Not Here to be Liked by Michelle Quach | It’s just too good

Not Here to Be Liked

Eliza Quan is the perfect candidate for editor in chief of her school paper. That is, until ex-jock Len DiMartile decides on a whim to run against her. Suddenly her vast qualifications mean squat because inexperienced Len—who is tall, handsome, and male—just seems more like a leader.

When Eliza’s frustration spills out in a viral essay, she finds herself inspiring a feminist movement she never meant to start, caught between those who believe she’s a gender equality champion and others who think she’s simply crying misogyny.

Amid this growing tension, the school asks Eliza and Len to work side by side to demonstrate civility. But as they get to know one another, Eliza feels increasingly trapped by a horrifying realization—she just might be falling for the face of the patriarchy himself.

A rom com involving diverse characters and a great analysis of what it means to be a female leader? Sign me up!

Not Here to Be Liked is such an interesting book and its got some extremely relevant themes running through it. Of course, I was drawn by the enemies to lovers trope (so sue me, I’m a big sucker for it :D) but I was drawn in by the discussion of feminism. I’m too often turned off these kind of books because they come across to me as preachy but this one hit a sweet spot. It’s a credit to Quach and how well she’s written the story and the characters that it comes across as more of a reflection.

The whole set up around the challenges of women taking up leadership roles was executed really well. What I really liked about Quach’s depiction of the female characters in the book was a lot of them had feelings of always having to try and never really feeling good enough. There are a ton of strong female characters in here and they all go through it. It’s a great representation of imposter syndrome and tied in really well with the feminism talking points in the book.

The book is highly aware of the complexity of feminism, especially in the Asian culture, and it all really resonated with me as an Asian female. Asian women have the image of being passive and submissive but it’s often the women running the show behind the scenes and Quach recognises this. While in the workplace they might not be “leader material” but in the household they are the driving force. The depiction of Asian households and values was woven in well throughout the book and gave the story an extra layer.

Aaand this wouldn’t be a complete review if I didn’t fangirl about the romance. Enemies to lovers PLUS forbidden relationship PLUS just all round good feels in general, I mean come on I couldn’t ask for more! It was great and everything I hoped would happen happened. I would say the best discussion point comes from Eliza and Len’s relationship – can you be a good feminist and still have crushes on boys? Yes, yes we can.

Out of My League (2020) | Why did I waste 1.5 hours of my life on this

I’m just so angry at this movie if you can’t tell by the title. It had so much potential but was just so disappointing.

Last week, Netflix sent me a friendly email recommending this movie and boy was I hooked on the trailer. It’s like it was filling all my rom-com dreams. Quirky main character? Check. Hot boy? Check. A plot that’s bound to rend my heart in two but also give me warm fuzzy feelings once everything is good again? Check and check.

Out of My League Ending, Explained: Does Marta Die? Is Federica Pregnant?
Quirky main character and said hot boy on a date

I should’ve realise it was too good to be true. Or that I was high off exam stress. It wouldn’t be the first time (side-eying all the shitty rom-coms I’ve watched)

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Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne | I get by with a little help from my friends

Release Date: 31st March 2021

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I’m returning to book blogging for this book and I’m not ashamed to say it because it’s a damn solid book. Massive thanks to Hachette Australia for sending a copy through Netgalley!

After the greatness that was The Hating Game and the far inferior 99% Mine, I wasn’t too sure what to expect with Second First Impression. From the blurb, it sounded like an enemies turned lovers book much like The Hating Game but what we actually got was almost completely different.

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Precious Stone trilogy by Kerstin Gier| Interesting concept but had so much untapped potential

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Warning: Swearing and spoilers ahead. Some ranting too.

  • Not gonna lie, I did read the whole series in 3 days because it’s pretty addictive but like so is sugar and that shit’s bad for you.
  • Cool descriptions. I thought the Dragon Hall sounded really grand and the appearance of the chromograph sounded amaaazing. All the time travelling settings seemed really authentic too. The author can write some pretty creative worlds, I’ll give her that.
  • The plot was So. Damn. Slow. The first half of Ruby Red was just basically Gwen going to school. I swear nothing happened in each book but somehow we got to the end (thank god). Everything that happened in the whole series could’ve actually just been one book. That’s how slow it was.
  • Gwen had no character development. As the main character we expect her to develop a lot. At the start, she’s a normal girl who’s just like you! She likes chick flicks, romantic movies and isn’t the brightest bulb in the box. At the end, she’s a time travelling girl who likes chick flicks, romantic movies and still isn’t the brightest bulb in the box. The amount of time she spends thinking about Gideon… I guess it’s meant to build the romance but it really just makes her seem super airheaded and really annoying. And what was the point of her seeing ghosts? There was literally no point in her special power because it contributes shit all to the plot.
  • (Except Xemerius. He can stay because his sarcasm is what I live for)
  • The side characters are literally just there to be there. Gideon has no personality – not even joking, his character is just good looks and arrogance. Lesley is just there to provide random information and Charlotte is that one bitchy girl.
  • The Count is such an ineffective antagonist – who really cares if he gets immortality or not, he has no evil plots after it so whatever.
  • HAHAHAHHA THE ROMANCE IS SO SHIT. In Ruby Red or maybe it was Sapphire Blue (they kinda just blend together), they literally admit their love for each other in like 3 days of meeting like WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THIS. Also every time Gideon does something assholey she’s just like “OMG but he’s sooooo cute!!!!! That’s alright then!!!!”. Refer to above “airhead”
  • The most frustrating part of the whole series is that it had so much potential. The concept of time travelling and a whole organisation dedicated to it could’ve been so interesting and we see that in the big mystery that shrouds the whole thing. We could’ve gotten a romance between two people torn between their duty and their feelings. But instead of that, we get whiny, annoying romance that never really feels real and a mystery that really didn’t have any stakes. Nothing is really explained properly and nothing was really a surprise
  • Is Gwen related to Mr Bernard and does he know this? Do the other time travellers also have powers like Gwen and the Count?? See this is what I mean NOTHING IS ANSWERED IN THIS SERIES

Read this if:

you’re looking for a quick read – but maybe try find other books first so you don’t have to read through boring, frustrating dialogue and plot.

Is Nevermoor the new Harry Potter? | REVIEW

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

I’m late to the party but happy new year! Here’s to great one 😀 Speaking of which, new year means new Goodreads Reading Challenge and after my dismal failure of last year I decided to keep it low for 2019 – hopefully I’ll get to read 20 books this year! What about you?

Anyways to start this year off, I decided to finally start Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. It’s been sitting on my bedside table for half a year and I’ve read the first chapter probably 3 times by now. New year meant getting through all the books I got last year that I still haven’t read so I read Nevermoor in one night and I’m so happy to say that it’s really good.

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