Saving it by Monica Murphy

Synopsis  

Eden: Josh Evans and I have been best friends forever. He knows all my secrets, and I know all of his. So when he randomly asks me to help him lose his virginity, I sort of flip out. That’s a question that sends your mind to places you’ve seriously never considered before. Like, you know. Having sex. With your best friend. Except Josh doesn’t want to have sex with me—he wants me to help him find a girl. A nice girl who’s funny and smart and cute. Except he already knows a girl just like that…

Josh: Eden Sumner is my best friend. So of course she’d be the person to help me find my perfect match, so I can drop my V card before I head off to college. Except the more we search, the more I realize that maybe the right girl has been by my side all along. I don’t need Eden’s help in finding me a girl to love. I’m pretty sure I’m already in love with Eden. But now she thinks I’m only after one thing…with anyone but her.


More Details

Genre: YA
Page Length: 241
Characters: Eden, Josh
Publication Date: 6th November 2017
Format: eArc


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for honest review.

Eden and Josh are best friends, Josh is still a virgin and decides that he needs to lose this by the end of senior year. He asks Eden to help him find a girl to do the deed with. But as the search goes on, they both start to question if the person they are looking for is closer than they think.

This story is written in the first person from both perspectives of Josh & Eden

Books like this one are the reason I love YA so much, the story was a great blend of romance, angst and the realization that what you think you want is always what you really want.

I thought the story was entertaining and flowed well. I enjoyed both the main characters. Josh and Eden are your typical teenage best friends, I thought their chemistry was great. The entire time I was reading this book I felt like it could be a really great teen movie, it reminded me of the classics from the 90s.

The Bottom Line:

This was a great story. If you love YA then I would recommend this book to you.

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My Rating:  4/5  🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


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 [Book Review] Slumber (Beauty Never Dies Chronicles #1) by J.L. Weil 

Synopsis  

There is no such thing as happily ever after. Everything Charlotte Winston thought she knew has been thrown out the window. From the moment she opens her eyes, the world she remembered ceases to exist, and in its place is a post-apocalyptic realm filled with unimaginable dangers. And one very smoking hot guy who has an uncanny ability to make her blood sing, then boil in a blink of an eye. Dash Darhk is everything her parents would hate. He’s six feet and two inches of dark temptation and a killer smile, that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in his wake. But her parents are nowhere to be found. Charlotte is alone in this new world. Destroyed by a toxic mist, the land isn’t the only thing altered, but the inhabitants as well. As Charlotte begins the hunt for her family, gifts she’s never fathom awake inside her. And with the gifts come problems. Enormous ones. Charlotte is running out of options and places to hide. If she can’t figure out who to trust-and fast-she will lose more than her heart. Fans of Hunger Games, The 100, and Divergent will fall in love with Slumber.


More Details

Genre: Dystopia, Romance
Page Length: 305
Characters: Charlotte, Dash
Publication Date: 16th November 2016
Format: eBook


Review

This was another book that I found on my kindle the other day, I’ve been reading a lot of normal romance recently so I fancied something a bit different and this ticked the box.

The story starts off a little sleeping beauty esque, when Dash find Charlotte asleep and is compelled to kiss, and this leads to her waking up after 100 years of slumber. Charlotte wakes to a very different world. Everything she once knew is gone.

I really liked the story it was a nice blend of romance & dystopia. I thought the world building was very good, it was refreshing different from anything I’ve read recently.

I think I enjoyed Dash’s character more than Charlotte, he was intriguing and has lots of secrets, I’m looking forward to finding out more about him the next book. Charlotte was ok, she just seemed a little more immature by I’m hoping her character develops more as the story goes on.

The Bottom Line:

This was a really nice little story, I really enjoyed it and I already have the next book pre-ordered.

My Rating:  3/5  🌟🌟🌟

If There’s No Tomorrow – Jennifer L.Armentrout

This Review Contains Spoilers!

Synopsis  

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed? 


More Details

Genre: Young Adult
Page Length: 384
Characters: Lena and Sebastian
Publication Date: 5th September 2017
Format: eBook


Review

Ah, this book hit me in so many feels.

Lena is the lone survivor of an accident that kills 4 of her friends, and as you would expect she has survivors guilt, not only because she is the only one that lived, but because she feels like she could have prevented and maybe she could have. So, this story is more than just a regular love story, it’s about healing and it’s about learning to live with the choices you make in life and the consequences of these choices.

I really enjoyed how JLA wrote this book, the first few chapters are the build-up to the event, so you get to learn about the characters that died before that die, which sounds kind of morbid but I thought it made the impact of their deaths even bigger.  You also get to see how Lena was before the accident. Which at times I was like come I want the story to start but in hindsight, it was great because instead of flat characters that have died we got to see them as 3-dimensional l people living their lives.

