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books about girls and moons

Book 99/100 - The Girl who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

This had caught my eye a load of times in the book shop because of the title and the pretty cover but it never seemed interesting enough to buy. I gave in because I wanted to read something fluffy over Christmas and it was pretty sweet.
This was a cute little book - easy to read and pretty inoffensive but also a little basic and predictable.
I did care for the characters and I easily got swept away with the whimsical world they lived in. It just wasn't exciting or particularly moving.
I bet it would be a fun movie though. That should happen. I guess it gets 7/10

Book 100/100 - Lola and the Boy Next Door

I had been wanting to read this for the longest time and it was the first thing I put on my brand new kindle.
Actually, Little Women was so I could see what it looked like, but this was the first thing I read and I really enjoyed it.

I could go on forever about Cricket Bell and how lovely and perfect and nerdy and devoted he was. I found him to be way more developed than Etienne (who, btw, I was super glad to see another glimpse of) and I became really invested in his happiness.

I liked Lola too although her voice was not as fun as Anna's. I found her flaws interesting and her insecurities felt real and understandable. Her Dads were awesome and I liked how her birth mom was dealt with. Actually, I would have liked to see a bit more of that.

The costume quirk felt forced at times, but I could go along with it. Not enough book heroines like fashion, imo, unless it's an obsession with big labels so I love to see it portrayed as acceptable and not have the character shamed for being 'shallow'

Overall, I really liked it even if I didn't quite 'get' the situation as much as I could have. Why was she so into Max? Why did Norah smell? What was the deal with Aleck? The moon thing was a little cliché

Perkins writing is really fun and shows flashes of really insight in places. I hope she continues to grow as an author because I think she could keep writing books I could love. I give this 8.5/10


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