Okay I'm going to try to gather my thoughts and write a coherent review for this book but I don't know iOriginally Posted on Strawberyy Splash Reviews
Okay I'm going to try to gather my thoughts and write a coherent review for this book but I don't know if it is going to work out that way.
Holy Shit! This was awesome. So I read the first chapter and then I was Holy Shit this is epic. I knew I was going to love the book from that point on. I was right about that.
I know a lot of people say that there is unnecessary violence. Okay there is a lot of violence. I mean yeah someone getting hit the head with a helmet probably can be considered unnecessary by some people. BUT it is not like the violence was out of character. But if you are really against excessive violence, this book may not be for you.
At the end of the book (NO SPOILERS), there is this crazy cliffhanger. Karsten, If you read this, you are an evil genius. Arm flailing is something that is usually reserved for episodes of doctor who (because Steven Moffat is an evil genius) but I definitely started arm flailing after I read the last chapter. I can't wait for the sequel.
I really liked Ash as a character. I liked her sarcastic sense of humor and her wit. Rolfe is my favorite. He is fantastic.
This book is really well written. I was overwhelmed occasionally because SO much stuff happened in this book; almost too much for 400 pages. But it was definitely one of the best books I have read this ear. When it comes out on Tuesday, definitely buy it right away. You won't regret it!...more
Gates, a seventeen year old from Colorado, has gone through a lot this summer. He has a deal with tOriginally Posted on Strawberry Splash Book Reviews
Gates, a seventeen year old from Colorado, has gone through a lot this summer. He has a deal with the owner of the golf club he is a caddy at: win lots a money off of millionaires in golf and he can play on the course. He also has been having sex with his 40 year old godmother even though he said he was going to lose his virginity to his girlfriend Mel. He loves his girlfriend and only his girlfriend but he can't sleep with her while hiding all his secrets and she knows he is hiding something. His mom has nervous breakdowns and has tried to kill herself so he has no one to turn to and his life is starting to fall apart.
I thought this books was very good. I really enjoyed it. I think most people can relate to Gates. I mean I haven't had sex with someone twice my age or played in high stakes golf competitions but I understand being pressured to hide big things like that to protect other people. I liked his OCD friend, Timmy Timmy Timmy. He was definitely my favorite character in the book.
I think the book was well written and I would love to read more of Jimmy Gleacher's books. The only reason this book doesn't get five stars is because it took a little while for me to actually get into the book. The beginning is a little slow but I really liked the ending.
I definitely recommend this book to any of my blog readers that read adult fiction. It comes out tomorrow so go buy it. Thanks to S&S for the chance to read the book early!...more
Erin is a creative writing major at NYU. For her first assignment in honors creative writing, she wOriginally Posted on Strawberry Splash Book Reviews
Erin is a creative writing major at NYU. For her first assignment in honors creative writing, she wrote about a girl and her stable boy thinking it would be no big deal. Nobody knows about her life in Kentucky. Well that is until her real stable boy, Hunter, who also stole her inheritance, walks into her class. Now Erin has to worry about other people finding out, especially her professor Gabe who could control whether she gets the internship she wants. To make things worse, Hunter is now writing stories about her.
I liked this book a lot but it was really hard for me to get into it. I ended up taking a break from I halfway through to read another book. But once I got back to it, i really started enjoying it.
Erin was a very relatable character but I a couple times I wanted to bang my head into a wall with some of the decisions she was making. Also she was really stubborn and that occasionally bothered me but I understood where she was coming from. I really liked her roommates, Summer and Jørdis with a slash. Hunter I wasn't crazy about.
Overall it was a pretty good book. I don't have any major problems with it but it wasn't my favorite of the books I have read this summer. I still do recommend it especially to older young adult readers. Erin is 19 so she is probably more relatable to college students, like myself. Thanks to Simon & Schuster for letting me read this book ahead of time....more
Lily Burns has gotten bad advice about love from her mother, Selma and grandmother, Dolly, her entiOriginally Posted on Strawberry Splash Book Reviews
Lily Burns has gotten bad advice about love from her mother, Selma and grandmother, Dolly, her entire life. They have told her to only date men would treat her badly. When she meets GoGo , a pediatrician and the love of her life, they sit her down and tell her why she can't be with GoGo: a curse put on her side of the family by her Great-Great-Aunt Emmalina. If they marry anyone they love, there will be huge consequences. GoGo and Lily decides to elope anyway but when she asks GoGo to pinch her to make sure she isn't dreaming, she wakes up in her old apartment and when she calls GoGo, he is married and has no idea she exists.
