Review of A Story of Now by Erin O’Beirne

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I like the cover of this book. It got my attention as I was scrolling through NetGalley and then I read the description and had to request it. The characters are well done and I love the ease of their friendship and their fun banter. It sounds very authentic and natural.

Claire is a fun character. I like how she’s just trying to figure out her life while dealing with her over-bearing mother, new friendships and changes in her life. The author perfectly captures what it’s like to feel distant from your high school friends as your lives go in opposite directions, how you feel when you have a new crush and you’re trying to figure out what things mean and how fun it is to just be out with your friends. It was refreshing.

I really like that things between Claire and Mia aren’t rushed. It takes them awhile to figure things out and have some set backs along the way, but once they’re finally together they’re both much happier…if they can stop doubting themselves.

I will be reading the second book to see how things go with Claire and Mia. I’d recommend this to fans of young adult, coming of age stories and contemporary romances. I gave it 4/5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Review of My Favorite Match: WWE Superstars Tell the Stories of Their Most Memorable Matches by Jon Robinson

I really enjoyed this book. Most of the stories were good. I learned more about what goes into these matches and how the wrestlers feel about it. As a lifelong wrestling fan, I’ve often wondered what wrestlers are thinking during their matches, especially the bigger pay per view matches, and now I know.

My favorite stories were the ones by Randy Orton, Christian and Kane. Orton’s story about his match with Mick Foley was hilarious. I started laughing at it while I was at the bus stop and got a few weird looks. Christian’s story showed that if you keep going, you can reach the top. Kane’s story was great because he talked about the build-up that went into his feud with his brother, The Undertaker, and what it meant to him. My least favorite story was John Morrison’s. He wrote it in character and it just came off as lame to me.

I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of professional wrestling.