I must be in a contemporary/ romance sort of mood, because One of the Guys is the second contemporary book I've read in a row. I would classify this oI must be in a contemporary/ romance sort of mood, because One of the Guys is the second contemporary book I've read in a row. I would classify this one in the "beach read" category, though. It was a very quick read with a few moments of humor, but I really felt it lacked much else.
Within the first few pages, I could tell that Toni was all about Loch. It was so obvious. I felt the lake monster hunting was a bit lame for a group of teenagers going into senior year of high school, but I kept reading.
Toni was a fun character when she paired up with Emma Elizabeth. Their shenanigans at Winston Academy (and beyond) lead to some pretty interesting situations for all characters involved. On her own, however, was just so-so. She's definitely a tomboy, but it felt off. She is resistant to Winston Academy and everything it stands for, but then proclaims she wants to be a girly girl. I didn't really buy it. Nothing about her actions in this book made me think she wanted lipstick and skirts.
My favorite characters-- by far-- in the book are the boys. Each one is very different and has inner demons to overcome. You have super nervous boy that is head over heels with a girl he's scared to approach. Adorable. Then there is super angsty boy that blames everyone else for his problems. He's a bit annoying, but luckily he's minor in the plot overall. You just have to put up with his loathing and jerkiness at a few points in the story. Finally, you have mega nerd monster hunter boy that doesn't know he's pretty cute. He was pretty solid in his role of best-friend-that-happens-to-be-a-guy.
As I'm writing this, I wish I could come up with something that really stands out to me in this book. But I can't. One of the Guys reads more like a journal of a high school girl than a YA novel. There is nothing that indicates "diary" by any means, but there are some pretty large gaps that just get skipped over. That's what gives me the diary vibe. It's as if Toni is telling her story and leaving out anything that she doesn't want to discuss in detail.
I won't say I disliked it or that I'm sad I read it. It was ok, and I flew through the pages. It's a good book to read if you have it around and nothing else is speaking to you. Light and fluffy and nothing heavy in this one. But I would almost guarantee that teenage girls would eat this up, especially if they have crushes on their guy friends. ...more
I'm not sure why Breathe, Annie, Breathe caught my attention. I'm not a fan of contemporary fiction, so that couldn't be it. Maybe it's because I hateI'm not sure why Breathe, Annie, Breathe caught my attention. I'm not a fan of contemporary fiction, so that couldn't be it. Maybe it's because I hate running, and a character that feels the same way spoke to me? Regardless, I picked up Breathe, Annie, Breathe and ran with it.
Annie's voice is easy to relate to. She's devastated by the death of her long-term boyfriend, and absolutely racked with guilt. One unfortunate event has her thinking about the 'what ifs' and paralyzed by her sense of loss.
The start of the book mirrored the beginning of a running program: it has spurts of energy, then lagged to catch its breath. But like a good runner would do, I stuck with it. As soon as Jeremiah crossed Annie's path, I was hooked. He was a mystery and I wanted to discover his secrets right along with Annie.
To be very honest, I think Jeremiah's story was the most interesting for me. Annie took the role of a secondary character because I really didn't care about her running struggles. I wanted to know why Jeremiah was so broken and flighty. He had a lot more depth than Annie, in my opinion. But to be fair, when Annie and Jeremiah interacted with one another, there were sparks and the story seemed to merge into one fluid path. Both needed something but didn't know how to cross the red ribbon to find healing.
For me, the ending wrapped up too quickly. As soon as Annie graduated high school it was like BAM! college life. That could have been a separate book easily, but I do see what the author was doing. The linear time period wasn't defined by a school year or calendar; instead, it was paced based on the time it would take to train for and run a marathon.
Overall, Breathe, Annie, Breathe was a quick read that had some emotional parts to give you the feels. There was enough sarcasm between the main characters to make you smile and believe their attraction (and resistance to it). If you want a break from your genre of choice, Breath, Annie, Breathe is a nice way to deviate from your normal path. ...more
This is such a fun book to read! Gilly is not exactly what you would expect to find in a fairy tale heroine. She's not as vile as a villain, but she'sThis is such a fun book to read! Gilly is not exactly what you would expect to find in a fairy tale heroine. She's not as vile as a villain, but she's far from princess perfect. Unfortunately for her, that makes her a prime candidate for Fairy Tale Reform School. She quickly finds herself booted from her shoe and plopped right into the middle of a school for misfits. But the school isn't what it seems; something is amiss.
Younger readers will appreciate this book the most. It's quirky and fast paced. With only 256 pages, there isn't a lot of room for deep character development, but that's ok. You can still connect with Gilly and her plight. The supporting characters add a nice touch of humor and warmth to the story. It's not just about getting back to her family or stopping a diabolical plan; Gilly also has to learn to look beyond stereotypes and discover who she truly is.
The writing was easy to follow, and I really enjoyed seeing the villain reimagined. The plot was quickly moving; no lulls here! Towards the end I began to think it was wrapping up too quickly, but then I realized it's the beginning of a series. I will anxiously await to see how Gilly's adventures continue. ...more
Sometimes there are books that go beyond words. The Ghosts of Heaven is certainly one of those books.
I honestly cannot even tell you what I thought oSometimes there are books that go beyond words. The Ghosts of Heaven is certainly one of those books.
I honestly cannot even tell you what I thought of this book. It was both bizarre and poetic at the same time. I wanted to love and hate it instantaneously. So many emotions were stirred within these pages.
I don't think I would consider this a light read. It's not fluffy by any means. I found myself reading one story at a time and pondering the events at each ending. When you read this book, don't come looking for happy endings either. You won't find them. Instead, you'll find humanity's darkest corners lurking.
There is a lot to discuss in each story, and I could easily see this being a book club pick. Or, the stories could be used to spark a very interesting discussion on human nature. (I'm thinking in line with Lord of the Flies, here.) ...more