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2/24/15 - DONE! Holy crap, now I have to think about writing my review. I need a minute or two or po***POSSIBLE SPOILERS PRESENT WITHIN THIS REVIEW***
2/24/15 - DONE! Holy crap, now I have to think about writing my review. I need a minute or two or possibly three...
Jared and Kat, well let's just say they were epic! I've read a lot of books, tons of books even, but there's not that many that I would say were beyond stellar. But, this was definitely one that achieves that level. Beautiful love story. A wounded but yet complicated Hero and a damaged but yet strong Heroine are the leads in this book. Both searching for that lost love. And, before I can go any further, hats off to Ren Alexander!!!! She made my day!!!! Loved, LOVED, Loved this book!!!!
Over 800 pages, and worth every paged turned....
Tears that this amazing book is over:(
2/27/15 - So, ladies, that’s how it’s done! One long book that tells the entire story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. No wondering when the next book in the series is coming out. No forgetting what you’ve already read after months have gone by and the next book in the series finally comes out. Just a complete story that gives you closure after the final page is turned.
I couldn’t imagine a more appropriate title, The Keys to Jericho, for a story about a young man that has erected such walls around his heart to protect himself after he’s been hurt in the past by two important women in his life. Jared Beckett is one hardass. He definitely speaks his mind. He doesn’t hold back and sugarcoat anything. With his crass language and need to be always right, he makes the reader almost dislike him. That is until the reader gets a deeper glimpse as to why Jared is so harsh. He’s actually far from perfect, but he lures the reader into his story because he’s just that appealing. He’s funny and smart, and when you get down to it, he’s really a good-hearted person. And, of course, don’t forget that he’s gorgeous with dark hair and hazel/green eyes that just screams attraction.
Ren Alexander really pulled me into Jared’s story with her impressive characters and heart-stopping drama. Not only is the story told in mostly Jared’s POV, which I loved, but we also get a glimpse of a former friend’s POV occasionally, which is female. Katriona Merrick and Jared have a past. They’re old high school friends. Both had wanted more of their friendship, but being young and inexperienced had them both scared of rejection. So, they really never pursued that avenue. Now after not seeing each other in about fourteen years, they reconnect under surprising circumstances.
Wow! There just was so much back and forth and push and pull with these two. Both afraid to admit their feelings, but also realizing that during all the years apart they’ve never really felt any connection remotely significant as what they have with each other. As Jared helps Kat with a project in her life that so long ago claimed a loved one’s life, they spend more time together rebuilding that irrevocable connection. It was beautiful to finally see them back together as at least friends, but heartbreaking to see them struggling with their relationship on a more romantic level. Some major tearful moments were depicted as Jared finally admits his apprehension to commit to Kat. It only comes from the love and caring of his friends and dad that he actually breaks down and admits to his fear. This was a major turning point in the novel that pretty much affects everyone. I loved every character portrayed – Dash, Rio, Liberty, Hadley, Finn, Adam, and Brenda. Jared had the most loyal and honest friends ever! I would love to someday see Dash get his own story! I’m sure it would be amazing!!!
I liked how the author just kept the story going with all the little details leading up to their final milestone – birthdays and holidays were celebrated along with Kat’s long-awaited achievement. The story just moved along so quickly, I couldn’t believe that I read over 800 pages in two and a half days. There was never a dull moment, and I was so sad when I turned the last page. Usually this type of thing puts me in a book funk, which I now am, and I just can’t get into reading anything for a few days. That’s how I know that it was such a great story!! It was heartbreaking, but yet triumphant. I found myself feeling just as each character was as each emotion was embraced. Jared and Kat’s love story is romantic and sensual. The scenes, once they got together, were HOT and EXPLOSIVE! After all of these years of waiting, they finally got to acquaintance themselves with their “soulmate’s” lusting passion and true spirit. Things that Jared never experienced with anyone else were intimately illustrated with Kat.
