This Book Grew on Me

GOING ON.pngHello and happy Wednesday. Today I want to share my thoughts on Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman, which was kindly sent to me via NetGalley.

Before I started reading Girl Out of Water, I’d heard the synopsis and had very high expectations for this book, especially because I’ve recently read my fair share of YA novels in which the main character is into a sport, so obviously I was drawn to this novel given that Anise is a surfer.

When the story begins, she reveals that she has feelings for Eric, her best friend, and I must admit I immediately thought “oh well, here goes your typical YA novel,” because honestly, how many stories have we read already that begin with the “main character is madly in love with their best friend” premise? That, along with the fact that two out of three words Anise utters are curse words was annoying for me at first, which made my expectations for this book lower a whole lot. In all honesty, I put the book down for a week or so because for a while I didn’t even want to try to read a few pages; I simply thought the author’s style was too harsh for my taste.

I got over that, obviously, and then resumed the story and found that there were more things I liked than those I disliked. The fact that there’s a lot of diversity in terms characters with different ethnic and racial backgrounds as well as sexual orientations is something that made me lean towards liking the book a whole lot. There are also different types of families, and that is a reflection of diversity that as a child of divorced parents I appreciate.

This is a YA story and even though I discovered there are bits that make it stand out from your typical stories, it’s undeniable that it follows some patterns that are very frequent in novels within this genre. I’m talking about the whole “girl gets shipped to the other side of the country” situation, which, is something many authors use.

Out of the books I’ve read, the following include a teenage girl (willingly or not) traveling somewhere far from her home,  to meet with an estranged parent, I can list: Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame; Twilight by Stephenie Meyer; The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith; How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne; and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. So, okay, at least Anise is not traveling from California to Nebraska to spend the summer with her estranged mother, but she does travel, and it did remind me of what I’d read in the novels I listed above. Really, you can’t blame me for being a tiny bit annoyed.

Then Laura Silverman pulled another one on me, and I kid you not, I rolled my eyes so hard my head hurt, because obviously just after Anise sets foot on Nebraska, she meets Lincoln, this tall, black, one-armed skater god and she develops a crush within the three seconds it takes to do a once-over. I get insta-crushes all the time, don’t get me wrong, and I have liked more than one guy at a time because I’m a walking cliché, but introducing that bit of possible-love-triangle drama so early on didn’t help my opinions on this book.

Oh yeah, besides, Anise acts like a child and complains about being in Nebraska every chance she gets. We get it girly, you miss your home. We got it the first time you said it, and we still got it the 300 other times.

You might be thinking that I’ve gone a bit crazy because I’ve all but said what I didn’t like about this book, but still rated it four stars, so here’s what I liked, starting with Anise’s crush, Lincoln. Okay, so let me begin by saying you’d be very lucky if you had a Lincoln in your life. I have one, and he’s as tall and dark and handsome as Anise describes his own, only he has two arms and I’m sure he doesn’t skate. Anyway, I adored Lincoln’s character because he’s this chill, easy-going, always positive guy, who reads and knows about stuff and is passionate about life and won’t let you get in a bad mood, like ever. Lincoln alone gets like ten stars.

I binge-read the whole second part of the book, and the reason for it is that I just loved every page and wanted to know what happened next and smiled every time Lincoln did or said anything. In this part we read about a road trip, and you know that I love me some books on road trips because they are fun, and I get to read about these cool places in the United States I had no idea existed, and honestly, the road trip is what restored my faith in this book.

Thank you to Laura Silverman and NetGalley for the ARC, and hopefully I’ll get to read something new by this author sometime soon.

Now tell me, has a book grown on you as you read it? Which one was it?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Laser Hair Removal: Session 3

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Hello and happy Sunday. It’s been a while since I last updated you on my laser hair removal treatment, or whatever you’d like to call it, so without any further ado, let’s get started, shall we?

This was my third session, and unlike the others, I got everything done in one appointment as opposed to two. I decided not to get my bikini line done, at least not for a while, so in this session I only got my legs, lower abdomen and armpits.

The lower abdomen, as usual, didn’t hurt. I could feel the heat but it wasn’t painful or uncomfortable. Then I got my legs done, and I felt a little bit of discomfort, but I think that’s because the area is very large and the laser thingy heats up. I didn’t get burnt this time, the lady was super careful, and everything went the way it was supposed to go.

