Book Rewind Review: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
With Famous in a Small Town releasing last week, it seemed like the best time to catch up on Emma Mills’ backlist. See, I had the pleasure of listening to First & Last on audio and haven’t been blessed with an audio since. I make the rare exception to my audio reading and pick up an ebook – with an author like Emma, it’s worth it! Check out why I loved Foolish Hearts below!
Foolish Heartsby Emma Mills
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
on December 5, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
Every author has the thing they bring to life better than anyone else and Emma Mills brings female friendships to life in Foolish Hearts in a way that’s just completely real.
When Claudia accidentally witnesses an epic breakup, the last thing she expects is to lead down a pathway toward friendship with the prickly half of the pair. The last thing Claudia thinks she needs is to be stuck with Iris. But stuck with Iris she is.
Iris is short, closed off, clearly she’s got some stuff keeping that tough exterior intact. Watching her and Claudia grow into a beautiful friendship is the true storyline and joy in this book.
Now, we can’t talk about this story without Gideon. He’s such a great book boyfriend. Funny. Kind. Well-rounded. He’s just a nice dude. Can we get more of those? He’s not broken. Just solid. The romance here is too sweet.
I appreciate that Emma Mills normalized female gaming and took it to another level by adding in connecting with distance family and friends via online gaming. Instead of teasing, some of the characters show interest in knowing more. So, thank you for that.
Foolish Hearts is one of those stories where the plot revolves around the characters so if you’re looking for a book with drama and action, you’re missing the point of the story. Friendship, relationships, and being a teen are the shining stars here!