With Two-Way Street, Lauren Barnholdt has taken the tale of a simple high school break up and turned it into an extremely entertaining read with...moreIntro:
With Two-Way Street, Lauren Barnholdt has taken the tale of a simple high school break up and turned it into an extremely entertaining read with many twists and turns along the way.
Over the course of a road-trip to college, Jordan and Courtney delve into the past and present of why they ultimately broke up and whether they are willing to rectify the situation or go their separate ways on arrival.
Truly one of the most enjoyable novels I've read lately, it somehow manages to captivate and hold attention like no other with alternating chapters and a really strong teen voice. The only downfall is the slightly weak ending but it's truly worth the read.(less)
I'm afraid this book may be a casualty of The Wolves of Mercy Falls as I found myself in a complete reading slump while waiting for the next installme...moreI'm afraid this book may be a casualty of The Wolves of Mercy Falls as I found myself in a complete reading slump while waiting for the next installment of the exhilarating series.(less)
Where do I start with the latest offering from Rachel Cohn, author of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Gingerbread and Dash & Lily's Book of...moreWhere do I start with the latest offering from Rachel Cohn, author of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Gingerbread and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. With a back catalogue of popular novels all bright and appealing, you'd expect Very LeFreak to be an easy teen read with just a little something that makes it pop more than your average book.
You'd also be wrong to think the alluring cover, summary or title might be a sign to pick this book up anyway. I did and am now regretting the long week I spent trying to complete this novel after ignoring all the bad reviews.
Very aka Veronica is a technology addict so deeply invested in her iPhone, laptop and any other device she can get her hands on that her friends push her to dry out of this habit at a modern-day rehab centre (I'm not sure if anything like this exists but if they do, LOL!).
At ESCAPE (Emergency Services for Computer-Addicted Persons), Veronica has many issues to face besides her internet addiction including but not limited to her mother's untimely death, her obsession with a boy she met online named El Virus and her refusal to abide by any of the college rules. She works through it all with counselor Keisha who I found to be the shining light of the novel, if only the book was made up solely of these discussions, I'd be happy.
I really couldn't believe what I was reading when this novel was on it's way to wrapping up, how could such an obvious plot twist resolve everything else magically. It was almost like the author went down this track just to have an edge of uber-popularity when really it brought down the book for me and I'm sure many others.
Once completing this train-wreck of a novel, I hopped over to the author's acknowledgment on the next page to find somewhat of an explanation to all my issues with Very LeFreak, most of the written work had been completed way back in 1996 before cell phones were even popularized and so obviously this work had been badly edited into something decent enough to bide our time until Rachel Cohn's next official release.
With a whole lot more editing and maybe a few changes to the plot line, this novel could've been something great. I'll be sure to put more trust into my fellow blogger's reviews especially for this authors 2012 series.(less)
Did I mention I loved this book? I never got around to reviewing it properly but it is decidely hilarious and I loved Maggie's quirkiness. I guess it...moreDid I mention I loved this book? I never got around to reviewing it properly but it is decidely hilarious and I loved Maggie's quirkiness. I guess it is quite a niche read and won't be loved by everyone but this time around a great book has found an adoring reader.
I'm sad to find that 2008 the author has failed to release any other Young Adult books, I'm mighty keen to pick up more :S(less)
With the Australian Open currently filling our local news and radio broadcasts, I decided to finally crack the spine of Amazing Grac...morereview tbc.
With the Australian Open currently filling our local news and radio broadcasts, I decided to finally crack the spine of Amazing Grace. A fast-paced sport orientated novel for those of us who know what it's like to simply need a break from your life at times. Ultimately, I feel I should have paid more attention to the 99 cent sticker on the cover of this novel as it turned out to be a really good indicator of the quality-level.
Grace Kincaid breaks worldwide records when she turns pro at fifteen. Now she willing to give up the multi-million dollar deals for a slice of normality in Medicine Hat, Alaska.
The media have a field day with the news of Ace's early retirement forcing her to take extreme measures with a an assumed name and makeover including cropped red hair and a facial piercing in the hopes of anonymity amongst the remote population of 800.
Within days of her arrival, Grace meets the happy-go-lucky Fisher and forms an instant friendship filled with bowling, parties and coffee sipping. She also earns the instant attraction of Teague, the perfect first boyfriend for a lonely island girl.
On her way to a cure, Grace finds herself relishing in the monotony of knitting, school and woodchopping but ultimately seeks the assistance of a psychologist to banish the bad habits that left her in a whirlwind on and off the court. She finally stands up for herself in front of her friends, family and fans making her first adult decision in her lifetime.
The style in which this novel is written makes it perfect for those who love flicking pages at an extreme pace. Ultimately, I had this novel wrapped in just under two hours and I'm glad this was the case as I was not at all invested in these characters as they are neither likable or in need of major dislike.
The novel simply lacked in enjoyability and realism as the author seems to go through the motions of predictable actions for characters in this situation. There was definitely something missing form this novel, I just can't pinpoint the major issue but would like to have seen it fleshed out a whole lot more.
Overall, it wasn't the most terrible book I've ever read as I had no issue completing it, I just wish the issues in this novel were fleshed out a whole lot more. I can clearly see this moving being transformed into a Lifetime Channel TV Movie.
It bothered me to see some of the minor happenings in the novel to be loosely arced out. For example the FBI Agent who just so happens to be a hairdresser when one is required for the extreme makeover.
some of the things throughout the novel bothered me, how they were just brushed over so easily. like how the personal assistant just so happened to be a hairdresser when the transformation was taking place.
i liked that there were a couple mentions of living organically without electricity, it wasn't preachy at all. something i don't really see in novels and was interesting to read. for example the protag was forced to have cold showers every day.