Now for the armpits, I feel like the pain is increasing as the sessions advance. I remember that during my first session nothing hurt, and actually I barely even felt anything. Then, during my second session, I felt discomfort, but this third session I felt pain, and I just wanted the process to be over. I don’t know if that means the treatment is working, but I’m afraid of what I’ll feel the next session.

If you’ve undergone a laser hair removal treatment, is it normal for the pain and discomfort to increase? I know it’s normal to feel these things, I just didn’t before. Let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

How to Use My New Resources

My Teaching Resolution.pngHello and happy Saturday. It’s been the longest while since I last created and put a resource up for sale in my TPT store. What is crazy is that it’s been an even longer time since I last created a product that I could actually use with my current students, but here I am, writing this post about not one but two products I created for my classes, and which you can now get and use for yours.

In my school, we work with the Splash books for Pre-K and Kindergarten, and then with Journeys for Transition (1st grade), and sometimes those books by themselves and activities they propose are not enough, at least not for me as a teacher. I’m a creator at heart, and I love developing new materials, so whenever I see the chance to make a new worksheet or even something more complex, that I know will benefit my students (or other people’s students) I go for it.

With my Kindergarten boys we are working on nursery rhymes and folk tales, as part of the theme “established” by the books. As part of my own planning, I decided to work with the rhyme “Jack Be Nimble,” and so the idea is for students to recite it, we even reenacted it, and to work on some basic vocabulary.

For this, I thought it would be fun and challenging enough to have the boys complete the rhyme using drawings, given that they don’t write in English yet. I used the Mother Goose Club version for the lyrics, and designed this sheet, which has the rhyme with a blank space at the end of each line for students to make a drawing. If you have early finishers, you can encourage them to trace words from the rhyme.

My Transition boys can do more complex activities, so I designed a multi-step worksheet for them as a follow-up to the story Turtle Splash!: Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell. This book comes with the whole Journeys Kindergarten pack that is sold to schools, so I’m not sure whether you can buy it separately. There’s a video of the story you can watch and use in case you don’t have the book, which is actually what I watched when I was designing the worksheet at home.

Basically, what I used both the story and the worksheet for is to review a set of concepts we worked on the previous year. Firstly, the boys had to read the names of numbers (if that actually makes any sense), and trace them the colors I told them. Then, they had to complete each sentence using an action (from the story). It’s important for me to continually review vocabulary related to action words with my boys, and to have them write and read more complex words.

Finally, after each sentence, there is a space for students to draw the amount of turtles mentioned at the beginning of the sentence. This can be seen as the fun reward for them (my boys love drawing!), but it’s also a way for teachers to assess if they really are making an association between then number in written form and the amount it indicates. You can get that worksheet clicking here.

If you get these products, or any of the ones in my store, let me know what you think. If there’s something you’d like me to create, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to help!

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

My Poor Little Heart

Hello and happy Wednesday. Have you ever felt like, you know, you’re being too happy and you need something to destroy you just a tiny bit? Well, if you do, make sure to read or listen to Forever Is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagán. It sure destroyed me in the best way possible.

I fell in love with this book right from the start because I thought the way it was narrated was genius. I mean this in both ways: one, I think the fact that the main character/narrator is telling his story to someone else is super powerful; and two, the narrator of the audiobook was simply fantastic in my opinion.

Right from the start, I picked up this How I Met Your Mother vibe, but in a good way. I mean, we all saw the last season of HIMYM, so obviously it’s understandable that I was a little scared of the turns this particular book was going to take, but it was way smarter and way more real than the show. It also reminded me of Definitely Maybe, and who doesn’t love that movie?

That book was like a guy I was quickly developing feelings for because it was giving me everything I loved, including quotes from my favorite Neruda poems. Yes, I’m that cheesy. And yes, like this guy I’ve been hung up on for the longest time ever, I can assure you now that this is and will be my favorite audiobook of 2017.

If you see the comments of this book on Goodreads, you’ll see the word “heartbreaking” all over, and for the most part of the story I didn’t really understand why it was described in that way, until I started nearing the end and everything was clear at that moment.

