BTS’ Love Yourself 承 Her Album Review

BTS Love Yourself Her album coverThe Love Yourself  ‘Her’ album was first released on the 18th of September 2017 and is the first of three albums in the Love Yourself trilogy.

The album features eight songs and one skit, including a solo intro from member Jimin, a vocal line song and an outro from the rap line.

The album’s concept largely focuses on the positive, happy and somewhat clichéd parts of love, but also tackles some more serious social issues and includes two diss tracks.


note: all music videos and live performances in this video come with English subtitles, so please click the caption button if you wish to view these.

If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


TRACK 1- Intro: Serendipity


Intro: Serendipity was first released on the 4th of September 2017 as a trailer for the ‘Her’ album and features member Jimin.

  • sweet, ballad-like chill-pop song
  • clear and pure vocals with a minimal instrumentation
  • beautiful tone of voice which helps express the meaning of the song

The universe has moved for us, without missing a single thing, because our happiness has been planned”

The song perfectly introduces the theme of this album and talks about a love which has saved the narrator’s life and brought him joy and which he believes to be ordained by the universe.

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Overall, the song has a gorgeous song which I would happily listen to forever, but the lyrics are quite clichéd. Hence, I give it a 4/5 rating.

Did you like this song? Check out this clip of Jimin singing the song a cappella!


TRACK 2- DNA


DNA is the title track off of this album and was also the song they performed at the AMAs in 2017.

  • bright, poppy sound with some EDM influence
  • not my preferred style of music

However, I do want to commend both V’s opening verse (0:44) for his gorgeous low voice, and Suga’s rap sections (e.g. at 2:00), which I absolutely loved.

“Our encounter is a mathematical formula, the law of religion, the ways of the universe”

DNA talks about a universe-ordained love. Despite exploring the same theme as Intro: Serendipity I found the lyrics of DNA more cringe-worthy and cheesy, perhaps because the song lacks the simplicity and sincerity of Intro: Serendipity.

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Overall, I didn’t like this song a lot simply because it’s not a style of music I enjoy listening to. However, if you are a fan of upbeat and cheesy pop with an EDM influence, then this may well be the song for you.
The lyrics don’t do anything for me, but the parts which I pointed out earlier that I did really enjoy raised the rating of this song from a 1/5 to a 1.5/5.

Want to listen to the full song? Check out this live performance!


TRACK 3- Best of Me


Best of Me is a b-side track off of this album for which The Chainsmokers helped produce the beat.

  • features The Chainsmokers, and the beat sounds like a Chainsmokers beat
  • too repetitive, cliched and predictable
  • really not for me

“It was raining, it was snowing, but all unhappiness stopped, you brought heaven to me”.

Best of Me is a cheesy love song.

Unfortunately, some of the lyrics in this song just irk me. For example the line “because without you there’s no me” . I hate the romanticising of love that is just so overwhelming that you forget who you are as your own person.

It is important to retain a sense of self and individuality in a relationship and, like many love songs, Best of Me seems to have fallen in to the trap of taking love and passion too far. Apart from this, it’s also a massive cliché and not at all original or interesting.

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Overall, even though EDM is not my type of music, I don’t think this is a particularly good EDM song either. Additionally, after looking at the lyrics I began to dislike this song anymore, resulting in me rating it 0/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this lyric video. 


TRACK 4- dimple


dimple (also known as Illegal) features all four vocalists of the group: Jungkook, Jimin, V, and Jin.

  • future bass sound (EDM/pop sub-genre)
  • not a massive fan of the instrumentation
  • actual melody not pleasing, don’t enjoy the interjections (e.g. at 1:55) as they break the flow of the song

“That dimple is illegal”

The lyrics are quite boring and typical of a cheesy love song. It’s also repetitive with not much variation except for two small sections, which often puts me off a song.

I don’t know whether puns like “I call you illegirl” made this song better or worse, although they are funny in a dad-joke type of way.

1 microphone out of 5
Overall, the song was just whatever and quite easy for me to overlook. I expect it could appeal to some people’s personal preferences as it isn’t a bad song, the sound just wasn’t for me and I’m generally not a fan of cheesy or repetitive lyrics. Hence, I give it a 1/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out this 8D version!


