One hundred and thirty-six days before. This is how the story begins. Counting down the days to some unknown point in what is going to be a vivid and i...moreOne hundred and thirty-six days before. This is how the story begins. Counting down the days to some unknown point in what is going to be a vivid and intense story.
Miles, obsessed with the last words of famous and influential people, is looking for an adventure and a new start. The geeky kid with no friends, he goes to seek his "Great Perhaps", whatever that may be, at his fathers Alma Mater. A small boarding school in Alabama, Culver Creek is home to some interesting characters. And one of those characters is Alaska Young. Alaska is an enigma wrapped up in a mystery. A sexy, beautiful, self-destructive teen, she makes boys hearts flutter and turns their worlds upside down. From the very beginning Miles knows that nothing good could come from his infatuation with her but he just can't help himself. It's the mystery that is Alaska Young. "I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane."
Although Miles and Alaska are the true hearts of the story, they are not the only important part's. Takumi and Chip aka The Colonel (qnd also Mile's room mate) are Alaska's best friends and partners in crime. They take Miles under their wing, teaching him the ways of Culver Creek and corrupting him a little in the process. Between breaking into other students dorms, getting drunk and trying to pull off the ultimate school prank, you'll be taken along on every adventure right along with them and Miles and his obsession with famous last words add something extra to this already extraordinary story. But there is more to this book than just girls and booze and sex and last words. It is about friendship and family, loyalty and love, loss and heartache and finding yourself.
"There were so many of us who would have to live with things done and things left undone that day. Things that did not go right, things that seemed okay at the time because we could not see the future. If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But we can't know better until knowing better is useless."
There is something so simple yet beautiful about the way John Green writes. His words are like lyrics and they are ones that thousands of people have come to know and love. There is a reason why John Green is one of the greatest writers in the world and this novel is the reason. It is simply stunning. You will cry and laugh and feel loss and love. And then you'll ant to read it all over again.
Told from the pov of Ash, our Cinderella of the story, it follows along a story that we've all known since childhood; that of Cinderella. But with a f...moreTold from the pov of Ash, our Cinderella of the story, it follows along a story that we've all known since childhood; that of Cinderella. But with a few twists. In this world there are no fairy Godmothers but real, terrifyingly beautiful Fairies who like to take people away to their world. And Ash doesn't fall for a Prince. She falls for a Huntress.
Kaisa and Ash meet in the woods outside Ash's house on one of the few days she is able to escape her family and do as she pleases. Soon, a friendship grows and the once grief-ridden Ash, finds a new light in life again. Now we all know how the story goes, midnight ball and lost slipper - or in this case, coat - and escapes and love and happily ever afters. But it's the characters journey, Ash's triumph and Kaisa love that keeps you entranced in this truly magical story. The one thing I loved the most about this story was that in Ash's world, a woman loving another woman wasn't something people found weird or controversial. It was just love, pure and simple. The way it should be. "Ash felt as if her whole being had come to erst in her fingertips where they touched Kaisa's hand, and it did not matter that several of the revellers had come towards the dais and were watching them, their mouths open, for this was one of the more unusual things ever to happen at the Yule ball." Ash is one of the stories that captures part of you and doesn't let go. An empowering retelling of a much loved fairy tale, Malinda Lo has written a somber and lovely story about how love can overcome even the deepest grief.
a fantastic book. it was the firs to blackmans books that i've read and i read it from cover to cover. it had me laughing and crying along with the ch...morea fantastic book. it was the firs to blackmans books that i've read and i read it from cover to cover. it had me laughing and crying along with the characters and i can't wait to read more of her work. (less)
Regina Afton used to have it all. She was popular, feared and the girls all over the school wanted to be her because she was Anna Morrison's BFF. The quintessential Mean Girl she was everything you would expect the right hand man - or in this case, girl - to the Queen of the school to be. Insecure, shallow, a push over. She's spent her whole High School life up until this point doing everything she was told and making anyone Anna told her too, miserable. And now she's getting a taste of her own medicine. Overnight Regina's friends have turned on her and the once bully of her fellow peers has become the builled. Now a social pariah, Regina is getting to see what its like on the receiving end of the harsh words and cruel jokes. And guess what? It's not that fun. Seeing first hand the pain and humiliation she wrought on her fellow peers is a rude awakening and though she is sorry for what she's done, sometimes sorry just isn't enough.
