Members of the Sinclair family are tall, athletic, and beautiful. They come from old money and democratic. No one would accuse a Sinclair of being a fMembers of the Sinclair family are tall, athletic, and beautiful. They come from old money and democratic. No one would accuse a Sinclair of being a failure, criminal, or addict. At least, not in polite company. Tipper and Harris are the Sinclair matriarchs. They had three daughters Penny, Carrie, and Bess. Cadence “Cady” Sinclair Eastman was the oldest grandchild, daughter to Bess, and heiress to Beechwood Island. Cady and the Sinclair family spent their entire summer on Beechwood Island isolated from the rest of the world. Gat started to visit Beechwood Island in Cady’s eighth year. He was an interloper. Cady, Gat, and Cady’s two cousins Johnny and Mirren were considered the Liars. Each summer on the Island the four of them were inseparable and wreaking havoc.
Cady’s story starts in her fifteenth year on the Island. It was the summer her dad left her and her mom for another family. It was the summer that Cady and Gat started to notice each other. They understood each other. He challenged the norms, the illusions of the Sinclair’s. This was also the summer of Cady’s accident. She wouldn't return to Beechwood Island until her seventeenth year. The year she wanted to remember what happened the summer she was fifteen.
Cady’s story is one of forbidden love. Gat was an outsider. He certainly didn't fit into the Sinclair mold.
I thought the writing was different…rhythmic and circular. It had a nice flow to it. The ending was so unexpected. Once I was finished, I went back through the entire book to see how I had missed the clues… signs. Then, I was like, how did I not see that. There were even metaphors about fires and hurting, but I didn't catch any of them and what they really meant. I honestly was thinking that Gat did something to Cady that he hurt her in some way. I think my jaw literally dropped at the end, because I had no clue. At least for me that’s why I ended up liking the book so much more, because I was taken by surprise. I really loved the way it was written too. Now that I think about it, it was like reading a crazy persons thoughts or someone completely broken.
If it wasn't for the ending, I think, the book was just another okay read. I would have probably given it two, maybe three stars. Once I reread it, the whole book was changed for me it seems so much sadder. I think it takes a certain kind of author to pull off what E. Lockhart did, total unpredictability. ...more
I'm still smiling after reading this book. It had my kind of humor, bizarre or crazy, maybe both. Nah, definitely both. This book had some real laughI'm still smiling after reading this book. It had my kind of humor, bizarre or crazy, maybe both. Nah, definitely both. This book had some real laugh out loud and funny moments. At times, I felt like I had landed in Bizarroland or crashed there...
This book had an Austin Power's guilty to it. Ladybird Hope = Dr. Evil. At least that's what came to my mind. I also thought Taylor reminded me of a character from the TV show "Greek." I even think her name was Taylor.
Towards the middle of this book the novelty wore off, then it just seemed silly. The smart writing started to sound preachy and too political. I like understated messages.
While reading this book, I think you should be open to the humor, the strangeness of the plot. Don't dwell on the silly, air-headiness of the characters. Just let the crazy side of your imagination take you for a ride... ...more
This book was super cute. I loved Anna and St. Clair's relationship. Actually, I thought all the cast of characters were likable. That doesn't happenThis book was super cute. I loved Anna and St. Clair's relationship. Actually, I thought all the cast of characters were likable. That doesn't happen very often. I also thought the writing was smart and funny.
Man, I wish I could have gone to school in Paris. What an experience that would have been. I hope to visit there some day.
Anyway, this book is worth the read, especially if you need a change of pace from the usual reads. Who needs vampires or werewolves, when you have St. Clair and Anna in Paris......more
Some of the detailing was exquisitely written. Holly Schindler beautifully captured the anguish, shame, and love between Aura and her mother. At timesSome of the detailing was exquisitely written. Holly Schindler beautifully captured the anguish, shame, and love between Aura and her mother. At times in this book, I felt really depressed, but I also felt appreciative that I didn't have to live with someone who suffered from a mental disorder. I couldn't imagine how overwhelming a life like that would be.
Aura was a likable character. Sometimes though, I did want to shake her; however, given the circumstances I can understand why she acted the way she did. She basically had to give up most of her life to care for her mom and live with the fear of one day becoming crazy herself. I think that alone would make me crazy...
The writing alone in this book was worth the read, but the story was also touching.
**This review does contain some spoilers, so be warned.**
When I was reading "If I Stay" I flew through each page. I had to know whether Mai was going**This review does contain some spoilers, so be warned.**
When I was reading "If I Stay" I flew through each page. I had to know whether Mai was going to stay or not. Along the way to finding out that answer, I experienced the heartbreaking nature of Mai's story. I think I cried through most of the book.
Anyway, I was heck of excited when my friend Loryn saw that there was going to be a second book. It wasn't until the uncorrected copy was in my hot little hands that I noticed the book was written from Adam's point of view. That spiked my interest even more, because I really loved "If I Stay" and Adam.
This second installment has that same page turning intensity. I just had to know whether Adam and Mai were going to get back together and live happily ever after. I'm happy to note they do, but it took almost the very end for me to think that that was possible.
