It's hard for me decide whether or not I want to give a 4 or 5 (4.5). On one hand I liked how some of this book rang true while still making me feel hIt's hard for me decide whether or not I want to give a 4 or 5 (4.5). On one hand I liked how some of this book rang true while still making me feel happy. The setting was in middle America which doesn't happen very often unless it's set in a rural part with only a Taco Bell for teenagers to hang out. This was not that kind of book, which is a nice change. I'm also loving this New Adult genre that is getting popular. You know how authors sometimes kill off a parent or something just to get rid of them. College students are away from their parents so this is a perfect solution and nobody has to die.
Cath is great, a completely socially awkward girl with a lot of issues but a lot of heart. Cather's mom walked out on her, her twin sister, and there mentally unstable dad when they were young. On top of that, Wren (her twin) doesn't want to be with Cath for their first year of college. She wants to 'meet new people.' Family issues for sure, and Cath is pretty lonely in the beginning. I liked how the family dynamic was a big part of the book.
Fanfic has a lot of page time too, Cath is supposed to be a major internet sensation with Simon/Baz fanfiction. I gotta say I'm not a huge fan if it, but after reading Cath's passion for it I can understand why people like it.
Here is my take on Books and Fanfiction (you can skip). The way I see a book is like a person. 5 stars are like a best friends that I will never tire of reading/hang out with. If you love a person/book so much then why would you go about manipulating it and changing it to your whim and pleasure? I feel like it is not the way the books were meant to be. But I know that is not the way some readers see fanfic. The way Cath sees it is not like that I know.
The author gave a good amount of environment even with Cath venturing out so little. I like how Cath grew as a character without having this one climatic event that changed her all of a sudden because that is not how things usually go. The second half of the book surprised me, in a mostly good way. I can't go into it though. I guess the other hand got lost somewhere....more
So the beginning had promise. I wanted so much to like this and I even told myself that I should try not to compare it too much to Pride and PrejudiceSo the beginning had promise. I wanted so much to like this and I even told myself that I should try not to compare it too much to Pride and Prejudice, but I did. I feel like the the whole P&P aspect of the book was placed just so there would be some sort of tension between the main couple. If I hadn't thought to compare it to P&P then I might had given it more credit. However, I still don't think I would've loved it.
The basic gist of it is that Berry spies for clients (of her father's) who think their spouses are cheating on them. In comes Tanner and his brother; she doesn't like him because she called her nothing amazing or something to that effect. Then there is a sort of mystery with her mother, what really happened to her? Berry wants to find out.
Berry says when she first sees Tanner that his looks make him arrogant, a prime cheater, etc. She acts like she is above his good looks but then seems to like him solely on physical attraction. How does that work? She stops reminding me of Elizabeth after about a quarter of the way through. She does something in particular with her friend Jane that, I felt, was not at all what Elizabeth would be like. Even if I were to drop the comparison, I still wouldn't have liked what she did to Jane. I know that sounds vague but I'm trying to make this spoiler free.
I would've like to see Berry spend more time with Jane doing spy stuff and less time hating/lusting over Tanner. The whole I need to find out about my mother bit was not handled (in my opinion) very well. Some aspects were interesting but Berry just got on my nerves....more
No real huge problems with a lot of book. The only thing is it was pretty typical which I usually don't mind (depending on the characters, plot and soNo real huge problems with a lot of book. The only thing is it was pretty typical which I usually don't mind (depending on the characters, plot and so forth). The only thing is that I felt the girl protagonist was trying not to be typical but she didn't convince me. Aside from that however I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Quick Overview: Our persons of interest are Graham and Ellie. Graham is a mega star and Ellie is a small town girl (from somewhere in Maine). By accidentally sending an e-mail to Ellie, Graham and her strike up a e-mail friendship of sort (but we know it's more than that). When Graham gets the chance to meet Ellie in Maine he makes it happen. So starts a summer they will never forget.
