Foolish Hearts. Emma Mills. Young adult/Contemporary. 2017. 312 pages. 4 stars.
Maybe the best thing’s not always the best thing. Maybe shitty things have to happen to get you to the right place.
I received an Advance Reader’s Copy from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.
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.
“Why, get you gone: who is’t that hinders you?”
“A foolish heart, that I leave here behind. . . .”
I believe Foolish Hearts is a bit meta because the plot happens around a play production of Midsummer Night’s Dream and the narrative itself puts the characters of Foolish Hearts parallel with the characters of Midsummer Night’s Dream. When I realized this, I nearly fell out of my seat.
The characters of this story were truly their own. It was easy to fall in love with them because we get to see them act naturally as teenagers. It was also written well when it comes to life in play productions, paying particular attention to the small details during rehearsals of cast and crew. I enjoyed the dilemmas of this story! The dilemmas were, surprisingly, not about the main character. We see them react to one another and we’re able to get a firsthand look at how that’ll affect the dynamics of their relationships!
As for the plot, it gets a bit stagnant sometimes but I had no problem with it because I was more interested in the character setup as opposed to the plot. I didn’t mind “slow scenes” so long as the people involved were interacting with each other.
I also want to commend Emma Mills for being able to balance Shakespeare, fangirl culture, and video games into one book?! I don’t know how she did it, but it really worked for me in this book. It’s nice to see a three dimensional aspect in fictional books because it gives it a realistic feeling.
If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, boy bands, and video games, this book is definitely for you. It explores the importance of family, friendship, love, and getting out of one’s comfort zone to see what one may achieve with a little bit of courage. 4 stars.
Foolish Hearts is set to be released on 5 December 2017.