I really liked this book and enjoyed Adam's story. However, there was this minor part of the book that drove me a little crazy. Adam was a whiny little girl (hope there isn't any cause for offense to anyone, anyway) and very self-absorbs. Being a rock star is besides the point. He did have his reasons though, for being of that attitude, because of the way Mai left him. I got over my little annoyance quickly. Their love story is memorizing and addicting to read. It's rare when two character can break your heart and fill you with joy at the same time.
Off topic, it didn't hurt that Adam totally reminds me of Jerad Leto.
I've read some mediocre books lately and the writing has been so-so. This book was a refreshing change, that's why I'm giving this five stars instead of four. Also, it's been months since I've had a book that I just wanted to read without interruptions and ignore life for a while, so I hope that gives you some indication of how good this book is.
One of the things I liked most about this book was the fact that DJ wasn't a stereotypical female character. Lately, most of the YA books I've read thOne of the things I liked most about this book was the fact that DJ wasn't a stereotypical female character. Lately, most of the YA books I've read the female lead is always portrayed as extremely popular, rich, beautiful, and helpless. I liked that DJ didn't think of herself as pretty and she wasn't a size 0. I also liked that she seemed to fit the image of any number of my friends growing up.
I do have to admit this book would make for a perfect Lifetime movie of the week or Disney, because there was a great message about family communication and misunderstandings. I couldn't help picturing Miley Cyrus as DJ. HA!
I thought this story was adorable, and another great YA pick for the teen girls out there looking for something other than vampires and werewolves (not that I mind those books at all).
DJ and Brian will make you smile... a lot. ...more
If you love music this book would be great to read. I thought it was really cute.
I thought it was funny, because of the timing of reading it now- JenIf you love music this book would be great to read. I thought it was really cute.
I thought it was funny, because of the timing of reading it now- Jen5 so reminds me of Crystal Bowersocks from this seasons American Idol. It must be the dreadlocks.
I also thought back to the rock band my high school had. I could only imagine the drama swirling around their lives I didn't know about. I wonder what happened to them or how many high school bands make it big...hummmm. ...more
I'm easy to please... some would say, I'm an easy reviewer and rater of books. I would have to agree. I***BEWARE: OVER-DRAMATIC DIATRIBE TO FOLLOW***
I'm easy to please... some would say, I'm an easy reviewer and rater of books. I would have to agree. I may give out five and four stars to just about anything. Mostly. But, I don't give one stars out lightly though. I like what I like... without guilt or shame.
What I loath most in books is horrendous writing and pointless story lines. Or, dull-witted female character types. Zoey the main character in this book was annoyingly moronic. She was blind and one-dimensional, actually that describes most of the characters, except Doug (he reminded me of Brandon Lee, so he gets exempt).
Besides the unfavorable Zoey, the writing was beyond bad. Was an editor even present during the reviewing of this book, or did that process get skipped and it was straight to the printing press. I'm thinking the latter. There was too much repetitive detailing and word phrasing. I hate to sound over redundant myself, but hasn't anyone ever heard of a Thesaurus. Seriously. Plus, the story had no direction and it seemed fragmented.
I really liked Jennifer Echols', Going Too Far, but now I'm wondering if I was delusional at the time. I'm thinking of rereading it, so I would know whether I was sane at the time of reading it, or if this book was a weird fluke from the author.
At any rate, I think that about sums up my rant... sorry....more
I can't help it, but I love cutesy YA romantic books- that's why I ended up giving this three stars. It was a fast read, thank goodness, because I reaI can't help it, but I love cutesy YA romantic books- that's why I ended up giving this three stars. It was a fast read, thank goodness, because I really detested (strong word I know, but that's how I felt) the writing style.
I'm from California and I use the words "like" and "really" a lot. I would probably be really (ha, see) embarrassed if I went back and read a lot of my reviews. I'm sure I would see those words everywhere. But, they are only reviews. These words were used obsessively. I started to roll my eyes at one point. Anyway, the language was overdone. In addition, the phrasing "I was like" and "I say" for introducing who said what, was way over used as well. Annoying...
I know this is an advanced readers copy and I haven't read anything from this author before, but I couldn't image too much being changed, with that being said, the writing lacked for me (as I've already stated). Once again, I hate to degrade the YA readership by saying they might be okay with this writing style. It's probably true though.
I did think this was cute, but it was the same old same old story once again. Friends like the same boy, friends fight, and then all is well in the world at the end. Ordinary...
Because of my cork for not being able to finish a book once I started it, I ended up reading this super fast, just so I could be done with it. That doesn't sound good after just rereading that sentence. It's true though. Some would say I wasted my time, especially because I wont remember it probably a week from now. It's sad really.
I'm going on and on I'm sorry. I know it sounds like I really hated this book, but I didn't. I just didn't care for the writing (I've said that about the writing like...ha... how many times now... annoying isn't it) and that means something. The writing is essential, not all, but important to the connection and how we care about the characters and their stories.