So Graham seems like a great guy in my opinion, no ego or entitlement to be had. The fact that I could feel sorry for a much loved, rich movie stars deserves some praise for the author. Everyone says money and fame doesn't buy happiness and I've just shrugged and taken their word for it. While reading this however, it did evoke some sympathy in me towards Graham.
Ellie I liked in general too. The way she tries to keep her dad's secret was done better than it usually is. I can't really go into detail because I'm afraid to spoil anything though I don't feel like it's a huge secret. I'll just say she wasn't uncharacteristic while she was with Graham. I think she stayed true to her character throughout the novel.
I loved the atmosphere of Maine. It was like a character in itself. If nothing else I felt this book was different in that is wasn't set in the usually place books are set in (the ones that I read anyways).
It was a sweet book. And yes, yes, I know a romantic relationship based mostly on e-mails is unrealistic but I enjoyed myself while reading it. This book doesn't just have a bunch of e-mails that they send to each other if my last sentence worried you. ...more
Meg (it's Anna really) is in the witness protection program with her family and she is now on her sixth move. This time she is determined to survive iMeg (it's Anna really) is in the witness protection program with her family and she is now on her sixth move. This time she is determined to survive it unscathed, meaning no clubs, no friends, and no boyfriends. And this time she is going to find out what her father did to get them into all this. Her mother is drinking too much, her little sister is withdrawing into herself, and her dad is not telling her anything.
I was intrigued by the premise of the book, probably because I don't read a lot of suspense stuff. The fact that it was set in Louisiana gave it a different setting than the usual. I liked that. I also liked the developing relationship she has with her dad.
The problems I had with the book were mostly minor annoyances, but it took away from my enjoyment. Yes her life is not the best but the way she goes about it I just didn't like it. Anna would whine about things like how going on the school bus her senior year was humiliating and made her a loser. She seems kind of immature about the situation, but she is a teenager and she does have her reasons so I tried not to let her complaining bother me too much. Also I didn't feel as much urgency or suspense as I thought I would. The romance with Ethan felt like too much too fast and actually unrealistic. Most of the time I can take some unrealistic situations (it's fiction for a reason) but I could tell the writing was trying to be realistic. I couldn't buy it entirely.
At times I could feel for her though. The second half I liked better, so if you don't like the beginning you may like it near the end. I can’t really talk about it without giving spoilers though.
Now the end left some unanswered questions and I slammed the book covers in frustration without reading the acknowledgments, but then I saw this is part of the series and simmered down. I might read the next book, but probably not....more
This is pretty much a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, it has nearly the exact same plot. The names are the same for the main characters and they havThis is pretty much a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, it has nearly the exact same plot. The names are the same for the main characters and they have the same personalities. There are notable differences though. It is set in modern day, in an elite bordering school, they are younger, and Lizzie doesn't have sisters. Jane is her friend instead of her sister.
The biggest problem I had with this was that some things where hard for me to swallow. I mean why would you throw milk at someone you don't even know because they are poorer than you? I honestly don't think that would happen. First, I think people usually don't hate you on sight. Second, if they do girls are not so obvious about it. Girls are more secret about it, they use words as their weapons—usually. Lizzie is middle class, which follows better with P&P but she acts like she is poor (or working class). Working class kids don't get piano lessons since the age of four. Granted, she mentions how hard her parents had to work. The other thing I sometimes couldn’t buy was the dialogue. For the most part it was fine but every once in a while words like 'agreeable qualities' and 'foolish' are used. People I know use words like 'nice' and 'stupid.' I kept thinking people don't talk like that. Now I know that it was to play into the Austen kind of feel but it just didn't fit for me.
