REVIEW: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

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“It’s at Amber Brunati’s annual Pink Party that everything begins to unravel.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781627799379

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My rating:

            Emma Mills gets better and better with each novel that she writes. I adored First & Then, and fell in love with This Adventure Ends; however, Foolish Hearts is probably my favorite Emma Mills novel. It’s heartwarming, romantic, and so fucking funny that I was literally laughing out loud while I was reading it (at work… yes! It was that good).

“I’m not saying we need to corral your ass into this century, but we probably need to corral your ass into this century.”

            Our protagonist Claudia gets into a bit of predicament when she’s at a party and accidentally eavesdrops on the school’s It Couple’s—Iris Huang and Paige Breckner—break up. Things just get worse when Claudia and Iris get paired together for a paper and they royally fuck up, so, in the words of Hanna Marin, “things go from worse to worser.” They’re forced to participate in their school’s (and Danforth’s) production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

            Of course, things get a little confusing when Iris turns out to not be so bad… at first. Or maybe when Gideon Prewitt—Danforth’s cutest and goofiest boy—takes a special interest in our dear Claudia.

            The plot was absolutely entertaining and so fun! I love a good redemption arc, especially when it comes to mean girls. I also really loved how the Iris and Paige thing didn’t stand out or make a scene—it was just accepted as another plot point, as it should be!

“’Do you think I’m funny enough for car money?’
‘For sure. You’re minimum pre-owned Toyota Corolla funny.’”

            This was one of the funniest YA novels that I have ever read. Emma Mills was on point with her banter, in regards to the entire cast of characters. They’re all so hilarious! And it wasn’t even like she was trying that hard—it came off as completely authentic. I was only halfway through the book when I texted my friend that I was completely head over heels for Foolish Hearts. “I can’t wait to read this over and over and over again,” I said. And it was true. I’m so excited to reread this in the future.

            And Claudia! Our protagonist! I fucking love her. She was so hilarious! Her sarcasm was impeccable and she was adorably awkward at times and honestly? I just couldn’t get enough.

“I look into my palm. I might as well see the texts that are my undoing.
I need an update, Zoe’s first message reads.
Are you eating cahhhhviahhhr with Ahhhmber
And Mahhhdison and Aaaaaainsley and Desk Lahhhmp
And all of your other fahhhhhbulous clahhhssmates?”

            I just want to say that while I really loved Claudia and her sense of humor and her sarcasm, I really loved her best friend, Zoe, too. Claudia and Zoe were perfect for each other. They both know how to laugh and make fun of each other. They aren’t without their flaws, though. Their fight scene was real and heartbreaking and wow, I never want them to fight again. It really did help Claudia figure some things out, though. #friendshipgoals

Awesome sells it short. Any positive adjective I can possible thing of is not good enough, not potent enough, not worthy to describe it. It’s just…something else.”

            Claudia and Gideon forever! Gideon was so precious, oh my god. I just want to keep him in my pocket and protect him forever! He’s sweet and caring and goofy and hilarious. Him and Noah (his best friend) are also friendship goals. Honestly? Everything about this book is goals.

            Trust me, Foolish Hearts will give you all the feels and make you believe in true friendship and love, again.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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