Thank you to Mitsy for recommending this book to me. I don't typically read thrillers but this one definitelyI Have Seen This Girl, And She's a Badass
Thank you to Mitsy for recommending this book to me. I don't typically read thrillers but this one definitely held my attention.
Do you have teenage daughters? If so, you might want to steer clear of this story. Wendi Wise is 13 when she and her friend meet two cute boys at the mall. The boys offer them a joint, and they smoke behind a store. From such an innocent beginning comes Wendi's downfall when she is kidnapped and forced to become a drug-addled sex slave.
Most girls are killed at this point, but Wendi isn't like most girls. She's going to claw her way back to a life worth living any way she can.
I like the timeline of Wendi's story, starting with the prologue at age 21, flashing back to age 13, and then picking up again at age 21.
It's an accurate portrayal of drug addiction, without drugs being the central focus of the story:
Whenever I thought about using, I imagined one of those old seesaws you see on primary school playgrounds. On one end were all of the things I liked about using: The numbness. The excitement. The comfort. But on the other end was all of the bad things: Lost jobs. Lost friends. Disappointed faces. Terrible, writhing pain that rattled my bones and scared me shitless.
At times I love the writing, like when Wendi discovers her foster mother is pregnant: It was a miracle; it was a tragedy. But there are too many adverbs for my taste.
The vibe of the story is creepy. There are a few welcome surprises in the climactic ending, though parts seem a bit far-fetched.
This is definitely a page-turner! Wendi says it best:
Yes, I've seen this girl. I know her and I know her pain. But I also know her triumph and recovery....more
Lyric is the daughter of musicians Micah and Ella (unfortunately, I haven't read their series yet). Lyric is fun and impulsive, and plays about four musical instruments herself. When her neighbors adopt another child, she must run over and meet him.
Ayden is a newly adopted 16-year-old who appears haunted. He doesn't know what to make of the boisterous Lyric, but her presence does eventually relax him. We learn that his neglectful, drug-addicted mother allowed some creeps to kidnap him and his siblings, and the kidnappers abused him. But we don't learn the specifics and *poof* suddenly the book is over. I'm okay with cliffhangers for the most part, but in this case I felt cheated because there's not much character development for Ayden.
I do like the intrigue behind Lyric's effusive personality. When she mentions that her aunt has Bipolar Disorder, I thought "Aha!" I had wondered if she was in a manic phase. And the author explores PTSD well in her stories. I shed a few tears over Ayden.
Will I continue the series? Not sure. The author is prolific so I wouldn't have to wait long, but I wish she focused more on quality than on quantity. ...more
This Young Adult suspense was a book club read, and an entertaining one at that.
Cady (love her name)We Were Rich Kids Summering on an Island Until...
This Young Adult suspense was a book club read, and an entertaining one at that.
Cady (love her name) and her three cousins hail from the Sinclair family, an upper-crust clan that summers on a private island off Martha's Vineyard. They read, swim, play tennis, and avoid their younger siblings ("The Littles") each summer before returning to their school lives elsewhere. Cousin Johnny is bounce, effort, and snark. Cousin Mirren is sugar, curiosity, and rain. Cady tolerates Johnny and Mirren, but she loves Gat (the nephew of her aunt's boyfriend) who is ambition and coffee.
The author touches on class and race dynamics by exploring the romance between Caucasian Cady and Indian Gat, as well as through intriguing fairy tales that echo the family dysfunction. Gat senses the family patriarch's disdain so much that he compares himself to Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights.
Cady's father swiftly leaves her mother for another woman when she is fifteen, and that's just the beginning to a dramatic summer. "The accident" leaves Cady with post-concussion syndrome and unreliable narrator syndrome. What exactly happened that summer?
Maybe I was hungry when I read this, but I think E. Lockhart should write cookbooks. She makes their meals sound tantalizing!
The rest of us were eating grilled swordfish with basil sauce. There was a salad of yellow tomatoes and a casserole of zucchini with a crust of Parmesan cheese.
That first afternoon we spread out food on an old picnic blanket. We eat Portuguese sweet bread and runny cheeses in small wooden boxes. Berries in green cardboard. Cold bottles of fizzy lemonade.
Overall I enjoyed this story but felt let down by the big reveal. It reminded me of a shocking movie (I won't say the title to avoid spoilers) without the emotional punch. But it was unique and well-written....more
Hopeless and Losing Hope are two of my favorite reads. Too bad it took me a while to figure out this novella isThe Best Friends' Story: Daniel and Six
Hopeless and Losing Hope are two of my favorite reads. Too bad it took me a while to figure out this novella is part of the Hopeless series or I would have jumped on it sooner! The amazing Colleen Hoover wrote this for her fans and gives it away for free. If you've read Hopeless and haven't read this, GET ON IT.
