songs that you can't help but sing along to: a playlist

Mr. Brightside- The Killers
All Star- Smash Mouth 
Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond 
Dog Days Are Over- Florence and the Machine
Hey There Delilah- Plain White T's
Sugar We're Goin' Down- Fall Out Boy
The Middle- Jimmy Eat World
Don't Stop Believing- Journey
Vegas Lights- Panic! At The Disco
Welcome to the Black Parade- My Chemical Romance 
Wonderwall- Oasis



5 Books That You Should Read This Spring

I know that a lot of people go on vacations during spring and actually go outside and do things and meet people, but if you're like me then you probably end up staying home all break, cooped up in some corner of the house with a book in your hands. The fact that so many different books are released in spring doesn't really help the situation.

Of course, if you're like me, you also need to know what books to actually pick up, which is why I have a list of five books that are definitely worthwhile reads during spring. 

You might be unsure about what to read or maybe you're just not entirely convinced of the awesomeness of reading. Whatever it is, don't worry, these books are amazing! 

1. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Synopsis (From Goodreads)
 Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. 

What I Liked
  • Diversity!
  • The characters and their relationships were just so real. They seemed like people that you might meet in your own life and their relationship was so realistic. 
  • This book was sometimes funny, sometime joyful, sometimes sad, and other times just heartbreaking
  • The chapters of this book switch from the past to the present. I love when books are written like that as it really makes you want to keep on reading to figure out everything that happened in the character's life!
  • We Are Okay is a pretty short book, at just 234 pages, meaning that it's a quick read. (It's nice to read a short book once in a while.)

2. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Synopsis (From Goodreads)
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

What I Liked
  • This book is emotional. Like, really emotional. I'm not really someone who cries a lot during books or movies but I still teared up several times while reading this. (And I full on cried for Adam Silvera's other novel, More Happy Than Not.
  •  Beautiful writing. Just beautiful. Also, this book alternated between the past and the present, too.
  • I really liked the portrayal of OCD in History Is All You Left Me. I don't know much about OCD, but I have read a lot of books that seem to misrepresent anxiety disorders, or have disorders "cured" by romance (bleh, I hate that trope), but this book didn't.

 3. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Synopsis (From Goodreads)
Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

What I Liked
  • Unreliable Narrators
  • The writing is so addicting! Once you start reading this book you can't stop. It just immediately pulls you in!
  • It's a dark novel that's extremely thought provoking  
  • I don't know what else to say other than JUST READ IT

4. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly 

Synopsis (From Goodreads)
Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

What I Liked

  • I love the main character, Jo! She starts out really naive, but her characters develops a lot throughout the book.
  • The murder mystery! It was really fun to try to pick out the clues and figure out what was happening while the characters were doing the same. 
  • The secondary characters are great, too! Fay, Eddie, and Oscar are all really well developed and likable characters.
  • FEMALE FRIENDSHIP (we need more of this in YA)

5. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Synopsis (From Goodreads)
Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?

Enter Lisa.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same.

What I Liked
  • It's really nerdy! Solomon and Clark spend a lot of the book fanboying over Star Trek.
  • I love the focus on friendship! 
  • The synopsis is actually a little misleading. Though Lisa is trying to "cure" Sol, it's made very clear that what she is doing is completely wrong. 
  • Sol's family was so enjoyable to read about! A lot of YA books kind of just ignore the family of the different characters, but this one didn't!
  • I thought that Sol's agoraphobia was really well written.
  • Highly Illogical Behavior is also one of the few books that have made me cry 

So, there you go! Five amazing books that everyone should read! I hope that you actually do pick one of these up this spring and really enjoy it.