Book Review – Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Rating: 4 out of 5.
But my phone buzzes a moment later. It’s Iris:
I don’t know how to type in the game
Meanwhile what the fuck is Gideon doing

You know, I haven’t read this kind of YA contemporary for so long. For a couple of years I’ve been slowly breaking up with that genre, and that’s okay! Not everything is meant to be, et cetera et cetera.

But you can’t give me :

  • a likeable and fun (if oblivious) main character who plays videogames in a way that actually felt genuine and relatable to me ;
  • a way-too-pure-for-this-world love interest I want to protect at all costs ;
  • a F/F side relationship (THE FEELS) ;
  • SO MUCH FOCUS ON FRIENDSHIP!!! (INCLUDING BETWEEN BOYS AND THEY’RE ADORABLE AND NOT THE TOXIC MASCULINITY, FRAT BROS TYPE! YAY!) With a special mention to a no-nonsense, hilarious friend (SERIOUSLY THOUGH, IRIS IS THE BEST OKAY) ;
  • great family bonds;
  • laugh-out-loud dialogues…

… and not expect me to cherish the hell of a book. That’s just not how it works.

On-screen, Trippola Lightyear begins arming a flaming arrow.
“What are you doing? I say.
“I’m gonna shoot him,” Iris replies simply.
“Iris! You can’t just shoot players indiscriminaly!”
“He dumped you; he deserves to die.”

LMAO. I just know I’ll reread it whenever I need a feel-good book and *awkwardly hugs myself* I SMILED SO BIG OKAY. Highly recommended.

About Foolish Hearts

Author : Emma Mills | Publisher : Henry Holt and Co. | Genre : Young Adult Contemporary | Pages : 320

When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will in the class production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year.

Smart, funny, and thoroughly, wonderfully flawed, Claudia navigates a world of intense friendships and tentative romance in Foolish Hearts, a YA novel about expanding your horizons, allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and accepting–and loving–people for who they really are.

A contemporary young adult novel by Emma Mills about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends–and maybe even new love.

3 thoughts on “Book Review – Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

  1. this is one of the BEST BOOKS EVER and I was so pleasantly surprised to see this on your blog!! I honestly remember hugging myself AND my book so I’m right there with you. I love Mills’ banter almost always but this one is a step above! I really liked FIRST & THEN, too, if you haven’t tried that one yet? it’s a P&P retelling. – H

    1. IT WAS SO CUTE 😭😭😭 I haven’t read contemporary YA for so long and I feel like I’ve outgrown many of them but this one? I LOVED. And I actually read it years ago, I think? I don’t remember much but I think I didn’t like the second half, no idea why though, I might reread it 🤔

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