Mini Reviews: The Brightsiders, Airports, Exes and Other Things I’m Over

Hello friends, happy Friday! I’m back again with some mini reviews of my latest reads….

Today is all about, well… fluffy-kind of contemporaries. We have diverse characters, we have celebrity dramas, we have airports and other kind of dramas, we have filled suitcases and filled hearts.

There are no spoilers in these reviews.

The biggest thanks to MacMillan Publishers / Macmillan International for the review copies of these books. this did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating.

The Brightsiders, Jen Wilde goodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5

After reading and loving Jen Wilde’s Queens of Geek, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Brightsiders. Aside from the fact that I really wanted to read more from the author, this book featured a band, celebrity dramas and an adorable ship that just keeps on kissing. Everything I could love and I’m so happy to say, I wasn’t disappointed.

One of Jen Wilde’s best talent is to create a cast of amazing, diverse characters. The main character in The Brightsiders Emmy is a bisexual teenager, Alfie is pansexual, genderqueer (he/him) and has a social anxiety disorder, Chloe, one of the main characters’ best friends, is African-American and genderqueer as well (them/their), Ryan is Korean-American and bisexual. This amazing diversity is perfectly included in the story and it was so great to have such an amazing cast.

The Brightsiders deals with Emmy as she struggles with her image from the media, as she tries and re-contruct herself, dealing with abusive parents, an abusive relationship, alcohol abuse and so on. Yet, this book is so swoon-worthy and reads itself so easily, despite tackling important issues like that. The relationships between the characters are adorable, from the friendships to the romance (filled with tension and overall giddiness, even if it was maybe a bit rushed at the beginning).

Overall, The Brightsiders is a great story about friendships, love, discovering yourself and it’s filled with swoon and fun moments, too and I would totally recommend it.

Buddy-read this with Marta @ The Cursed Books, check out her review here!

My rating : 4 drops !

Trigger warnings: abusive parents, abusive relationship, alcohol abuse.


Airports, Exes and Other Things I’m Over With, Shani Petroffgoodreads-badge-add-plus-fad3b68d35050280ea55d50f17c654b5

I don’t think I have ever read a book with characters stuck in an airport and… I’m sad I didn’t before, but also thrilled that Airports, Exes and Other Things I’m Over With gave me that fantastic opportunity. It allowed me to jump into this quick, fun story filled with drama and loads of moments that made me smile, too.

Airport, Exes and Other Things I’m Over With is a fast-paced read focusing on Sari, our main character, stuck in an airport with her ex boyfriend, who she just happened to break up with and a new friend she met on holiday. This story takes place in the span of a couple days – for the main intrigue that takes up almost the whole book – and mostly in original settings, from the airports to the car under a rainstorm, to motels and everything else. This made the story so easy to read and made me flip the pages so quickly, eager to know what would happen next.

This story graces us with a cast of fun characters I could root for. I really enjoyed Sari’s determination, her drive and her passion for music, as well and I appreciated Fitz and Dylan, the two college guys she meets during her trip. I somehow appreciated her love interest Zev a little less? Still, I could appreciate the cast and their dynamics together were entertaining to read for sure. I just thought that all of the characters could have been a bit more fleshed out, I feel like I knew them only on the surface. As for the romance… I wasn’t totally on board with it overall – there were loads of miscommunications and things that could have been resolved easily if people just talked. Still, I enjoyed seeing the story unfold.

Overall, this story was fun, entertaining and original, a read you can easily binge in a couple hours. If I thought the characters were lacking a bit, I’d still recommend it if you’re looking for something quick and fun to read for this summer.

My rating : 3,5 drops!

Did you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read them?

Do you like fluffy contemporaries – do you have any recommendations??

