ARC Review: Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis

Book Rate:
 ★★★★★ (5/5)


I cried. I laughed and I cried with this book. Whenever a book makes me do both of those things it automatically becomes a 5 star book.

I had never read a book from Rachel Hollis before but I’m definitely going to check out more works of hers soon.

Starting off as a funny book with awesome and relatable characters, Smart Girl evolves to a strong story about knowing when to hold on and when to let go. This book is like a little thief that grabs your heart and attention without you even noticing it!

The Girls trilogy is a bit like Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss trilogy (which as you know didn’t really fulfill my expectations) so, even though I know some of you might shoot me, I’d just like to say that I found Rachel Hollis’ books to be better than Stephenie Perkins’. This is absolutely just my opinion and it’s super subjective and oh-god-please-don’t-kill-me-guyssssss!

I just thought Miko was so much like Cath in Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl! One of the blurbs of this book should be “It’s as if Rainbow Rowell’s and Stephenie Perkins’ books had a baby.”!

Smart Girl portrays such an important and unique message that we rarely read about in other books. It’s about loving someone, connecting with them but identifying that they don’t love you the same way and they are stealing your energy everytime you try to make it work. They are not interest in you, they are interested in keeping you interested. It’s about knowing when to walk away and breaking your own heart. It’s about putting the pieces toguether and start better, fresher, bigger and more like yourself. Love yourself first.

Just became one of my favourites, no doubt! 100% recommend!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★★
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★★
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Brilliant designer Miko Jin is a hopeless romantic. She’s spent most of her life falling in love over and over again…with the men she finds in the pages of her favorite novels.

When Miko meets Liam Ashton, it’s love at first sight. At least, for her. Sure, the two of them are polar opposites, and yes, he seems to be dating someone new each week. But Miko knows what true love is and that you can’t rush it—after all, what she lacks in real-world experience, she makes up for in book smarts. With novels as her guide, and her best friends by her side, she knows she can get Liam to love her back. But just like any good romance novel, fate has a few plot twists in store.

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication:  January 26th 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 283
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Fifty-two Ways to Love Your Body by Kimber Simpkins

Book Rate: ★★★★★ (5/5)


This is the first time I write a non-fiction book review and also the first time I read a self-help book.

The pink on the cover grabbed my attention and after reading the synopsys and thinking about for a bit I thought “Why not?” and decided to give it a shot.

Lucky me!

Fifty-two Ways to Love Your Body was a reading I can only describe as amazing! I usually only give 5 stars to a book that really affects me, a book that makes me think about important aspects of life and even change some opinions or habits of mine. Kimber Simpkins’ book did all of the above!

I never considered myself as someone who had a negative relationship with her body and it was only once I started reading what Kimber stated as bad body relationship habits and identifying myselft with many little details that I realised how wrong I was and how I could change that.

Fifty-two Ways to Love Your Body requires patience and motivation. It helps you make your body your always present and always caring best friend. You just have to listen and care for him too!

I higly recommend, even if you think you already love yourself a lot. This is an eye-opener, a way to become happier and more satisfied not only with youself but with those around you. And it’s written in such a wonderful way I’m sure that you, just as me, will fly through it.

Detailed Rating:

  • Content ★★★★★
  • Writing ★★★★★
  • Pacing ★★★★★
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Do you look in the mirror and see all the things you dislike about your body? In a culture that worships thin, beautiful celebrities, it’s easy to feel like we just don’t measure up. So, how can you get over your flaws and focus on your fabulous?

“52 Ways to Love Your Body” is packed with easy and fun practices—one for each week of the year—to help you toss perfectionism out the window, turn down the volume on that nagging inner critic who is always going on about what’s wrong, stop the never-ending comparison game, and finally love your body.

If you’re ready, this book gives you 52 ways to get started now. So, what are you waiting for?

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Date of Publication:  January 2nd 2016
Genre: Self-Help, Non-fiction
Page Count: 176
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.