed your opinion on? And if you were in the Ellingham Academy, what would you be known for?