This was one brilliant read! My emotions were all over the place when so much drama and suffering caused distress to be inflicted between the characters. But, the final outcome was one of victory and happiness. This magnificent couple got their heart’s desire – each other. A moving love story filled with anguish, intimacy, and conquest. Cheers to Ms. Alexander for a novel well written! ...more
I have to seriously think about what to write for this review. This was such a beautiful beautiful love story. I am just so overwhelmed with emotion aI have to seriously think about what to write for this review. This was such a beautiful beautiful love story. I am just so overwhelmed with emotion after reading this. WOW! My thoughts are just all over the place. Wonderful! Can't say how much I was sorry to turn the last page. I'm sitting here so happy, but yet teary-eyed. R.S. Grey has my vote for taking a novel "to hell and back". I just can't say enough as to how much I adored this story! Romantic and heartbreaking. Funny and sensual. Abby and Beck together are unstoppable and perfect. To know their story is to be immersed within the pages of this stellar novel. With Abby narrating 95% of the novel, I felt like she was actually telling her story. Like she was a real live person, and this was her memoir. Such a believable story. And, when Beck finally reveals his own true feelings at the end of the novel, who couldn't help but swoon for this romantically breathtaking man (sigh). And, here I said I need to think about what to write for this review...lol! You will "no way" be disappointed with this heartstopping but yet unyielding novel. One of the best I have read this year!!!
9/12/14 - DAMN!!! Now I have to figure out what to say about this book. I'm beyond speechless...
1/21/15 - This novel just blew me away! One of the bes9/12/14 - DAMN!!! Now I have to figure out what to say about this book. I'm beyond speechless...
1/21/15 - This novel just blew me away! One of the best I’ve read in 2014! I just couldn’t put it down because it totally kept my attention until the very last page was turned! And, the ending, s**t, that was unexpectantly epic! 2014 has been a year of shedding quite a few tears when it comes to reading books, and this novel did not deviate from that. With the background story of a newly formed rock group with teenage boys to when the group hits the “big time” and all their ups and downs personally and professionally, the author creates a story narrated by the main character, Georgia Layton, that sucks the reader into her wildly intense elite life. At first I couldn’t make up my mind if I liked her very much, but as the story moves along, she grew on me. She meets the love of her life, Sean McCarthy, at the young age of eleven and is swept away by his boyish good-looks and vibrant personality. He’s it for her, and he’s pretty smitten by her also. But, what happens to these two as the years go by, has repercussions beyond repair. The rockstar life is a difficult one – the touring, the paparazzi, and the fans – all get in the way of a normal life, And, the results can be cruel and devastating. Do they really stand a chance as a couple?
The pair were joined by a great supporting cast – George’s family, her best friend Jimmie, and former lover Cam. You just have to read the book to find out Cam’s connection to George. So sweet!! I’m not going to give anymore of the story away. You just have to read every page to get the true feel for just how wonderful this novel really is. But, I will say this, your fingers will be singed from the hotness that ignites the pages when reading about the intimacy. It’s so erotic and passionate! Sweet and tender! It will set your blood on fire!
I just can’t say enough good things about Georgia and Sean’s story! I enjoyed it tremendously! And, now onto Part 2... ...more
Nash is definitely my main man!!!! Sorry Rome! Jay Crownover's writing just keeps better and better! She definitely does not disappoint with this addiNash is definitely my main man!!!! Sorry Rome! Jay Crownover's writing just keeps better and better! She definitely does not disappoint with this addition to her "Marked Men series.. And the cover is beyond GORGEOUS!!.
Theirs was a love story. An incredible love story. Two people trying to erase past violence from their lives. One a fighter, and the other a schoolteaTheirs was a love story. An incredible love story. Two people trying to erase past violence from their lives. One a fighter, and the other a schoolteacher. When they first meet, it’s not without conflict. Eve trying to be friendly, just moving into a quaint small town, drops off a mere little poem in Phoenix’s mailbox. He’s none too happy about it either. So, Eve is disappointed and sad. She now keeps her distance from him, which is not such an easy task since he is her neighbor. Over time they do get to know each other, become friends, and eventually lovers. But, it’s the loyal, tender, passionate love they share that really entrances the reader. Their love was so beautiful. The author writes about two lonely people who really need each other. She really captures the true essence of their passion and loyalty to one another. Through all the destruction and heartache that these two people have endured, it’s a wonder that they’ve turned out so respectable. There is some drama to the story – a run-in with a hateful brother, some jealous and nasty women who reside in the town, and a somewhat annoying co-worker. But, this novel is mainly about Eve and Phoenix together. They are a genuine couple. The whole starry-eyed lovesick desire is going on between them. And, when they’re together the passion is sweet and sensual. HOT! FIERY! EXPLOSIVE! Whew!(fanning myself)...That tub sure got a lot of action! And, I don’t just mean for bathing either...wink wink!!!