TRACK 5- Pied Piper


Pied Piper is a diss tack with a twist: rather than dissing the haters, this song disses the fans!

  • nu-disco sound
  • catchy and repetitive instrumentation
  • high-pitched vocals (e.g. at 2:44)
  • annoying if over-played, otherwise quite fun

“…start studying for the exams, your parents and boss* hate me”

Although BTS has written many diss tracks in the past, this is the first time they’ve written one towards their fans. This song displays the kind of down-to-earth sense of humour which makes everyone fall in love with the members.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
Despite my great love for the lyrics, I am only going to give it 3/5 simply because the song itself is not the most listenable. The song is great in small quantities, but if you listen to it too often you could end up with a headache!

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


*note: the Korean word 부장님 can mean boss, director (e.g. of a school), manager etc.


TRACK 6- MIC Drop


This is another diss track, this time targeting the haters and doubters. A remixed version of this song featuring Steve Aoki was released in November 2017.


note: in this post, I will be reviewing the original version.


  • trap beat
  • hip-hop diss track along the line of the Cyphers
  • highlights the excellent rapping skills of the group

I particularly love Suga’s verse at 1:07.

“Sorry mom, your son’s too hot”

In terms of lyrics, Suga’s verse at 1:07 is once again my favourite, with lines that are at once scathing, boastful and vulnerable. For example, the reference to Suga’s parent’s lack of support for his chosen career path, makes this song particularly special for those who are familiar with the rapper’s story.

However, generally speaking, this song lacks some of the clever word play which I so enjoyed in Cypher pt. 3 and the lyrics could have been better.

3 microphones out of 5 (rating)
In conclusion, whilst the song itself is very good, some of the lyrics do leave something to be desired and there was little that was particularly outstandinghence I am giving it 3/5. 

Did you like this song? Check out the music video for the Steve Aoki remix!


TRACK 7- Go Go


Go Go is a song which criticises society, something which has become a trademark of BTS albums and sets them apart from many other artists.

  • hip-hop song
  • boasts catchy tune and overall feel-good sound
  • rap verses mix smoothly with the vocals
  • no sections stand out as particularly impressive or interesting
  • annoying if listen to often

One of the group’s most goofy tracks to date, this song seems playful and fun, but actually addresses the struggles of today’s youth.

This dissonance between sound and meaning is entirely intentional and is reflected in the lyrics, helping to communicate that beyond materialism and shallow phrases like “YOLO”, is a much darker and more painful truth about the hardships of being a young person in society.

RM has said: “In Korea, YOLO has become a big key word for young people because we don’t have money and it’s really hard to get a chance to earn a lot of money.” Read more on this here.

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Overall, this song has an important and complex meaning, and an egaging sound, although I find it can be a little bit annoying if you listen to it often. I also think that without knowing the meaning, I would not appreciate the song as much as I do due to the repetitive chorus. This repetitiveness is intentional and helps deliver the message of the song, but in terms of listening experience it isn’t the best. Hence, I give the song 2.5/5.

Did you like this song? Check out this special Halloween-edition dance practice! (Dance starts at 1:38.)


TRACK 8- Outro: Her


Outro: Her features BTS’ three rappers: RM, J-Hope and Suga.

The rap line’s unit songs are usually a hit or miss for me. Not because I don’t like the rap line, because I love them, but simply because I’m not the biggest fan of rap. I like rap in songs, but I struggle to listen to a whole song of just rapping. Hence, the instrumentation becomes really important.

  • rap is okay
  • dislike the instrumentation, which made me dislike the entire song

“All of my wonder, the answer to that,  I call you her, her, ’cause you’re my tear, tear”

The lyrics, however, are very clever. Not so much in terms of the meaning in relation to society or anything else, but in their subtle hints towards the rest of the Love Yourself era.

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Overall, whilst this single line impressed me a lot, the song simply wasn’t for me. I didn’t like the beat and found the song too repetitive. Hence, I give the song a 1/5.

