Shakespeare + All the Cuteness / Foolish Hearts / A Book Review

I can’t quite believe this – I read the Owlcrate book of the month the same month it came in the mail!!! Wow! And I’m even writing a book review for it! That’s just how cute and sappy Foolish Hearts is. It deserves insta-love.

Did I just write that??? Insta-love is gross. Weird.
Unless it’s a book. Than insta-love is completely ok. Almost perfect.

Also, guys, this was my 50th read! I read 50 books in 2017! *dance-party*

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

YA Contemporary / Released Dec 5 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads

A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

 

what I loved

Iris – the supposed mean girl. Can I just say I really liked a book that wasn’t all about fixing someone? It was more about trying to understand someone.

And Iris doesn’t need a guy to fix her! *squeal*

Boyband Fangirling – LOVE the band fangirling going on in this book! I’m a huge 1D fan. Ed Sheeran and One Direction take up the majority of my music playlists.

And I adored all the fangirling in Foolish Hearts.

THE PLAY’S THE THING – Ok, I’m a theatre nerd. I may have had a theatre arts minor and had to drop it? 🙁 
And while I think Midsummers Night Dream is weird as it gets, it was simply perfect for Foolish Hearts!

All the love & fairies & wordplay went so well with the story. Agh, I just melted. It was so cute!

And the THEATRE LIFE! Guys, there’s nothing, absolutely nothing, that beats working backstage.
Backstage on a news set, backstage for a play, I just love it.

Though these days, with journalism and all, I’m backstage with my news people a whole lot more than plays.

What’s so great about backstage?

Cast bonding & inside jokes. The hectic frenzy of putting a show together. Really stressful, I’m going to kill everyone moments. And falling in love with the story & play.

It’s ALL there in Foolish Hearts. And that kind of made me giddy happy. Kind of? It did make me giddy happy.

meh moments

All the Drama – I felt like there was A TON of drama. All these rich kids & a private school. Ugh, I kind of don’t like rich kid tropes?
Maybe I just really don’t like I’m a poor kid going to a rich kid school trope?

I’m just saying that the rich kid trope keeps showing up! Just finished reading The Hate U Give, and it fit that story a bit better. But still, I hope we can just leave that trope for a while?

Cliche Moments – Trying not to give away spoilers. But I felt several stuff was just a bit too cliché?  Maybe I’m just picky? 

Alot of Names – Sometimes I was confused. Who’s who, again? So many people to keep up with! But that happens with actual theatre casts ALOT. So I understand? Kind of, maybe understand?

I almost skimmed several chapters back just to check out who somebody was. But I’m lazy, so just rolled with it. Yes, keeping the MAIN guys straight ins’t hard. Just all the extra people walking on and off stage. (Literally & not literally)

Oh, now for my ratings *drumroll*

So I waffled a bit. And settled on 4 perfect strawberries. 🙂

Content Warnings

Language 

Sensuality 

There’s no abuse or violence. Also, you can check out more about my ratings policy here.

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Foolish Hearts & other Owlcrate goodies

Foolish Hearts is an adorable contemporary & I’m super happy it came with the December Owlcrate box.

And before this box, I’d never heard of Emma Mills? But I’m going to check out her other books soon!

You can order Foolish Hearts through Book Depository – worldwide free shipping & I’m an affiliate, so you’re helping me pay for college.

lets chat

Are you a fan of Shakespeare? Or a fan of Emma Mills? Do you like reading contemporaries?

Have you ever worked on a school play? Would you rather work backstage or be the star of the show?

Are private high schools kind of blah for stories? Or am I just being picky?

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  1. December 28, 2017 / 8:07 am

    This sounds like a cute book. I may have to see if my library has it. I do think private schools can be boring, when done wrong, but what I hate even more than that is the classic weird homeschooler goes to a public school and has their naive eyes opened to the world. (As a homeschooler myself, I take offense.)

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