Foolish Hearts by Emma MillsFoolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Foolish Hearts

byEmma Mills

Hardcover | December 5, 2017

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When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will in the class production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year.

Smart, funny, and thoroughly, wonderfully flawed, Claudia navigates a world of intense friendships and tentative romance in Emma Mills's Follish Hearts, a young adult novel about expanding your horizons, allowing yourself to be vulnerable, and accepting-and loving-people for who they really are.

Emma Mills is the author of First & Then and This Adventure Ends. She lives in Indianapolis, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in cell biology.
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Title:Foolish HeartsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.53 × 5.82 × 1.15 inPublished:December 5, 2017Publisher:Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1627799370

ISBN - 13:9781627799379

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars! i really adore emma mills & her novels. she has a gift for writing characters who have flaws but making them enjoyable to read about! however this book fell a bit short for me compared to her others. i hated iris... like a lot. maybe her rudeness was supposed to be a coping mechanism or whatever but i was not here for it. i did love her alter ego though. i can relate. claudia was cute, we loved her. i was not vibing with gideon which is so sad cause i loved all the love interests in her past books! gideon and i.. we were just not meant to be y'know. i don't think this is the best emma mills books to read first if you want to get into her books. it was the last one i read and i think that was the best way to go for me.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great coming-of-age story with a strong focus on friendship and finding things that interest and delight you. I think Emma Mills has superpowers. She's able to make some of the most resonant, real-feeling realistic fiction I've picked up in the past few years. I'm not much of a realistic fiction reader because I haven't encountered much that feels really familiar. (Ironically this isn't a problem I tend to have with speculative fiction but I have... no idea why that is). Foolish Hearts is a quick read, and overall pretty light (which was welcome, coming off of reading the entire Harry Potter series in a week). It's a really nice story about being passionate about things, and about figuring out how to be invested in things and just... it's just nice, I guess? There's a lot of emphasis on relationships, old and new, or all kinds. Arguably the new relationship that forms a backbone of the story is Claudia's friendship with Violet- it's more a story about falling in friendship than one falling in love- which is often the main plot of these kinds of contemporary stories... not necessarily a bad thing but seeing a friendship be the focus is always refreshing. It isn't just the relationships but how Emma Mills constructs them, in a way that feels really organic, which is kind of an extension of how she creates characters (similarly organic). The relationships in this book shift and change over the course of the story, which are both shape and are shaped by the changes in the characters themselves. These are very evident in Claudia's relationships with her friends and family, but also Iris (particularly the friendship between the two of them, but also Iris's relationship with her (ex)-girlfriend). Emma Mills starts with some reasonably familiar character archetypes, and breathes new life into them, partly by adding character traits and partly by changing the interactions between the characters, and it winds up working really well. The result is a quiet, personal, and engaging story. Also having read all three of Emma Mills's books I wonder if she like... knew at least one extremely charismatic person when in high school? Because there's always at least one in each book. I could be totally wrong maybe it's just a thing with her writing but... wondering if it comes from somewhere? Anyway. Not the point. Well, maybe a side-point, but not the main point. Overall, I really enjoyed this one! Emma Mills writes what I guess are my favourite contemporary coming of age stories. I really like the way she builds friendships and the details of character's lives. I'm looking forward to whatever she puts out next!
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good in the end This one started a little slow for me, but I really got into it closer to the end, and I ended up liking it quite a bit. Sweet story.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was so cute. If you ever need a cute, quick book to read I highly recommend this book. This book was just so fun and relate-able even if your far removed from high school. This author gets teenagers and how they talk, act, etc. It was just an enjoyable book and I will be reading more from this author.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This is such a cute, adorable read! Great YA contemporary
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.75 "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to ruin something so cliché for you" stars My heart is just so full right now guys. I can't even. My congested head did not appreciate the five bouts of crying but there was an even greater amount of literal laughing out loud that happened so I'll pop an extra sinus med for my troubles and call it a day. It was totally worth it anyway. But seriously, wow, Mills.. I can't explain what this author does to me. Or does for me. She just gets it right every time. I don't think anyone does YA like she does; it's real it's messy it's beautiful it's quirky it's quippy it's bantery it's just perfect. FOOLISH HEARTS is full of friendships, Shakespeare, life changes, fandom, best friends, doubt, new friends, playing it safe, MMORPGS, and love. As an added bonus it's diverse, touching without crossing over into cheese territory, and it's just so damn pure. Pure and precious and gah the feels, I'm so in love with this, for real. I can't wait to reread (though I need a FIRST & THEN reread before that happens) and I can't wait to add this to my shelf. Because have you seen that cover? The outside beauty matches the insides. Perfectly.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorably nerdy and heartwarming Emma Mills' books are the perfect anecdote to winter. They're warm-hearted, perfectly paced, and full of interesting and well-developed secondary characters. I finished Foolish Hearts and immediately grabbed Emma's other two books off my shelf for a re-read.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Story for Every Heart What can I say about Emma Mills? She really has a knack for writing teens stories that'll make you nod and swoon. I loved her previous books so I wasn't surprised to find myself absolutely loving Foolish Hearts too. Claudia wants to be invisible. She just wants to finish high school without being seen. Only, when she accidentally makes it onto mean girl Iris's sh*t list the rest of her school years looks to be anything but calm. What follows is a heartwarming tale of new friends and sweet love. It was really easy to relate to Claudia as she came face to face with her fears. While she initially did not deal well with the changes with her friends she does realize her mistakes and patches things up quickly. My favourite part, besides the romance, was seeing Claudia and Iris work out their differences. They went from deliberately ducking out of each other's way to fangirling together to giving sincere advices to each other. Time and trust built their friendship and in the end it just felt right. I swooned hard over Claudia and Gideon. Their budding romance was so precious. I loved how careful they were with each other. They encountered some roadblocks but I'm super thrilled Claudia gathered enough confidence and believed in Gideon enough to open her heart again. Every conversation and interaction between the two of them had my pounding heart filled with warm fuzzy feels. They were adorable to read about. As a contemporary lover I highly recommend Emma Mills books if you haven't read any yet. You won't regret it. Whether it's this newest Foolish Hearts or her debut First & Then or her sophomore This Adventure Ends they're all simply amazing.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! 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**
Date published: 2017-11-17

Editorial Reviews

"Mills (This Adventure Ends) thoughtfully explores the nuances of all kinds of relationships, both friendly and romantic. . . . Through these friendship struggles and romances old and new, Mills evokes the high stakes and vast rewards of trust, intimacy, and honesty." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"The characters are wonderfully fresh and honest. . . . The course of true love never did run smooth, but in the case of these two lovers, the journey is worth your while." -Kirkus Reviews"[Main character] Claudia's. . . voice shines. A fun, thoughtful portrayal of different kinds of vulnerability." -BooklistThis Adventure Ends:"Immensely enjoyable." -Booklist"Mills (First & Then) seamlessly creates art imitating life imitating art while bringing freshness to the familiar romantic conventions she invokes. With taut, realistic dialogue, she expertly crafts blossoming friendships and nascent romances." -Publishers WeeklyFirst & Then:"With sporadic references to Jane Austen's famous characters and wickedly inventive language, Mills closely observes the social milieu of an American high school. . . . A fresh, smart, inventive, and altogether impressive debut." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review