So yeah, I really suggest you read or listen to this book because I’m pretty sure you’ll love it. But I want to hear from you, tell me what’s your favorite audiobook of 2017 and why.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Nine Days of Taylor Swift

Hello and happy Sunday. I’ve been working on this post for over a month now, but finally everything is ready, and I can share it with you. Here’s the deal: after watching the video of Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift, I decided I’d make a list of all the looks I saw and try and recreate them. That’s exactly what I did, and in doing so, I realized that these looks are perfect for a person who is getting started with makeup. Basically, if you can pull off these makeup looks, you’re good to go on virtually any occasion. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. The foolproof weekend look

The look 

This is the second look we see Taylor sporting in her video, when she’s in the throne all surrounded by snakes. When I say this look is the foolproof weekend look, I mean it’s casual enough for you to go shopping on a Saturday morning, but it also works if you’re going to have lunch with friends. In my opinion, it’s the perfect day-to-night look.

How to accomplish it 

Eyes: soft brown-to-golden smokey.

Lips: matte red.

Face: Contour and bronzer are a must. Also, use a coppery blush, preferably matte.

2. The classic night look 

The look

Forget what you’ve heard about not wearing heavy eye makeup with bold lipstick, or at least do so while trying this look. This is the first makeup look we’re able to see in detail, when Taylor is in the bathtub. It’s heavy and it’s intended to make a statement, which is why I think it’s perfect for a night out.

How to accomplish it

Eyes: Gray and black smokey, both on the lid and lower lash line. Yes, it’ll look bad before it looks good.

Lips: bright red.

Face: Contour, red blush, and a ton of highlight.

 

 

 

3. The soft-core bubblegum lips

The look 

This is my kind of everyday look for work. It seems like you put a ton of effort on it, but really, you didn’t. It is what I wear when I have a cold but (obviously) don’t want to look sick. It’s what Taylor’s wearing in the car crash scene, but her eyes are covered by sunglasses, so the main focus are the lips.

How to accomplish it

Eyes: Soft gold smokey.

Lips: Hot pink with a lighter shade in the center.

Face: Soft contour, and pink blush.

4. Vampy Chic

The look

This is the Taylor-in-the-swing look on steroids. When I go vamp I go full-on vamp, and that means dark bold lips. If you’re allowed to wear this at work, go for it. I can’t, so I wear it during the weekend. It’s perfect for fall, or even fall-to-winter looks.

How to accomplish it 

Eyes: brown smokey.

Lips: dark berry.

Face: contour, bronzer, golden blush.

 

 

 

 

 

5.No-Makeup Makeup Look 

The look

Whether you’re all for the natural looks, or you’re like me and you like people to know just how much makeup you’re wearing, you need this look in your life. The no-makeup or natural makeup look will come in handy when you have ten minutes or less to get ready but still want to put a little something on your face. Taylor sports this look when she’s getting on top of a bike, police-style.

How to accomplish it: 

Eyes: prime and then seal with a nude eyeshadow. Tightline with black pencil eyeliner.

Lips: I’m wearing a nude lipgloss with a hint of pink.

Face: powder, soft contour, bronzer, and a matte blush.

 

6. The hardcore bubblegum lips

The look

This is a look you can wear to work, but it’s still edgy. It’s like the soft-core bubblegum lips’ older sister. Everything about this look is sharp and intended to make a statement, but still in a classy way that is appropriate for work. This is Taylor’s look when she’s wearing a hoodie and has a golden bat, and looks like she just stole a bank.

How to accomplish it

Eyes: a wash of ashy, gray-based brown. Reverse smokey eyes, and a thick black eyeshadow top lash line.

Lips: bold, purple-based pink lipstick.

Face: contour, soft bronzer, pink blush.

 

 

7.The always classy 

The look

Gold and red is a foolproof combination, and it’s effortlessly classy. Taylor is wearing it when she’s on top of the pile of past Taylors (that sounds weird, but it makes sense if you watch the video). Personally, this is one of my go-to looks for special occasions at work because I don’t really have much time to do something super elaborate but I need to look better than usual.

How to accomplish it

Eyes: gold and brown halo eye.

Lips: brown-based red.

Face: contour, bronzer, bronzed blush, highlighter.

 

8. The nude on steroids

The look

This is the look Taylor wears when she enters this room and is followed by wearing mesh and boots. All in all, it’s not super harsh, but it has pops of color, like the eyebrows, the blue under the eyes, and the brown lips. You can make changes to this look if you think it’s too much for you.

