I bought this on a whim, because I recognized the cover for one of my YA challenges. The description was pretty vague (the first one, anyway) and afte...moreI bought this on a whim, because I recognized the cover for one of my YA challenges. The description was pretty vague (the first one, anyway) and after I had bought it I had started to have buyers remorse. But luckily, I gave it a shot, although it was several days later. And I really enjoyed it. But I have to admit, I wouldn't have hesitated if I had read the more detailed description.
This was a tough read. I really did feel for Hudson in this. She's in a difficult spot. She struggles with a lot of things and she feels real. She's far from perfect. And that's what I like about her. Sometimes I get a little frustrated when authors don't let their characters show their vulnerability. But Ockler isn't afraid to show her characters weakness. Bittersweet shines because of it.
I have been eying other Sarah Ockler books. After this one, I'm definitely adding her other books to my wishlist.(less)
I've read a few other Jennifer Echols books and I have to say that this was on par with the rest of her work. I highly enjoyed the tale and found myse...moreI've read a few other Jennifer Echols books and I have to say that this was on par with the rest of her work. I highly enjoyed the tale and found myself hoping that things weren't as they appeared to be for Gemma.
First, I hated Gemma's supposed best friend. She wasn't a good friend at all. Most of the book I wanted to shake Gemma and ask her why she was friends with her in the first place. Addison mocked Gemma, put her down, treated her inferior all because she had one of her first appreciative glances from a guy. A guy who didn't stop at glances but had stayed behind in hopes of talking to her. So, her best friend did everything in her power to belittle her and her great accomplishment (losing weight and making the Majorette squad). But luckily, we see that Gemma isn't passive about it as she may have been in the past. But not in time for things to really get screwed up.
I liked Max. I had hoped he would step up sooner in the book and admit that he liked Gemma, not Addison. While Addison was underhanded when it came her newly skinny friend getting some guy attention, I had hoped Max wouldn't just follow blindly. It toke a bit, but I realized over half way that Max wasn't the only one who had to deal with jealousy. And for that, I hated Addison all the more.
I truly loved this, because it wasn't just about a girl who has a crush on her best friends boyfriend. It was a story about a girl who decided to stop being the butt of her friends fat jokes and do something about it. It's a story about a girl who learns that not all friends are well meaning and considerate. It's about a girl who learns to stand up for herself.(less)
This showed up on my doorstep and I couldn't help but rip open the packaging like it was Christmas morning. The cover is beyond adorable and I couldn'...moreThis showed up on my doorstep and I couldn't help but rip open the packaging like it was Christmas morning. The cover is beyond adorable and I couldn't wait to dig in. The first few pages had me confused. I had read the description and had instantly fallen in lust and needed to have it. I was wondering who this Willing guy was. As I figured it out, I was laughing. That would be something I would totally do.
I loved Ella and her friends and family. I wasn't expecting her physical and emotional scars, but I think it brought so much more to the story than if she were just a quiet, shy girl. Frankie had my rolling in parts. He's the kind of guy I wished I was friends with in school. Ella, Frankie and Sadie complemented each other perfectly.
Because of the hierarchy of the student body, I think Melissa Jensen threw these two together perfectly. It wasn't just something out of the blue and it was something that required Ella to move out of her shell a bit and basically to grit her teeth and bare it. I think that was what I really liked about the beginning of the book. Ella has a crush on the guy, but at the same time, knows that whatever happens might not be a good thing so she tries to save herself some humiliation. Thankfully, she doesn't get her way. I really liked Alex and I thought they were both good for each other.
Ella's family is great. We see both Frankie and Sadie's family. All three families differ and I can see how much Ella's family rallies behind her no matter what. They all have their different ideas on what would make Ella feel beautiful, and their love shows through every minute. I love how much they embrace Sadie and Frankie as if they were family too.
While I try to get away from rambling about how great this book is, I highly recommend this book. It has so much going on, it blends together perfectly. The Fine Art of Truth or Dare was a book that I didn't want to put down until I had read and devoured every last word. Take a chance. Dare yourself to read it and see for yourself.(less)
First of all, I love the cover! This is one of the books on the list for the 2012 Contemp YA Challenge and it grabbed my attention from the start. Luc...moreFirst of all, I love the cover! This is one of the books on the list for the 2012 Contemp YA Challenge and it grabbed my attention from the start. Luckily, the story is even better. It was an enchanting story that begs to be read over and over again.
When I first picked this up, I thought that this would take place entirely on the plane. I'm glad we had the weekend instead. While I enjoyed their time on the plane, I really enjoyed how they reached out to each other after. It was a lot more emotional than I had anticipated, but in a very good way.
While I felt for both characters, I was glad to see a bit of Hadley before the plane ride. We get to see what makes her late and some of her feelings concerning her father and what she's about to do. Divorce can be hard. And not just on the parents. Seeing how this affected Hadley made her story all the more compelling. I spend the whole book rooting for her.
Definitely read worthy! If you haven't already, add it to your next order to buy, you won't be sorry!(less)
This was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be. It was a good story that had more to it than just a mystery. One of the things that I liked...moreThis was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be. It was a good story that had more to it than just a mystery. One of the things that I liked about it, this ability that Delaney has didn't come with birth. Instead, it came with the fact that she was dead. She was past the point of hope but somehow, she comes out of it without any of the problems her doctors would have expected.
I loved Decker in this book. I was glad I got to meet this guy and I was glad that he was there for Delaney, even though he feels responsible for her accident. Seeing him struggle with this through the book was a heartache. But really, Delaney was lucky to be able to have him in her life.