OMG!!! Phoenix, Phoenix Phoenix...love that name!!! Now he was some compelling hero!!!
Phoenix was all male. A fighter. An emotional being. A protector. He was charming and caring. And, he couldn’t get enough of Eve. She grounded him. Lessened his quick-tempered decision to react so fiercely to intense altercations. She understood him, and to his shock, she was not afraid of him. Now Eve, she was somewhat timid and shy. Afraid to fight for herself. Constantly shielding herself against harsh situations. Towards the end of the story, though, the author does write her with more of a backbone. One not scared to voice an opinion and stand up for herself and what she believed in.
I flew through this book in no time. The love story was captivating. The characters were engaging. And, the ending was perfection! If you’re looking for a feel-good romance, then this is not one that you should pass up! 4.5 ROMANTIC STARS
Man who has my heart There were flames And then there were embers Our darkness is now gone The ashes float into the air And a new day unfolds You are the mighty bird That carried me to freedom Your wings covered me And drove away the fear Your strength seeped into me And pushed out my weakness My timidity touched you And made you open up My shyness whispered to you And showed you how to love The cracks inside our differences Made us, two unfinished pieces, a whole.
Once again we’re introduced to Tully Hart, a has-been journalist who has let her life spiral out of control after the death of her best friend, Kate.Once again we’re introduced to Tully Hart, a has-been journalist who has let her life spiral out of control after the death of her best friend, Kate. She feels like she has no purpose. So she decides that she just doesn’t care anymore...about anything! Told back and forth through flashbacks, Ms. Hannah writes a novel full of angst and sorrow. It brings us back to the characters that she had created when releasing her previous novel Firefly Lane in 2008, which was just so heartbreakingly sad. This novel does not have that huge pillow of tragedy, but it does touch on a few of the remaining character's lives with concern and bleakness. Each character has changed wholeheartedly since the death of Kate. So, the demeanor between the surviving characters is one of bitterness and suffering. And, now we are left with the task of reading about what kind of effect that tragic death has had within her family’s and friend’s current lives.
Now I’m not going to go through all the details of the novel because I am sure that many reviewers have re-told the summary entirely, but what I will say, is that Ms. Hannah’s ability to tell a story that does come full-circle when re-introducing a cast of characters, was perfect. We now find out what happens to the family that survives after a tragedy lived – how they go on, what curveballs are thrown at them when doing so, and finally deciding to be forgiving and thankful for the life that is now a part of their existence.
We see how both young and old live their lives after someone so important and loving has been lost. It is a story of redemption and second chances to right the wrongs that they so desperately have chosen. Will forgiveness be granted? Will heartache be everlasting? Does the will to just exist overcompensate the honesty and trust of a family member or friend? This is a novel of deliverance from that cold dark place of tragic loss and the will to begin again. Ms. Hannah writes another sorrowful but yet gripping novel. One not to be missed! You will not be disappointed by this sequel to one of her most stellar novels. And, by the way, whoever designed the novel's cover is extremely talented. It is simply gorgeous! ...more
So, I was only going to give this novel 4 stars, but because of the ending, I upped it to 5 stars. Magnificient ending! Or so I thought was the endingSo, I was only going to give this novel 4 stars, but because of the ending, I upped it to 5 stars. Magnificient ending! Or so I thought was the ending, until I kept reading and discovered that it was just the ending of a very destructable union between two soul-searching individuals for the time being.
