I've read many books regarding teen pregnancy, but this one was unique in many ways. Evelyn's family life is falling apart after her father cheats on...moreI've read many books regarding teen pregnancy, but this one was unique in many ways. Evelyn's family life is falling apart after her father cheats on her mother, and her mother is as absent as ever. Evelyn decides to give up the good catholic girl persona to become a "bad girl" and although the reality is that she's now named the school slut, she has only been with one person, worse though she got knocked up and the baby's daddy isn't even her boyfriend.
Evelyn goes through up and downs of deciding what to do with an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy. She goes off to her favorites aunt's house because she dosen't want anyone to know about her pregnancy, even her best friend, but keeping secrets, especially secrets this big from the people she loves leads to disasterous consequences.
Me, Him, Them, and It was a good book regarding teenage pregnancy, I just didn't love it like everyone else did. Evelyn aggravted me at times with her thoughts about the baby, and maybe it's just because i'm at the point in my life where kids are a reality and knowing the struggles some people have to get pregnant makes situations like this extremely fustrating to me. Overall, I did think it was a decent story, but just didn't have the same feelings of elation towards it that everyone else did. (less)
I myself being a hairdresser, love books about the industry, so I knew I wanted to read this book when It popped up in my suggestion box. I love the s...moreI myself being a hairdresser, love books about the industry, so I knew I wanted to read this book when It popped up in my suggestion box. I love the south, and although am a northerner myself, have always been a southern girl at heart, so this book hit home for me. Zora Adams is a strong, witty, and independent character, who is raised by a not so present mother, whose long laundry list of men coming in and out of her life, and her mothers' fantasy world she lives in, leaves Zora dying to escape.
Heading into beauty school is that escape for her, and her school reminded me so much of the movie Steel Magnolias, which has always been one of my favorite movies growing up.I loved the relationship between Zora and Mrs. Cathcart, and my only complaint was that I wish there was more hair-styling/salon gossip in the story, because thats really what I went into the book hoping for.
Although at times fustratrating, I really liked the dynamic of the relationship between Zora and Winston and was strangely rooting for them, although Winston was reminescent of the kinds of men Zora's mother brought home, I still was hoping for the glimpse of good in to him to shine through.
I really enjoyed this book, and would love to see more from these characters. I think the hair industry needs more love in the literary-world, and as a stylist myself, and an avid reader, would never turn down a chance to read a hair salon-centric book. I loved Kim Boykin's southern charm writing style, and can't wait to read more from her. (less)
I love a good chick-lit/contemporary romance, and when the Author Obren Bokich asked me to review his book I was totally intrigued!! First of all that...moreI love a good chick-lit/contemporary romance, and when the Author Obren Bokich asked me to review his book I was totally intrigued!! First of all that it's written from a male perspective, and that after reading it, you couldn't tell it was written by a male, because it wasn't chavunistic in nature or degrading to women in anyway, shape, or form. I know that sounds like a stereotype, but I feel like a good chunk of Contemporary Romance/ Chick- Lit written by male authors tend to write women as air-headed, bimbos that are used primarily as sex objects.
That being said, that is totally not the case with this book, it's not filled with pointless sex scenes, and the female character Kat is far from an air-headed, bimbo. This book was just like the title suggested ( a modern-day fairytale) and if that's what your in the mood for, then that is what you will get from this book. I know my rating isn't that high, and that's only because at times I felt that the story dragged on a bit, and that the story was a bit predictable, but regardless, I still have this book on a shelf of books that I will one day re-read, because it was light-hearted and romantic, and real, and sometimes that's exactly what you want a book to be.
I look forward to seeing what's next from Obren Bokich because I did really enjoy his writing, and if you are a fan of contemporary romance or fairytales, then you'll enjoy this book. (less)