I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
on December 5, 2017
Also by this author: First & Then
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC, Hardcover
Reading Challenges: 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge
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.
When was the last time you fell completely head over heels for a book? If it were acceptable for a review to consist of just heart eye emojis and goofy grins, that’s what my Foolish Hearts review would be. I was not expecting to adore this book at the level that I did.
Foolish Hearts focuses a lot on friendships and how they change and grow. Claudia was really easy for me to relate to. She has her best friend, her hobbies, and her family. She doesn’t really need more, but when she’s forced out of her comfort zone she finds new friends and new confidence.
I loved all the characters in this book. Every single one. Claudia was a fabulous main character. She was easy to relate to and fun. Seeing her blossom in the situation she was forced into was wonderful. Iris was another amazing character. She had a strong Paris Geller vibe for me, and that was awesome! She was snarky and sometimes just plain rude, but I loved her fierce loyalty to her friends.
The romance is swoony and warm and fuzzy. I do wish that Claudia would’ve seen what was right in front of her face a bit faster, but just so I could’ve had more Gideon. I adored watching their relationship unfold. Gideon was so sweet. His genuine feelings for Claudia leapt off the page. He even started playing her video game to impress her! Swoon!
Foolish Hearts was also laugh out loud funny on more than one occasion. The snark and banter was wonderfully done! It’s been a long time since I read a book that made me laugh this much. I was worried about waking up the sleeping 4 year old beside me with my giggles.
Foolish Hearts is going on my perfect contemporaries list. I think I could’ve easily read 100 more pages about these lovely characters. I highly highly recommend this one!