All Time Low Book Tag

Disclaimer: None of the fanart drawings in this post are mine! Please go check out the artist’s links. They are amazing.

Hey, book warriors!

First off, a huge thank you to Tasha (catsandpaperbacks) for creating this tag and tagging me! So go check out her blog post ūüôā

So a little background information: All Time Low has been one of my favorite bands since 2009. The first concert I ever attended was actually the Bamboozle Roadshow in 2010 where ATL was a headliner! I wish I had pictures of them, but the only pictures I have from it are of The Ready Set…because I was obsessed. So I’ll go ahead and insert some pictures from a more recent concert when they toured with Issues, State Champs, and Tonight Alive on the Future Hearts tour in 2015!

The pictures are terrible…but ya do what you can in a crowd like that!

Okay, I’m done rambling. On to the tag!

1. That Girl: A female character a lot of people don’t like but you love

“Stories moved Kelsea most, stories of things that never were, stories that transported her beyond the changeless world of the cottage.” –Erika Johansen,¬†The Queen of the Tearling

THE QUEEN OF TEARLING

Kelsea¬†Glynn from THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING series! I absolutely love everything about Kelsea.¬†She is in my top 10 favorite female characters¬†of all time list and I will go down defending her. I really just don’t get it when people tell me they don’t like her! Erika Johansen created an incredibly realistic, strong, female main character. She is responsible and a leader, but still acts like a teenager/new adult. She is mature but has plenty of immature moments. She keeps her head on straight and she doesn’t constantly get sidetracked by things that matter less than her goals. Seriously…just love¬†her. Though every time I think about THE FATE OF THE TEARLING I just get angry all over again.

2. Bad Enough for You: A character that wasn’t written to be liked but you can’t help but love

“I’m a pirate queen. I don’t make promises.” –The Abyss Surrounds Us, Emily Skrutskie

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Santa Elena, the pirate-queen, from THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US and THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS by Emily Skrutskie. I’m not sure she wasn’t written to be liked, but it would be very easy to hate her…but I just love her. I have no apologies about loving her. She is strong and ruthless. She made it to where she is by herself with hard work and her own determination and will.

Also…if anyone’s read this duology and is artistically inclined…FANART!?

“Of course she’d be carving her own name into Fung’s fancy boat. That’s what she does‚ÄĒshe takes things and slices them up until they’re hers.” –The Edge of the Abyss, Emily Skrutskie

3. Coffeeshop Soundtrack: A book you loved when you were younger but realized it wasn’t as good as you thought

pitchforks

I’m probably going to get yelled at for saying this…but here goes nothing.

Cityofbones.Also the entire first 3 books of the Mortal Instruments series. There…it’s out there. Don’t forget your pitchforks and torches.

4. Good Times: Your favorite squad

the dregsIt couldn’t be any other squad for me than my Dregs! I love them so much. I’ve read and reread the duology¬†more times than I can count because I need them in my life. Kaz, Inej, Nina, Wylan, Matthias, and Jesper are everything!

This perfect fanart is by clearlynotclaire

5. Somewhere in Neverland: A book you loved in your childhood

Pretty much any Judy Bloom book, or the Magic Treehouse!

6. The Edge of Tonight: A couple that balances each other out really well

“She’d seen what his soul was made of. And she liked it.” –When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon

dimplerishiDimple and Rishi from WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI is definitely the couple I have to pick for this.

They are so incredibly different! They show two different experiences as Indian-American’s and the way they both had things to learn from each other. I love how their differences don’t create an imbalance in their relationship, but rather they are the things that tie them together and balance them out.

7. Remembering Sunday: A book with an unexpected ending

THE FATE OF THE TEARLING definitely had the most unexpected ending. I didn’t expect it to end the way it did at all and I definitely didn’t expect to be so disappointed by it! I loved the first 2 books and 3/4 of FATE but then that 1/4 just hits you like a train and ruins everything. Everytime I look at that book I just get mad all over again.

8. Walls: Your favorite character arc

Wylan Van Eck

This fanart by Trisha says it better than I or any words ever could…

(this last question wasn’t in Tasha’s original tag, but she was kind enough to let me add one and I love this song)

9. Love Like War: A couple that had to face a lot of challenges to be together

cas and swift 2

Cas and Swift from THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US and THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS by EmilySkrutskie. They went through so many ups and downs, way more downs than ups, but their relationship was a slow burn. It took a long time to develop, and they knew where they needed to be if they were to ever have a relationship. There were monsters and a pirate queen constantly trying to destroy them. They are one of my favorite OTP’s of all time.

