I liked this book. It was really cute. I loved Tobey and Sara's story. A really cute chick-lit novel. I've heard a lot of good things about this autho...moreI liked this book. It was really cute. I loved Tobey and Sara's story. A really cute chick-lit novel. I've heard a lot of good things about this author and she is one that I will definitely keep my eye on.
This book was poignant and inspiring. This book had me near tears so many times and other times near laughter. My heart broke with Charlotte as I reli...moreThis book was poignant and inspiring. This book had me near tears so many times and other times near laughter. My heart broke with Charlotte as I relived her past, feared with her, and hoped with her.
There are some books and characters that will stick with you long after you finish turning the last page. This is one of those books. I loved the writing style, the characters, and the plot line. A great read that I enjoyed immensely.
Charlotte messed up and in many people's eyes could be considered a weak and terrible person, but in actuality she's strong and genuine. I loved her character and felt drawn to her despite many reasons why I might feel disconnected from her.
Definitely recommend for anybody who is looking for an inspiring read with uplifting characters who overcome the trials that come their way. (less)
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Faith has always tried to put God first and to do His will. She even tries to love her si...moreMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Faith has always tried to put God first and to do His will. She even tries to love her sister Charity, even though for some unknown reason Charity hates her.
Charity is drop-dead gorgeous and everybody knows it. Including Collin McGuire, the man that Faith is in love with. But there are a few problems. One, her father dislikes Collin and thinks he comes from the wrong side of town. And two, he's in love with Charity, not her.
It makes sense Charity is beautiful and in comparison Faith falls short. But then why won't God remove her feelings for him. And when Collin begins to pay more and more attention to Charity, it might just tear this family apart.
Then the war hits and Collin goes off to war and Faith and Charity head toward their homeland in Ireland. When Faith meets Mitch, she feels like she might finally be getting over Collin. But Charity has other ideas and she knows she could break Mitch and Faith apart. One thing is for certain, Charity, Faith, Mitch, and Collin have made one tangled web. The only question is whether or not they will be able to untangle it.
I loved this novel more than I can begin to express. There is a passion in Julie's writing that bleed into every page. I couldn't help but get sucked into the story and I found myself turning the pages faster and faster until I finally flipped the last page. And then I immediately went and read the sequel.
Faith was a character that I could relate to so easily. She doubted herself and yet she didn't doubt God, at least for the most part that is. She faced real trials and had real struggles. Basically, Faith wasn't just a character, she felt like a real person.
I loved every single one of the characters, even Charity. In many books, they would have simply made Charity a villain; Julie made her a person with real flaws and real hopes and dreams. I loved that.
This book was simply beautiful. I absolutely adored it. I'm so glad I decided to buy this book. It was definitely worth it. Collin, Mitch, Faith, and Charity make for interesting story.
So why 5 stars? I shy away from giving books 5. I give a lot of 3s and 3.5s and I give several 4s, but 5's I don't give many of those. I gave this book a 4 originally and then I realized I was being stupid. This book is a 5 in my book. It was beautifully written and masterfully crafted. Her novel had deep underlying themes to it that several novels I read don't.
In short, it is one of my favorite Christian fiction novels I've read so far.
In Summary: Lessman's books are infused with passion and combine with compelling characters, gripping plots, realistic trials, and beautiful writing to make one incredible book. Readers will eat this one up and will be dying to read the sequel the second they turn the last page.
Side-notes: Julie's books are passionate. She's talking about people who are very much in love, but she never crosses the line. I actually loved how passionate her books were because they were clean and talked about these matters in an appropriate way. Her book isn't edgy and her message about dealing with this passion is very appropriate and clean.
The Wrap-up: I can't even being to describe how much I loved this one. Faith, Collin, Mitch, and Charity are characters who will stay with me long after this novel is over. I absolutely adored the book.
I definitely recommend this series. This is staying on my keeper shelf and I know that I will be rereading this series.
I love Sarah Dessen's writing style. She has a gift...there's not doubt about that.
