STORY | Despite the hard knocks of life teenager Quincey Walker is already too familiar with, she manages to still create. Tonight is her nana’s birthday and while she loves putting a party together for someone else, what she doesn’t expect is an epic kiss with a stranger in a dark corner. What he doesn’t know is, this is Q’s first real first kiss…

Now her friends set out to find her mystery boy only what Quin discovers is maybe, just maybe, the answer doesn’t matter so much as the right boy does…

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REVIEW | When it comes to summer-y reads that are sweet, I tend to sit up and take notice. This is true of Make the Fireflies Dance. A new young adult novel that is, happily, as cute on the inside as its cover image implies. The story reads like a kind of Cinderella fairytale only instead of matching a glass slipper, Quincey is trying to “match” that perfect kiss she and a stranger share.

The novel moves along at a good pace, and I enjoyed the characters. We have the usual “suspects” making up the supporting characters through the friend group and a few of the mistaken first impression relationships along with the repairing of a friendship. The creative elements of the story are neat too; I actually did like seeing the film Q and friends produce come to life. This isn’t my favorite thing though. What I perhaps like best about this novel is that it surprises. There are still the same “comfort” cues we love in this genre, but I assumed the way it ends would ultimately be something its not. It’s not that the end is wrong or somehow “bad,” just surprising in the conclusion. Those who enjoy Jenny Han or Kasie West novels will likely enjoy this.

Make the Fireflies Dance is a perfect summer read sure to make anyone swoon. From the emotional past circumstances to the hopeful future, we leave Quin in a happy phase and place, which is all any reader wants for the fictional characters we invest time in. And happily, this novel delivers!


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Author: Rachel Bateman
Publisher: RP Teen
Source: Publisher provided – thank you so much Cate!
Publication Date: 2023
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★★★★

Content: this one has some descriptive kisses and characters described as “asexual.” There is a same sex relationship reveal. There may be a minor profanity or two.

Sincere thanks to RP Teens/Hachette for kindly sending me a copy of this novel for review; all opinions are mine. My sincere apologies to the publisher and author for the delay in posting this.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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