Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin – spoiler free review


I recently read the book ‘Ronit & Jamil’ by Pamela L. Laskin and I really wanted to talk about it. I think this is mostly because I do have a lot of mixed opinions on this book.

This is a spoiler-free review, so if you haven’t read the book you don’t have to worry about getting spoiled while reading this post.

note: I did not enjoy the original Shakespeare play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ so that may have affected the way that I viewed this novel.

30317423Ronit & Jamil

author: Pamela L. Laskin

number of pages: 192

published: February 21st, 2017

genre: poetry, romance, retelling

my rating: 2.5/5 stars


“Pamela L. Laskin’s beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israel-Palestine conflict.

Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred.

The teenage lovers fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can only be kept secret for so long. Ronit and Jamil must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both.”

The fact that this book is written in verse shocked me at first but I got used to it quickly. I thought this was a nice way to connect the novel to the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Shakespeare’s original work (which this novel is based on).
There were times when I enjoyed the writing and times when I didn’t. Towards the end, it sounded wrong (I listened to the audiobook). There were times when Pamela L. Laskin used really nice metaphors and imagery, and there were also times when it sounded dull and horrible. For example:

” They may have named me
a pet name
since I am a river
my feelings are liquid
even before Ronit
I was the boy without armor,
because I love to read and write,
but I also listen to Coldplay,
so why say
I melt? “

I feel like this should’ve been written “normally” because having this written in verse didn’t help me, the reader, visualise the characters, settings etc.

The constant (unlabeled) changes in point of view was frustrating. Due to the different narrators, I was able to tell the difference between the two. However, it felt all over the place and somewhat unorganised. If the author had focused on each character for a little bit longer, allowing the reader to fully understand and allowing for further character development, I probably would’ve enjoyed this book more.

The relationship between Ronit and Jamil, to me, felt rushed and that it was based on sexual attraction alone. There was no development of an emotional, romantic connection between the two of them. The novel was filled with lines such as:

“so I know
she thinks of me
as a man
who would lift her skirt
and love her,
not the foolish boy
my Abi
thinks I am.” 

The lack of a development of an emotional, romantic connection between Romeo and Juliet is something that I felt was left out of the original play and could’ve been added to this retelling in order to make it better. This could’ve been done by making the story longer in order to further develop these characters and their relationships with their families and each other. By doing this, the novel could’ve been so much better.

I did not appreciate the use of ableism in this novel (through the use of the word “l*me” – I cannot remember what was being described in that moment, but it was definitely not describing ‘[of a person or animal] unable to walk without difficulty as the result of an injury or illness affecting the leg or foot.’) This was only done once which is better than having ableism throughout the novel, however, it was one too many.

There were a few phrases that, to me, felt a bit American and felt out of place in this novel. I felt that these odd lines didn’t help with the development of the setting, especially because this book is written in verse.

This novel somewhat addresses the Israel/Palestine conflict. I was expecting it to really go into the Israel/Palestine conflict, and help not just myself, but other teens and readers to better understand this. However, I was disappointed, I felt that I just read a load of “fluff” (for lack of a better word). There was very little political context, I personally do not know a lot about the Israel/Palestine conflict, which made it a little bit harder to understand the betrayal caused by their relationship. I do understand that this is a story, not something that is used to educate people, but I just expected a bit more information than what was given.
The author attempts to give the reader some context in the brief “Reader’s Note” at the beginning which says:

“There are several references to a “fence” throughout the book. This is actually a separation barrier–being built by Israel–that runs near the “Green Line” between Israel and the West Bank. The premise behind it is that it would prevent terrorists from entering Israel proper; however, there is much controversy surrounding this structure.”

I jumped onto Google because I wanted to know more about this ‘fence’ because I felt that the information that was provided was inadequate.

The ‘fence’, which is described in the quote above, in my head looked like this: Related imageAfter some simple Googling, I found out that it actually looks like this:Image result for the fence between israel and palestine
Basically, this ‘fence’ is really a ‘separation barrier’. I do not understand why the author has called it a fence throughout the novel as she states that it’s a ‘separation barrier’ in the Authors Note, logically they should’ve called it a separation barrier throughout the novel so that they do not confuse the reader.

