FAMILY & LOVE YA: Indestructible Object Review

Summary (from the publisher):

81CxOVihawLFor the past two years, Lee has been laser-focused on two things: her job as a sound tech at a local coffee shop and her podcast “Artists in Love,” which she cohosts with her boyfriend Vincent.

Until he breaks up with her on the air right after graduation.

When their unexpected split, the loss of her job, and her parent’s announcement that they’re separating coincide, Lee’s plans, her art, and her life are thrown into turmoil. Searching for a new purpose, Lee recruits her old friend Max and new friend Risa to produce a podcast called “Objects of Destruction,” where they investigate whether love actually exists at all.

But the deeper they get into the love stories around them, the more Lee realizes that she’s the one who’s been holding love at arm’s length. And when she starts to fall for Risa, she finds she’ll have to be more honest with herself and the people in her life to create a new love story of her own.

Funny, romantic, and heartfelt, this is a story about secrets, lies, friendship, found family, an expired passport, a hidden VHS tape, fried pickles, the weird and wild city of Memphis, and, most of all, love.


My Rating: 4/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

As much as I love my YA contemporary books where romance is the focus, I really enjoy YA contemporaries that are much more about character growth and family,  including Mary McCoy’s recent release, Indestructible Object. Also, important sidetone that I am obsessed with this book’s cover, especially the color scheme. The book takes place in Memphis, and I love all the nods on the cover to places in the story. 

Of course, Indestructible Object does have something to do with love and romance. Just having graduated from high school, Lee’s life feels like it’s falling apart- her parents are finally separating (and despite having relationship problems for quite some time, they actually seem to be leaving each other this time..) and to top it all off, Lee’s boyfriend has just broken up with her on their podcast about art & love. After snooping through some of her parents’ things, Lee teams up with a family friend, Max, and a new friend, Risa, to figure out what happened with her parent’s relationship to cause their split and unravels so much about Lee’s own life that she wasn’t expecting. 

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LIVE LOVE CLO: The Soulmate Equation Review

the-soulmate-equation-9781982123963_hrSummary (from the publisher):Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. Raised by her grandparents–who now help raise her seven-year-old daughter, Juno–Jess has been left behind too often to feel comfortable letting anyone in. After all, her father’s never been around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before Juno was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close, but working constantly to stay afloat is hard…and lonely.

But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that’s predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers: This Jess understands. At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98% compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Pena. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Pena. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get to know him and we’ll pay you. Jess–who is barely making ends meet–is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the “Diamond” pairing that could make GeneticAlly a mint in stock prices, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist–and the science behind a soulmate–than she thought.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars 

My Thoughts:

I’ve mentioned it before, but I am part of the “newer Christina Lauren releases” fan club, including their May 2021 release, The Soulmate Equation. The book features all the classic CLo hallmarks, but it is definitely a standout for its DNA matchmaking premise and for what I believe is their first standalone CLo book with a single mom as the main protagonist. Jess is roped in by her romance author of a best friend, Fizzy, to partake in a DNA-based matchmaking company in hopes of finding a great date. However, Jess is ultimately matched with one of the lead, broody scientists, River. Since Jess and River have the highest compatibility rate the company has ever seen, they pay Jess to give her and River’s attraction a trial run, which of course leads to something more….

The Soulmate Equation was another solid CLo installment! They have really become one of my most trusted authors, knowing that I’ll either really enjoy or love any of their books, no matter the premise. I really liked Jess as a main protagonist for her personality & career. It was cool to have female STEM representation, as Jess is a freelance mathematician/data analyst. I do admit that I fell a tiny bit more in love with the book’s ‘secondary’ characters, like Jess’ best friend, Fizzy, and her seven year old daughter, Juno. Fizzy is a romance book author whose writing may or may not take inspiration from Jess’ data (mis)adventures and she had so many great one liners- maybe we’ll get some sort of Fizzy inspired spin-off? I really liked the family aspect in The Soulmate Equation, as Jess is super close with her daughter and her grandparents. 

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2021 FAVORITE READ: People We Meet on Vacation Review

imageSummary (from the publisher): Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

My Rating: 5/5 Stars 

My Thoughts: 

Let’s be honest: I knew I was going to love Emily Henry’s People We Meet on Vacation before I even picked it up. Beach Read was one of my favorite books of 2020, and it’s among my all-time favorite contemporary romances. I just click with Emily Henry’s writing style so much, with People We Meet on Vacation as no exception. I feel kind’ve intimidated writing this review because I know you’ve likely seen so many reviews (deservedly) filled with love and praise already, but I hope I can add something unique to my review and encourage you to pick up this summer must-read if you haven’t already! You might be wondering why I didn’t pick up People We Meet on Vacation closer to release date, but I wanted to save reading it so I could really enjoy it, which happened to land on back-to-back beach and pool days for me (aka the perfect settings to read any summery/vacation book). 

People We Meet on Vacation follows best friends Poppy and Alex, who have gone on summer vacations every single summer for the past 10 years… up until two years ago when something happened while they were in Croatia that caused Poppy and Alex to stop talking for those two years. When travel magazine writer Poppy finds herself in a work rut, she reaches out to Alex to give their vacation tradition another go and head to Palm Springs.

People We Meet on Vacation was a wonderful read for literally all of its elements. I just click so much with Emily Henry’s sense of humor, which always shines through especially in the dialogue. Poppy is just so strange and funny, and I just loved how she owned her quirkiness. I loved her from the moment she pretends to hit-on Alex in BAR in the very first chapter. I got her jokes so much and I loved Alex’s wit and sarcasm right back. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that made me grab my page tabs, but I bookmarked so much of Alex and Poppy’s conversations. I also predict Alex is going to be everyone’s new favorite fictional boyfriend (I know he’s mine) because he’s just so wholesome and sweet.

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