I liked the book, but again with the alternate point of views! Ugh! And it wasn't even Jeremiah this time, it was Conrad. I understand why it was ConrI liked the book, but again with the alternate point of views! Ugh! And it wasn't even Jeremiah this time, it was Conrad. I understand why it was Conrad and not Jeremiah, and in a way it even balanced it out a little having this book use Conrad's point of view, but it just felt so inconsistent with the rest of the flow. It was random when there would be a chapter from his point of view. I don't think it would have worked having chapters from his perspective in a more frequent and consistent pattern, and I did like reading from his point of view... but it just bothered me so much how the chapters from his perspective just felt like a wrinkle in a smooth dress shirt.
I still liked this series, but yeah. That bothered me. Other than that and the fact that all three books were entirely too serious for my tastes... it was enjoyable reading them....more
I liked this considerably better than The Summer I Turned Pretty. Not because the writing was an improvement or anything; I just liked the story and pI liked this considerably better than The Summer I Turned Pretty. Not because the writing was an improvement or anything; I just liked the story and plot better. But the chapters from Jeremiah's point of view felt random and messed with the flow (kind of the same way I felt about the memories in the first book). I did enjoy seeing things from his perspective, but again... it just felt like a hiccup in an otherwise smooth plot. It didn't fit. Maybe I would feel differently if the intervals at which the point of views were alternated wasn't so random, but they were random and I didn't like that.
Other than that, I enjoyed It's Not Summer Without You....more
I did like this book, even if it was a bit too serious for my tastes. The reason I only gave it three stars is because the jumping between past and prI did like this book, even if it was a bit too serious for my tastes. The reason I only gave it three stars is because the jumping between past and present irritated me. I understand WHY she wrote it that way. And I can see the correlation between the past memories and when she decided to insert them in the story, because they were usually relevant to what was happening in the present (although sometimes this wasn't so, and that was bothersome to me). However, it still irked me. It didn't flow and felt sort of unnatural. It may just have been me, but I didn't like that.
Other than that and, as I said, the book being a little too serious for my tastes, it was a good read....more
I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. I absolutely love a good laugh and there were so many times my boyfriend was like "What is so funny?!" because I would literallyI. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. I absolutely love a good laugh and there were so many times my boyfriend was like "What is so funny?!" because I would literally be lolling. Apart from being hilarious, How to Ruin My Teenage Life gives a realistic and heartfelt perspective of long distance relationships as well as finding friendships where you might not expect. Overall, a very excellent read. Lighthearted yet deep at the same time. Love it....more
So, halfway through this book I was planning my wedding. I really was. I had already rehearsed how I would kick out my boyfriend and explain to him thSo, halfway through this book I was planning my wedding. I really was. I had already rehearsed how I would kick out my boyfriend and explain to him that it just wasn't working out, because I intended to spend the rest of my life wrapped up in this book. I kept reading and as I did, I was making plans to run to the bookstore and buy a hard copy to add to my ultimate library collection (the one I plan to have upon my shelves as I come to own my own house). I was happily highlighting my favorite quotes with my nook, and to be fair... there were plenty. I was LOL-ing and texting my bestie, telling her how hilarious this book is and how utterly in love I was.
And then I finished the last few pages of the last chapter of the book and wanted to kill myself. No, I wanted to throw my nook in the toilet, pull out my hair, and then throw myself in front of a train. I was so absolutely startled by the ending and then completely devastated. I was beside myself! Just totally beside myself with confusion as to how it went so wrong!
I reread those fateful few pages to make sure I didn't overlook some subtlety that would give me hope for the ending I wanted in the future. When I decided that no, I did not overlook anything, I was even more upset with the ending!
So then I dissected the shit out of it. ***AND THIS IS YOUR SPOILER WARNING. THIS IS IT. THERE ARE SPOILERS AFTER THIS SENTENCE.*** Tried to think of every possible theory to explain Jared's reaction to what had happened at the climax of the story. I had considered that perhaps someone was forcing him to act the way he was with Kami in that last scene, that he had been threatened. But then, no! Jared would never be able to successfully conceal his anger in a situation. I really don't think he would have been able to play it so cool if he was being threatened and was trying to remove himself from Kami for her protection. So I threw out that theory.
Then I thought, well could someone have used his body or duplicated it with some sorcery shit? I mean they are a bunch of sorcerers, right? But he referred to a conversation he had with Kami when no one was around, the one where she said she was nothing special. How would whoever was orchestrating the last scene have known about that without having been there or having Jared or Kami reveal that detail to them? And why would either of them have seen that as a detail worth revealing? Too insubstantial to outside parties. So I threw out that theory.
I then remembered how Jared's family kept telling him his feelings weren't real, that the connection/bond was making him feel that way. But this is a guy who has been abandoned or used by anyone he has ever held dear/trusted/expected to love him. He has never been valued as his own person. Even the members of his family who seem to care for him in some capacity believed him guilty of murders he didn't commit and only seemed to care about him as much as he was worth as a resource to the family. Who has he always had on his side, as his friend, his only reliable point? Kami. Kami is all he has ever wanted. I don't care if they didn't fall into each others arms after this crazy shit went down. I don't care if he decided his desperate feelings of need for Kami were influenced by the bond. Strip those feelings away and he should have still had feelings of friendship for her, as she is the only thing that has been constant and reliable for him.
SO WHY DID HE DO THAT? If we, as readers, are expected to believe the breaking of the bond/connection is responsible for his assholery, then there are 2 problems presented by that theory! 1) the reasons elaborated above would lead me to believe he was breaking character when he treated Kami the way he did in that last scene and his actions, while not so much true to his character, were meant more to shock us and leave us waiting anxiously to see what happens between them next. And 2) Kami's feelings weren't affected by the breaking of the connection! She still clearly felt the same way, just separate from him! .... PLOT HOLE. So I HOPE that theory can be thrown out.
I seriously was so torn up thinking about this ending. I thought about it over and over and ranted to my boyfriend (he is still happily sitting on my couch as I ended up NOT marrying this book) and my best friend, until finally I just reread the ending AGAIN.
I was happier with the theory I concocted after. I noticed a few things I overlooked even after I reread the ending that first time to see if I overlooked anything. (I suppose I was too shocked and disgruntled to properly examine the evidence?) I noticed Jared asked Kami a question about where they stood. I noticed Kami answered with uncertainty. (Either with another question or an "I don't know.") And I noticed, after Kami told Jared to go to hell or what have you, that Jared slammed the door. So my newest and still standing theory is that Jared, so unsure about trusting anyone with anything (especially his feelings... especially to Kami now that he can't read her mind/emotions), was testing the waters to see how Kami felt about him. Kami, by responding with uncertainty (rather than declarations of love or standing trust et cetera) and then getting angry with him... apparently failed. Thus the slamming of the door.
I hope this is actually what happened, because it fits with Jared better than him just deciding he doesn't give two shits about Kami and instead wants to embrace his Lynburn Legacy and rule the Vale with fear and power.
Bottom line, I will wait unsatisfied until the next installation and perhaps revise my feelings on concluding this book at that time. Until that point, if I reread this book, I will always stop right before the last chapter. Ugh....more