Mini Reviews: the ABRAMS contemporary edition!!

I was not impressed with 2/3 of these. (So, two books.) As for the other 1/3… it was actually pretty good! I enjoyed it.

But I’ve been really, really late with so many of my review copies sooooo why not just force them into one post?

Thank you to ABRAMs for sending me copies of these books to read and review!

{all of these books have already released because I was a walnut and didn’t finish them earlier}

Also, some of the links provided are affiliate links (the book depository links), meaning that if you purchased from them I would get a small sum of money.

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a taxonomy of love by rachael allen

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The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too.

Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

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★★★☆☆

The main character has Tourette syndrome, and… I’m pretty sure that’s all of the diversity in the book? (Not sure!!) I think I’ve heard the author is neurodivergent but I’m not completely sure if she has Tourette syndrome exactly.

Anyways, I’m pretty sure one of my favorite parts of this novel was that the main point of view was from a character with Tourette syndrome, since there aren’t many neurodivergent mc’s. (!!!) His being neurodivergent was handled beautifully (imo) and it helped with his character but wasn’t the only thing about him.

The formatting of this book was really cool sometimes! For example, we’d see taxonomies of things like “girls in Spencer’s life” and we’d get to see how Spencer organizes his thoughts.

This book also spans like, three years or something and it skips forward really quickly and… that was one thing that I did NOT like. It was too awkward, and I feel like the execution wasn’t really done well because moving from year to year was really jumpy and I did not enjoy it.

Also… I did not ship the romance at all? In fact, it seemed kind of thrown together and I didn’t really feel the chemistry between them. However, I do like that a neurodivergent MC has a romantic storyline?

All in all, this was not the greatest book but it wasn’t the worst.

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the accidental bad girl by maxine kaplan

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35960814After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she’ll have to decide who she really is—and own it. The longer she plays the role of “bad girl,” the more she becomes her new reputation. Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall.

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★★★★☆

THIS WAS SO INTENSE THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE THING AND IT WAS CAPTIVATING AND. I READ IT IN ONE SITTING.*

The characters were so well-written and it’s just one of those novels where EVERYTHING JUST GOES WRONG. IT JUST GOES WRONG. I love them psychological-contemporary-thriller novels!!

This book is messy and I just loved it. I hated and loved Kendall, I hated and loved… uhh.. the love interest (I forgot his name tbh) and I hated and loved… the friend of Kendall (I forgot her name also).** I LOVE IT WHEN I HATE AND LOVE CHARACTERS SO EASILY BECAUSE IT MAKES THEM REALISTIC.

I also freaking love this book because of the way that it talks about rape and the stereotypical “good girl” vs. “bad girl.” This book doesn’t shame other girls and even though there’s a supposed “enemy” of Kendall, her actions were justified and it didn’t come off as stupid girl hate.

All in all, this was such a great read and not disappointing! I lowkey predicted the plot but. Whatever.

*rip my sleep though

**I READ THIS OVER TWO MONTHS AGO WHAT DO YOU EXPECT.

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along the indigo by elsie chapman

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The town of Glory is famous for two things: businesses that front for seedy, if not illegal, enterprises and the suicides that happen along the Indigo River. Marsden is desperate to escape the “bed-and-breakfast” where her mother works as a prostitute—and where her own fate has been decided—and she wants to give her little sister a better life. But escape means money, which leads Mars to skimming the bodies that show up along the Indigo River. It’s there that she runs into Jude, who has secrets of his own and whose brother’s suicide may be linked to Mars’s own sordid family history. As they grow closer, the two unearth secrets that could allow them to move forward . . . or chain them to the Indigo forever.

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★★★☆☆

The main character’s Chinese and it’s ownvoices for that representation! Personally, I didn’t really connect to it as a Chinese reader, but the being Chinese wasn’t a huge part of the story.

I want to mention trigger warnings for suicide & dead bodies!

Also, for some reason I thought that this was similar to Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi (which I haven’t read) but I thought that “skimming the bodies” meant washing them.

ANYWAYS. I enjoyed this book, but there were some parts that were definitely not my favorite aspects?

It was really slow in the beginning, and it was really hard to try and continue reading, especially since I’m still lowkey in a reading slump. But besides it being extremely slow, I thought that the pacing was a lot better in the second half!

One of my favorite parts of this book was the relationship between Marsden and her sister, Wynn. I thought that their relationship and how Marsden was more like a mother was really cute and I LOVE WYNN. SHE’S PRECIOUS.

The romance was also kind of meh in my opinion? I wasn’t really rooting for Jude and Marsden to be together, but I thought that it was cute and it did fit Mars’ character arc.

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me @ this romance sorry

Anyways! I thought that this book wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t particularly enjoyable, but I did really like the sibling relationship!

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Have you read any of these? Do you want to read any of these? How well are you at reviewing your review copies on time? Are you productive at all?

6 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: the ABRAMS contemporary edition!!

  1. Lovely reviews! I have the first two books here on my TBR and I can’t wait to read them! Taxonomy sounds like my kind of book for sure and The Accidental Bad Girl sounds kind of twisted and a lot of fun, I’m really curious about these characters you loved and hated and loved and hated again hahaha. Lovely reviews! 😀

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  2. The Accidental Bad Girl is now officially on my TBR! I felt like it could go a couple of different ways with the plot, but I am super intrigued about loving/hating characters. I do love complexities with characters, and this sounds super intriguing. As for the other ones, I saw them a few other places but were a bit hesitant on the other ones. I might be passing for now. Wonderful reviews! 🙂

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