Ok so let’s get to Sebastian, pre-accident he was your pretty standard love interest. It wasn’t until afterward that he truly shined for me, there’s this great scene when Lena is still in the hospital and he is visiting her but she doesn’t want him around:

“Can you just leave?” I asked, begged really. “Please?” His gaze held mine for a moment and then he stood, and I wanted to sink through the bed, sink down into nothing. Sebastian didn’t leave, though. He wasn’t my father. He wasn’t me. Grabbing the chair, he picked it up and planted it right by the top of my bed and then he sat down. My heart pounded. He rested his right arm on the bed beside mine and then leaned over, stretching his left arm so his fingers caught the limp strands of my hair, brushing them back from my face as he said, “I’m not leaving. You can get mad. You can get upset, but I’m staying right here, because whether you realize it or not, you shouldn’t be alone. I’m not going anywhere.”

I just wanted to hug him for that response because it was so perfect! I loved that he knew what she needed even when she didn’t. I really did love them together, I liked how understanding he was of everything that she was going through, and most importantly he supported her. So yeah Sebastian was a pretty awesome character.

Finally, I loved Lena, her journey was difficult but real and that’s what made this story so heart-wrenching. I have lost count of the many stories in the news about teens who lose their lives driving drunk. That whole “it won’t happen to me is” is a very real mantra for lots of young people and adults actually. That’s what made this story just so great.

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The Bottom Line:

Just read the book, initially in my head I scored this book 4/5 but after some reflection, I couldn’t find anything wrong with it so yeah go grab a copy asap!

 My Rating:  5/5 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

 

 

 

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

 Synopsis  

 Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


More Details

Genre: Young Adult
Page Length: 444
Characters: Starr
Publication Date: 28th February 2017
Format: Paperback


Review

This is the first time I’ve not wanted to write a review. There is a lot of hype surrounding this book so I was expecting to really enjoy this book. However, this was not the case and whilst I can say this isn’t the worst book I’ve read, it’s certainly not the best. The problem I’m having is that I can’t pinpoint the exact reason why.

It could be down to the lack of character development, I didn’t really feel connected to Starr at all during the story, I did not find her character likable, a lot of her thinking was questionable, I think to sum it up; I did not get her, I did not understand her. The same goes for the rest of the characters in this book, I really disliked how the stereotypical they were, the token white friend who is secretly racist, the white guy trying to act black and then there was Starr herself suddenly fearing her own boyfriend because he’s white? Nah no thanks.

At times the story felt like it was dragging on and on, it felt very slow going which made it feel really boring at times and then the whole drug lord thing, I have seen so many movies with same old drug lords that this was just felt repetitive.

The only thing that I think this book got right was the injustice, I’m so angry that the cop who shot Khalil went unpunished, and I think the story should have stayed centered on that rather than all the side drama that was going on.

The Bottom Line:

I did not like this book, and I feel sad about it because I feel like I should have which makes me feel mad.

My Rating:  2/5 🌟🌟

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before –  Jenny Han 

Synopsis  

 What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.


More Details

Genre:  Young Adult
Page Length: 320
Characters: Lara Jean, Margot, Kitty, Peter and Josh
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
Format: eBook


Review

I first heard about this book on Facebook when I saw an article about the movie version that’s being made and then it was on iBooks as their book of the week a couple of weeks ago which is what prompted me to purchase this.

So this book is told in the first person in entirely the first person from Lara Jean’s perspective. I really enjoyed this story. The writing was very easy to follow and flowed nicely.

Lara Jean writes a letter to every boy she has loved and keeps them in her teal hat box, which is all fine until one day these letters get sent. This throws Lara Jean’s life into chaos. I have to say that I knew right away who it was that sent those letters and it was just so without giving too much away, perfect. If you’ve read this you’ll know what I mean.

I love Lara Jean, in fact, I love all three of the Song girls, but there was something a little special about LJ I liked her innocent and honesty. I thought it made her very endearing. I adored Kitty, she is exactly what a little sister is and of course, there is Margot. I would love to read her story, I think it would be really interesting read about what it was like for her to go away to college and leave her family.

In the beginning,  I wasn’t a huge fan of Peter, but he kind of grew on me towards the end and Josh was well ok, nothing too exciting there to be honest.

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The Bottom Line:

I would defiantly recommend this book, it’s a perfect example of how great YA is. I’m looking forward to seeing what the film will be like. Janel Parish is playing Margot and I loved her in Pretty Little Liars, so I’m hoping they do this book justice.

My Rating: 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟


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Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

Synopsis 

 “I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.


More Details

Genre:  Young Adult
Page Length: 352
Characters: Lina, Ren, and Howard
Publication Date: 1st June 2017 (first published May 3rd, 2016)
Format: eBook


Review

I’ve had my eye on this book for a couple of weeks, but I’ve had a few ARCs to get through so I’ve only just gotten around to reading it.

