I'm pretty sure all my coherent thoughts and words flew out the door when I closed this book. Beautiful, heartbreaking, healing, swoony and real are jI'm pretty sure all my coherent thoughts and words flew out the door when I closed this book. Beautiful, heartbreaking, healing, swoony and real are just a few words that come to mind. Jandy Nelson has stolen my heart again. . . in a BIG way. Full review to come....more
A “geeky” love story full of laughs, swoons, and snark.
Cath and Wren are identical twins who are headed off to college. For the first time iA “geeky” love story full of laughs, swoons, and snark.
Cath and Wren are identical twins who are headed off to college. For the first time in their lives they aren’t sharing a room and while Wren is happy about it, Cath isn’t sure what to think. She may not have Wren, but she still has her fanfiction, a snarky roommate, and her roommates boyfriend who is always around. Everything is new and different. But maybe, just maybe, different isn’t so bad.
What We Loved
We knew as soon as we read the summary that we desperately needed to read this one. That’s not true, we knew as soon as we saw that Rainbow had another book coming out that we needed to read it. She stole our hearts with Eleanor & Park, and without a doubt made our love for her grow with Fangirl.
Here are a few of our favorite things:
The Feels- Without a doubt this book will have you feeling everything. It’s honest and full of all of the emotions. That’s right, all of them.
The Fan-Fiction Aspect- We’ll be honest, this is the part that we related to Cath with the most. (Well that and all the Levi kissing!) We know exactly what it feels like to get so immersed, so lost in a world that you don’t want to do anything else. We owe our friendship to this kind of obsession. Rainbow Rowell perfectly described what it means to be in a fandom and to be a fangirl.
The Characters- Every person in Fangirl leaps of the page. There is so much depth to them, and at the same time, so much more you want to know.
Levi– We’ll get to him later, but he deserved to be mentioned here too.
The Romance– It’s not secret that we hate insta-love, although it’s something that runs wild in most fan-fiction fandoms. We were a little worried about that with this one but we are happy to say that you won’t find a trace of it. Instead you get the sweetest, slowest, perfectest (we don’t even care that that’s not a word) kind of love story. It’s so real, so raw, so new… and exactly what we were hoping for.
Ummm...Not So Much
What didn’t we love??? Is that really a question? If we have to answer, which I guess we don’t since we’re in charge around here, we will mention a couple of things that weren’t on our favorite list.
- Levi’s hairline. We don’t mind that it was receding, but sometimes we wish Cath didn’t notice it so much.
- Levi and “the situation that shall not be named”. It’s not so much that we don’t want to spoil you as we just really don’t want to talk about it.
-Cath and Wren’s “mom”...enough said.
Where do we even start? Cath was right. Levi is “magical.” He’s the perfect mix of farm boy, geek, and major swooner. We love him from the second he appeared on the page. With an “official” intro like this, who could resist:
“Look…” Cath said. “I can’t just let strange guys in my room. I don’t even know your name. This whole situation is too rapey.”
“You understand,” she said, “right?”
He dropped an eyebrow and shook his head, still smiling. “Not really. But now I don’t want to come in with you. The word “rapey” makes me uncomfortable.”
“Me, too,” she said gratefully.
He leaned against the wall and slid back onto the floor, looking up at her.
Then he held up his hand. “I’m Levi, by the way.”
We love that he understands Cath, that he just gets her. He doesn’t judge her for her “fangirlishness” he actually encourages it. He’s older, more experienced, more everything really and he doesn’t let that get between them either. Add all of that to his amazing words… and we couldn’t help but love him. Just look at this:
“You’re not the ugly one.” Levi grinned. “You’re just the Clark Kent.”
Cath started checking her email.
“Hey, Cath,” Levi said, kicking her chair. She could hear the teasing in his voice. “Will you warn me when you take off your glasses?”
“I mean…” Levi leaned forward, hands still fisted in his pockets. “I mean, I spent four months trying to kiss you and the last six weeks trying to figure out how I managed to fuck everything up. All I want now is to make it right, to make you see how sorry I am and why you should give me another chance. And I just want to know-- are you rooting for me? Are you hoping I pull this off?”
