This was probably one of the most depressing books I've ever read. Even the tone of voice was saddening.
Colt and Julia began a year-long affair afterThis was probably one of the most depressing books I've ever read. Even the tone of voice was saddening.
Colt and Julia began a year-long affair after meeting one night at a river bridge. Colt is from the flats, a slum area of town. While Julia is from Black Mountain, the wealthy part of town. They’re basically forbidden to date because of their money statuses, and the fact that Julia has a boyfriend.
When Julia dies in a car accident, her younger brother, Michael, finds her diary and figures out she was seeing Colt. Every night Colt reads an entry from the diary, trying to savor the fact that one day there won’t be anything but blank pages.
Along the way, Colt tries dating other girls, but nobody compares to Julia. It isn’t until the very end that readers find out why Colt blames himself for Julia’s death.
I can’t put my finger on it, but I wasn’t enthralled by this book. Don’t get me wrong—I love the premise. But something was...off. It might’ve been the fact that Julia was a control freak and it was her idea to keep the relationship private, or it could’ve been that the rich/poor aspect was so strong. Or it could’ve been both. There were several times when I wanted to shake Colt and tell him that Julia was never good for him, and that there’s no reason for him to hang on. And, in the end, I still had unanswered questions. ...more
While this book is ten times better than Cracked Up To Be, yet again there's a passive protagonist (Regina) who doesn't do much of anything to stand uWhile this book is ten times better than Cracked Up To Be, yet again there's a passive protagonist (Regina) who doesn't do much of anything to stand up to bullies. And when she does make an effort, she fails.
After Regina's shunned by her ex-clique for supposedly sleeping with the clique leader's boyfriend (when she was almost raped), Regina has nowhere to turn. So she sits at a lunch table with Michael. By the end of the book, I actually felt something for these two, and I rooted for them.
What kept me reading this book were the pranks, though. I kept waiting for the clique to go overboard, but they never did. And then, of course, I was swept up in the Regina/Michael relationship.
The ending left me wanting more. It just felt too sudden, too rushed. I'm a little disappointed....more
**spoiler alert** I've heard nothing but praise for this book...and I felt let down.
While there were some comical lines (and some did make me laugh o**spoiler alert** I've heard nothing but praise for this book...and I felt let down.
While there were some comical lines (and some did make me laugh out loud), I just couldn't connect with Parker. The only reason I continued reading this book was to find out what the big secret was, why Parker suddenly started drinking, attempted suicide, and pushed everyone away. CS drops flashback scenes here and there, but it didn't help much. I wasn't even remotely engrossed until after the first hundred pages. Then the flashback scenes became more intense, so I continued reading.
Parker's friend Jessie has been missing for a year, which is the basis of Parker's problems. Even after knowing what happened the night Parker lost it (the night Jessie went missing), I still don't feel for her. Everything was blown out of proportion. Parker blabbed to Jessie that Jessie's boyfriend, Evan, was cheating on her and that's when shit hit the fan. Jessie rebounded with some college guy at the party, but they disappeared. When Parker found them in the woods, Jessie was being raped. My problem with this is: why didn't Parker stop what was happening? Why didn't she say something--anything? Better yet, why did she lie to the police by saying she didn't know where Jessie was?
Another problem that nagged at the back of my brain was the fact that Parker had an ex who still cared about her, and a guy who was falling for her. Yet she teeter-tottered between the two, like she couldn't make up her mind. Exes are exes for a reason. And the new guy couldn't be more awesome. Dude puts up with a LOT of smartass comments from Parker. So much so that I'm convinced any normal guy would've been uninterested after the basic "fuck off" hint.
I hate to see strong protagonists just stand back and not do anything, not even try to make things better, especially when Parker had an assortment of individuals who still cared about her well-being. This was well-written, and the voice was definitely there, but as a whole, the book irritated me....more
I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading Virtuosity, but I was pleasantly pleased with the outcom**ARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab
I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading Virtuosity, but I was pleasantly pleased with the outcome. As a newbie when it comes to playing the violin, I was so intrigued with the concept of this novel. It’s not every day the YA genre presents a contemporary book filled with nothing but music. Normally, any novels I read incorporate music here and there, but don’t actually center on the subject.
Carmen eats and breathes being a virtuoso. She has fame in the form of fans and CDs, and worldwide recognition as being a child prodigy. So all she has left is to win the coveted Guarneri competition.
Enter Jeremy. He’s also a virtuoso and has fame, and, like Carmen, wants to win the Guarneri competition for his family.
When Carmen spies on Jeremy, he takes full advantage of the situation. But the more these two hang out, the more they realize that they’re falling for each other. With the competition drawing closer, the tension has never been so substantial, the stakes have never been more important, and music has never been played like this.