Let’s chat in comments! πŸ’¬

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59 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: The Brightsiders, Airports, Exes and Other Things I’m Over

  1. THE BRIGHTSIDERS!!! 😍😍😍 I loved this book so much and I’m eternally grateful that I got a digital copy for a blogtour (my Review is actually going up later today!), because it’s amazing! I’m more and more becoming a Jen Wilde fangirl, because her books always manage to touch my heart β™₯ I loved how she had such a diverse cast in The Brightsiders and talked about so many important topic. Plus the friendships and romance, it was perfect 😍

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    1. I am so SO SOOOO happy you loved this book as much as I did, even more haha. I really like Jen Wilde’s books so far, she’s such a great writer and all of the characters are always AMAZING, diverse and relatable as well. I just want them to be my friends or something haha ❀ ❀
      thank you so, so much Caro! ❀ ❀

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      1. I have definitely become a fan of Jen Wilde! I adored Queens of Geek but now her books contiue to be so good, meaning that I’m super hooked on her writing 😍 Oh yes, I would love to have all the friendships from the books! ❀

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  2. I am so sad that I missed the chance to request Brightsiders 😭 I so want to read this. I saw someone’s review yesterday amd now you are praising all about this. There are so many diverse characters and it would be interesting to see how author has combined them together. Now I am wondering if there is any character who is not LGBTQ+ 😜

    However, I remember seeing the Airport book on NetGalley and leaving it purposely πŸ™ˆ I thought the title was cheesy? But now I think I should have given it a chance? Well πŸ˜‚

    Lovely mini reviews Marie!

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    1. Oh no – well it’s released now, so you can buy it soon, hopefully πŸ˜€ It was such a fantastic read with such a great cast of characters ❀ ❀
      Hahaha well, it is a cheesy kind of book for sure, but if you're looking for something entertaining, fun and quick to read, I'd recommend it for sure πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much!! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  3. Both of those covers are beautiful! I’ve never read any Jen Wilde. For whatever reason the title of Queens of Geek put me off (I have no good reason for this), so I never picked it up, but now I’m curious…

    Also I really love your backpack in that second picture!

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    1. Oh I understand – the title isn’t that… appealing, somehow, at least the inside was a thousand times better,if you ask me. Jen Wilde writes such great characters, I feel like you could really enjoy her stories πŸ™‚
      Awww thank you so much!! ❀ ❀

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  4. Fluffy contemporaries are a large portion of what I read πŸ˜…. The Brightsiders has been on my radar for a while, but this is my first time reading about Airport, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over. I already like it by default since I have a strange obsession with airports haha. Great reviews, Marie! I’m looking forward to picking these books up πŸ™‚.

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    1. YAY fluffy contemporaries are THE BEST I love them so much ❀ ❀
      I'm so glad if I could make you discover a new book! I never read a book set in an airport for a part and it was such a fun setting to use! I hope you'll read both of these and will love them πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  5. I’m so happy that you enjoyed The Brightsiders Marie! Queens of Geek was one of my favourite books last year so I’ve been anticipating this one BADLY πŸ˜› But it sounds like it’s just as wonderful as QoG πŸ’• Can’t wait to read it!
    Great reviews πŸ™‚

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  6. Before I got into book blogging, I never really was into contemporary books… but after discovering your blog & reading your reviews, I realized how necessary it was for me R have cute, fluffy contemporaries in my life! πŸ˜† Sometimes we just need to relax and read a swoon-worthy romance, honestly 😊 I enjoyed reading another great review of yours, Marie! 🌷

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    1. Awwwww Zoie, this makes me THE HAPPIEST ❀ I'm so glad that I could inspire you to read more contemporaries, I love these kind of books SO much haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much ❀ ❀

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  7. I have been meaning to pick up Queens of Geek because I heard so many good things about it and Brightsiders sounds like the perfect contemporary and I am even more excited to read about the diverse characters.Great review, Marie ❀

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  8. I love how your posts are always radiate so much positivity, Marie. ❀ Your blogging voice is just so … warm, and it's so nice and lovely to read what you write.

    And The Brightsiders sounds like such a fun read, thank you for bringing another diverse book to my attention. ❀

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    1. Oh Lily, you’re too sweet, this means the world to me 😭 thank you so, so much ❀ ❀
      I hope you'll get to read The Brightsiders soon, it was such a lovely book! ❀ ❀

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  9. Genderqueer??? First time I hear (or rather read) about it so thank you LOL And yes I like fluffy contemporaries from time to time. I like switching genres and need some lighter stuff after some dark or very emotional reads πŸ˜‰ Happy Friday Marie!

