I loved this book so much! I feel so effortlessly in love with both these characters. Both of them were amazing in their own ways for the hands they wI loved this book so much! I feel so effortlessly in love with both these characters. Both of them were amazing in their own ways for the hands they were dealt.
Jack, who suffers face-blindless, or Prosopagnosia, tries to cover it up by pretending to be this carefree guy who doesn't get ruffled easily. Libby, on the other hand, has just returned to school after being homeschooled for quite some time because she got so obese after her mom died, that she had to be cut out of her bedroom and lifted out with a crane.
When the two collide, they are wary of each other and yet both find that with each other they can be their authentic selves. Jack doesn't try to hide his problem, and he confides in Libby about his father having an affair and his dad having had cancer. Libby just lets it all hang out, and lives life out loud. She was amazing.
I really enjoyed this book. It's about Waverly, popular by virtue of her "best friend", who is really a rather awful best friend, and a bit like a shaI really enjoyed this book. It's about Waverly, popular by virtue of her "best friend", who is really a rather awful best friend, and a bit like a shark looking for the weaknesses in others. Waverly does what she can to get by, but she's deeply unhappy. It's a bit "Every Day is Exactly the Same" a la Nine Inch Nails for Waverly.
Marshall, a fellow classmate who has had a crush on Waverly for a really long time, has a horrible home life. His father is dying, his parents should have divorced long ago and haven't, and his brother is a troubled deadbeat who thinks nothing of dragging Marshall down with him.
The story really begins when Waverly, who suffers from insomnia, tries to fall asleep by doing a meditation of sorts first. Well, she ends up astral traveling to where Marshall is at a party, and he is the only one that can see her. Sure, it's an obvious set up to make these two connect, but it works.
This book was less about the fact that Waverly was able to astral travel and visit Marshall, and more about the fact that the two of them could connect in a profound way when she did visit him. It's the only time Waverly can be herself and actually be seen...and yet not seen. And it's the only time Marshall is stripped raw and bare because here Waverly is seeing him at his absolute worst moments - and boy does she.
This really played on what people see v. what they choose to see or don't want to see. We all have our own baggage and if we're lucky there is someone who can actually see straight through to what is really going on, but unfortunately we can get lost in the shuffle. As can everyone else. We might be at the mercy of those who think they know us better than we know ourselves, and are really just fitting us into a box and putting who they want/need us to be on us. What seemed like a straightforward story, really had a lot going on under the surface. Definitely recommend. ...more
I could not get very far in this. Yoh was a douche, plain and simple. The flashbacks of some girl saying he says mean things that bring people down waI could not get very far in this. Yoh was a douche, plain and simple. The flashbacks of some girl saying he says mean things that bring people down was true. He was awful to Haruna and she lacked the smarts to tell him where to go. Plus, she was annoying af. Waaayyyyy too over the top with the chipper-ness. Maybe that's just me not being used to manga, but no.
I really wanted to like this book, and at first I did. But then it just got silly and overly dramatic. Seriously, how many things can happen to theseI really wanted to like this book, and at first I did. But then it just got silly and overly dramatic. Seriously, how many things can happen to these people? They make terrible choices, and choices that I think a real life teenager would know not to make!
And seriously, how often do these kids drink in this? Is no parent concerned at all that every time they go out they are able to drink?
There wasn't any real depth to the story. I wanted Sloane to dig a little deeper than she was, and I found the book coming up with lacking because of that. I felt like all of these things that happened were to drive the point home that we're all responsible for our choices and forgiveness is key, but honestly it just got to the point of ridiculous because I felt like too much terrible stuff happened to her and everyone around her.
One month away from Tyler and she was already moving on and ready to be with someone else? Not buying it. It all felt forced and at the end I thought she should just be alone for a while. I still think the last 40 pages was forced angst.
This book was so delightful! Addie was such a great character. Fans of The Big Bang Theory might see a bit of Sheldon Cooper in her. She is super-smarThis book was so delightful! Addie was such a great character. Fans of The Big Bang Theory might see a bit of Sheldon Cooper in her. She is super-smart, quirky, and quite literal. What I really liked about this book aside from the story itself, is the bits of scientific fact sprinkled throughout. I actually found myself looking things up on my own to learn more about them. From this, I learned where the phrase “chicken out” comes from!
The premise goes as this: genius-level smart Addie has a plan for greatness. She needs to get herself to Harvard, and the only way to do that at the private school she is attending, is to win the Athenian Award and be granted a full scholarship. A scientist, Addie develops the theory that she can make anyone fall in love with the right conditions. She, herself, does not believe in love at all, only believes that it is the chemicals in one’s brain that are released at specific times to induce feelings of love. She just has to prove all this, and she has her human lab rats all lined up for it. Among them, is Kris Conors, whom she shared a very turbulent and frightening flight with back to school. Kris, Addie does not realize right away, was part of a group of kids responsible for destroying the lab she and her frenemy Dexter worked in. Kris thought he was saving the animals in the lab from being tormented, his friends took it a bit too far. Kris bore the brunt of that stunt, and was near expulsion. Now he has to do some grounds work on campus, and be a participant in Addie’s experiment.
The book was fun, lighthearted, and cute. The cast of supporting characters were interesting enough to care about – or loathe as in the case of Dexter, Addie’s lab partner and frenemy.
For something fun, and surprisingly educational, I definitely recommend this book....more
This book was amazing. It was raw, heart-wrenching, and at times I had to stop listening to it and gather myself. It is the story of Charlie, a youngThis book was amazing. It was raw, heart-wrenching, and at times I had to stop listening to it and gather myself. It is the story of Charlie, a young girl with a difficult life. Her mother is abusive, her father is dead after having committed suicide, her one friend attempted suicide and was sent away, and Charlie ended up on the streets with addicts for friends. Through a series of awful events on the streets, Charlie starts cutting herself. And, after she also attempts suicide, Charlie lands in an institution with other girls who have abused themselves as well.
Eventually, Charlie leaves and ends up living in Tuscon at the request of her friend Mikey, an actual good influence in Charlie’s life. Things are not easy for Charlie however. This is not a book in which she is instantly cured of her addictions and desire to cut. The boy she ends up dating is an addict, and Charlie makes choices that are not in her best interests. It’s a rough road for her.
It's not that this book was horrible. It wasn't. I liked it. And I kept waffling between 2 and 3 stars. I guess my problem was how unrealistic it was,It's not that this book was horrible. It wasn't. I liked it. And I kept waffling between 2 and 3 stars. I guess my problem was how unrealistic it was, and I kept wondering if it was One Direction fanfiction-turned-regular-fiction considering the author wrote it first on WattPad.
I just had a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that Ali was able to escape. And that Jace offered her this escape. I get that there were personal reasons why he did, but still a lot of it felt far-fetched and a bit like fanfic. (and I love fanfic!)