I wanted to love this book. A book about a sweet shop sounded like heaven, especially as I have first hand knowledge of a sweet shop, but the more I rI wanted to love this book. A book about a sweet shop sounded like heaven, especially as I have first hand knowledge of a sweet shop, but the more I read, the more infuriated I got. You ever get that feeling a book just wasn't for you? That's how I felt about this one. I thought it would be, I thought it would be fantastic, and I'd be able to nod along with all the anecdotes (to be fair, I could agree with a few of them mind) but Marnie was so incredibly frustrating as a character. If she didn't want to be in Shipley, why didn't she bloody well leave? Instead that's all I heard; how frustrated she was, how she didn't want to be there, how everyone in her life had decided to die or break their leg so she just HAD to stay. It was obviously all an act, though she got furious when it was pointed out. THEN! Just when she had decided to go travelling she became furious at people making plans for the sweet shop. I felt like I had whiplash. I just wanted to shake some sense into her and tell her to stop acting so childish.
Another thing that baffles me, is that Marnie broke up her relationship - her boyfriend left for New York without her, because she couldn't go because of the reasons I said above (death/broken legs etc) yet she still pines for him. I forget his name. Alex? Andrew? I feel like it's Alex, but I could be wrong, because he was a bit forgettable. You broke up with him! You have no right to feel aggrieved if he moves on! What, you don't want him but no one else can have him? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? *Rages* I understand there will still be emotions there, and she obviously only broke up with him so she could set him free, blah blah blah, but that still gives you no right to be furious that he's moved on, WHEN YOU TOLD HIM TO GO.
You're probably wondering why I gave this book three stars, since I haven't yet had a good word to say: BETH AND JOSH. Beth was a fantastic best friend, with a good quip ready whenever it was needed and it made me sad she was shoved into a corner, so Josh could shine. Not because I didn't like Josh - I LOVED Josh. He was fantastic. But I felt like poor Beth got pushed to one side and could have been utilised so much more. She was incredible. Like I said, so was Josh. Josh was by far the best thing about this book (although Marnie's grandmother Celia comes a close second and Chester the dog a close third). He lit the book up, he brought a spark and I cannot for the life of me understand why (view spoiler)[Marnie went back to Alex. I mean, all that build up for Josh/Marnie and JOSH JUST LEAVES? And Marnie just lets him! And runs right back to Alex *eye roll* y'see what I mean when I say I had whiplash? Jesus, lass, pick a bloke and stick with him. (hide spoiler)]
I genuinely wanted to love this book, I really did, but it just frustrated me to an unreal level. Marnie was so wishy-washy, unable to make a decision, unable to deal with this awful blogger woman who was intent on ruining her business (because bored yummy mummies do that???? They picket businesses because sweet shops are just hell on Earth basically?? Forgetting that eh Tesco and Asda and any other supermarket in the world PLUS the newsagents that was down the road, also sells sugar-filled sweets???) and I just wanted her to have a bit of gumption, a bit of spark, if you're not happy in your life, change it. It's simple. You don't want to run a sweet shop - sell it. She seemingly had enough money to travel for the rest of her life, so go for it if that's what you want. But MAKE. A. DECISION. I am not a fan of characters who hide behind other reasons for not doing stuff.
I've become far too critical of the genre I once devoured. If I had read this five years ago I would have loved it, without picking up on any flaws (except the Josh thing, that will have always have bugged me). It would have been a fantastic read, but it's the kind of book I've read time and time again. I've said it before on social media, I hate reading about people who hate their home towns, as if they're the worst places in the world, as if the grass really is greener on the other side - it isn't - no matter where you go in life, it's all the same: work, home, work, home, work home. That's life in Shipley or New York - you can't survive on fresh air.
I appear to have run out of steam. TL;DR? There were bits I liked, genuinely, but it is the bits I didn't like dominating my review, so *shrugs* what can ya do? I felt how I felt. ...more
I wanted to love this, and in some ways I did. The mental health aspect with Sydney's mom was probably my favourite part, and it seemed very well writI wanted to love this, and in some ways I did. The mental health aspect with Sydney's mom was probably my favourite part, and it seemed very well written, but everything else? UGH. It's not that this was a bad book, I just couldn't get on with the fact that Leela was a pretty awful friend to Sydney. If you make your best friend come with you on a European adventure, because your boyfriend dumped you, perhaps DON'T go running as soon as he comes calling? Because he's on the same trip? It was all Leela, Leela, Leela, and Sydney didn't get a look in and it irritated me big time. With friends like Leela who needs enemies, eh? Not to mention the bizarro spat between Leela and Kat (instigated by Leela) because Sydney made a friend at college. HOW BLOODY WELL DARE SHE, EH? Selfish mare. She should have just sat & pined for Leela, who goes to college in Montreal.