What a horribly wrenching novel of two individuals just searching for the right person to love and hold onto. Maggie May Young pretty much had it all – good friends, supportive and loving parents, and a life that was just so ordinary that anyone coming from a family that just spelled of trouble and self-doubt would just find alluring. And, that’s what exactly Clayton Reed wanted. He wanted Maggie, and Maggie was there – totally 100% there! But, Clay was harboring a pretty unhealthy secret. One that was brutally destructive to both him and her. One, that in an instant, could be dangerously lethal. One that just could destroy the love that they both shared unconditionally. Clay was bi-polar with personality disorder. One that when given the right dose of uncertainty of a situation, could unhinge Clay’s behavior in a second’s notice. And, Maggie paid for that time and time again. She never knew when Clay was going to snap, and that was just what the mystery of the whole mental disability was. One minute they would be having fun, and the next minute Clay was accusing her of flirting with someone else or just trying to make him angry. Then, of course, it was the same old resolution with Clay when the final straw was drawn - always begging Maggie to forgive him and vowing never to let it happen again.
Eventually, Clay goes away to get help after his final devastating episode of destruction, which had potential to take his own life. Maggie somewhat blames herself, but knows deep down in her heart that Clay needs professional help. Help that she just can’t give him. She still loves him, but knows in her heart that this is the best possible decision for all.
The characters seemed very believable to me while showing concern and understanding of Clay’s inabilities to deal with reality. His aunt and her partner were more able to deal with Clay than his own parents were because of their failure to deal with abnormalities head on. These types of things just didn’t happen to their wealthy superior family. His parents just wanted to lock their son away somewhere and forget that he even existed rather than deal with his frailty to be able to deal with society. They just wanted everything perfect, and when it wasn’t, they had no idea how to cope with it.
I was impressed by the author’s ability to display Clay’s symptoms explicitly. She must have done a lot of research concerning this topic or was highly educated in the mental disability of bi-polar disorder. I can’t wait to see how far Clay has come when the author introduces yet another book, Light in the Shadows, to this highly intensive series. Great New Adult fiction that delves deeply into common situations that often affect young people presently! ...more
Oh no no no no no!!! It just can’t end like that!!! What happens to Nicholas and Ellie???? I hope I don’t***POSSIBLE SPOILERS PRESENT WITHIN REVIEW***
Oh no no no no no!!! It just can’t end like that!!! What happens to Nicholas and Ellie???? I hope I don’t have to wait long to find out! This was such a good book with a really serious cliffhanger. I have to know what happens...
Badboy, and I mean Baaadboy, Nicholas Grayson hits the girls where it hurts the most – lead them on with his allusive charm, and then take away their self-worth without batting an eye. By self-worth, I mean bed the chick and then leave them wanting more when they know it’s a one-time thing and he couldn’t care less about them. Nice guy – huh? He’ll make them beg for more until their constant presence makes him disgusted. His latest victim being Maddie Tate. “Fatty Maddie” is well aware of his abuse when she bears witness to the catcalls and the name calling from his little degrading circle of friends. She loves Nicky, but the relationship will never stand a chance. The stellar silver-eyed James Dean lookalike thinks he’s “all that” until he meets new student, Ellie Holbrook. She’s on to his game when witnessing his treatment of Maddie. And now, let the games begin!! Or, should I say, let “the bet” be waged?? What bet? The bet between Nicholas and best friend, Matt – where this time the bet is sweetened to include Matt’s Ducati Desmosedici RR, which is Matt’s pride and joy. With Matt’s addition of the Desmo, it only leads Nicholas to believe that he had already lost the deal. Both boys from wealthy families, had no family life with parental supervision or support. So morals and money meant nothing to either of them – especially when it came to the two pairing up with their degrading betting antics against unsuspecting girls. So along comes new girl Ellie, the picture of perfection and honesty with her carmel-colored skin and dark hair that just reeks of that holier-than-thou persona. Ellie, however, is no stranger to his kind. She knows what it’s like to be abused and hurt in the process. He pegs her to be his next victim to bed and then discard like trash. Only Ellie is not so easy to sway into his web of demeaning destruction. Ellie, who on her initial encounter with Nicholas, is disgusted with his treatment of other girls and realizes that he’s a “player”. Cautiously, though, she is willing to give him a chance when he insists that all he’s after is her friendship. As time goes by, she eventually caves, but still insists to him that it will not go any further than friendship. She can’t afford to be involved with anyone because of an abusive past that she encountered which resulted in the birth of her daughter along with countless circumstances that concluded with the loss of her parents’ love and support. Circumstances that she will never allow to invade her daughter’s happiness and well-being.
