Concoction of a review: Alex Sanchez is the author. Suburbia is the place. Lance, Allie, Sergio and Kimiko are the teens. Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender is the genre. Mad Scientist is the reader.
This small group are maneuvering through high school while trying to figure out their sexual identities. The story starts to move along with best friend duos. Lance is on the swim team and very proud of being gay. Yes, he is way out of the closet. His best friend, Allie, has been in a long term relationship with her boyfriend and is starting to question their bond. Bisexual Sergio, just got out of a relationship with a girl and Kimiko is our part Japanese lesbian who hasn't had a real relationship. Oh la la...
Our first odd couple is Lance and Sergio. The relationship is on the edge of a rocky cliff from the start due to odd relationship baggage and different sexuality views. Lance believes that bisexuality is a cop out, yet he finds himself attracted to Sergio and learns more of the this type of sexuality.
Allie is a working out a way to talk to her intended on how she feels their relationship is lacking. Meanwhile, she meets Kimiko when she goes with Lance to meet Sergio on a mall date. The girls become friends immediately. However, Allie gets that weird feeling that maybe there is something deeper going on with her.
Alex Sanchez is not a writer for all. He hits a very hard subject which some will have a hard time digesting. His style of writing is unlike anything else. He has a rotating POV that changes within chapters and sometimes even within a conversation. If you do not pay attention reading this book I do believe you will look up and say "who just said that" to yourself. However, the Mad Scientist found herself liking this style. It proved to keep my wandering mind engaged on a heavy topic in a light way.
4.01 Blasts There was a great multi cultural cast of characters who were exploring their sexuality in a cute awkward believable way. (less)
Thirteen Reasons Why is a book that I highly recommend to everyone. It has been sitting on the Mad Scientist's Nook for farther...moreConcoction of a Review
Thirteen Reasons Why is a book that I highly recommend to everyone. It has been sitting on the Mad Scientist's Nook for farther longer then it should have! Shame on the Mad Scientist! If you have also left this book hanging I suggest you do not leave it too much longer. Get to this one. I don't think you will regret it!
Thirteen Reasons Why...
I'm unsure of where to start & with that thought I believe it will be hard to write this review in the manner it deserves. Bare with me.
Let us begin in with the package. Who doesn't enjoy receiving mail, as long as it is not a hospital bill? One Clay Jensen gets a box of tapes. Of course, curiosity and the happiness of getting mail lead to a change he was not expecting. Perhaps even closure.
The mysterious tapes hold a record of Hanna Baker's last words before she killed herself. Each side of the tapes tells a story of who and why they were apart of her decision of suicide. Nobody wants to know they had to do with the death of someone. Yet, Clay received these tapes. Why? Oh, why?
Some of the stories really had me agape with the horror of how cruel life can be in high school. (If you are there.... please know that life gets better!) The story through the tapes that Clay was listening to had me angry, frustrated, and wanting Hanna to fight. Except... you realize that she was already gone and saddened by knowing that these thirteen stories were her last words.
Yes, Thirteen Reasons Why was a sad book but the writing and story had me flipping those electronic pages in a hurry. It was unbelievable straight forward writing for an issue that needs to addressed. Jay Asher's debut novel did not let me down and I will be looking forward to more of his books.(less)
Cute for a 10 minute read. If you are waiting for the bus or some food this is a quick read for the few minutes that would pass by with you looking at...moreCute for a 10 minute read. If you are waiting for the bus or some food this is a quick read for the few minutes that would pass by with you looking at the fellow with lipstick on his collar across the way.(less)
This is a book that I highly recommend to those of you who will be entering HS soon, those are just entering their Freshman year, and those of you who...moreThis is a book that I highly recommend to those of you who will be entering HS soon, those are just entering their Freshman year, and those of you who are even past their senior year (like me). There is a whole slew of issues hit in this book along with virginity, teen vendettas, birth control, first kisses, and death. Oh, and there is just so much more to this book then that!
The authors writting is able to capture the reader from early on in the book. She had me at the pencil sharpener! Louise Rozett also has the ability to make you feel about a character in many ways. It is a quick YA book but nontheless, I felt like I was on an emotional ride in a good way.