Now for the good stuff, Lizzie is strong and talented though the bullying does dispirit her. I like it that Lizzie and Will Darcy are into music, it actually plays a significant part later on in the book. Lizzie’s friend Jane is a nice person and so is Bingley and they are not seen as stupid though they don't notice everything that is going on. It's just more that they are distracted. The friendship that Jane and Lizzie had was pretty good. Also, I always looked forward to seeing Darcy. While reading certain scenes with Lizzie and Darcy and even Wick I had to smile. It was fun to see the characters in Austen's novel in this different setting. Eulberg really kept all the things I liked about Pride and Prejudice and added her own stuff, such as Lizzi's piano playing. The ending was good and sweet which is what I was hoping for.
Though I prefer other Austen adaptations I had fun reading Prom and Prejudice. For a teenage version of Pride and Prejudice it wasn't half bad....more
So this is more of a 3.5 because I was hoping to feel a bit more suspense. However, I liked Kat as the heroine. I'd cringe when she got herself into aSo this is more of a 3.5 because I was hoping to feel a bit more suspense. However, I liked Kat as the heroine. I'd cringe when she got herself into a bad situation and do a little cheer when she did something ingenious or gutsy. I could understand her in some ways though I've never been in her situation. She doesn't like her family business and wants out but in doing so she realized that she has ousted herself from her family all together and that is something she never wanted.
Since she has to do one more job Kat realizes what she has been missing since she left for school. I wonder how it will pan out in the next books. The other characters are a fun bunch and there was some good old snappy dialogue. For teenagers they seem to really know there stuff, it hard to believe but then again these kids were born it the stealing business. Except for Hale of course who is more suave and has a mysterious allure to him.
The bad guy is supposed to be intimidating and I could see it but I couldn't really feel it. I mean, I enjoyed the interaction between Kat and him because Kat shows her more gutsy side. The only problem was I wasn't convinced he was malicious. I'm convinced he was supposed to be but that is different. So as a result I didn't feel the urgency with Kat and her pals. The climax was pretty good though and I got excited about that.
It’s not over the top dramatic with a whole lot of angst and stuff. So overall I was entertained and I'd like to read the next one. ...more
If nothing this book is unique. Sophie is really afraid about losing someone, germs, murderers, etc. People are scared of these things to some degreeIf nothing this book is unique. Sophie is really afraid about losing someone, germs, murderers, etc. People are scared of these things to some degree but Sophie thinks about it all the time. But Sophie is going to be tested she will need to go on a journey, not a very safe journey either. Sophie isn't like any heroine I've ever met while reading. This is the first time I've heard a girl describe herself as an amoeba, very strange.
This book kind of follows the whole girl finding herself in another culture. However, it was done so naturally that I can't say it is a stereotype. It shows us what it looks like on the other side of the border; the good and the bad of it. I could see it in my mind, hear it, I could even smell it. Some of smells are not so nice I'm telling you. But for Sophie everything is a novelty, and slowly but surely its magic starts working its way into her. Its danger draws out her strength and she finds that she can be Sophie la Fuerte. Its beauty shows her beauty that you can't see on a magazine cover and she realizes her own beauty.
I might've given this book 5 stars if not for the ending. It was fine, it really was but for some reason I was sad. I asked my sisters if they felt sad when they finished it and they said no. It's not supposed to be sad at all but for some reason I was. It's so frustrating that I can't place why. ...more
Interesting, I always thought when I was a kid I could live on my own in the wilderness. Just rub some sticks together and start a fire. Of course I'dInteresting, I always thought when I was a kid I could live on my own in the wilderness. Just rub some sticks together and start a fire. Of course I'd need a knife to kill predators off too. Well I soon got in touch with reality and discovered that it wasn't that easy. And nature and me are not really that well acquainted, we interact on a need to know basis, but now reading about bugs crawling all over the protagonist has made these interactions even less desirable. Reading this was somewhat educational in a sobering way.
