5 stars for a VERY well done audiobook. When I first read Lola, I gave it 3 stars. This audiobook made me see the book in a whole new light. I appreci5 stars for a VERY well done audiobook. When I first read Lola, I gave it 3 stars. This audiobook made me see the book in a whole new light. I appreciate the story so much more, and Shannon's narration is one of the best I've ever heard....more
The romantic and obnoxious football fan in me was thrilled when I discovered this book at the library some weeks back. I took my time reading it becauThe romantic and obnoxious football fan in me was thrilled when I discovered this book at the library some weeks back. I took my time reading it because even though I was interested, there were other books in line. Finally, I picked it up today to give it a shot. I wasn't sure about the format, the way it's played out in short stories. Well, I didn't put it down until I finished. Each short story gives a high point of several characters, each of whom is in some way connected to the West Argyle High football team. The stories are sweet, funny, and because they're short, you don't find yourself bogged down in unnecessary information. Although there are several narrators, I think it was a good choice to have Ken be the primary. His thoughts really tied the entire novel together. In the end, you'll learn about football, you'll laugh, you'll reminisce about your own high school days, you'll wish you went to West Argyle, and if you're like me, you'll probably be brought to tears as well....more
This is like a darker version of Mean Girls, and it's awesome and sad and swoony and difficult and oh-so-important. This is a great story that, sinilaThis is like a darker version of Mean Girls, and it's awesome and sad and swoony and difficult and oh-so-important. This is a great story that, sinilarly to Katie Cotugno's 99 Days, questions how much of other people's truths we are entitled to. Gone Too Far explores our collective judgmental mentality, especially in high school, and readers will discover with Piper exactly how you make a situation right, even after you've made it worse. My biggest complaint is honestly the glut of trendy names that were fairly difficult to keep apart at first: Connor, Cooper, Harrison, Jackson. I kid you not; at one point Harrison is mentioned, and I was like, "who the hell is this guy?!" even though he'd already been a major player in one of the opening scenes. But if name choice is the worst thing in a novel, it's a pretty dang good novel.
WOW. When I first read Beautiful Bastard, I figured Christina Lauren's books would be a guilty pleasure of mine, but with each book their talent has gWOW. When I first read Beautiful Bastard, I figured Christina Lauren's books would be a guilty pleasure of mine, but with each book their talent has grown. Dirty Rowdy Thing is definitely the best yet. The characters are fully-formed and dynamic with lives and motivations outside of the romance, which I really appreciate. I love the connection between Harlow and Finn and the way it evolves from simple lust into something deeper and more complex. Also, my favorite scene of the book just might be the breakfast with Finn, Ansel, and Oliver without the girls around. I loved finally witnessing the dynamics of their friendship outside the primary romances. I also really liked the parallels between Finn and Harlow. Both are independent and the "fixers" in their families. They share a sad commonality with their mothers' illness and the way they both keep quiet about their troubles and hide hard truths from their loved ones. I was astounded by their fierceness and their passion, both in the bedroom and out. I am really, really excited to see what Christina & Lauren cook up for book three, but an unforeseen consequence of Dirty Rowdy Thing is that I'd also LOVE books about Finn's brothers! ...more