http://lisleslivres.blogspot.com/2012... This book is the meilleur! The story is not your typical corny, played out love story. I've heard it called a mhttp://lisleslivres.blogspot.com/2012... This book is the meilleur! The story is not your typical corny, played out love story. I've heard it called a modern West Side Story. Personally, i think Perfect Chemistry is better, but I know that is sacrilegious to some so I'm going to back myself up.
Alex Fuentes is hilarious. He acts like the bad boy who doesn't care, but he's only in the gang to protect his family. He'll fight for the people he loves.
Brittany seems like the obnoxious, perfect girl that you just want to hate, but she turns out to be much more. She's actually pretty smart and very caring, especially for her sister.
Alex and Brittany shouldn't be together, coming from different social and economic backgrounds. Society wants them apart, but they defy what they "should" be and follow their hearts. This book challenges the molds that we are all supposed to fit, truly giving the deeper message of not "judging a book by its cover."
So it's starting to sound all mushy gushy, so I'll tell you that there is DRAMA! There's a lot of drama with Alex's gang, so get ready for the danger. And you know the friends and family of the two lovers will not be in favor of their being together.
There's a bit of Spanish in this book, much more than the amount of French in Anna and the French Kiss, but you will get the gist of what the characters are saying. When in doubt, just assume that it's probably something inappropriate and insulting that's being said. That being said, there's a significant amount of profanity in this.
Would I recommend this to a friend? Oh my goodness, yes! Go get your copy now! This book is so much more than meets the eye. It truly has a deeper message that everyone should receive. ...more
http://lisleslivres.blogspot.com/2012... Stayed up til 5:00 AM to finish it...needless to say I LOVED IT! Characters: Julia Hoban does a great job of dehttp://lisleslivres.blogspot.com/2012... Stayed up til 5:00 AM to finish it...needless to say I LOVED IT! Characters: Julia Hoban does a great job of developing these characters. Willow was someone who put up walls of protection, not wanting anyone to be let in, utilizing isolation and a little bit of sarcasm to keep people away. However, it is obvious that she still cares about her brother, niece, and others, and I couldn't help but feel for her. As for Guy, he needs to help Willow because that is the way he is. He was such a sweetie. I wish I had my own Guy to always be there by my side, although I hope this guy isn't named Guy because I hate that name. Haha. Their relationship definitely had some awkward moments like all relationships do, and Hoban realistically demonstrates this. I very much admire the way that she had the two protagonists grow as their relationship simultaneously did. Plot: It was totally predictable. I don't know what kind of stories are original these days. It seems like everything has already been done. Writing: *Warning* If you are squeamish, you will have to utilize the super rapid page flip, made famous by moi, when you get to the descriptions of Willow cutting herself.
Would I recommend this to a friend? YES! I told you, I stayed up until 5 to read this. If you like romantic dramas, read it!...more
Characters: AHHHHHH! I want these characters to be real and be my BFFs. Joss, Braden, Adam, Ellie, Jo, Cam, Hannah, and Cole play major roles in thisCharacters: AHHHHHH! I want these characters to be real and be my BFFs. Joss, Braden, Adam, Ellie, Jo, Cam, Hannah, and Cole play major roles in this story! They are super hilarious and caring, always there for each other. I'm really looking forward to Hannah's story which is the next in the series because Hannah says what's on her mind, no matter how blunt. And Marco is African American Italian. Talk about beautiful. Finally, I'm rooting for Cole to get a story of his own. How great would it be to get a stour written by Samantha Young through the male perspective?
Now, I'm done fawning over the secondary characters.
Nate and Olivia, my heart just grew. Both of these two are nerdy. Nate writes a blog and Olivia is a librarian! Their neediness was incorporated in their first meeting, and it is fantastically cute. Out of all of On Dublin Street's female characters, Olivia is the most relatable for me. Joss is sassier than me, Ellie is cheerier than me, and Jo is way tougher than me. I adore them, but Olivia is my favorite because she has my personality. As for Nate, his playboy ways may seem annoying in the beginning, but he's always cared about Olivia and makes her feel beautiful inside and out. He has legitimate reasons for his notcommitence, but it was frustrating. I wanted these two to get serious faster because they are too perfect for each other. He's also described as being movie star beautiful, which I quite enjoy.
Plot: Just wanted to mention that Castle Hill, the Braden and Joss novella overlaps with this book.
The plot has been done before, but I still loved this book! Samantha Young is bloody brilliant. While I laughed out loud during most of the book, I admit to tearing up. This is the first book I've ever read where that's happened. It was weird.
I devoured this book, and I have been thinking about the characters since I finished it. They'll always have a happy ending in my head....more
http://lisleslivres.blogspot.com/2013... Characters: Characters include primarily Ellie, Adam, Braden, and Joss. If you've read the other On Dublin Strhttp://lisleslivres.blogspot.com/2013... Characters: Characters include primarily Ellie, Adam, Braden, and Joss. If you've read the other On Dublin Street novels, you've figured out that Ellie is an absolute sweetheart and perky, maybe a little too perky for some folks. But she's much more relatable in this story, something I really enjoyed. You see her frustrated and hurt as opposed to her usually happy self which was getting a little boring for me. I love characters with depth, so Ellie in this light was refreshing. As for Adam, oh what a sweetie but an idiot! He has moments where he is kind and funny, but he was a tool at other times! He had his reasons,because he didn't want to lose Braden by dating his sister in the event that things went sour,but he acted so immature sometimes. I would have been exhausted trying to figure out his deal if I were Ellie, but I'm so glad they get together:) Just a little side note, what's up with the men in these books loving to get physical and throw punches? I don't like it. Plot: First, I enjoyed that it overlapped with On Dublin Street's plot. Well, obviously it had to since they got together during that book, but it was cool to see certain scenes twice. Again, Samantha Young brings the emotion and lots of tension. I love the drama! Writing: How do I always find myself ripping through the pages of her books? I just love the writing, with the occasion humorous but thrown in there even though neither Ellie or Adam are nearly as witty and audacious as Joss and Braden. One thing I did think was a little odd was that a few of the journal entries were from when Ellie was pretty young, and it was odd that she was talking of pretty mature content. And also, who writes diary entries that detailed? Something I wished there were more of has to be the commentary from Adam. After each chapter, he barely comments. I wish he would have laughed at some parts or had more funny and playful lines. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, I'm loving Samantha Young's work! If you're read On Dublin Street, you gotta read it!...more
Characters: I really enjoyed this book more than Nicholas Sparks' other stuff because these characters were closer to my age, the intended audience. I liked the evolution of Ronnie, how she grew closer to her family and came to fall in love. Will was a sweet character. He was always there for Ronnie and her family. After watching the movie first, it was hard not to picture the characters as the actors who portray them. In Will's case, it wasn't so bad since Liam Hemsworth isn't too bad to look at :) Plot: We have you typical Nicholas Sparks formula. You know there's going to be love and death in the book. Movie: DON'T be discouraged to read this after watching the movie. DON'T let Miley Cyrus' yurn you away, for the book was much better than the movie! I found amazingly interesting that the screenplay was written before the book just for Miley Cyrus. After reading it, i realized that there are a ton of holes in the movie, especially regarding the church fire. In the movie, this part of the plot was kind of forgotten about, but it is explained in the book because it has such significance to the story. *Many of the funny lines from the screenplay show up verbatim. Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes. However, I know some people do not like Nicholas Sparks where people die, so keep that in mind....more