I felt like the finale of Grace going back to her normal life was a little bit rushed. She leaves behind a best friend, boyfriend and a town full of admirers within a day or two of finding out she's leaving. I felt like this should've been fleshed out a little.
I really liked the fact that the author included a photo of herself that also appeared in the story. It gave it a bit more realism once I'd finished. Just the idea of this being close to a true story makes this a much more worthwhile story.
It is enjoyable but extremely predictable and full of too good to be true coincidences. Her personal assistant just so happens to be a hairdresser the minute a makeover is concided. She moves to a new island and not only meets a best friend but also a boyfriend within a day or two of arriving.
I really wanted to enjoy Deb Caletti's latest novel, she is such a large name in YAt and not too far in style from my favourite author Sarah Dessen bu...moreI really wanted to enjoy Deb Caletti's latest novel, she is such a large name in YAt and not too far in style from my favourite author Sarah Dessen but The Six Rules of Maybe ultimately finds my brain wandering when Caletti goes into way too much detail on almost every page and leaves me asking whether she should make the jump to adult as her in-depth analysis' may be more suited to the older market.
Scarlet has always felt that her older sister Juliet is superior to her in every which way especially since she was so much more popular than her in high school but when Juliet comes home pregnant and married Scarlet starts to wonder whether she really is the golden child her mother makes her out to be.
The main problem I think I held with this book is the fact that I didn't connect well with or relate to Scarlet and I think this had to do with the fact that she allowed herself to form a crush on her pregnant sister's husband, she spends many a late night chatting with him and many more chapters discussing him.
I would've liked to see more of a relationship with Jesse, while this would've been breaking a major rule in the best friend handbook, the few moments they did have together were monumental.
As I think back over the story there were so many sub plots and characters that there is sure to be something that sparks your interest in here. I recommend it to females of any age who have ever felt held back by their shyness or a willingness to please.
The highlights of the book for me were the love interest Jesse held on Scarlet, I would've liked to see much more of this and one of the early in-depth analysis' Caletti wrote on the quieter people of society, i really connected well with it.
The ending was pulled together really well, but I still can't get over the fact that she crossed the line with her sister's boyfriend and the ever frequent long and winding analysis' on shyness.(less)
Tomorrow, When the War Began is the story of a group of teenagers who go deep in the Australian outback for a camping trip and come back to an invaded...moreTomorrow, When the War Began is the story of a group of teenagers who go deep in the Australian outback for a camping trip and come back to an invaded town with their families no where to be found and each of their farming homes and animals left to deteriorate.
The clan band together and go back into the bush to devise a plan to rescue their families and with the idea to live it out in their secluded camping spot til the war is over.
They don't just hide it out, but go up against the soldiers to check on their family members from a distance and generally creating havoc for the invaders.
I did not find this a fun read at all, the writing was very dry and the gang of friends were much more brave than I can imagine a regular bunch of todays teenagers being, the fact that most of the group were brought up on a farm may have something to do with it but I would ultimately choose a fun, indulgent read instead of this any day.(less)
One night, an entire town is captivated by a light in the sky - it turns out this isn't any innocent shooting star but a meteor that is pushing the mo...moreOne night, an entire town is captivated by a light in the sky - it turns out this isn't any innocent shooting star but a meteor that is pushing the moon off its axis, causing extreme weather, worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes.
Sixteen year old Miranda, thinks this has been blown out of proportion but goes along with her mother when she stocks up on trolley loads of must-need food. Turns out they were right to do this as food shortages appear and gas prices rise leaving the family to live it out in their home for a very slow winter.
Things get quite bad with many diseases taking down the town but Miranda's family always looks out for each other and Miranda spend her time documenting everything in her diary.
I found this to be a nice read even though it is set upon a dreary background and reaching the middle of the book, I really wanted the family to make it through to the end. (less)
I found Paper Towns to be in the same vein as the 2005 novel Looking for Alaska by the same author, it felt like the characters were similar and the s...moreI found Paper Towns to be in the same vein as the 2005 novel Looking for Alaska by the same author, it felt like the characters were similar and the story line not too different at all but I was able to relate a bit more to the next door neighbour, a great female character who unfortunately, doesn't stick around too long.
Quentin and Margo were alliances back in the day but ever since Margo fell in with the cool crowd she has forgotten about her cute but shy next door neighbour. One night, out of the blue, Margo knocks on Quentin's window with a mysterious plan for a great night out and a few clues to be left behind. Quentin finds out the next day that Margo has taken off, his parents not too worried at all as she apparently does this quite regularly feeling the injustice of her detentions and groundings, but Quentin knows better than to believe this and sets out on a quest to find out the truth. At first his friends help him along the way and they find out some very major clues, but he soon leaves them behind to go out on his own.
Again, I did not really enjoy John Green's novel. If authors write about experiences in their lives, John Green is reliving the experience of a brilliant but unreachable girl who graced his life in his teenage years and keeps reliving this through each of his novels.
Sarah Dessen is, without doubt my favourite author for her ability to combine serious issues with a lighthearted mood and, of course a drawn out roman...moreSarah Dessen is, without doubt my favourite author for her ability to combine serious issues with a lighthearted mood and, of course a drawn out romance. With, Just Listen she also manages to create my most favoured male character from memory, Owen - the mysterious music loving geek who has always been on the sidelines of Annabel's life but steps in when she needs it most.
I would ultimately describe this novel as completely unputdownable while spending a year in the life of a family breaking through their picture perfect image to reveal the impossible.(less)