Otherwise, the book was okay. I liked all the different destinations (although, next time please be aware that the word snog in England means french kissing, not just regular kissing) and not everyone in England eats fish & chips. And the French don't all smoke. It was kinda cliche, how every country literally had every cliche spouted whilst they were in it.
I wanted a girl's backpacking trip through Europe, not a bloody drama with boys unworthy of either girl. Well, Matt didn't deserve Leela, but I loved Jackson. You can write a book without romance, though! Sydney did not have to kiss a boy in every city, for God's sake. This would have been so much fun if it was just Sydney, Leela & Kat discovering Europe's hidden gems. But it was ruined by boys, as per usual.
And the ending. It appears there will be a sequel (actually it seems like it'll be a companion, set at camp?) but I mean TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. Did Sydney's mom cope while her daughter was away? Were there any after-effects? What about Sydney's own anxiety that came and went at will and was just left.... with no answers? The ending was just so open, I just came up on this page that said "the end" and I'm like "The hell?"
I actually didn't like this book as much as I thought I did. WHO KNEW....more
The Gift is one of those books that keeps you hooked, from first page to last. I was genuinely gripped throughout and it got to the point where I liteThe Gift is one of those books that keeps you hooked, from first page to last. I was genuinely gripped throughout and it got to the point where I literally had no idea what had happened to Callie, or if Callie was even real, or is perhaps Jenna was just slowly losing her mind. Which is actually a terrible thing to wonder, but it’s hard to trust someone who can barely remember if she locked her front door or not, that’s shocking. Not to mention the fact Jenna doubted herself so how in the world were we supposed to believe her? She was just as baffled as we were and that’s what made this such a compelling, intriguing, hard to put down book. It’s why I kept reading, reading, reading despite the fact my eyes are literally beginning to be put to sleep. It was intoxicating.
It’s incredibly hard to explain the part of the book, and depending on where you fall on the scale of someone having someone else’s organ in their body, and that organ effecting their life will make your decision on how you see this book. On the one hand, there’s a part of me that things an organ is just an organ. It doesn’t have feelings, it can’t make you feel another person, but then there’s the romantic side of me that kind of likes the idea that you can feel someone else inside you. That there is such a thing as cell memory theory, because it lets me believe that even though someone you love may have passed away, they can live on in someone else and that’s amazing. And that’s basically the premise for The Gift. Jenna has a new heart (although I’m not sure it’s ever explained why her old one wasn’t good enough – it’s hinted at a major emotional moment, but never fully explained, imo) and she’s absolutely sure that the girl whose heart she has, Callie, didn’t just die on a random road, with no seatbelt, for no reason. She’s sure there’s something more at play, and she’s determined to find out the truth, no matter what.
Like I said, it’s tough to really believe Jenna, when she feels she’s being stalked, or that she really is feeling Callie’s memories because there’s no proof. Jenna has no luck when it comes to actual, tangible, physical proof and so a lot of it is based on gut instincts, and pretty lucky plot devices. Would Nathan, Callie’s ex, really be so forward with a girl he doesn’t even know? He helps her up after she faints, and all of a sudden he’s calling her the next day? That’s debateable, but it moves the story along, and I was okay with it. The plot really motors on, as Jenna finds herself putting clues together, and figuring stuff out, and I cannot deny at all that her narrative was so compelling. From her mind maps, to her seeing a random man in a hoody, to things at work being tampered with (her orders, a pet dying) it all adds up, and it gets to the point where you’re on the edge of your seat like, “WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS?!?!?!?!?!” Why are they doing this? Jenna was not, by any means, a terrible person. She just wanted the truth – whether it was her truth to find or not, at least she was being pro-active about it.
