Sometimes marketing strategies for books end up working against them. My biggest problem with this story was the misleading aspect of the cover and blSometimes marketing strategies for books end up working against them. My biggest problem with this story was the misleading aspect of the cover and blurb. If I feel like reading a romance, I grab a romance. If I feel like reading something else, I will grab something else. The fact that they've tried to sell this out as a romance instead of a very character-driven book about a conflicted conniving boy, enraged me. If it weren't for my expectations, I'd have enjoyed this story a lot more.
So I will save you the trouble. First ignore the cover, and the text about bot meets girl. Jesse aka Sway is one of the coolest characters I've ever read. He's bad-mouthed, offensive, selfish and blunt. He's also at conflict with himself. And somehow, through it all, I loved him as a character. The staging of the scenes sometimes bothered me because we are pulled from somewhere and suddenly placed somewhere else without a straight pattern of what is going on. Jesse spills pieces of his life at a slow pace, which might make readers dislike him without the full picture. But the sole fact that he develops heart-warming friendships with a disabled kid and a bitter old man in a nursing home, speaks volumes.
The array of secondary characters was also part of the strengths of the story. Carter, Joey, Fake Grandpa and especially. Pete. I loved Pete. He was almost as outwardly shelled as Jesse yet somehow one of the cutest characters ever.
Overall, through my anger at the deceiving presentation and the lack of romance, and despite the fact of getting bored several times during the middle part of the novel, I closed the book with a satisfied smile and found myself really liking many aspects of it. I will attempt to read something else from this author because she definitely has a knack for writing exceptional characters. ...more
I think it has been hard for many readers to accept the fact that our teenage years are very confusing and full of pressures. I've seen a lot of peoplI think it has been hard for many readers to accept the fact that our teenage years are very confusing and full of pressures. I've seen a lot of people deem this book for the 'unlikeable' main character and her 'lack of remorse'. I think they need to understand that things like this happen in real life and these kids are not villains. It's hard for some people to step inside the mind of a bully, but to understand why it happens, you must.
Thankfully, in this novel Sarah is not the ultimate bully but she's best friends with her anyway. Brielle's character was portrayed as the villain even though I guarantee that if we read a novel from her perspective, we might understand her better too.
All the aspects of a wonderful novel are present. From excellent writing to character development throughout the book. Stories like this are very sad and shamefully, have terrible consequences. The way this story was told though was smooth and eye-opening. I really enjoyed it. The real value of the story is that kids who are prone to bullying others to look good in front of pothers and be able to fit in, as Sarah does, can realize the depth of the consequences it might cost. If this book falls into the hands of a real-life Sarah it might change the way she sees things.
Overall, I think the author explored the issue very well, in a believable manner. I would recommend this for reader who enjoy a darker side of realistic fiction, and would encourage them to really step inside the character's shoes....more
Chloe is excited about the book parade at her school. They have to dress as book characters and she must pick her favorite book and decide what characChloe is excited about the book parade at her school. They have to dress as book characters and she must pick her favorite book and decide what character she will dress up as. I really loved this premise because this is exactly what they do in my daughter's school for Halloween since this holiday is not celebrated by everyone. She could really relate to the story in that aspect, and I hadn't encountered another book with this particular new type of celebration included.
Chloe must decide between a monster book she loves with her best friend Leo, or a fairy book she enjoys with her other best friend, Emma. The structure of the book is very similar to Crafty Chloe and while the ending was not as surprising and cool as the first book it will still please those little crafty readers. Bonus points for encouraging kids to make their own costumes and be original! And for letting girls know it's perfectly okay to love monsters and more boyish books.
The first Crafty Chloe book is one of my daughter's favorite books so we were looking forward to this new story. Fans of Crafty Chloe will not be disappointed with this new adventure. We are looking forward to more crafty stories from Chloe. ...more
Oooh, my heart! Someone please scoop up the pieces of my melted heart. This book was astoundingly, unbelievably, heartstoppingly sexy and *blows out aOooh, my heart! Someone please scoop up the pieces of my melted heart. This book was astoundingly, unbelievably, heartstoppingly sexy and *blows out air* just... amazing. I have the ultimate sap-radar and I cant stand insta-love or slobbery romance. But this? Oh gee. I have no words for it. It melted away my sap radar with the pure awesomeness within its pages.
Sydney just went through one of the most shameful and terrible moments of her life and is now homeless, broke and heartbroken. Thankfully, the mysterious guitar player she's been watching and texting, gives her a place to stay until she's back on her feet.
A standing ovation to whoever wrote the description of the book. Normally, they give either way too much or too little info. Sometimes they ruin entire aspects of the novel. This one said just enough, without spoiling anything. So don't go reading too many spoilery reviews so you may enjoy this book at its fullest.
What a cruel, cruel world without a real Ridge in it. I have not ever in my life fallen so head over heels in drooling, sappy love with a fictional character before. He made my heart beat, beat, pause every time I simply read his name. And there's no explaining what happened to my feelings every time he spoke a word. Unreal. I'm so glad I'm not Sydney because I would be a pathetic drooly shameful mess in front of him.
With that said, for those of you who are not convinced yet, this is a glowing masterpiece of a romantic novel. If you're looking for a book to literally sweep you off your feet and mess with you in ways that few books can, buy this NOW. I know it has certainly ruined my ability to move on to another book for a while. I'll just read it over and over until I can rip Ridge out of the pages... ;)
If you can grab the audio of it I can tell you it'll pull at your heart ten times more. With two alternating narrators, both equally talented, this audio version fits the book perfectly. I adored the narrator that played Sydney and her intense pauses, and props for finding such an incredibly sexy voice for Ridge. I cannot recommend it enough. ...more