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    1. Oh I’m glad you could learn something here πŸ™‚ and fluffy contemporaries are the beeest haha πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much, Sophie, I hope you’re having a wonderful day ❀

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  10. For obvious reasons, I am glad that you liked Brightsiders πŸ˜€ I am really looking forward to reading that book maybe later this summer! But I had no idea you were also reading the airports books. I remember when swoonreads had a poll on instagram about which cover the potential readers preferred most. I am happy to inform you that they chose the cover I voted for hahaha Great reviews, as always, Marie! ❀

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    1. I hope you’ll be able to read it this summer, I’d love to know what you think of it πŸ˜€
      Hahaha I’m so glad to hear that, I think I saw that cover “battle” over on Swoon Reads as well and… I really like that one, so I’m glad as well haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! ❀ ❀

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    1. It was such a great read – I love books with bands as well πŸ˜€ I hope you’ll read it soon and will enjoy it πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! ❀ ❀

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  11. Glad to hear that you enjoyed both of these books overall. I also like a good fluffy contemporary that is light and easy to read, though it is a bonus if the characters are well-developed. Yes it is frustrating when too much of the conflict is due to miscommunication – just talk, people! Anyway, great reviews and loved your photos! ❀

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    1. I get your feeling – I’m all for good and fluffy contemporaries, but sometimes… I also want more development, to the characters and the relationship. When a book has both, it’s the best thing ever haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Sophie! ❀

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  12. Great review for both of these books Marie. I’d checked out Caro’s review for The Brightsiders before coming over to your review so I already know that’s a book I need to add to my TBR list, after reading Queens of Geek which I’ll be sure to pick up soon. πŸ™‚ I’ve heard great things about Jen Wilde and the representation she included in Queens of Geek so I’m glad that’s a trend that continued in The Brightsiders.
    Also I’ve heard good things about Airports, but yeah the miscommunication trope would bug me too. I end up just wanting to scream at the characters through the pages.
    Again great reviews. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Oh I’m glad Caro and I could convince you – also I can’t believe you haven’t read Queens of Geek, somehow I thought you had? It was such a great book, I hope you’ll pick it up soon. The characters in Jen Wilde’s books are always SO endearing, really, I love that so much πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Beth! ❀ ❀

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  13. Have read and reviewer The Brightsiders too and it was really awesome! Though haven’t had the chance to read Queens of Geek yet and looking forward to it. Awesome reviews!

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  14. Glad you liked The Brightsiders (it’s up for me soonish). I love friendship stories! I liked Airports a little more than you. It was heavier than Pertroff’s previous book, which was my first by her, but I liked this idea of fighting for things that matter to you, and I thought as we learned more and more about the situation and saw the little loving things Zev did for Sari, I did start to like him a lot more.

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    1. Ohhh I can’t wait for you to read The Brightsiders, I really hope you will LOVE it πŸ˜€
      Oh I’m really glad to hear you read other books by Petroff, I really am curious to read more from her now. Even if I wasn’t totally convinced by everything in this story, I still found it entertaining overall πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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    1. I can’t wait for you to read this book – I hope you will be able to get to it soon and that you will LOVE it. It was such a great story and the cover looks FANTASTIC as well πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much! ❀ ❀

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  15. Oh my god I didn’t know there were genderqueer characters in The Brightsiders! My excitement for it has definitely increased now, haha. I’ve been looking forward to it and hearing that you loved it makes me feel like I definitely will too!

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    1. AHHH this makes me really happy, May!! ❀ The diversity in this book was A+ and I loved all of the characters very, very much. I can't wait to hear what you think of it! πŸ˜€

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  16. *cries because it’s not summer, it’s winter and I’m coolllldd* Great reviews! I should really read something by Jen Wilde, Queens of Geek sounded good πŸ˜€ The airport book also sounded really good!

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