I really, really enjoyed The Gift. Louise Jensen really has a knack for telling a gripping story and there’s no doubt at all that she left me on the edge of my seat throughout. I really liked Jenna, she was a compelling heroine, and I appreciated the fact that she wanted to know what had happened to Callie, I’m not saying that no one else cared – they thought it was indeed just a tragic accident, but I liked that Jenna had the force in her to go hell for leather, no matter if it made her scared for her life, all in a bit to find the truth, for someone she didn’t even really know. That’s impressive. This is such a good thriller, one you definitely won’t regret reading, although be warned: It will keep you up late into the night!...more
I was so excited to read this book. I love boyband lit. I love getting a peek (not peak) into the boyband life, but this just seemed a bit immature toI was so excited to read this book. I love boyband lit. I love getting a peek (not peak) into the boyband life, but this just seemed a bit immature to me? The way Amelie was a snob over The Keep, the way they dismissed the music as if it's nothing - there is nothing wrong with pop music. It's why it's called pop music. It's popular.
Some of the writing was just a bit clunky for me - wrong words were used (peak instead of peek), silly little grammatical errors, weird sentences that no one would phrase is such a way. "Did he say," in regards to something charlie said instead of "did he tell you that".
The plot was ok, but I found no spark at all between Amelie and Max, IMO. Maybe it's just me? But I felt nothing.
I honestly was so excited to read the book and there were bits I liked but mostly it just didn't grab me the way other books have. Which was a shame. ...more
Lies is one of those books that you start reading, and before long you it’s bedtime but you’re halfway through the book so you stay up to finish it, lLies is one of those books that you start reading, and before long you it’s bedtime but you’re halfway through the book so you stay up to finish it, leaving you open-mouthed and hard to believe what kind of rollercoaster you’ve just been on at 3 o’clock in the morning. It’s intense, insane, enthralling, and the chapters literally whiz by, helped massively by the fact that one chapter blends SO seamlessly into the next one that you just can’t help but keep reading, until your eyes are incredibly sore because you’ve been starting at your Kindle screen for over 4 hours. It’s INSANE.
What absolutely baffled me the most was the simple fact of how quick a life can change – this book literally spans about 10 days in total and Joe goes from this normal dad, with a normal job, normal life, to something completely different, after he finds himself in the frame for the disappearance of acquaintance Ben. Everything that comes out after that is just like one piece of bad news after another and JUST when you think it can’t get any worse for Joe, that he’s literally had EVERYTHING but the kitchen sink thrown at him, some other twist or secret comes out and you just start to wonder what he must have done to upset the world because, damn, was it out to get him.
I actually really liked Joe. He was a decent fella, decent husband, didn’t do a lot wrong, except for the parking lot fight with Ben, who was a jerk, then all of a sudden his life is in the toilet and he’s trying to figure out just why Ben is trying to ruin his life AND keep himself out of prison. It’s so intense. You’re right there with Joe as he tries to find Ben and keep his family together and you just get SO involved in the plot, it’s so, so insane. It’s like trying to figure out the world’s most intense crossword puzzle, where the answers are on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t figure it out for toffee.
Did I know where Lies was going? DID I HECK. One minute I thought I had it all figured out, and then wham! I was smacked in the face with yet another plot twist. I’ve never been so baffled by a book and it was incredibly hard to try and keep everything I knew about Ben and Joe and everyone straight – to remember what the messages said that Joe got (which added yet another interesting turn to things), to try and remember all the little bits that JOE remembered but didn’t quite get, so that when he got them, you got them. It was intense and surreal and utterly amazing, even when I put the book down, even for a toilet break, I was thinking about it and that ending just absolutely blew my tiny mind. I didn’t see it coming and it was FANTASTIC.
PS: I feel like I have to say this, in defence of all the Geordies and Mackems but IF YOU COME FROM SUNDERLAND YOU’RE NOT A GEORDIE OKAY? This book says that Ben is a Geordie and has a Geordie accent. NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE. Geordies come from Newcastle, Mackems come from Sunderland. That’s the rules and it will offend a ton of Mackems to be referred to as Geordies in the book, so I hope that gets changed....more
The Nerdy and the Dirty is one of those books that kind of amazes you – it’s so frank and honest about sex, which is a blast of fresh air since most YThe Nerdy and the Dirty is one of those books that kind of amazes you – it’s so frank and honest about sex, which is a blast of fresh air since most YA fades into black so in that respect it’s completely different to any YA novel I’ve ever read, but it is, also, in the way Benedict and Pen act. They’re unfailingly honest – about everything. Perhaps a bit too much sometimes, but let me tell you this: once you’ve read this book, you most certainly won’t forget it.
I admit to struggling a little bit with how much I liked the book – on the one hand, it definitely got better the more I read, and the short, sharp chapters are a great bonus; but on the other hand? The insta-love? PLEASE. I just didn’t understand how Pen became completely enamoured with Benedict, simply because they were in the same place on vacation? Was that all there was to it? Because pages earlier she was calling him a retard (which perhaps was edited out in the end? But I fear not?) and I can’t comprehend her having such a quick change of opinion, it just seemed too quick for me, no matter HOW nice it was for Benedict to talk to her.
Benedict kinda made the book for me – with his wry humour, his Sheldon-Cooper-like way of dealing with things (ie. with his mind, not his emotions). But I liked seeing him understand he has issues with being sociable, and the way he tries to be more sociable is pretty impressive as it would have been SO easy to just keep going as he was.
The Nerdy and the Dirty is such a thought-provoking read that will leave you with tons of questions, and I genuinely liked it’s frankness, it was just the quickness of the love story that didn’t entirely make sense to me. HOWEVER, the best part of this book isn’t even really part of this book – it’s the acknowledgements. They are the BEST acknowledgements I’ve ever, ever read in my life. Like seriously, authors: The bar has been set and I dare you to try and beat B.T. Gottfred’s fantastic acknowledgements. It’s worth reading for that alone, but it is an interesting, fast-paced, honest read....more
Alterations is one of those books that is so sweet, you feel like you should have a tooth-ache. I’m not even kidding! It’s also a re-telling of SabrinAlterations is one of those books that is so sweet, you feel like you should have a tooth-ache. I’m not even kidding! It’s also a re-telling of Sabrina, which got my excited for about a second until I realised it was Sabrina the movie, with Audrey Hepburn, and not Sabrina the Teenage Witch, my favourite show as a kid (with Kenan and Kel a very, very close second). I’ve never seen Sabrina (the movie) but I had a look at Wikipedia and got the jist and, yes, this seems to be similar. And I think anyone who has seen the film will definitely lap it up. Because it is, genuinely, such a cute little novel.
I loved Amelia! Honestly, she was adorable and huge props to her for leaving Miami to head to New York to go to NYFI, damn that’s brave. And I loved how passionate she was about clothes. I am no fashionista – I live in either pjs, my work uniform or jogging clothes. I LIKE clothes, and I aspire to dress better, but by God, it’s so much freaking effort, man! But Amelia! She changes clothes to her liking, makes clothes from scratch, and it was so inspiring. I genuinely wanted to make her make me a scarf, please and thank you, and possibly take me shopping??? It was great to see that when she comes back from New York, she’s thinking a bit different – her obsession with Ethan Laurenti was bizarre, fantastical, so to see her try and move on, with varying success, was interesting. Helping out Ethan’s twin brother Liam with a project was equally fantastic.
Alterations was such a quick, cute read. Yes, I keep saying cute a lot. But it was, and perhaps my only issue was the whole “help” thing, ugh. It’s 2016 for God’s sake, and it hurt my soul that Amelia felt weird whenever she was in the Laurenti house or when Liam came to their house, it just rubbed me up the wrong way. Apart from that, it was adorable. I loved Amelia, Liam was amazing (talk about the under-rated brother), Amelia’s friends Maya, Des, Amy, were all great and the bizarre-o scenario where Amelia ends up being a stylist to a girl named Haylo (with a Y, and all her siblings had an extra Y in their names, too, which was just mind-blowing) was pretty sweet. Any budding fashionista will lap this book up, it’s filled with fashion-y goodness....more
THIS SERIES YOU GUYS. I just honestly don’t have the words for all the feelings this book gives me. I feel like I can’t deal with everything swirlingTHIS SERIES YOU GUYS. I just honestly don’t have the words for all the feelings this book gives me. I feel like I can’t deal with everything swirling through me, it’s like sensory overload, this book has KILLED ME. If I thought Love Me Never was good, Forget Me Always was 1000000000000x better! I just feel like it put my heart together and smashed it into tiny pieces and I am JONESING for Remember Me Forever. How in the ever living universe am I supposed to wait until MAY for the final book? HOW? HOW? HOW? I WILL NOT SURVIVE SUCH A TORTUROUS WAIT! I need it now! NOWWWWWWW!!!!!!
Forget Me Always picks up right where Love Me Never left and while I was dubious at first about the whole Isis-forgetting-Jack thing because I felt like it was a step back, it was actually amazing. It added a whole other dimension! Plus Sophia! How epic was it to meet her, eh? Amnesia is always quite a lazy plot device, but it so worked here and seeing Isis realise exactly who Jack was and what had gone on was a special feeling, it added a whole other layer to their relationship. But in another way it killed me because there was so much progress and then it was like starting again and I just wanted to lock them in a room to figure it all out. But there was so much going on! Man, I honestly can’t contain the absolute feels this book gave me. It’s out of this world insane. I love Isis and Jack so much more and if they eventually win through, man it’ll be hard fought.
