Review: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

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Review: Foolish Hearts by Emma MillsFoolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Published by Henry Holt BFYR on December 5, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia's ever seen. As Claudia's world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

Howwwwww are Emma Mills’ books so good? Like, her contemporary romances and Becky Albertalli’s are the absolute pinnacle of fluffy books imo. Foolish Hearts has just become my new favorite, which has happened with each book so far, because they’re all just so damn good. Mills hits basically every possible emotion, and they feel so real and so beautiful and relatable. With Foolish Hearts, Emma Mills gets even better, which, like, honestly, I’m back to HOW?

From the very beginning, I fell in love with Claudia. She’s charmingly socially awkward, by which I don’t mean that she trips sometimes or whatever, but that she’s kind of terrible at social interaction and it’s massively relatable. She has a tendency to be very direct or very sarcastic, and, whenever she tries any other social tactic, she’s just so incredibly bad at it. For example, in the first scene, at a boring party, someone asks for her affirmation on a stupid thing she doesn’t care about, so she goes “Abso-tootin’-lutely!” like that’s a thing that people do.

The catalyst of the novel is a rather strange event but one that really does kick off the action: at said party, Claudia accidentally overhears the cutest couple in her all girls’ school break up. Of course, being Claudia, she gets caught listening and her incredibly terribly attempts at lying don’t really pan out. This means that Iris, who is super duper mean, now has it out for her. Which makes things awkward when they’re assigned to be partners in English.

Iris and Claudia have one of the best relationships in the whole book, and I relate to them both so incredibly hard. (Also, in some alternate universe, they are the ship and I also love that version btws.) Iris also doesn’t know how to people but where Claudia comes off weird and kooky, Iris comes off mean. They become friends slowly and sort of by accident, and I have so many feelings about their friendship. I also super love that scary, forbidding Iris is a massive fangirl.

Getting assigned to be partners in English while they still hate each other earns them a bad grade, which means that, for extra credit, they have to audition for the school play. The whole novel is basically Claudia and Iris being forced out of their comfort zones and made to interact with other humans. Claudia makes all of her friends basically accidentally, and every time she is really fucking surprised that anyone could possibly like her. I RELATE TO THIS GIRL SO HARD.

Obviously there is this boy, Gideon Prewitt. He’s charming and adorable and at first he seems like he’s Mr. Popular Smexy Dude, but actually he’s a complete goofball and the most cinnamony of cinnamon rolls. Gideon is absolutely precious and adorable and weird and lovable. Like, the amount of time he spends trying to ask Claudia out while she has actually no idea because she doesn’t think anyone could ever like her is the cutest damn thing I’ve ever seen. And I just love how they are such perfect weirdos together. It’s absolutely ideal.

At times, Foolish Hearts had me literally laughing out loud. There was this one scene where Gideon joins the MMORPG that Claudia loves because she loves it, and he can’t figure out how the controls work, and I had to put the book down and laugh for an actual minute it was so funny. Mills’ banter is so incredibly on point throughout the whole cast, and there are so many different varieties of perfect banter.

As well as she hits the highs, Mills also excels at the lows. She really delves into Claudia’s insecurities and you feel every moment. I almost cried through, like, the last hundred pages. I’ve been unaffected through books much sadder than this one, but I care so freaking much about these precious children that any time their feelings are hurt, I’m a goddamn mess. The whole cast shines; Mills does such an incredibly job developing her secondary cast as well as the leads. There are THREE ships to enjoy, and they’re all totally delightful.

Part of me really wants to sit down and reread this book immediately that’s how good it is. Not kidding. I really actually want to, but I won’t because my tbr is a million books long. This book, you guys.


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2 responses to “Review: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills”

  1. Gillian says:

    AHHHHHHH I need to read this immediatelyyyyy, how is Emma Mills such magic

  2. I must say, it’s impressive that your review makes me actually want to read contemporary which never really happens. lol
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