What I Read in April

What I Read in April

April was one of those months that every time I picked up a new book, I was unable to put it down, and it felt so good. I got stuck in a reading rut at the beginning of the year after I started reading A Promised Land by Barack Obama, and while it was a good book, it was heavy and took me around three months to finish. I honestly thought I wouldn’t pick up another book for MONTHS but decided to dive back in right away. So, in the month of April, I tried to opt for more easy reads to get me back in the mood and boy did it work! Throughout the month, I ended up reading four books and other than Cobble Hill, I thoroughly enjoyed them all.

COBBLE HILL BY CECILY VON ZIEGESAR

Goodreads Synposis:

Welcome to Cobble Hill.

In this eclectic Brooklyn neighborhood, private storms brew amongst four married couples and their children. There’s ex-groupie Mandy, so underwhelmed by motherhood and her current physical state that she fakes a debilitating disease to get the attention of her skateboarding, ex-boyband member husband Stuart. There’s the unconventional new school nurse, Peaches, on whom Stuart has an unrequited crush, and her disappointing husband Greg, who wears noise-cancelling headphones—everywhere.

A few blocks away, Roy, a well-known, newly transplanted British novelist, has lost the thread of his next novel and his marriage to capable, indefatigable Wendy. Around the corner, Tupper, the nervous, introverted industrial designer with a warehouse full of prosthetic limbs struggles to pin down his elusive artist wife Elizabeth. She remains…elusive. Throw in two hormonal teenagers, a 10-year-old pyromaniac, a drug dealer pretending to be a doctor, and a lot of hidden cameras, and you’ve got a combustible mix of egos, desires, and secrets bubbling in brownstone Brooklyn.

My Review: Cobble Hill is a quirky read following four families living in Brooklyn, each with their own issues and drama and mostly in third-person point of view. Each family is seeking purpose, community, and building meaningful relationships and while each character was thoughtfully built out (ex-boyband member, school nurse, a mom faking a debilitating disease, and an author), the relationships and dynamics between them were extremely confusing. By the time I finished it I was asking myself “that’s it?” and “what the heck did I just read?”. This book was kind of a bore and was there wasn’t much of a climax to give you that “AH-HA” moment, which is super disappointing since the author did such an amazing job with the Gossip Girl series!

My Rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

THE DATING PLAN BY SARA DESAI

Goodreads Synopsis:

Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can’t give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiance.

Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend’s little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy’s matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather’s will. If only he hadn’t broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago…

Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren’t about to follow the rules of this engagement.

My Review: This was such a cute, feel good read! I mean, what’s not to love? Fake boyfriends, fake fiancés, and a badass main character (female software engineer of color!). When Daisy bumped into Liam after years of not speaking, she immediately word vomits and introduces him to her aunties and old boss as his fiancé. After going their separate ways, life brings them back together and they just might have a future together. Throughout the book, the relationships between the characters are so delightful and the author did such a great job building out their personalities, hobbies, careers, and social lives.

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION BY EMILY HENRY

Goodreads Synopsis:

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

My Review: Emily Henry is at it again! In her latest book, we navigate a friendship between Poppy and Alex that started in college. Poppy is an influencer and travel writer that is living what some might think is the perfect life but that doesn’t mean she’s happy. After her fallout with Alex a few years ago, she’s realized it’s a friendship she needs in her life so they take one of their summer trips together. Disaster after disaster happens and while it is a slow burn, Emily Henry has written the story and characters so beautifully, you’ll find yourself unable to put the book down trying to figure out what happened between the two friends and where their friendship is going to go.

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

FLOAT PLAN BY TRISH DOLLER

Goodreads Synopsis:

Since the loss of her fiancé, Anna has been shipwrecked by grief—until a reminder goes off about a trip they were supposed to take together. Impulsively, Anna goes to sea in their sailboat, intending to complete the voyage alone.

But after a treacherous night’s sail, she realizes she can’t do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned. As romance rises with the tide, they discover that it’s never too late to chart a new course.

My Review: I love a good grief-riddled character that finds out who they really are and what they were meant to do, especially if it involves finding love again. I loved reading about Anna and Keane’s struggles (TW: suicide, depression) and how they were working through them so that they could prove to themselves that they have a reason to keep going. As the pair sales down to the Caribbean, they learn a lot about themselves, each other, and in the end, their relationship is what pulls them into a happier life.

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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