"Hallowell High: You're either someone or you're not. I was someone. I was Regina Afton. I was Anna Morrison's best friend. These weren't small things, and despite what you may think, at the time they were worth keeping my mouth shut for."
After the events that lead to her social demise you watch Regina as she comes to terms with how much her actions and words; the mental, physical and emotional bullying has effected her fellow classmates. From eating disorders to attempted suicides, Regina really begins to see exactly how much damage she has done. The 'Fearsome Fivesome' take bullying to a whole new level. From taunting, stalking, verbal and physical abuse, you have trouble believing that such cruel people exist. But Regina doesn't take her punishment meekly and in spite of her guilt over the damage she has caused, you can never really be sure if she has learnt from her mistakes as she continues to plot revenge. Her true saving grace is her growing relationship with fellow outcast Michael Hayden. Having endured years of vicious rumours spread by Regina and Anna, Michael seems to want nothing to do with Regina and feels now sympathy for her. But as the story unfolds, so does their relationship which grows from hatred and resentment to one of shared affection and deeper feelings. They share a bond in spite of their past and their relationship and Regina's feelings for him is what saves her from being an unlikable character.
Summers delivers a story that is powerful and all consuming with a simplicity that seems infinitely complex. She can express in a single sentence what some writers can take an entire page to do. And she doesn't sugar coat anything. Her writing is raw and real and shows us the frighteningly brutal reality of high school and how it can be for some people.
"Anna, Kara, Jeanette, and Marta spend the day stalking me in yellow. They're always in the background and they always disappear when I try to get a closer look. The dumb thing is, I used to do this to girls. I know how it works. No one ever goes in for the kill, but I still can't keep my heart from trying to law its way up m throat every time I glimpse them."
Some Girls Are is a gritty and thought provoking novel that shows you the intricacies of high school and how far some people will go to fit in. Summers once again delivers a novel that will have you thinking long after the last page is turned.
When "Perfect" Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter's High goes on alert. How has the cheer-leading capta...moreWhen "Perfect" Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter's High goes on alert. How has the cheer-leading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher's et, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace? Parker doesn't want to talk about it. She'd just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there's a nice guy falling in love with her and he's making her feel things again when she'd really rather not be feeling anything at all. Nobody would have guessed she'd turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth. Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.
The once perfect Parker Fadley is now a perfect mess. After something terrible happens, Parkers' once perfect life, is turned completely upside down. Everything she could do to destroy her life completely – she does. She shows up to school drunk, fails her classes, alienates her friends, dumps her boyfriend and pushes everyone who cares about her away. Everyone thinks she’s doing these things for attention but that’s the opposite of what Parker wants. She just wants to be left alone. But people don’t seem to get the hint. Now her parents, her friends, her ex-boyfriend, her counsellor and even the new kid are watching her like a hawk and wanting to know why. Why she drinks, why she’s failing, why she acts the way she does, why she tried to kill herself. She’s not the Parker that everyone one knew and her deepest darkest secret, the one that everyone is so hell bent on finding out, is why. But Parker can’t tell. She can never tell.
"I'm a fantastic crier. Everyone is on suicide watch. Plus: I don't have to do the essay. Minus: it landed me in Grey's office and she called my parents. Plus: we're getting a dog this Saturday!"
Courtney mixes the present with flashbacks to the past, showing snippets of the life changing event that through Parkers life upside down. It was suspenseful and intriguing but that wasn’t just why I was reading. I wanted to find out what happened as much as I wanted to read for Parker. Parker Fadley is a character you wont soon forget. Her voice is fantastically written. She's dark, intense, and more often then not, a bitch but that's what makes her and her struggle more relatable. She's real. You see her internal struggle and the way she is punishing herself for something that wasn't her fault, and her way of doing that is living with what she did everyday and not letting herself forget it. Her personality is the strong point of the book and you get to experience everything the way she does. Her downward spiral, her confusion at the feelings she can’t seem to control, her uncaring attitude and the way she lies to herself.
