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 because she likes to stick to the background, but she has a killer best friend at home and her and her siblings all like to get together online to play an awesome RPG game together, which I think is just about the cutest thing ever. Then, one day she overhears a dramatic breakup and ends up being targeted by one of the fiercest girls at her school.
Thankfully a boy band brings her unlikely friends, and she gets to be a part of a school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the dreamest boy of them all, Gideon, who is my new book boyfriend. No, you can’t have him. He’s mine. I’m claiming him for my collection. Seriously, back off.
Claudia has this awkward way about her that felt so wonderfully refreshing to me! I just adored her. She’s just playing Battle Mage with her siblings, secretly listening to cheesy boy bands, and crushing on Gideon without meaning to. It’s a very fun relationship to watch unfold; one of my favorites in all of contemporary YA. Yeah, I said it.
Emma Mills is always on point when it comes to relationships, and Foolish Hearts is certainly no exception. She’ll tug all your heartstrings and it will be glorious
Rating: 5+/5 stars