How to accomplish it

Eyes: A wash of gray-based brown. Reverse blue smokey eye.

Lips: brown liquid eyeliner topped with brown lipgloss.

Face: Contour, matte blush.

 

 

 

 

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9.The Dominatrix

The look 

In the same we need a natural look “just in case”, we all need a super sexy, vampy, goth look just in case. I wore this for work one day when I didn’t have any classes, but it works for weekends and nights out just as well. Taylor wears this look when she’s talking to her subjects. She’s wearing black and red, which are the colors I’d go for when dressing up for this look.

How to accomplish it

Eyes: gray-based brown cut crease and reverse smokey eye.

Lips: dark red tint and matte red liquid lipstick on top.

Face: soft contour, red blush, highlighter.

Those are the nine looks I re-created and explained here for you. If there’s any other look you want me to try and make a post on, let me know in the comments, and I’ll be happy to help.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our “Pete the Cat Day”

Hello and happy Saturday. Let me tell you about the time, not too long ago, when I planned a whole week of classes around a set of Pete the Cat books.

I’m usually super organized when lesson planning. I actually made a yearly plan so that I only have to read it and based on it plan each week. I’m a teacher, however, and that means that every once in a while I’ll get an idea that has me pausing all my previous planning and working on something entirely different. That’s completely understandable, no?

So when my dad sent me a message saying that while grocery shopping he’d seen a set of six Pete the Cat books for about twelve bucks, I decided the following week would be “Pete the Cat week” with my kinder boys. Now I’m not that crazy, and I actually have to work on some specific topics with my students that are not related to the James Dean books, so I decided that I’d indeed work on the books, but not spend entire lessons on them.

I ended up bargaining with my crazy-teacher self and finally agreed that, given that we had six books, I could read one each day as an opener to our class. Monday, our sixth day, was “Pete the Cat Day.”

After reading the last of the books, we did a directed drawing exercise. I thought I’d taken pictures of our crafts, but didn’t, sorry. The boys drew and colored Pete using crayons and markers, following the directions from the video by Art for Kids Hub, which is a channel we love.

I have twelve kids in my Kinder class, which is perfect because that means I could pair them up and give each team a book.

I placed a book on each table (which are shared), and then made a list of the books.

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My boys can’t read in English yet, so my purpose in giving them the books was for them to look at the pictures and try to retell the story either by what they saw or what they remembered.

They had around four minutes to read each book, before I announced they had to go to another table.

It was a fun experience, and I think they enjoyed it as much as I did!

If you have any other idea for next year’s “Pete the Cat Day,” or maybe another theme I can use in my classes, please let me know in the comments.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

Such a Refreshing Read

Hello and happy Wednesday. Every once in a while I encounter a book that doesn’t follow the typical contemporary YA structure, and it is very refreshing when that happens. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jennifer E. Smith’s books because they are all very typical YA novels, but I love it when I get into a book and realize it’s not going to turn out the way I thought it would.

When I started reading The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash, my initial thought was “oh, okay, I know how this ends already, but let’s see what happens.” I was super wrong though, and I changed my mind about what was going to happen at the end like a hundred times, though let me tell you, when I finished the book, I was very pleased.

You know that I’m a radical feminist, right? And so I adore strong female characters, but to me there’s this sort of idea that YA is mostly for female audiences because most of the main characters are female. And, honestly, out of all the books I read each year, about 90% have female main characters, so yeah, it’s great, and incredibly refreshing when the main character is a guy. Oh yea, by the way, and this goes for you people out there who “censor” books just because you feel like it, this book was written by a woman, so I’m still supporting female authors out there, I just want some variety in what I read, okay?

Okay, so our main character is not just an average high school guy, because there’s no fun in that. He is a die-hard geek, and proud of it. Before there was this idea, both in books and in real life, that geeks were this socially inept people who had no friends (or were friends with each other) and who could only be truly happy if they got a makeover and stopped being geeks. Well, we know that nowadays that’s not how things work and that’s actually cool to be a geek, which makes this book even better.

I loved the diversity in this book, but I also think it makes sense that our main character’s friends are Persian, Japanese, and an American Jew. I say it makes sense because they live in the New York area, which is a typically diverse region in terms of people with different ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Graham, our main character, and Roxana, his best friend and apparently the love of his life (though she doesn’t know it yet), are partners in this comic book/graphic novel writing project. Basically Graham writes and Roxana draws, and it was super interesting to read about their process in writing and drawing because comic books and graphic novels aren’t really my thing, so I had no idea about the making of them.

