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The Taming of Jessi Rose by Beverly Jenkins

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0


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The Paradise Problem by Christina Lauren

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emotional tense medium-paced
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

very crazy rich asians vibes. i enjoyed this a lot!!! finished it in a few sittings because i couldnt put it down
Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

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emotional fast-paced
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

3.75

Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood

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emotional tense medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

ali hazelwood i love you
Face Off by Chelsea Curto

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emotional medium-paced

4.0

the writing isnt masterful, but the relationship is really sweet 
Director's Cut by Carlyn Greenwald

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emotional informative medium-paced
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

3.5

thank you to net galley and the publisher for an arc!

I didn't love Valeria, one of the fmcs of this book. I did think the IBS rep for her character was done well, though. I did like Maeve, the other fmc. Well, I liked who she was for the last 80% of the book. In the first 20 or so percent, Maeve doesn't like Valeria, but when she starts to like Valeria, it's as if a switch flips and she becomes a completely different person instead of the same person but more open and kind. there was also a lot of technical jargon thrown around in this book, but most of it was interesting.

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Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry, Middy Thomas

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funny fast-paced
  • Loveable characters? Yes

3.75

The Last Decade of Cinema by Scott Ryan

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1.75

I received an arc from netgalley & the publisher

(sorry this is the longest review ever)
holy pretentious, batman!
this book starts with a discussion of how everything these days is a superhero movie and films just aren't the same and audiences just want superhero stories instead of anything original or good. the author then makes a caveat that obviously not EVERY new movie is bad, but he still implies that audiences today don't want intelligent content. part of the reason he says people don't want smart movies anymore is because education has gone downhill, and he pairs this opinion with an anecdote about how his daughters never had to do a single piece of homework during their time in public school, which I just do not believe. he also adds in a sentence about how he's one of the only people on the planet that hadn't seen marvel, which comes off as so "pick me." like, you don't get a prize for not watching popular movies. he also says that controversial movie takes can't be said today because people will unfriend you over an opinion about movies they disagree with, which is crazy and not at all true in my experience. 
he remarks that it is annoying when period pieces show Black and white people coexisting in the 50s, which I can kind of understand, but I think there is something powerful in focusing on Black joy instead of trauma. he constantly refers to women as "females," too, which wouldn't bug me unless I was already not enjoying the book, then it bothers me. he references "blacks" and "gays" during his pleasantville essay, which would have felt icky to me no matter if I was enjoying the story or not.
there are some instances of hypocrisy that I did not like either. the author praises films that wait a while before having the main characters on screen, then praises pretty woman for getting started quickly. so does he want a lot of exposition or not?? he says Malcolm X is a great biopic, but he doesn't mention that biopics are way more common today than they were in the 90s! he also mentions a lack of strong women roles in the past, which is a fair criticism, but there are tons of biopics today that have great, diverse stories. so not every movie is a superhero film; there are great stories of real people being made today that he fails to mention!!
I honestly could write more but I don't feel like it. if you're looking for a book about film, choose almost any book besides this one.
Information Now: A Graphic Guide to Student Research by C. Michael Hall, Matt Upson, Kevin Cannon

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 11%.
just had to read part of this for school, but it was engaging, accessible, and well done. great for use in classrooms!
The Dugout by Meghan Quinn

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 26%.
i genuinely could not get through this. i liked the premise and thought the characters would be cute together, but milly was the most “not like other girls” fmc that ive ever read. i thought i could wait to see the characters get together but i could not stand it anymore. she was always wearing her baggy clothes and no makeup, but she might as well have been wearing a shirt that said “PICK ME”

the final straw that made me not finish this was when they talked about how unique and quirky it was that she wasnt afraid to eat (yes, the thing everyone has to do to survive, EAT) in front of guys. im honestly enraged at this book