Book #3: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

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.

Foolish Hearts is the first club read of the new year and I was determined to read it. I haven’t felt like I was doing much in club standards and I’m happy I was able to do this book. That said, I was hesitant about this book. I have been pretty lucky where contemporary is concerned, but contemporary isn’t my go to genre.

I shouldn’t have been hesitant! Emma Mills is funny, witty, and truly pulled at me. I genuinely liked Foolish Hearts. And right now, it’s a love kind of like because I’m writing after finishing the book. For one, I finished most of the book in one day. That’s big for me.

Claudia is a smartass creature with few friends and a rather stagnant life. She is my type of introvert. Very similar to me, in fact. Then there is Iris. Who is also very much a smartass. More introverted than Claudia and is a pretty prickly lady.

I loved both of them. I did. I found both young ladies to have similar personalities, but not to the point that they were the same. If anything, they were each other’s foil.

Now, there isn’t much to say about the book. It’s a pretty basic premise and I don’t want to say anything because it would spoil. But there are lines I LOVED from this book. From the very beginning to the end, I was pulled in by the language and off the wall humor placed in the book.

For instance, one character had made an inappropriate joke calling a Pediatric Rehabilitation Center as “a place where toddlers with benders go”. I busted out laughing. Why? Because I would have said this. I would have. No joke.

There are also quotes that pull at the heartstrings. They are placed in spots that don’t seem to be as thought provoking, but they are.

Example: “If you only like one version of your favorite, then they’re not your favorite.” – Iris Huang.

That line in itself needs to be on a shirt or a sticker or a magnet. I love that line.

Anyway, I genuinely loved this book. It’s a 4 star for me on Goodreads. I want to read more from Mills now. This is definitely a book that gives the nice fluffy feelings that I was apparently starving for.

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