Also, it is a twenty-five foot high concrete wall (7.62 metres) that is 430 miles long (692.018 kilometres) This is something Pamela L. Laskin failed to mention, something which she could’ve easily done in the Authors Note. If she had done this it would’ve made the image of the ‘fence’ a lot bigger, causing the reader to understand what a big deal it is.

In order to fully explain the size of the wall, I found a graphical representation comparing the Berlin Wall to Israel’s Apartheid Wall.

On this same website, I found this:

“The semantic problems posed by the use of the word “fence”, in either language, are enormous:

fence (n.)

1. A structure serving as an enclosure, a barrier, or a boundary, usually made of posts or stakes joined together by boards, wire, or rails.

wall (n.)

1. An upright structure of masonry, wood, plaster, or other building material serving to enclose, divide, or protect an area, especially a vertical construction forming an inner partition or exterior siding of a building.

2. A continuous structure of masonry or other material forming a rampart and built for defensive purposes. Often used in the plural.

4. (a) Something resembling a wall in appearance, function, or construction.

To characterise the structure as a “fence” without referencing its other features is highly misleading.”

I also found out, through the same website, that the wall does not run along the ‘Green Line’  as I believed it did, due to the authors’ description of the ‘fence’.

There was some explanation of the Israel/Palestine Conflict, however, I felt that it was briefly explained and was rushed. As I did with Israel’s Apartheid Wall, I went onto Google to find out more about the Israel/Palestine Conflict. To oversimplify this, this conflict is because of land. Becuase the British Government (from roughly around about 1913 to 1915) made too many promises and then attempted to ‘fix’ this but unfortunately made this so much worse.

As this is a book review, not a history lesson, I’m not going to go into all the finer details about the Israel/Palestine Conflict. However, for those of you who want to know more about it, I watched the “Conflict in Israel and Palestine: Crash Course World History 223” YouTube video, and John Green did a very good job of explaining it in a way that made sense. I think it’s also important to know a bit about the Jewish Diaspora, I watched another Crash Course video, “Christianity from Judaism to Constantine: Crash Course World History #11” and another YouTube video called “The Jewish Diaspora”.

All of the information that I found on the Israel/Palestine Conflict was found from the 2003 article “Is it a Fence? Is it a Wall? No, it’s a Separation Barrier” on The Electronic Intifada, the video “The Wall Between Israel and Palestine” on Youtube as well as the Youtube videos “The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history” created by Vox and “The Illegal Israeli Wall – What You Need to Know in 90 seconds” which is also a YouTube video.

Please leave a comment if any of the information I have shared on this is incorrect or if any of these sources, which I have listed, are unreliable. I have tried my best to make sure that these sources are reliable and are sharing correct information.

Overall, I thought this novel was well written, it just required more development of the main and side characters as well as more political context.

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought about it in the comments


Yasmin xx



how did my 2017 go?


So 2017 has been an unfortunately disappointing year for me, for both my reading and blogging.  Around of June this year, my life became overwhelmed by the amount of school work I had this year. My blog and reading life suffered and unfortunately. However, I believe that 2018 will be so much better and that I will hopefully be able to find a good strategy and be able to balance my blog and my school work.

In this blog post, I’m going to be talking about my reading challenges, my general goals and my blog for this year. I will be making a separate post on the best books I read this year.  (I have added links to each of the original goal posts, just in case any of you wanted to check them out)

I wanted to write more book reviews this year, and I did! I am very proud of the number of reviews that I wrote (reviews on books I had not received for review)

I thought I’d add links to all the reviews I’ve written this year because I’m proud of every single one of them:

I know that there are only three reviews here and that’s not a lot. But compared to the amount of time I had, wow Yasmin you’ve said that a lot in this post, I am pretty proud of the number of reviews I’ve posted this year.

Unfortunately, I did not finish my Goodreads reading challenge. However, I am pretty proud of how well I did considering the lack of time I had to read this year.

