Book Rant | After by Anna Todd 💔

Hello Bookish Babes! Happy Friday to you all!

We made it to the end of the week and that means I have another book review for you! Actually, hold that thought. I finally… FINALLY got around to reading After by Anna Todd. It’s been on my TBR list for ages and all my close friends have been praying for the day that I finally pick up the book to read it. The time has come friends and I finished this book after (see what I did there) many sleepless nights because I 👏COULD 👏NOT 👏PUT 👏IT DOWN.👏

Because this book is super hyped up (and for good reason) + it is being made into a movie (release date next week, April 12!), I decided to go about this book review a different way. I’ve decided to do a book “rant” and sort of tweet my way through the book. I wrote down all my thoughts as I thought them and I’ve shared them with you today. I hope you enjoy! I’ll be sharing more thoughts on the book on my IG story! Book gossip with me @giselasbooked.


After Book Rant

Gosh I’m getting a sense of foreboding already. Is it just me? 😨

Does Tessa not have GPS on her phone?

Can’t she call an Uber to leave the party?

This guy better have a really good reason why he’s acting all jerky to her.

Really!? You are going to play the jealousy card after you scolded and yelled at her!? 😡

Finally GPS!

Oh gosh arguing over pride and prejudice. Is Hardin like Darcy… probably? What a dick!

This guy thinks very highly of himself but also girl… don’t lie to yourself.

Whoa, um okay twilight moment!? Is Hardin a vampire? (As if you could fight me off! *Edward Cullen voice*)

I’m confused. Is he jealous!?  

That boy Noah is really clueless. Gosh poor puppy.

Of course. Kissing someone while they are yelling at you is a good way to stop the argument and make everything better. *says sarcastically*

I hate myself for swooning. Ughhh my friends would NOT like this. They would not want me to date a guy like this! 😥

Great! There he goes again, f***ing it up!

Well, at least finally vanilla boy is out of the picture. He was kind of boring and annoying. Blahhhh.  💤

Five!?? Why the hell does she get up at 5 a.m. for a 9 a.m. class!??

Tessa and Molly… the way you are acting to each other… not cool.

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Okay, they are happy again and gosh darn it, I hate myself for swooning and being happy too. Rawr! *Alexa play “Drumming Song” by Florence and the Machine.*

He’s funny and adorable… sigh. Why am I like this??

What the hell is up with her mom!? Is she being serious!? Like yeah I mean okay Hardin isn’t the greatest but damn!

Ugh, I feel it. Things are too good. Something bad is going to happen. Like category 5 hurricane bad. Can I hide? Must I keep reading? 😱

Oh no…. Who’s the suit? I smell trouble.

Like the girls from The Bold Type say… There’s a special place in hell for girls who don’t support girls.

No Tessa no. Stay. No. I usually would not advocate listening to Hardin but for once in your life just listen!!!!

Why do you have to say those things Hardin!? Ugh, why do you have to be cute!!!! Stop it! Who gave your permission?

Great. Just like that. Poof. Cranky  moody temperamental childish Hardin.

Acting like a caveman is right. Humph.

Devil worshiper… LMAO. Seriously though what is wrong with her mother? She’s nuts.

When is the shoe going to drop? Can someone buckle me in? I need to brace for impact. 😱

Oh my gosh. Those bastards. They are horrible! WTF.

Who gave these authors permission to make cute guys assholes! So we fall in love with them!? Their outsides should match their insides!! 💔


There you have it bookish babes. I really did enjoy the book despite all my ranting. Anna Todd is a very compelling writer. Her words were just urging me along like the little engine that could. That ending though. I’m so upset and now I have no choice but to read the second book pronto!

Let me know what you all thought of the book. What do you think of Hardin and of Tessa? Are you excited for the movie? I sure am! This story hits a very close to my own personal experience and I may share a bit on another post. Until next time my friends!

Read Something Wonderful & Stay Curious.

Gisela

Book Review | The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon ☀️

Hello my bookish friends!

I hope you are all having a magical week so far. It’s Wednesday so we are halfway to the weekend and I cannot wait to jump into bed and catch up on some sleep, wake up and have a nice slow breakfast. I love starting my mornings slow and steady. It really helps me to ease into the day and be ready for a whole lotta adventures… some of those adventures of the literary kind. This week we’ll be gushing about the ultra endearing and heartbreaking The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. ☀️ It took me a bit to find the words to describe how much I adore this book and how I came to read it at this moment in time when I needed it the most.

The Sun is Also a Star gives us the cool, science/math fangirl Natasha and dreamy and poetic Daniel. They meet accidentally (or do they) the same day that Natasha and her family are getting deported and have a whirlwind day discovering for themselves if things happen for a reason, if logic plays a role in people’s lives, and if it’s possible to fall in love with someone in one day. 💖

Friends, I’m not a big love at first sight type of person. Usually when I read those tropes in books, I kind of roll my eyes and take it with a grain of salt. Somehow Nicola Yoon made a believer out of me and I was flipping through pages totally wrapped in a tale as old as time. In between Natasha and Daniel’s chapters we get insights into the lives of people around them which add critical perspective at the situation and shows how intricately connected we all are. Yoon also gives us little pieces of science stories and historical facts that also add depth and make us understand where these characters come from and how their lives are shaped.

