Title: Foolish Hearts
Author: Emma Mills
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: 5th December 2017
Source: OwlCrate Subscription
‘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.‘
Okay so I hadn’t read a contemporary fiction in years, I don’t even think I managed to read the whole of the last one I started (Prep by Curtis Sittenfield). I absolutely loved this book though and it hooked me from the very beginning! So, for the second month running I’ve basically found a new favourite with OwlCrate (thank you, thank you!).
In terms of characters, I found the main character of Claudia very relatable, mostly due to how awkward she is but then also her love of playing MMORPGs. She also attends an all girls school which is more relatable for me having attended one for high school/sixth form. The main male character of Gideon – the love interest – is so unbelievably goofy that you love him from the start, and the chemistry between him and Claudia is so fun to read about. On top of that, his character gets expanded upon throughout the book until he’s basically an amazing guy. Iris is probably my third favourite character, she starts out as a character you really don’t understand, know or like but then as the story progresses it explains so much about her and she ends up being another truly loveable character.
I think that’s what makes me love this book so much, it’s just so full of lovable characters that are kind that you can’t help but feel good whilst reading it. Then the story I guess is more of a contemporary romance but the focus throughout is on friendships and that emphasis is just so adorable to read about! I love the way that playing the MMORPG is described too as it’s just so accurate and definitely added to my love for this book.
So by the end of it, I was in tears with happiness, and I’ll definitely be checking out more of Emma Mills’ books after reading this!