I should also mention the use of vocabulary words throughout the book. Rosie and her father loved words and the author uses them as chapter headings. I think this was a brilliant move!
This is a contemporary yet I do believe that some of you may want to know if there is someone to swoon over. Cue this books bad boy, Jamie. He barely says anything but he has you swooning over him nonetheless over his actions. He is not a guy that is all talk. You will be pleasantly pleased!
A cliffhanger! Now after say all those good things about Louise Rozett she slaps a cliffhanger at the end. I'm still unsure if it is a good thing or not. But let me just say this. I will be picking up the second book! Watch for Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend.
**Thanks to netgalley for the ability to read & review this book which has which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in right mind by the twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**(less)
The Mad Scientist shouts “Not Your Normal Coming of Age” & “Bad Choices” as well as “Co...more 4.0 Blasts ---> Most Delightful!
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The Mad Scientist shouts “Not Your Normal Coming of Age” & “Bad Choices” as well as “Comic Lover Ahead” in a read all about it way the newsies in New York City would of. Let’s just say I really enjoyed Blaze's world... and is not sure anyone would find it lacking!
Young teenage Blaze gets one of those weird names by way of her fathers love of comics (Johnny Blaze of Ghost Rider), although the Mad Scientist believes it to be just the bees knees! Did I mention that Blaze is also very much into comics? So much so that she covets boxes of vintage comics her father left behind as he ran off in hopes of becoming an actor in NYC. Oh, how I love when she brings about the world of comics in her life with nice like sound effects. How wonderful is this girl!?! Now all she needs is pretty parasol.
She drives a brown minivan AKA Superturd usually fully loaded with her little brother, Josh, and some of his friends AKA the cretins. As the soccer mom step in she takes half the team to games as she sits on the sidelines reading and drawing comics. Blaze even created her own comic in the course of the book debuting The Blazing Goddess & Mark the Shark. (Sadly she has to grow up faster then a teen would like.) Perhaps stealing chaste glances at the well toned soccer coach, who just happens to go to her high school.
Due to previously mentioned cretins at a soccer game the previously mentioned coach asks for a ride home from a game. "Dylan tries to claim shotgun as Mark tosses my chair and his giant mesh bag of balls into Superturd’s butt.” 4% via Kindle
From here I Blaze turns to mush, just a wee tiny bit. First crushes tend to do that to oneself. (We forgive her.) However, one can never tell who the bad guy is in real life. (Microsoft could you include bad guy radar in your new iGlass device?) We never assume the one person we think to be the good guy is really the BAD GUY. Oh, I had him pegged. Perhaps she needs a silver tipped parasol to damage the BAD GUY!
Bad choices of Blaze by way of friends and sweaty soccer guy lead the story down many different paths. Sexting is discussed, friendships are pushed, bullying gets intense, and a voice is found all through bad choices. Yes, bad choices had me holding my breathe due to wanting to gently slap her but really there would be no story of life altering change if there were no bad choices to learn from. Yet, one must admit that painting pink flames onto Superturd is more humorous then not when thinking of bad choices. Especially when it carts around a group of soccer loving preadolescence boys around. *snickers* Although, sadly a young ladies pieces were lost in the battle of crush vs sense. *sigh*
Now the comic book guy is another story. So adorable. *mini swoon* The Mad Scientist wanted to climb into the story and browse the comic book store for a looksee!
"I asked if you like the taste of limes!” Moving into a corner, I face the wall and jam a finger in my ear so I can hear him better. “Did you just ask me if I like limes?” He laughs. “It’s my nerdy attempt to ask you out. 94% via Kindle
Not the man stud of the romance covers but the awkward cute like dear Sheldon Cooper (of The Big Bang Theory. Yes, the Mad Scientist has some sort of vice.).
Overall... Laurie Boyle Crompton touched on some serious issues that pertain to today’s Young Adults. My recommendation is to go out there and read this. It is not the best book ever but it is one amazing tale of growing up in today’s high school! Do not take the word of a quirky clockwork Mad Scientist, When you finish let me know how you enjoyed the wrath of Josh! AKA Blazes little brother . . .
** Thanks to NetGalley for the ability to read & review this book which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in the right mind of a twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**(less)