Feeling depressed myself, I always turn to a memoir that will make me feel better about myself. This one is the perfect book to make you feel that youFeeling depressed myself, I always turn to a memoir that will make me feel better about myself. This one is the perfect book to make you feel that your life is a hundred times better than Korson's, but then in my case, maybe not. Korson starts out depressed and truly despondent over a best friend that has everything you could ever want as a young girl, the Barbie dream house, the Barbie camper and every outfit available. Korson ends up with the island of misfit toys in her collection. When her parents divorce, things only get worse and funnier.
Raised on Ms. magazine by her now single mother, Korson, until she leaves for Emmerson College, she falls in like and out of convenience, she moves in with her boyfriend. With one fateful trip to Mexico that involves wisdom teeth, a marriage proposal and a raging fever, Korson tries to end the relationshop with a giant FAIL. In any other writer's words, this might be a real downer, but not here. I was laughing until I had tears in my eyes.
Even when she gets a job at an entertainment agency, she fails upward and realizes that she is truly miserable there. I think reading between the lines, I got the feeling that she had brief spouts of happiness here and there. I really felt a connection to Korson and could relate to several of her stories. Tragedy plus time equal comedy and in this case, it is very true. Anyone who enjoys Jen Lancaster, David Sedaris and Celia Rivenbark are going to love this one!
Isn't this what every girl dreams of? A rock star comes along and sweeps her off her feet? Not Kate.
Kate Mosley is a country girl who justMY THOUGHTS
Isn't this what every girl dreams of? A rock star comes along and sweeps her off her feet? Not Kate.
Kate Mosley is a country girl who just lost her husband and she really doesn't want to promote her book, but she has to and when she is making the talk show rounds, a handsome rocker by the name of Trevor, known to his fans as Trax, is on the same show. The book was written to help her grieve and the last she wants is attention. Of course, Rock Stars (note the capitals there) always get what they want. Full of charm and wit, Trevor is actually a nice guy underneath the glam. He knows Kate is deeply devastated but is still drawn to her.
There are lots of laughs to go along as Kate makes her way through make overs on her trek to the best seller list. Seriously, though, I got the most laughs from Trevor as he tries to understand that Kate doesn't understand what she does to his, um, male-parts. I adored that this book is told from Kate's perspective and how her insecurities play into this relationship. Part of her confusion is that she so deeply loved her husband and feels she shouldn't have any feelings for anyone else.
This book is pure escapism. I wanted to jump inside and just live in this world until I felt better about real life. Even Trevor is made human, and with a strong male lead like this, the balance is perfect. It can go so wrong so quickly. Both characters were believable and so was the romance. I just hope that the author continues with this sort of book for awhile. It made me that happy.
Hmm, how do this without giving away too much? Fleeing from Los Angeles, Sonny finds out the Ben's faWOW! This is a thrilling conclusion to BLACKBIRD!
Hmm, how do this without giving away too much? Fleeing from Los Angeles, Sonny finds out the Ben's father had something to do with the collective that set up the hunt. She knows that Ben might have more to do with the hunt than she feels comfortable with but when Ben professes his innocence and becomes a target himself. Ben helps her get to New York where she finds a whole group of targets.
Sonny finds out who she really is when she reuinites with Rafe, the mysterious boy from her dreams. She discovers that there is a vast network of hunters and they have all been gathered in New York for the biggest hunt ever. Ben does help her as much as he can but there is almost a triangle between Rafe, Ben and Sonny. Trust me, the conclusion is a bit exciting and of course, you have already suspended disbelief at this point, so go forth and enjoy this thriller! ...more
Anthony is having growing pains, massive eighth grade pains, not quite a teen but definitely out of childhood He has experienced his first kiss and b Anthony is having growing pains, massive eighth grade pains, not quite a teen but definitely out of childhood He has experienced his first kiss and breakup and feels no one understands him. He is a bit overwight and is prediabetic, so he can't indulge like a normal teen. The teachers at his school seem to be against him and he can't help himself and acts out in rebellion. The only true high point in his life is a rock band class that meets after school. With his best friend and bass player, Keenan, he joins Valerie, the drummer and Sarah the singer. They hope to play at the school talent show and can't seem to get the act together.
