Wow. Just wow. I'm actually pretty blown away by 'Easy'. This wasn't your average 'boy meets girl' story at all. Unbelievably well-written, 'Easy' kic...moreWow. Just wow. I'm actually pretty blown away by 'Easy'. This wasn't your average 'boy meets girl' story at all. Unbelievably well-written, 'Easy' kicks ass for so many reasons. Dealing with subject matter that is raw and stark, Tammara Webber effortlessly balances gritty reality with touching sensitivity. The dialogue is perfect (it makes me go all fangirl) and every moment between Lucas and Jacqueline is so authentic I defy anyone not to feel some kind of attachment to these two characters. The romance plays out perfectly, from their first awkward yet sexually charged encounters through to the taut, spine-tinglingly delicious journey of revelations between them. Although the romance is fantastic, I think what makes 'Easy' so special is Webber's ability to highlight an important message by weaving it through both characters’ story - a necessity considering the subject but done with beautiful subtlety.
By far one of the best books in its genre, if not the best, 'Easy' slips into the top of my favorites pile without any difficulty. In fact, it was 'incredibly easy' to put it there.
A seriously addictive read, Double Clutch is narrated by the likeable, forthright Brenna Blixen as she shares her return to American high school after...moreA seriously addictive read, Double Clutch is narrated by the likeable, forthright Brenna Blixen as she shares her return to American high school after a year abroad. With beautifully smooth prose and realistic dialogue, Reinhardt has created one of my favourite ya contemporary reads yet. This is no simpering, run-of-the-mill love triangle. Real issues, deep, past hurts and impossible secrets all contribute to the tangle Brenna ends up in as she takes her steps into first love. I couldn't help but admire and like Brenna - her disappointments and vulnerabilities made it easy to relate to her and her gutsy bluntness, honesty and wit made her stand out in a genre swamped with shy heroines. Yes, she makes mistakes but that only makes her human... and a teenager. As for the two heroes, Jake and Saxon... I started out truly torn over these two incredibly likeable characters - one so open, kind and loyal, the other so charming and suave. However, I've finished book one firmly on one hero's team. It was difficult though, because Reinhardt does an excellent job of making her characters so three-dimensional you can't help but root for them all. I really loved this read. It took me away somewhere else for a while which is the best kind of book. So eager to read book two I'm off to download it right away!
I had never heard of Slammed until someone on Facebook mentioned it. Intrigued by the title I headed over to GR to look at some reviews and was blown...moreI had never heard of Slammed until someone on Facebook mentioned it. Intrigued by the title I headed over to GR to look at some reviews and was blown away by the comments and high average rating for a book that only so few have heard of. Well… I saw that Slammed’s obscurity hasn’t lasted long and it’s taking off in the bestseller’s lists and I’m not surprised. I predict that if the book ever falls under Hollywood’s radar that it won’t be long before author Colleen Hoover will hear a knock at the door for film option.
I opened my kindle to have a squint at Slammed before I went to bed last night and ended up staying up to 3am to finish it.
Told from the first person narrative of mc Lake, the reader is immediately pulled into her earthen, real and sad story as she moves from Texas to Michigan following the unexpected death of her father. On the first day she meets neighbor Will, and Hoover does a truly magical job (perhaps one of the best I’ve ever read) of creating an authentic and instant connection between the two. A few days after meeting, everything falls apart for Lake, and we travel through her story feeling every emotion, every shock and every epiphany. Slammed is a beautifully told story, enhanced by the insertion of some truly moving Slam poetry. It’s funny because a friend of mine had only just introduced me to some powerful Slam poetry on Youtube a few weeks before reading this. I’m definitely sending Slammed her way.
What more can I really say without giving away plot points that really need to be discovered by the reader. All I can say is that this isn’t oversentimental or cheesy. It’s real and moving … I think mostly because it reminds us all that even when the world seems to be throwing one bad thing after another at us, there’s always someone out there going through bad stuff too. Moreover, we have to learn to remember THAT so we don’t feel victimized by fate, and more importantly we have to learn to see promise in everything else so it doesn’t get tainted by the bad.