Author Interview and Giveaway: Heather Hepler

We Were Beautiful by Heather Hepler is such an amazing story that examines loss, grief, and guilt with my favorite found family trope. Hepler wrote some wonderful characters that show a lot of development throughout the book and I found myself falling in love with them. In this post I’ll be sharing some information about We Were Beautiful, an interview with the author, and you’ll have the chance to win one of five copies of the book!

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It’s been a year since fifteen-year-old Mia Hopkins was in the car crash that killed her older sister and left her terribly scarred. The doctors tell her she was lucky to survive. Her therapist says it will take time to heal. The police reports claim there were trace amounts of alcohol in her bloodstream. But no matter how much she tries to reconstruct the events of that fateful night, Mia’s memory is spotty at best. She’s left with accusations, rumors, and guilt so powerful it could consume her.

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Review and Playlist: How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

Title: How it Feels to Float
Author: Helena Fox
Release Date: 5/7/2019
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 384
Buy it!

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Trigger Warnings: depression, anxiety, suicide, psychiatric hospitalization, underage drinking, homophobic slurs



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Biz knows how to float. She has her people, her posse, her mom and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, and who shouldn’t be here but is. So Biz doesn’t tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn’t tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was seven. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface–normal okay regular fine.

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First Ten Books I Ever Reviewed

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a really fun one if nostalgia is your thing. Thankfully I love reminiscing on the past and seeing what baby Mari was up to which means today I’ll be sharing with you the first ten books I reviewed. Goodreads allows you to sort your read books by review, so I was able to pretty easily find which ones happened the earliest. August and September of 2014 were apparently very busy for me as all of these ten books and reviews come from those months.

Disclaimer: I have copied and pasted all of these directly from Goodreads without having edited them first. I’m sorry baby Mari was so terrible.

Flawless by Sara Shepard (review from 8/9/2014)

Let me just start off by saying that the TV show is WAY better than the books. I am kind of shocked by that, and honestly disappointed. Flawless was so shallow and annoying and overall it just made me angry. Will I read the rest of the series? Yes, because I hate starting things and not finishing them. Also, I am curious about how the book series is going to progress differently than the TV series.

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Review: Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough

Title: Amelia Westlake Was Never Here
Author: Erin Gough
Release Date: 5/21/2019
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 368

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Trigger Warnings: talk of plane crashes, mention of concentration camps as a joke, toxic/abusive relationship, fatphobia



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A fiercely funny, queer romantic comedy about two girls who can’t stand each other, but join forces in a grand feminist hoax to expose harassment and inequality at their elite private school.

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Sunday Stacks Week Four

Happy Easter, everyone! Last year was my son’s first Easter, but this is the first Easter he hasn’t been in the hospital for! The Easter bunny brought him a Paw Patrol book, some candy, and a new Peppa Pig toothbrush, and at some point during the day he’ll hunt for eggs filled with more candy.

I did so much reading last week and got all of the book’s on my TBR read plus some others! Here are some quick thought’s on the books from last week’s TBR and what I’m hoping to read this week!

This was a buddy read I did with my friend Britt from Geronimo Reads. We Were Beautiful was such an amazing book that examines loss, grief, and guilt with my favorite found family trope! All of the characters were fantastic and I loved the amount of growth and development they each showed. This is a lesser known young adult book that I really hope more readers start picking up.

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