500 Words or Less

500 Words or Less

Nic Chen refuses to spend her senior year branded as the girl who cheated on her charismatic and lovable boyfriend. To redefine her reputation among her Ivy League?obsessed classmates, Nic begins writing their college admissions essays. But the more essays Nic writes for other people, the less sure she becomes of herself, the kind of person she is, and whether her moral com Nic Chen refuses to spend her senior year branded as the girl who cheated on her charismatic and lovable boyfriend....

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Title:500 Words or Less
Author:Juleah del Rosario
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1534410449
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

500 Words or Less Reviews

  • Emma (Miss Print)
    Sep 03, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell ...

    OK THIS WAS GREAT! Quick read as well. ...

    What happens when your attempt to be a better person might be making you worse? Nic Chen isn?t going to spend her senior year known only as the girl who cheated on her boyfriend with his best friend. She had enough grief when her mom left under a cloud of scandal. This year isn?...

  • Sarah
    Apr 07, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell ...

    OK THIS WAS GREAT! Quick read as well. ...

    What happens when your attempt to be a better person might be making you worse? Nic Chen isn?t going to spend her senior year known only as the girl who cheated on her boyfriend with his best friend. She had enough grief when her mom left under a cloud of scandal. This year isn?...

    *I received an eArc of this book through Edelweiss* This was just... fine. I really liked the idea of this book, but the execution left something to be desired. I hated the main character and her actions made no sense to me. She was supposedly so smart yet everything she did was ...

    I did not love this book, however I?m 36 years old. I think that it has the potential to hook high school students. ...

    Not a bad idea for a book--the college entrance essays themselves were interesting, and the author plays with important themes about trying to understand others and ourselves more fully--but it didn't need to be written in verse. There was no logical connection between that choice, the...

    I cannot rave about this book enough. Every spotlight shone on every character felt like it revealed an insight to someone I?ve known in my life. Delicious small details that bring the story to life. Metaphors so apt they made me want to stand on the nearest chair and shout, ?Yes!!...

  • Calsee
    Mar 13, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell ...

    OK THIS WAS GREAT! Quick read as well. ...

    What happens when your attempt to be a better person might be making you worse? Nic Chen isn?t going to spend her senior year known only as the girl who cheated on her boyfriend with his best friend. She had enough grief when her mom left under a cloud of scandal. This year isn?...

    *I received an eArc of this book through Edelweiss* This was just... fine. I really liked the idea of this book, but the execution left something to be desired. I hated the main character and her actions made no sense to me. She was supposedly so smart yet everything she did was ...

    I did not love this book, however I?m 36 years old. I think that it has the potential to hook high school students. ...

    Not a bad idea for a book--the college entrance essays themselves were interesting, and the author plays with important themes about trying to understand others and ourselves more fully--but it didn't need to be written in verse. There was no logical connection between that choice, the...

    I cannot rave about this book enough. Every spotlight shone on every character felt like it revealed an insight to someone I?ve known in my life. Delicious small details that bring the story to life. Metaphors so apt they made me want to stand on the nearest chair and shout, ?Yes!!...

    I devoured this book in one sitting. And then I read it again. I can't wait for the book to be available in stores so I can recommend it to everyone I know. ...

  • Maureen
    Aug 27, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

  • Lucie
    Sep 14, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell ...

    OK THIS WAS GREAT! Quick read as well. ...

    What happens when your attempt to be a better person might be making you worse? Nic Chen isn?t going to spend her senior year known only as the girl who cheated on her boyfriend with his best friend. She had enough grief when her mom left under a cloud of scandal. This year isn?...

    *I received an eArc of this book through Edelweiss* This was just... fine. I really liked the idea of this book, but the execution left something to be desired. I hated the main character and her actions made no sense to me. She was supposedly so smart yet everything she did was ...

  • Emily Polson
    Aug 05, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell ...

    OK THIS WAS GREAT! Quick read as well. ...

    What happens when your attempt to be a better person might be making you worse? Nic Chen isn?t going to spend her senior year known only as the girl who cheated on her boyfriend with his best friend. She had enough grief when her mom left under a cloud of scandal. This year isn?...

    *I received an eArc of this book through Edelweiss* This was just... fine. I really liked the idea of this book, but the execution left something to be desired. I hated the main character and her actions made no sense to me. She was supposedly so smart yet everything she did was ...

    I did not love this book, however I?m 36 years old. I think that it has the potential to hook high school students. ...

    Not a bad idea for a book--the college entrance essays themselves were interesting, and the author plays with important themes about trying to understand others and ourselves more fully--but it didn't need to be written in verse. There was no logical connection between that choice, the...

  • Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)
    Sep 26, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell ...

    OK THIS WAS GREAT! Quick read as well. ...

    What happens when your attempt to be a better person might be making you worse? Nic Chen isn?t going to spend her senior year known only as the girl who cheated on her boyfriend with his best friend. She had enough grief when her mom left under a cloud of scandal. This year isn?...