It was nice to see how Nicholas slowly changes and realizes his past mistakes when his feelings for Ellie grow. He honestly is disgusted with his former behavior. I believe, however, that his parents had a huge impact in his demise when it came to his relationships with other people. Other than his uncle, he was never treated with any compassion or understanding. Let’s face it, he came from a pretty horrible family life. Not to make excuses for him, but he was slowly learning what it was like to be part of a family when he was around Ellie and Sophie. They made him a better person – at least for a while they did.
I thought the tattoo scene was really intimate. It was one of the first times that Ellie started trusting Nicholas. And, it was when he truly shined in her eyes. It pictured something that was truly important to him and showed his passionate side. Nice addition to the story...
Even though this novel was written as a Young Adult fiction taking place in high school, it is way more than just your simple first-time romantic trysts amongst teenagers. The actions of the characters in this book were far advanced in maturity than most. It read more like a college-age romance when faced with different facets of each character’s obstacles. In my opinion, this novel is not for the young high-school student. There are many references to sexual situations, graphic language, violence, and illegal sexual exploitations. With so many situations going on at one time, the main plot plus several different sub-plots, it was a wonder that the author could give ample attention to each tiny twist and turn that she created. To my pleasure, so far she has done an exceedingly superb job in keeping the reader’s interest in each character – constantly delving in and out of everyone’s storyline. Of course, it remains to be seen as to what will happen to the main characters’ lives when the second book is released. What will happen to Ellie and Maddie's friendship? Will Ellie and Nicholas find their way back to each other? Will Nicholas find out about Ellie’s little surprise at the end of this book? What about Nicholas’ friend, Matt? Will Nicholas realize how deep Matt’s feelings for him really go? And what about the destruction that Nicholas has created for himself now? Will he really stick with his plan or realize that he’s been kidding himself all along when it comes to Ellie and her child, Sophie? I just can’t wait to see what happens!!! Great debut by author, Francette Phal!! Looking forward to reading Part 2!!! ...more
Okay, so I just finished reading this novel, and I am totally disappointed. That’s it? That’s the end of this book that I was so engrossed in? How canOkay, so I just finished reading this novel, and I am totally disappointed. That’s it? That’s the end of this book that I was so engrossed in? How can it end that way? Maybe I’m missing something. I just don’t understand it. So, that’s my reasoning for only 3 stars. I just thought that something more would be resolved, and I was expecting maybe a more surprising twist at the end. So, my review is more based upon the essence of the novel. More of an unexpected resolution from the author would have been nice. But, it is what it is...
A (that’s the individual’s name) wakes up in a different body “every day”. The body, whether boy or girl, is always around 16 years of age. Each person faces a different dilemma “every day”. Whether it be emotional or physical troubles, it just doesn’t matter. The days are measured in only 24 hours before A moves onto the next body and faces another tribulation. A finally is introduced to the love of his/her life when he/she is embedded into Justin’s body and meets his girlfriend, Rhiannon. She is what A has always been looking for, and decides that no matter who A is and where he/she is, he/she just has to see her and speak to her. Finally, A lets her in on his/she secret, and they privately meet randomly throughout his/she bodily invasions. Finally, as the end of the book draws near, Rhiannon questions whether or not she can keep going on like this – seeing A oftentimes confined in someone else’s unappealing body, not knowing whether or not she can accept this bizarre and surprising presence day by day.
A tries to convince her that everything will be okay, “With relationships, you have to shape the pieces on each end before they go perfectly together.” (pg 212) – Vic (a biological female that is living as a male) is speaking to Rhiannon about getting through the beginning of their relationship – the hard part is at the beginning.
As A’s life trudges on, when one of his final days with Rhiannon is portrayed while being confined within young teenager Marc’s body after he has just lost grandfather and is attending his funeral, he realizes that he will never have a family grieve for him, never have people care for him, and if he dies, nobody but Rhiannon will know that he ever had existed. He’s jealous of anyone who makes people care so much. So, it’s pretty much devastating that he will not have anyone around to remember him or care about him as an individual should except for only one person.
