Final Draft

Final Draft

The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he's suddenly replaced?by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize?winning novelist who is The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic...

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Title:Final Draft
Author:Riley Redgate
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Genres:Contemporary
ISBN:1419728725
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Final Draft Reviews

  • Kelly
    May 31, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...

    Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remain...

  • Thamy
    Jun 12, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    Mar 22, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...

    Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remain...

    hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away. something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but...

    TW for teacher death I don't know if i can actually talk about this yet because I'm shaking but lord this captured a part of my life and ahhhhh ...

    I was so excited to read this and then was having trouble getting into it. I don't have a good track record with books that have other books within (like Fangirl, in which I skimmed most of the Simon Snow parts). I am going to try again because I really want to make this work. ...

    A review will be up sometime soon! ...

    First of all, this book was something I wasn't expecting. I liked the author's writing but I thought it was hard to get into. The author wrote Laila's story in 3rd person and for a while I didn't know what I was reading. I thought this was contemporary, not science fiction. Apparently,...

  • Dahlia
    Mar 03, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

  • Chelsea
    Aug 10, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

  • Jen Ryland
    May 07, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...

    Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remain...

    hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away. something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but...

    TW for teacher death I don't know if i can actually talk about this yet because I'm shaking but lord this captured a part of my life and ahhhhh ...

    I was so excited to read this and then was having trouble getting into it. I don't have a good track record with books that have other books within (like Fangirl, in which I skimmed most of the Simon Snow parts). I am going to try again because I really want to make this work. ...

  • Riley Redgate
    Oct 23, 2017

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

  • day
    Jul 08, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...

    Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remain...

    hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away. something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but...

  • Colleen's Conclusions
    May 26, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...

    Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remain...

    hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away. something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but...

    TW for teacher death I don't know if i can actually talk about this yet because I'm shaking but lord this captured a part of my life and ahhhhh ...

    I was so excited to read this and then was having trouble getting into it. I don't have a good track record with books that have other books within (like Fangirl, in which I skimmed most of the Simon Snow parts). I am going to try again because I really want to make this work. ...

    A review will be up sometime soon! ...

  • Marie
    May 23, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

  • Clara
    Jun 20, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

  • USOM
    May 23, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...

    Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remain...

    hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away. something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but...

    TW for teacher death I don't know if i can actually talk about this yet because I'm shaking but lord this captured a part of my life and ahhhhh ...

    I was so excited to read this and then was having trouble getting into it. I don't have a good track record with books that have other books within (like Fangirl, in which I skimmed most of the Simon Snow parts). I am going to try again because I really want to make this work. ...

    A review will be up sometime soon! ...

    First of all, this book was something I wasn't expecting. I liked the author's writing but I thought it was hard to get into. The author wrote Laila's story in 3rd person and for a while I didn't know what I was reading. I thought this was contemporary, not science fiction. Apparently,...

    Woah a book about a girl with a love for creative writing? That is RIGHT up my alley. ...

    WILL RILEY'S TALENT NEVER CEASE? GOOD GOD FRIEND. ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I enjoyed Final Draft on so many different levels. On the surface level there is a phenomenal plot, at the same time there's this almost self-reflexive commentary on...

  • Fatma
    Feb 23, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

  • Emily
    Aug 01, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...

    Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remain...

    hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away. something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but...

    TW for teacher death I don't know if i can actually talk about this yet because I'm shaking but lord this captured a part of my life and ahhhhh ...

    I was so excited to read this and then was having trouble getting into it. I don't have a good track record with books that have other books within (like Fangirl, in which I skimmed most of the Simon Snow parts). I am going to try again because I really want to make this work. ...

    A review will be up sometime soon! ...

    First of all, this book was something I wasn't expecting. I liked the author's writing but I thought it was hard to get into. The author wrote Laila's story in 3rd person and for a while I didn't know what I was reading. I thought this was contemporary, not science fiction. Apparently,...

    Woah a book about a girl with a love for creative writing? That is RIGHT up my alley. ...

    WILL RILEY'S TALENT NEVER CEASE? GOOD GOD FRIEND. ...