    *I received an eArc of this book through Edelweiss* This was just... fine. I really liked the idea of this book, but the execution left something to be desired. I hated the main character and her actions made no sense to me. She was supposedly so smart yet everything she did was ...

    I did not love this book, however I?m 36 years old. I think that it has the potential to hook high school students. ...

    Not a bad idea for a book--the college entrance essays themselves were interesting, and the author plays with important themes about trying to understand others and ourselves more fully--but it didn't need to be written in verse. There was no logical connection between that choice, the...

    I cannot rave about this book enough. Every spotlight shone on every character felt like it revealed an insight to someone I?ve known in my life. Delicious small details that bring the story to life. Metaphors so apt they made me want to stand on the nearest chair and shout, ?Yes!!...

    I devoured this book in one sitting. And then I read it again. I can't wait for the book to be available in stores so I can recommend it to everyone I know. ...

    Some of the verse language was really beautiful but it didn't hold that beauty steady over the entire book like Ellen Hopkins does. Looking forward to reading more by the author. ...

    When I read the blurb for this book for the first time I was immediately intrigued: a YA novel in verse about a high achieving student in an ivy-league obsessed school who attempts to salvage her reputation after a scandal by writing her classmates admissions essays? Yes, please! Drama...

    See even more reviews at: https://www.lifeofafemalebibliophile.... 500 Words or Less is a novel that focuses on the college application essay that is required to apply to school. Often it takes many brainstorming sessions and some self-reflection (speaking from my own experience). W...

  • Rachel Solomon
    Jun 08, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

  • Shealea
    Sep 08, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

  • Kales
    Sep 11, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

  • Mariana
    Sep 29, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell ...

    OK THIS WAS GREAT! Quick read as well. ...

    What happens when your attempt to be a better person might be making you worse? Nic Chen isn?t going to spend her senior year known only as the girl who cheated on her boyfriend with his best friend. She had enough grief when her mom left under a cloud of scandal. This year isn?...

    *I received an eArc of this book through Edelweiss* This was just... fine. I really liked the idea of this book, but the execution left something to be desired. I hated the main character and her actions made no sense to me. She was supposedly so smart yet everything she did was ...

    I did not love this book, however I?m 36 years old. I think that it has the potential to hook high school students. ...

    Not a bad idea for a book--the college entrance essays themselves were interesting, and the author plays with important themes about trying to understand others and ourselves more fully--but it didn't need to be written in verse. There was no logical connection between that choice, the...

    I cannot rave about this book enough. Every spotlight shone on every character felt like it revealed an insight to someone I?ve known in my life. Delicious small details that bring the story to life. Metaphors so apt they made me want to stand on the nearest chair and shout, ?Yes!!...

    I devoured this book in one sitting. And then I read it again. I can't wait for the book to be available in stores so I can recommend it to everyone I know. ...

    Some of the verse language was really beautiful but it didn't hold that beauty steady over the entire book like Ellen Hopkins does. Looking forward to reading more by the author. ...

    When I read the blurb for this book for the first time I was immediately intrigued: a YA novel in verse about a high achieving student in an ivy-league obsessed school who attempts to salvage her reputation after a scandal by writing her classmates admissions essays? Yes, please! Drama...

  • Whitney Atkinson
    Jul 14, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

  • ❈ laura ❈
    Sep 11, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

  • Shelly
    Aug 03, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

  • Kristen
    Jun 24, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    Aug 17, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Aug 04, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

  • Hallie
    Sep 30, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

  • Meredith Thompson
    Jul 12, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

  • A.M. Rose
    May 25, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    Sep 15, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

  • Robyn
    Oct 07, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

  • julianna ➹
    Jul 24, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

  • Aryssa
    Jul 06, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell ...

    OK THIS WAS GREAT! Quick read as well. ...

    What happens when your attempt to be a better person might be making you worse? Nic Chen isn?t going to spend her senior year known only as the girl who cheated on her boyfriend with his best friend. She had enough grief when her mom left under a cloud of scandal. This year isn?...

    *I received an eArc of this book through Edelweiss* This was just... fine. I really liked the idea of this book, but the execution left something to be desired. I hated the main character and her actions made no sense to me. She was supposedly so smart yet everything she did was ...

    I did not love this book, however I?m 36 years old. I think that it has the potential to hook high school students. ...

    Not a bad idea for a book--the college entrance essays themselves were interesting, and the author plays with important themes about trying to understand others and ourselves more fully--but it didn't need to be written in verse. There was no logical connection between that choice, the...

    I cannot rave about this book enough. Every spotlight shone on every character felt like it revealed an insight to someone I?ve known in my life. Delicious small details that bring the story to life. Metaphors so apt they made me want to stand on the nearest chair and shout, ?Yes!!...

    I devoured this book in one sitting. And then I read it again. I can't wait for the book to be available in stores so I can recommend it to everyone I know. ...

