I think I can sum up my feelings of this book in two words: Just. Plain. Adorable.
I loved each and every character, the story had me flying through thI think I can sum up my feelings of this book in two words: Just. Plain. Adorable.
I loved each and every character, the story had me flying through the pages, I couldn't get enough.
And whoa, talk about swooning? Yeah. I did that. A lot.
This isn't so much a review as it is a gushing about how much I loved this book, but please forgive me.
I want snow, and Ice Skates, and Cupcakes. I feel nostalgic for something I've never even experienced.
Sarah Ockler has impressed me again; I loved Twenty Boy Summer, and I'm sure I'll enjoy Fixing Delilah (which is currently sitting on my desk, patiently waiting to be picked up and red) just as much....more
Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight is written in alternating points of view, with one chapter being narrFun, quirky, fast, flirty. I loved this book.
Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight is written in alternating points of view, with one chapter being narrated by Joel (Nick Earls) and the next by Cat (Rebecca Sparrow) - and so on. The story takes place over a couple of weeks as the two are partnered in a tandem-story assignment.
Each chapter was witty and unique, and although each alternated between a different character and was written by a different author, flowed flawlessly. I found myself grinning an endless number of times, both on my way to and from work (my poor fellow train passengers must have been concerned as I had two seats to myself on the way home - score!), I was amazed and amused by the crazy plots and schemes the two came up with in their assignment. So weird yet so good!
Cat's little brother, Mark, was a gem. He had me cracking up, especially with the 'ternal zamination' he felt Batman required (that was certainly something I wasn't expecting in this story! Nevertheless was in near tears from laughing at as much). Her father with his fake tan - now that was an interesting mental image, and her mother with her silk nightie (you'll know what I'm referring to if you read the book), was classic. Awkward parents, much?
Joel's mum, to me, came across as a bit of a ditz, not 'dumb' ditzy, more... airy fairy, hippie type ditzy, but I loved her. And Betty - what an awesome old lady. It helped me to associate the name with Betty White - made her that much more amusing. I love scheming old people, and this one worked.
Putting the 'lightness' of the book aside, there were some serious family issues dealt with in this book. While they were not explored in depth, they were covered very well and I was impressed with how the authors went about doing so. They helped show that a dysfunctional family (which I most certainly have myself) while wacky, can be fun and normal. Well, normal is in the eye of the beholder, bit we'll just leave it there, shall we?
If you're looking for something that's quick and sure to get you laughing, this book is definitely worth the read.
OH. And P.S. Cat's best friend is called Emma Marchetta. Great name choice, guys ;o)...more
I loved this book. I want to snuggle up and cuddle it and marvel in its sweetness. It was fun, clever, made me laugh (a lot) and HELLOOOO EMILIO! ThatI loved this book. I want to snuggle up and cuddle it and marvel in its sweetness. It was fun, clever, made me laugh (a lot) and HELLOOOO EMILIO! That boy made me swoon.
The characters in this book were so easy to love. Natalie (AKA Nat) felt so real, she's the type of girl who'd be great to have as a friend. Chloe and Darcy were awesome, best friends so different but when matched with Nat, the perfect balance. Tyler was a cutie, I have a thing for nerdy-but-shy-and-cute guys (or POKSI as Natalie would say). And as I mentioned, Emilio was certainly easy on the eyes (or so I'd imagine). He's the kind of guy a girl would love to find.
This isn't a very good review - the best thing I could say would be to read it for yourself.Thinking about it, Babe in Boyland reminded me somewhat of the movie 'She's The Man'. It was just... fun! I know I've used that word a lot, but it's really the best way to describe the emotions I felt when I was reading it.
Another Author to add to my 'watch out for future works' list! ...more
Filled with witty, laugh-out-loud moments, The Lipstick Laws had my attention from the first page. Each character was unique, someI loved this book!
