Mini Reviews: Hyped YA Books

Posted August 19, 2015 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 44 Comments

Mini Reviews: Hyped YA BooksMe and Earl and the Dying Girl (Movie Tie-in Edition) by Jesse Andrews
Published by Abrams on May 26th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
3 Stars

The book that inspired the hit film! Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award Sundance Grand Jury This is the funniest book you ll ever read about death. It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl. This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg s entire life.


I really thought I would love this book. It’s funny not sappy. Kind of blunt and a little vulgar. Then I listened to it and I was so underwhelmed. I honestly wonder if it’s because I did the audiobook and didn’t read it. Either that or my expectations were built up too high.

I appreciated that it wasn’t romanticized and that the relationships were awkward. The main character Greg I found kind of hard to relate to. Which might have been the point. I just didn’t connect (again may have been a fault of the audio). I was excited because I knew Greg and Earl made movies. I think this looks like it was done way better in the movie (from previews)

I am thinking this was a case of ‘It’s me, not you’. Regardless, I am still really excited to see the movie!

Mini Reviews: Hyped YA BooksRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published by Harper Collins on February 10th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Buy on Amazon
4 Stars

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.


This is apparently a Love it! or Hate it! kind of book. I have read both sets of reviews. I wasn’t sure how I would feel but was excited. I found I was in the Love it! camp.

I really loved Mare. She was strong but totally flawed. She made a ton of mistakes along the way but always had the best intentions. She wanted her family, her people to be equal.

The romance aspect was a little murky and I felt in the background for the most part. There were a fewish interests. I expect this to be expanded on in the next book.

I think my favorite part were the different powers the Silvers possessed. I liked watching them train and battle.

I have heard this book is a lot like a bunch of others. I don’t read a ton in this genre so maybe that is why that didn’t occur or bother me. I also know a lot of people thought it was slow and boring. I wonder if the audio helped with that because I loved the narrator and felt it was paced great.

I loved it, found it super interesting and fun and can’t wait for the next one!

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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44 responses to “Mini Reviews: Hyped YA Books

  1. I haven’t read Me, Earl & The Dying Girl, but that book sure is hyped. I don’t know if it would be for me though from your review. I struggle with books when I can’t connect with the characters.

    Yay! So glad you were in the LOVE IT camp for Red Queen. I had so much fun with that book and even though it wasn’t unique, I liked that it was able to surprise me. I agree about the romance though. I felt in the background too. I hope the next one will solidify the romance part of it.

    Great reviews, Grace!
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  2. Yay! So glad you loved Red Queen. 🙂 I agree. The powers were fun to read about, and Mare was so lovable.

    I think I’ll still keep Me and Earl and the Dying Girl on my list. I’d like to read the book before I see the movie…some day. I have a hard time with male main characters, but I keep trying to branch out. It’s good to read some variety, ya know?
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  3. You liked Red Queen!!!! I’m still so intimidated and scared to read it. I have the ecopy and the audio, and I’m scared of both. LOL I kind of want to wait until closer to book 2’s release date so I can read them together. I hate the wait between books in a series. I’m so glad to see how much you enjoyed this one though. You’re right, it appears to be a totally love/hate type of book. 🙂
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  4. Red Queen definitely seems like one of those love hate books. I actually just decided to read it within the coming week, because I’ve had it to review for far too long. I’m really hoping to love it.

    I’ve been on the fence about MEATDG for so long–I think I may very well wind up not reading it. I feel like I’ll feel like you did, and to me, that’s not worth my time! Great reviews!
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    • Thanks! Oh I hope you like Red Queen!! By the way I love that shorting for ME and Earl – I totally read it as MEATDOG lol. I think it is one that might just not have worked for me but I am still holding onto that I might like the movie.

  5. I’m hesitant to read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl mostly because it just really doesn’t seem like my cup of tea, even based on positive reviews. Maybe I’m just not a friendship-book type of person. I want to see the movie too, though! 😀
    I’m unfortunately on the hate side when it comes to Red Queen. 🙁 Maybe it is because I read a lot of fantasy. So glad the audiobook narrator did the book good, though!
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  6. I really want to see the movie of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, so I’ll probably read it at some point (not necessarily before the film though). Sorry you didn’t really like it. YAY for loving The Red Queen though. It really does seem like an either/or type of book. My sister owns it, so I’m curious what she will think.
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  7. Tessa

    I am glad that you liked Red Queen! I am definitely one of the people who fell into the Love category. I really liked Mare and I found the powers of the different Silvers to be extremely interesting. And I am a complete sucker for dystopian, oppressive government type books. I have read a lot of them, and I do think that Red Queen is similar to a lot of them. The love triangle thing was not unique and kind of got on my nerves, but I let it slide in the end because the world was just too amazing.
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