Got this for free when I bought Avengers: Age of Ultron tickets from Fandango. I wasn't familiar w/ these two characters before the trailers, so it waGot this for free when I bought Avengers: Age of Ultron tickets from Fandango. I wasn't familiar w/ these two characters before the trailers, so it was nice to see their origin story. Also, X-men AND Avengers? Okay, they don't meet at the same time, BUT it was interesting to see both. Are they super heroes or mutants? DUN DUN DUUUUN.
Art is nice and the story was interesting. ...more
Definitely entertaining, but it takes some trudging through her being cynical about love. I could defI can'd decide if it's a 3 or 3.5 star rating...
Definitely entertaining, but it takes some trudging through her being cynical about love. I could definitely see this one being made into a movie.
The feminism is ever-so-subtle in this one, but becomes a little bit more obvious when she's reading her mom's manuscript. Also, I'm pretty sure I need a Zip Coke now. Also, Jennifer Anne. I wanted more of her! She seemed very HBIC.
Also, I'm glad the girls converse about dating and whatnot. They joke about the main character not staying with one boy for long, but it isn't in a shaming way. They're very much like, "This is how she is. We love her." I can't remember which other character does this as well. Even to the point of reminding Remy that they're supposed to be dating more than one person, not getting attached, before the fall. It's nice to have an alternative to LOVE FOREVER AND EVER. You know? You know. I'm not knocking long-term relationships, but it's just NICE.
Also, glad to be back in the land of the nicer Dessen boys. Rogerson (Dreamland) and Macon (Someone Like You) made me want to take a break, but I'm glad I've kept going on. FOUR MORE BOOKS TO READ 'TIL I'M DONE WITH DESSEN-A-THON! WOO....more
Definitely feel like my heart was ripped out of my chest. Definitely was not prepared?! I knew it was going to be daTW: physical and emotional abuse.
Definitely feel like my heart was ripped out of my chest. Definitely was not prepared?! I knew it was going to be darker, but WOWZA. Very well written and so heartbreaking. I don't know how else to review it or to add on to that. Just... Brace yourself, and don't be afraid to give yourself a break and eat some pizza and watch something funny/uplifting while you're reading this one. It's an important one, though. Definitely. I'm glad that there are authors out there who aren't afraid to touch on the really dark stuff. In away, it's like them saying, "You are not alone. You can get help. It will take time, but you will heal." ...more
I always love the narrations of Dessen books! Especially when she does Jervais' voice. Ahaha!
Main Character: It's always re[Audiobook from OverDrive]
I always love the narrations of Dessen books! Especially when she does Jervais' voice. Ahaha!
Main Character: It's always refreshing to have a main character who isn't a middle class white girl. Yes, her sister and brother-in-law are definitely better off, but it's nice to hear a perspective that comes from being raised in poverty. That whole, "Do I have enough money?" and wanting to save it in case of an emergency. And even though she goes to the rich kids' school, she finds that people have more layers than just that rich kid facade. Good good good.
Ruby isn't a super complex/complicated character. Most of her life has been centered around her mom's wants and needs, so outside of that, she's hung out with potheads and-- surprise!-- pot dealers. So when she returns to those friends one afternoon, it's not a real surprise. Those friends did feel very stereotypically bad, though. It felt like one of those dramatization videos they'd show you in middle school health class about the dangers of drugs. They were all distant and cheating. It definitely made Ruby easier to split from that world, but you'd think someone would complain about her going to a better school and having a better living situation.
World: I always love how Dessen leaves easter eggs from other books. A couple of characters from The Truth About Forever show up at Harriet's kiosk! EEP! I think all of her books are set in North Carolina. They never have a super southern feel to them, but always a nice cast of characters.
Family: Gotta love the family focus of Dessen's novels. Ruby has to re-adjust to being accountable to family (Cora and Jamie... And Roscoe!) as well as welcoming other people into her world (Nate). I like that there's a juxtaposition happening as she sees how her "family" was, how her family is now, and how it compares to Jamie's gigantic family. There's also talk about abuse, siblings protecting one another, manipulation, Cora's infertility (for most of the book, she's struggling to get pregnant), and the feeling of neglect.
The Boy (or, The Romance): Nothing too special there. Poor girl falls for rich (well, supposedly rich) boy. It was sad that the more layers were peeled back, the more sad Nate's story got. I'm glad that it was brought up about being the friend of someone receiving abuse. Ruby struggles with it being that she's lived through similar, but it's still hard for her. That's understandable.
Overall, it's a decent book, good story. The characters were easy to get to know. ...more
[Listened as an audiobook from Overdrive / library]
Solid insight into humans and faith. Some of it seemed more like C.S. Lewis' thoughts about educati[Listened as an audiobook from Overdrive / library]
Solid insight into humans and faith. Some of it seemed more like C.S. Lewis' thoughts about education and moral and intellectual decline, BUT for the most part, it stayed on course with Screwtape telling his nephew how to get the "patient" to live their way. I thought it was also interesting that Screwtape called God "the enemy." Mostly because in church, you hear people call Satan "the enemy". It's also a good study of how we define right/wrong, how we can tend to judge others who are sitting on our church pew, how we think it's easier to conform to this world rather than striving to live a better life, etc.