Some of the stories were really sad, and sound like situations that teenagers face “every day” – from the overweight teenager bullied at school, to the young men and women deciding what their sexual orientation may be, to the peer pressure that comes with drugs and alcohol, and last but not least, just loving one’s self and being proud of who one is. It was a very emotional read when faced with all these different life-changing crises – one that a parent faces all the time when counceling their teenage children that require such love and support.
Like I said, the only thing that I was disappointed in was the ending, but the heart of the novel was very realistic in a strange and remarkable way. The author showed accurate realistic scenarios that teenagers face each and “every day”, which is something that I can attribute to after raising four teenagers myself. It’s not very easy for teenagers nowadays when there are so many temptations out there calling out to them to take advantage of. Optimistically speaking, most are smart and think twice about the consequences from their actions. But there are others that no matter what type of support and guidance their parents have provided to them, they just don’t make smart and responsible choices which lead to the difference between unexpected life changes that don’t keep with their already decided long-term future endeavors – a choice that threatens to have disastrous results.
I didn’t really totally not like this book, and the concept was somewhat interesting. I was, however, just disappointed with the final outcome. I would, though, take a stab at reading another David Levithan book if given the opportunity. ...more
Jenna is a survivor. Every day she experiences the abuse, both physically and verbally, from her mother and step-father. They’re poor. They don’t workJenna is a survivor. Every day she experiences the abuse, both physically and verbally, from her mother and step-father. They’re poor. They don’t work. In fact, they don’t want to work. And, they constantly make fun of and taunt Jenna mercilessly. In other words, they are just plain losers. Jenna is a hard worker. She’s a senior in high school and has a part-time job in a sheetmusic store. Her parents are constantly running out on her and Jenna’s younger sister, May, while expecting her to support them and take care of her sister. During the day in school, she keeps to herself mostly. The reason being because she does not want anyone to really know her embarrassing and harmful situation at home. That is, until she meets hotty Carlos. Oh, Carlos! So attractive and beautiful...with his short black hair, cinnamon dark skin, and manly goatee. The first time that he smiles at her in sixth period drama class, she just can’t believe that someone like him would acknowledge someone like her. Is this for real? Or is it some kind of joke? As they get to know each other, bit by bit Carlos learns her secret. Once he finds out, she wonders if he will still stick around, or will it be too much for him to handle, so he’ll bail? A young tender love story that has you saddened for a couple on the brink of adulthood. A young woman trying just to survive while finding true love as she deals with the physical and emotional abuse of the one person who is supposed to love and protect you – your mother. A heartfelt young adult novel!...more
Jake Hayes has been in love with Samantha Shay for like...forever! While at a high school party drinking beer, he finally decides to go tell her withJake Hayes has been in love with Samantha Shay for like...forever! While at a high school party drinking beer, he finally decides to go tell her with two of his football buddies, Rain and Carter. Even though Carter has had a few beers himself, he decides to drive Jake, with Rain riding along for moral support. Not far from where the party is being held, the three become the victims of an accident, which ultimately has devastating results for Jake. Flashback...Jake has always wanted to be an airplane pilot - a dream that has been part of his life since he was little. So, with Jake in his senior year of high school, he decides that he wants to join the Air Force and fly planes. Back to present...unfortunately now, though, when he is injured in the accident, he may have to re-think his future. Just when Jake thinks that life has dealt him a trump card, in walks Samantha with her long hair flowing, bright eyes shining, and willingness to help him get on with his life, no matter how heartbreaking it is. Unbeknownst to Jake, however, is the fact that Sam is hiding something. A big something that could cause her to move away – never to see him again. Jake eventually finds out her secret and promises her that no one will ever find out the truth – no matter what the cost. As a result, the two conspire together to keep Sam’s secret so that she can graduate school from the island on which they live and not have to move away. This was a nice little high school romance with just the right amount of intimacy thrown in for the teenage reader. Both characters were likable with their hardworking and devoted antics. I totally congratulated Jake’s entire family’s support and honesty when it came to their seven kids. His parents were firm discipliners, but yet also encouraging and understanding when faced with teenage crises. The young adult reader, or even the adult reader for that matter, will find this novel enjoyable because of the reliable and trusting family and friend support system and young tender romance. A novel to entertain every reader who picks up this marvelous book!...more