My goal was to read 45 books this year. I read a total of 35 books, 10 less than I wanted to. However, I read a lot of books that I enjoyed reading this year and I believe that that is more important. Quality, not quantity.

Lastly, there is the Diversity Bingo 2017.

As the last reading ‘challenge’, I didn’t complete this challenge either. However, I did read complete some of the prompts. (The prompts in blue are the ones that I have read a book for and they have a link to my Goodreads review for the book)

romance with a trans main character non-binary main character (own voices) sci-fi/fantasy with disabled main character practising Jewish main character Indian main character (own voices) displaced main character
main character with an under-represented body neuro-diverse main character (own voices) retelling with main character belonging to LGBTQIA+ bisexual main character
(own voices)
main character with an invisible disability main character with anaphylactic allergy
main character of colour in
own voices
Latinx main character
free choice non-western (real world) setting own voices main character with chronic pain
West Asian setting Arab main character
(own voices)
main character with wheelchair book by an author of colour biracial main character (own voices) pansexual
main character (own voices)
black main character
(own voices)
main character on the ace spectrum (own voices) LGBTQIA+ main character of colour visually impaired main character book set in central america contemporary world arranged marriage
indigenous main character
(own voices)
diverse non-fiction person of colour of the cover d/deaf/hard of hearing main character immigrant or refugee main character Hijabi main character (own voices)

So I read books for 16 out of the 36 prompts

For the Indian Main Character prompt, I read The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

For the Main Character with an Under Represented Body prompt, I read Dumplin’  by Julie Murphy

For the Neuro-Diverse Main Character prompt, I read A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

For the Main Character with an Invisible Disability prompt, I read Schizo by Nic Sheff

For the Retelling with a Main Character Belonging to the LGBTQ+ community prompt, I read As I Descended by Robin Talley

For the Free Choice prompt, I read Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

For the Non-Western Real World Setting prompt, I read Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

For the Arab Main Character prompt, I read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

For the Book by An Author of Colour prompt, I read Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

For the Biracial Main Character prompt, I read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

For the Black Main Character prompt, I read Geekerella by Ashley Poston

For the LGBTQ+ Main Character of Colour prompt, I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Såenz

For the Visually Impaired Main Character prompt, I read Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

For the Diverse Non-Fiction prompt, I read Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings

For the Person of Colour on the Cover prompt, I read It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura

For the Hijabi Main Character prompt, I read Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Overall I think I think I did alright, I could’ve done better. But I am proud of the variety of diverse novels I’ve read.

So that was my 2017!

How did yours go? Did we read any of the same books? Let me know in the comments.

Here’s to a better 2018!

Yasmin xx


Harry Potter discussions 


if you didn’t know, I love Harry Potter. its the reason why I started reading, made certain friendships and spend hours analysing characters.

I spend a lot of time thinking or talking to friends about Harry Potter. About its world, little or big decisions characters have made and the characters a whole. I thought it would be fun to share my ideas with you and also find out some of your opinions on these topics.

let me know in the comments if there is anything you’d like me to talk about


Yasmin xx



I’ve been away


for those of you that frequently read my blog, you’ll have noticed that I disappeared for the past three months without any warning.

I am so sorry for doing that. I, as the creator of this blog, should have said that I was taking a break from blogging.

I have been away due to school, which has become overwhelming and stressful. I am planning to come back to blogging once I’ve finished my exams in three weeks.

If you would like to keep up to date with me, you can check out my Twitter or my Goodreads accounts.

thank you so much for sticking by me and my blog while I’ve been away. I really appreciate it.

Yasmin xx


June 2017 monthly wrap up


so my plan to write more blog posts this month and to read more books this month failed.

Even though I read four books this month I feel like I didn’t read that much, that made no sense.

books I finished this month:

books I started/continued reading this month:

my goal to write reviews on books that I enjoyed is kinda going well (not really) but I did write a review that I’m super proud of this month. I also wrote a review for the first episode of season 2B for Shadowhunters. I’ve behind on the show and I haven’t found the time to watch the episodes and write up my reviews.

blog posts I made this month:

so that was my month! how was yours? did we read any of the same books? let me know by commenting

Yasmin xx


Shadowhunters season two episode eleven – discussion


season 2B of Shadowhunters has begun which means I am back with more discussions on each episode.