Filled with witty, laugh-out-loud moments, The Lipstick Laws had my attention from the first page. Each character was unique, some lovable and others loathe-able. I loved April, her Lipstick Lawbreakers and of course, McGerk. From a disastrous beginning to a happy ending, I loved experiencing April's journey and watching her grow (and get some well earned revenge).
I won't say much as I don't want to spoil this for anyone else, but there was not a dull moment in the book in my opinion. For anyone who loved The Lonely Hearts Club or The Karma Club - I'd definitely recommend this one for you. Of course, I'd happily recommend The Lipstick Laws to anyone, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I can't wait to read more from Amy Holder - hopefully there will be more soon... please? ;o)...more
Okay. SO. This one took me a little longer than it should have. I found it hard to get into, and I didn't really like the characters... at all... butOkay. SO. This one took me a little longer than it should have. I found it hard to get into, and I didn't really like the characters... at all... but once I got about 50 pages in, the gags started and the jokes just kept coming. It was funny! I'm not gonna lie.
I really enjoyed reading anything (and everything) to do with Todd. Seriously, that guy was gold. I loved the witty, snide remarks, and Fee's comebacks were very often just as amusing. Fee's voice felt quite real to me, I think the sarcasm she oozed was a lot like myself, and I got that. She didn't feel like a 'fake' teenage girl, as authors sometimes tend to create. If that even makes any sense.
Definitely not a 'deep' book, but it was a cute, fun read and I had a lot of giggles throughout :) ...more
This book gave me nervous butterflies and tingles from my toes to my chest. And it haLove. Love. Love. Love. LOVE!
So... Yeah. It was okay. I guess ;o)
This book gave me nervous butterflies and tingles from my toes to my chest. And it happened a lot. Which to me equals an absolute, top notch, favourite read. I am officially in love.
I graduated high school 6 years ago. Do you think it's too late for me to go back - in France, of course - and repeat Year 12 and find my own Etienne?
I cannot believe how much I enjoyed this book. Seriously. This isn't so much a classy, well written review as it is a fan-girl-swooning-over-the-story rant, but my mind doesn't want to do much more than that right now.
The Lonely Hearts Club was just what I needed. Sure, it wasn't the most amazing book I've read in terms of action and plot complexity -One word - Awh!
The Lonely Hearts Club was just what I needed. Sure, it wasn't the most amazing book I've read in terms of action and plot complexity - perhaps not my usual type for a 5 star rating, but it was just... I don't know, all I know is loved it.
It was filled with laugh-out-loud moments, the characters were witty and so easy to love (go Tracy!), and i found the emotions to be very relatable. It had a great message for younger and older girls alike, about loving who you are and not changing that for any guy. Girl power, you know. It's funny thinking about my friendships now at 23, and how some of my friends STILL bail on group events if their guy asks them to go out (after agreeing to said group plans). Maybe I should loan them this book ;o)
I finished reading with a smile on my face and thinking positive thoughts. Maybe there's hope for those of us who've recently, or not so recently, had our hearts stomped on by the guy we loved. I just wish I had a club like this when I was in school. A great fast, easy read :o) I look forward to reading more by Elizabeth Eulberg....more
I was a little unsure what to expect when I picked up my copy of Heist Society. I knew it had recieved a lot of praise, so I began reading with high eI was a little unsure what to expect when I picked up my copy of Heist Society. I knew it had recieved a lot of praise, so I began reading with high expectations - I was not disappointed.
Katarina Bishop comes from a family of very skilled thieves, lucky for her she too has inherited her families 'skills'. When her father is accused of stealing an extremely valuable set of paintings from a shady man, Kat must put together a team of her own to track down the artwork and return them to him. The thing is, Kat walked away from that life, and she isn't too sure she wants back in.
With the help of her crew, Kat sets out to get the job done. What follows is a series of twists and turns that leave you with an adrenaline rush that only a great book can provide. It's like Oceans Eleven, but with teens as the masterminds. Truly a fun, fast paced and refreshing read, different from a lot of YA books out at the moment. I know I'll be reading it again soon! ...more