This book is perfect for a weekend or a day off. First, it’s addictive, like once you start, I’m sorry, you’re going to want to read it until you’re done. But honestly, it’s a very fast read because the chapters are super short. I personally don’t like big books, and I have a very hard time reading them, so the fact that the chapters are short is encouraging to me. And also, if you can’t take that day or full weekend to read, you can easily squeeze in a chapter every now and then and it’ll take you ten minutes or less.

Here’s the magic of this book and the author’s writing: despite it being a short book, it was incredibly detailed and descriptive, to the point where I felt like I was watching a movie. This book tells everything you need to feel like you’re in the same place as the characters, seeing what’s going on as if it were taking place right in front of your eyes. It was amazing. Also, yes, this book takes place in NY Comic-Con, so as I read I just wished I could attend one of those big conventions myself. One day, though, one day.

Not everything was perfect in this book, though, obviously, I didn’t expect it to be. I was, however, exasperated when I read the “breath I didn’t know I was holding” line. Like, seriously? This book is genius, why insert such a crappy and unnecessary line? And now that we’re in the subject of what I didn’t like, I have to admit that Roxana wasn’t my favorite person at all. I didn’t like her one bit. Oops, sorry not sorry.

And we’ve reached the end of this book. Have you read or do you know about another book where the main character is a geek? Let me know about it!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

September Ipsy Glam Bag Unbox + Review

Hello and happy Sunday. It’s time for another unboxing and review of my Ipsy Glam Bag. Let’s get started, shall we?

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Toasted

This shade is like a rusty gray-based brown, and it’s amazing for a fall look. I’ve been wearing it on its own, and as an accent shade when I do halo eyes or a simple smokey eye in the outer corner. The only down side to it, in my opinion, is the size. I’d gotten samples of eyeshadow before but this one is just tiny.

Luxie Rose Gold Medium Angled Brush

I love getting brushes from Ipsy, and this one is just the perfect size and shape for doing a halo eye, which is currently my go-to eye look.

 Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer

This is one of those “it” products that everyone who know anything about makeup has to try in their lifetime. It’s shiny and has somewhat of a rose-gold undertone, so I’d say it’s definitely for a dewy look, and for warm to neutral skin tones. It leaves the skin looking flawless, with no traces of texture whatsoever.

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey

This duo is the perfect product for a natural makeup day. For me, when I’m going for a “no makeup look,” I pay close attention to my face, to make my skin look flawless and healthy in a natural way. This blush duo will give you a hint of healthy color, and a lot of shine. I always wear both products combined, but you can just focus on the blush or add the highlighting part to another makeup look. I do have to say, if your skin has a lot of texture, it will show.

Skinfood Egg White Perfect Pore Cleansing Foam

My skin had been driving me a little bit crazy because I was breaking out more than usual, but since I started using this cleansing foam, it kind of went back to normal. I use it as a face wash, not as a makeup removing foam, so I wouldn’t know how well it works that way. As a wash, though, it leaves my skin feeling soft and clean.

Finally, you can see the Ipsy headband, which I got by redeeming some points I’d earned. I think that’s a great feature Ipsy has, and that works perfectly. So far I’ve gotten three rewards and I’ve fully enjoyed them.

If you are also subscribed to Ipsy, tell me about what you got in the comments below.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

How I Use My iPad in the Classroom

 

STUDENTS.pngHello and happy Saturday. If you have a fully equipped classroom with a smartboard and iPads, computers or other electronic devices available to some or all of your students, this post is not for you. I mean, congratulations, you are one lucky teacher, but honestly, this post is for us teachers who lack a ton of technological resources in our classroom, and who therefore have to seek strategies to make the best out of what we have.

I’m not complaining here because I’m actually lucky to have a laptop for myself and classrooms equipped with smart TVs. I have and HDMI cable that can be plugged into my computer, and I also have a personal cable I can connect to my iPhone and iPad. When I say “personal” I mean I paid for it, and did so gladly because it has improved my classes in many ways.

Today I’m going to tell you about two ways in which I use my iPad because you might want to take note and put them into practice in the future. So, after this long-ass introduction, let’s get started, shall we?