I lvoe the way she can blend words together and create memorable ch...moreI love Sarah Dessen's writing style. She has a gift...there's not doubt about that.
I lvoe the way she can blend words together and create memorable characters and plots.
I loved this novel. Everybody has felt the need for a fresh start in their life, that moment where you can just start over and live a new life...for Mclean that's reality. Each town she has a new idenity.
I really really love Dessen's style. She's a great writer. Definitely recommended. (less)
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't really know what to expect of this book going into it. It was on my to-read list...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't really know what to expect of this book going into it. It was on my to-read list and I saw it was at the library and so I decided to read it. Only after I read it did I realize that nearly all of my friends have read and loved it.
I'm no exception. I was hesitant to read this book because it's a cancer book. Since I've had family members with this disease, they always hit hard. But I'm glad I read it. I loved it.
Tess's sister Kristina is perfect—she's the athletic one, the popular one, the one boys flock over, and the one her parents love. Tess has always felt like she's been in Kristina's shadows and she's always envied her sister. Then Kristina gets cancer.
Kristina and her family refuse to tell anybody and Tess finds herself having to deal with all of Kristina's friends asking her where she is. Suddenly people are noticing her. And then when the word gets out, people suddenly want Tess to give them updates. She's no longer in the shadows, but her family is breaking apart. Her dad and her mom aren't dealing and suddenly Tess is the only one dealing.
She must deal with all her parents. She must deal with the fact that her dreams no longer matter. Her grades don't matter. She's not complaining. Kristina is more important, but couldn't somebody at least acknowledge her sacrifice. And then there are the boys who suddenly are entering her life. How is she supposed to deal with them.
I loved this book. It was heartbreaking, but so realistic. I think all of us have felt like Tess at one point. There's the Kristina who we want to be, the one with the perfect life and then we realize his or her life is actually not perfect.
I thought Tess's parents were jerks. There are so many ways to deal with a child having cancer. I've seen that firsthand. And yet Tess's parents just didn't deal. They were such jerks to Tess. They ridiculed her dreams and her. I hated that. Parents are supposed to build up not tear down.
But that's the power of this novel. It made me feel so deeply. I was sucked into this story from page one until the last page. It's a poignant read. It's not a tear-jerker. So often books about cancer feel like they were written simply to make you cry. This one was about cancer, but it was about so much more. It was about Tess, who did not have cancer. It was about Tess finding the strength to stand on her own. It was about Tess learning about what really makes a friend. It was about being okay with who you are.
I loved this book and the power behind it. I'll definitely be reading more by this author.
In Summary: Gurtler has created a book that held me captivated. This is a book that will stick with me long after I turned the last page. A powerful, poignant, beautiful read.
The Wrap-up: I loved this book. It was such a powerful one. I'd definitely recommend it to all teens. The teenage years are rough and we all struggle with the issues Tess faced. A powerful book that I would definitely give as a gift. Read this one. It's realistic contemporary at its best.
I loved Laurie Anderson's writing sytle. She writes in such a poignant way. Her characters aren't simply characters, they become much more. You feel a...moreI loved Laurie Anderson's writing sytle. She writes in such a poignant way. Her characters aren't simply characters, they become much more. You feel as if you are actually seeing a glimpse into a real person's heart and mind.
I love Anderson's style. It is slightly unconventional, but I absolutely adored it.
I know that some people say the main character suffered from annorexia and others say that is was caused by her family. I agree with the latter she suffered from a terrible family situation which led to her annorexia. But her parents did try their best and I don't think they realized the damage they were causing.
Anderson's books are multi-faceted and cause you to reflect upon the realities of life that most people try to ignore. Anderson poignantly presents these issues in a way that sticks with you and forces you to think about issues you would rather continue to avoid.
And that's partly why I love Laurie Anderson's novels.