That’s all I want to say for now friends. This book is being made into a movie! I can’t wait to grab a bucket of popcorn and a cherry coke and see Natasha and Daniel on the big screen.📽️🍿

What books made you believe in love again? 💕

Until next time friends.

Read something wonderful and stay curious.

xo, Gisela


A Month of Bookish Love | Me Before You

Happy Tuesday once again bookish friends!

Valentine’s Day has come and passed but that doesn’t mean that we have to take love and smoosh it into a dark corner. Although if you are going through a breakup, that is perfectly acceptable for the time being. This week I’m bringing you another book that made me believe in love. It is the heartbreaking Me Before You that made me cry all the tears.😭

Me Before You tell the story of an unlikely couple who meet under very unusual circumstances. We have Louisa Clark who is one of the cutest, bubbliest, good-hearted heroines I have ever read. Usually, people assume that that means the character lacks depth, but Louisa is so much more. She offers so much to the world and has a very special brave heart. She is also intensely hilarious and I love a person that can laugh at themselves. Then we have Will whom because of an accident that left me paralyzed is bitter about everything and lost hope in his case.

As the story progresses and Louisa and Will get to know each other in a way that even regular couples don’t know each other sometimes. Because of the nature of his situation Will is at the mercy of Louis and other people taking care of him and it leaves both him and Louisa in very vulnerable positions. But oh, my friends, this vulnerability is where the magic happens. Being vulnerable allows us to get to the heart of things and see the gritty stuff we usually don’t let others see. It helps us to grow close, move past trauma, and realize we aren’t alone in our situations.

The way Louisa and Will’s relationship unravel can be open to interpretation and opinion, but to me, this book is beautiful in all it’s heartbreak. Both Louisa and Will learn from each other that life is so much more than what we see in front of us and that it can be worth living despite our past experiences. Yes, there may be an end to something that you have that was full of life and love and there will be many endings in our lives. But endings always lead to new beginnings, as cheesy as that sounds. But it’s cheesy because it’s true.

Okay now I’m crying.

Live boldly friends. xoxo, Gisela

Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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“Remember, every treasure comes at a price.” 

If I could say only one sentence about this book it would be, “Gossip Girl New York socialites have NOTHING on Crazy Rich Asians.” I already knew I was in for a delicious read the moment I opened up the book and a family tree was presented with notes such as a gossipy cousin called “Radio One Asia” or “that aunt that got the facelift.” That family tree was also extremely helpful because the whole book is filled with multiple points of view from different family members.

If you go into this thinking you will only read about Rachu Chu and Nick Young, then you may be disappointed. But the multiple points of views really helped to get to know the personalities of the characters. None of the characters were flat or unnecessary and made the story come to life and allow the reader looking in, to fully understand the complexity of the Asian Elite culture.

From the first few chapters I was laughing out loud (and not the text LOL, the actually hold my belly laughing). Kevin Kwan did not hold back when showcasing the culture of the elite and if anything I felt completely involved as the plot unraveled and Rachel’s life got turned upside down.

The author also inserted (hilarious) footnotes throughout the book which allows almost any reader that has not been exposed to Asian culture to keep reading the book and enjoy all the antics the family members find themselves in. Thankfully, my good friend from Hong Kong that read along with me helped me to understand anything I wanted to know more about!

I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series and watching the movie!

Side Note: Warning! This book will make you hungry. I think I salivated throughout the book with the delicious descriptions of the food. I asked my friend to take me out to eat good Asian food pronto! 

 

Gisela’s review of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Brilliant, phenomenal, freaking hilarious. I was cracking up the whole time! Semple used emails, doctor’s notes, FBI intel, letters, Bee (Bernadette’s daughter) narrating to tell the story of how Bernadette goes missing.

Bernadette is both hilarious and heartbreaking. I feel for her and I also want to shake her. But I love her despite all those feelings. I don’t want to give too much away, just know this book includes: the techy world of Microsoft, crazy over-bearing PTA moms, a Russian tech mob, a trip to Antartica, an FBI investigation, and one daughter searching for her mother.

I can’t wait for the movie.

Gisela’s review of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Gisela’s review of You (You, #1)

Charming, sarcastically funny, into literature, and super psychotic obsessive- all things I don’t want in a guy who is in love with me.

The narrator of the audio book did an absolute amazing job at bringing Joe to life in all his narcissistic ways. And I would gladly read any other book he narrates. Caroline Kepnes created this character, Joe, perfectly. His thoughts are absurd and he lives in this delusional world where he believes he is the only one living the correct way and everyone is corrupt.

I’m usually okay with violence and crazy anti-hero’s and antagonists and I get it Beck was annoying as hell and had her own problems BUT he was wayyyyyy out of line. This is like one giant warning label on what happens when you idealize someone and put them on a pedestal and then they disappoint you because YOU (meaning Joe) had these outrageous expectations of this girl.

He was not an anti-hero and did not have any redeeming qualities- just a straight up villain.

Only thing I liked about him was his love of literature. Now I’m questioning if I’m a psycho.

Great creepy book.

Gisela’s review of You (You, #1)