I finally got around to finishing the Dairy Queen series! Since I haven't posted about any of the books, I'll tell you about all three. D.J. Schwenk iI finally got around to finishing the Dairy Queen series! Since I haven't posted about any of the books, I'll tell you about all three. D.J. Schwenk is hands-down one of the most awesome and refreshing voices in ya lit. Her voice does not waver from one book to the next, even though her growth process and maturity are happening vividly. She is the sole reason you should read these books, because she's one of the most unique characters you'll ever encounter.
While many issues are involved, this is a series that revolves around family and self a lot more than it revolves around romance or friendship. I really loved that about this because it differs from other books and it obviously fits perfectly with the setting. And man, I wish I had D.J.'s family. They grew through the books as much as D.J. did, and for that I applaud Gilbert, because many YA books tend to forget that parents are more than just there or screw-ups, they're people who need and experience growth and who often make as many mistakes as kids do. Adults are just teenagers with responsibilities, which makes it that much harder, in my opinion.
Anyhow, the family portrayal was one of the strongest I've read as well. And then there's the boys. I wish there had been more Bill and especially more Curtis in the sequels. But, I failed to fall for Brian, because I was too busy drooling over Win. Thus my favorite book of the three was book 2, The Off Season. Win's story completely won me over, and the last two paragraphs of the last book (Front and Center) scrunched up my heart so tight that I cried happy tears, and I must admit, that was a first for me. Happy tears? In books? Never before.
An absolutely amazing series, equally good on print as on audiobook, that I would not hesitate to recommend to everyone. I wish there would be more D.J. in the future. I would read 20 books about her without blinking....more
Julie Halpern has a rare gift with literary voice. Anna's voice was fresh and cool and unique. That's one of the most important things in realistic fiJulie Halpern has a rare gift with literary voice. Anna's voice was fresh and cool and unique. That's one of the most important things in realistic fiction and she definitely nails it! Anna's story is told in diary-like letters to her friend Tracy while she's stuck in a 'loony bin'. So you read everything after it has happened. This kind of bothered me at first, but then you get used to it and it works.
As a fan of dark contemporary I was immediately attracted to the premise. Though it ended up being a sweet, hopeful read and not very dark at all, which actually worked out better because of Anna's way of narrating. She's very witty and full of humor.You can totally relate with her as character, and having read Halpern before, I know that she does a great job at female characterization.
I was dissapointed when it ended, and not because it was a bad ending but because I just knew I would miss Anna. It's the type of book you just WANT to keep reading. Plus it's a very short read, so yeah, I needed more. More Justin. Aw, it was just such a cute book, which teen issues, and humor, and music, and unlikely friendships, just overall satisfying. As of now, after reading two of her books, I'm a HUGE fan of Julie. Can't wait til she writes some more!...more
Aw, man. This book is so awesome. So freaking fun and exciting without being any bit unrealistic. I was expecting it to be just another robbery or majAw, man. This book is so awesome. So freaking fun and exciting without being any bit unrealistic. I was expecting it to be just another robbery or major 'job' just like the first book. Just another Kat-adventure. Some more action and adios. But no, what I got was a way better story, full of surprises, filled with twists and turns and shocking discoveries. I liked the first book, but didn't love it. But this was beyond that and beyond any expectations.
One of the things I love the most is the storytelling. The way the story is narrated as if it were a movie. At least that's how I see it. No narration I've ever read is as original and fresh as this one. Plus, in this sequel the action and the plot are fascinating! Not a single boring moment, not a single boring character, not a single moment of dullness. Just plain fun coming at you in all the forms, and complications to spike that fun and top it with some more.