I loved this book. Definitely one of the best books I've read in awhile. It's so great that I even blogged about this book too. http://danicapage.blogspot.com/
I love Sra Zarr's style. Her novels are heartwrenchingly beautiful. I loved hearing Sam's story and the challenges of faith in the midst of all the tr...moreI love Sra Zarr's style. Her novels are heartwrenchingly beautiful. I loved hearing Sam's story and the challenges of faith in the midst of all the trials that come with life.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This was my first Elizabeth Scott novel. I actually really enjoyed it. I have heard mor...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This was my first Elizabeth Scott novel. I actually really enjoyed it. I have heard more about some of Scott's darker novels and so I was surprised to learn that she wrote Something, Maybe too.
Hannah has mastered the art of being invisible—well not literally, but for the most part everybody seems to ignore her. She prefers it that way. When your dad is famous for a party tv show where he loves girls half his age and your mom is famous for being in an ad where she was only wearing a pizza box, you learn to keep quiet.
Hannah isn't famous. She isn't wealthy. In fact, she works at BurgerTown and drives a car so pathetic that her co-worker Finn is always worried it's going to break down. But she gets to work with Josh. She's decided that Josh is perfect. He drinks coffee, reads sophisticated books, and writes poetry. And he's her soulmate. He just doesn't know it yet, but one day he will.
Hannah was a character who I found surprisingly easy to relate to. Yet, we had nothing in common. So why could I relate to her? Because Scott was a master at her character building and her writing just drew me in so completely. I really felt like I was in Hannah's head. I love those types of books—the ones that really delve into a character's mind.
Okay, I hated Josh form the get-go. He was pompous, pretentious, and a phony. I could never see what Hannah saw in him. He just seemed like such an arrogant jerk the whole time. And he never really understood or knew anything about Hannah.
And then there was Finn who was always there being nice to her, protecting her, making her laugh, and just knowing what she needed. Finn was just such a great guy. I wouldn't mind meeting a guy like him.
Elizabeth Scott has definitely earned her place as an incredible author. Something, Maybe was a cute, fun YA story, but it stood out to me more than most because of the insane family dynamics that Scott set up. It delved into more serious issues and some slightly more gritty topics but did so in an appropriate manner, or in a way that would not make me discourage people from reading this one.
So why 3.5 out of 5 stars? This is a hard one to answer. I really enjoyed this novel, in cas you hadn't already noticed. It was fun, enjoyable, and had a deeper message than a lot of YA novels I read. However, when I compare it to novels like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson or The Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr, it just doesn't have quite the same punch. Those stories had me near tears and this one just didn't.
And it just wasn't as cute as some of the other YA novels I've read that received a 4. So basically, I loved it, but it lacked that extra something to be a 4.
In Summary: Elizabeth Scott's Something, Maybe is beautifully written and follows quirky characters living an insane life that will make to laugh. Plus, there's a deeper underlining theme that I fell in love with from the get-go.
Warnings/Side-notes: Several mild sexual references. This book sounds like it's going to be gritty and dark and a book for more mature readers, but really this book is one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to even younger young adult readers.
The Wrap-up: I really liked this one. Scott is an incredible writer and I for one am excited to read more of her novels. It looks like Scott doesn't have a problem tackling the grittier issues that most people shy away from and I love that. Definitely loved this book. If you like quirky, fun YA with a deeper underlining meaning, then check out this one.(less)
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Okay so I had heard so many fabulous things about this book. My friends who don't even r...moreMy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Okay so I had heard so many fabulous things about this book. My friends who don't even really like this genre were raving over it. I know so many people who said this book was their favorite book of the year and I guess I bought into the hype.
That's what makes this book so hard to review. I really liked it, but I was expecting to love it. So since my expectations were so high, I was disappointed. However, I think if I had come in with low expectations then I would have liked it more. However, either way I would have given it a solid 3 for reasons I'll discuss later.
However, I feel like my review is a fair depiction of this novel. Anna is ticked that her romantic-sop of a father is making her spend a year in Paris, her senior year in Paris. She's leaving behind her best friend and Toph, the boy she's been crushing on for forever. He was just finally starting to act like he liked her.
