Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fangirl is a book that came into my life at just the right time. It's full of so much love, friendship, family, and how hard it truly can be to grow up. I can't express how much I love this book in one simple review, but I'll try!

"In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can't Google.)"

This story was refreshingly real. I've read a lot of books that deal with being an outcast or feeling anxiety over new situations, but somehow this book shed light on the real feelings of going through huge changes in our lives. Our main character, Cath, didn't magically become friends with the popular crowd, there was no instalove with the hottest guy at school, or all the other things that happen in a usual contemporary read. This story was relatable because everything the characters go through, especially Cath, were things that could easily happen to any one of us.

"Just... isn't giving up allowed sometimes? Isn't it okay to say, 'This really hurts, so I'm going to stop trying'?"
"It sets a dangerous precedent."
"For avoiding pain?"
"For avoiding life."

I loved the characters in this book - every single one of them! Cath is one of the most relatable characters that I've ever read. Everything that she goes through in the beginning of the book is so true to anyone who hates changes, and who's just really scared to grow up. All of the supporting characters were just as great, especially Cath's twin sister Wren. Their relationship was so interesting and incredibly honest, even if you don't have a twin or a sibling, because as we grow up there are moments where we can feel lost by being left being from our friends that we've always loved. I found all the relationships that Cath had to be intriguing, and I enjoyed reading the development between each one.

"I don't trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they're going to get tired of me and take off."

The romance was just like the rest of the story - it felt like it could actually happen to anybody. It was sweet and adorable! Honestly Cath and Levi's relationship is one of my favorites now - I enjoyed reading all of their sweet moments from the first time they met to their first official date.. and how cute is it that he loved her fanfiction? So cute!

"It's just... everything. There are too many people. And I don't fit in. I don't know how to be. Nothing that I'm good at is the sort of thing that matters there. Being smart doesn't matter-and being good with words. And when those things do matter, it's only because people want something from me. Not because they want me."

This was the first book that I've read by Rainbow Rowell, and I know that it won't be my last. The message behind this book was amazing, and Rowell wrote in such a beautiful way to truly get it across to her readers. She developed these incredibly flawed characters inside a very real world in such a magical way. All of their struggles with growing up and moving on is something that we all face, and I loved how by the end of the book you are left feeling inspired on how letting things go and moving on are only beneficial to being who you truly are.

Overall, I loved this book. It's one of my favorite books, ever! It was refreshing to read such a unique story full of lots of love. The elements of Cath being a fan girl only made this book that much more special, and you'll love it!

I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys coming-of-age stories and contemporary reads because I guarantee that you will love it!



Simply Nicollette reviews - books, movies, television shows, etc. with slight spoilers. I try my best to review without giving away too much of the story.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Six of Crows is hands down the best book release of 2015! In my opinion, of course...

"Kaz leaned back. "What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?"
"Knife to the throat?" asked Inej.
"Gun to the back?" said Jesper.
"Poison in his cup?" suggested Nina.
"You're all horrible," said Matthias."

There are 5 different POVs (with 2 more POVs in the beginning and end) in Six of Crows. I'm usually a little hesitant when it comes to more than 3 or 4 different POVs in a book. It just becomes too confusing for me, and I find it harder to connect with each character even while they develop throughout the story.. but the multiple POVs in Six of Crows completely worked.

Six of Crows is the perfect example of how to write multiple POVs throughout a story. Leigh Bardugo's writing is brilliant, fantastic, wonderful - I can't give her enough praise. This book was written so well from each character, our plot, the world building - everything flows together perfectly.

I fell in love with each of the characters - Kaz, Inej, Nina, Jesper, Matthias, and Wylan - which was a great plus, because usually there's at least one character I don't really care for and want to skim through their chapter.. but not this time. Each character was so different, and made the book a lot of fun to read.

"Im a businessman," he'd told her. "No more, no less."
"You're a thief, Kaz."
"Isn't that what I just said?"

I don't want to talk too much about the characters, because of spoilers. Kaz is my favorite character from the book though, yea he's kind of this horrible person but Bardugo develops each character so well by sharing glimpses from their past to move along the plot.. and it's hard not to fall in love with Kaz.
The rest of the crew is just as great though. There is bound to be one character from Six of Crows that you will instantly connect with in their strange little group.

The book starts off a little slow, there's a lot of world building and character development that was all necessary because once the plot started to really become thrilling and fun.. We needed to root for these characters, and I was because I felt like I knew them and knew they needed to come out of all of this alive.

"I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all."

Lastly, the romance - it's subtle but it is there! It just fit the plot throughout the whole story so well. Each romance (no love triangle, but more than one romance!) helped develop each character and move the plot along.. and I ship them all, each one! They are all so different, and honest in their own way.

Overall, Six of Crows is a fun and thrilling ride! It has everything we love about YA Fantasy - magic, suspense, kick ass characters, fun plot, and a little bit of romance. I definitely recommend you believe the hype about it and check it out.



This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.



There are so many brilliant quotes from all of the books that I read, so many that I decided I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.
Today's quotes are all from the books that I've read that have helped me find a little bit of myself. I hope that you enjoy them, and maybe find a little of yourself in them as well. If you haven't read any of these books listed, then I highly recommend all of them.

"I know life well enough to know you can't count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to. You can't stop people from dying. You can't stop them from going away. You can't stop yourself from going away either. I know myself well enough to know that no one else can keep you awake or keep you from sleeping."
Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places

"So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them."

"The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared."
Lois Lowry, The Giver

"That's always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they're pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste."
John Green, Paper Towns

"Teenage girls, please don't worry about being super popular in high school, or being the best actress in high school, or the best athlete. Not only do people not care about any of that the second you graduate, but when you get older, if you reference your successes in high school too much, it actually makes you look kind of pitiful, like some babbling old Tennessee Williams character with nothing else going on in her current life. What I've noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also a big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it's so wonderfully fair."

"If you forget the past, you're doomed to repeat it. I can't and won't forget my past."
Liza Wiemer, Hello?

"The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you."
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

"So in order to understand everything that happened, you have to start from the premise that high school sucks. Do you accept that premise? Of course you do. It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. In fact, high school is where we are first introduced to the basic existential question of life: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad?"

"I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they 'want to do' and start asking them what they don't want to do."
Amy Poehler, Yes Please

"When the moment comes to stop running from your past, to turn around and face the thing you thought you could not face--the moment when your life teeters between giving up and getting up--when that moment comes, and it always comes, if you can't get up and you can't give up either, here's what you do: crawl."
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

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What are some quotes that have helped you find a bit of yourself in them?



This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.



I've been a little busy lately, and I haven't been able to share these pictures from our trip to the zoo last month. We usually try to go to the zoo at least once a year because the kids love it so much.
We didn't make is last year though, so we all had fun going this year.
There were a lot of new additions, including penguins!
It was the perfect day - nice weather and just the right amount of people there for us to enjoy ourselves without having to rush or skip certain attractions.



This Moment is a weekly ritual of a single photo - no words - capturing a special moment from the week. These photos represent a moment that is dear to my heart, whether it be of someone or something I love.