So as part of this month challenge with Farah, we have chosen four books that we have been neglecting. Each week we decide on one of these books, read it, and then review it together.
The four books chosen are:
Back When We Were Easier To Love by Emily Wing Smith
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
10 Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
if you haven’t noticed we are doing one week contemporary, and the next paranormal.
We were excited about all these four books but for some reason never got the chance to read them (we’ve got tons of others on our TBR list so this challenge will be a monthly challenge).
First book is
Title: Back When You Were Easier To Love
Author: Emily Wing Smith
Genre: Young adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis (via Goodread)
What’s worse than getting dumped? Not even knowing if you’ve been dumped. Joy got no goodbye, and certainly no explanation when Zan – the love of her life and the only good thing about stifling, backward Haven, Utah – unceremoniously and unexpectedly left for college a year early. Joy needs closure almost as much as she needs Zan, so she heads for California, and Zan, riding shotgun beside Zan’s former-best-friend Noah.
Original and insightful, quirky and crushing, Joy’s story is told in surprising and artfully shifting flashbacks between her life then and now. Exquisite craft and wry, relatable humor signal the arrival of Emily Wing Smith as a breakout talent.
Thats how our conversation went:
Juhina: What do you think of the book?
Farah: It wasn’t as good as i expected, i felt like it was lacking the excitment factor…
juhina: in many roadtrip books right? such as Amy and Roger’s Epic detour? which was SUPER CUTE!
Farah: what about you?
Juhina: Honestly I was a bit annoyed at the protagonist at the beginning, because she was overly obsessed with Zan, and i didn’t understand her need to go see him after he ditched her, but what do i know? i’ve never been in love.
Farah: For me what i didn’t like in the beginning was how they converted from past to present but then i got used to and i got the hang of it and started knowing what was in the present and what was in the past
Juhina: right! that also confused me, sometimes i didn’t know whether she was recalling a memory or whether we were in the present, i got overly confused too.
Farah: When i first saw zan and how she described him.. it was the first time I didn’t like the female protagonist’s crush
Juhina: You know, he was actually cute when she remembered him, aside from thinking he’s better than everyone else, but i liked his gestures, but when she actually met him, he was a totally different person from what she rememebered and what i know of him so that kinda pissed me off
Farah: True, true
Juhina: but anyways i was rooting for her and Noah so i was happy that there was a chance that she could get over him
Farah: I really liked the ending, it was very realistic
Juhina: yes! after she got over zan, this is when i truely enjoyed the story, and it was cute seeing her with noah, and im happy that the ending was open ended
Farah: yea! because if she got together with Noah this fast, then i can’t help but mark her love for Zan as an immature teen obsession, so i was happy with that.
Juhina: how would you rate this book then?
Farah: a three and a half
Juhina: what does that mean?
Farah: umm… it means i enjoyed it as a fast read, but i don’t think i’ll read it again
Juhina: well yea, it was cute and all, but this was an easy read, i would give it a three. But i think this wasn’t for my age, maybe it would suit tweens better? so kinda unfair for me to judge it like that. But overall it was cute, i liked it!
Farah: i don’t want to make it sound as bad as you guys think. hahaha.. but if you’re bored and dunno what to read, try it out!
Juhina: ok great! so this wraps up the first Neglected Books post =)
Farah: Happy reading!