A Week Of Mondays | Kissing Ted Callahan | Read Bottom Up MINI-REVIEWS

Mini-reviews of A Week Of Mondays by Jessica Brody, Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding and Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham.

Hello reader friends — I feel like it has been such a long time since I’ve really put effort into blogging. Let me tell you, they were not kidding when they said the first trimester is exhausting. I am finally coming out of the first with only a few short weeks to go. It is no joke though. So, I figured mini reviews were the way to go with a pile of need to be reviewed books stacking up.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Week Of Mondays | Kissing Ted Callahan | Read Bottom Up MINI-REVIEWSA Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
Also by this author: The Karma Club, In Some Other Life
Published by Macmillan on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy, Social Themes, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780374382728

When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true...
Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!
As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?
From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.

A Week Of Mondays by Jessica Brody is a super adorable contemporary book that feels like it took me all of ten seconds to read. Actually, real facts it did take me a little bit longer. So, the gist of the book is basically that Ellison keeps repeating this one day over and over again, until she gets it right. You see, she looks awful for the school picture, her parents are fighting in the morning, she flubs her election speech and worst of all, her boyfriend breaks up with her. Ellison is convinced that she must get the day absolutely perfect to prevent Tristan, her boyfriend from breaking up with her.

I really liked A Week Of Mondays in the same way that I have enjoyed Jessica Brody’s other books that I’ve read. I laughed, I rooted for the main characters, and I devoured the book real quickly. It is unlikely that I will revisit A Week Of Mondays, but overall, I found it to be a satisfying read with an ending that was absolutely wonderful. If you’re worried about the groundhog day over and over again being boring, I will tell you that it is not. There are changes to each day that will keep you reading and interested.

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A Week Of Mondays | Kissing Ted Callahan | Read Bottom Up MINI-REVIEWSKissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding
Also by this author: The Reece Malcolm List, Ink is Thicker Than Water, The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
on April 7th 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Social Themes, Friendship, Dating & Sex, Humorous, General, Young Adult, Dating & Relationships, Humorous Stories, Social Issues
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780316371513

Sneak out. Make out. Rock out.
Riley and her best guy friend, Reid, have made a pact: they'll help each other pursue their respective crushes, make something happen, and document the details in a shared notebook.
While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over a girl's heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, the guy she's been obsessed with forever. His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But between a chance meeting with a fellow musician in a record store and a brief tryst with a science-geek-turned-stud-not to mention Ted's own tentative attentions-cute guys are suddenly popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! As their love lives go from zero to sixty in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid's pact may prove to be more than they bargained for.
Filled with cute dogs, cute boys, and a few awkward hookups, this hilarious tale from Amy Spalding chronicles the soaring highs and embarrassing lows of dating in high school.

Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding is definitely one of those RIGHT UP MY ALLEY kind of books. Basically, the main character is Riley. She has had a crush on this guy named Ted Callahan for pretty much forever. Also, she’s in a band which is another thing that makes the book appeal to me. Riley makes a pact with her best friend Reid. The two will help each other while communicating through this journal. They do whatever it takes to win the love of their crushes.

Oh and also? A bunch of other guys are suddenly interested in Riley. Friends, I loved reading Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys). I thought it was so funny and cute. Of course, I just wanted Riley and Ted to hook up. There’s a whole lot of realistic awkward in there too. And I love the layer of Riley’s band and how important it is to her. Fans of books like Audrey, Wait! will definitely enjoy Kissing Ted Callahan. Also, if you like books that take what feels like a nanosecond to read because you are so absorbed in them — you will enjoy this book too!

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A Week Of Mondays | Kissing Ted Callahan | Read Bottom Up MINI-REVIEWSRead Bottom Up by Neel Shah, Skye Chatham
Published by Harper Collins on April 7th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Humorous, General
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
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ISBN: 9780062262196

A charming novel about falling in love (or like) in the digital age—the never-before-seen full story.
Madeline and Elliot meet at a New York City restaurant opening. Flirtation—online—ensues. A romance, potentially eternal, possibly doomed, begins.
And, like most things in life today, their early exchanges are available to be scrutinized and interpreted by well-intentioned friends who are a mere click away.
Madeline and Elliot's relationship unfolds through a series of thrilling, confounding, and funny exchanges with each other, and, of course, with their best friends and dubious confidants (Emily and David). The result is a brand-new kind of modern romantic comedy, in format, in content, and even in creation—the authors exchanged e-mails in real time, blind to each other's side conversations. You will nod in appreciation and roll your eyes in recognition; you'll learn a thing or two about how the other half approaches a new relationship . . . and you will cheer for an unexpected ending that just might restore your faith in falling in love, twenty-first-century style.

Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham is a book that I received totally unsolicited in the mail. I actually knew nothing about it. However, upon reading the back cover I was hooked. So, I actually began reading this one immediately. I never really do that. I was one of those people who actually likes to plan out my reading ahead of time. Read Bottom Up was absolutely worth throwing my schedule in the air.

Read Bottom Up actually reminded me a bit of Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot. This book has an epistolary feel for the modern day. I mean, there’s tinder and facebook and texting. The two main characters are Madeleine and Elliot. They meet in person at a restaurant opening. At first, their hook ups are kind of fantastic. Then, they become a couple and it turns out that Elliot has some serious FOMO. Anyways, the book takes some unexpected plot twists and has an ending that I did anticipate. I enjoyed this book for being a fast read. I loved it for not being predictable. Recommended for readers who want to ease into books aimed at adults.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. What happy news! Congrats on your pregnancy! Hope that the exhaustion eases up soon. Can’t wait to see all the fun picture books you pick up to read with the baby!

    I hear ya about mini reviews. I think I need to catch up with a few of those myself. Read Bottom Up sounds so fun and I’m intrigued about those plot twists!
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  2. So glad you liked Kissing Ted Callahan!! It’s one of my favorites and definitely a “me” book also!! I LOLed in public while reading it, which isn’t normal for me. I’m definitely going to read A Week of Mondays soon. I totally loved 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, so I’m excited to read something with that same lightness.
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