Foolish Hearts
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.

Foolish Hearts Details

TitleFoolish Hearts
Author
ReleaseDec 5th, 2017
PublisherHenry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-139781627799379
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Young Adult Contemporary

Foolish Hearts Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    While I did skim to the end, I’m still going to mark this as DNF since I didn’t really consume the meat of the book. I think I’ve simply grown out of these stories; 16 year old Chelsea would have loved it though and I think it’ll be a wonderful story for age appropriate readers. Won via Goodreads Giveaway 🎉🙌🏼
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  • Lola Reviewer
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This is a real page-turner, perfect for reluctant teens. Granted, it’s light and not the kind of read that will change the way you look at the world, but it will give you a few good laughs, warm your heart for sure and possibly encourage you to get closer to someone you care about.Claudia didn’t mean to, but she overheard a breakup scene between Iris and Paige, who form the cutest couple in her school. Because she’s been discovered, Iris plans to ruin her life.You’d think it’d be a cl 3.5 stars. This is a real page-turner, perfect for reluctant teens. Granted, it’s light and not the kind of read that will change the way you look at the world, but it will give you a few good laughs, warm your heart for sure and possibly encourage you to get closer to someone you care about.Claudia didn’t mean to, but she overheard a breakup scene between Iris and Paige, who form the cutest couple in her school. Because she’s been discovered, Iris plans to ruin her life.You’d think it’d be a cliched story with the mean girl bullying the sweet, innocent girl who wants to cause no trouble whatsoever. But it’s not. Oh, Iris very much hates Claudia, but since circumstances make it that they are forced to spend time together, Iris progressively starts to open up to Claudia, as a friend.“Bad” girl turned “good” by another girl? I say yes. Though remember that this is not a romantic story between Iris and Claudia, since Claudia has her sights on somebody else – a boy. Iris still loves Paige, but the latter finds her too selfish. Can she change, stop being so spoiled, inconsiderate and egocentric? It’s a fast-paced story that will keep your interest alive. I fell in love with Claudia and was incredibly entertained by the latter and Iris’ interactions, but couldn’t feel the same way about the play itself, which was a main focus in the story, hence the in-between rating. Even in real life, theater is something I could live without, though I’m sure this is not the case for everyone, so you might enjoy it considerably more!Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    January 1, 1970
    I think this was more a *it's not you, it's me* thing, so I'm going to refrain from leaving a rating for now, perhaps til closer to the review date. I don't normally try out contemporary, and I'm a little older than the target audience, so I'll credit that to being part of it.Without giving away much, I'll just say the plot definitely revolves around girl drama that seemed so silly and the trigger for it was kinda far fetched. I know girls tend to have drama over some silly reasons in high schoo I think this was more a *it's not you, it's me* thing, so I'm going to refrain from leaving a rating for now, perhaps til closer to the review date. I don't normally try out contemporary, and I'm a little older than the target audience, so I'll credit that to being part of it.Without giving away much, I'll just say the plot definitely revolves around girl drama that seemed so silly and the trigger for it was kinda far fetched. I know girls tend to have drama over some silly reasons in high school but this was just like... really? This is what started it? Idk. I wasn't sold.Another issue I had was literally being bombarded with names in the first few chapters. I still don't have a clue who half the people are. The writing was kinda fun and definitely had a realistic edge, but the humor was lost on me. I think most readers will find it cute and funny though, to be honest, so don't take my word for that one.So all in all, it just wasn't for me, but I think there will be plenty of readers out there that will love it.My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy
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  • brooklynnnne
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an enjoyable novel to read!Prior to reading this novel, I had not read anything or heard of anything written by Emma Mills before. Due to that, I was unreasonably apprehensive going into this novel and I didn't have high expectations but I'm happy to say that I was wrong and that.....I LOVED it. I could go on endlessly about the author's style of writing. It was the perfect fit to me as a reader. The writing and story flowed so well, the characters were likeable, and everything was This was such an enjoyable novel to read!Prior to reading this novel, I had not read anything or heard of anything written by Emma Mills before. Due to that, I was unreasonably apprehensive going into this novel and I didn't have high expectations but I'm happy to say that I was wrong and that.....I LOVED it. I could go on endlessly about the author's style of writing. It was the perfect fit to me as a reader. The writing and story flowed so well, the characters were likeable, and everything was extremely relatable. Not only was this an extremely