1. I use it to play music

Yes, having a smart TV means I have access to the YouTube app, but let’s be real here, sometimes the internet is super slow and videos take forever to load, and also sometimes I don’t want to search for every single video but rather have a playlist.

I talked about this in a previous post , how I have Spotify premium so I can be able to play music online. I have this playlist called Classroom Jams, which I love and I’m always feeding with more awesome songs.

What I do is plug my iPad or iPhone to the smart TV using my HDMI adapter, put it on “Airplane Mode,” and play my previously-downloaded music from Spotify. I lock the screen of whichever device is connected so that my students don’t get distracted by what’s displayed on the TV.

2. I display worksheets/ digital posters or pictures

Most of my students can’t read or write yet, at least not in English, which is their second language. That means that most of the times I do the reading for them, and have them respond to what I say orally rather than in written form. That means, there are many times in which I don’t need a worksheet for each of my students because they’ll do nothing with it other than look at what I’m showing them. What I do is have said worksheet/poster/picture saved in my iPad and display it on the smart TV.

I’ve done this with warm-up activities in which I display a worksheet with a series of questions and ask them orally, but have them written as a visual aid, and also while explaining positional words through a poster. This saves me time I’d usually have to spend writing on the board, and it helps the planet because then I don’t have to take a ton of copies that in the end are useless.

Because I download this images, I don’t need to have internet access, which in some cases is a factor that determines the success or failure of a class. I mean, what if you plan a whole class using and app or site that requires Internet connection, only to realize you don’t have any?

I’m sure there are tons of other ways to use your iPad in class, and if you know of one, please tell me about it in the comments.

Happy teaching!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

All.The.Feels

Hello and happy Wednesday. As much as I like fluffy books, I’m a sucker for books that make me get in touch with my feelings, and not just the happy, bubbly ones. I think that’s a reason why I love Colleen Hoover so much, because her books have that effect on me.

For some reason, all of Colleen Hoover’s books I’ve come across with have been audiobooks, although there are some on my TBR list I am going to read, not listen to. Finding Cinderella is book number 2.5 in the Hopeless series, which I started listening to last year. I have yet to read book number 2, though. There are some series that you *have* to read in order so that you can understand the plot; Finding Cinderella, however, can easily be read as a standalone book, or without having read book number 2, and you’ll still understand everything.

Personally, I love Colleen Hoover’s writing style, although I wouldn’t be able to read (or listen to) more than one book every once in a while. That is, I need to take a mental break after I finish one of her books. Her awesome style was amazingly complemented by the narration of Jason Carpenter. Like, honestly, he made me feel like I was really listening to a high school guy.

One thing I always appreciate about this author’s books, and that is present in Finding Cinderella, is the fact that it’s very realistic regarding the way teenagers behave. I’ve stated in previous posts that I don’t like how some realities of a teenager’s life are portrayed, and I stand by it, which is why I admire an author that can capture some issues without seeming to encourage their readers to follow a certain behavior. In Finding Cinderella specifically, sex is a constant topic, but it’s treated in a very real and objective way.

Because this is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, the main characters from the previous books are present, although taking a secondary role. I love when authors do that, when they take a story’s secondary characters and give them their own story, and I think it enriches the whole universe the author has created. It was nice to see what Sky and Holder were up to, but again, not having read the second book didn’t affect my understanding of Finding Cinderella in any way nor did it spoil any details for me.

The characters from this story are Six, Sky’s best friend, who I knew from Hopeless, and Daniel, who’s Holder’s best friend. The story is told from Daniel’s perspective, and he’s just so analytical all the time and such a refreshing character. Besides that, the story is really intense, but in a good way, like you want to hear what happens next as opposed to being overwhelmed by all that’s happening.

The plot itself is filled with stuff that I’d roll my eyes about if this were any other author writing about it, but that work perfectly thanks to Colleen Hoover’s genius mind. There’s a bit of secret romance, that makes the story very addictive, and it just flows in a way that constantly keeps the reader hooked. Finding Cinderella is, at least from what I could get, the resolution to the whole Hopeless series, although, honestly, I’d love to have a follow-up novel and see what happens to Sky, Holder, Daniel, and Six in university.

Have you read or listened to anything by Colleen Hoover? What did you think?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila