I picked this one up at a book trade show. It had all the makings of another gone girl. I was right, that's exactly the sort of feel this book had. AI picked this one up at a book trade show. It had all the makings of another gone girl. I was right, that's exactly the sort of feel this book had. A tightly woven tale told by three different women's perspectives. All fairly Unreliable and not very likeable. They are complex and complicated women that despite your feelings about them, they are interesting flawed characters. It. I loved how the story all comes together like the last few pieces of a 1000 piece puzzle....perfectly.
I can't say to much about the plot as it is a mystery and would want spoilers. It's a bit gone girl, a bit rear window. A nice sinister tone to it along with a sense of dread at every turn of the page....more
This is definitely one of the better time travel books I've read in quite some time. There are three main characters, marina, James and Finn. We togglThis is definitely one of the better time travel books I've read in quite some time. There are three main characters, marina, James and Finn. We toggle between the past and future days of these three friends throughout the book. Marina is called Em I. The future so at times that can get a little confusing but it helps to keep,you on track of what "time-zone" you're reading about. The future is bleak. Em and Finn are on the run from the doctor who had created a time machine called cassandra. They need to go back in back to try to prevent this time machine from happening as it's intentions to be used for good has never happend, it has only been used to create a police state type future. Em and Finn have tried 15 times to go back and change this outcome. All have failed. We follow,them during their last time to correct the past.
A very fast paced, tightly woven thriller for YA that doesn't use all the typical cliches. Well. There is a sort of love triangle but not what you expect. I found this one fresh and exciting. Definitely stands above the rest. ...more
Here is what liked about this story. As a bookseller for an independent bookstore, I related on all levels with AJ in how challenging it is to be I. THere is what liked about this story. As a bookseller for an independent bookstore, I related on all levels with AJ in how challenging it is to be I. This industry and how everyday your love of books brings you to work eager to share your passion. Then the discouragement when people quickly feel the need to tell you they can buy the same book online for less so why can AJ be more competitive. Or the mom who gives them all e readers for Christmas the very device that will put AJ out of business. I believe this may bring some awareness to book readers out there and hopefully they will understand and become aware of what they say to us and how it affects us in this industry that we love so much. Enough soap box.
Other than how much I related to AJ as an owner of a bookstore, i thought this story was just meh. Nothing remarkable or enlightening. A bit predictable, some romance, not memorable characters. Overall pretty bland like vanilla. Enjoyed it while listening in the car but will forget it within a week or two. Not worthy of bestseller list for which its on. Too generic to be worthy of more than 2 stars....more
Not sure what category to put this under but it's a little hodge podge genre bending type of story. I enjoyed it for the most part. The idea of creatiNot sure what category to put this under but it's a little hodge podge genre bending type of story. I enjoyed it for the most part. The idea of creating hybrid bodies using human and animals parts was a new twist for me. However this author uses some interesting imagery and dream sequence descriptions that sometimes confuse me. It's very readable yet unsatisfying in that no answers are provided to the mysterious portions of book. Hence the 3 stars....more
**spoiler alert** Little plot, bloated metaphors, miscommunication, coincidence, truth out, all fixed.
I am astounded by all the positive reviews. Whil**spoiler alert** Little plot, bloated metaphors, miscommunication, coincidence, truth out, all fixed.
I am astounded by all the positive reviews. While I believe this wasn't a "bad" story, I think I just didn't care for the writing and all the emotional drama and out bursts. Seemed too heavy handed emotionally like it was trying too hard for the "feels" it so badly wanted to give but sadly it didn't at least not for me. The other bothersome thing in this story were the twins ages. They never felt young, but more like 16 and 20 rather than 13 and 16. The dialogue was way too mature as well as the sexual encounters between Brian and Noah. I could believe it more if they were older. I feel coming of age, gay themes was better represented in Aristotle and Dante.
As for all those secrets and actions taken towards one another. I find it hard to believe real people would just react with no more than uh, oh that makes sense now! Mock I get it, it's all better now. No bitterness, emotional processing, anger, then forgiveness. Just straight to ok. Nope. Did not work for me.
I finished it, it was compelling enough to get through but not much more than that. ...more
I feel this is a very important YA that should be read by teens and parents. Open your heart to understanding and learn what it is to be a teen strugg I feel this is a very important YA that should be read by teens and parents. Open your heart to understanding and learn what it is to be a teen struggling with their sexual identity.
Meet Ari and Dante. Ari is introverted, quiet, tough, alone and trying to figure out what happen to his brother, what happened to his father in viet nam that was so awful he hardly speaks heart. One day he meets Dante one day at the pool. Dante is outgoing, speaks his heart, big personality, comfortable in his own skin and has the most loving parents one could ask for. Very unlikely friends, but friends who balance each other out wonderfully.
This is a story about learning who are and acceptance, never letting the world change you. It deals with very real struggles certain teens may go through. We see of glimpse of this struggle between Dante and Ari.
I gave this book 3, more like 3.5 stars because the ending did not ring true at all!!! After all the build up and sexual tension, denial etc., I felt I was being led down a path of self discovery and was waiting for that powerful moment. Ari was working through all of his feelings, working out who is was and how did he fit in the world. Dante was gay and was at ease with who he was and loved Ari. Ari not realizing that he too was gay never found this out on his own. His parents sat him down and basically outed him. I'm sorry, 1986, Latino family, only son left and they knew and told him!!! Nope, did not buy it at all. What about the parents struggle? This would still be a process for parents to go through before they are ok with it and eventually parents who love their kids unconditionally would be ok in the end. But to tell your child that's who they are? As a therapist which was Ari mom, she should have known its best to let that be discovered on their own. It just ruined the journey. Unrealistic! The ending was also just rushed.
I still believe this is a good story for teens and parents I just didn't care the ending but the journey is worth it.