Fierce Friday (Yallwest Day 1)

This was my first time attending the Fierce Friday event, and I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t too crowded, and there were some amazing authors there! We waited in line to get wristbands, one author per hour, and then we could get into the back of any other line. I managed to get five books signed! Plus I played Trivia twice and hung out with and met some new bookish friends! Honestly, I LOVED the Fierce Friday event!

 

 

I brought three books to get signed (The Hate U Give, The Belles, and The X Files), I bought one at the Mysterious Galaxy table (I Believe in a Thing Called Love), and then I received four ARCs! I won Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over in a trivia game, and Aminah Mae Safi was signing her ARC of Not the Girl’s You’re Looking For. To Be Honest and The Brightsiders (review is up for this amazing LGBTQIA+ read) were included in this awesome Swoon Reads tote bag, that I received for voting on a cover at their table. It was wonderful to meet authors and be able to snag some free books. Truly, book nerd heaven!

Author Signings:

Angie Thomas – The Hate U Give

 

Maurene Goo – I Believe in a Thing Called Love

 

Dhonielle Clayton – The Belles

Kami Garcia – The X-Files: Agents of Chaos

Aminah Mae Safi  – Not The Girls You’re Looking For (ARC)

TRIVIA WIN!

Shani Petroff – Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka (ARC REVIEW)

3.5 STARS

Overdramatic drama students?! This book was cute, and I loved the premise. The tie in of Shakespeare’s plays, and the main character, Megan, as the Rosalind to multiple Romeo and Juliet’s was a wonderful plot line. I never knew I needed to know Rosalind’s story until now. Also, I loved Owen as a male lead. He was a good friend and that’s what we all really need, right?

The following will give away general plot ideas, but no specific details:

I appreciated how this story addressed the idea that who we fall in love with isn’t always in our control, but I don’t feel like it really held the people accountable for their poor actions in situations where this came up. It kind of felt like the story was saying, “it’s okay to act in a way that hurts someone, because they will eventually get over it.” And the cheating really turned me off during multiple parts of the story. Lastly, there were a few times when I thought, “this book really could have been a bit shorter.”

The theatre aspect was really adorable and just so much fun to read, but it just couldn’t redeem the story for me. Overall, this book is a cute teen read, that touches on navigating the relationships teens have with their family, friends and significant others, and how those relationships can impact each other. There is a HEA.

Counselor Considerations contain SPOILERS.

Do not read further if you don’t want to PLOT SPOILERS!

School Counselor Considerations:

Social/Emotional:Family: Blended Families, Step-Parent Families, Single Parent Families, Distance from one parent, Family leaving childhood home after HS graduation, Social: Labels, Owning your Labels, Attention Seeking Behavior, LBGTQIA+, Diversity, Loss of Virginity, Sex, Serial Relationships, Cheating in Relationships, Mending Friendships, Empathy

College/Career: College Bound, Fulfilling College Requirements, Career Driven,

Academic: N/A