Yeah! A book that can stand on its own! It just seems that there are so many young adult books written nowadays that are part of a series. And, it wasYeah! A book that can stand on its own! It just seems that there are so many young adult books written nowadays that are part of a series. And, it was also clean – only one little scene that got mildly steamy, which was nice for a young adult book. Well with that being said, this was a refreshing novel about a young love so new and unexpected. After being thrown together to work on an English project, Jaden McEntyre – a superior academic student trying to save the world, and Parker Whelan – the epitomy of a motorcycle badboy with that brooding sexual confidence, become friends. Jaden already has a boyfriend, and is not looking for a relationship with the mysterious Parker, but she just can’t help herself. After two months of working on their English project together, there’s something between the pair. Jaden’s main plan after high school is to get into the college of her dreams, Harvard. As time goes by while still working with Parker on their English project, which includes reading and interpreting the literature classic Ethan Frome written by Edith Wharton, their relationship takes on a whole new dimension, and her life’s plan might not be in her future. Her friends just don’t understand her interest in him. He’s a loner – sitting outside eating his lunch and not bothering with anyone else in school. Jaden insists, though, that she’s just hanging out with him because of their English project. But as their time together increases, she finds herself sneaking around to be with Parker - wanting more privacy, and, making up all kinds of excuses not to be with her boyfriend, Blake. The discussions between the two concerning Ethan Frome, become more intimate – more personal. Jaden just doesn’t know what it is about Parker that she’s so attracted to, but she does know that she can’t stop thinking about him. He just smells soooo goood! And he has such an amazing smile – that is, when he decides to smile. And whenever she thinks about the guy she gets all warm and cozy with butterflys in her stomach! What will she do as her feelings for him intensify? And, does he feel the same way about her? This novel kept my attention the whole time – wanting to find out what happens in the end. Does the heroine end up with the good boy (Blake) or the bad boy (Parker)? In fact, I was totally blind-sided when I read the ending. Did not see that coming at all! So, it’s totally different than what you think is going to happen; at least for me it was. Applause for Ms. Klein for pulling that off!!! I really enjoyed the two young adults. Jaden is so confident about what she wants and is always willing to help – the stellar student, everybody’s best friend. Parker is the dark guy in the distance – watching everybody intensely, secretly listening. This was a sweet and tender romance concentrating on two young adults trying to find the path to their future, while stumbling upon a love so rarely possible at such a young age. Definitely worth a look! ...more
This is a young adult novel that takes place in student Jacqueline Wallace’s first year of college whereby she is dumped by her boyfriend, Kennedy, ofThis is a young adult novel that takes place in student Jacqueline Wallace’s first year of college whereby she is dumped by her boyfriend, Kennedy, of three years after he decides that he no longer wishes for them to be a couple. Jacqueline is devasted with his decision and decides to forego her economics class so she doesn’t have to face her ex, but then is faced with realistic consequences...either attend the class or face failing a class and possibly destroying her GPA, which she has deligently been working on maintaining superbly. She decides to plea with the professor of the class to see if there is anything that she can do to pass the class, and he puts her in touch with a tutor, Landon. They e-mail each other back and forth and decide on a time and a place to meet to begin their tutoring sessions. When Jacqueline finally returns to her economics class, she notices a gorgeous boy attending the class that does nothing but draw during the lecture. What’s his deal? And, why is she so attracted to him? Soon after watching him repeatedly, she notices that he has begun staring at her also. Jacqueline is also being stalked and bullyied by one of her ex-boyfriend’s frat-buddies. So much so that an unknown person saves her from being a victim of Buck’s aggressive behavior. That unknown person, who Jacqueline later finds out, is Lucas, the gorgeous tattooed artist that sits in the back of her economics class. They develop a special and heartfelt relationship where Jacqueline is protected solely by Lucas. I found the book to mirror college life respectively and be spot-on with the relationship between college friends and college romances. The novel kept pace with the bumpy and often unpredictable life as a college student when the relationship between the couple intensified. This was a little more mature than just your everyday young adult novel...so beware that there are some adultlike situations that occur within the text of the novel. Easy was an emotionally riveting novel that hinged on honesty, trust, and loyalty. I enjoyed the chemistry that was etched between the couple...Jacqueline with her caring and sweet persona while Lucas possessed that sometimes dark and sensual demeanor. A deep and poignant novel not to be missed!!! ...more
Amber Walker is constantly teased by her older brother, Jake, and his best friend, Liam James, who just happens to live next door. Liam bothers “AngelAmber Walker is constantly teased by her older brother, Jake, and his best friend, Liam James, who just happens to live next door. Liam bothers “Angel”, his nickname for her, relentlessly – going out of his way to make her life a living hell. But, Amber is tough. She takes no shit from him. But, his answer is always a smirk and a gorgeous smile. Uggh!! “Why doesn’t he just leave me alone?”, she often thinks. Her brother and Liam are the hotties in school. Two lusted after specimens that every girl wants to shack-up with. Amber refers to them as the sluts of the school – the man-whores that don’t have any respect for anyone but themselves. That might be Jake’s MO, but not Liam’s. He’s using other girls to try to forget – trying to forget the beautiful girl that lives next door. The one that he has been in love with since she moved in next door when he was six and she was only four.