accurate 'coming of age' story for teenagers but at the same time, I can relate to some of the events/emotions that the characters are feeling at 26 years of age. It definitely is a suitable novel for a variety of ages and I think that many will get enjoyment from it. Additionally, in attribution to the author's style, the humour within this novel was legitimately laugh-out-loud funny. Believe me, I am not just saying that in a way that it has you quietly surmising over a passage in your head...it actually had me laughing out loud and wanting to tell people the jokes that I had read. They were unique, creative, and a direct representation of the author's personality. Overall, I just can't get over this novel or the level of the author's writing. The writing style in combination with an incredible story made for the perfect 'recipe'. I could go as far as comparing the style of writing of this author resembling a female John Green and I mean that in the highest esteem. Definitely recommend this novel and I know for certain that I will be on the look out for more that has been written by Emma Mills.**Thank you to Raincoast Books for supplying me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**
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  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like every time I finish an Emma Mills book I'm going to be saying it's my favorite... but OMG THIS BOOK WAS PERFECTION! I love it so much! No one does friendships and family like Emma and If you don't have this on your TBR list yet DO IT NOW!! FULL REVIEW I just love Emma Mills! I don’t know how it’s possible, but with each book she writes I find myself loving the new characters more than the last and that’s saying a lot because I adore each of her books so much! She just has an amazing I feel like every time I finish an Emma Mills book I'm going to be saying it's my favorite... but OMG THIS BOOK WAS PERFECTION! I love it so much! No one does friendships and family like Emma and If you don't have this on your TBR list yet DO IT NOW!! FULL REVIEW I just love Emma Mills! I don’t know how it’s possible, but with each book she writes I find myself loving the new characters more than the last and that’s saying a lot because I adore each of her books so much! She just has an amazing way of portraying teens and families in a believable and relatable way! When Claudia accidentally hears a conversation that she shouldn’t have, she finds herself on the list of the meanest girl in school. She figures if she pretends it didn’t happen, nothing will change at school. But then she’s paired with that same girl, Iris, to write a paper and everything goes downhill from there. In order to save their grade, they are forced to try out for the school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Claudia’s life changes in ways she never could have predicted.Claudia is awkward you guys… but endearing and I just loved her so much. From her love of Battle Mage and playing it with her family to her complete cluelessness about boys and what they want, I bet you can’t read this without thinking she would be a wonderful friend. From the first time she meets Gideon I just completely adored these two together. Gideon is so sweet and kind and Claudia is as I stated, clueless when it comes to guys, so she has absolutely no idea that he has any interest in getting to know her in a more than friend’s capacity. The awkwardness that ensues makes this so much fun. If you’re looking for a story full of different family and friendship dynamics, a girl who loves playing Battle Mage and doesn’t care who knows it, and a story that revolves around a production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, then look no further! This story was funny and nerdy and one of my absolute favorite reads this year. Thank you to the publisher for an early copy in exchange for my thoughts.
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  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my gosh, this book was so fantastic! I feel so light and happy after reading it. It may just be the funniest book I've ever read...I honestly don't think I've ever laughed out loud so much while reading a book like I did this one. Bahhhhhh! SO GOOD.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars. I love Emma Mills' books! If I ever change my mind about YA contemporary, it'll be because of her and Kasie West. :D***Review to come***
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Perfectly funny. Incredibly moving. This book captures the essence of living in the inbetween of staying put and moving on. Change in all its scary glory. But mostly it's about friendships, boy bands and Shakespeare. LOVE.Highly recommended
  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    You know that incredible feeling you get when you read the right book at the right time? And that incredible feeling you get when you encounter a character you find yourself identifying with in a really strong way? Well, combine those two feelings into one gigantic ball topped with giddiness, and swoons, and amusement, and you may find yourself with an idea of how much I loved FOOLISH HEARTS.I loved the cast of characters, and I loved the relationships, and I loved the little details that made t You know that incredible feeling you get when you read the right book at the right time? And that incredible feeling you get when you encounter a character you find yourself identifying with in a really strong way? Well, combine those two feelings into one gigantic ball topped with giddiness, and swoons, and amusement, and you may find yourself with an idea of how much I loved FOOLISH HEARTS.I loved the cast of characters, and I loved the relationships, and I loved the little details that made the story come alive, and I loved the story itself. So good, and I’d highly recommend it.