Last night I finished reading Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. Let me start by saying that I’m not a huge contemporary fiction reader. Like I avoid it most of the time. But this was the book included in December’s Owlcrate, so I decided to give it a go.
Claudia is starting her last year at school, but at the last ‘summer party’ of the holidays, she witnesses the breakup of Paige and Iris – the schools most popular and cutest couple. Throw in a fantastic boyband, a MMORPG, a cute boy with dimples and a school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and you have the basic idea of Foolish Hearts.
To start with, Claudia was incredibly relatable. I felt like I was reading about my life (minus the cute boy with dimples part) But her interactions with her brother, her parents, her best friend and the girls at school were all incredibly real! I felt like Claudia was just normal! Which is probably good for contemporary? I don’t know, I don’t read it a lot 😬
There were quite a few times when I laughed quietly to myself, or realized I had a big smile on my face while I was reading. The superpower question scenes were on that list. But there were also times when I had to hold back tears. And sometimes those tears escaped. I never though Spooky Tree, spilled chili or a green barrette would make me so emotional.
Everything about Foolish Hearts pulled me in. The awkwardness of being in high school, the feelings of not being good enough, the delight in great nerdy pastimes or a popular boyband. Each character has their own issues and own story arc to come through. And you love each one of them for it. And I especially love Gideon Prewitt. Because there’s a character in Harry Potter with the same name 😘
Overall, it was a great book to separate all my fantasy reading. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. While I know fantasy will always be my main love, I probably shouldn’t avoid contemporary as much as I have been. If you have any great recommendations, let me know!
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