Fast and easy read, I enjoyed this book mainly due to the twist in the story. It was a complete surprise and made the story much sweeter than I thoughFast and easy read, I enjoyed this book mainly due to the twist in the story. It was a complete surprise and made the story much sweeter than I thought it was going to be. Very cute and sweet! ...more
Julie Seagle moves to Boston from Ohio and ends up staying with her mom's college roommate and her family. Upon entering the house, she already sensesJulie Seagle moves to Boston from Ohio and ends up staying with her mom's college roommate and her family. Upon entering the house, she already senses that something is up with this family but no one will tell her what the big secret is. She gets to know Celeste, the 13-year old daughter, who is socially awkward and needs help. As well as Matt, the 21 year old younger brother of the family who she becomes friends with. But then, there is also Finn, the 23 year old brother who is traveling around the world and unable to come home.
The longer Julie stays with the family, the more she tries to dig to find out what broke this family apart until she discovers a shocking secret.
I really enjoyed this book! The twist was definitely something I saw coming but it keeps you wanting to read more. It's a cute story and one about family love and the love of an outsider trying to help put everyone back together. Plus, you'll really end up liking all of the characters as well. ...more
Lola Nolan is a quirky, cute character who is all about fashion and costumes. She's unique, she's different and she's not afraid of b*3.5 Star Rating*
Lola Nolan is a quirky, cute character who is all about fashion and costumes. She's unique, she's different and she's not afraid of being different especially while going through the trials of high school. When she finds out that her old twin sibling neighbors, Calliope and Cricket Bell, are moving back into the house next door, past feelings start to come back. Feelings that she tried to ignore and push away especially now that she has a hot rocker boyfriend to keep her company. But why does she keep thinking about Cricket Bell?
This is a cute story. It takes place in San Francisco, which I love because it's one of my favorite cities in the US. Lola lives with her two dads, Nathan and Andy, who are just loveable dads to her. She has a boyfriend, Max, who seems to like her and care about her but is also a douchebag. He doesn't like her friends and thinks highly of himself being that he is five years older than her.
The story weaves in Anna and St. Clair from the first book in the series but it's not a true sequel so you can really read this as a standalone book. I thought being a second book in the series that Stephanie Perkins would focus on another couple studying at the School of America in Paris but it's completely different.
There were times when I felt that Cricket was a push over and being taken advantage of by Lola. I did like the fact that she realizes it and she does try to make herself worthy of him in the end. However, I did also feel that Cricket was a bit too feminine for a guy character. He didn't really have many masculine traits and throughout the book, you sort of want him to stand up for himself and just be a guy!
Overall, the story was okay. It's a cute, fun, light read.
The story follows Caleb, a seventeen year old boy who is just released from a juvenile detention facility for hitting a girl with his car while drivinThe story follows Caleb, a seventeen year old boy who is just released from a juvenile detention facility for hitting a girl with his car while driving drunk, and Maggie, the girl who was hit by the car. When Caleb returns to town a year later, he finds that his life has changed. School is different, his family has changed and now yet he finds himself connecting to the one person that he should be staying away from.
There was a potential for this story to be good. The premise itself is interesting. However, the story that delivers falls completely flat.
This story is missing some key emotions that are not delivered through the story. Where is the ANGER? Where is the ANGST? It's all MISSING! And on top of that, I have to agree with some of the other comments, the pacing between for the love story in this is SO OFF it's ridiculous!
The first half of the story is interesting and hooks you in because you're curious about what happened the night Maggie gets hit by the car. There are some quotes here and there through the story that make you want to find out what really happened.
Then it just goes downhill from there and it keeps going downhill. Yes, Mrs. Reynolds is an interesting character and likable and really helps bring Caleb and Maggie to interact again but that's pretty much it.
**POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW**
I couldn't stand Maggie because she's as flat as a doormat with people walking all over her. She has no anger toward Caleb for what happened and it's sad to see a girl so obsessed with her crush that she can't even stand up for herself even after what happens later in the book.
