Some people think their lives are hard, others feel that they are fortunate for not having to go through many troubling things. But for Addie, she hasSome people think their lives are hard, others feel that they are fortunate for not having to go through many troubling things. But for Addie, she has a truly hard life. Her mother, who has a number of problems, has just gotten in a divorce with her second husband, with whom she's had two children with (Brynna and Katie). Because of the divorce, Addie and Mommers (which Addie calls her mother throughout the book) have to move out, and Dwight supplied them to live in.
Addie doesn't quite know what to make of the place, but soon, people all around her are warming up to her and becoming her friend. More and more hardships are thrown her way, but she gets through them.
*This story is really sad and it reminds me a lot of my life, not just because both Katie and Brynna share the names of my sister and I, but also because some of the content reflects a lot of my life. I found that I could relate to Addie.
I really liked this book because it doesn't try to distinguish the bad things in life by making a fairy-tale; the story could be true and could have happened to someone in real life, someone telling their experience through a book. I think a lot of people who aren't afraid of the tragedies of life should read this book....more
**spoiler alert** Kaitlyn always felt like an outcast. Having grown up in a small town, teenagers and children were afraid of her... Called her a witc**spoiler alert** Kaitlyn always felt like an outcast. Having grown up in a small town, teenagers and children were afraid of her... Called her a witch because she could tell the future through drawings. Once a girl who didn't belong, suddenly she's wanted from a man named Mr. Zetes. He wants her to attend his boarding school so she can learn to control her power, while still attending high school in California. Finally, she feels accepted by her new family; three other teenagers who have their own unique gifts. Everything seems perfect until secrets are revealed and the charming Mr. Zetes is suddenly more evil than any of the four could have expected. Kaitlyn faces deception, love, and powers she never knew were possible. ...more
Caleb was always the bad guy in the family, always did things teenagers are pegged to do: drink, party, sex. But one night changed everything for him.Caleb was always the bad guy in the family, always did things teenagers are pegged to do: drink, party, sex. But one night changed everything for him. Forever. Not only did this mistake ruin his life, but the life of another.
Maggie has been living the last year in pain, of which is both emotional and physical. Therapy for her messed up leg puts her in constant pain, and yet she's not willing to push herself to the max, for something is holding her back. Suddenly, she is forced to re-live the past when the perpetrator is forced back into her life. Now, she sees him every day, and every day her heart sinks deeper and deeper. In love? Or in pain.
The way people panned out the accident never seemed right. Again and again, Maggie plays over it in her head, and yet she can't put the pieces together, until it's too late...
*This book is really good. I was drawn into it immediately, and found myself bawling my eyes out in the end....more
**spoiler alert** Caitlin, a girl who had enough struggles as it was trying to level up to her sister in her parents' views, gains additional problems**spoiler alert** Caitlin, a girl who had enough struggles as it was trying to level up to her sister in her parents' views, gains additional problems when her sister goes missing. Like it isn't hard enough when someone is taken, Cass isn't kidnapped against her will; she leaves all on her own. Suddenly, Caitlin feels empty and alone, no support in her household, now her parents are forced to look a little closer at their younger daughter. Instead of taking the opportunity to get to know her better and missing out on the signs of a girl who is being abused physically and emotionally by her new boyfriend, her mother is drawn to figuring out why Cass left and is focused more on any chance she can get to see Cass on a television show that Cass has started to supervise with her boyfriend, who is the reason she ran off in the first place. Caitlin's father, on the other hand, absorbs himself in his work, which is as an advocate for a school. This is the only way that he can cope with the fact that Cass ran off without word of her disappearance.
Now that she is the center of attention at her school, Caitlin tries out for the cheerleading teem. Much to her shock and disappointment, she makes it and is now an official member of the cheerleading squad that Cass once was head cheerleader for. Now that Cass is gone, the squad compares Caitlin with Cass every single day; she didn't do one of the formations right or she fell down without completing a cartwheel/back handspring. Caitlin is starting to get really irritated when along comes Rogerson. He appears to be perfect. Handsome with dark hair and eyes that smother Caitlin and cut her to the core. Caitlin falls in love and this love clouds her judgment when suddenly, Rogerson isn't who he appeared to be. Once someone who seemed fun-loving, he's now angry and violent and takes out his anger at her. Some of the things he punishes her for are beyond her control. Sometimes she's late to meet him, and now she's got a bruise to show for it.
Caitlin should have known; everyone warned her about him. Her parents, her friends, and even people who weren't friends with her. She's in over her head, now doing drugs and allowing a man to hit her because she thinks it's the only way to keep him with her and to let him love her.
When her parents find out about everything, which is months later, Caitlin is psychologically scarred. Her parents send her to a lockdown facility to seek help from professionals who know more about these struggles than do the people Caitlin has grown up with. ----------
I really liked this book... It didn't mask the struggles that actually teenagers have to face; sex, drugs, and parties where things get out of control. This book actually made me quite angry, seeing as Rogerson beat Caitlin. I don't think that's ever morally right. But in the end, if an adult wants to see what teenage life is like, I'd suggest reading this book, because it is spot on. Teenagers, especially girls, get picked on all the time about weight and about anything basically they do. The parties that we go to aren't necessarily places we should be; we're putting ourselves in bad situations that allow other people to have opportunities to hurt us in ways we never know exist until that harm actually happens. Abusive relationships occur left and right. This book is a good book to read if you've ever suffered from an abusive partner. It tells about the struggle and the thoughts of a girl who actually goes through it. The story might not be real and it may not have happened to someone, but I found I could relate really well to it. The thoughts are true....more
These books draw you in! She has to face trials among trials and yet she never gives up. Her visions enable her to save people, and her friends are byThese books draw you in! She has to face trials among trials and yet she never gives up. Her visions enable her to save people, and her friends are by her side the whole way....more
**spoiler alert** This book is the 5th of the House of Night series. In it, Neferet (The High Priestess of the House of Night school), has been acting**spoiler alert** This book is the 5th of the House of Night series. In it, Neferet (The High Priestess of the House of Night school), has been acting quite strange. As Zoey gets more and more suspicious of Neferet abusing her identity as someone who is well respected by all the students, she starts to watch her carefully. Aphrodite continues to have visions of Zoey and the world, but now she is seeing the death of Zoey. Stark, a fledgling with a power unlike any other, is introduced, but he dies as his body rejects the Change. Zoey fell in love with another man, who is a teacher and Vampyre at the school, named Loren. Loren is bribed by Neferet to make Zoey believe that he, too, is falling in love with her and gives her the opportunity to cheat on Erik, Zoey's vampyre-to-be boyfriend. Along with Loren and Erik, she is continually being chased by Heath, her human imprint.
A fallen angel, Kalona, who has been locked underground in a hell-like state, is being summoned by Neferet, and in the ending, comes to be. And last but not least, a secret about the fledglings who have failed the Change comes out.
This book is a really good book for teenagers who find it hard to read novels that require a lot of thinking. The Casts allow themselves to make the teenagers more like modern teenagers and it is helpful that the characters in the book face drama and action. However, the Casts allow their characters to swear quite often and just like teenagers face nowadays, there is a lot of temptation involved. ...more