Sarah is at a new school on scholarship and doesn't feel like she fits in. We start with her on a field trip with all these kids who do not treat her too kindly. They aren't mean (well maybe a little) parse, but they pointedly ignore her for the most part, so when a guy shows her just a small bit of kindness and offers to show her around the Everglades she takes it. If we just left it at this it would not be as interesting as being stuck in the Everglades, which is what happens.
Now, I didn't not like Sarah in the beginning. She was fine but she isn't very nice to the guy, Andy. Granted he is kind of responsible for what happened, but it was a mistake. In the end she grows to appreciate how much he tried to redeem himself. Andrew is nice for the most part but he does his share of mistakes. Their development throughout the book was nice to see and they both have their moments.
What really makes the book stand out to me though is the Everglades itself. You see all these creatures that look so intimating, dangerous and there are some pretty scary things that happen but I think its true that the more you know and understand things the less afraid you are of them. Once Sarah knew more she felt she could do more and was more confident that she could survive. However, no matter what anybody says about snakes I will never be okay with them. They are just wrong....more
With a cover, title, and premises like Anna and the French Kiss I probably would have passed on a book like this. But with an average rating of 4.44 (With a cover, title, and premises like Anna and the French Kiss I probably would have passed on a book like this. But with an average rating of 4.44 (as of Aug. 12, ‘11) and a high recommendation from my sister I gave it a chance.
I was kind of expecting not to like Anna but surprisingly enough she is the reason why I liked it so much. She was just so real and with mostly good intentions but came off a bit snobby and shallow at times (nobody is perfect). I loved it that Anna was a good girl for the most part. She was above all that 'let's mess with the teacher to look like we don't care'. She is vulnerable, but smart and caring too.
The leading guy, St. Clair, is supposed to be exceedingly hot and I'm sure he is. I could see him as a great guy (or bloke) though I couldn't really faun over him. But I did like him. The romance between them was infectious but also excruciating to read, especially when things started getting messy.
The reason why I can't give it 5 stars is because there were parts that annoyed me. Such as something that St. Clair just didn't do but should have. There were some instances like her birthday that I didn't enjoy. And Anna being ashamed of her American nationality didn’t sit right with me.
But what really made up for it are the well developed characters—well except for maybe the mean girl who was cookie cutter mean and with the unoriginal name calling. Anna's friends are funny and real too. So I guess what I appreciated most about the book was how real it felt in its complicatedness.
The sugary sweet ending didn’t hurt either. ...more
I know that there are quite a few books out there that draw off of Austen’s books but really this is one of the better ones if not the best one I’ve rI know that there are quite a few books out there that draw off of Austen’s books but really this is one of the better ones if not the best one I’ve read.
Charlotte is our heroine. She is a nice mother (and okay divorce) who is having a hard time adjusting to single life. Should she forget about dating or should she give all her friends a chance to set her up. Well how about option three? Take a vacation in England at a Regency staged Pembrook Park (Austenland). Be enchanted by a hunky guy. Ditch your jeans for corsets and you can even change your name; be someone else entirely. There are some major hesitations on her part which I can understand. It is very weird. Paying people to pretend to fall in love with you and act nice to you? I have a hard enough time with the shoe salespeople at the mall who say every shoe looks 'super cute'. There is no way I could stomach a vacation like that. But Charlotte decides to give it a try.
Things become more Northanger Abby when she sees a glimpse of a dead body in a secret room. This gives it a mystery but I wasn't really interested in it half the time. However, this book is so incredibly funny. It has so many one liners. If you like funny chick lit then by all means you should've already read this. Miss Charming is too funny, I'm glad Hale brought her back from Austenland. It wouldn't have been nearly as funny otherwise.
Every time I read one of Hale's books I always remember that she is a good writer. She gave Austenland a great atmosphere. Especialy when Charolette and the gang were exploring the grounds. Also, the way she does the austenish writing I thought was really good. Hale put it in a way that reminded me of Austen's writing without seeming like it was trying to copy it.
