Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (4/10) – I think my expectations were too high for this book. I’d heard so many great things about it, but unfortunately I didn’t like it at all. I think the concept of the story as a whole had a lot of potential, and I probably would have enjoyed the book if the main character didn’t suffer from a chronic case of INSTA-LOVE. I am automatically turned off of a book if the characters fall in love straight away, and nothing makes me feel older than reading about two teenagers repeatedly declaring their love for one another. Yawn.
172 Hours On The Moon by Johan Harstad (5/10) – I also had high expectations of this book (that happens a lot, I blame booktube), and again my expectations were not met. I know you naturally have to suspend some elements of realistic expectation when reading a book, but found it really hard to get past my disbelief that NASA would send anyone other than American citizens into space on their dollar. But no, they send three teenagers: one Norwegian, one Japanese, and one French. Seems a bit odd to me but OK. Beyond that, I didn’t find it scary at all, and the teenagers being so blasé about going into space annoyed me. Another sign I’m getting old? Probably.
The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh (4/10) – I grabbed this book off of Audible because the cover looked summery and inviting. I didn’t realize at the time that what I was purchasing was a work of erotic fiction. Heh. Which is fine, really, but things escalated quickly while I was listening to the book on the train (not knowing what the book was going to be about), and I became immediately paranoid that people could hear what I was listening to. Not a comfortable reading experience. The storyline was pretty horrible, and none of the characters were likeable.