Caleb is also a lush because he all of a sudden he starts to like Maggie (and I mean all of a sudden because it literally happens within one chapter) when all he can talk about in the prior chapters is his hot ex-girlfriend and hooking up with her again. And what's worse is that when he finds out that his best friend is now dating his ex-gf and was cheating with her before he went to jail (even after Maggie professes her love to him and tells him about the cheating which he vehemently denies), he barely even flinches. WTH?!
And the twist in this book was surprising but disappointing with how it was delivered. And the fact that there was no remorse for all the pain and hurt it has caused for everyone involved.
I had to skim halfway through the rest of the book because it was just so unbelievable and ridiculous. I was so close to throwing it out and I had hope that it would get better but it just didn't. Such a WASTE of time and money.
Anna Oliphant, is shipped off to boarding school in the most romantic city in the world, Paris. She had to leave behind her job, her best friend, herAnna Oliphant, is shipped off to boarding school in the most romantic city in the world, Paris. She had to leave behind her job, her best friend, her family and the hot boy that she started to have a crush on. As she lands in Paris, she is thrown in a world of foreign customs and a foreign language that she doesn't understand. But she meets a group of interesting characters that help get her through her senior year in high school. And when she meets the most perfect guy that she's ever met, her hopes fall as she realizes that he's taken but there could still be a chance, right?
I particularly enjoyed reading this book. I really liked how it was set in Paris as I had lived there for two years and exactly in the Latin Quarter, which is where the setting for this school takes place. Stephanie Perkins does a great job describing exactly how it was when I lived there and it made me reminisce about my time there and made me love it more. The Frenchisms are mentioned and the differences between American and French culture, which is exactly how it was when I lived there.
It's a typical high school drama story but with kids being legal to drink alcohol. The story has the same typical bullies, the popular kids but the difference is the independence of living in Paris without parental supervision.
I liked the other characters in this story, particularly Anna's friends who you grow to like. Etienne St. Clair is the resident Mr. Popular that everyone is in love with.
There are some parts that are pretty immature of Anna and sometimes I felt like hitting her for thinking certain things and acting a certain way. And of course, the same goes for Etienne as well. They both have flaws and no one is perfect but I guess that makes the story interesting ...
Either way I liked it and I think I'll continue reading more of her stories!
After reading Eleanor and Park, I was hooked on Rainbow Rowell and wanted to read some more of her work. I stumbled upon Fangirl in my search and I'mAfter reading Eleanor and Park, I was hooked on Rainbow Rowell and wanted to read some more of her work. I stumbled upon Fangirl in my search and I'm so glad that I read this book. I actually liked this more than Eleanor and Park (and I liked that book too!).
Fangirl follows Cath Avery, a twin, who is the more "shy" reserved, smart twin and she's awkward and a little strange. She's anti-social but she's famous online because of her fanfiction stories. As she goes to college, she's faced with a new world, new friends and new situations without the dependence of her twin sister, Wren. She has to figure things out herself while trying to take care of her dad and Wren.
I really enjoyed this story! At first, you start wondering if Cath is a bit strange but you really start to like her and her whole addiction to the fandom of Simon Snow (similar to Harry Potter in my opinion). She's definitely a nerd and it's cute. She's also strong in her opinions and she definitely speaks her voice when asked. I love her relationship with Reagan, her roommate. Reagan, is also another character, who I thoroughly enjoyed because she just speaks her mind and really doesn't care. Pretty much you're thinking what Reagan is thinking about the Simon Snow fandom and about Cath, the entire time when reading the book. There are definitely some laugh out loud moments which makes it fun.
I liked that the story really follows a relationship between twins who are growing apart but are still close. I also like how you see Cath's progression throughout her freshman year in college because I'm sure anyone can relate to that.
I really liked Levi! He's one of the best guy characters. Sweet and just likeable.
The Simon Snow parts were a bit long. I didn't really prefer reading that much as much as reading about the main characters in the book.
Overall, I really liked this book. I hope Rainbow does a sequel! I can't wait to read more!
This book was slightly different than what I was expecting from a Sophie Kinsella novel. She actually writes this book in several POV's.
The book is wThis book was slightly different than what I was expecting from a Sophie Kinsella novel. She actually writes this book in several POV's.
The book is written primarily in the POV of two sisters. Lottie and Fliss. Lottie is the flighty younger sister who gets herself into crazy situations because she makes terrible choices when she's depressed about being dumped. Fliss is the older more responsible sister who is more of a control freak and is going through a bitter divorce.
The story flip flops between the two POV's as Lottie dumps her boyfriend because he didn't propose to her. So she decides to marry an old flame that she has just reconnected with and it's only been two weeks since she broke up with her ex-boyfriend. Fliss comes in and tries to stop her sister from a horrible future. It's a bit of a crazy story with a lot going on and of course hilarity ensues because I did laugh out loud several times while reading the book.
Overall, I thought the story was okay. I really did not like Lottie at all. I could not warm up to her character. She was annoying and stupid and completely blinded by her thoughts and actions. It just got on my nerves. I actually really liked the story of Fliss and what she goes through on this journey to help save her sister. Fliss of course makes some terrible decisions of her own but she was more likable and more relate-able as a character.
I'd have to say that this is probably my second favorite Sophie Kinsella book. It has a mix of mystery, supernatural, humor and fun all tied into oneI'd have to say that this is probably my second favorite Sophie Kinsella book. It has a mix of mystery, supernatural, humor and fun all tied into one book. The focus of this story is primarily the relationship between Lara Lington and her great aunt Sadie. Well, Sadie's ghost since she just passed away. Sadie and Lara embark on a unique friendship and adventure of mystery to find Sadie's necklace or she won't be able to rest in peace.
The conversations between Sadie and Lara are pretty funny and they each get snarky with each other. In the end though, they really learn to value each other's friendship.
I enjoyed reading this book and the mystery surrounding Sadie's necklace. It's a pretty interesting story and it's fun to see Sadie and Lara working together to solve the case.
Of course, being a Sophie Kinsella novel, you can't not have romance and cute guys. My only gripe about this was the ending. I was really sad for it to end and I felt like there wasn't much closure for Lara and Sadie. I don't want to spoil it but I'm sure if you've read the book, you would understand what I mean.
Eleanor and Park is a love story set in 1986. It's about first love and between two completely different people who couldn't be more alike.
Eleanor, tEleanor and Park is a love story set in 1986. It's about first love and between two completely different people who couldn't be more alike.
Eleanor, the new girl in school, who wears strange clothes and gets bullied for being an outcast. Park, a boy who doesn't know where he stands in high school but knows he's different.
The story is told in Eleanor and Park's POV's. It's definitely an interesting book and something I did not expect at all from a young adult novel. There is cursing and some raw real life elements about bullying and family abuse issues that are covered as well.
You feel so bad for Eleanor and her situation but then so glad that she's met Park and his family. You also end up liking Park's Dad and Mom who grow to like Eleanor as well.
It's a really cute story about falling in love for the first time and when you're 16. My only gripe about this was that I felt that Eleanor wasn't as caring about Park as I thought she should be. Park pretty much pours his heart and soul out to her but she's so closed up and doesn't share much. I guess I can sort of understand considering her situation but it still bothered me a bit that she wasn't as open to him.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. I even moved on to read more of Rainbow Rowell's work because I enjoyed this story.
Rachel Summers had it all until her boyfriend broke up with her and she decided to create a list of things to do while being single.
It3.5 Star Rating
Rachel Summers had it all until her boyfriend broke up with her and she decided to create a list of things to do while being single.
It's a fun and light read and can be pretty laugh out loud funny at times. Rachel Summers can be pretty dense at times and I was really frustrated with her being so judgmental of the romantic love interest in the story. You get really annoyed with it 3/4 through with the story and you just want to smack her.
