4.5 stars!!! It was full-on, this one! My proper review post will be up on C&M soon. I'll write it tonight. All I can say right now is that the las4.5 stars!!! It was full-on, this one! My proper review post will be up on C&M soon. I'll write it tonight. All I can say right now is that the last page made me LOSE MY MIND! I literally gasped and slammed my hand over my gaping mouth....more
Danielle Weiler did a pretty great job in her debut YA novel, Friendship on Fire. The writing was clever, the characters were refreshingly real and IDanielle Weiler did a pretty great job in her debut YA novel, Friendship on Fire. The writing was clever, the characters were refreshingly real and I loved the pop culture references to movies and music alike. (I absolutely ADORE Brooke Fraser's music! For a slightly more obscure artist, I was pleasantly surprised to read that Daisy listened to Brooke Fraser too :D.) The local references about our Aussie culture were spot on and so relatable, I was constantly thinking back to my time in highschool, comparing my memories to Daisy's story.
I actually disliked Daisy in the beginning. She was a hot-headed mess, incapable of colouring her hair properly and she had a volatile temper to boot. By the end of the novel though... I loved her! For me, Daisy turned out to be a great role model for teenage girls today. (Apart from her intense weakness for the physically blessed, mysterious guys like Nate). Despite her slight anger management issues, Daisy has a huge heart. Huge.
It might sound bad, but I'm jealous of Daisy's family and friends - they were incredibly supportive and loving, it's a rare and irreplaceable blessing that isn't seen too often in society today. Daisy is so lucky to have such amazing parents, loving brothers, as well as her best friends Roman, Shana and Sarah.
Friendship on Fire is a story of life and love. Friendship, family, romance, relationships, heartbreak, and self identity. It was a pleasure to witness Daisy's growth through her last year of highschool (and kinda live vicariously through her too) - getting her driver's licence, weekend house parties, school events, and all that. This 400 and something page novel is quite a long one for contemporary YA. It took me a little time to get into the story, but I was rewarded once I got to the end because there is something special that everyone can find in Friendship on Fire.
We had to read this Mills & Boon novel for Romance studies in an English unit I took this semester. I'd never read a Mills & Boon or really anWe had to read this Mills & Boon novel for Romance studies in an English unit I took this semester. I'd never read a Mills & Boon or really any 'popular romance' book before, but it turned out to be exactly what I expected. I don't think I'm the target audience for this genre; my taste in literature is ever-changing but I don't think it will really ever include popular romance novels. I knew what to expect but hopefully my assumptions didn't affect my opinions of the book after I'd read it.
To be honest it was like reading fluff. I tried reading it properly for the first chapter or so, but found myself feeling almost literally nauseated. Like if I had eaten the wrong sort of food, this kind of writing would really make me yack. So from that moment on I just skimmed through the rest of the book. In our lecture on popular romance and A Kiss To Seal the Deal, I remember the lecturer saying how authors write popular romance/Mills & Boon novels while they wait for their real manuscripts/WIPs to be published as a means of paying the bills. Which is an interesting thought. And sort of demeaning towards the genre. But still the truth. Perhaps.
I was much more interested in the careers and familial relationships of Kate and Grant, as opposed to their romantic relationship. Which I suppose is meant to be the main feature of the novel. But I was glad to see that the characters' lives were not compromised or blinded by their attraction/relationship.
For me the characters' thought processes were unrealistic or just unrelatable (to me). There was a fair amount of overshare (OK, Kate, you've already told us how green his eyes are!), and generally A Kiss to Seal the Deal was not my cup of tea. For a specific, different demographic however, I'm sure it'd be a 10/10. ...more