I absolutely loved Forget Me Always, from beginning to end and it’s safe to say the ending killed me. Absolutely, tears-in-the-eyes, could hardly BELIEVE my eyes. It’s like yet another reset button has been hit, and I can’t wait to do it all again, even if that’s really masochistic of me, this series just gets better the more you read it, it’s insane. And I defy anyone not to feel some flicker of emotion once they finish this book (even more so when they read Wren’s extra POV chapter, which was amazing).
This is one of the most multi-layered books I’ve ever read. There’s just so many secrets and so much to learn and I still don’t think we’ve reached the tip of the iceberg! Sara Wolf knows EXACTLY how to hook you in and keep you hooked page after page, she’s a writing genius and I feel like sitting in a corner, rocking away, until May 2017 when I can read Remember Me Forever. Just the IDEA of waiting 7 months (I am writing this review in October, fyi) makes me want to go and ask Kai to Elena me and let me just SLEEP for 7 months so I wake up fresh, ready for battle, ready to go to war with Isis and Jack one last time. These are astounding books. Go read them. You’ll come back and thank me, I swear....more
You guys this book is INSANE. I started it, right, and I was like Isis is WAY too full on and talks in? a? lot? of? questions? BUT. BUT. BUT. SomehowYou guys this book is INSANE. I started it, right, and I was like Isis is WAY too full on and talks in? a? lot? of? questions? BUT. BUT. BUT. Somehow I got completely sucked in – I went from questioning why Isis decided to start a war with Jack (for no reason? and punched him at a party, LIKE THAT) to being completely insane over it. And hoping for some seriously steamy make-out sessions (my lips are sealed). It’s the kind of hate that’s quite clearly love, although Jack is verrrrrrry mysterious and verrrrrrrrryyyyyyy angry. Like spitting fire angry. But Isis gives as good as she got and it’s just like KABOOM.
For me, the ending was amazing but disappointing. Amazing for loads of reasons, mostly angry!Jack, but disappointing because that final exchange was heart-breaking and things were JUST getting interesting and now it’s kind of ruined, but I can’t say whyyyyyyyy. As John Mcenroe would say are you kidding me?!?!?! But we’ll see how things go in Forget Me Always, because there are so many layers to this story, I’m not even kidding. I am TERRIFIED of what Jack might really be like and I kinda hope it doesn’t take it too far, because I like him as he is now, even if he is mildly terrifying.
Once I got used to Isis, I loved her. She’s so straight-forward, she speaks her mind like ALL THE TIME, sometimes she even thinks out loud and she takes no prisoners, ever. She calls Jack on his crap; I mean during their first meeting she punches him in the face. This is a girl who acts before she thinks and her constant stream of consciousness, when she’s rambling on is just the best. The only thing that makes me horrifically sad? The fact she thinks she’s ugly, and I wish Nameless was real so I could kick his ass. I’m terrified, too, about what’s on her arm (I think I know, but I’m still scared). But Isis is so, so strong. Whatever happened with Nameless took away a lot of things for her, but her spirit is still so damn strong.
Love Me Never is very much two horrifically damaged souls meeting and somehow being perfect for each other (even if neither of them will acknowledge it and instead go to war with each other – which is SO entertaining). I can’t wait for Forget Me Always, I want more of this fire, this spark between Jack and Isis, it’s infectious and it got to the point where I couldn’t read fast enough because I wanted MORE....more
Christmas Under A Starlit Sky is Holly Martin’s second novel set on the FANTASTIC island of Christmas, where I want to go and live immediately. It picChristmas Under A Starlit Sky is Holly Martin’s second novel set on the FANTASTIC island of Christmas, where I want to go and live immediately. It picks up right where Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky ends, with Oakley Rey finally making his appearance, and this story is all about Oakley and Neve. Unfortunately for me, it’s vastly different to the first book where, in the first book, truth was the watchword. Everyone was honest, there was no pandering, no lies, no frustrating break ups for break ups sake. In book two? That’s ALL there is, and it just made me sigh, because what Neve says to Oakley is unforgivable.
