I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would, since I usually don't read YA paranormal romance. I've always thought that YA romance with theI enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would, since I usually don't read YA paranormal romance. I've always thought that YA romance with the whole I-love-you-so-much-even-though-we-just-met thing is cheesy and annoying. It kinda was in this novel, but the other cool events that take place make up for it.
While I think the concept of time travel is intriguing, it confuses me. How can Michele change the past and rewrite history through actions that don't even happen until she goes back in time? Does that mean that 100 years ago, Philip had Michele's future self visiting him all along even though she wasn't even born until 84 years later? Time is presented as having multiple time periods existing together, and actions in each one affect the other. It is cool, but confusing. For example: did their songs exist all along, even though she just wrote them while traveling back in time? If they did, then couldn't she have heard them on Lily's records while growing up? Or did the songs magically appear on the records after she rewrote history? Thinking about it gives me a headache. But I like books that make me think long after I've finished reading.
I did not like the ending. I was happy with the story ending without the last little section. Again, it could be because I do not like cheesy YA romance too much. But the author threw in one last twist, which I did not care much for. I will read the sequel though to find out what exactly happened, and have some of the other loose ends answered. I'm interested to know the story about Michele's dad, and what her grandparents are not telling her. ...more
Lucy's mother's twin (who was separated at birth and grew up an orphan) knocks on their door one day. The family takes her in and teaches h3.5-4 stars
Lucy's mother's twin (who was separated at birth and grew up an orphan) knocks on their door one day. The family takes her in and teaches her proper etiquette, buys her new outfits, and hires her a tutor. Soon, Aunt Helen has the manner and grace of her mother. I did wonder if she had any cruel intentions, especially knowing that one twin gets murdered. When Lucy finds them one murdered and one alive, she cannot tell them apart, but is relieved when the one who's alive says she's her mother. Is it really the mother or did Aunt Helen take her place after learning how to be exactly like her?
From here on out, I was expecting a more sinister feel to the story. I was expecting to be creeped out and driven with confusion about which twin is which. But I didn't really get that. There were some tense moments that made me wonder, but I thought the book was more about daily life in Lucy's household that spans over a few years. The murder doesn't even take place until halfway through the book. Half the book was about acclimating Aunt Helen to their life, and the other half was a love story between Lucy and the boy next door, because it seemed like she was more concerned about her love life than solving the truth of the murder. But even though it wasn't quite what I was expecting, I still enjoyed it a lot nonetheless!...more
This book is as fluffy as chick lit gets, but it's FUN!! Filled with outrageous but relatable situations and hilarious one-liners, there's never a dulThis book is as fluffy as chick lit gets, but it's FUN!! Filled with outrageous but relatable situations and hilarious one-liners, there's never a dull moment. I can relate to the main character a lot because I'm just as picky when it comes to men! The story was simply written and very preditable, but I'm not looking for something that makes me think when I pick up a book like this. I will like to read more from Beth Orsoff in the future!...more
I knew this was a good book when my work efficiency started suffering because I was spending all my spare time reading, and even staying well past myI knew this was a good book when my work efficiency started suffering because I was spending all my spare time reading, and even staying well past my working hours because I couldn't put it down. It's been a while since a book has completely grabbed my attention like this.
Lillian has always grown up alone on a remote lighthouse island until her parents get relocated to Jasper Island. She comes into contact with other people for the first time in her life and grows close to the assistant keeper's family, especially their two sons. However happy days don't last forever as her mom slowly goes mad. She is left alone at the end to unravel the secret of her mom's insanity and the reason for her family's alienation. The tone is dark and foreboding throughout... you are just waiting for something bad to happen. I have to say that I predicted what the secrets are, but it didn't make the ending any less shocking. I look forward to reading the next books in the series....more
This book took me a while to into, because I'm not used to marathon paragraphs and essay-like prose. But I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got used to itThis book took me a while to into, because I'm not used to marathon paragraphs and essay-like prose. But I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got used to it, and by the end, I absolutely adored this book!
Josh is a unsuccessful screenwriter with writer's block. Although his main job lately is being a stay-at-home dad with two high-maintenance preschoolers. His wife has been away for the entire week on a business trip. On the last day, he learns that Stacy may or may not be having an affair from a play-date mom. But he leaves before he has a chance to learn more, and spends the rest of the day agonizing over it while having to do daddy duties.
This is Josh's story over the course of that day, and we are not spared any details. We are not spared any weird thought or bodily function. And it's surprising how entertaining it all is. It's amazing how well the main characters are developed when the story only spans a day. This book isn't ha-ha funny, but it is clever. There are moments that make you cringe and angry, but there are also absolutely heartwarming moments.
My favorite part has to be the chapter titled "Asperger's: A Chronology". It reads almost like an essay, and really opens your eyes to the condition and behavior of children with it. I also like the snippets of pop culture references to tie in to the story, like the Cat in the Hat parody. It's a really clever technique, and different from anything I've read.
Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this book....more