My Top 3 Under-Rated Books of 2015

We all have a list of books that we wish would get more reviews on good reads, more coverage on the book blogs, and BookTube channels, maybe even put on the best-sellers list. Well I’m going to give you guys my list of under-rated books for 2015.

The first book on this list is, Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay. Summary – One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore.

And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?

This book has to be one of my all time favorites, I absolutely devoured this book in a few days. And I cried when it was over…don’t judge me. But the only issue was, no one else was reading it, and no one else was being able to enjoy this wonderful story of one girl, in two forms. Yes, there were a few book clubs that were reading it, and yes it has about 900 reviews on good reads, but no big people in the book blogs, or BookTube were reading it. So I did what any other semi-sane person would do, I recommended it to my friends, and family, I even got it as a birth-day present for my cousin, hopefully I made a difference.

The next under-rated book on this list is, The Beginning of Everything, or in the UK better known as Severed Heads, Broken Hearts (honestly I like severed heads, broken hearts better.) This book you could say is semi-popular-ish, but is mostly known for beinga first class “John Green rip off.” But I had a slightly different take on it. This book is contemporary romance in it’s rawest form, built up in a suburban Californian setting, and it’s shining gloss is broken legs and severed heads. (Inside joke). Summary –

Varsity tennis captain, Ezra Faulkner, was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

As Kirkus Reviews said in a starred review, “Schneider takes familiar stereotypes and infuses them with plenty of depth. Here are teens who could easily trade barbs and double entendres with the characters that fill John Green’s novels.”

See, even Amazon’s summary is basically saying that it’s a John Green rip off. First of all, IT IS NOT JOHN GREEN RIP OFF! This book is amazing in it’s own way and is probably my on my top 5 books of 2015. And that’s saying a lot.  But, yes I totally, absolutely, with absolutely all of my heart recommend this book to any one who is looking for a good YA book. Or just a good book to break your heart to pieces.

Great guys, now I’m all riled up, for the next book, which is No Parking At The End Times by Bryan Bliss. Can I just say I LOVE THIS BOOK. I devoured it in three days, I fell in love with the characters, and I had a whole little “Stop breaking my heart you perfect fictional characters.” moment with Abby and Aaron I just LOVE this darn book. Bryan Bliss is an absolute genius for choosing exactly the right amount of tragedy, a little bit of regret and bad memories and of course what every YA book needs…romance…and friendship…but mostly romance. Summary –

Abigail’s parents believed the world was going to end. And—of course—it didn’t. But they’ve lost everything anyway. And she must decide: does she still believe in them? Or is it time to believe in herself?

Abigail’s parents never should have made that first donation to that end-of-times preacher. Or the next, or the next. They shouldn’t have sold their house. Or packed Abigail and her twin brother, Aaron, into their old van to drive across the country to San Francisco, to be there for the “end of the world.” Because now they’re living in their van. And Aaron is full of anger, disappearing to who-knows-where every night. Their family is falling apart. All Abigail wants is to hold them together, to get them back to the place where things were right.

Okay, so after reading that amazing summary, I bet you are probably as speechless as me. And might I say I’m pretty speechless right now. So, that basically raps up my Top 3 Under-Rated Books of 2015, thank you guys for reading, and promise me you’ll look into these books, I swear they’re really good. Any way, love you guys.

~Blondie

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