I think this may be my favourite Nicholas Sparks book yet. It is about a woman named Katie, who moves to a small town in North Carolina. No one reallyI think this may be my favourite Nicholas Sparks book yet. It is about a woman named Katie, who moves to a small town in North Carolina. No one really knows much about Katie and she isn't one for giving out too much information. Over time, she begins to warm up to a darling man who is the father of two young children. I don't want to give too much away but it becomes clear that Katie is running away from something back home and that is why she is always so guarded. I found this book to be one of his more suspenseful books and I enjoyed it. I have read some of his other books that are far too romance driven which is good from time to time but I can find them to be too dull. This book had the right mix of romance and suspense. It was also really nice to read the relationship between Alex and his children. He adores his children and he really wants to protect them at all costs. I can't help but melt when I read characters like this. The ending of this book also took me for a loop. I wasn't expecting ending of this book and I wasn't quite sure what to think of it. I knew something was not quite right while I was reading but I didn't think that it would end in such a way. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it but it surprised me. Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was well written and the plot really kept me interested. ...more
I listened to this novel as an audio book and it is my second Dessen book on audio. I quite enjoyed this novel but I wouldn't say that it was my favouI listened to this novel as an audio book and it is my second Dessen book on audio. I quite enjoyed this novel but I wouldn't say that it was my favourite book. I like this book because it was light and an easy-read. The main character, Macy, is dealing with the death of her father and has done so mainly by hiding out in her room studying or studying with her "boyfriend". Macy is basically just going through the motions of living at this point and it's not until she starts working for a catering company does she start to come out of her shell and really start dealing with her feelings about her father's death. There were a few characters in this book that were infuriating. The girls that Macy works with at the library were just plain disgusting to treat someone like that. I also disliked Brian who seemed to only look at things through a logical lens rather than with his heart. At some points I kept thinking "Is this kid autistic?" but this could be because I work with children who have autism. I don't know it just seemed that way because he was so factual about things and he didn't seem to really have any strong emotions about things. The book ended as predicted, happily and it was just the kind of book that I needed at the time. Overall, there were many things that I enjoyed about this book but it just wasn't my favourite. I have to give it a 3 out of 5 stars. ...more
As soon as I was finished reading Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler, I went out to my library and found Twenty Boy Summer and started it almost immediateAs soon as I was finished reading Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler, I went out to my library and found Twenty Boy Summer and started it almost immediately. I was wondering if this book would be a bit disappointing because I had enjoyed Delilah so much but this book did not disappoint in any way. This was a book that I will have to add to my ever-growing list of books that made me ugly-cry well after the book was finished. I loved everything about this book. I loved the friendship between Anna and Frankie. It was so raw and so real and it brought me back to my days as a teen with my best friend at the time. I loved going on trips together but there was also so much that we were afraid to tell each other. This is the same for Anna and Frankie; Anna hides that she was dating Frankie's brother and Frankie lies to Anna because of her insecurities. I loved the family dynamics in this novel as well. As close as Anna is to Frankie's family she will never fully be a part of it and I think Anna's mother worried about that when she sent Anna to Zanzibar Bay. Anna is stuck kind of floating because while she is not a part of Frankie's family her grief is very real and she really has no one to talk to about it. I could not put this book down and it had my emotions on high the entire time I was reading this novel. I kept thinking of how unfair life can be sometimes. I know that this was a novel and therefore not real but things like this happen all the time and it really makes you feel thankful for what you have in life. Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and I think I have found myself a new favourite author. ...more
I have heard so many good things about this novel and I have to say that all those things rang true for this book. I picked this book up at my local lI have heard so many good things about this novel and I have to say that all those things rang true for this book. I picked this book up at my local library and I have to admit that during the first few pages it took me a little while to get into the book. I think it was just that I went from one writing style to another and I had to get used to the change. Once I was past the 10th page or so I found that I couldn't put this book down.
It is set during the 1920s during the Prohibition and the era of flappers. The focus of the book is two friends who run away from their small town to New York City. Cordelia runs away the night of her wedding with her best friend Letty, who dreams of being a big singing star. Once in New York things begin to get a little crazy.
I don't want to give too much away but I love Letty's character. She is so naive and innocent that she is endearing. I have to admit that I grew up in a small town and then moved to a big city and I was a little like Letty. I was too trusting and while I was never really burned by this it could have easily gotten out of hand.
Cordelia on the other hand, I found to be a little harder to like. First of all, who knowingly goes through with a wedding when you plan on leaving the same night? I guess times were different back then but come on! That is just shameful. I also feel like she drops Letty like she's hot as soon as she finds out who her father is. I don't like that; if you were a good friend you wouldn't let one minor disagreement end your friendship.
My one disappointment is that I think Godberson could have gone into a little more detail on the history of the times. She does a good job of painting a picture of what it is like during the Prohibition but I wished she had gone into a little more detail.
Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and I will be putting a hold on Beautiful Days (book 2 in the series) at the library as soon as possible. ...more
This book has gotten a lot of rave reviews and for that reason when I saw it at the library I snatched it up quickly. It is about a young girl named EThis book has gotten a lot of rave reviews and for that reason when I saw it at the library I snatched it up quickly. It is about a young girl named Evie who works for an agency that captures paranormal creatures. For most of her life she has questioned who she is and where she came from. When a new dangerous paranormal begins killing all of her friends the question of her identity comes into play. I have to admit that while I didn't hate this novel, I wasn't in love with it like other people have been. I think it may have something to do with the fact that there are so many novels written about paranormals that I think some of it is getting a little old. On paper I should have liked this book more than I did. It has a kick ass female protagonist and great writing but I ended the book thinking meh. I'm not sure whether or not I will read Supernaturally. I am a bit curious to see what happens with the rest of the series but there are so many other books that I want to read. I guess I will play it by ear and see what happens. Overall, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. ...more
This book was all over the blogosphere when it came out and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I find it difficult to read books with a lot of hypThis book was all over the blogosphere when it came out and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I find it difficult to read books with a lot of hype though because sometimes they don't live up to my high expectations. I always wonder if I would have liked the book if I had picked it up without knowing anything about it. I think this was the case with this book. That is not to say that I didn't enjoy it but it just wasn't all I was hoping it would be. I quite liked Anya's character and I liked the mystery around everything. I can't imagine a world where chocolate is banned. I don't know what I would do and it was funny to think of chocolate in the way one would think of alcohol during the Prohibition. I liked the whole gangster element to this novel and I liked the predicaments that Anya gets herself into. I like that she is true to herself and she is such a strong character. She never stops caring for her brother and she has a strong moral compass. I think I will have to continue reading this series to find out what happens next. ...more
Wow is all I really have to say about this book. Since I saw this book on The Story Siren's In My Mailbox vlog, I knew I had to have it. For some reasWow is all I really have to say about this book. Since I saw this book on The Story Siren's In My Mailbox vlog, I knew I had to have it. For some reason I am attracted to GLBT literature. I just can't imagine struggling to tell someone an integral part of yourself and worrying if that person will accept them or not. I have never had to go through that and I can only imagine the struggles that the GLBT community has to go through on a regular basis. This book didn't let me down. It follows the life of Cameron Post, a young lesbian teen whose parents die when she is a girl. She struggles with hiding this part of herself and worrying what people will think of her. It turns out her worry was for good reason because when her aunt and grandmother find out that Cameron has been having relations with another girl, they send her to a school that specializes in "straightening out" teens. I can not even fathom why there are even places like this that exist, but I know that they do. I say let people love who they want to love. I know that some religions frown upon this but honestly, there are worse things in life than two people loving each other who are of the same sex. Some of the world's worst attrocities have been committed by straight people so I do not understand the mentality that homosexuality is sinful. That is just my personal opinion and I hope I do not open a can of worms with this review. The one thing that bothered me a bit about this novel is the way that it ended. It is a monster of a book, which I enjoy, but at the end I just wanted to know what happens after the book ends. I don't want to give anything away so I won't tell you how it ends but when you read it you will know exactly what I am talking about. This book is not for people who are plot-driven when they read a book. The primary focus of this novel is character development and it works quite well for this book. Danforth is a great writer and I look forward to reading more from her. Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. ...more
I read this book for this month's book club. It is a book that my aunt recommended and I can see why it is one of her favourite books. It is a book abI read this book for this month's book club. It is a book that my aunt recommended and I can see why it is one of her favourite books. It is a book about 2 young Chinese boys sent to live in the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. These boys were seen to be too education and that they could learn a lot from living in the country and going back to the basics. While they are there, books are forbidden (even illegal)and they are forced to work in a mountainous rural area of China. While working here, they come across a girl, the little chinese seamstress from the title. I don't want to give too much of this book away, seeing as it is less than 200 pages long. It was wonderfully written and I read this in one sitting. I could not put this book down. I coudln't imagine living in a society where learning and books are seen as something bad. I loved the scenes where the two gentlemen were scheming to try to get some books. It also loved how much passion the boys had for reading and story telling. Even though books are illegal and even though they have found a way to attain a book or two, they still use the fine art of oral storytelling to pass along their passion. It goes to show you how far someone is willing to go to do something they are passionate for. Even in a remote village in the mountains, far away from the universities and from books, the boys find a way to learn and read. I can only imagine a life without books. I don't know what I would do but I would like to think that I would perhaps begin make up my own stories. This book is beautifully written and it has also peaked my curiosity in a few subjects including the cultural revolution in China and The Count of Monte Cristo (which is mentioned often in this story). One thing I wish would have been different is the length of the book. I would have loved to have been given a little more description and facts. I would have loved to learn a little more about the time frame and country the book took place in. I also found that the book ended rather abruptly. Even though the ending was foreshadowed, I felt like I wanted to know how the characters adapted after the ending. For these reasons I give the book 3.5 stars out of 5. ...more