And of course Charlotte. Such a nice person and believe it or not that isn't a bad thing. Sure it got her hurt but it gives her strength as well. She has a way of knowing what to say to make people feel better, though for the life of her she doesn't know how to handle Mr. Mallery. And for some reason she can't find the right words to help herself but maybe Austenland can with its charm and characters.
Just my side note that you can ingnore: I listen to soundtrack music while I read sometimes and I'm a fan of the Becoming Jane soundtrack. While I was listening and reading, I came to the climax of the romance part of the story and the Rose Garden worked perfectly with it. Also, when Charolette arrives at Pembrook Park Selbourne Wood works great too. ...more
This just goes to show that I probably can't stomach a book like Before I Fall if I was kind of disappointed about a book like this which I'm pretty sThis just goes to show that I probably can't stomach a book like Before I Fall if I was kind of disappointed about a book like this which I'm pretty sure is a lighter read.
This was kind of what I expected it to be but more annoying at the beginning than I thought. Yes, I expected her to be a snob about going to Texas and that she would miss her old life in New York but Corrinne is such a stereotyped spoiled brat who did whatever she wanted. I was hoping it would be funnier but it was mostly just annoying.
I am not sure about this because I don't live in New York but it sounds kind of dumb for Corrine to worry about what she wears because the paparazzi might see her. Other than Paris Hilton I don't know anyone who gets in the tabloids for having rich (not famous just rich) parents. There are also pop references like Paris Hilton, Gossip Girls, Lindsay Lohan, and Lady Gaga which will be lost on future readers of the book.
Also, there are a couple of times were Corrine mentions about having been or gets drunk and apparently there is nothing wrong with this, its normal. But I guess it is normal, even okay, for some people so it isn't exactly unrealistic.
However, it did have its fun moments and a few endearing ones that might just borderline cheesy. Corrine does write a letter to the reader before warning us that we might not like her in the beginning. Corrinne isn't completely mean; she can be coarse but also nice. There is a transformation of sorts so there is more to it than Corrine just whining.
I absolutely adore Corrine's grandpa and brother. They are so endearing even when Corrine is being a pain and just outright rude. There is a hint of romance in this but I'm happy that it was mostly about Corrine coming into her own self instead of her just mooning over a guy.
Corrine makes the right decisions in the end so that was satisfying. She grew on me so it really made up for the first half of the book....more
A book about a blind girl who gets kidnapped. Well that sounds good to me. The girl's name is Cheyenne and her kidnapper is a boy named Griffin. He diA book about a blind girl who gets kidnapped. Well that sounds good to me. The girl's name is Cheyenne and her kidnapper is a boy named Griffin. He didn't kidnap her on purpose but still it creates a problem.
The book is in both Cheyenne's point of view as well as Griffin's. When I was reading Cheyenne's point of view I was very aware of it; it felt like I was seeing the way she would picture it in her head. When I was reading Griffin's it was the same.
Cheyenne seems like a real girl. She gets scared, she gets angry, she mopes, and she has empathy. Maybe she isn't always the bravest of souls I've ever met but she has her strength. Griffin is a good kid raised by a terrible father. I like him despite him being the person who caused all the trouble in the first place. For being a car thief he has his noble moments.
It focused a lot on Cheyenne's blindness which makes sense since it affects almost everything you do. The phrase 'people who see don't think about this but blind people do' is brought up a couple of times. I am now more aware of what I'm not aware of as a seeing person, (if that makes sense?). Cheyenne's mother died as well so that is also brought up. But don't think it is only about Cheyenne, there is also some of Griffin's story in there. And let me tell you he's got problems too.
Now I think this book was phenomenal but I thought it'd be more suspenseful. I was expecting Mary Higgins Clark suspense, so I was a little disappointed when I only started feeling anxious near the end. ...more
Hope I remember this right. The book was about a girl who has gotten out of a horrible (to put it lightly) relationship with her stalker boyfriend, anHope I remember this right. The book was about a girl who has gotten out of a horrible (to put it lightly) relationship with her stalker boyfriend, and this is not me being sarcastic. Clara learns how to live with the past on her summer after graduating high school.