(quote told to Amber by Liam’s mom describing what he felt for her since they first they met when they were young kids), pg. 102 “He said in a deadly serious tone, ‘Momma, am I dead? And I said, ‘no honey, you’re not dead’, and he shook his head, looking all confused about something. Then he pointed to you dancing and said, ‘if I’m not dead, then why is there an Angel in our house?’” she stated, clasping her hands together beaming. “Totally. Ask him if you don’t believe me, but from the moment he saw you he was in love with you, it’s plain as the look on his face. I’m surprised you never noticed.” She shook her head, chuckling.
And that, too, was when he first started calling her “Angel”...
The Walkers, though, come from an abusive family. Their father often physically, emotionally, and sexually abused his kids. Both were hit with no warning; Jake often taking the blows that were meant for Amber. But, Amber was the one who was hurt the most, oftentimes physically, verbally, and sometimes sexually. Both, her mother and brother, were kept in the dark about it. Eventually an altercation occurred one night, both emotionally and physically, when Amber was eight and Jake was ten, that brought Liam to Amber’s bedroom window after he witnessed her crying uncontrollably. Since that time, he has slept in her room wrapped around her body to chase away the nightmares and anxiety attacks that plague her night after night. She can’t sleep without him near her, and unbeknowst to her family, that is the way she spends each and every night – not intimately, however, but just for protection against the demons of the past. As the years trudge on, Amber is safe from her abusive past as sometime ago their father left after being beaten up by Jake and Liam when they caught him in the act of trying to beat and rape Amber. With their dad now gone, their mother supports the family and concentrates on trying to build a home full of love and safety. Okay, now fast forward into their high school years, and their father wanting to be back in the picture. How can Amber even be in the same room with the man knowing what kind of torture that he can inflict on her? And, so it’s Liam to the rescue! Will he protect her from a past so violatingly destructive? And, will their relationship turn from innocent to intimate when she begins to see Liam in a whole new light?
This was a sweet tender romance that focused on two teenagers that eventually would find hope and peace in each other. Liam’s character was very supportive and caring. He was just so in love with Amber and would do anything for her. Amber, however, would constantly question Liam’s real motives, given his promisuous past, when he finally admits his true feelings to her. How could she even fathom the idea that he would have feelings for her given the fact that he was such a player? It was just out of the question! As time goes by, does Amber’s opinion change towards Liam sincere interest in her? Maybe – maybe not.
The only problem that I did have with this book, however, was the fact that the mother would leave them alone for weeks on end. I know that it had to do with her job, but if she was so concerned about her children, especially after the past that had been incurred by an abusive father, wouldn’t she make herself available to them more often? Even if she knew they were good kids? At high school age, don’t they require constant monitoring and guidance? Suppose the father had showed up unannounced and there were violent repercussions imposed? That was the only part of the story that just didn’t seem so real to me. Other than that, I really enjoyed the novel. A great addition for that young teenage girl interested in first love romances!