The Resolutions
New Years are for fresh starts, but Jess just wants everything to go back to the way it was.From hiking trips, to four-person birthday parties, to never-ending group texts, Jess, Lee, Ryan, and Nora have always been inseparable—and unstoppable. But now, with senior year on the horizon, they’ve been splintering off and growing apart. And so, as always, Jess makes a plan.Reinstating their usual tradition of making resolutions together on New Year’s Eve, Jess adds a new twist: instead of making their own resolutions, the four friends assign them for each other—dares like kiss someone you know is wrong for you, show your paintings, learn Spanish, say yes to everything.But not even the best laid plans can take into account the uncertainties of life. As the year unfolds, Jess, Ryan, Nora, and Lee each test the bonds that hold them together. And amid first loves, heart breaks, and life-changing decisions, beginning again is never as simple as it seems.

The Resolutions Details

TitleThe Resolutions
Author
ReleaseNov 13th, 2018
PublisherHarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN-139780062656827
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Lgbt

The Resolutions Review

  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    Such a cute friendship-centric read. I particularly like how the book deals with each character's relationship with being "Latinx enough," and the fact that half the MCs are queer (Ryan is gay and Nora is bi and in a very cute f/f relationship the whole book) definitely did not hurt. Nor do the food descriptions! Fave parts were definitely the little chat excerpts; I feel like that's when voice kicked in the most.
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  • Zoraida
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, thoughtful examination on self discovery.
  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    I was so intrigued by the premise — four best friends who pick new year’s resolutions for each other and what happens over the course of a year afterward. Happy to say it lived up to my high hopes! This one is a story about relationships — with your family, friends and yourself. About how to face heartbreak and fear and pressure. About finding your way. About growing up and growing together. I thought it was pretty great!
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  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsEh, not for me. Like small parts but overall a thumbs down. Full RTC soon.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Real rating: 3.75 stars but rounding up. I liked it!!
  • Lana Pattinson
    January 1, 1970
    *I read an advance copy*⭐4 amazing POVs⭐Pink hair⭐Massive shipping between (redacted)⭐Need Puerto Rican postres STAT⭐I want to give all these kids a big hug 11/10 would recommend! *I read an advance copy*⭐️4 amazing POVs⭐️Pink hair⭐️Massive shipping between (redacted)⭐️Need Puerto Rican postres STAT⭐️I want to give all these kids a big hug 11/10 would recommend!
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  • Adriana Martinez Figueroa
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll write a review later this week but bless u Miaedited review:Rating: 5/5 StarsReview:Sometimes you're on the verge of greatness and need a little push from someone you care about to see how amazing you really are. That's the basic premise that Mia García brings with The Resolutions. Four friends challenge each other on New Year's Eve by writing resolutions for each other. These goals are written to see each other thrive, especially as Senior year and graduation are fast approaching. First, w I’ll write a review later this week but bless u Miaedited review:Rating: 5/5 StarsReview:Sometimes you're on the verge of greatness and need a little push from someone you care about to see how amazing you really are. That's the basic premise that Mia García brings with The Resolutions. Four friends challenge each other on New Year's Eve by writing resolutions for each other. These goals are written to see each other thrive, especially as Senior year and graduation are fast approaching. First, we have Ryan. Ryan's a gay mixed Asian-Latino kid who's lost his groove after his first ever break-up. He's struggled with picking his art back up, resorting to obsessively going over all of his ex's social media platforms. Second, there's Nora. Nora's pretty much a ghost in her friend group due to having to juggle working at her mother's restaurant, being a good student, having a stable relationship with her girlfriend Beth, and shoving down all her own dreams and ambitions.  Third is Lee, full name Francheska Lee, who lost her mom a few years back and has left any memory that has to do with her mother and heritage locked away.And last, but not least, Jess, who's an overachieving Afro-Latina who seeks to please everyone around her, often ignoring her own well-being to do so.  All four band together to make this year a good one with the following resolutions:1. Ryan needs to kiss someone who's wrong for him and to show his work unapologetically.2. Nora has to put her feet in the ocean and to choose her own adventure.3. Lee is going to relearn Spanish and decide whether to take a test that will tell her whether or not she has the same disease as her mother.4. And Jess has to... say yes to everything that is deemed spontaneous.As the four come to terms with what their friends' challenges mean and if that's how they see themselves, they still tackle each with... varying degrees of success.The POVs jump between the four characters from chapter to chapter, which means we don't often get a lot of reactions to certain characters' decisions, like when Nora cuts off her hair. I wanted to get that moment when the mom saw her change, and though Nora comments on it in passing, I wished to see more of that. However, the changing POVs are when you got most of the characters' inner machinations. You get frustrated as a character decides to hide something from another, yet the other doesn't even realize they're hiding something. That's what's fantastic about the changing POVs. They're biased toward their own dilemmas and relationships, that they often overlook what's right in front of them. An example of this can be said of when Jess starts overworking herself, leading to anxiety and panic attacks. There are four different subplots for each of the characters, which could be isolating, but you know that in the end they'd rally around each other. That's the thing that hit me the most, the characters always care about each other and never do something that would hurt someone outright. They have each other's interests at heart, but the way each interpret that affection internally is vastly different. It's incredible how García managed to tap into each of their voices, and it's never more evident than when they message each other (this was pointed out in Dahlia Adler's review, too). By the end of the book I wanted to gather all the characters into a group hug and tell them they're worth the world. Validation may be a bitch, but they're so valid and I want to tell them that. Anyway, come here for the friendship, and stay here for the budding romances, Beth and Nora, the FOOD (oh my God I was hungry half the time I was reading this), healthy relationships, discussions on Latinx identities, and the character development. I wholeheartedly approve of this book and you'll love this if you're searching for some queer and Latinx contemporary YA with a focus on friendships and personal growth.Some TWs/CWs I can remember: description of anxiety and panic attacks, insomnia, alcohol consuming, sexual harassment (someone manhandles Jess at a party while she's drunk), driving under the influence, car crash, death of a loved one (mother), hospitals, injuries.I got the ARC from an auction and it was provided by the author. The Resolutions will be available on November 13th, 2019. You can pre-order now and send your receipt to Mia's preorder page to get some awesome book swag like a cool tote bag, a bookmark, a signed bookplate, and some stickers.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a group of friends I would love to call my own. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
  • Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
    January 1, 1970
    How freaking cute is this cover? I need it.
  • Aida Salazar
    January 1, 1970
    I fell for all of the characters in this book! I saw myself, my friends and the evergreen drama that makes up teenage years in beautiful display. Don't sleep on this wonderful story!
  • Mckinlay
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe 4.5 but i'm rounding down cause i'm mad. May round up when i'm less mad. RTC.
  • Erin Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes your friends know you better than you know yourself. This sweet little concept, where four best friends choose each other’s New Years resolutions becomes something more than that in Mia Garcia’s capable hands. The best part of this book is hands down the characters. Each of the four main characters is unique and never cliched, and even secondary characters are nuanced and complex. This is also an important contribution to Own Voices YA. Each character’s Latinx culture played an importa Sometimes your friends know you better than you know yourself. This sweet little concept, where four best friends choose each other’s New Years resolutions becomes something more than that in Mia Garcia’s capable hands. The best part of this book is hands down the characters. Each of the four main characters is unique and never cliched, and even secondary characters are nuanced and complex. This is also an important contribution to Own Voices YA. Each character’s Latinx culture played an important role in their identity, adding to the complexity of the characters. I found myself rooting for all the characters and was happy and satisfied by the way things ended for each of them.Thank you to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    RTC
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