I did enjoy this episode, I don’t think it’s my favourite out of season two, but I did enjoy it and, I loved a certain new character (which I will talk about in this post).

by the way, there will be spoilers for the entire Mortal Instruments series in this discussion (I have also added little asterisks where the spoilers are) as well as for the Infernal Devices.

The episode starts with Jace and Alec training outside of the institute, which at first, I thought was weird, but I fully enjoyed the scene. Alec knows that Jace is hurt about the incident with the soul sword (that happened last season) and is trying to get him to open up about it. Jace being Jace brushes it off and tells him that he’s fine and dismisses Alec’s concern. They end up talking about Jace having more angel blood and how/if he has any ‘special powers’ as Clary does (she can create runes). At this point, Jace just knows that he can activate the soul sword and that’s it. I love Alec and Jace’s relationship, I love their banter and their closeness. We see Jace’s cockiness and his arrogance and I’m loving it! I just love how Shadowhunter’s is using these training scenes to build relationships between the characters.

Clary and Simon are out in the sun sitting on their bench. It’s honestly one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. I’m really enjoying their relationship on screen, I think Shadowhunters have done a good job with it and haven’t made it feel forced.

Jace and Simon’s relationship! Again, I love it. Simon tells Jace that he knows his secret, (that he has angel blood) and that he won’t tell anyone because he knows that it will put a target on Jace. I also love how Simon goes to hug Jace and Jace just doesn’t want the hug. I love their banter, it’s beautiful.

Something I didn’t like and that bothered me the entire episode is that the Inquisitor’s name is Herondale. Like they could’ve used any other name!

The next scene we have Valentine in a cell being tortured with a rune. Alan Van Sprang is such an amazing actor. I love the way he plays Valentine, even if the lines aren’t always something Valentine would say, he always says them so well. We have this flashback where, I believe, a younger Valentine is in this demonic star and is screaming for his dad. I’m not sure what this has to do with the rest of the plot but I believe it’s important.

Emeraude Toubia is an amazing actress and does not get enough screen time. We have this scene where Izzy is in so much pain because she’s trying to get the vampire venom out of her system. Alec is trying to help her out, he’s worried. Izzy keeps telling him she’s fine and not to worry. I just love all of the scenes with Isabelle because Emeraude does such a good job with them.

We have Izzy go to Raphael for vampire venom and she needs something to take away the pain. I fully appreciate that Raphael says no and that he doesn’t give in. We see how desperate and how addicted she is to vampire venom. The only thing I don’t like is where they’re going with this plot line.

Jace does not want to open up or talk to anyone about what happened with a soul sword. This is something that is a constant throughout this episode. Clary is trying to get Jace to open up, but he won’t because there are still so many things that he hasn’t told Clary, for example, him not being her brother, and he just wants no one to know how he feels. I think this is a really important part of Jace’s character and I really liked how they did this in this episode.

Izzy goes out looking for a vampire to actually give her venom and ends up coming across the greater demon Azazel who tries to kill her. In the end, it is Sebastian who saves her and ends up taking her to his house as she’s weak due to her withdrawal. Something that really confused me and I need answers to is, why did her necklace break? I’m hoping that this is something they go over later on because they spent a significant (not really a lot, but enough to reinforce that this had happened) time on it.

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Everyone thinks that Isabelle has been taken by Azazel, when in fact she was with Sebastian. Also everyone except Alec, Magnus and Raphael think she has the flu. I’m thinking that everyone might find out because something happens later on, but at the moment I have no clue.

*spoilers for the mortal instruments, the blood experiment plot line* Did anyone else think that it was kinda foreshadowing that they all thought a greater demon had Izzy when it was actually Sebastian? You know because cough demon cough blood.