Did you like this song? Listen to it on Spotify!


I found this album disappointing. There were a few good songs,  but there were too many songs with sappy, cheesy lyrics and annoying or displeasing instrumentation.

Although the whole point of the album was to explore the happy, loving and exciting parts of young love, the album often felt stale and clichéd.

I would have loved to see BTS take a fresh and insightful view on happy love like they do with all of their other concepts, but the route they went feels insincere and unsatisfactory to me. The kind of love explored also felt a little bit unhealthy in some of the songs, as I mentioned previously.

In the context of the entire trilogy, it could be argued that the reason they went this route was to show how this kind of all-consuming love eventually develops into something negative (see my review for Love Yourself  ‘Tear’ tomorrow), and if this is the case then it makes me like the album a bit more and has caused me to increase my rating a little bit,

Overall, this album was not the best album from BTS and I’m giving it a 1.5/5.

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If you want to know what my ratings mean please refer to this. A 1.5 star album rating means I liked some of the songs, but not all, and that either the cohesiveness or variety or music quality was good. NOTE: I rate out of 5, however there are 7 levels (5,4,3,2,1,0, N/A).


Who are BTS?


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BTS are a South Korean boy group who debuted in June 2013. There are seven members: RM (formerly known as Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. V is also an actor and RM, Suga and J-Hope all have solo careers as well. 

Also check out my introduction to BTS and stay tuned for more BTS posts to come!


So that’s it for this review! I hope you enjoyed. This is the beginning of a series for the next couple of days, so watch out for my breakdown of my favourite BTS songs as well as reviews of the rest of the Love Yourself trilogy!

What did you think about this album? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.

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an introduction to BTS

Hello everyone! If you don’t follow me on Twitter you wouldn’t know but this week’s them is “rags to riches”. As a special surprise, I will be posting every single day this week except for Sunday and Monday through Friday will be dedicated to BTS, a band that went from being nobodies to one of the biggest boy groups in the world.

Today isn’t for sharing the best BTS has to offer, but rather giving you a general overview of who they are, who the members are and a little bit about their discography! Stay tuned until the end of the post because I’ve recommend a couple of videos that you definitely don’t want to miss! So without further ado, this is BTS!

disclaimer: I’m not an expert so if I got something wrong, please let me know! 


Who are BTS?


BTS are a 7 member boy group from South Korea. They are known for complex concepts and storylines linking much of their discography and for addressing important social issues in their music.

In recent years, BTS have taken these positive messages to another level, such as collaborating with UNICEF for the LOVE MYSELF campaign which is intended to help end violence. The group is also known for producing their own music.

BTS was originally intended to be a hip hop group, but their company (Big Hit Entertainment) then decided to debut them as a K-Pop group. Their company was very small and they struggled a lot at the beginning of  their career, making their current success even sweeter. Their fans are called ARMY.


Meet the members of BTS


namjoon.jpgRM (formerly: Rap Monster)

RM (born: Kim Namjoon) is the leader of the group. He is also the main rapper and participated in the Korean underground rap scene before becoming an idol. He helps write and produce most of BTS’ music.

RM was born on the 12th of September 1994 and is known for his clumsiness and his kind, well-spoken and wise nature. RM is the only member with fluent English and taught himself by watching the popular sitcom “Friends”.

Check out the music video for the song “Do You” off of RM’s 2015 mixtape RM!


jin.jpegJin

Jin (born: Kim Seokjin) is the oldest member of the group and also the visual. Apart from this, he is also one of the vocalist‘s of the group and is learning to play the guitar.

Jin was born on the 4th of December 1992 and is known for his love of flying kisses and dad jokes, as well as his impressive cooking ability. He has a bachelor’s degree in acting and is currently pursuing his master’s. He also has two sugar gliders.

Check out the music video for Jin’s song “Intro: Epiphany” off of BTS’ 2018 album LY ‘Answer’!


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Suga (born: Min Yoongi) was an underground rapper before becoming the lead rapper of the BTS. He plays the piano and was one of 25 songwriters and producers to be made a full member of the Korea Music Copyright Association in January 2018.