Troy was an interesting character. While I never liked him too much, I still felt bad for him and how he felt about his punishment. Or what he thought was his punishment. I didn't think I would feel bad for him, until his story slowly unraveled. Then I felt for the guy. Just a little. Because he still was a shady character. Fracture was an interesting read. I was drawn to the story from page one and was satisfied with it when I finished the book. (less)
This was one heck of a roller coaster ride. In a good way. I was able to relate to Justina fast and I was really pulling for her as she told her tale...moreThis was one heck of a roller coaster ride. In a good way. I was able to relate to Justina fast and I was really pulling for her as she told her tale of her Prom night. It was a fun a read, that leads the reader through everything that happened to Justina, watch everything unfold in flash back retelling of her troubled night.
Every time that Justina pointed out a new stain (I really loved the picture references that started out the story!) I had a hard time not cringing. I really like Ian and so I was hoping through the entire telling that Justina had been wrong about him, that he wouldn't truly ditch her. But as the night went on, and the more trouble she got in, I really felt bad for her as she floundered her way through the night that was supposed to be a special one.
There has been very few endings that have left me as happy as this one. When everything seemed lost and hopeless, something comes up that just melts something on the inside. When I finished, I let out a satisfied sigh. The hopeless romantic in me thought it had the perfect ending. Just a joy to read all around. (less)
This was a really sweet read. I can't imagine being born on Valentine's Day. I never cared for it much in high school either, but it was fun to follow...moreThis was a really sweet read. I can't imagine being born on Valentine's Day. I never cared for it much in high school either, but it was fun to follow Piper along as her birthday approached. I loved her cynicism and her wit. It made for a very fun read.
I thought this had a great cast of characters. They all had their own personality, not blending together. I really liked Charlie. He was good with the little devils (they sure did seem like devils... even if they are just kids) and he even liked them. He fit in so well with Piper's life that I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation. I'm a sucker for the romances where the parties (or half of the party) doesn't realize the perfect person has been right next to them the entire time. Just makes my heart melt a little bit. (less)
This was a lot better than I thought it would be, a lot different too. I had a few theories when I first started this and it turned out so much differ...moreThis was a lot better than I thought it would be, a lot different too. I had a few theories when I first started this and it turned out so much different than I thought. And it was better for it. Sadie has been head over heels in love with her best friend... who pretty much sees through her as if she weren't standing right in front of him when it comes to romantic feelings. While I thought I was going to get a romantic ya book, it was a coming of age and self discovery for a girl whose life for the last few years has revolved around one person, the boy she thought was her destiny.
Watching Sadie struggle to figure out a way to get over him after he's broke her heart (again, though seemingly unintentionally), it really helped me to connect with her as a character. She does struggle, she's very real and human about her feelings for Garrett and even blind to way he treats her. It wasn't easy for her, she fought the process most of the way. That's what made it feel so real, since a lot of girls have probably felt the same way (I know I have). The supporting characters in this were fantastic. While most of the story focuses on Sadie, we do get side stories of a few others and we learn that even those older than Sadie struggle with what she's going through, and they band together.
From start to finish, this book was such a joy to read. I was engaged the entire time and emotionally invested in the outcome. This is definitely a good book for anyone to read. A journey of self discovery that all girls (and women) should read.(less)
I really wanted to love this one, but for most of the book, I really had to force myself to keep reading. I couldn't connect to Ricki Jo, or Ericka, a...moreI really wanted to love this one, but for most of the book, I really had to force myself to keep reading. I couldn't connect to Ricki Jo, or Ericka, at all. As Ericka, most of the time I wanted to smack her upside the head for the stuff she did and the people she hurt. I do realize that the storyline was realistic. That some people will do anything, even go against their own beliefs, to be popular. But watching Ericka push those people who would truly care for her was hard.
I liked Luke a lot more than I did Ericka. He was a strong character going through something dark and scary, yet he was still there for his best friend. Luke really was the reason I kept reading, because I had to hope that things would work out well for him, at least.
The writing wasn't what made me not like this. The writing is good. It was just the main character that really put a hamper on this for me. Maybe it was supposed to be that way, since I don't think I found anything great about Ericka when she was trying to be this whole new person. Even though I really liked Luke, it wasn't enough for me to want to save this book from the swap pile.(less)
I had wanted to like this more. The story itself is compelling. To tell the truth or to keep your mouth shut. Sam is humiliated, but not the way her s...moreI had wanted to like this more. The story itself is compelling. To tell the truth or to keep your mouth shut. Sam is humiliated, but not the way her school thinks. She through herself at a popular jock in order to get the guy she likes to notice her. But it doesn't end well. She's drunk and manages to get herself a few bumps and bruises on her way to trying to get noticed. In all the wrong ways.
What made this story easier to read was that Sam herself didn't start the rumor. She's humiliated at being rejected, in a cruel manner, that when people start to ask her "Is it true?" all she can do is nod and hope people leave her alone. But what she finds out days later is a shock for her. When she realized what people were actually thinking instead of what she thought for sure had happened, Sam is shocked. That makes it easier to read, but while I had hoped she would speak up and correct people, she doesn't. Instead, she lets things spiral out of control.
It was a hard read. Very realistic. Except for the fact that a whole school believes a student was raped and all the adults, teachers, faculty are in the dark. If the whole school was gossiping about this scandal, I don't know how none of the adults didn't find out until the very end.
It is a good read, but this was one that I might not read again. It takes Sam a long time to do the right thing and it costs her everything she had wanted. Truly, it was just a hard subject to read through. I'm still a fan of the author and will continue to read her books.(less)