Foolish Hearts

Foolish Hearts

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 p...

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Title:Foolish Hearts
Author:Emma Mills
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Foolish Hearts Reviews

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    Oh my gosh, this book was so fantastic! I feel so light and happy after reading it. It may just be the funniest book I've ever read...I honestly don't think I've ever laughed out loud so much while reading a book like I did this one. Bahhhhhh! SO GOOD.

  • maybelline™

    Emma Mills must have like a special sauce she consumes before writing a book bc the way shes able to craft these fluffy, emotional, heartwarming stories with important undertones is truly a work of art.

    THERE’S SO MANY AMAZING ASPECTS TO THIS BOOK WHERE DO I START???

    1. fantastic sibling rep:

    Emma Mills must have like a special sauce she consumes before writing a book bc the way shes able to craft these fluffy, emotional, heartwarming stories with important undertones is truly a work of art.

    THERE’S SO MANY AMAZING ASPECTS TO THIS BOOK WHERE DO I START???

    1. fantastic sibling rep:

    2. A beautiful wholesome, strong bromance:

    3. Girl friendship:

    Nerd culture and epic family dynamics and friendships and accepting yourself and teenage drama if I try to quote them I’m going to end up quoting the ENTIRE book (im not even kidding, I was 0.4 seconds away from quoting chapters)

    It’s cute, its funny, its fluffy, it’s got meaning and merit and it made me sob.

    Idk how the heck but this book made me cry BUT I WAS CRYING OVER A GREEN BARRETTE things are getting bad wow

    My heart just feels so FULL when I read these type of books aaahhhhhhhh

    5 stars!!

  • Misstdennis

    Hello, hi, I'm coming to you from riding the longest a roller coaster ride of emotions of 2018.

    This book was so damn cute!

    I read this book in

    one sitting, and I say

    , because for some unknown reason my boss thought my day job was more important than reading???

    Yes, this is just another YA Contemporary

    this

    Hello, hi, I'm coming to you from riding the longest a roller coaster ride of emotions of 2018.

    This book was so damn cute!

    I read this book in

    one sitting, and I say

    , because for some unknown reason my boss thought my day job was more important than reading???

    Yes, this is just another YA Contemporary

    this was such a refreshing read!!

    Not once did a read that eye rolling, cliche bullshit line

    This book had me laughing hard on one page, then the next I'm sitting in a pool of my own tears with snot dripping from my nose.

    is the YA Contemporary you need to pick up this year. The characters in the book tug so hard on your heart strings they'll stick with you for a while.

    My sweet little babies, I love you so much.

    I'm giving this adorable page turner a

    because I'm not totally hooked on contemporary novels and this book

    wasn't perfect, but that's okay!

    But maybe, just maybe, this is the book that changes my view on this genre...

  • Heather 'Bookables'

    Adorable read!!

  • Larry H

    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars on this one.

    Every so often, after I've read a number of thrillers, crime novels, or even emotionally draining books in a row, I seek out what I like to call a "literary palate-cleanser," essentially a book which appears to be a little bit lighter in tone and one which won't have me eyeing my neighbors and delivery men, expecting a crime to break out.

    The "palate-cleanser" term isn't meant to be a disparaging one—sometimes I'm just looking for a book that's funny and/or

    I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars on this one.

    Every so often, after I've read a number of thrillers, crime novels, or even emotionally draining books in a row, I seek out what I like to call a "literary palate-cleanser," essentially a book which appears to be a little bit lighter in tone and one which won't have me eyeing my neighbors and delivery men, expecting a crime to break out.

    The "palate-cleanser" term isn't meant to be a disparaging one—sometimes I'm just looking for a book that's funny and/or sweet, that won't send my psyche or my suspicious nature into overdrive.

    Emma Mills' new book,

    , seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. And to be honest, when I saw the book was ranked #1 in Amazon's category of "Teen & Young Adult Theater Fiction," I thought, as a former theater kid, how can I miss? But this is so much more than a book about the theater—it's a book about friendship, family, telling yourself and others the truth, facing your fears, and realizing that people are so much more than they seem upon first (or even second or third) impression.

    Claudia attends the exclusive Prospect-Landower School for Girls, mainly because her father is a teacher there. She's much more comfortable hanging out at home, playing video games with her best friend Zoe and her older brother, and living a life in which she doesn't have to interact too much with her much wealthier classmates, some of whom are obscenely rich, and some are private-island rich. Claudia isn't interested in stepping outside her comfort zone at all since her boyfriend broke up with her a few years back.

    "In truth, we are rarely all on the same page. More often than not, they're all on one page, and I'm on a completely different one. It can't be helped most of the time. Society itself puts us on different pages. They drive Range Rovers and have celebrity deejays at their sweet sixteens. I had to scrape and scrounge and toast subs, and remake the subs that I toasted badly, just to buy a car."

    But in an effort to try and be more involved in school for her senior year, she attends a luncheon party thrown by one of her classmates, and almost instantly gets herself into trouble, as she winds up inadvertently overhearing the breakup of

    couple in her class, Iris and Paige.

    "Together, [Iris] and Paige hold the titles of class president three years running (Iris), most popular girl in our grade (Paige), and cutest couple in our school (collectively). Thought 'cutest' isn't quite right. I don't think anyone who knows her would use the word

    to describe anything relating to Iris Huang...she's also ruthless and unforgiving and, some would say, ill-mannered and incredibly unpleasant."

