The Resolutions

The Resolutions

New Years are for fresh starts, but Jess just wants everything to go back to the way it was.From hiking trips, to four-person birthday parties, to never-ending group texts, Jess, Lee, Ryan, and Nora have always been inseparable—and unstoppable. But now, with senior year on the horizon, they’ve been splintering off and growing apart. And so, as always, Jess makes a plan.Rei...

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Author:Mia Garcia
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The Resolutions Reviews

  • Zoraida

    Fun, thoughtful examination on self discovery.

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    I don't even know where to begin with this book, because I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!

    I was looking for a story of friendship, and this book gave me that ten-fold, PLUS a look at some really beautiful and meaningful personal journeys.

    Jess, Ryan, Nora, and Lee had been friends for different lengths of time, but there was no doubt that each one held a solid place in their group. They had gathered once again for the annual New Year's Eve celebration, and instead of making their own resolutions, this year, t

    I don't even know where to begin with this book, because I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!

    I was looking for a story of friendship, and this book gave me that ten-fold, PLUS a look at some really beautiful and meaningful personal journeys.

    Jess, Ryan, Nora, and Lee had been friends for different lengths of time, but there was no doubt that each one held a solid place in their group. They had gathered once again for the annual New Year's Eve celebration, and instead of making their own resolutions, this year, they would be made by the other three friends.

    I loved the idea of someone else selecting the goals, because the resolutions they made were done quite thoughtfully and with the intention of nudging that person outside of their comfort zone or in the direction of something they needed to face. Some were pretty straight forward, some were more vague, and others were really difficult, but in the end, each person grew so much, and learned a tremendous amount about themselves and those they loved in the process.

    Ryan was nursing a broken heart, and his resolutions were meant to help him mend and rediscover himself. Nora was busy living someone else's dream, and her friends hoped that the resolutions they chose for her, would push her to assert her own wants, needs, and dreams. Jess' resolution didn't quite play out the way her friends had hoped, but it did end up being pretty life changing for her.

    But Lee's resolutions sort of broke me. I cried a river for Lee. I cried, because of the reality she had to face. I cried for what she had lost, and what she thought she couldn't have. And then I cried, because Garcia did her some really wonderful things for her, and I saw her moving into a hopeful place. Her story really hit me the hardest, and I loved the way Garcia let it unfold. It was messy, but full of so many special moments.

    Clearly, I loved the characters, and the secondary characters were just as great as the main characters, however, the families really stood out among the supporting cast. Each one of the protagonists had an awesome family. They came in all shapes and sizes, but they were great sources of support and endless love for the Ryan, Jess, Nora, and Lee. I, of course, had a special place in my heart for Ryan's grandmother, because she was too fabulous, and Lee's dad, because he, like Lee, was dealing with a lot. Her dad made such an effort to be honest and to connect with Lee, and I found their relationship quite lovely.

    This book explores friendship, family, identity, love, loss, heartbreak, aspirations, desires, dreams, commitments, and many other challenges teens face, and I thought Garcia did so in an authentic, emotional, and meaningful way.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Adriana Martinez Figueroa

    I’ll write a review later this week but bless u Mia

    edited review:

    5/5 Stars

    Sometimes you're on the verge of greatness and need a little push from someone you care about to see how amazing you really are. That's the basic premise that Mia García brings with

    . Four friends challenge each other on New Year's Eve by writing resolutions for each other. These goals are written to see each other thrive, especially as Senior year and graduation are fast approaching. 

    First, w

    I’ll write a review later this week but bless u Mia

    edited review:

    5/5 Stars

    Sometimes you're on the verge of greatness and need a little push from someone you care about to see how amazing you really are. That's the basic premise that Mia García brings with

    . Four friends challenge each other on New Year's Eve by writing resolutions for each other. These goals are written to see each other thrive, especially as Senior year and graduation are fast approaching. 

    First, we have Ryan. Ryan's a gay mixed Asian-Latino kid who's lost his groove after his first ever break-up. He's struggled with picking his art back up, resorting to obsessively going over all of his ex's social media platforms. 

    Second, there's Nora. Nora's pretty much a ghost in her friend group due to having to juggle working at her mother's restaurant, being a good student, having a stable relationship with her girlfriend Beth, and shoving down all her own dreams and ambitions.  

    Third is Lee, full name Francheska Lee, who lost her mom a few years back and has left any memory that has to do with her mother and heritage locked away.

    And last, but not least, Jess, who's an overachieving Afro-Latina who seeks to please everyone around her, often ignoring her own well-being to do so.  

    All four band together to make this year a good one with the following resolutions:

    1. Ryan needs to kiss someone who's wrong for him and to show his work unapologetically.

    2. Nora has to put her feet in the ocean and to choose her own adventure.

    3. Lee is going to relearn Spanish and decide whether to take a test that will tell her whether or not she has the same disease as her mother.

    4. And Jess has to... say yes to everything that is deemed spontaneous.

    As the four come to terms with what their friends' challenges mean and if that's how they see themselves, they still tackle each with... varying degrees of success.

    The POVs jump between the four characters from chapter to chapter, which means we don't often get a lot of reactions to certain characters' decisions, like when Nora cuts off her hair. I wanted to get that moment when the mom saw her change, and though Nora comments on it in passing, I wished to see more of that. However, the changing POVs are when you got most of the characters' inner machinations. You get frustrated as a character decides to hide something from another, yet the other doesn't even realize they're hiding something. That's what's fantastic about the changing POVs. They're biased toward their own dilemmas and relationships, that they often overlook what's right in front of them. An example of this can be said of when Jess starts overworking herself, leading to anxiety and panic attacks. 