The "Screwtape Proposes a Toast" was a good conclusion / overview of the book as a whole. It was helpful to me.
I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
So, rich girl steals some lipstick and has to work at the place she stoI received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
So, rich girl steals some lipstick and has to work at the place she stole it from for the summer. YA Contemporary isn't something that is brand new or comes up with new, revolutionary storylines, but it does push what you thought you knew about the genre. Our MC, Lexie, is rather self-aware when it comes to her trials and tribulations in life regarding her grandma's Alzheimer's disease, her mom's over-controlling pageant mom-ness, and the fact that she's not being totally honest to her friends that she's working with a guy who snitched out her best friend, Bryce, in the 9th grade. She knows she doesn't have it as hard as other people, specifically the people she works with. At SmartMart, there's a whole cast of characters including Ruthie, who seems to have some sort of developmental disability. Ruthie still has a decent amount of depth, though, especially near the end of the book when the tornado whips through the store.
I also very much enjoyed how much family was in this story. And yeah, SmartMart became like family, but also Lexie's family was a very central part of the story. She's close to her grandma, who just moved in with them because of Alzheimer's. She seems to get along pretty well with her parents, even if she doesn't get along with them ALL the time. I do like that she brought up that they didn't support her love and dreams of softball 100%. I know, it's kind of a tough thing, but it also gets into touching on how society thinks women should dress and act. It's not preachy though. Instead it comes by way of her mother telling her that Lexie's wasted her looks and that she shouldn't put her hair in a ponytail. Lexie, of course, rebels by not wearing makeup or wearing her hair down. There's also a children's beauty pageant, but it's not so much about commenting on such pageants as it was more of an excuse to get Lexie and Noah together.
I totally thought there would be some sort of unveiling of an undying crush situation between Lexie and Bryce especially when he finds out that Noah works at SmartMart (and more). There was definitely an argument there, but there it was refreshing not to have a, "I've always had feelings for you person-i-thought-of-as-a-sibling!" Okay, maybe I watch too much Flash and Barry/Iris is getting to me. IT WAS NICE THOUGH. Also, her ultimatum at the end. That was AWESOME. I know I read a lot of MCs saying, "I don't care what my friends think! I like you!" But Lexie really had to battle through it and show it. Not that Noah ever said she had to prove it, but he did say a few times that she would ignore him at school because she's popular and he's a nerd.
I think one of the not-so-great things about this book is that it seemed like it fast tracked her grandma's battle with Alzheimer's disease. I get that it's sort of explained by the walking pneumonia, but ehhhhh. I think it was just to show how she would be effected by it while balancing work and friends, etc. Even though my grandparents didn't have Alzheimer's, it hit home in that my grandpa moved in with us after my grandma passed away. Just that whole grandchild-grandparent bond. TEAR ALERT: I totally cried when they found her grandma after she had wandered off. AHHH. (no one dies in this book, so that's good I guess)
There are some pretty funny moments in the book and it's also a pretty cute book as well with Lexie and Noah. Yeah, they both had stuff they didn't want to talk about, but they really pushed through AND pushed for each other. They weren't trying to save each other from anything, just more supportive. Even when Miller comes up to Lexie when she's working and tries to tell her off and she thinks about how Syd would do the same for her. It's not necessarily "old for her age" but it was refreshing for her to not just throw a fit or something.
TL;DR - super cute book, but it also has really awesome themes and characters. It has diversity by way of showing a couple of characters with disabilities. The support characters give one another is A++ and I liked their relationships whether they be family, friends, or dating. I did want to punch Bryce in the mouth a few times, though. This book also features a beauty pageant and a tornado. I mean, not in the same place, but it was a wiiiild ride. And I'm pretty sure this book is everything I needed right now. ...more
What a glorious masterpiece! Well, maybe not masterpiece, but it was a fun, thrilling read. There are times when I felt frustrated, but it was becauseWhat a glorious masterpiece! Well, maybe not masterpiece, but it was a fun, thrilling read. There are times when I felt frustrated, but it was because I knew Harper was also frustrated with her circumstances. It ain't easy being Paladin! My Full review here on Fangirlish.com...more
This book. I listened to the audiobook and it was WELL worth it. Hearing not only her life experiences but also the people who have shaped her as a huThis book. I listened to the audiobook and it was WELL worth it. Hearing not only her life experiences but also the people who have shaped her as a human being. Wonderful and maybe I teared up a few times. ...more
If you're at a place in your life in which you feel like you have a bigger calling... this book is for you. Even if you're just looking foEncouraging!
If you're at a place in your life in which you feel like you have a bigger calling... this book is for you. Even if you're just looking for a good personal development book or a devotional book, this is some good stuff. I definitely needed to hear what this book holds and it has definitely encouraged me to Be More! ...more