This book takes place six months after Lina loses her mum to Pancreatic Cancer. Lina has gone to Tuscany to Live with Howard as per her mom’s dying wish. This was such a lovely read. I mean that in every sense of the word. The subject matter of losing a parent was beautifully done. I loved how mature Lina was when it came to handling the Howard situation, she had every right to be angry and rage but instead she took it all in her stride and gave him the opportunity to explain things.

Her friendship with Ren was sweet, I liked understanding Ren was of Lina’s feelings. He is there for her every step of the way and supports her to help discover all the secrets her mom kept, and the pace in which they fell for each other was really good.

“Turns out there’s a reason they call it falling in love, because when it happens – really happens – that’s exactly how it feels. There’s no doing or trying, you just let go and hope that someone’s going to be there to catch you. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with some pretty hefty bruises. Trust me, I would know.”

The thing that I loved the most was that this book was really feel good, even though the subject matter was heavy, it never made me feel depressed instead it made me feel hopeful.

The Bottom Line:

This was a fab little read, and it made fall even more in love with Italy! I am determined to get a visit to Florence in at some point in time. If you love YA then this is a must read.

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My Rating:  4/5 🌟 🌟🌟🌟


About the Author

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Jenna Evans Welch spent her high school years in Florence, Italy, where she drove a scooter, danced in fountains, and ate entirely too much gelato. She now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and young son. Read her blog, The Green Lemon, at JennaEvansWelch.com.


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I Never – Laura Hopper

*NB: Before I get into this review I just wanted to let you know that this will be my new simplified reviewing format.*

Synopsis

“Janey King’s priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends, and family. But when seventeen-year-old Janey learns that her seemingly happy parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke Hallstrom, an adorable senior, pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex.

Inspired by Judy Blume’s classic ForeverI Never features a perfect, delicious, almost-to-good-to-be-true high school relationship . . . and it doesn’t shy away from the details. Destined to be passed from teen to teen, this is a young adult debut that will get readers talking”


More Details

Genre:  Young Adult
Page Length: 288
Characters:  Janey, Luke
Publication Year: 7th November 2017
Format: E-ARC


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So I was really intrigued when I read the synopsis of this book I thought it looked like it would be a good read, however, I did end up being disappointed. This was largely due to Janey. Her emotional intelligence was for the most part non-existent. It wasn’t until the very end that she acknowledged that her parents had feelings and needs which I thought for someone who is 17 was a bit stunted.

Spoilers coming up! 

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As You Wish – Chelsea Sedoti

Blurb

As You Wish

What if you could ask for anything- and get it? 

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.


Stats

Page Length: 432
Publication Year:
2nd January 2018
Genre:  Young Adult/Fantasy
Characters: Eldon


Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Story/ Characters

This story took me by surprise, there is a lot more to it than wishing. This is a story about growing up. It was a little slow going in the beginning and I wasn’t certain where the story was going to go, but then halfway through it got good.

This story is told in the first person, entirely from Eldon’s perspective. The writing was really clear and easy to follow. The descriptions of the scenery and what it was like living in a desert town were really well done. It was really easy to build a picture in my mind about Eldon’s surroundings.

I really liked Eldon’s character, his conflicting feelings about deciding on his wish was an interesting read, but what made him human for me was his grief. This I felt was the underlying theme of this story and is what motivates him throughout the story.

I really enjoyed the wishing stories that were scattered throughout, these were little stories of what other people in the town wished for which I thought was fascinating.

The only negative I can think of is that I did work out what Eldon’s wish was going to be before he did but this didn’t really hinder my enjoyment.

Favorite Quote:

“Anyone who says grief fades over time is a fucking liar. It never goes away. It just gets better at hiding. You never know when it’s going to spring out of the shadows and sucker punch you in the gut”

Conclusion:

This was an entertaining read, I really enjoyed it. It was a bit different to what I’ve been reading recently and would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys YA.

My Rating: 3/5 🌟 🌟 🌟purpleaddit1lp

 

 


About the Author

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Chelsea Sedoti fell in love with writing at a young age after discovering that making up stories was more fun than doing her school work (her teachers didn’t always appreciate this.) In an effort to avoid getting a “real” job, Chelsea explored careers as a balloon twister, filmmaker, and paranormal investigator. Eventually, she realized that her true passion is writing about flawed teenagers who are also afraid of growing up. When she’s not at the computer, Chelsea spends her time exploring abandoned buildings, eating junk food at roadside diners, and trying to befriend every animal in the world. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she avoids casinos, but loves roaming the Mojave Desert.