    There are four different subplots for each of the characters, which could be isolating, but you know that in the end they'd rally around each other. That's the thing that hit me the most, the characters always care about each other and never do something that would hurt someone outright. They have each other's interests at heart, but the way each interpret that affection internally is vastly different. It's incredible how García managed to tap into each of their voices, and it's never more evident than when they message each other (this was pointed out in Dahlia Adler's review, too). 

    By the end of the book I wanted to gather all the characters into a group hug and tell them they're worth the world. Validation may be a bitch, but they're so valid and I want to tell them that. 

    Anyway, come here for the friendship, and stay here for the budding romances, Beth and Nora, the FOOD (oh my God I was hungry half the time I was reading this), healthy relationships, discussions on Latinx identities, and the character development. I wholeheartedly approve of this book and you'll love this if you're searching for some queer and Latinx contemporary YA with a focus on friendships and personal growth.

    description of anxiety and panic attacks, insomnia, alcohol consuming, sexual harassment (someone manhandles Jess at a party while she's drunk), driving under the influence, car crash, death of a loved one (mother), hospitals, injuries.

    I got the ARC from an auction and it was provided by the author. 

    will be available on November 13th, 2019. You can pre-order now and send your receipt to

     to get some awesome book swag like a cool tote bag, a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and some stickers.

  • Lana Pattinson

    *I read an advance copy*

    ⭐4 amazing POVs

    ⭐Pink hair

    ⭐Massive shipping between (redacted)

    ⭐Need Puerto Rican postres STAT

    ⭐I want to give all these kids a big hug

    11/10 would recommend!

    *I read an advance copy*

    ⭐️4 amazing POVs

    ⭐️Pink hair

    ⭐️Massive shipping between (redacted)

    ⭐️Need Puerto Rican postres STAT

    ⭐️I want to give all these kids a big hug

    11/10 would recommend!

  • ALEXA

    I was so intrigued by the premise — four best friends who pick new year’s resolutions for each other and what happens over the course of a year afterward. Happy to say it lived up to my high hopes! This one is a story about relationships — with your family, friends and yourself. About how to face heartbreak and fear and pressure. About finding your way. About growing up and growing together. I thought it was pretty great!

  • Rachel

    Real rating: 3.75 stars but rounding up. I liked it!!

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    3.5*

    This was cute. I think that people who are a little more ride-or-die contemporary fans will probably appreciate it even more than I did, so keep that in mind. Still, I liked that it explored the different lives of these four friends as they navigated the highs and lows of high school, family, romance, and of course, their relationships with each other. So let us dive into what I enjo

    3.5*

    This was cute. I think that people who are a little more ride-or-die contemporary fans will probably appreciate it even more than I did, so keep that in mind. Still, I liked that it explored the different lives of these four friends as they navigated the highs and lows of high school, family, romance, and of course, their relationships with each other. So let us dive into what I enjoyed versus what I didn't as much!

    Seeing a bunch of friends who are truly decent people and who want the best for each other is refreshing. No toxicity, no awfulness. They had ups and downs, sure, but there is no question that they all loved each other deeply and would move heaven and earth for each other. That's rare, and I like it.

    She was really my favorite character, probably because her story gave me so many feels. There was a medical issue, the loss of a parent, a really complex relationship with her dad, and my favorite romance in the book.

    This was really awesome- I loved how the characters were all grappling a bit with their identities as Latinx young adults. And not just their own thoughts on their identities, but also their families' expectations. There was also gay and bisexual rep, and I loved how damn healthy Nora and Beth's relationship was. It may be one of the healthiest romances I have ever read about in a YA book, honestly.

    I liked that Jess was such a perfectionist, so adamant about dismissing her issues at first, because it seemed very honest. Truly, I feel like a lot of young people (or old people, tbh) can relate to this- a feeling of "failing" because they have actual human limits and needs. I think the author handled it very well, too.

    Some of the stories, especially in the beginning-middle, dragged a bit. I even considered putting the book down. I am glad I didn't, though. It was worth it in the end, but I don't know if readers who are more likely to DNF would make it to those parts? I actually ended up rounding my rating up, because I 

    end up liking so much of the story in the end. But it took me a hot second to really care about the characters (other than Lee) and you know, actually 

    stuff, though I definitely did by the end.  So even though it 

    my only gripe, it's sort of an important one.

    Lots of great stuff, though a draggy start. Absolutely worth it in the end, and I think huge contemporary fans will gobble this one up.

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    What’s kind of ridiculous is that I don’t remember finishing this book, but my notes tell me otherwise so I guess I did? My draw to

    story was no surprise, the strong friendship at its heart, and that was probably the only thing I liked. I liked how they made resolutions for each other, but I didn’t actually care for the char

    What’s kind of ridiculous is that I don’t remember finishing this book, but my notes tell me otherwise so I guess I did? My draw to

    story was no surprise, the strong friendship at its heart, and that was probably the only thing I liked. I liked how they made resolutions for each other, but I didn’t actually care for the characters themselves, except Blake and Ryan, they were the cutes. So much of this story was me not caring about what happened and that was disappointing. I also had some trouble keeping Jess and Lee straight in my head until about the halfway point, so that didn’t help. This story was so forgettable to me and I only finished the entire thing because it was so easy to read.

  • Dahlia

    Such a cute friendship-centric read. I particularly like how the book deals with each character's relationship with being "Latinx enough," and the fact that half the MCs are queer (Ryan is gay and Nora is bi and in a very cute f/f relationship the whole book) definitely did not hurt. Nor do the food descriptions! Fave parts were definitely the little chat excerpts; I feel like that's when voice kicked in the most.

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