They decide to go to Valentine, as they believe that Circle members broke Azazel out of Dudamel for Valentine. Note, they do not inform the inquisitor. Why? because she’s in a meeting. I’m sitting here like she already thinks they’re working with Valentine and then they decide not to tell her that they think a greater demon has taken Isabelle??

Valentine tells them that they should summon Azazel with Magnus and tell him that Valentine has the cup, using Valentine as bait, so they can trade Valentine for Izzy. I just don’t understand why they would use Valentines idea, but hey, people (meaning Clary) make bad choices. Both Jace and Valentine said they wouldn’t trust Valentine. Clary is so reckless and I kinda appreciate that they’ve kept that a part of her character.

Clary finds out that Jace isn’t her brother! Which was kinda disappointing, I wanted them to drag it out a bit more. But I did like the way it was done. Clary is more upset about the fact that Jace isn’t opening up to her and worried about his emotional state because of this, rather than him not telling her that he isn’t her brother.

We go back to Isabelle and Sebastian and I have mixed feelings. Will Tudor who plays Sebastian, who also played one of my favourite characters (Odi) on Humans, is a great actor. He was able to give off that slightly untrustworthy but also good guy disguise. We find out that he is from the London Institute and left because of a Yin Fen addiction. He gives Izzy this medication that is able to help with the pain.

*spoilers for the Infernal Devices* I’m not liking where they are going with the Yin Fen plot line, it is completely taking away from Jem’s plotline in the Infernal Devices. I do understand/believe that there is some underlying message about drug/alcohol addiction in here and I guess they are trying to show how addicts can seek help and end up being freed from their addiction. (you can totally tell that I take English Literature, wow)

Luke has a new partner, Ollie, and I kinda like this subplot. I love that they subtly mentioned that she has a girlfriend, it’s obviously not a big thing and we haven’t met her but she does just casually mention it. I fully appreciate when shows or books casually mention that a character or side character is in a same-sex relationship. Ollie suspects that Luke is up to something, especially because he won’t tell her much about his life and because he likes to talk in private to people. She takes photos of Luke and Maia talking (about the pack breaking up). I’m kinda interested to see where this goes.

Jace finally opens up! Alec finds Jace crying and they have this really nice moment where Alec is comforting Jace. I think this really shows the bond between them, especially because they did a really bad job of showing the parabatai bond in the first season. I love how they are showing Jace’s vulnerability and his relationship with Alec this season.

We go back to Izzy and Sebastian. Sebastian says so things which are so subtle and that most people will not pick up on unless they have read the mortal instruments. I’m really hoping that they don’t reveal certain things about his character until later in the series, like seriously even if they wait until season three because I love all these little hints.

We actually didn’t get a lot of scenes with Simon in them this episode. Of course there is the daylighter thing which plays a part in Simons plot in this episode. Raphael has found out that Simon is a daylighter and wants to know how. Simon obviously doesn’t tell him and I feel like this is going to develop into a much bigger plotline.

We then have the scene where they summon Azazel. This is the second time they’ve decided to summon a greater demon, and last time nothing happened but it was terrible and I hated it. This time was better but I was still annoyed by the terrible decision these characters were making. Of course, we all know that he doesn’t have Izzy, but they all believe he does. So they decide to get Clary to use her sunlight rune to harm/kill Azazel, which for some reason the rune doesn’t work. And, I’m not surprised, Azazel breaks free and switches Magnus and Valentine. Jace was able to break free and attack Azazel and everyone in confused. I don’t understand why they’re confused because they all know that he has extra angel blood.

Izzy calls Alec and tells her that she’s okay and safe. I thought this was really important and I think it shows how much they care for one another and how at the end of the day, they just want one another to be safe.

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Once Izzy has finished on the phone we hear the kettle whistling and then Sebastian burning his hand over the stove. It was a very weird and suspicious scene. I kinda liked it.

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Jace and Clary finally talk about the brother-sister issue and Jace’s abilities. It wasn’t like they cried and hugged and it was overly emotional. It was a small conversation and I really appreciated it.