  • Trevor
    Mar 13, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

  • Irena
    May 27, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

  • emma
    Jun 19, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

  • Luke Reynolds
    Aug 11, 2017

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...

    Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remain...

    hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away. something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but...

    TW for teacher death I don't know if i can actually talk about this yet because I'm shaking but lord this captured a part of my life and ahhhhh ...

    I was so excited to read this and then was having trouble getting into it. I don't have a good track record with books that have other books within (like Fangirl, in which I skimmed most of the Simon Snow parts). I am going to try again because I really want to make this work. ...

    A review will be up sometime soon! ...

    First of all, this book was something I wasn't expecting. I liked the author's writing but I thought it was hard to get into. The author wrote Laila's story in 3rd person and for a while I didn't know what I was reading. I thought this was contemporary, not science fiction. Apparently,...

    Woah a book about a girl with a love for creative writing? That is RIGHT up my alley. ...

    WILL RILEY'S TALENT NEVER CEASE? GOOD GOD FRIEND. ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I enjoyed Final Draft on so many different levels. On the surface level there is a phenomenal plot, at the same time there's this almost self-reflexive commentary on...

    * I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of the book. Laila Piedra lives for the stories she writes, and the only person who reads them is her creative writing teacher. Until he ends up in the hospital and he?s repla...

    ARC Review (3/15/18, received from Sarah Prineas) Writing may seem easy, but it?s a lot harder than it looks. Some authors seamlessly pen novels and get them on the shelves year after year, but with that cycle comes prior years of querying to agents, tons of rejection letters, and...

  • joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
    Aug 16, 2017

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

  • Vernie♡
    Aug 30, 2017

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...

    Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remain...

    hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away. something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but...

    TW for teacher death I don't know if i can actually talk about this yet because I'm shaking but lord this captured a part of my life and ahhhhh ...

    I was so excited to read this and then was having trouble getting into it. I don't have a good track record with books that have other books within (like Fangirl, in which I skimmed most of the Simon Snow parts). I am going to try again because I really want to make this work. ...

    A review will be up sometime soon! ...

    First of all, this book was something I wasn't expecting. I liked the author's writing but I thought it was hard to get into. The author wrote Laila's story in 3rd person and for a while I didn't know what I was reading. I thought this was contemporary, not science fiction. Apparently,...

    Woah a book about a girl with a love for creative writing? That is RIGHT up my alley. ...

  • ambsreads
    Jun 24, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    Jun 14, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

  • zaheerah
    Mar 07, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...

    Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remain...

    hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away. something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but...

    TW for teacher death I don't know if i can actually talk about this yet because I'm shaking but lord this captured a part of my life and ahhhhh ...

    I was so excited to read this and then was having trouble getting into it. I don't have a good track record with books that have other books within (like Fangirl, in which I skimmed most of the Simon Snow parts). I am going to try again because I really want to make this work. ...

    A review will be up sometime soon! ...

    First of all, this book was something I wasn't expecting. I liked the author's writing but I thought it was hard to get into. The author wrote Laila's story in 3rd person and for a while I didn't know what I was reading. I thought this was contemporary, not science fiction. Apparently,...

    Woah a book about a girl with a love for creative writing? That is RIGHT up my alley. ...

    WILL RILEY'S TALENT NEVER CEASE? GOOD GOD FRIEND. ...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I enjoyed Final Draft on so many different levels. On the surface level there is a phenomenal plot, at the same time there's this almost self-reflexive commentary on...

    * I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of the book. Laila Piedra lives for the stories she writes, and the only person who reads them is her creative writing teacher. Until he ends up in the hospital and he?s repla...

  • Atlas
    Mar 06, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    May 27, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Aug 02, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

  • Rachel Strolle
    Apr 23, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...

    Laila has always been a writer, but she's lived far more of her life within the fantasy worlds of her stories and that of her favorite television show than in her own. But when her favorite teacher is in an accident and he's replaced with an award-winning author as a sub for the remain...

    hooooly smokes. this book really blew me away. something about the portrayal of laila's all-encompassing love of spectacular fiction as a way to avoid her own life combined with love and tragedy all at once at a pivotal time of her life... i am definitely very different from her but...