    When Iris realizes Claudia has been eavesdropping on such a traumatic moment, she threatens to destroy Claudia if she tells anyone what she heard. And when an assigned pairing for an assignment goes completely awry, their "punishment" is to audition or be in the crew for the school play,

    . Although Iris gets a small part and Claudia gets to work on the costume crew, the two are thrown together more times than either can count, and Claudia starts to wear Iris down, at least a little, until Claudia realizes that Iris is uncharacteristically obsessed with a boy band that she enjoys, too.

    As the two try and build something resembling a friendship, Claudia also keeps getting thrown together with Gideon Prewitt, the goofy, handsome star of the play. Gideon keeps sending Claudia signals that he'd like to get to know her better, and everyone, except Claudia, seems to understand this. But the more she starts thinking about Gideon

    , the more her fears keep tripping her up, so she keeps finding reasons to keep their relationship as fun and platonic as possible, because she can't imagine Gideon would reciprocate her feelings, or if he did, would she be discarded just as quickly?

    is sweet and funny, full of flawed characters who won't tell anyone how they really feel, but it utterly warmed my heart. While high school is so much more complicated than it was back in the dark ages when I attended, Mills still evoked an incredible feeling of nostalgia for me, a longing for simpler times, when the biggest anxieties were doing well on exams and wondering whether someone liked you back.

    The plot isn't necessarily surprising, but it is tremendously enjoyable. I liked the way Iris and Paige's relationship wasn't a source of drama or controversy, it was presented in a matter-of-fact way, simply as another plot point.

    definitely fit the bill for what I was looking for in a read, and I'll be sure to read some of Mills' other books. If you enjoy YA fiction that doesn't necessarily come with any heavy drama or messages, give this a try.

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  • Lola  Reviewer

    3.5 stars. This is a real page-turner, perfect for reluctant teens. Granted, it’s light and not the kind of read that will change the way you look at the world, but it will give you a few good laughs, warm your heart for sure and possibly encourage you to get closer to someone you care about.

    Claudia didn’t mean to, but she overheard a breakup scene between Iris and Paige, who form the cutest couple in her school. Because she’s been discovered, Iris plans to ruin her life.

    You’d think it’d be a cl

    3.5 stars. This is a real page-turner, perfect for reluctant teens. Granted, it’s light and not the kind of read that will change the way you look at the world, but it will give you a few good laughs, warm your heart for sure and possibly encourage you to get closer to someone you care about.

    Claudia didn’t mean to, but she overheard a breakup scene between Iris and Paige, who form the cutest couple in her school. Because she’s been discovered, Iris plans to ruin her life.

    You’d think it’d be a cliched story with the mean girl bullying the sweet, innocent girl who wants to cause no trouble whatsoever. But it’s not. Oh, Iris very much hates Claudia, but since circumstances make it that they are forced to spend time together, Iris progressively starts to open up to Claudia, as a friend.

    “Bad” girl turned “good” by another girl? I say yes. Though remember that this is not a romantic story between Iris and Claudia, since Claudia has her sights on somebody else – a boy. Iris still loves Paige, but the latter finds her too selfish. Can she change, stop being so spoiled, inconsiderate and egocentric?

    It’s a fast-paced story that will keep your interest alive. I fell in love with Claudia and was incredibly entertained by the latter and Iris’ interactions, but couldn’t feel the same way about the play itself, which was a main focus in the story, hence the in-between rating. Even in real life, theater is something I could live without, though I’m sure this is not the case for everyone, so you might enjoy it considerably more!

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  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    I think this was more a *it's not you, it's me* thing, so I'm going to refrain from leaving a rating for now, perhaps til closer to the review date. I don't normally try out contemporary, and I'm a little older than the target audience, so I'll credit that to being part of it.

    Without giving away much, I'll just say the plot definitely revolves around girl drama that seemed so silly and the trigger for it was kinda far fetched. I know girls tend to have drama over some silly reasons in high schoo

    I think this was more a *it's not you, it's me* thing, so I'm going to refrain from leaving a rating for now, perhaps til closer to the review date. I don't normally try out contemporary, and I'm a little older than the target audience, so I'll credit that to being part of it.

    Without giving away much, I'll just say the plot definitely revolves around girl drama that seemed so silly and the trigger for it was kinda far fetched. I know girls tend to have drama over some silly reasons in high school but this was just like... really? This is what started it? Idk. I wasn't sold.

    Another issue I had was literally being bombarded with names in the first few chapters. I still don't have a clue who half the people are.

    The writing was kinda fun and definitely had a realistic edge, but the humor was lost on me. I think most readers will find it cute and funny though, to be honest, so don't take my word for that one.

    So all in all, it just wasn't for me, but I think there will be plenty of readers out there that will love it.

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  • Chelsea Humphrey

    While I did skim to the end, I’m still going to mark this as DNF since I didn’t really consume the meat of the book. I think I’ve simply grown out of these stories; 16 year old Chelsea would have loved it though and I think it’ll be a wonderful story for age appropriate readers.

    Won via Goodreads Giveaway 🎉🙌🏼

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

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