Your Dream for Me was such a sweet book, delivering on the promise of a lighthearted read that I had going into it. The characters grew on me with each passing chapter, and I appreciated the healthy relationship Scarlett had with her parents. They were so supportive of her and her dreams, while also setting important boundaries. Of course, Scarlett occasionally tried to bend their rules but she also had to bear the consequences. That for me was a refreshing aspect given that Your Dream for Me is a YA contemporary book.
The first time I heard the term “retelling,” I expected it to refer to reimagined fairytales. I didn’t exactly expect these to be simply be stories inspired by fairytales. Stepsister, however, is exactly that which I had originally expected of a retelling. It builds upon the well-loved fairytale of Ashputtel, blood and all. It was entertaining with its dark humour as it continued to tell the story of how it might have continued. Stepsister was more detailed since it’s a novel rather than a short story but stylistically, it still very much read like a fairytale.
I’m not particularly fond of books in which the entire plot revolves around travelling from point A to point B. Yet, I tend to be drawn to road trip novels. I suppose this stems in part from the fact that I suffer from motion sickness. Actual road trips therefore aren’t exactly enjoyable. And so, reading is a way for me to experience these vicariously. On that front, Mariam Sharma Hits the Road absolutely delivered. I felt right at home with this trio.