Daniel is Holder's foul-mouthed best friend. He's thrilled that school administrators screwed up his schedule, giving him 5th period free without a scheduled class. How does a resourceful young man spend that hour? Napping in the broom closet, of course!
One day a girl interrupts his slumber and they strike up a conversation. Then they strike up a kiss. Then they strike up a... *fade to black*
Fast forward to months later and Daniel meets Sky's best friend Six, who has been in Italy for some time. Though he's cynical about love after breaking up with his bitch-beast girlfriend Val, he feels instantly drawn to Six. But she has a secret that may threaten their future together.
Nobody can top Holder as book boyfriend extraordinaire for me, but I have to say I LOVE Daniel's humor. The banter between him and Six is priceless.
Six switches her books. "Sky crawls through my window every night. You can't be in my room." "I thought your window was out of commission." "Only to people with penises." I laugh. "What if I told you I didn't have a penis?" She glances at me. "I would probably rejoice. My experiences with people who have penises never end well." I shake my head. "That's not something my penis wants to hear. He has a very sensitive ego." "Well, maybe you should go home after school and stroke his ego a little bit until he feels better."
And I truly appreciate an author who shows good parents in the YA/NA genre--a rare treat.
"You mean all of you hated Val?" My father turns to face me. "Your mother and I are masters at reverse psychology, Danny-boy. Don't act so surprised." I lean against the frame of the door and stare at them. "You guys were just pretending to like Val? What the hell for?" My dad sits at the table and picks up a newspaper. "Children are naturally inclined to make choices that will displease their parents. If we had told you how we really felt about Val, you probably would have ended up marrying her just to spite us. Which is why we pretended to love her." Assholes. All three of them. "You're never meeting another one of my girlfriends again."
The only time I don't give CoHo stories 5 stars is when I believe she goes a little over the top with the drama. I felt that way in Point of Retreat and in this story as well, when Daniel learns Six's secret. I thought the novella would've been stronger without that element, but that's just me. (view spoiler)[So are we to assume that the condom broke? Or maybe he didn't get it on correctly in the dark? (hide spoiler)]
Thank you to Brooke from The Cover Contessa for alerting me to the epilogue available for this story, available here http://www.wattpad.com/story/13919732... . It tied up Sky and Holder's secret, as well as Six and Daniel's secret, nicely.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Thank you to Vishal for recommending this YA dystopian novel. It was unique, exciting, and touching. Unfortunately, IGreat Story, Disappointing Ending
Thank you to Vishal for recommending this YA dystopian novel. It was unique, exciting, and touching. Unfortunately, I didn’t buy the dystopian world-building due to one event in the world, And, the ending was so dismal that it left me with a bad taste in my mouth, without a desire to continue the series.
Todd is a 15ish boy living in a society decimated by war. During the fight, the aliens released a virus that makes all the males’ thoughts audible (aka NOISE). Can you imagine if every thought you ever had was broadcast all around you? Not to mention, the thoughts of the men in Prentisstown are ugly, mean, and LOUD.
The virus killed all the females (or so Todd thinks). When Todd encounters a space of quietness in the swamp—a human he can’t hear—his life or death adventure begins. Prentisstown men inexplicably want him dead.
The quiet is almost scarier than if there was Noise everywhere.
Todd is such a lovable character. He is clearly a good boy who the author tortures beyond belief, and I cried when he nears death several times. He feels confused by his caretakers who send him away from the town.
Why’d you do it, Ben? What did I do that was so bad?
Todd hasn’t had much schooling and I loved his spelling of words like explanashun.
One of my favorite characters is Manchee the dog, whose thoughts we can hear, like “Ouch, Todd” when his owner smacks him or “Poo, Todd” when it’s that time of the day.
When we find out what really happened in Prentisstown, it’s an intriguing history. But the lore of this dystopian world falls flat for me due to Todd committing a horrible act that seems to negate his ability to escape the town legacy. If you’ve read this book, what do you think of that part of the story? To me, a Spackle is just as worthy as a human. That’s fine if the author wants to show universal fallibility, but it doesn’t fit with Todd being the only Prentisstown man worth saving.
”I think maybe everybody falls,” I say. “And I don’t think that’s the asking.” I pull on her arms gently to make sure she’s listening.” “I think the asking is whether we get back up again.”
The main relationship is sweet, and I grew to love both characters. After their long, torturous journey, I was looking for a hint of hope. A slice of happiness. The author refuses to give either, which angered me....more