I was surprised with the ending though because it wasn't completely predictable but it really gives you the sense of independence for a woman. That single women are strong and shouldn't just dive right back into a relationship because it's there and in front of you but to really find yourself first. I did like that message in the story that's why I'm giving it the extra half star. ...more
I tried a sample of this book and thought it was okay. It didn't pull me in right away but I figured I would give it a try after reading all the revieI tried a sample of this book and thought it was okay. It didn't pull me in right away but I figured I would give it a try after reading all the reviews. I definitely made a mistake and should've followed my gut.
Honestly, I would probably give this book two and a half stars. It gets the half star because it talks about her knitting club (even though the main protagonist doesn't know how to knit) which is her support group and I really enjoyed reading about them more than the love story.
Janie Morris, is a really geeky, nerdy girl who definitely goes off on tangents, can't focus and seems to have ADD. She ends up liking this hot security guard in her building only to find out that he's not really who he seems.
Yes, there are some laugh out loud moments which was nice to have since I was starting to get annoyed with the story. I didn't think it was THAT funny as much as all the other reviews are claiming. I felt that there were so many things that weren't addressed between the two characters which may be covered in the sequel that I will not be reading.
The main love interest is similar to Christian Grey. He's controlling, arrogant and brooding. I didn't see too many endearing qualities about him other than the fact that the protagonist keeps raving about his hot body and hot looks.
I do like that fact that the author doesn't go into details about sex but it can get pretty steamy with her implied descriptions.
Overall, I ended up liking the girls in the knitting club more so than the main characters of this book. I'm glad she's doing separate stories regarding the other characters because that would be the only reason why I would give another one of her books a try.
This was the first Marian Keyes book that I've read and I don't think I will read any others from her. The book is really long and very detailed. It'sThis was the first Marian Keyes book that I've read and I don't think I will read any others from her. The book is really long and very detailed. It's not an easy, light read in my opinion. It drags on and on and I could not wait for it to stop.
I got the sample on my Kindle and first thought it was ok. I did skip some parts but I thought there could be intrigue and it could be something I might grow to like especially with all the reviews on GoodReads. Well, I was wrong and I should've listened to my gut instinct.
Lucy Sullivan can get to be whiny and annoying throughout the book. She suffers through depression, which I can relate to as I'm sure most women have suffered through it. However, she tends to like the wrong men. Asshole men that are terrible to her and she still doesn't realize this through the story. I mean come on, how many times does it have to happen before she realizes it.
And her relationship with her dad is another thing that is really just horrible. It's like you feel like you're on a sinking ship!
Her friends at work and her roommates are ridiculous and not her friends. They treat her like crap with all the jealously and the snippy remarks that they make to her.
**SPOILER ALERT** Don't read below if you don't want to be spoiled.
She treats her best friend, Daniel, like crap even though he was the best part of the book. He was the only reason I wanted to keep reading the damn book. He can definitely do so much better than Lucy Sullivan. The way she treats him is really horrible and I was just so frustrated. I wanted to throw this book against the wall.
Overall, I really really disliked this book. I actually skimmed through half of it to get to the end because I couldn't stand reading about Lucy and her stupid boyfriend, Gus. This book was a waste of time and I wish I could get a refund, it was that bad.
If you're looking for a light, fluffy read about various different love stories like the movie Love Actually, which I absolutely love, this book wouldIf you're looking for a light, fluffy read about various different love stories like the movie Love Actually, which I absolutely love, this book would be the best choice!
I really enjoyed reading this book as it interweaves a few different stories about people living in a small town outside of London and how they all connect in some way or another. It's not too detailed into the characters lives but it gives just enough of a glimpse to get the story moving and maintain the intrigue around the characters.
I particularly enjoyed that there were various different love stories that were included in this book and not just focused on two main characters.
I also appreciate that Jill Mansell doesn't go into explicit gory details in regards to her character's physical love lives but she does a great job about exploring their feelings and angst.
This book definitely made me want to read more of her work. I'm excited that I found another author to read from! ...more
I really enjoyed reading A Girl Like You so I thought I would give this book a try. I would probably rate this 3.5 stars.
I was slightly disappointedI really enjoyed reading A Girl Like You so I thought I would give this book a try. I would probably rate this 3.5 stars.
