Title: Foolish Hearts
Author: Emma Mills
Page Count: 312
Claudia accidentally overhears the break-up of a couple in school, Iris and Paige. Now, Iris threatens to ruin Claudia if she tells anyone. But when Claudia and Iris are stuck working on a paper together and then forced to try out for the school play of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, they must learn to put their differences aside. But as they spend more time together, they get to really know each other and their friendship grows.
This was my first Emma Mills book and my expectations of it were blown away. When starting this book, I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the story line and I didn’t care about the characters. But as the story went on, I found myself getting teary eyed over these amazing characters. Emma Mills has a way of writing that feels so real. The dialogue between the characters is so much more realistic than any other book I’ve ever read. The characters were genuine and felt like they could be real life people. I couldn’t really relate with any of the characters but I don’t even care because they are all so lovable.
Claudia and her brother Alex and her best friend Zoe play this online game called Battle Quest. It sounds a lot like World of Warcraft, which I am a huge fan of. I related to them in that way because they play almost every single day and are big time nerds. Which was so fun to read about! But Claudia is also helping with the school play, which I honestly had no interest in. Theater is not something I’m a fan of, unfortunately, so I found those parts to be a bit boring. But it’s not overwhelming, which makes it still enjoyable.
There is some romance in the story and it’s adorable. The story doesn’t center around the romance. Instead it focuses on friendship and family and it was refreshing to have a cute contemporary, such as this one, that didn’t heavily focus on romance, like most YA contemporaries. The friendship that develops between Claudia and Iris is just so real. It’s not a friendship that happens overnight or even over the course of a week. It develops and takes time and it just felt so genuine.
I’m really looking forward to trying out some of Emma Mills other books because this one was so great. I highly recommend it!