Book 50 was The Mixtape by Brittainy Cherry and it wrecked me. November 9 by Colleen Hoover has held the #1 read of 2021 for me and while it totally deserves to be #1 I just read it in the wrong year because The Mixtape has claimed that spot and probably my favorite fiction read of my adult life.
While I was thrilled with the ending, I didn't want this book to end. Brittainy Cherry is new to me and I loved the way she handled so many tricky situations and turned them from taboo to empowering. This book has many trigger warnings, though I believe it's less triggering and more healing.
I will warn you I legit had tears rolling down my face (at a public pool and all) from the first few chapters on. It wasn't The Fault In Our Stars sad tears but touching, heartfelt tears most of the time. It also had me cracking up... Outloud (I got quite the looks that day at the pool) This book causes a huge emotional attachment to fictional characters.
I am a slower reader and typically listen to 4 audiobooks for every ebook read. I finished this book in 26 hrs. I love my sleep and I found myself awake at 7:30am on a Sunday wanting to pick up the book and find out what happened. It's that good!
I can't stop thinking about the characters, smiling at their antics, cheering them on in their troubled times, and crying along side them as they power through the tough ones. Emery, Reese, and Oliver will stick with me for a very long time!