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Book Review: Every Reason We Shouldn’t (Every Reason We Shouldn’t #1) – Sara Fujimura

Rating: 2/5 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Genre:ย Young Adult Romance

Review:

Olivia’s parents own a skating rink where she spends most of her time. She used to be a figure skater until something happened to end her career. Enter Jonah Choi, skating prodigy who starts training at the rink. Sparks fly as they clash.

The synopsis gives the impression of a rivalry, an opposites attract vibe between Olivia and Jonah but I didnโ€™t see it. Even the title hinted at it but it was missing from the story. Their first meeting was a volley of barbs but after that, the relationship did a rapid 180. Trust me, I do like when relationships progress fast but the segue lacked a smoothness that felt wrong to me.

There were quite a lot of things about the story that annoyed me, the exchanges between Olivia and Jonah, Oliviaโ€™s volatile and juvenile reactions. I understand that teenagers have the constitution of a ticking time bomb but the way Olivia reacted to some of the things in the story just irritated me.

I did empathize with Oliviaโ€™s plight over what she went through with her mother and how she had to deal with stuff on her own.

I really wanted to like this book but I didnโ€™t like Olivia and there were plot holes in the story. Some important matters were glossed over which dissatisfied me. This story had potential and could have been much better.

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Synopsis: Warning: Contains family expectations, delightful banter, great romantic tension, skating (all kinds!), Korean pastries, and all the feels. Fifteen-year-old, biracial figure skater Olivia Kennedyโ€™s Olympic dreams have ended. She’s bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of an athlete… until Jonah Choi starts training at her family’s struggling rink. Jonah’s driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoyingโ€ฆ and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivia’s got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart? Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura is a charming multicultural romance perfect for the many fans of Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell.

 

Author:

I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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