The episode ends with Valentine (in Mangus’s body) walking down the street. I don’t really like body swap thing, but if they do a good job with it then I might change my mind. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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so, you read all the way to the end of this pretty long discussion. I hope you enjoyed it. If you agree of disagree with anything I’ve said here or have any ideas as to what they’re going to do in the upcoming episodes, let me know by commenting!

Yasmin xx


As I Descended by Robin Talley – spoiler free review


I recently read As I Descended by Robin Talley, and absolutely loved it. I thought I’d share my thoughts on this book with you.

This is a spoiler-free review, so if you haven’t read the book it’s okay. I have read Macbeth, so please keep that in mind when reading this review, as my knowledge of the original story has impacted the way I read and view this novel.

please note. there is a very unhealthy and abusive relationship in this book


As I Descended

author: Robin Talley

number of pages: 370

published: September 6th, 2016

genre: fantasy, retelling

my rating: 4/5 stars


“From the acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley, comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—but one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey. Golden child Delilah is a legend at exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. But Delilah doesn’t know that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to unseat Delilah for the scholarship. After all, it would lock in Maria’s attendance at Stanford—and assure her and Lily four more years in a shared dorm room.

Together, Maria and Lily harness the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school. But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what’s imagined, the girls must attempt to put a stop to the chilling series of events they’ve accidentally set in motion”

I would recommend reading Macbeth or watching a film adaptation of the play before you read the novel. Just because, I think, it makes the reading experience a lot more enjoyable.

I went into this book knowing that it was a Macbeth retelling, with an f/f relationship. Little did I know, this book was literally flooded with diversity. There is; LGBT representation, a character that is living with a disability/chronic pain and Hispanic characters. I love retellings, and I love retellings with characters I can relate to.

there were problems that other people had with the book, things that I did pick up on while listening to the audio book. Leah (from the blog Small Queer Big Opinions) has a goodreads review about some of the problems, not only they had but also I had, with this novel.

The book is split into five acts, and each chapter was named after an important quote. I also liked how each chapter title was an important quote from the original play. There were so many little things which were from the original play which was added in.

I appreciated how there were aspects of the original play scattered throughout the novel. Things such as; the dagger, toil and trouble (which was a video game), Lily/Lady Macbeth trying to wash the blood of her hands, as well as the football field being named Dunsinane. There were other things, such as the scholarship being called the Cawdor Kingsley Prize. I didn’t pick up on this until I finished the book, mostly because for the majority of the novel it was just called the Kingsley Prize.

Other than physical things in the novel. The characters names somewhat echo the original Shakespeare characters names. Macbeth is Maria, Lady Macbeth is Lily, Macduff is Mateo, Banquo is Brandon, and Duncan is Deliah. I loved the fact that there is that small connection between the names of the original characters. Something I really appreciated was that all of the characters, even though you could see aspects of the original Shakespeare characters in them, they were still their own character.

Robin Talley was able to change iconic scenes from the play without changing the essence of the scenes. Throughout the entire novel, even though it was a modern retelling, you could still sense that it was Macbeth, or at least inspired by Macbeth.

something I really would’ve liked to see was the students actually going to classes and doing homework or actually interacting with teacher/adults. We didn’t see a lot of this, and at times it was easy to forget that they were actually high school students at a boarding school. There was quite a lot of conversation about college scholarships, campus security, and homecoming. But the lack of classes, teachers, and assignments made it feel more like they were just a group of people who lived in the same block of apartments.

Something that didn’t make a lot of sense to me was, why Maria needed the scholarship. It is made very clear that Maria is a very intelligent and appears to be a well-rounded student. It seems ridiculous to think that she wouldn’t have gotten accepted into Stanford University.

I have recently been tweeting my thoughts on the books I’m currently reading. I thought I’d include a link to that thread in here, just in case anyone wanted to read them or find out more of my in the moment thoughts

overall I really enjoyed this book. it was a fun entertaining read. If you loved Macbeth then you’ll love this book, I guarantee it!

let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it in the comments.

Yasmin xx