Contemporary Review Mash-Up

Posted July 30, 2014 in 3 Star Ratings, 4 Star Ratings, 5 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

I was getting a little behind on my reviewing because I’ve been reading like crazy this summer. So I decided to combine three similar books into one review. I’ll be keeping it short and simple so this post doesn’t get too long.

All these books are contemporary but they’re all for different age levels. I’ve got an adult, a young adult and a middle grade. Here we go!

then came you

Then Came You – Jennifer Weiner

Genre: Contemporary

Age: Adult

Rating: 4 out of 5

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The lives of four very different women intertwine in unexpected ways in this new novel by bestselling author Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes; Best Friends Forever). Each woman has a problem: Princeton senior Jules Wildgren needs money to help her dad cure his addiction; Pennsylvania housewife Annie Barrow is gasping to stay financially afloat; India Bishop yearns to have a child, an urge that her stepdaughter Bettina can only regard with deeply skepticism until she finds herself in a most unexpected situation. Interlocking dramas designed to ensnare; bound to be a bestseller.

Mini Review

I found this book a little slow at the start because there are a few different characters to introduce so you aren’t really sure what’s going on. Once it started picking up I found myself really enjoying it. I was never sure what was going to happen next! There were a lot of twists and turns happening throughout the book. The plot developed nicely but I found that not all of the characters did. It was also a little weird that everyone was a part of this baby’s life. She had a lot of mothers. It was nice in the end seeing how everything turned out though.

invisible girl

Invisible Girl – Mary Hanlon Stone

Genre: Contemporary

Age: Young Adult

Rating: 3 out of 5

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When poor Boston girl Stephanie is abandoned by her abusive mother and taken in by Annie’s Beverly Hills family, she feels anything but home. Her dark complexion and accent stick out like a sore thumb in the golden-hued world of blondes and extravagance. These are girls who seem to live life in fastforward, while Stephanie is stuck on pause. Yet when a new rival moves to town, threatening Annie’s queen-bee status, Stephanie finds herself taking sides in a battle she never even knew existed, and that feeling invisible is a wound that can only be healed by standing up for who she is. Brilliant newcomer Mary Hanlon Stone delivers a compulsively readable insider’s view of growing up in a world where money and privilege don’t always glitter.

Mini Review

The main reason why this book didn’t get a higher rating is because I can’t stand characters that sit around and do nothing. I know this girl had some issues at home but she’s in a new place now. Why can’t she stand up for herself? She just lets everyone walk all over her and that drives me crazy. The plot of this book wasn’t bad though. Her mom beats her so she goes and stays with some friends for a while. She doesn’t fit in though so the story is about her trying to fit into the popular crew. Finally near the end she actually stands up for someone, not herself though, and makes me feel a little better about her. Not my favourite book though.


True – Katherine Hannigan

Genre: Contemporary

Age: Middle Grade

Rating: 5 out of 5

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True: Delly Pattison likes surpresents (presents that are a surprise). The day the Boyds come to town, Delly’s sure a special surpresent is on its way. But lately, everything that she thinks will be good and fun turns into trouble. She’s never needed a surpresent more than now.

True: Brud Kinney wants to play basketball like nothing anybody’s ever seen. When the Boyds arrive, though, Brud meets someone who plays like nothing he’s ever seen.

True: Ferris Boyd isn’t like anyone Delly or Brud have ever met. Ferris is a real mysturiosity (an extremely curious mystery).

True: Katherine Hannigan’s first novel since her acclaimed Ida B is a compelling look at the ways friendships and truths are discovered.

It’s all true ( . . . sort of).

Mini Review

I thought this book was really cute. It’s about a younger girl who has a bad habit of getting in trouble. She then meets a new friend who helps her out in more ways than just that. I loved all the relationships in this books. They were all so complex but perfectly realistic. The main character, Delly, was really fun. She made up cool words and always wanted to have a good time. Her developing relationship with Ferris Boyd was also fun to watch. That’s what this book is mainly about, relationships, and the author did it perfectly. It’s hard to review this book without giving anything away because the ending is a little sad and rough. It’s not all butterflies and rainbows here but it was a perfect ending.


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