Suga was born on the 9th of March 1993 and is known for his tsundere personality, his savageness and his love for sleep. He has suffered from mental health problems in the past, and often tries to support others through difficult times through his music.

Check out the music video for the song “Agust D” off Suga’s 2016 mixtape Agust D!


j-hopeJ-Hope

J-Hope (born: Jung Hoseok) is a main dancer, rapper and sub-vocalist. He was a locally famous street performer before joining BTS and also helps contribute to some of BTS’ choreography.

J-Hope was born on the 18th of February 1994 and is known for his sunshine personality and extravagant sense of humour. He has declared that he aspires to be a beacon of hope and positivity for those who are stressed and worried.

Check out the music video for the song “Daydream” off of J-Hope’s 2018 mixtape Hope World!


jimin.jpgJimin

Jimin (born: Park Jimin) is the other main dancer of BTS, as well as the lead vocalist. Jimin was a top contemporary dance studio at his art’s high school and can often be found singing the highest notes in BTS songs.

Jimin was born on the 13th of October 1995 and is known for his sweet nature and eye-smile, his dual personality (adorable off stage, with a deadly charisma on stage) and for being a hard-working perfectionist. Luckily, Jimin isn’t quite so hard on himself now as he was when he was younger!

Check out the music video for Jimin’s song “Intro: Serendipity” off of BTS’ 2017 album LY ‘Her’!


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V (born: Kim Taehyung) is a vocalist with a deep, soulful voice and, as of 2018, a member of the dance line. V was named the most handsome man of 2018 by T C Candler and also had a supporting role in the 2016 TV series “Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth”.

V was born on the 30th of December 1995 and is known for his creativity and unique ways of thinking, as well as his love for photography, fine arts and Gucci clothes. He is a sweet man who loves kids and his puppy Yeontan.

Check out the music video for V’s song “Intro: Singularity” off of BTS’ 2018 album LY ‘Tear’!


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Jungkook (born: Jeon Jeongguk) is the main vocalist of the group as well as lead dancer. He has recently become interested in song production and also enjoys video editing.

Jungkook was born on the 1st of September 1997 and is the youngest member of the group. He is nicknamed the Golden Maknae* because he is good at everything. He loves (and excels at) not only performing arts, but also sports and gaming.

Check out Jungkook performing his song “Begin” off of BTS’ 2016 album Wings!


*note: maknae= youngest


BTS’ Discography


BTS has an extensive discography, including 10 albums, 4 repackaged albums, 2 Japanese albums and 3 solo mixtapes (one for each rapper). Their discography can be split into four distinct sections: their hip-hop era, the HYYH era, the Wings era and the Love Yourself era.


note: please click the caption button for English subtitles on the videos below.


THE HIP HOP ERA

BTS debuted in 2013 with a hip-hop based sound which they kept throughout their 2013 and 2014 albums. Some tracks tackled social issues, whilst others were songs about love, some happier than others.

  • debut song, the title track of 2 Cool 4 Skool
  • hip-hop
  • talks about pursuing your dream and doing your best for yourself without judging others

THE HYYH ERA

“HYYH” stands for 花樣年華 (Hwa Yong Yeon Hwa), meaning “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life”, which is the name of BTS’ 2015 albums and their 2016 repackaged album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever. With this era, BTS started branching out from their signature hip hop style.

  • the title track of The Most Beautiful Moment of Life pt.1 
  • hip hop, dance pop and R&B fusion
  • talks about needing the support of those you love (be that friends, family or a lover) and the anxiety of trying to hold onto a love and youth that cannot last.

THE WINGS ERA

The Wings era spans the end of 2016 and the first half of 2017. This era is the shortest of them all, consisting of only one album, Wings, and a repackaged edition, You Never Walk Alone. The group continued to explore different genres in this era and the albums featured a solo song for each member.

