Today I’me here with another n reasons why you should read this… post! It’s been a long time since I did one of these (Idk why if it’s my favorite type of post to write) and today is turn for Analee in Real Life by Janelle Mirales which was recommended to me by the amazing Joce @joceraptor
This was one of my first reads of the year and it was really cute, so here is its information:
Published: September 18th 2018 by Simon Pulse
Edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Genre: Contemporary, young adult, romance, realistic fiction
Ever since her mom died three years ago, Analee Echevarria has had trouble saying out loud the weird thoughts that sit in her head. With a best friend who hates her and a dad who’s marrying a yogi she can’t stand, Analee spends most of her time avoiding reality and role-playing as Kiri, the night elf hunter at the center of her favorite online game.
Through Kiri, Analee is able to express everything real-life Analee cannot: her bravery, her strength, her inner warrior. The one thing both Kiri and Analee can’t do, though, is work up the nerve to confess her romantic feelings for Kiri’s partner-in-crime, Xolkar—aka a teen boy named Harris whom Analee has never actually met in person.
So when high school heartthrob Seb Matias asks Analee to pose as his girlfriend in an attempt to make his ex jealous, Analee agrees. Sure, Seb seems kind of obnoxious, but Analee could use some practice connecting with people in real life. In fact, it’d maybe even help her with Harris.
But the more Seb tries to coax Analee out of her comfort zone, the more she starts to wonder if her anxious, invisible self is even ready for the real world. Can Analee figure it all out without losing herself in the process?
And now onto the reasons:
Who doesn’t love fake dating? I mean, I love when to acquaintances agree to fake date and it starts an amazing friendship because that’s a very real way to know each other. They force themselves to try new things, expand their visions and even their world gets bigger.
2. It’s latinx
Analee is daughter of Cuban parents and the book is filled with cultural references and food that will make you hungry. I do not know about the Cuban rep but as latinx I really liked it.
3. Role play
I haven’t read many books that mention characters playing role play games and as someone that used to role play I found this really cute and it made me feel seen, as an introverted child that used to hide behind a computer.
4. Amazing vegan dishes
Analee’s step mom is a yogui that seems super cool, and not at all step mother material but reading how she is always cooking some vegan dishes and trying new recipes would make me hungry. Plus just in general just reading her even if it’s through Analee’s eyes would just made me feel super relaxed.
5. Great family relationships
Most part of the book is about Analee trying to connect with her dad and become closer to him because they started drifting apart when her mom died. I loved and cried over how beautiful they relationship is, because we mostly get bad dads and dads who left and it was really cute reading about a dad that isn’t bad for once.
6. Social phobia/anxiety representation
The social phobia and anxiety representation were relatable, she reminded me of how I used to feel the last year of high school and made me wish I had read this before because my 16 year old self would have felt seen a lot better after reading this and definitely would have felt less alone.
I also liked that she learns to deal with it and starts a path of self love and confidence without having to be force into doing something, she starts everything at her own pace.
7. Deals with grief and depression
The book is about Analee dealing with her mother death and learning who she is without her around to help, but also deals with the grief all of the characters are experiencing after that. It’s a book that reminds you that being sad is fine and that all feelings after losing someone are valid.
8. Coming of age
I love coming of age books, that feeling of breakage and starting a new, figuring out who we are is something that always give me all the feels, not only because they are relatable but also because we are always figuring out who we are in different stages of life and that has a great portrayal in this book.
And those are the main reasons why you should read the book (there are a lot more), I swear is a really good book, it took me by surprise and immediately became one of my best reads of the year so far. If you haven’ read it you should read it, I promise it’s worth it.