I’m so happy because today I bring to you anther stop of a blog tour!
This is the review of Historically inaccurate by Shay Bravo, a blog tour organized by Colored Pages and you can see the rest of the schedule for the tour here. Also, this review is Spoiler Free so you can read without worries.
Let’s begin then:
Publisher: Wattpad Books
Publication Date: September 29th, 2020
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary
After her mother’s deportation last year, all Soledad “Sol” Gutierrez wants is for her life to go back to normal. Everything’s changed―new apartment, new school, new family dynamic―and Sol desperately wants to fit in. When she joins her community college’s history club, it comes with an odd initiation process: break into Westray’s oldest house and steal . . . a fork?
There’s just one problem: while the owners of the house aren’t home, their grandson Ethan is, and when he catches Sol with her hand in the kitchen drawer, she barely escapes with the fork intact. This one chance encounter irrevocably alters her life, and Sol soon learns that sometimes fitting in isn’t as important as being yourself―even if that’s the hardest thing she’s ever had to do
“I never expected you to be a perfect daughter, I love that you’re imperfect.”
One word: relatable. This is one of the most relatable books I have read in a long time. I could really see myself through Sol, the main character, and her decision and troubles. Also, all the Mexican reference really resonated with me, as a proud Mexican girl myself. It’s always nice being able to say ”Oh, I know that.” whenever your are reading a book.
In general, it was a very easy, funny and enjoyable read. Once it captured me I couldn’t let it go, so in less than two days I was already at the end of the book. Besides, it really helped that the romance was adorable. I was definitely in love with Ethan as much as Sol herself, from the first encounter I was already rotting for those two. (It really made me wonder if maybe I need to steal fork in order to finally find someone to date haha). But not only the romantic relationships, but also the friendships were something very important in the book and to the story, it showed how important and crucial certain people can be in your life.
By the way, I just really want to add how much I felt like joining the ”History Club” while reading about it, I mean it sounded like so much fun and, honestly, made miss collage so much, even the sleepless nights working on projects or studying. Shay Bravo really managed to capture the experience of being a collage student, that it just made me feel like I was back in collage myself.
“It’s weird how things happen in life and you are in a completely different place from where you pictured yourself years ago.”
The story touched certain important subjects, like the struggles of undocumented people in the United States, racism, even mentioned the problems of violence in Mexico, but I think the main focus was the conflicts of being a young person trying to find yourself. Trying to make decisions about the future and the pressures we put on ourselves to find who we are, even trying to put labels to describe our selfs. And, obviously the stupid decision we can make in the way. To which, I think we all can relate.
In conclusion, I recommend this books, specially if like the contemporary genre, you will really enjoy it.
“There is no way I could have anticipated the things that happened, and the choices I’ve made ever since, whether they were made willingly or taken in the spur of the moment, have shaped the course of my life.”
MY FAVORITE QUOTES:
“A muffin isn’t going to solve my problems, but it sure as hell would sit well with my stomach”
“What keeps me going is humor and the reminder that one day all humanity will cease to exist.”
“Crushes in the twenty-first century: you either make out on the first day you meet or don’t say a word about your attraction until both of you are dead and buried.”
(This first three quotes just scream ”ME” all over haha)
(Back to the quotes. Sorry for the interruption)
“Life isn’t always about what you get and don’t get.”
“Life is about figuring out things as you go.”
“Sometimes you think you find your soul mate because you can’t be apart, but sometimes that person brings out the worst in you. Even if you love them, you fall apart, and as soon as you’re away you crave them. That’s not a good relationship, that kind of love is an addiction. Addictions aren’t good.”
“No one deserves to be with a shitty person who thinks you owe them attention and affection.”
“No, the world will not give women a break, thank you very much.”
“I think some people are given a better hand when they’re born. Then life takes over and that’s when you really realize whether those first cards matter or not.”
“Life is never fair, Ethan. It’s a gamble, and what you choose to do with your first coins is up to you.”
“A family doesn’t always have to be a mom, dad, and a son, sometimes it’s a single parent and a child, or grandparents and a grandchild, or even a couple with no kids. Sometimes it’s better when the parents are apart.”
“I’ll take it a day at the time and keep my eyes on the present. Right now, I’m exactly where I want to be.”
“Chingada madre” (my favorite curse ever haha)
Shay Bravo is a Mexican born author who has now lived half of her life in the USA. She began sharing her work online through Wattpad when she was fifteen years old and has connected with over 114,000 followers. Historically Inaccurate won the 2019 Watty Awards and is her first novel. Shay currently resides in Houston, Texas.
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