  • the title track of Wings
  • moombahton* trap with a reggae base
  • about temptation and a willingness to sacrifice everything for something, inspired by the book Demian by Hermann Hesse

*moombahton is a fusion of reggae and tropical house

THE LOVE YOURSELF ERA

This era spans the end of 2017 to the middle of 2018 and contained the largest variety of music styles of any era to this point. This era consisted of two albums and a repackaged album, talking about the positives of love, the negatives, and finally calling us to love ourselves.

  • the title track of Love Yourself ‘Her’
  • future bass*
  • DNA talks about a destined, overwhelming, world-changing romance

*future bass is a type of EDM with some influences from dubstep

MIXTAPES

Each of the rappers have released a mixtape and earlier this year Jungkook teased that he might be next^.


HERE ARE SOME VIDEOS THAT I RECOMMEND YOU WATCH!


note: these are not music videos.

THE BEST INTRODUCTION VIDEO I’VE FOUND:
THEIR LIVE PERFORMANCES ARE AMAZING:
AND RM HAS A KNACK FOR SPEECHES THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO CRY:
BECAUSE PUPPIES:

And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe learned something!

Are you excited to listen to some of BTS’ music now? Or are you already a fan? Please let me know what you thought and leave me a comment if you have any questions… I’ll do my best to answer them!

Thank you for reading this post today!  Watch out for tomorrow’s post on my favourite BTS songs of all time! Happy listening, Keira x.

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2 Books the World Needs to Read

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing with you two books that I feel are really important and life-changing.


Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt


Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullay HuntThis book is a middle grade novel and the main character has dyslexia. My younger sister has dyslexia and this really gave me a new perspective on her experience and was very eye-opening.

“Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?

However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of.” (Goodreads)


 

Dear World, How Are You? by Toby Little


Dear World, How Are You? by Toby LittleThis is a collection of heart-warming letters from a little boy to people all around the world and is honestly just a beautiful book.

“With the help of his mum, Toby started handwriting and posting letters to everyone from research scientists in Antarctica to game-keepers in Chad and even the Pope. Not only did Toby achieve his goal but the world wrote back.

Dear World, How Are You? is a collection of the most fascinating and heart-warming letters he sent and received. It shows that the world is only as big as your imagination and is full of potential friends, waiting to be discovered, no matter where you live.” (Goodreads)


And that’s it! Thank you for reading this post 🙂

What books do you think are really important? Let me know by leaving a comment below and maybe I’ll read them!

Happy reading, Keira x.


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5 Socially Critical Songs You Should Listen To

Hi everyone! Welcome to a new week and a new theme! Check out my twitter for the announcement of the theme each week. Today I’m going to be talking about songs which have something to say about the state of the world when they were released.


Neck Deep- Happy Judgement Day


Starting off the list, we have a very recent and very political song from 2017. The song connects to me on a personal level and, I think, may well resonate with you as well, talking about how the world feels like it’s going downhill. So much progress has been made in terms of equality and peace, but recent events such as Donald Trump being elected president and BREXIT seem to be taking us a step back. This song addresses those issues and feelings.


BTS- Go Go


BTS is known for writing songs which are both socially conscious and socially critical. Go Go criticises society for creating a situation in which the current generation can only spend their money, thinking “YOLO” because life is difficult and few people can get stable jobs which they enjoy doing. This is, according to the group, a particularly hot topic in South Korea at the moment. The group has also mentioned that people throw around terms like “no regrets” or “YOLO” all the time, and get criticised for it, but no one really stops to think about why those sayings and behaviours have become so popular.


The Black Eyed Peas- Where is The Love?


Going back a little bit older, this song criticises society for focusing on major problems elsewhere in the world but turning a blind eye to the issues the people closer to home are facing. The Black Eyed Peas call the government and society hypocritical for preaching love and peace when they themselves are hateful and violent.


VROMANCE- The Jobless


Even without English subtitles, the first few english words of this song already make it incredibly relatable. This is song about the difficulty of finding a job after university and feeling like everyone around you is getting on with their careers and being successful, whilst you are being left behind.


Emeli Sandé- Read All About It, pt. III


Possibly the most emotionally raw song on this list and perhaps one of the most positive in a way, Read All About It is a powerful and inspiring song about the power of knowledge and speaking your mind about what you believe and how that can change the world.