As the singer gets suspended, the other three members are forced to find an alternative for a singer. While at his breaking point, Anthony puts his anger into words and writes a song called "Breakout" that sums up all of his angst. It ends with an expletive that is typical of a boy that age. When his friend loads up the song to a band site, it starts to get hits and becomes a mini sensation at the school.
For all this book has going for it, the whole thing just feels a bit flat. I didn't really get any tension building up for the first third of the book and it wasn't until the last 50 pages that everything came together. The characters all worked well together but I just wasn't that into them. Anthony could have been a bit more sympathetic but was a bit too whiney for me....more
Sonny is really good at lying, where the stories just pop into her head that sound reasonable and adults believe her. When you find out why she lies sSonny is really good at lying, where the stories just pop into her head that sound reasonable and adults believe her. When you find out why she lies so much, your heart will break. Since her mother kicked her out, her best friend, Amy, has let her sneak into her room every night so she is warm and safe. This has been going on for a few months and the girls think Amy's parents are not wise to the plan. A new boy starts mid-semester at their high school and Ryder is a congressman's son. The new school is nothing like his prep school and he is taken for a snob. He also likes Amy, who is the school's perfect girl but so incredibly shy, that she doesn't have many interactions. When Ryder contacts Amy, Sonny, just happens to answer and she is extremely honest with Ryder who thinks he is talking to Amy. Sonny hatches a plan to make Ryder like her but again, she is lying about everything except she is really telling him the truth about her life. They do start to date, but when Amy realizes that Sonny hasn't been honest, she finally stands up for herself. The whole thing falls apart and Sonny is pretty much forced to tell the truth about everything in her life. This one wil leave with a few tears and lots of smiles. I really enjoyed this quick read. ...more
Pram's mother has died at her birth and her spinster aunts have raised her away from the world in their retirement home. Her only friend is Felix, a gPram's mother has died at her birth and her spinster aunts have raised her away from the world in their retirement home. Her only friend is Felix, a ghost boy who meets her daily at the pond behind the house. When the school district insists that she go to a "real" school instead of being homeschooled, her aunts fear that people will not be friendly to their beloved niece. She meets and makes a friend on her very first day. Clarence has lost his mother, just like Pram, and it has been a daily struggle to survive. He feels like no one understands his grief until he meets Pram. As Pram begins to trust Clarence, she lets him in on her seceret life with ghosts.
Clarence really wants to find his mother's spirit and after much searching they find a traveling pyschic who immediately latches on to Pram's gift. Lady Savant is quite strange and wants more from Pram than she wants to give. I can't go any further into details because that would spoil this wonderful tale for everyone. This story will be once of your favorites and it is just perfectly done as a ghost tale.
Feyre's family has suffered because of her father's bad business decisions and she now supports her family by hunting in the woods near their cottage.Feyre's family has suffered because of her father's bad business decisions and she now supports her family by hunting in the woods near their cottage. Her world has been divided by the wars between the fairy realm and the humans and now she has heard rumors of the faries causing havoc at the borders near her home. While she is hunting in the winter, she takes down a wolf that is threating her prize of a deer. The wolf turns out to be a fairy and the fairy lord,Tamlin, comes to extract her as vengence for the death.
Feyre ends up in the land of the faries and lives calmly until other fairy lords start mischief in a goal to overthrow the Queen that is causing all of the havoc. She also discovers that she has fallen in love with Tamlin and doesn't realize she is a pawn in a much larger game.
This is an amazing story that all fantasy lovers will adore. Of course, there are epic battles and Feyre is much stronger than she appears to be when her inner strength becomes apparent. There is romance, intrigue, and a lot of fairy mischief. Now you will be yelling for the next installment because this one ends with a bit of a cliffhanger.