All things considered, I liked this book, but this book will be tainted for me, just a little bit, because Neve’s confession to Oakley. There’s no reason in the world to ever say that, and what made it worse was her absolute inability to put things right. There was always an excuse, and it tainted my like of Neve. Maybe I’m being harsh, but that’s just my opinion.
What I did love about the book was the story between Adam and Ivy. That was the kind of romance I wanted for Oakley and Neve, and it was lovely. I loved how they simply clicked, right from the off, when Adam found her stuck under a pony, and from there it just escalated and it was lovely to see two people who were clearly scared of love give love a chance. I loved them both and they were just so cute.
It was a shame that I wasn’t a fan of the way Neve and Oakley’s romance went, it was all a bit calamitous and could have been avoided so, so easily. Funnily enough, it Neve had just been honest (properly honest) in the beginning, absolutely none of the following issues would have occurred, and it’s strange to me that someone so feisty and capable suddenly become a wobbly mess, unable to own her truths. However, Adam and Ivy saved the book. It’s not even that I didn’t like Neve or Oakley, Oakley was fantastic, going above and beyond to win Neve back, I just can’t get past what Neve said and did. Otherwise this was another warm, delightful read....more
All Laced Up is by far one of the cutest books I’ve read this year! Entangled are publishing some absolutely cracking books at the moment, and this isAll Laced Up is by far one of the cutest books I’ve read this year! Entangled are publishing some absolutely cracking books at the moment, and this is right up there with my favourites. It has everything I love in a book: romance, swoon-worthy moments, mistaken identities, and two people who hate each other. Well, that’s not true. Lia hates Pierce, but Pierce literally has no idea who she is, going so far as to call her Mia and Lucy (which made me want to smash his face in, because Lia is a great name (I’m biased), although I prefer my spelling of Leah because it is surprisingly easier to get on t-shirts, mugs, all kinds of tat).
I absolutely LOVED the whole online-forum thing. I liked that it let Lia be a bit more honest, a bit more confident, as anyone can be when they do something online, because you don’t have to see the person you’re talking to and I think that really helped with their friendship, because Pierce didn’t have to be PIERCE MILLER the whole time, which must have been exhausting; the thought of being famous is good in theory, but in actuality? Not so much. But the whole online thing is really what made the spark ignite, and I lapped it up good!
All Laced Up was just the cutest book, I swear. I loved Lia, I loved Pierce (eventually, when he learned Lia’s name!!!!), the plot was cute and I loved seeing them both struggle with their respective sports – figure skating for Lia, hockey for Pierce and to see them help each other through just made me even more swoony. This just had all the right ingredients to make the most sweetest, loveliest romance there ever was, with added bonus of figure skating because I freaking love watching figure skating, it’s amazing. Erin Fletcher is such a good writer and I hope she’s hard at work on her next book because I’m desperate for it over here!...more
Pushing Perfect was such a good read, which kind of surprised me as I read Playlists for the Dead and wasn’t exactly in awe, but this one really had mPushing Perfect was such a good read, which kind of surprised me as I read Playlists for the Dead and wasn’t exactly in awe, but this one really had me gripped from beginning to end. I love novels about blackmail and this one was right up my street – along with Kara, I had no idea who was the one blackmailing them and the way it all came together was kind of perfect; I was completely baffled by who the blackmailer was – I had an inkling, but I was still stunned, because it was just so insane!
Kara was a great narrator, although it made me sad that she let her skin condition ruin so much of her life! I mean, tons of teens get spots, and I understand this was more than just a few spots, but it still seemed quite an extreme reaction that she did SCAM before she went anywhere, ever, and I’m starting to think she even slept in her make-up. She ruined her friendships, she stopped swimming and the Kara we meet after all of that, is very much a sad shell of who she used to be. So to see her become friends with Alex was great, because it helped her loneliness, and we got to see her come out of her shell again, although it led to all sorts of other problems!
I liked the idea of the drug and I liked how it all unravelled, although I still have one question – who took that first ever picture of Kara, hmmm? That was actually never answered and I am still super curious who it was. But the rest of it? Seeing Kara, Alex and Raj all scramble to wonder what to do, and while people might say why didn’t they tell their parents or the police, you could tell that they all had something to lose and weren’t willing to lose it, which I get. Also: you make stupid decisions when someone backs you into a corner, so I could understand some of their poorer decisions.
I really, really enjoyed Pushing Perfect. Michelle is a cracking writer, and she kept me hooked from start to finish, this is definitely a must-read, with a fantastic, never-see-coming ending....more