    TW for teacher death I don't know if i can actually talk about this yet because I'm shaking but lord this captured a part of my life and ahhhhh ...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Oct 02, 2017

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

  • Alice Cai
    Aug 09, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

  • Wren (WhatWrenReads)
    Apr 17, 2018

    This is one of those rare books that is an organic piece of life itself. It has been a full month since I read this book and I am still so shook by it and so invested and,,, oh my god. Guys, do not sleep on this. This is going on my preemptive top ten of the year and no one can stop ...

    edit 5/29/18: two weeks away from this book coming out and i find myself wanting to make apologies for it: for the leisurely pacing, the episodic plot, the lengthy excursions into distant corners of the main character?s neuroses, and the enthusiastic descriptions of several science-f...

    This was such a highly anticipated book for me because I think Riley Redgate is, content-wise, one of the most interesting YA authors right now, and this did not disappoint. A book about a self-conscious author who loses her biggest fan and ends up with an instructor who effectively ma...

    "sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed." I'VE NEVER RELATED SO MUCH TO A BOOK'S PREMISE/CHARACTER. ...

    Trigger Warnings: death, car accident, grief, depression, anxiety, underage drinking, drugs MY REVIEW FOR FINAL DRAFT BY RILEY REDGATE CAN BE FOUND ON MY BLOG. CLICK HERE TO SEE Elise @ The Bookish Actress has Final Draft in her Twitter name, so obviously, it meant I had to pick ...

    "When had she risked anything, really? She looked back through her life and saw a procession of schoolday routines, chores, conversational chatter. She felt like a witness to the massacre of all her time. For a horrible moment, she wondered if she'd only ever written science fiction t...

    1.5 stars Admittedly, I am not the biggest Riley Redgate fan. I didn't enjoy Seven Ways We Lie & I've had Noteworthy on my TBR forever. But when I read the synopsis for this, I was hooked. Perfectionism? Creative writing assignments? Queerness? Check, check & check. I didn'...

    Hello this book was adorable, writing struggles, adorable romance, relatable main characters, I reaaaaaaaaally enjoyed this and please add it to your TBRs. <3 Full review coming soon! ...

    3.25* This story is "organically messy". I don't know if that's a good thing, but I liked reading it. I didn't really like the characters. Literally everything in this story went nowhere except the romance. Well Laila's character developed also. I liked the romance. Laila's friends be...

    ?Laughter formed coils around them, thick rings between their bodies and the world. The galaxy drew in and in until its entire contents were this room, hardwood to crown molding, this light, gold splashes from low iron cages, and the feeling of this proximity, heat, and security. T...

    She bowed under the heaviness of the hours she hadn't lived yet * * * * 4 / 5 When I finished Final Draft my main emotion was sad. Redgate portrayed depression and grief so realistically, it made me feel a bit empty inside, which is how I know an author has hit the nail on the ...

    Gosh I wanted to love this book. I have love her other two books so much. This one just felt all over the place. There was a story or stories within the stories which were fun. However, there was something holding me back from connecting with the characters like I did with her previous...

    Painfully beautiful passages scattered amongst a slowly chaotic coming of age story. ...

    CW: Masturbation, underage drinking, drug use, sudden death of a loved one, depression, grief. Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders After reading Riley Redgate?s Noteworthy and loving that one, I knew I absolutely had to read eveything else she puts out (d...

    I really enjoyed Redgate?s previous book, ?Noteworthy?, and again I could see how unique her style is. But the book didn?t work for me. Laila is an introverted mestiza who loves reading and writing science fiction. She?s always had the support of her creative writing teach...

    This review, and many others, can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I've read a book by Riley Redgate before, NOTEWORTHY. Considering that that one was an instant favorite, I was pretty sure that I w...

    4.5 stars This book took me on a journey. Laila was awesome even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I enjoyed the relationship between her and Hannah. It was simple and understated, which is refreshing from what we normally get in a YA novel. ...

    Review to come. ...

    4.5 ?Have you ever had a day that felt like it changed the trajectory of your entire life?? WHERE DO I START?? This is one of the most beautifully crafted and written books I have read this year, if not ever. I've suddenly lost my ability to write words because I lit...