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Editing Emma – Chloe Seager

Blurb

When sixteen-year-old Emma Nash is ‘ghosted’ by the love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any normal teenage girl would do…
Emma spends the summer lurking in her bedroom, avoiding all human contact (and the shower), surrounded by the collection of chewit wrappers she saved from packs Leon gave her, back when he actually acknowledged her existence…

But seeing Leon suddenly ‘In a relationship’ on Facebook with the perfect Anna, spurs Emma into action and she embarks on a mission to make positive changes to her life (or ‘edits,’ if you will) and vows to use the internet for more than obsessively stalking Leon’s activities! Instead, she will use it for good and noble causes like finding someone who will actually be nice to her, and recording her findings for the rest of the world to see (i.e. BFF Steph and her mum) on her new Editing Emma blog.

But Emma soon discovers her ‘habit’ is harder to break than she first thought – turns out she’s not the only one ‘editing’ herself online (thank you Tinder for finding her mum’s profile, age 35, really?) and that life through an Instagram filter isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. But it could be worse, she could have outed her best friend, accidentally chatted up a 12 year old boy and revealed to the world why Leon Naylor is worth no girl’s time or virginity… oh no wait, that’s exactly what happened…


Stats

Page Length: 368
Publication Year: 
August 2017
Genre: 
Young Adult
Characters:  Emma, Leon


Thoughts

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Story/ Characters

The gist of this story is that Emma gets ghosted by her boyfriend and because of this decides to find another boy by using the internet.

I did not enjoy this book, which was disappointing as the blurb really appealed to me. There was wayyy to much angst for my liking! I think this book would be very relatable if I were a 16-year-old girl but an adult it just annoyed the hell out of me.

Emma’s maturity levels were very low and her character progression was like non – existent, it wasn’t until the last few chapters that this “appeared” and even then is so small that it may as well have not been included.

Emma’s Character was I hate to say, was boring. I didn’t connect with her at all, but again this can be attributed to the fact I’m not a 16 year old and I could see from the start of the book that what Emma was trying to achieve would never happen.

I have read books with younger characters that had better self-respect from themselves so the fact that Emma repeatedly let Leon treat her like shit baffled me to no end.

Conclusion:

I read this book in just over a day, purely just to get it finished. This is defiantly one of those YA books where you either have to be a teenager to actually enjoy it or you have to really enjoy teenage angst/drama

My Rating:  1/5 🌟


About the Author

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Chloe Seager grew up in East London with her mum and much-loved cat, Katie. She studied English Literature and Drama at the University of East Anglia, where she sadly realised she couldn’t act, but did rediscover her love of children’s books.

Children’s Literature was one of her favourite modules, and it made her wonder why grown-ups ever stopped reading them. She now works with YA and kids’ books full-time. Chloe lives back in East London with her boyfriend and pet fish. Her debut novel Editing Emma is one of the first titles to be acquired for new imprint HQ YA and will publish on August 10th  2017.

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Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven

Blurb

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer.

 In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool:

 Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel.

Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours


Stats

Page Length: 391
Publication Year:
2016
Genre: 
Young Adult
Characters:  Libby, Jack


Thoughts

I purchased this book on a whim one morning on the way to work, so I had no preconceived notions about it. It’s a little different to what I normally read in terms of the theming but I enjoyed it never the less.

Story

This story is told from both Libby and Jack’s perspectives in the first person. Most of the chapters in this book are quite short which I liked it gave it a nice flow and it was easy to follow as each character’s voice was very different.

I thought how Jack’s part of the story was very cleverly written, because of his condition his descriptions of other people were different to what you would normally see.

Characters

I really liked Libby’s confidence and thirst for life especially considering everything she has been through. I like that she wasn’t afraid to stand up for self and she took shit from no one. It was excellent to see that even though she is a bigger girl, for the most part she didn’t care what people thought of her.

“This is what I know about loss:

– It doesn’t get better. You just (somewhat) get used to it.
– You never stop missing the people who go away.
– For something that isn’t there anymore, it weighs a ton.”

Jack suffers from a brain disorder called Prosopagnosia which is also called face blindness. This means he is unable to recognize people’s faces. So instead he has to identify people by their markers for example how the walk, hair color, and body shape. To make this even more difficult no one knows about his condition except Libby.

“I’ve had to work really fucking hard to learn everyone, and even if skin color and hair color help me find people, that’s not who they are to me. It’s not about that. It’s about the important things, like the way their face lights up when they laugh, or the way they move as they’re walking toward you, or the way their freckles create a map of the stars.” 

I thought Libby’s connection to Jack to was just really lovely. They in which they just got each other was great, they found understanding in each other that they didn’t get from anyone else. Which I think for Jack in particular probably saved him.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

To conclude, this was a pretty great book and ultimately very uplifting I thought that Jennifer Niven really hammered home the point that no matter who you are, you are wanted.

If you enjoyed Everything Everything (by Nicola Yoon) then you will like this story.

My Rating:  4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