And that’s it! Do you know any other songs that critique our society?

What did you think of these songs? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading this post today! I hope you enjoyed and found some new music to listen to! Happy listening, Keira x.


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4 YA Contemporary Books to Read Before the End of Summer

Hello everyone! We’re past the half-way point of August which means summer is almost over!

The other day I talked about the four books want to read before the end of the summer, but today I wanted to recommend four books for you to read!

I personally love reading YA contemporary books during the summer, especially slightly fluffier and romantic ones. Hence, I’m going to be sharing with you four of my favourite YA contemporary books.


Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour


Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Goodreads

Everything Leads to You follows the story of a young set designer, Emi, and how she falls in love with Ava. It’s an ode to beautiful romance and also to the magic of Hollywood.

This is perhaps one of my favourite LGBTQ+ YA books simply because it isn’t about being LGBTQ+.

Of course books which explore the struggles some people face with their sexuality are important, but sometimes I just want to read a book where I can think “oh this is a really sweet romance” and the main character just happens to be lesbian.

Being lesbian isn’t Emi’s defining trait and it doesn’t define this story either. The characters undergo important, realistic character development and the writing is gorgeous too.

It’s been awhile since I read this book, so I’m a bit fuzzy on the details, but I remember loving it so you should definitely check it out!


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Goodreads

I’m certainly not the only person to sing this book’s praises and it’s very much beloved in the blogosphere so you may well have seen this book before if you haven’t already read it yourself!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is probably technically not a contemporary novel as it is set in 1980s El Paso, Texas, but I’m including it anyway, because it reads more like a contemporary than a historical fiction… and the 1980s aren’t that long ago.

The story follows two boys- Ari and Dante- through their later teen years. It’s about two loners becoming friends and the trials and tribulations of growing up and accepting yourself.

This book touches on LGBTQ+ themes as well, amongst many other issues which are particularly relevant for teenagers. Above all, though, this book is written in such an absolutely incredible way that you can’t help but fall in love with it!


Night Owls by Jenn Bennett


Night Owls by Jenn BennettNight Owls is one of my all-time favourite romantic YA contemporaries. It follows the story of Beatrix who meets a boy called Jack on the San Francisco night bus. Jack happens to be one of the city’s most notorious graffiti artists, but of course nothing is that simple.

I’m a sucker for artsy books (in terms of characters who like artsy things), so I’m already predisposed to like the book when one of the main character’s is a graffiti word artist and the other draws anatomical drawings, but when the writing is as gorgeous as this book I couldn’t help but fall in love.

Not only is this book really fun to read, but it’s also well thought out and touches on important topics. The romance is healthy and realistic, an emphasis is placed on healthy and consensual sexual activities, the characters’ parents play a role in the story and aren’t complete idiots or horrible people.

The book also touches on topics such as schizophrenia, having family members which are dealing with some kind of illness or disorder and has both LBGTQ+ and homeless side characters, which are important to feature in a book as part of a diverse cast, even if they’re not the main characters.

Overall, this book isn’t world-changing because it is just a romance story, and not that unique, but the way the book explores the romance is just so phenomenal that you just have to read it!

note: this book is also known as The Anatomical Shape of the Heart in the US. 


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


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A lot of you have probably heard of this book and it was even made into a film (Love, Simon) earlier this year! The film is really good, by the way, so I definitely recommend you watch it after reading this book!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows a teenaged boy, Simon, who writes anonymous emails to a boy called Blue, talking about his innermost thoughts.

When the class clown discovers the emails Simon can’t risk him or his friend Blue getting exposed and finds himself being blackmailed into setting Martin up with one of his friends. Which obviously doesn’t end well.

This book covers a lot of themes alongside the romance- bullying, friendship, loyalty and accepting yourself amongst other things, making it both a really funny book (because the humour is hilarious) and an important book as well. Also- Simon has a supportive and loving family, which I am all about.


And that’s it! Thank you for reading this post 🙂

What books do you enjoy reading in the summer? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Happy reading, Keira x.


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