With all its entertainment, Carter still manages to make a very layered story. You can feel Kat's fear of becoming what she doesn't want, you can see the deepness and complications in her relationship with Hale, you can taste a bit of the sweet friendship that exists in this uncommon crew and you can smell all the sneaky tricks that are to come. A seemingly just-fun book, is actually a very deep and provocative read. I cannot wait for more!...more
It's been a while since I cant finish a book. But I tried both, book and audio version, and it was just too boring and slow and empty. Big shame. WontIt's been a while since I cant finish a book. But I tried both, book and audio version, and it was just too boring and slow and empty. Big shame. Wont pick up the 3rd......more
Libba Bray is one hell of an author. This was just not a book for me. I was expecting to be entertained. I was expecting a laugh-out-loud sassy-smart sLibba Bray is one hell of an author. This was just not a book for me. I was expecting to be entertained. I was expecting a laugh-out-loud sassy-smart satire. Maybe along the lines of Bumped by Megan McCafferty, which I loved. Because, besides the outpouring praise, the premise was fascinating! Instead, this was over the top bubbly blended with over the top snark and an intricately boring plot in a failed attempt to criticize society. The few times I felt that the criticism on society was spot-on, I would get lost in the plot again. I just thought it was absolutely unrealistic, hard to keep up with, like, a gazillion characters that I didn't really care for. I kept zoning out during the whole book and forcefully dragging myself through it hoping to find somewhere the brilliant humor that I had heard it contained. The writing was undeniably Libba Bray, because it was great writing. I'm sad I didn't enjoy this. Overall, not a book for everyone....more
This book is heart-tearing awesomeness. A dark, harsh, raw and powerful story of abuse told from a impeccably done male pov. I barely have words for hThis book is heart-tearing awesomeness. A dark, harsh, raw and powerful story of abuse told from a impeccably done male pov. I barely have words for how much I loved this book. Because it's disturbing and vivid, and almost palpable. Every scene had so much more involved, so much emotion, so many back-conflicts. It's a story about what happens when you survive an abusive home. Very few books deal with the after. After the problem. After it all fell apart. After you got out. It was so hard to read while consciously trying NOT to put myself in Jace's shoes. (Yes, I had an abusive father.) It was very hard to see things through his perspective. Because you can perfectly understand everything that he does, even if you don't want to or don't agree with it.
I've always loved dark realistic fiction, and specially love blunt authors who don't sugarcoat hard issues. This is a dark learning experience that has the potential to stir up feelings you can't even place. The writing was absolutely wonderful and matched the depth and brilliance of the story and characters perfectly. Every single character felt unique and wonderfully multidimensional in an utterly realistic way.
Overall it's an outstanding piece of literature so graphic and well-done, so perfectly thought and developed, and with such a great story to tell that it needs to be widely read. ...more
Okay, so this book and I did not connect... at first. It was so weird, and I'll try to explain the best I can. It starts off with this hateful snob whOkay, so this book and I did not connect... at first. It was so weird, and I'll try to explain the best I can. It starts off with this hateful snob who thinks she's better than everyone, spitting out cuss words for no reason, and acting as childish as a teen can act, thus contradicting all her supposed utter intelligence. Then she's told she's a duff, which basically means she the ugly, fat one in her posse, and she starts having delirious self-esteem issues while dealing in the worst possible way with her family's crisis. Not a book for me, right?
Here's where it gets interesting: I wanted to stop reading, I wanted to sincerely say I did not enjoy this read. But it was like a bad gossip... you can't stop yourself from wanting to hear it. You know you shouldn't, but geez, it's just such good gossip material! From a certain point on, I was glued to the book til the very last page. I know this is totally contradicting, but what can I say? Definitely a very, very guilty pleasure. I could totally relate with Bianca when she says she's ashamed of secretly watching Gossip Girl. That's how I felt reading this. Like I should hide it from my smarter self, if that makes any sense.
The book includes explicit sex, constant cussing, meaningless underage sex, parental abuse, etc. All issues that would normally draw me in, but they were taken in such a bubbly brain-dead way, that it was just annoying. And yes by annoying I mean I kept helplessly reading because I needed to know what happens and just ended up enjoying the whole thing. I'm probably not making any sense, but that's how I felt. The plot was probably the high point.
For those of you who just love a guilty pleasure, and like me, enjoy reading about friends with benefits, you might like this one. ...more