This book was interesting in a good way. When I got it off of Galley Grab, I sort of knew what it was about but not completely. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Lily was a very relatable character. I really liked Selma and Dolly. Even though they were lying to her for 29 years giving her bad advice about love, they were doing it to protect her.
I didn't really have any complaints about this books. It was a pretty quick read and I enjoyed every minute of it. At first I was annoyed with GoGo because he seemed almost too perfect and I hate perfect characters but immediately after I had that thought, Lily starts explaining all of GoGo's flaws because she had made it seem like he was absolutely perfect.
I really enjoyed the ending. I thought it ended on a good note, at the right place and I was happy with it.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes chick lit. It comes out next week so definitely go buy it!!!...more
Clean is about five kids, Olivia, Jason, Christopher, Eva and Kelly, who are in rehab together. WhiOriginally Posted On Strawberry Splash Book Reviews
Clean is about five kids, Olivia, Jason, Christopher, Eva and Kelly, who are in rehab together. While they are not the type that would hang out outside of rehab, they have a lot more in common than they realize. Told from the points of view of the 5 kids, mostly Christopher and Kelly, this novel shows their progression in rehab, confronting their pasts, and getting sober.
This could quite possibly be the best book I have read all year. It is like Breakfast Club meets It's Kind of a Funny Story. Amy Reed has created 5 well developed relatable characters and I commend her on that . I mentioned before that the book is told from the points of view of Christopher and Kelly. Where the other three's points of view fit in is in the chapters about group sessions, the drug and alcohol questionnaire chapters, and the personal essay chapters. I really liked the personal essays. You really could get to understand the characters through those.
I think I could relate to each of the characters in some way. I could probably relate to Olivia the most. I also think she grew the most as a character over the course of the novel. She had it pretty rough with her mother being the reason she was addicted to speed. I could also relate to Christopher pretty well. I've been through the whole low self esteem thing so I could understand him.
So when this book comes out on tuesday, you better get it. If you don't, I'll be mad. Mad bloggers are never a good thing. Thanks to Simon & Schuster for letting me read this book early....more
As much as I really did like Past Perfect, I wish I could like it more than I did. I don't really want to give it a negative review but I think it isAs much as I really did like Past Perfect, I wish I could like it more than I did. I don't really want to give it a negative review but I think it is going to be half and half. I think the fact that me and history have never been friends in any way, I found it really hard to get into this book. For people interested in the subject matter a little bit more, I think they will really enjoy this book.
I usually have issues with books if I can't relate to characters very well and I think the only thing I could really relate with Chelsea about was her love for Ice Cream. I still don't really understand the purpose of them being ice cream connoisseur but for some reason, I really did enjoy that aspect of the book.
Even though the story itself wasn't my favorite, I did really like Leila Sales writing. I think good writing is equally if not more important than the plot of the book. I'll read anything if it is well written and I definitely plan to read other books of her's in the future.
So while this book was not a perfect choice for me, I don't think that it was a bad book in the slightest. It was extremely well written and if you are interested in the subject matter definitely go get this book....more
On Hannah's first day of senior year, she is nervous for three reasons: she could potentially lose the love of her life, potentially lose her best friend, or awkwardly encounter the boy who broke her heart three months earlier. Hannah junior year didn't end well. Her boyfriend, Sebastian cheated on her on the last day of school. 2 days later, her best friend Ava decides she is spending the whole summer in Maine leaving Hannah alone to stay in bed but Ava's boyfriend, Noah, gets her a job at the Diner where he works. Noah and Lacey, one of her coworkers, spend the summer trying to get her to move on, which works since Hannah realizes she has feelings for Noah.
The book is written so that it alternates between the first day of senior year and her summer. I felt that having half of the book devoted to the first day of school took away from the summer section. I thought that the amount of detail put into each section was fine for the first day school but I thought the summer section was lacking just because so much happened in so few pages and I affected how I viewed Hannah and Noah's relationship.
Hannah and her wallowing in self pity I could relate to. Everyone's been there. She was a character that was easy to relate to even if she made some really poor choices over the course of the book. I really liked Lacey even if she was a crazy hypochondriac who had at least some form of an anxiety disorder.
I don't really know how I feel about the ending. It was one of those endings where I flipped the page not because I was anxious for the story to continue and hoping for the best but because I honestly didn't realize it was over. At the time I wasn't please, but now about an hour later, I think it wouldn't have made sense to go any farther than that.
But even though I had some little things bothered me, I still really liked the book. I thought the characters were well developed. I definitely plan to read some of the authors other books later on. I definitely recommend that you get this book when it comes out next week....more