Foolish Hearts spoiler-free review & an ode to Emma Mills

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s Friday on bookishlyrebecca and I’m here for my monthly book review. May has been a great reading month for me, but the book I was most looking forward to was Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I love Emma Mills and have enjoyed her previous two novels. Foolish Hearts was no expectation but let’s get into my review of it.

This is a spoiler-free review as I want everyone to love Emma Mills! 


Goodreads Blurb: A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best-dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

What I liked about Foolish Hearts

  • The characters. Somehow Emma Mills writes the most realistic high school characters especially our main character, Claudia. Everyone in the novel had their own things going on and no one really overshadowed the other.
  • The relationships. While there is a romance with our main character, she isn’t the only one who gets one. There are obviously multiple f/m romances but also a f/f romance which was refreshing.
  • The fandom. Though it’s not mentioned in the blurb, this book focuses a lot on fandom, fandom culture and introducing your friends to your fandom. It’s clear the author is either part of a fandom or did a lot of research.
  • Friendships galore! Even though the story does have an underlying romance, friendship is the main topic of the novel. There are old friendships, new friendships, and unlikely friendships. Watching the friendships grow and change throughout the story was one of my favorite parts.
  • Good family relationships. While most YA books have absent parents, this one is the exact opposite. The parents aren’t only involved with their kids lives but play a role in the story. It’s incredibly refreshing. Speaking of family, there are some awesome sibling relationships, too.
  • Writing style. This should come as no surprise, but I love Emma Mills’ writing style!

Honestly, I could go on and on but let’s get into the few things I didn’t like.

What I disliked about Foolish Hearts

  • Mean girl tropes. One thing I really didn’t enjoy was the inclusion of the “popular mean girl” trope. I think the story would have been already if that wasn’t included.
  • Lack of communication. Another issue I had was the lack of communication between characters. I know a lot of issues could have been solved if the characters had just talked to each other.

Overall, I don’t have much to complain about as I loved this book. I gave Foolish Hearts 5 out of 5 stars. 

Now onto the second part of my review! For this second part, I’m going to be talking about why I love Emma Mills, her books and what order I think you should read them in.

It’s hard to pinpoint why I love Emma Mills. I first heard about her from Jane of ItsJaneLindsey on Youtube. She raved about her and I went out on a limb, picking up First & Then. The story immediately drew me in and I couldn’t wait to pick up her next novel.

Mills has such an incredible writing style and writes such compelling yet flawed characters. I don’t think I’ve fallen in love with an author like this since I read the BSC series. Something about her writing style, the way she talks about fandom and friendship, it’s so refreshing to me.

I can’t recommend her enough if you love contemporary books or want something that’s a little different from general YA books. I could go on and on about her books, but I’d be here all night because she’s easily my new favorite author.

In terms of reading her books, I’d say go in publication order.

I don’t want to keep rambling, but I love Emma Mills and her books so much. I want all of my friends and followers to love her too. Anyways, hopefully, you enjoyed my Foolish Hearts review and my only slightly creepy love for Emma Mills.

Have you read anything by Emma Mills? If not, did I persuade you to? 😉


17 thoughts on “Foolish Hearts spoiler-free review & an ode to Emma Mills

  1. Emma Mills is two out of two for me! Absolutely love her and I’m not even that big on contemporary! I still have to read First & Then but then that’s it so I’m kind of putting it off. Lovely post she’s definitely one I wish more people would talk about!

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