    Some of the verse language was really beautiful but it didn't hold that beauty steady over the entire book like Ellen Hopkins does. Looking forward to reading more by the author. ...

  • Tova
    Jun 14, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell ...

  • Michelle
    Aug 13, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell ...

    OK THIS WAS GREAT! Quick read as well. ...

    What happens when your attempt to be a better person might be making you worse? Nic Chen isn?t going to spend her senior year known only as the girl who cheated on her boyfriend with his best friend. She had enough grief when her mom left under a cloud of scandal. This year isn?...

    *I received an eArc of this book through Edelweiss* This was just... fine. I really liked the idea of this book, but the execution left something to be desired. I hated the main character and her actions made no sense to me. She was supposedly so smart yet everything she did was ...

    I did not love this book, however I?m 36 years old. I think that it has the potential to hook high school students. ...

  • Michelle
    Jun 19, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

  • Joy McCullough
    Mar 15, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

  • Yusra  ✨
    Sep 02, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

  • Melissa Stein
    Oct 18, 2018

    There was nothing particularly wrong with this book, but it was just so mediocre that I know I won't think about it ever again. I didn't really understand why this book needed to be written in verse because it stunted the delivery of the book, but if the author had chosen to written th...

    the mc's thought process is basically a depiction of all my darkest thoughts on sleepless nights Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone. 500 Words or...

    *Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!* ?When I write essays, I write about the emotionally raw moments, the lowest points, the authentic experiences that change and shape us. I am more than writing college essays. ...

    The premise is intriguing and quite novel. However, the execution left a lot to be desired. I think this mainly stemmed from the limitations of its format. Frankly, I just could not see why this story had to be told in verse. Honestly, I think the impact of 500 Words or Less would have...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? I actually really liked parts of 500 Words or Less - Nic writing the essays for her classmates, and her ov...

    ?Maybe I was broken inside, with a moral compass that no longer pointed north. Or maybe I just wanted to be wanted, to be heard, to be seen, by someone. Anyone.? ?? Rep: biracial mc (half-Chinese, half-white) TW: cheating, death, loneliness, slut-shaming, p...

    i'm trash for well-written novel in verse ...

    I absolutely LOVED this gorgeously written novel-in-verse. Full of moral complexity and no easy answers, put this on your TBR!!! ...

    Nic had lost a lot in the past two years. She lost her mother, her boyfriend, her friends, herself. Her senior year was not the one she imagined, but it was the one, where she came to understand herself and others, step by step, in 500 words or less. This book was not a lighthearted...

    Thank you to #netgalley for a free ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. Raw, real, and an honest look at teens in America, 500 Words or Less is a beautifully written-in prose!!!-book. With a diverse cast of characters, this books captures a senior year in high school perfectly. ...

    I devoured this stunning novel-in-verse in one sitting. It's raw and real, painful and hopeful. I felt transported back to high school -- in part because this takes place in a fictionalized version of a Seattle suburb, but also because Juleah del Rosario writes with such empathy for he...

    I just didn't get it. Something fell so flat. And I still can't quite put my finger on it. I had no idea why this book was in verse. There was literally no point. I get that it was about essays that were 500 words or less but it didn't seem to fit with the idea of poetry or verse. At b...

    I've always been a huge fan of novels in verse and 500 Words or Less is no exception. I really liked this one and I can definitely see it being relatable for some people. For a verse novel, I really did connect with the main character Nic. The only part I didn't really like was the end...

    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book ? all opinions are my own. It starts with slut-shaming written all over Nic?s locker in lipstick. Nic Chen never dreamed that her senior year would include being outcasted for cheating on her boyfriend with h...

    This was my first experience with a novel in verse type book. It was a quick read because of that, but it was also hard-hitting. There were topics that I can't even face about myself that I was forced to for this book and it was beautiful. Full review to come EDIT: SPOILER FREE ...

    Netgalley provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm always looking for new verse novels for my library--they are extremely popular and great for reluctant readers. I was really emotionally invested in the first part of this one--Nic is struggling with havi...

    I liked this novel about high school angst and imperfect families. Nic, Ben, and Jordan are best friends until Ben and Nic started dating. Then one night, Nic and Jordan betray Ben. None of them are the same. To find herself and her purpose, Nic begins writing admission essays for her ...

    Honestly, this one was just meh. Creating a good narrative with prose poetry is tricky and this one was sort of a miss. It was overly maudlin, I didn't really care about the characters, and there seemed to be no rhyme or reason for any of the decisions that the main character made. I j...

    This book is beyond amazing. It's full of so many fells from the first page all the way through the end. Juleah is a true literary artist. Her writing style is effortless and beautiful. Each word carries so much weight you can feel it. Because of this book I want to read all the book...

    This book is coming at the most opportune moment in my life. It comes out about a month into what will be my senior year of high school in which I will be applying to colleges and write a lot of applications, essays, and scholarship forms. So basically, I will relate to this like hell ...

    OK THIS WAS GREAT! Quick read as well. ...