I found Reserved to be a delightful story. Travis and Kenna were very likable, well rounded characters - though Kenna was a bit too neurotic at timesI found Reserved to be a delightful story. Travis and Kenna were very likable, well rounded characters - though Kenna was a bit too neurotic at times - who inhabited a well developed world, namely The Yard, the restaurant where both of them worked.
Travis was very sweet and easy to like, even if he had some less savory traits like his string of short-term relationships, there was plenty to like right from the start (like the fact he randomly made Kenna's daughter Paige lunch whenever Kenna forgot the lunchbox at the restaurant or his status as black sheep of his own family. Actually, his whole relationship with Paige was probably the highlight of the book.
McKenna (or Kenna) was a bit harder for me, as I said before, she was a bit neurotic and stuck in her ways, she acted a little crazy from time to time but over all I could see where she was coming from.
The rest of the characters that populated The Yard and Ryeland Farms were quite charming too, though I often felt a little lost - like there was some stuff I should know but didn't because I wasn't aware this was the 4th in a series - but even so, I was happy to read this book, and I was even intrigued to figure out what happened in those other books.
This was a different and lovely book, I loved getting in Zomorod's head as she navigates a new school and her Iranian family in the late 70's. At firsThis was a different and lovely book, I loved getting in Zomorod's head as she navigates a new school and her Iranian family in the late 70's. At first its mostly about her wanting to adapt to a new place but, as the Hostage crisis in Iran intensifies her life gets more and more complicated with the people around her not quite willing to accept them.
It Ain't so Awful Falafel is, over all, quite lighthearted and it ends on a very hopeful note, with a lovely message about being yourself even when it's hard and that there are nice people everywhere, even when it doesn't seem like it at times. Plus, it provides a snapshot at how life was in the seventies, how quickly neighbors can turn on each other, and really it's a message that doesn't go away given the current state of things in the US and EU.
Zomorod and her family go through some pretty bad stuff through out the book, but it helps her find herself and she's better off in the end because of it, I really liked Brock and Carolyn, they sounded like really awesome friends....more
Over all I would say that this book was pretty adorable. I wasn't sure at first how I would feel about the Doggie POV but Prozac was such a delightfulOver all I would say that this book was pretty adorable. I wasn't sure at first how I would feel about the Doggie POV but Prozac was such a delightful character, it was fun in his head and it made the whole story more poignant.
I'll admit I had my ups and downs with Meredith but she won me over by the end. She really was struggling with putting her life back together when Prozac entered her life and I loved the whole approach the book had to her situation in the end. ...more
Quick Summary: Tessa wants 2 things, to become a game engineer (instead of just adding sound effects) and to help her new found friends, so she decideQuick Summary: Tessa wants 2 things, to become a game engineer (instead of just adding sound effects) and to help her new found friends, so she decides to build a game around their favorite TV show in just a few weeks. Problem is, she can’t do it alone.
Level Up was just such a happy book to read and I loved it every step of the way,
I loved getting to know Tessa Rodriguez - and this is really Tessa’s book, even if she does have a love interest, Adam, and he is no slouch - and her dreams. She’s a very talented programmer and coder who suffers from a) being shy and just a tad antisocial; and b) being stuck in a boy’s club industry.
But Tessa is not about to let any of those things stop her, even if her family doesn’t get why she hasn’t gotten married and started having kids.
I can’t say how awesome Tessa is, really, she is smart and a fangirl and I loved her. I also loved that one of her big motivations is helping these new friends she found by accident - the Book shop girls - and how these new female friendships help her fulfil one of her dreams. She was always a little reluctant to do things for herself, but her friends provide the push she needs.
Sadly, if I have one complaint about the book is actually the way the Book Shop girls are introduced -kind of all at once - because I still can’t figure out who is who. I know Stacey (’cause she works with Tessa) and Cressida (’cause she actually never shows up in the page, she’s just mentioned and I’m intrigued). But the rest of them? no clue who is who or how they are all related.
But nevertheless I loved them as a bunch.
Now let me tell you a little bit about Adam. He works with Tessa and is also his roommate. He had a disastrous relationship that is still holding him back in many ways. He’s overall a good guy and I actually liked that he was one of the few people who respected Tessa as a programer once he saw what she was capable off.
He was also stuck, a little, in the position of No-Man, telling Tessa to manage her expectations of what she could accomplish in just a couple of weeks. But overall he was all right.
The rest of the book is populated by other programmers and various people about the office. They weren’t as fleshed out but they didn’t need to be. And, let me not forget Tessa’s best friend who is in Europe and though she shows up sparingly, she’s pretty awesome
All in all, I’m pretty excited for this series. I can’t wait to read One True Pairing (book 2) which I think comes out later this year. Definitely recommend you read this one...more