Book Review #12 Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Book Specifications

Author: Emma Mills

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Standalone

Release Date: December 5th, 2017

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

(Macmillan Publishers)

Genre: Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Young Adult

ISBN: 9781627799379

Synopsis from Goodreads

A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best-dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

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Awesome Anika created a Foolish Hearts playlist on Spotify so you can play it while reading the book or if you wanna imagine and feel the novel in terms of music.

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I must say, I had never read any Emma Mills’s books before Foolish Hearts and it’s a good decision that I actually read this book and I have zero regrets on it. At first, I was like wow that cover is so colorful and the title is Steve Perry singing in my head literally FOOLISH HEARTS…HEAR ME CALLING…STOP BEFORE YOU START FALLING…LALALALALA


Anyways…that’s a weird way to get started talking about a book. I’m just excited, so sit back and enjoy reading my blog review.

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When Claudia awkwardly overhears a very personal conversation between two classmates and one of them is the meanest girl in school. She knows that she is on for a big trouble. And what are the odds that they have been paired to do a school paper and a was forced try-out for the school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. What a fiasco for sure but that makes the story interesting. What initially seems like a total mess turns out to be an experience that leads Claudia to explore new friendships and meeting a very cute guy that likes her for who she really is. There is also a part of the novel that talks about family and their struggles to cope up with life and still manages to be together and be happy.




I was surprised to see a lot of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, of course theater stuff and boy band mania gosh I have a long list of favorite boy bands. While I’m reading this book I’m reminiscing my Highschool days and feels good.

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The Cover:

I am so in love with the cover and how it looks like when there is no dust jacket as well. I’ll describe it as a cotton candy clouds with rainbow glitters falling. YEAH!!!!

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The characters are well developed and oh so colorful. Started reading and only a few chapters and I’m already laughing. It’s a fun quick, feel-good read.



Claudia is our main girl. She is so relatable even though we are kinda different. She has a cool way of seeing the world. I can say she is down-to-Earth and I loved that she was into spending time with family and liked gaming that reminds me of my two siblings and cousin that used to play a game called Ragnarok it’s a multiplayer RPG game like the ones they are playing in here.


Gideon was upbeat and cute. Almost everyone likes Gideon like he is one of the most popular guy in school and to top it all up he’s full of positivity.


The side characters in this book were also great! And one of them is my all time fave!

Iris is indeed my favourite! She is just natural like no filter natural. She knows her flaws but still manages to rock it. A real snob but once you break her wall she is with you through thick and thin.

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And then we have Zoe, Claudia’s the BFF from preschool. She is a nerd as well when it comes to video games and she is open to possibilities!


Basically, I loved everyone. They are real, relatable and heartwarming characters.

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Her writing just connected and spoke to me and left a smile and a warm fuzzy feeling in me afterward.


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There are some parts that I find slow and unnecessary but after that Emma will strike you with such an entertaining humor that you will end up laughing.  I remember just a couple of pages when I started reading this book I’m already laughing! Same in sad parts. It’s like the book is telling my story because I can really relate to it which I find amazing.

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Overall Foolish Hearts is a light-hearted and emotional read that I effortlessly sank into. A simple teen life that is concentrates on relationships, friendships, drama and a LOL (laughing out loud) moments in school and family. Thanks for writing such an emotional, humorous and witty contemporary novel Miss Mills.


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If you are looking for a book that will make you immensely happy, then you should grab and read Foolish Hearts!



Group Think:

Have you read a book and see yourself and your life reflected on it? I would really love to hear your story. Share it with me via comments.

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About the Author


Emma Mills is an author better known to her subscribers as vlogger Elmify. She is also co-creator and co-host of the “life skills” channel How to Adult, which ended in 2016.

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