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    This is officially my favorite book from Emma and going on my top books of the year. I love love loved Claudia. She’s snarky af and her inner monologue was fantastic. Gideon is adorable and goofy and the two of them were so much fun together. Really, the entire cast of characters is perfection. Plot wise, it was lovely. There are a few different plot threads, but it all went together so seamlessly. And somehow I’m completely okay with Emma’s apparent rule of no-kissing-until-the-end. The anticip This is officially my favorite book from Emma and going on my top books of the year. I love love loved Claudia. She’s snarky af and her inner monologue was fantastic. Gideon is adorable and goofy and the two of them were so much fun together. Really, the entire cast of characters is perfection. Plot wise, it was lovely. There are a few different plot threads, but it all went together so seamlessly. And somehow I’m completely okay with Emma’s apparent rule of no-kissing-until-the-end. The anticipation just slays me. Overall, it was a cute and fun read. This will definitely be something I pick up and read again and again. **Huge thanks to Henry Holt for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Dahlia
    January 1, 1970
    I don't understand how it's even possible Emma Mills managed to write a cast I love even more than the one in THIS ADVENTURE ENDS but I honestly loved this book so much I cried and then hugged it, because I'm really cool. I don't know if this is my new favorite book of the year but I do know it's in the top five. Reading it, I honestly can't believe how few YA contemps with a teen girl protag are about learning to love and value yourself and see your own worth, because that lesson is basically e I don't understand how it's even possible Emma Mills managed to write a cast I love even more than the one in THIS ADVENTURE ENDS but I honestly loved this book so much I cried and then hugged it, because I'm really cool. I don't know if this is my new favorite book of the year but I do know it's in the top five. Reading it, I honestly can't believe how few YA contemps with a teen girl protag are about learning to love and value yourself and see your own worth, because that lesson is basically exactly what I needed from 12-18. More Emma Mills books forever, please.
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  • Mary H
    January 1, 1970
    *dies* Just leave me here, guys. Lying here contemplating how absolutely perfect that book was. Holy shit, seriously, I need a minute.
  • Ashley Blake
    January 1, 1970
    This was so good, I'm a little miffed that it had to end. I could read this voice and these characters forever. I don't even care what they do.
  • Nikki (Book Allure)
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this one!!! Review to come soon
  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    January 22, 2017 :PLOT POSTED.Also, cover art!! "Not final" though? IT SHOULD BE.-------January 1, 2017 :I don't even care that the plot hasn't even been posted. It's a Mills book. I will read.
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    That cover and synopsis though.Loved, loved, LOVED it. My favorite Emma Mills book yet. Full review to come.
  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Pretty sure Emma Mills is my favorite contemporary author at this point.
  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. This is my first Emma Mills book and I am pleased to say that I get the hype. This was fricken great. I loved all of the characters and the themes, and how seemingly disparate plot points (boy band love, online gaming, Shakespeare, break-ups, best friend drama, family dynamics) all blended together perfectly. I laughed out loud multiple times and definitely let out more than a few squeals of feels. Though I'm not usually for reads where it is obvious to everyone BUT the main character 4.5 stars. This is my first Emma Mills book and I am pleased to say that I get the hype. This was fricken great. I loved all of the characters and the themes, and how seemingly disparate plot points (boy band love, online gaming, Shakespeare, break-ups, best friend drama, family dynamics) all blended together perfectly. I laughed out loud multiple times and definitely let out more than a few squeals of feels. Though I'm not usually for reads where it is obvious to everyone BUT the main character that a guy has a crush on her (I find that level of obliviousness annoying) I do think the sort of emotional self-sabotage employed here was handled pretty well. A few too many plot "twists" and a slightly rushed ending kept this from 5 star perfection for me, but it is definitely one of my most favorite reads of the year so far. Highly recommend.
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  • Marochka
    January 1, 1970
    Невероятно милая, забавная, слегка, конечно, наивная (но в хорошем смысле этого слова), легкая и замечательная книга. Автор умеет расслабить и при этом заинтересовать читателя. Хорошая книга для подростков, практически идеальная. Возможно, и не сама оригинальная, но это и к лучшему, никаких «извращений» от современных авторов, старающихся как-то выпендриться. Все достаточно просто, мило и воздушно, в лучших традициях романа жанра «YA» и вообще работ автора. Отлично, очень рекомендую.