What surprised me most about Stay was that Clara was kind of ashamed of the past relationship because she felt responsible for letting it go so far, but it’s always easier to say its okay when it isn't you. It's easier to say 'it wasn't your fault'. I think that was the point of this, or at least that is what I got from it.
In the book Clara's past life with Christian and her present switches in each chapter. What bothered me just a little was that she gets into a relationship not too long after she arrives in the new town. Clara does very much edge on the side of caution and it does make for a good comparison of what a healthy relationship is to the one she had with Christian.
What I did like was its honesty, even though I didn't find everything enjoyable it did give me a better understanding of Clara. Like how she cares about Christian even after everything and how she felt so powerful over him at times and then at others she fears him.
Another good aspect was the relationship with her Dad. Now he is one of those single handsome intellectual fathers but their father daughter relationship is what I'm talking about. I'm glad that it was a significant part of the story because parents play a huge part of kids’/teens’ lives and at times it’s skipped over in young adult literature....more
This book is so sugary sweet you could say maybe it almost too sweet. But as it is it's just what I needed. I was in the greatest mood while I was reaThis book is so sugary sweet you could say maybe it almost too sweet. But as it is it's just what I needed. I was in the greatest mood while I was reading it and after I finished. This is probably the reason why I don't read as much deep sad books. You know how you sometimes keep the feel of the book while you're reading it for a while? If I'm having a hard time then there is no way I'm going to read a sad book. I have to be in the right state of mind.
Julie has a friend name Ashleigh, who is an Enthusiast who does things to the extreme. For a few weeks it's a band, then the next it's Jane Austen. Through a series of mildly awkward but usually surprisingly fun encounters Julie finally finds a guy who she likes and who just might be into her too.
The family life was done pretty well I think. Julie has a few issues but is doesn't completely fall into the same clichés of divorced parents.
I think the best part of the book was Julie being such a good friend and Ashleigh is so loyal too. She and Ashleigh are just so loyal and good to each other even though Julie has to fight so many emotions. The second best part was the romance. It's all just right there. It could all work so perfectly if just one person would open up and make the right move.
But back to the book, I think this was supposed to be a loosely based on one of Austen's books, or maybe a few of them? I'm not sure really but it doesn't really matter. It didn't have as much Austen as I thought it would. I honestly didn't look for any Austen references after a while.
So yeah it's predictable and fluffy but I liked it a lot. I might just check it out again to get myself in a good mood. It's just so funny....more
It's been more than a week since I've read this book but I do remember that I thought the writing was great. It flowed beautifully and seemed effortleIt's been more than a week since I've read this book but I do remember that I thought the writing was great. It flowed beautifully and seemed effortlessly. Resau can definitely write no doubt about it.
The plot is Zeeta helping an American boy, Wendell, find his birth parents in Ecuador. The other subplot is Zeeta's mother turning herself normal, instead of being free spirited and irresponsible as she has always been.
Really I loved the story and Zeeta is very observant. Wendell is nice though I don’t really like the name and Zeeta handles their relationship responsibly.
One thing that bothered me was one of the underlying messages. For some reason people who don't do a lot of traveling to exotic places and try to learn the natives' spiritual ways are cows. While Layla (Zeeta's mother), Zeeta, and Wendell who are people who do do this, are birds. I understood it to an extent but it seemed so absolute. Like either you are a bird or a cow based on these qualifications, and really who wants to be considered a cow? In the book they are deemed boring and uninteresting. But I'm rambling, I’ll stop.
This is not the whole book and I enjoyed reading it anyways, so if you aren’t bothered by this as I was than most definitely read it. I hope to read more of Resau's books but I don't understand why there is going to be a sequel to The Indigo Notebook. There is enough finality in this one....more