Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: December 5th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Original Title: Quick Bright Things
A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.
The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.
This is a perfect read for reluctant young-readers. It is a real page turner with a terrific pace. It’s light, and certainly won’t change the way you see the world – but, it may inspire you to be a little kinder than you have to be.
The characters are whimsical and charming. Heartwarming and hilarious at the same time. Claudia is a great protagonist. She is flawed and comes across as very genuine. From the synopsis you may jump the gun and think this story is cliche with the mean girl bullying the innocent girl, but it’s certainly not.
It is a story loosely about how the others in our lives influence us; for better or worse. The fast pace will keep your interest alive and you’ll be glad you were able to experience this unique ride.
Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy.