Foolish Hearts

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Emma Mills always has a way with storytelling, and this book is no exception. Her characters are dynamic, her writing is fluid, and everything about this book is wonderful. Claudia's journey in the novel feels realistic, and over and over again, I'm reminded of why I love Emma Mills's writing.

Foolish Hearts is a light read that's sure to make anyone feel warm and tingly for a little bit.
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In my quest to finish as many 2017 releases as I could before the year was over, I picked up Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills during a day of travel and was easily and immediately charmed. Foolish Hearts is the story of Claudia, who overhears a breakup conversation she shouldn’t have and becomes enemies with the most ruthless girl in school, only to have them both participate in the same production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

I really loved all the characters in Foolish Hearts as well as their relationships with each other–including friends, siblings, and love interests–which just felt authentic. I especially loved the amazing friendships, both for Claudia as well as her love interest and...

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Originally posted on Forever Young Adult on 2017 December 5.

BOOK REPORT for Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Cover Story: Love Looks Not With The Eyes, But The Mind
BFF Charm: Yay x 2
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth
Bonus Factors: Shakespeare, K-Pop
Relationship Status: What Fools These Mortals Be

Cover Story: Love Looks Not With The Eyes, But The Mind

I can’t decide if I love or hate this cover. It’s pretty, sure! I like the funky tapestry/embroidery, and I like that it’s not dumbed down. On the other hand, I genuinely have no idea what it has to do with the story.

The Deal:

Claudia has accidentally overheard her classmates Iris and...

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I have such a hard time reviewing anything Emma Mills writes because I just want to put a ton of heart-eyed and sobbing emojis together and leave it at that. Seriously, how does she manage to write such perfect contemporary every single time? It's like, I think that her latest book can't possibly compare to her previous novels, and then it does and I'm just dying over here because of all the fangirling. I would read terms and conditions of various boring websites if she wrote them.

Foolish Hearts is the perfect whimsical romantic friendship novel. I just loved everything about it. Claudia is an interesting protagonist - she doesn't have many close friends at school...

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I usually enjoy Emma Mills's books greatly, but this one seemed underdeveloped. I couldn't get into this story as I wished I had, partly because I couldn't really believe the source of the issues that Iris had with Claudia and partly because I'm not a huge fan of theatre books. Hopefully Mills's next book resonates more with me.
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Light-hearted teenage romance.  Somewhat predictable.  Felt more of a connection between Claudia and Iris than with Claudia and Gideon but was happy with how the book ended.  One thing this author can do is write with a lot of humor.  Some of the dialogue had me laughing out loud a few times.
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The plot of Foolish Hearts is loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. When you take Shakespeare as your inspiration, you need to deliver, and I think the author really does that with her take on the play.

Claudia is the kind of girl who has always flown under the radar at her all-girls high school. That changes when she accidentally overhears the messy breakup of her school’s most popular couple, Iris and Paige. When Claudia and Iris are then forced to partner on a class assignment, it doesn’t go well, and their teacher assigns them both to work on the school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for extra credit. Their work on the play brings Iris and Claudia closer together, and...

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Cute, whimsical. I was expecting there to be some fantasy because it was a spin on A Midsummer's Night Dream. That was just the impression I was under when I picked it up. But alas. I think this book is a more it's-not-you-its me kind of situation. If you like more contemporary stories, then I'm sure this will be up your alley.
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Can Emma Mills write a bad book? I think not! Having absolutely loved both First & Then and This Adventure Ends, I was keenly looking forward to reading Foolish Hearts. Yet again, Mills has written a heartwarming story about friendship, family and love. She does a brilliant job with the combination and I hope she never stops writing these stories for teens. 

I think it says a lot about an author when you wind up caring for every single character introduced in her book. Foolish Hearts may be told in Claudia's POV, but every character introduced is important to the story, and I could not get enough of them. Claudia, herself, is a fabulous protagonist, who I think a lot of readers...

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Foolish Hearts is a sweet and beautiful story that reflects real struggles of teens and gives hope that things can work out in the end. I love that this story, while a love story, is much more than that. It is a story of friendship, trust, and betrayal. The best relationships are not the romance stories between Claudia and Gideon or Iris and Page but the friendships that Claudia develops with Iris and the roller coaster ride of her friendship with Zoe. This book is a book of self-discovery and potential. It is a welcome addition to any YA collection.
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When was the last time you fell completely head over heels for a book? If it were acceptable for a review to consist of just heart eye emojis and goofy grins, that’s what my Foolish Hearts review would be. I was not expecting to adore this book at the level that I did.

Foolish Hearts focuses a lot on friendships and how they change and grow. Claudia was really easy for me to relate to. She has her best friend, her hobbies, and her family. She doesn’t really need more, but when she’s forced out of her comfort zone she finds new friends and new confidence.

I loved all the characters in this book. Every single one. Claudia was a fabulous main character. She was easy to relate to and fun...

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Back in September, I shared a list of authors I NEED to read. Emma Mills was on this list, and I cannot believe it took me so long to read one of her books! This book was such a joy to read, and exactly my cup of tea.

I am not quite sure where to start with my outpouring of affection for this book, but I am going to try.
•Claudia was so wonderful! I related to so many of her worries and the baggage she was carrying from a past relationship, but also found her to be such a genuinely kind person. She made mistakes, but she also knew she made mistakes, and worked hard to remedy those transgressions. I just adored her and wanted to be her friend, and part of her guild too.

•Gideon!!! There...

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I was so excited to read this book, and, now that I've finished, I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed! Emma Mills does such an incredible job of writing romantic comedy. She fills her world with three dimensional characters and doesn't focus the book completely on the central couple.

Before we go any further, a quick summary. Foolish Hearts follows private school scholarship student, Claudia. Claudia is a hard working girl with a job and parents that can't pay for her and her siblings to go to college, setting her apart from the wealthy teens at her school. Claudia has only made half-hearted attempts to connect to her classmates, thinking that all she needs is...

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This is officially my favorite book from Emma and going on my top books of the year.

I love love loved Claudia. She’s snarky af and her inner monologue was fantastic. Gideon is adorable and goofy and the two of them were so much fun together. Really, the entire cast of characters is perfection.

Plot wise, it was lovely. There are a few different plot threads, but it all went together so seamlessly. And somehow I’m completely okay with Emma’s apparent rule of no-kissing-until-the-end. The anticipation just slays me.

Overall, it was a cute and fun read. This will definitely be something I pick up and read again and again.

**Huge thanks to Henry Holt for providing the arc free of...

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I received an advanced reader's copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is exactly what I needed right now. It's a light, cute read that also has depth to it. It all starts when Claudia accidentally overhears the breakup of the school's power couple and then finds herself on the wrong side of the toughest girl in school. When the two get paired up for a school project, Claudia is sure that things will end in disaster, but she ends up being pleasantly surprised along the way.

The best thing about this book for me was the characters and their relationships. Emma Mills does such a great job of creating incredibly relatable characters...

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Emma Mills has done it again! There's something so inherently likable about not only the author but also her characters, her method of storytelling, really just about everything! It's hard not to be wildly entertained while simultaneously nodding your head and thinking, "Yep, I've been there!" This isn't just universal to teens either, as an adult I often found myself relating to Claudia as well. I think that's what makes Mills books so special. She is able to entertain you with sweet romantic tales but she also gets you thinking much deeper, about the nature of relationships whether they're romantic, platonic, friendly, or familial - she comes...

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***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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...

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What a delight this book was and so much more than I expected! Claudia is stuck in an awkward situation when she overhears a power couple breakup at a party. The wrath and anger of Iris after she is dumped is something that Claudia isn't looking forward too. When they are stuck together to write a paper for their English class at their private girls school, Claudia discovers that some people are just hard to reach. After an epic fail, the girls are forced to try out for A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is being put on with the boys school next door. Claudia is not thrilled to be out of her comfort zone and interacting with people she isn't friends with. As they story...

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There’s something about an Emma Mills book that just leaves you feeling light and happy and this book definitely kept with that tradition for me. Don’t let the synopsis fool you – this isn’t about a rivalry between two girls, but really about misconceptions and unlikely friendship. Although the girls start out a little adversarial, they quickly develop a nice rapport and friendship. Foolish Hearts has a Shakespeare play, an MMO-loving main character, a boy band obsession, a really great emphasis on friendship and family, and a really cute romance. Basically, this has everything, all wrapped up in some really nice, warm writing. Emma Mills is definitely an auto-buy author for me now.
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I read This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills about a month a ago, and I knew after I had finished that that I definitely wanted to check out another book by her because I really enjoyed it, but it was the only book I had read by her so I couldn't say yet weather or not she would be an author who I would check out every book they publish or not. After reading Foolish Hearts, I can now confirm that she will be an auto-buy author for me.
I don't know if I can say this book was perfect, because I don't think any book can be 'perfect', but I can honestly say that I cannot think of anything that I would think of as negative. At first I thought I was not going to be the...

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