This is a book told in verse about a girl who moves to another city because her parents are getting divorced and her father has come out of the closetThis is a book told in verse about a girl who moves to another city because her parents are getting divorced and her father has come out of the closet. The girl struggles with fitting in at her new school and in the end this messes up her love life. I have to admit that I really enjoyed this book. It's not a book with a lot of depth but I can relate to trying to fit in. I wasn't a popular girl in elementary or high school and I found it difficult to fit in at times. I have also found myself in a few messy romantic situations. I thought the book was quirky and I really liked the main character. I have been really enjoying books told in verse as of late and this one was really cute. I recommend picking it up....more
I really enjoy Hopkins' books for teens and so when I saw this book at the library I had to take it out and see what she could write for adults. HopkiI really enjoy Hopkins' books for teens and so when I saw this book at the library I had to take it out and see what she could write for adults. Hopkins is not one to shy away from controversial topics and she doesn't shy away in this novel either. It is told in the perspective of 3 different women who are all connected in some way. Each woman is dealing with different situations when it comes to their relationships with the opposite sex and with their families. This book is full of adult content and is definitely not a book intended for teens. The book is chalk full of infidelity, promiscuous sex, teen pregnancy, cancer and homosexuality. It seems like Hopkins threw in every controversial issue all into one book. That is not to say that it is not done well but at times it seems like things aren't as well explored as I would have liked. I love that Hopkins continues with her style of writing in verse. I quite enjoy reading books that are written in this fashion. They are easy to read and it goes by quickly. I have to admit that while some things shocked me, other parts of the book were quite emotional. I will admit to crying but that doesn't seem like anything new with me. I think that if you are the least bit squeamish I would stay away from this book but if you are willing to give something new a try I would definitely pick this book up. It is well written and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. ...more
I read Keplinger's debut novel, The DUFF not too long ago and quite enjoyed it. I ended up going on my library's website and putting this book on holdI read Keplinger's debut novel, The DUFF not too long ago and quite enjoyed it. I ended up going on my library's website and putting this book on hold and I was happy when it came in quite quickly. This novel is about a group of girls who go on a sex strike in order to stop a feud between the football team and the soccer team. I like Keplinger's writing style and I really grew to like to characters in this book. The one thing I found interesting is that while in the beginning everyone says they are having sex or even enjoying sex and in the end the girls learn so much more about themselves and about their peers. It makes me think back to high school. I grew up in a small town where there was a huge problem with teen pregnancies. I think that seeing that many girls at my school getting pregnant made me feel like the last virgin alive in high school. This is funny because now that I'm older, I know that most of my friends and most of the girls at my school were having similar feelings but no one really wanted to discuss them. While Keplinger's books may be seen as a bit too racy for teens, I think that teens are full of hormones and they will inevitably be asking themselves or others these kinds of questions. I also think that it important to note that we are sexual beings and to ignore this is not helpful. I quite enjoyed this book; it is fun and it is light while at the same time discussing a pretty heavy issue. Not only does it address sexuality but it also addresses hazing and bullying. I quite enjoy Keplinger's writing style and I will definitely be reading more from her. Overall I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. ...more
For some reason the first time I picked this book up I just couldn't get into it. I was kind of going through a bit of YA overload at the time. I endeFor some reason the first time I picked this book up I just couldn't get into it. I was kind of going through a bit of YA overload at the time. I ended up putting the book down for about a week or two and I was even going to bring it back to the library without completing it. I drove to my local library and I got there only to realize that the library wasn't open that day until 1pm. Well, it worked out in my benefit because it gave me a chance to read some more of this book while I waited for the library to open. I'm really glad that I did end up picking this book up again because I ended up really enjoying it. It is a book about an unconventional family. When the book begins we find out that Jill's father has passed away and her mother has the strange notion that now is the best time to adopt a baby. Here comes in Mandy who is pregnant and the same age as Jill. Mandy travels across the country to live with Jill and her mother until the baby is born. I have to admit that while I could relate with Jill's character, I had a really difficult time relating to Mandy. She is just such a strange girl who does weird things like write to some random man she meets on the train. As the book goes on you realize that Mandy has no one to love her and it is for this reason she seems so lost. I really liked reading about the relationship between Jill and Mandy. In the beginning they are really unsure of each other but over time, they begin to really help each other's development into young women. This is not your typical teen pregnancy story and I really enjoyed reading it. Overall I give it 3.5 stars out of 5. ...more