Just a Minute: Book Reviews in a Minute

So I’ve been reading a lot of good books lately and have not reviewed half of them, so I thought I’d come up with a quick way to review them. So I decided to start Just a Minute, Book Reviews in a Minute, meaning I’m giving myself 1 minute to write a review for books that I probably will not write a full review for. This way I can show my love or disappointment, without feeling like I am repeating myself in a full length review. Hopefully this will help me review more of what I read. So here goes.

Title: Save the Date| Goodreads |
Author:  Morgan Matson | Goodreads Website |
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

What a cute story about family. All Charlie wanted was to spend some time with her family at her sister’s wedding. She just wants one weekend when all of her siblings are in one place and they can all have a great time. Charlie is the youngest of the family and she’s still wide eyed and optimistic that having all her siblings in one place, including the one sibling no one has heard from in a while, will make the weekend that much better. Needless to say the weekend does not go as planned, and Charlie’s life is forever changed. A cute fast read, and one I would highly recommend.

Title: Listen to Your Heart | Goodreads |
Author:  Kasie West | Goodreads | Website |
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: May 29, 2018

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend … until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West’s adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

Kasie West is an auto-buy author for me. I always enjoy reading her books. This one was no different. Kate loves the lake, she’d rather spend time on the lake that deal with people. Especially people that have nothing to do with the lake. But to her surprise she ends up as one of the co-hosts for her school’s podcast. I loved seeing Katie get comfortable with being on the podcast and how her relationships with the people around her change because of it. I did like the “love” story as well. It was great to show how people who are clearly opposites get drawn together.  Her friendship with Alana was a great part of the story as well. I highly recommend this book.


Title: 99 Days | Goodreads |
Author:  Katie Cotugno  | GoodreadsWebsite |
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 21st 2015

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

So I’ve put this book off for years, as you can tell it took me 3 years to read it. It was a cute story, but kind of felt like history was repeating itself for Molly. I did not really feel like she learned from her mistakes where Gabe and Patrick where concerned. It was great to see how Molly dealt with being back in Star Lake and the friendship she abandoned. But it felt like she purposely put herself back into the same situation again, only to once again hurt those around her, including herself. I will say that even after reading this and finding parts I did not really care for, I am curious to see how the sequel 9 Days and 9 Nights plays out.  More of a 3.5 stars than a four.

So there you have it. My first foray into writing reviews in only a minute. I have to admit it’s a lot harder than you think, and I was sure that my stopwatch on my phone was going faster than it should.

Have you read these books? Could you review them in a minute only?

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