There aren’t really words to properly describe how much we love Levi. Let’s just say this- In our group of friends we are each allowed two exclusive “book boyfriends” that no one else can claim as theirs. Both of us have kept our second spot open because we knew a boy would eventually come along that we could claim and everyone would be sick with jealousy because they had already filled both of their spots. Meg decided after reading Fangirl that she’d finally found the boy who deserved her second spot. Of course, she almost always shares with Kass. Lucky Levi... LUCKY US!
Before we tell you all the things we love about our heroine, we think it’s only fair to say that we have plenty of nice things to say about Reagan and Wren too, (Although there are so not so nice things we could say about Wren too!) but we want to focus on Cath.
We love her for all her awkward adorableness. We love her for her naiveness, her whit, and her fears. At some point in everyone’s life they find themselves lost in the newness of something. That’s Cath’s story. For the first time in her 18 years she finds herself facing new situations every single day and doing them without the comfort of her sister by her side. She feels alone, scared, and overwhelmed. We’ve been there, we’ve felt those things and we can’t get over how vulnerable and just… real Cath is.
Now part of that may sound sad, and at times her story is exactly that. But when she’s happy? Oh, man does this girl do happy right too! She’s one of those main characters that we would love to be friends with, especially with narrative like this:
“Look at you. You’ve got your shit together; you’re not scared of anything. I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and mildly socially retarded, I’m a complete disaster.”
What We Think Will Happen Next
As usual, Rainbow left us happy with the ending but desperate for more. We know she’ said someday she might revisit Eleanor & Park, we’re crossing EVERYTHING that she’ll take pity on us and give us more Cath & Levi.
I loved Roar in Under the Never Sky, but reading Roar and Liv definitely reinforced those feelings.
I feel like the best way to summarize my thoughtsI loved Roar in Under the Never Sky, but reading Roar and Liv definitely reinforced those feelings.
I feel like the best way to summarize my thoughts on this one would be in a two-part review. So here we go.
Part 1- Roar & Liv
Oh. My. Gosh. YOU GUYS. Seriously these two are adorable. I started feeling all mushy from the very beginning and it only got better from there.
Liv is pretty kick ass. And Roar? Well he's amazing. His love for Liv is all consuming and it comes across in every one of Rossi's words.
Here's a taste of what I mean:
Three kids watched us from the loft above as we ate, but it was the girl I couldn't take my eyes off.
"I like it when you call me love," she says. "What? I've never called you that." Lie. I do it all the times. "Oh, you mean earlier? I said Liv. You just have terrible hearing."
Part 2- Roar & Perry
This is a bromance like no other. These two had me giggling and smiling like crazy.
Take a peek at this:
"Not if you're trying to drive me mad... you're close." "It would help if you said something besides I don't know. Give me something, Per. Anything at all." I point to the ground. "What do you think they're saying this very second?"
"Sure," Perry says. "I could warm up to that kind of work." "Rise to the occasion?" "Definitely." A wide grin spreads over Perry's face. "No problem."
I really can't get enough of them.
So like I said. I'm not sure which pairing I love more. But either way this was a perfect companion novel and I am left wanting more.
It's been over a week since I finished this book and I have not stopped thinking about Aria, Roar, or Perry since then. Okay, mostly Perry!
When I finIt's been over a week since I finished this book and I have not stopped thinking about Aria, Roar, or Perry since then. Okay, mostly Perry!
When I finished the book I knew that I liked it, but I was unsure about certain aspects of the story. (Perry's dog like characteristics, the aether, and why the Dwellers were living in the pods.) But the more I thought about it, and trust me I thought about it a lot, the more I loved it.
There is no doubt that the use of what I like to call "beautiful language" was present in this story in a big way.
Just look at this:
“She knew how to put one foot in front of the other even when every step hurt. And she knew there was pain in the journey, but there was also great beauty. She'd seen it standing on rooftops and in green eyes and in the smallest, ugliest rock.”
Yes, the things I didn't like in the beginning are still there, but with writing like Veronica Rossi's, I'm willing to let some of it go and trust that my questions will be answered before the series completes. I look forward to reading the next two books and I have no doubt that I will continue loving my favorite characters Perry more with every word. ...more
“I'm sick of staring at what I want, I thought. I'd do anything to hold it in my hands.”
This book. This beautiful, beautiful book. Let me start by s “I'm sick of staring at what I want, I thought. I'd do anything to hold it in my hands.”