Lex's life has been in freefall since her brother committed suicide. She thought she had her life all wrapped up and on course, when it seeMy Thoughts
Lex's life has been in freefall since her brother committed suicide. She thought she had her life all wrapped up and on course, when it seems, out of the blue, her brother, Tyler, kills himself. Her mother is quickly unraveling as well, starting to drink to numb the pain. While her friends try to reach out to Lex, nothing seems to get through. As she traces back to that fateful day, she tries to figure out what went wrong. Tyler was the super popular kid, while Lexie was always the nerd.
It seems to trail back to when her father deserted the family and ran off with his secretary. With no money for extras, Lex, manages to save enough to buy a car, aka Lemon, that gets her back and forth to her therapist appointments which she hates. Dave, her therapist gives her an assignment: just write. This book is snippets of what she writes down mixed with the day-to-day life she now lives. So many feelings come out as she finally realizes that she was not the cause of his death.
In her senior year, her goal is to go to MIT as a math major, which she excels at. Her teachers try to reach out and when she fails a math test, everyone becomes alarmed. Her friends can't connect with her any longer and only when she becomes angry with her mother, does she actually break through. At times, this is a bit a ghost story, where she and her mother both sense Tyler hanging around them. When the two finally reconcile that Tyler is gone and they can't bring him back, can they move forward. This is so different from Hand's other books, but ther writing you fell in love with is still there. Parents: best for teens with mentions of alcohol and some strong language.
OK, this one left me hanging. I had lots of OH NO moments filled with several rapid heartbeats followed by I CAN"T PUT THIS DOWN.
My final review willOK, this one left me hanging. I had lots of OH NO moments filled with several rapid heartbeats followed by I CAN"T PUT THIS DOWN.
My final review will be posted on my stop on the blog tour. Elias is a Mask and as such, he will compete to be emporer while Laia is a scholar who becomes a slave in order to save her brother from execution. When the two meet sparks fly and plans are made.
This book totally caught me offguard and I think it reminded me of the Legend series, which I totally adored and a cross of Shatter Me for the emotional level this rises to. I know this is being vague but I can't post any more about this one. It has been optioned for a movie which I think will work much like the Hunger Games.
Lauren has run away from her life in the states, to live in London while she regroups after a nasty breakup. She finds a job using her markMY THOUGHTS
Lauren has run away from her life in the states, to live in London while she regroups after a nasty breakup. She finds a job using her marketing skills at a science center and decides to do a little market research on her own. Her love life isn't what she wants it to be, so she decides to follow the advice of dating books throughout the years. Much like Bridget Jones Diary, she is looking for her Darcy. And to find him, she must kiss a lot of toads. Except Lauren would pretty much rather keep the toad instead of the prince. Seriously, some of the guys she dates are horrifying. There are a bit of surprises through out the book as Lauren reveals what actually happened in her break up.
This debut is a quick and light read, full of humorous set ups and a female lead that is raunchy, full of adventure and somewhat hurt by the relationship in her past. She tells guys she is not looking for a relationship and none believe her. So she resorts to trusty guides like The Rules and historic guides for how to get the guy. Each book is covered in a month and chapter and some work better than others. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and if you have never read chick lit, this is a good place to start. If you enjoy the show Girls or Broad City, this is one you will love.
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Vianne kisses her husband goodbye when he leaves for the front and her sister, Isabelle runs off to join the fight on her own terms after hMY THOUGHTS
Vianne kisses her husband goodbye when he leaves for the front and her sister, Isabelle runs off to join the fight on her own terms after her boyfriend betrays her. Now, on her own, Vianne must deal with the enemy on her doorstep and is not given any choices about what she must do to survive and protect her children. Each sister fights this war in their own way. Isabelle must grow up quickly and does what she can to rescue airmen and get them to safety. Because she is so young, she tends to take chances that if her luck would run out, she would be dead. Vianne, on the other hand, is more mature and knows how to survive.
The story goes into detail, sometimes a bit more violent than I would expect from Hannah, but in keeping with the time period, there is no other way for this to be told. The book ties in the start of the book’s narrator in 1995 to the ending in quite a nice twist. Even though it does change pace from modern to historical viewpoints, the story stays constant. The details about life in general at this time period are at time difficult to read, but so worth it.