"In his bedroom where I enjoy every single clumsy kiss and it surprises me, how I feel about it. Him. By the time we finish, it's not that I'm-I mean, I don't know what I am , so we do it again and later I realized it wasn't that I was happy, it was that I wasn't heavy, that there were these brief moments where the thing I make sure I live with wasn't in every breath in and out. And that scares me because it's not supposed to be that easy. Because that's wrong. I'm supposed to be paying for this for the rest of my life. Because that's right."
Cracked Up to Be is a raw, intense and captivating debut novel. You’ll laugh at Parker’s witty and wry observations and you’ll cry because this is one truly heartbreaking book. The element of mystery mixed with Parkers voice will keep readers glued to the book until the very last page. This is a book that is not to be missed. (less)
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I related with this book so much because in my group of friends, I am the D.U.F.F. My four...moreTo read more book reviews go to: bellaleeheart.blogspot.com
I related with this book so much because in my group of friends, I am the D.U.F.F. My four best friends (who I love dearly) all look like models (bitches) so it's hard being the 'curvy' frizzy haired one of the group so I know exactly how Bianca feels in this book.
Now Bianca, our lovely leading lady, did not give herself the title The D.U.F.F. That titled was given to her by the jerk Wesley who wants to get into bed with her best friends and therefore tries to be nice to her. By calling her The D.U.F.F. The guy is clearly an idiot.
Bianca's father is an ex-alcoholic and thanks to her mums less then stellar attendance at home, has started drinking again which of course, is making things at home not ideal for Bianca. So what does she do to escape? She starts sleeping with Wesley. Because, you know, that'll end well. "Wesley Rush was the most disgusting womanising playboy to ever darken the doorstep of Hamilton High . . . but he was kind of hot. maybe if you could put him on mute. . . and cut off his hands. . . maybe - just maybe - he'd be tolerable then. otherwise, he was a real piece of shit. Horn dog shit."
Bianca was an interesting character and she reminded me a bit of myself in her need to escape. She's cynical and doesn't believe that people her age can fall in love. Her only relationship ended in disaster and she's been secretly crushing on a boy in her class that she's never even talked too. She has two beautiful best friends who she feels seriously inadequate compared too but she wouldn't give them up for the world. She uses her relationship - if you want to call it that - with Wesley as an escape from the reality of what her home life is becoming. Being with Wesley makes her feel good and for a little while, she doesn't have to think about what else is going on in her life. But what she didn't expect was to start realising that Wesley might not be the complete jerk she thought he was. Because Bianca isn't the only one who is trying to escape. Wesley seems to have it all. The house, the money, the car and especially the ladies. But Wesley is just like everyone else with his on troubles and his own messed up family and Bianca and all the other girls were an escape from that. But Bianca isn't like the other girls and the two of them are about to realise that there might be more to their enemies-with-benefits relationship then they're willing to admit. The two of them have some serious chemistry and that's pretty evident from the beginning. I like how you see the two of them grow a little as people, learn to trust and open up with one another. Bianca gets to see a new side of Wesley - one he rarely shows anyone and Wesley is learning to see that there is different kinds of beautiful. Bianca's father isn't a bad guy, he's just sad and lonely thanks to Bianca's mother who always has somewhere else to be and you see his slow decline into drinking and Bianca feeling helpless about what to do about it. And she's not the only one with parent troubles. Wesley parents are always off in some far off exotic location doing fabulous things with their wealthy friends while Wesley is at home alone. His younger sister is taken care of by his Grandmother who does not approve of his promiscuous ways and thinks he is a bad influence on the little sister he loved so dearly. So it's safe to say that the both of them have some serious issues with their own self image and self worth. "No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually."
I loved both Wesley and Bianca's characters for different reasons. They're both messed up kids trying to deal with the crap that life and young adult hood throws at you. Wesley uses his looks and charm to disguise how lonely she is and Bianca hides behind her favourite phrase, 'I'm fine' to fool the world. Together you watch them open up, fall for one another and learn to accept who they are and those around them. This isn't a heart wrenching story with dramatic prose about the trials and tribulations of love. It's a story about two people growing up, learning to love and learning to love themselves and it is to this day, one of my favourites.(less)