This was a very cutesy teen love and now were adults story. I really adored the past (teen) backstory of the couples relationship, and while...more2.5 Stars
This was a very cutesy teen love and now were adults story. I really adored the past (teen) backstory of the couples relationship, and while I knew what was coming when the big reveal hit I was dissapointed. It was hard to suspend reality that a situation like this would ever happen....phones, internet, email, telegram, bird with a letter.....I mean one phone call, one trip out to get the girl and the 7 years would have never happened.
Great beginning, but not what I was hoping for ending. The writing was charming but just not my cup of tea. Readers of new adult and romance might enjoy.(less)
Ok...so this was very cute and very lovey-dovey-mushy. I found All I Need perfect for a quick beach read but overall it wound up being just too young...moreOk...so this was very cute and very lovey-dovey-mushy. I found All I Need perfect for a quick beach read but overall it wound up being just too young for me to enjoy. It was very cheesy and lacked anything serious or solid for mature reading.
While the kids were cutesy, there was no hook, no allure and no potential to be more serious. While I understand the Disney teen appeal, I found myself comparing it to High School Musical without the music in a negative way.....whinny, bratty kids insta-loving in ten minutes.....not the best impression to walk away with.
That said, All I Need is pure fluff, and great brain candy for summer reading, I think it would be fantastic for younger (15-17) teen readers who are looking for mushy teen reads....however readers looking for more depth would probably want to pass it by. (less)
Its not everyday one stumbles upon a book like The Panopticon. A brutally graphic read about the foster care system in Sweden, revolving around young...moreIts not everyday one stumbles upon a book like The Panopticon. A brutally graphic read about the foster care system in Sweden, revolving around young fifteen year old Anias, a troubled teen who lives in the world of drugs and prostitution. From the opening of the story we are sent into The Panopticon (the prison for foster care and young criminals) with Anias who for most of the book doesn't know if shes high, tripping or sober. She refers to most adults as wankers and pedos and mixes her bizarre hallucinations and thoughts into the story of her life. Along with the everyday scenarios at the prison readers also meet other kids who have been in the system and slowly begin reading about their story's of horror, heartbreak and for the most part a painfully devastating reality of what these abandoned, parentless children went through before arriving at the prison.
The book growls and screams at you, it takes you into places you don't want to see but leaves you feeling like there was truth and a touch of the authors own experience with foster care.
The writing is fierce, brutally blunt and even at times overly harsh to read, but of course this is what makes the book so in your face, the authors voice which crosses into the obscene on many occasions gives the story its realness and toxicity. Not saying that I enjoyed the language, which was crass, disturbing and foul, but I do understand along with the Swedish slang the impact it had creating the environment in which Anias lived. In order to appreciate what this characters life was, Fagan had to take readers right into the stinky bowels of Panopticon.
Normally a book like this, one that is so graphic with its language, drug use and sex scenes would offend me, but considering who the character was, where she was and how she grew up I was able to look past what would offend me and see the authentic reality the author created. F words, drug use and sex are daily occurrences in real life, even more so for troubled teens. Can you imagine what a day in the life of a troubled teen with no parents living from foster care, to foster, to foster care prison addicted to tripping could look like? The Panopiction can give you taste of that question.(less)
I very much enjoyed this delightful teen series by Karen Ann Hopkins. While book one was gripping and powerful, book two I loved for its drama and thr...moreI very much enjoyed this delightful teen series by Karen Ann Hopkins. While book one was gripping and powerful, book two I loved for its drama and thrills and out of the series will always be my favorite. I loved reading the outcomes, the heartbreak and watching the characters grow and finally putting the dramatic plots behind them in book three.......all in all a great 3-part series.
The ending of Forever did seem to have a fast forward button- meaning things were pretty rushed and packaged with a nicely wrapped bow, overall being a tad unrealistic for what would really happen to an Amish boy with no further education then 8th grade and the community surrounding them, but certainly when said and done a lovely outcome for Rose and Noah.(less)