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Normal People, by Sally Rooney

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dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

The Black Tides of Heaven, by Neon Yang

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion, by Gary Vaynerchuk

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informative inspiring reflective medium-paced

3.75

A few things to say about the book.

1. Some social medias are obsolete or required payment  so that is a downer but we all know which ones are trending now
2. He is right about trend chasing. If you could go to the past and tell your young self about YouTube like STAR DOIG VIDEOS NOW!! Wouldnt you do it? Now trying to be YouTube famous is going to be really difficult because we are too late on it. You can make it but at what cost? So pay attention!
3. If you love something and what to talk about it DO IT. No gatekeepers. Internet is free and who knows?
4. Same message as always and still relevant: be yourself and find your media. Video, blog, audio. Just experiment!
5. What you leave on the internet will chance you 👀👀 so be smart and make sure of what you will post!

GO FOR IT!!!! 
Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

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emotional hopeful reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

The book is okay. I see by the happy ending why people will love it. But it was expected. 
Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

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adventurous dark mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Oh my god! I am convinced that Celeste will NEVER disappoint and that her books will always be a HIT! 

I honestly haven’t read any book like the ones she has written! They are so consuming! They simple give you so much to talk about and think about. She builds this amazing stories over the foundation of the problems of American society! 

I will be written my keys off when my final review is available at my page! God I need to watch the series and keep talking about this book obsessively over the next months!!!
Almond, by Sohn Won-pyung

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dark emotional mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

The Last Thing He Told Me, by Laura Dave

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mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

Hell Followed with Us, by Andrew Joseph White

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adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

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dark hopeful mysterious reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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emotional hopeful lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

In the acknowledgments, the author said that this was one of the most difficult books he has written, and I saw that when reading the book. 

I didn’t expect much from the book besides my undying love for the first one. When I picked it up and started it, it was sweet and emotional and adventurous to discover one’s sexuality with someone one loves. However, the author also said that there was still some things pending From the first book, and that was obvious as the novel focused itself on Aristotle’s journey of discovery, grief, sexuality, and even academic. At its core, this novel is coming of age at its maximum. The characters are lovely and supportive, and the oversimplification of minor issues is evident because we shouldn’t complicate ourselves when life can throw more difficult challenges at us. 

Closing circles became an important event in the novel as Ari starts to let things go, and give closing to other things. He opened to the world and evolved from book 1 to book 2. The ending in general defeats the clear purpose of closing circles and because a bit of an expected cliché that I wasn’t rooting for. But if someone deserves a sweet ending is this couple. 

Overall, I would consider this to be a split 3.5, but my love for the characters and the author will turn it into a 4. And to be honest, after such an amazing book 1… won’t it be hard to deliver something that will guide us throughout the universe and the waters of the universe?