Hello bookworms and welcome to another review! Today's book is Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon! I'd like to thank Penguin Teen Canada for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
Sunny Dae is what some might describe as a nerd, he's obsessed with D&D and even has a growing Youtube channel with his best friends were they make lifelike DIY props. When Sunny meets Cirrus Soh all he wants to do is impress her, and pretending his brother's old rock in roll bedroom is his couldn't hurt right? Until Sunny goes a little too far and says he's in a band, then Sunny and his friends make up a rock band to impress Cirrus. With new changes to his now rocker lifestyle, Sunny is starting to like the change, people are noticing him and he's not getting bullied as often! However Sunny's lies start to catch up to him and he has to wonder, was it all worth it?
Super Fake Love Song is a great YA rom-com but it was also so much more than that. To start off we have a great cast of diverse characters. Our main character Sunny is Korean-American, and through his perspective got a glimpse into how he dealt with stereotypes and discrimination. We also had such a great network of relationships in this book. Sunny not only deals with romantic love in this book but also the concept of family and friendship. We see the dynamic connections between his brother and how he idolized him when he was younger, while also seeing the comparison of present day struggles. What I loved was that in this book we didn't just see the parents once, but on multiple occasions, in fact what they do and how Sunny feels unsupported is a critical part of his character. His friends Milo and Jamal are also amazing! They had a true banter that reminded me of when I talk to my friends, and their loyalty was heartwarming.
While there was amazing relationships between Sunny and those around him, we also looked at the relationship Sunny had with himself. I'm so happy to say that while Sunny did change himself to impress someone else he also did not completely change, he still kept his passion for the things he loved and that was something that was really important to me. What was also interesting was how this new lifestyle became another addition of him that he loved. Seeing his journey of confidence was very moving in a way. The writing made for a very quick read, however I wish at some points that certain scenes could have been longer. I feel like that would have let me get a deeper connection to the other characters.
The music aspect of this book was awesome! I had a lot of fun with the band references and the introduction of lyrics and music notes and chords. Music is a big part of my life and I think that definitely connected me to the story more. The romance in this book was also very sweet. Cirrus and Sunny are so cute together and the development of their relationship was entertaining. Overall this book had a very genuine feel, I had a "super" fun time reading it!
I'm excited to go read Frankly In Love by David Yoon now as I've heard raving reviews about that as well! I gave this book a 4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
That's a wrap on my review of Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon! I hope you enjoyed and make sure to check out this book as it was recently released on Tuesday! I wish you all have a rock'n roll filled day! 👊To metal.
Happy Saturday bookworms! I'm coming to you today with a review for The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein. First I would like to thank Penguin Teen Canada for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Set in the times of World War II, set in a small town in Scotland, a German soldier delivers an enigma machine to British intelligence by hiding it in a pub. This machine could mean the end of the war, it can decode all of the messages going back and forth between the German fleets. However not all goes to plan when Louisa, a young teen charged with taking care of the pub owner's elderly aunt, finds it instead. She works with Ellen, a volunteer at the airfield, and Flight Lieutenant Jamie in order to decode messages received on patrols. With this information, Jamie's squadron seems to be unstoppable, until Germans start bombing the tiny town in retaliation...
I had heard so many good things about Elizabeth Wein's other book called Code Name Verity and was immediately intrigued by the premise of this book. For those of you wondering, this does take place in the same universe, however it is more of a prequel which means you can read it before Code Name Verity. One of the aspects I loved about the writing was the accents interwoven with each perspective. I also was able to pick up on a lot of slang which really immersed me into the time period and setting. One concept talked about a lot in this book is coins that soldiers stick into the wood at the pub. Before they go on a mission they leave a coin for good luck and use it to buy a drink when they return safely. This small bit of information really showed how dire the situation was and made you think of all the sacrifices these people made. Morse code was also a big topic, and I have to say it reinvigorated my love for it! Something about secret codes and messages is so intriguing to me and it added an element of mystery to the plot.
I had a hard time picking a favourite character, it's definitely a tie between Jamie and Louisa. They both are so brave, and stubborn in their own ways. I loved the inclusion of the topic of people of colour during the war, which I feel is something not talked about often. Seeing the struggles Louisa faced as a half Jamaican, half English woman during this time period was eye opening. I would have loved to see a bit more interaction between the main and side characters as I think that would have let me connect with the side characters more. But I have to say that my favourite relationship in this book is that between Louisa and Jane Warner, the elderly women she is caring for. They had such a connection through music and loss and it made for a heartwarming friendship.
I am so excited to read more of Elizabeth Wein's work. This has reminded me of what I love in historical fiction, the action and ties to real events in history. I gave this book 4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
That's a wrap on my review of The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein! This book just hit shelves so be on the look for it! Do you know any other languages? What about codes? Let me know in the comments below!