week of mini reviews | day 2: underhyped YA

Back for day 2 of my week of mini reviews! Today’s reviews are all about young adult books that are underhyped and not super prominent in current discussion.

Also I forgot to schedule this for Tuesday sooo it’s coming out Wednesday lol.

UNITED WE SPY BY ALLY CARTER

United We Spy concluded my reread of the Gallagher Girls series and y’all already know how much I love this series. The series slowly escalates from a cheeky romance to an intense discussion of security and the ethics of information and knowledge. The books themselves are quick, easy reads and will make you wish that you were a teenage spy-in-training.

Rating: 3/5 stars

WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER BY JENNY HAN

We’ll Always Have Summer is the breezy but intense conclusion to its trilogy about Belly as she navigates her feelings for brothers Conrad and Jeremiah. I found myself a bit annoyed with Belly throughout this book because she tries to take steps in her relationship that she’s not ready to take, portraying a sense of immaturity. But here’s the thing: she’s nineteen, so that immaturity is probably true to character and pretty realistic. Overall, I enjoyed this book even if it doesn’t stand up to literary analysis.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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AMERICAN BORN CHINESE BY GENE LUEN YANG

American Born Chinese melds a young Chinese-American boy’s experience in elementary and middle school with Chinese folklore and legends. I don’t read many graphic novels, but this one was beautifully written and paired heavier discussions with levity and humor. This one’s a must-read.

Rating: 5/5 stars

That’s all for today! Check back for tomorrow (I mean it this time lol) for more reviews ๐Ÿ™‚

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