Wonderful fanart by plantedface on tumblr

“Swift and I are supposed to be all clash and burn, but maybe we can be something more than that, and it’s that thought that stills me as I kiss her back, soft and sweet and tender.” –The Edge of the Abyss,¬†Emily Skrutskie

Thank y’all for reading! I’m going to tag a few people who might enjoy doing this tag but feel free to do it!

Romie

Austin

Julianne

Annie

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Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

To start off this review, here are some actual reactions from me while reading:

“Oh, Rishi. You have no idea.”

“Can I just keep reading instead of going to work?? Is that something I can do?”

“Can’t handle the cuteness!”

dimplerishiTitle: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Publication: May 30, 2017

Rating: 4 Stars

I really don’t even know where to start with this book! It’s been one of my most anticipated reads since the moment I found out about it, and then I was lucky enough to win an ARC of it in a giveaway on Twitter. The excitement was real!

When Dimple Met Rishi is an own voices, young adult contemporary that follows the story of Dimple, a fierce, driven young girl who is ready to start her life after graduating high school. Those plans do not include finding her Mamma’s idea of the “Ideal Indian Husband.”¬†Despite that, Dimple feels she’s made progress with them when they agree on letting her attend a summer program for web developers. There she meets Rishi, at first glance he couldn’t be more opposite of her. He’s a hopeless romantic, driven by practicality and Indian tradition. He’s all for attending the same summer program as his future wife. The thing about love is, it’s unexpected and unexplainable.

“Are you afraid that you don’t belong here? Or that you do?” –Sandhya Menon,¬†When Dimple Met Rishi

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It has everything you could want a cute contemporary, perfect for summer, to have. Plus it was a romantic comedy and it was HILARIOUS.

When Dimple Met Rishi is told through the alternating perspectives of Dimple and Rishi. And they are both so lovable and relatable. Dimple is fierce, she knows what she wants and will stop at nothing to get it. I related to her a lot because I have the same fears and I get anxious about a lot of the same things as her. She won’t let anything stand in the way of her and her dreams. She’s the kind of role model we need teens to have. Rishi is traditional and “hopeless romantic” might be an understatement. He is everything I expected him to be and yet surprises me around every corner. I related to him also, because being the older sibling has had a huge impact on his life. He is kind and understanding, and the exact opposite of a stereotypical rich kid. He’s unapologetically himself, and he’s not afraid to stand up for the people he loves. I’m pretty sure he’s made it onto my list of favorite male characters.

It’s not every day in young adult literature that you get good representations of family and friendships between girls, and When Dimple Met Rishi had both. Dimple may not always see eye to eye with her family, but I could feel the love between them while reading. No matter what, they will always love each other. Rishi constantly shows how much his parents mean to him, and the lengths he will go to to make them happy. I really like the first born, second born dynamic between Rishi and his younger brother Ashish because it reminded me a lot of my sister and me. And then there’s the friendship between Dimple and Celia, which I found to be an excellent representation of friendship between girls. Every time I thought it was going to turn to girl hate, it didn’t. I loved that. They were there for each other and genuinely good friends from beginning to end, they had their differences of course, but what real friendships don’t have rough¬†patches?

“I feel like an Indian American here, and when I’m in India, like just an Indian. I see them both as equal and valid for me.” –Sandhya Menon,¬†When Dimple Met Rishi

Because this book follows two Indian-American protagonists who are the children of immigrants, I cannot speak on the representation but would like to point out that it’s an own voices¬†novel and I’ll link some reviews I’ve seen from Indian reviewers! That being said, I love the insights into Indian culture and tradition, and how it’s a completely different take on arranged marriages than I’ve ever seen before in books. This book is important, with many important themes and dialogues.

Now we come to why I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5. It is beyond important and I think Sandhya has created a book that needs to be out there and it needs to be read. But there was quite a bit of use of ableist language throughout the entire book, it really could have used different wording in many places. Also, just the writing, in general, could have been brushed up on. I found a few plot holes that stood out to me, and also with the alternating points of view in 3rd person, sometimes Dimple and Rishi’s perspectives blended together. I’m not sure if that was purposeful, but I think it would have been interesting to read it where their perspectives were in 1st person. There are ways to use 3rd person to bring the audience into the story more deeply than in 1st person, but I don’t think that was achieved here. More than anything, the story being told in 3rd person perspectives brought me out of the heads of the characters rather than pulled me in.

“Like his heart was wrapped in microwaved Nutella.” –Sandhya Menon,¬†When Dimple Met Rishi

All that being said, I definitely recommend this book! It’s so important. Below you’ll find some reviews from Indian reviewers that could speak on the representation in the book. Thank you for reading!

Mana’s Review

Aaron’s Review

Ivy Book Bindings¬†(She isn’t Indian, but she’s South Asian American and I really liked her review)