Wow. Kristin Hannah does it again! This story about two sisters in France during World War II should come with 2 boxes of tissues. I have always adored the emotional stories of Hannah but this one wrung me dry. My husband’s uncle was one of the two worst things you could be during this war: Jewish and French. He survived the war but barely. My father fought in Germany and my mother used to tell me he woke up at night after horrible nightmares visibly shaking. Hannah captures that horror and the humanity all within the pages of this book....more
Lila has had a charmed life until her husband dumps her, she loses her job hosting on a shopping channel and her father passes away. She haMY THOUGHTS
Lila has had a charmed life until her husband dumps her, she loses her job hosting on a shopping channel and her father passes away. She has always counted on men to make the hard decisions. Now on her own and moving back home, she finds her mother’s financial situation is dire. Her mother, Daphne, a former model, cannot face the fact that her beloved home will have to be sold. Until Lila discovers that Daphne has been collecting and hording designer fashions through out her lifetime. With the online sale of a vintage Dior, she and her mother put together a plan to save the house.
Her high school boyfriend, Ben, just happens to move to Black Dog Bay and when Lila’s FUV (the SUV she bought before her ex cleared out the joint accounts),breaks down, they pair run into each other. Ben saves her more than once and Daphne makes plans to get the two back together. The only problem is that kissing Ben is like kissing her brother. Also turning up is the boy she snubbed as a sophomore and Malcolm is more than spark-worthy now. Of course, in such a small town, gossip runs rampant and only when Lila discovers the local watering hole, The Whinery, does she get some heartfelt advice from the owner, Summer.
This book made me smile and laugh while taking me out of a cold-induced, horrible mood. It was a quick and easy read full of fun and romance and a bit of a mystery with mean girls (actually old women) galore! Lila is such a wonderful character and I can see how this series is going to be one of my favorites. There are so many minor characters that scream to be followed in this book. I haven’t read the first in the series, Cure For the Common Breakup, but I have ordered it and can’t wait to read Summer’s story in full.
I have been following Kat's dogs, V & Bleu on Facebook and was a fan of her creative photos with amazing little stories about her rescue dogs. I wI have been following Kat's dogs, V & Bleu on Facebook and was a fan of her creative photos with amazing little stories about her rescue dogs. I wasn't aware that she had written other stories until I saw a post about It's Personal and decided to take a chance.
This short character study is one of the best things I have read in a long time. The story follows Anthony and his end of life struggle while his surrogate son tries to cope with the issues of a man too proud to accept help. Anthony has put him through school and tried to make his life better than his own. The pair switch positions, where Anthony must accept care and realizes he is no longer in control of his own physical life because of illness. I am definitely going to check out the rest of her work....more
JJ has graduated early from high school and wants to be a song writer in the famous Brill Building during the early Sixites. Her parents have other plJJ has graduated early from high school and wants to be a song writer in the famous Brill Building during the early Sixites. Her parents have other plans for her. They think she should carry on the family tradition of being lawyers. Her uncle Bernie, the black sheep of the family, has been excommunicated for his somewhat illegal activities. Secretely, she gets a job as an assistant at Good Music publishing and then tells her parents she will follow their plan if she can't get a song published. What should be a simple job turns dark when she meets a once-famous singer, Dulcie Brown, who is recovering from drug issues. There is also a cute boy she meets in the building, who has his own dark secrets. Luke (18), whose father just died, had once managed Dulcie and when she dies in apparent suicide, they both think that it was murder.
Lots of twists and turns get them to the end point of uncovering the truth of Dulcie, but JJ knows that she couldn't have possibly killed herself. The pair work as a team and there are lots of truths revealed about racisim, drug abuse and the music business. Well, not so much about music. I really wished that there was more focus on that part of the story. JJ and Luke also find out about themselves as the story progresses. This is a pretty clean romance geated towards teens with only some kissing, as well as, mentions of drug and alcohol abuse. ...more