Overall, if you like a book that focuses on music and the characters that create it, then you’ll love this. I know I did. :)
Full of wonderful details, memorable characters, and heart-wrenching lines. With a horde of possible suspects in this whodoneit, readers will continueFull of wonderful details, memorable characters, and heart-wrenching lines. With a horde of possible suspects in this whodoneit, readers will continue to guess who the killer is long after the last page. ...more
I'll be first to admit--I wasn't fond of Bridget. She's yet another name on the Snarky List. But there were times when she**ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
I'll be first to admit--I wasn't fond of Bridget. She's yet another name on the Snarky List. But there were times when she showed vulnerability, and that's what kept me reading.
Bridget is rude to everyone. Her stepmother, her best friends, classmates, teachers. She even lost a relationship with the boy she loves because she had changed for the worse. The first half of the book chronicles how far she goes, how mean she really is. But when Bridget doesn't get her way, when things are completely out of control, she feels like she's losing her mind.
So, she decides to wreck her car. In doing so, she manages to slip into limbo, surrounded by those she's hurt. They are now her judges. But first, she has to slide into their shoes--literally. As she tries on each pair, they take her to past events and current events, all related to Bridget and the effect she had on their personal lives. Through their eyes, she realizes how horrible she sounds, and learns secrets she never knew about each.
After her fiasco with the shoes, Bridget pleads to go back and make amends. Her wish is granted--but only till midnight. After that, she'll return and be judged.
I won't reveal the ending for readers, but I will tell you that I ultimately enjoyed this book (even though, in the beginning, I thought I wouldn't). Paige Harbison did a really good job at creating a character that's snarky and mean, yet vulnerable, and was able to change Bridget's dimeanor over time. ...more
Where do I begin with this book? Well, first I'd like to say I absolutely ADORE it. I haven't read a book that made me feel**ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
Where do I begin with this book? Well, first I'd like to say I absolutely ADORE it. I haven't read a book that made me feel like I was there--walking, talking, breathing--with the characters in a very long time. The fact that I live in a small town and know these characters (they really aren't characters--they're real people that live just around the corner) made this book more realistic to me. Or maybe it's because I haven't strayed from fantasy/paranormal in a long time. Either way, this book literally was a gust of fresh air--the kind that rustles Mama Sweetie's windchimes. ;)
Now that I have my disclaimer out of the way, the only nitpicky problem I had with this book was how long is took Cat to find out who left Patrick to die. It didn't start to get really good until around 300 pages in, which is quite some time. However, because I love this book, I'll say this: The writing for the first 300 pages (and the entire book, for that matter) is flawless, gorgeous and intoxicating. So the wait to find out who committed the hate crime wasn't so bad.
I would recommend this book to anyone who comes from a small town, who knows someone that's been a victim of a hate crime or constantly teased because they're gay, someone who has lost a family member or loved one to meth, or someone who just wants to escape into a world that doesn't involve mythological and legendary creatures. :)...more
After winning an essay competition, Van Stone is the new batboy in town. His life is great until a death rock3.5/5 stars
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After winning an essay competition, Van Stone is the new batboy in town. His life is great until a death rocks his world. Then there’s the whole ordeal with the baseball card his father gave him that everyone’s after. What’s so special about this card? It’s just a baseball player who hardly made it to the big time, so it’s nothing of value.
Except Van’s wrong—it’s highly valuable.
Men who wear black suits (or “Suits,” as they’re called in the book) are after Van and he has to figure out why. All Van knows is that it’s related to his father, who happens to work for a very secretive company called Biotrust. When Van begins to receive threatening text messages and notes in his backpack, he realizes they want the card. But is he willing to give it up?
Not my usual read, but it was a quick one for me. It started a little slow, but picked up pace about 75-100 pages in. From then on, it was nonstop. There were times that the dialogue was a little stiff, and I didn’t really get a feel for Van like I thought I would (I actually think Fred and Zoe were fleshed out more than Van), but I would recommend this book for all ages. I especially like that this book was about baseball, as I think it would encourage a lot of younger boys to read. ...more
I kept hearing a lot of hype about this book, and I kept telling myself I needed to read it. Although it wasn’t as fantastic as everyone made it out tI kept hearing a lot of hype about this book, and I kept telling myself I needed to read it. Although it wasn’t as fantastic as everyone made it out to be, it was still entertaining.
Abby is a pretty conservative girl, so it’s interesting to see the book open up with her at one of Travis’s fights. Abby’s roommate/best friend is dating Travis’s roommate/cousin, which is convenient for Abby and Travis to see each other on a regular basis. When Abby and Travis make a bet, and Abby loses, she has to spend a month at Travis’s house. Abby swears up and down she’s not attracted to Travis’s disgusting PDA displays, fights, or the fact that he’s a heavy drinker. And while the tension—yes, there was some thick, sexual tension—between these two had its moments, I can’t say that I was rooting for either character. By the time I reached the end of the book, I still wasn’t attached. Apparently, I’m the odd duck. The majority of readers really enjoyed Abby and Travis’s story, so don’t let my decision discourage yours, but the constant back and forth of their relationship really started to wear me down. I understand every relationship has its highs and lows, but for whatever reason theirs began to annoy me.
Overall, if you enjoy serious drama, then read this book. ...more