I was slightly disappointed because I thought I would love it like I did with her other book but I didn't fall in love with her main character, Sass. At some points, I was slightly annoyed which can happen when I read chick-lit books.
I did enjoy reading the parts about Sass's work since I also work in advertising. I definitely enjoyed how Sass empowers herself and really focuses on her work and her life instead of chasing after guys.
The flirty relationship between Sass and Jake was cute and that was a saving grace for this book but overall there were some parts that were a bit boring. It just didn't capture my attention as much as I thought it would.
I've read several books from Sophie Kinsella now and I've always thought her books were average. It's not that I didn't like them but they were funnyI've read several books from Sophie Kinsella now and I've always thought her books were average. It's not that I didn't like them but they were funny and sometimes annoying and sometimes I just wasn't happy with how the stories flowed.
I decided to read this book because of all the reviews on GoodReads. I would have to say that by far of all her books, this was my FAVORITE one. It's hilarious! I laughed out loud through most of it and I really enjoyed the story. I couldn't put the book down!
Poppy Wyatt, is a loveable character and she really gets herself into sticky situations. Sam Ruxton, is a dreamy male love interest who makes you swoon. I really wish that she will write a sequel for this because I definitely wanted more from the two main characters.
It's cute and fluffy and a good read if you want something light hearted, funny and with a happy ending.
Now, I'm hoping for a movie! Please, Hollywood, Please!
At best this would be 3.5 stars on my review scale.
I had heard about this story and was intrigued knowing that it was an Asian author writing a fictiAt best this would be 3.5 stars on my review scale.
I had heard about this story and was intrigued knowing that it was an Asian author writing a fictional story about rich Asian families. The book follows three families and a slew of various different characters (wish there was a family tree because it can be confusing with all the characters!). The main focus of the story is on Rachel Chu, an American Born Chinese girl who goes off to Asia for a summer long vacation with her boyfriend, Nicolas Young. What she doesn't know is that Nick is rich ... super rich and part of the elite society of rich Asians in Singapore. She finds out a lot about Nick and his crazy family as well as a few surprises about her own family history.
As with all the other reviews, I have to agree that the book does do a lot of name dropping. I didn't mind it as much but the story of the Old Chinese vs. New Chinese really hit home for me. I'm Chinese and all of the things that the author points out as Old Chinese vs. New Chinese money really is true. And the views of Overseas Chinese vs. Mainland Chinese is also another true statement. With all of these true facts and how it interweaves into the story, I enjoyed it and could relate to what was going on. Especially the gossip. Asian gossip is terrible and I could definitely understand the craziness and how rumors spread like wildfire across my family and my parent's friends.
In terms of the opulence of how much these people spend, I haven't seen it myself first hand but I can believe it based on other stories that I've heard about other rich people in Asian society. Having the chauffeurs and maids and cooks and nannies, that is pretty much all true and you can definitely see the Rolls Royces or Bentleys driving around in Hong Kong and Singapore.
The one thing that I wasn't buying was that any inheritance money going to daughters or girls in the families. The story talks about these Asian girls inheriting a ton of money from their grandparents. Knowing how very traditional Chinese families can be, all inheritance money or property is pretty much left to only the sons or males in the family. The girls were left with a small portion or nothing at all. That was barely touched upon in the book which I would've liked to see more of.
The fighting for inheritance money too would've been another good thing because it happens ... a lot! And people will go at nothing to get a share of their inheritance. This story only touched the surface of that. I've heard and seen much worse.
Overall, my biggest disappointment with the story was the ending. It definitely had no closure. Perhaps a sequel is coming? Not sure but I would've liked more closure as I felt some of the stories weren't tied up.
I mainly enjoyed this book because it deals with realistic topics of Asian culture. I've experienced some of this myself and have heard stories about this through other friends. It does exist and I appreciated the fact that someone actually wrote about this. And I liked that it was fictional. I hope there is more from Kevin Kwan because my interest is peeked and I would like to read more!