This book. This beautiful, beautiful book. Let me start by saying I've been trying to get my hands on a copy of this one for almost six months. I built up a lot of hype in my mind while I was desperately searching for it, so there was A LOT for it to live up to. It exceeded my expectations.
This book is split into two voices, Charlie and Rose. Alternating point-of-views is not usually my favorite thing. But when it's done right, it can actually enhance the story, and for the most part, that's exactly what it did here. There were a few times when Charlie and Rose bled together for me and I had to flip back a page to remind myself whose chapter I was reading. But that was rare.
The language in this is gorgeous. I found myself re-reading passages, just tohear the words in my head one more time. It’s that good.
Here's a taste:
"And then we're at that moment when you both go and get what you want or you both go back. The moment when you say, Stuff being scared; what's on the other side is better. That moment when you inch closer to each other little by little, till your skin starts and ends in the same place. Till your faces get so close your lips start and end in the same place, too. Till you taste milk shake and salt and sugar days and the world spins and the stars sound like harmonicas.”
You want to re-read it, right? Cath Crowly knows how to use words, and she knows how to make them count. Every single letter on the page has a purpose.
Charlie is so likeable, she’s the character you cheer for, while Rose is the character you can’t help but love, even when you know maybe you shouldn’t. They are completely different, and exactly what each other needs.
Then there’s the boys. Oh, the boys. There are dads, a pretty awesome grandpa, a lovable bad-boy named Luke, and a jerk named Antony. Each one of them is given their time to shine. But no-one shines like Dave.
There’s nothing I didn’t like about Dave. He’s charming, quick-witted, and adorable. He’s got swoon coming out of his ears and he doesn’t even know it, which makes him even better. He’s made his way into my heart and high on my list of top 10 YA boys. Simply put, I love him.
All of that, plus some teenage angst and laughs galore equals one fantastic story. If you’re looking for a feel-good read that won’t leave you with a bit of disappointment, A Little Wanting Song is for you. ...more
Sometimes authors get everything right. The right guy, the right girl, and the right supporting characters Even more rarely they are able to take thosSometimes authors get everything right. The right guy, the right girl, and the right supporting characters Even more rarely they are able to take those characters and insert them into a story flawlessly. Huntley Fitzpatrick did just that with her debut, My Life Next Door.
First and foremost, this book brought swoon by the truckload. Jase is everything I've always wanted in a male character, and so much more. Sam gets completely swept up in him (and so did I!) and it's so easy to see why.
"Hey," he says again, sitting down next to me as though he knows me well. "Need rescuing?"
"I didn't know you then, Sam. Couldn't help but watching back, though."
Eeeek. Right? He's gorgeous, sweet, and completely devoted to the people he loves. I found myself highlighting and re-reading every word and gesture that he made, and still wanting more. He's without a doubt made his way to the top 2 of my favorite swoony boys list.
But it's so much more than just that. The characters are so real, so carefully crafted that you feel like they're your friends, your family. You get to know them in ways a lot of books don't allow, and because of that you root for some, you hate some, and you love them all. (Well, most of them, anyway.)
This story is beautiful. It's definitely about first love, but it's also about friendship, growing up, making mistakes, and learning what to do with those mistakes.
I want to buy copies for everyone I know, and then wait impatiently patiently for them to finish so that we can talk endlessly about how amazing it is. I say that with complete faith that if you read this one, you're going to finish the last page with a smile on your face and a puffy, happy heart.
If you're looking for a well written YA book that will make you feel a vast array of emotions, that will have you crossing your fingers and toes for more, and leave you completely in love with the hero and the heroine, My Life Next Door is definitely for you. ...more
Sometimes you wait and wait for a book and when you finally hold it in your hands, you're scared to crack the cover. What if it's not what you want? HSometimes you wait and wait for a book and when you finally hold it in your hands, you're scared to crack the cover. What if it's not what you want? How can it live up to what's in your head? I can now say, without a doubt, that Isla and the Happily Ever After is worth the wait. It is perfection. Better than I could have imagined, and everything I wanted it to be.
Oh, and Josh? Holy freaking swoon.
Full review on publication day. Pre-order this book NOW. You won't want to wait a second longer than that....more