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  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    Foolish Hearts looks like just my kind of book. I am always up for an acting story, and I love a good rivalry. The Shakespearian aspects also intrigue me, and I am eager to see how this will work out. This will probably be my first book by Emma Mills, although I have had her other two books on my TBR for a while now.
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    So cute - review to come!
  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    This was SO cute! And such a quick read. The characters were a lot of fun though some of Claudia’s decisions had me want to shake her 😂 I would say she acted realistically but it was hard to see her make mistakes. Emma Mills is such a great story teller! Looking forward to her next book
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  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    January 1, 1970
    Yasss another Emma Mills book!
  • Zoey Talbon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Emma Mills books just make me so happy 😭
  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    This book snuck up on me, quietly, without me even realizing it. I was enjoying it, of course, but that slowly and surely changed the more this group of genuinely adorable people feel the magic of theater and close friendships. I love Claudia. Sweet, awkward, quiet Claudia who finds it hard to make friends but who banishes her fears and figures out that some people are worth everything. I love Iris. Sharp, smart Iris, who tries so hard to do better and who comes to understand the pure joy of fri This book snuck up on me, quietly, without me even realizing it. I was enjoying it, of course, but that slowly and surely changed the more this group of genuinely adorable people feel the magic of theater and close friendships. I love Claudia. Sweet, awkward, quiet Claudia who finds it hard to make friends but who banishes her fears and figures out that some people are worth everything. I love Iris. Sharp, smart Iris, who tries so hard to do better and who comes to understand the pure joy of friendship. I love Gideon. Charming, quirky, kind Gideon who will drop everything to do what he can for the people he cares about. And hilarious Noah who is Gideon's other half, and who will always build him up when he feels down. (The two of them introduce each other to others with, "He's one of the best people I know." LIKE. OMG. I CAN'T HANDLE THE PURE LOVE). I love Alex and Zoe and Claudia's parents and Dr. Prewitt and Paige and Victoria. Literally, almost every single character. It's a heartwarming story that reminds you of the purest meaning of friendship with nerdy, passionate people, and a little bit of Shakespeare thrown in for good measure.Rating: 4.5 probably
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable. Of course.I always love how Emma's books have a strong focus on family and friendship. The romance is there, in a slow burn way.
  • Lexi
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was ridiculously cute.
  • Krys
    January 1, 1970
    Fast and fun and everything you want for a quick-read sitting. If you like contemporary YA, MMORPG gaming, boy band fanaticism, broken hearts and hopeful possibilities, LGBT undertones, old vs. new friendships, and private school dynamics, this book is made for you. If none of that appeals, there is a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to keep your interest. Theatre geeks unite!
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    Well Emma Mills has done it again. I give this book ALL of the stars. Full review to come.
  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced reader's copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is exactly what I needed right now. It's a light, cute read that also has depth to it. It all starts when Claudia accidentally overhears the breakup of the school's power couple and then finds herself on the wrong side of the toughest girl in school. When the two get paired up for a school project, Claudia is sure that things will end in disaster, but she ends up being pleasantly surpr I received an advanced reader's copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is exactly what I needed right now. It's a light, cute read that also has depth to it. It all starts when Claudia accidentally overhears the breakup of the school's power couple and then finds herself on the wrong side of the toughest girl in school. When the two get paired up for a school project, Claudia is sure that things will end in disaster, but she ends up being pleasantly surprised along the way. The best thing about this book for me was the characters and their relationships. Emma Mills does such a great job of creating incredibly relatable characters that are super easy to fall in love with. I loved that our main character, Claudia, was kind of quiet and awkward, but she was also super funny and witty. Honestly, I loved all of the main characters in this book. At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about Gideon, but he quickly grew on me and by the end, I couldn't believe I had ever doubted him. I loved how sweet and funny this story was. There were several times I literally laughed out loud at the characters' banter or actions. Then, as I finished the last few pages of the book, I had the biggest grin on my face because it was just so sweet and perfect. Overall, this book is a great story of friendship and realizing how important the relationships in our life really are. Sometimes the best friendships come from the most unexpected places. So, if you're looking for a good read, then I definitely recommend this book. It's easily one of my favorites of 2017.
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