But once in Paris, Anna quickly becomes friends with a girl named Mer and a boy named Etienne St. Clair. There's no denying that St. Clair is hot, but there's also denying that he has a girlfriend and that Mer is also in love with him.
But as their friendship grows and deepens, Anna becomes less and less able to deny her feelings for him. Besides she's supposed to like Toph.
Anna was obsessed with film. She wants to be a film critic and so when she learns Paris is also the city of cinema she goes to film after film. I loved that part of her personality. Anna was a character who I actually really liked. She wasn't perfect, but she also wasn't whiny and annoying.
Then there was St. Clair. I know that several people were frustrated with him for the entire novel, I won't lie and claim otherwise. However, I really liked him. I could see where he was coming from and he just seemed like a great guy.
Perkins' writing was compelling and I was drawn into the story rather quickly. Not to mention, I loved the characters. So why only 3 stars?
I love it when chick lit novels delve into deeper issues and have more profoundness to them. Perkins had deeper issues both Anna and St. Clair had issues with their parents, but that wasn't as developed as I would have liked it to be.
Basically, this book was enjoyable, but I've read a lot of enjoyable books. This one just lacked that extra something to make it memorable enough to be a 4. It was cute, fun, enjoyable, and light-hearted. If you love YA realistic contemporary romance, then this one will be an enjoyable read.
In Summary: Perkins' debut novel is excellent. Her characters are quirky, lovable, and entertaining. Her writing is beautiful. Her plot is intriguing. All in all, it's an enjoyable read, but in my book it lacked that extra something to knock it over the top.
Warnings/Side-notes: Mild language and minor sexual references. Really though this is mild YA, that I wouldn't have a problem recommending to younger teenage kids.
The Wrap-up: I really did enjoy this book though. I read it in one sitting and flew through it. I definitely see the appeal of this novel. It was excellent, just not excellent enough to be an incredibly memorable book for me.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was thoroughly intrigued with this novel from the moment I looked at the cover and read the synopsis. Once again I went in with high expectations, which is always dangerous. However, once again this book lived up to my expectations.
I was hooked from the moment I started reading this novel. There was just so much going on and every time I thought I figured out the plot there was a twist. That right there made this book good--any book that can keep me guessing is one I'll like.
I wouldn't say that I really liked any of the characters all that much except for Rosie. They all were slightly infuriating, but I think that was the point of the book.
This book was very powerfully written and I loved the parallel narratives of Rosie and Holly. Both of their stories intrigued me and left me wanting to read more.
This was a book that once I started reading, it stayed on my mind. I read this in one sitting and it's quite large...so that's saying something.
Basically, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was incredibly well-written, very moving, and had a great plot line. In other words, I loved reading it.
Warnings/Sidenotes: References to abortion that are pretty mild, but go into minimal detail, a scene where a character harms herself on purpose, minor language, and minor references to sex.
However, this list is making this novel sound much worse than it is. Overall, it's a really good book. I wouldn't recommend this novel to those who are sensitive toward these types of issues; however, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to most people I know.(less)
Some books you read and they stick with you long after you read them. This was one of those books. I absolutely adored this book. I found myself capti...moreSome books you read and they stick with you long after you read them. This was one of those books. I absolutely adored this book. I found myself captivated by the lyrical writing style, the characters, and the plot.
The sad thing is that this story reflects the lives of so many people in real life and it made me realize I fortunate I really am.
This book doesn't contain a happy ending necessarily, but it was realisit and I liked that. This book is poignant and one that I definitely want on my personal bookshelf.
One of the best books I've written in awhile. If you are a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson's style, you will like this book.(less)
If you follow my reviews, you know I read a lot of books this week, but underwent a required media fast. So basically review forthcoming. Just be pati...moreIf you follow my reviews, you know I read a lot of books this week, but underwent a required media fast. So basically review forthcoming. Just be patient. :)