I really loved this book and how it dealt with so many things in a different way than I've ever seen before. It showed a rape victim who was surrounde I really loved this book and how it dealt with so many things in a different way than I've ever seen before. It showed a rape victim who was surrounded by support and refused to be seen as a victim. It showed cheerleading as something that takes a lot of athletic ability and should be respected for it.
Hermione is the main character of the book and she is a great one. She is raped at cheerleading camp, and she doesn't remember any of it. She doesn't let this define who she is. That doesn't mean that things are easy for her, because she still does struggle. But she doesn't want people to see her as "that raped girl." She wants to continue cheering with her team, and competing with them. She isn't going to give up because something bad happened to her.
One of my favorite characters in the book was Polly, who is Hermione's best friend. She is so supportive and is there with Hermione through everything. She is also the type of person who is very good and sticking up for people, and people are a bit intimidated by her, so they listen to her. I loved reading about the friendship between Polly and Hermione. And while most of Polly's story was shown in relation to Hermione's story arc, she also got her own story arc, which I loved.
I also enjoyed reading about Hermione meeting her therapist and her interactions with him. Even though she jokingly said he was the worst therapist ever, I think he was really good for her healing process. (Despite the comments that he made about cheerleading and cheerleaders). It was really important for her that she had someone who wasn't going to try to make their career out of writing books about working with her or something like that.
If you like YA contemporary, read this book....more
I am glad that this was a pick for Dahlia's Book Club, because I really enjoyed it and probably wouldn't have read it otherwise. This one was pretty cI am glad that this was a pick for Dahlia's Book Club, because I really enjoyed it and probably wouldn't have read it otherwise. This one was pretty cute and fun, while also having some serious moments. Overall, I didn't think this read too young for me. It seemed more like it was on the upper end of Middle Grade, since the main character was in 8th grade, and was a teenager.
I enjoyed how this really showed that being the president's daughter isn't necessarily an amazing experience. It shows how it can be lonely to be living in the White House with parents who are two busy for you. It shows how it can be hard to make friends at a new school because you can't tell if they genuinely are interested in being friends with you as a person, and not just because you're the First Daughter. Of course, I haven't had this experience so I don't know what it's really like, but it read very genuine to me.
I liked getting to read the fictional diary of Alice Roosevelt. She had quite the adventures in her days. I liked seeing how things that Audrey did paralleled the life of Alice, and how reading about Alice was really able to help her.
I liked the sweet romance that developed between Audrey and her friend from school, Quint. Since this is MG, the romance was not a big focus, and remained a friendship for a while. But once it turned into a romance, it was quite cute and light.
If you like MG and younger YA, read this book. ...more
This book has a different POV than any I've ever really read before. A lot of what I read is 1st person, but I have read other 3rd person books and thThis book has a different POV than any I've ever really read before. A lot of what I read is 1st person, but I have read other 3rd person books and this is in 3rd person. The ones that I've read before, though, have usually shown one character's POV in the whole book or in different sections, while this book changed POVs from paragraph to paragraph. This was interesting because I got to be in the heads of lots of characters. Also, the sexual tension between Kaede and Taisin was very strong throughout the book. It quickly became clear that the feelings they had were mutual, but neither would admit it for a long time, and I was just waiting for them to finally kiss. I shipped this ship a lot....more
This book was a quick read that I finished in one day. I wasn't sure how I'd like it, since middle grade sometimes reads a bit too young for me, but IThis book was a quick read that I finished in one day. I wasn't sure how I'd like it, since middle grade sometimes reads a bit too young for me, but I really enjoyed this. The mystery was engaging and kept me turning the pages. I also really enjoyed the friendship formed between Theodora and Bodhi. I also was quite surprised by many of the results to parts of the mystery....more
This book is technically outside of my typical genre for reading, yet I still loved it so much. My favorite part of it was definitely the relationshipThis book is technically outside of my typical genre for reading, yet I still loved it so much. My favorite part of it was definitely the relationships between the various characters in the book.
My favorite relationship in this book is the one between Cas and Swift. It is a slow burn hate to love, and hate to love is one of my favorite relationship tropes. The book deals with how they are in positions of different levels of power, which makes a relationship for them difficult. Swift is essentially helping holding Cas captive. And Cas's choices are tied to whether or not Swift will be allowed to live. And somewhere along the way, both of them fell for each other. It was a great progression to see when Swift kept Cas safe because she just cared about her own life and the transition to her keeping Cas safe because Cas's life matters to her. I shipped the two of them so much, though it wasn't always an easy and pain-free ship.
The world in this book is really interesting. It's a very aquatic world, with pirates and other ships that they attack. The whole thing with the sea monsters is also interesting, since they are trained to guard ships and fight off the pirates. There is a lot involved with the training of them sometimes. It is definitely not a safe job. Cas has been trained to do this job throughout her life, though she never intended to do it on a pirate's ship. She questions the morality of many things throughout the story, learning that maybe she's almost as bad as the pirate's and hypocritical in thinking that what they do is wrong and what she does is right.
If you like YA sci-fi or just books with good character relationships, read this book....more
I have mixed feelings on this book as a whole. There were things that I liked about it, and other parts of it that I had more trouble getting into. II have mixed feelings on this book as a whole. There were things that I liked about it, and other parts of it that I had more trouble getting into. I think part of this was because this isn't really my type of genre. I was more invested in the parts with Elian, Xie, and Greta, and the relationships with them. I especially loved the relationship between Xie and Greta. And I basically loved Elian as a character from the first scene that he stepped onto the page. So overall, I wanted to like it more, but I certainly wouldn't say I disliked it. There were times when I felt the pacing was a bit slow, and I wanted to put it down, and other times, I couldn't put it down because I was so invested....more