Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time around two contemporaries… One did work better for me than the other.


Title: When Life Gives You Lemons
Author: Fiona Gibson

Genre: Contemporary, Romance
First published: March 5th 2020
Publisher: Avon
Finished reading: March 5th 2021 
Pages: 400

“‘Not making a fuss’ seems to equate to remaining under the radar, being insignificant, trying to please and do the right thing, and receiving no recognition for it.”


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I like picking up stories on a whim every once in a while… So when I was craving a dose of fun romance, I turned to When Life Gives You Lemons as it sounded like it would fit the bill. I can really appreciate books with older main characters, and this story has a woman in her fifties in the focus. While I’m never a fan of the whole cheating angle and Andy could get frustratingly annoying, as a whole I still had a great time with this story. Humor is mixed with more serious topics, and as a whole I liked how the characters were portrayed. Viv could have had a bit more backbone, but I could appreciate her growth and how she is determined to give her old life a good shake after her husband’s betrayal. There is a lot of focus on family as well as friendship and going after your dreams and what you love to do… The fashion angle was also a nice touch, and I liked the connection with Penny. The romance bit was a bit too obvious and could have had more development (this would probably have made up for the love triangle vibe and cheating element), but as a whole When Life Gives You Lemons turned out to be very entertaining still. If you are looking for a quick contemporary that is light on the romance, When Life Gives You Lemons is a solid choice.


Title: Yes No Maybe So
Author: Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
First published: February 4th 2020
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Finished reading: March 16th 2021
Pages: 448

“We might give it our all and crash and burn. But we might win. We might actually change things. And that maybe makes it still worth going for, don’t you think?”


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I’ve been meaning to read Yes No Maybe So for a while now, and sadly I don’t think this story actually lived up to expectations for me. It’s true that I’m never a big fan of a noticable focus on politics, but surprisingly enough that wasn’t even the main issue here. Somehow I felt that the two main characters were too much of a cliche and as a consequence I struggled to connect to them. I’m all for a slowburn romance, and I do still like the concept behind this story, but as a whole there was something lacking in the execution for me. This feeling probably also has to do with the writing itself, which somehow didn’t manage to blow me away either and felt a bit bland. I also felt like Yes No Maybe So was trying too hard to make statements about important topics as politics, racism, prejudice and religion, and as a consequence the actual story and plot were a bit lost… Because the plot itself is quite weak and doesn’t really support the rest of the story. All in all I felt that the spark was most definitely missing in Yes No Maybe So, and it wasn’t the reading experience I was hoping for.


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