Some of these characters made me want to pull my hair out at times. But it was a cute read, despite Fitzpatrick's inability to just get the3.5 stars.
Some of these characters made me want to pull my hair out at times. But it was a cute read, despite Fitzpatrick's inability to just get the truth out, and also the flashbacks tended to come out of nowhere. Cass, though <3 ...more
Okay, I loved this. I liked this a lot better than Han's Summer series. This was adorable and sweet and the way Han portrayed the familial r4.5 stars.
Okay, I loved this. I liked this a lot better than Han's Summer series. This was adorable and sweet and the way Han portrayed the familial relationships and cultural differences was something that I just could not fault. Lara Jean is perhaps, one of my favorite contemporary protagonists, although already I know some disagree, claiming that she is childish and spoilt. But I honestly don't see it that way. To me, she's full of life and personality and as hopeless a romantic as I am. Her energy just seems to bounce of the page, remaining optimistic even in the worst situations. She's half-Korean, and the way this was explored was right on point. From the online Japanese street-style shopping to the cute Korean stationary that Lara Jean likes to collect - this is genuinely what my friends and I love to do. And then there's the constant onslaught of delicious food constantly being repeated throughout the book. Lara Jean loves baking and making rice balls and their family has Korean food on their father's off days and asdfghjkl my mouth was just watering all the way through.
And Lara Jean's family! Her sister's and father are so endearing and likable. Their relationship is built around the fact that their mother is gone, and so now they all have to look out for each other and it was perfect. I honestly wasn't sure about them in the beginning, but they grew on me, especially Kitty whom I thought I would hate, but she is just so sassy and smart-assed that I couldn't help but burst out into giggles at 2am at some of the things she said.
The romance side of it is ultimately something that has been done before, but for some reason, these types of fake-date relationships just always seem to work for me, as they definitely did in The Art of Lainey as I recall, although the way they are carried out is quite different. There is a love triangle, I'll tell you now, but it's not drawn out. Lara Jean figures out what she wants before she lets anything get too far, and fixes things up before they spiral out of control. She is strong-willed enough to let one go, is what I'm saying, unlike a lot of other protagonists. And I don't think there will be a love triangle in the next book, in case the love triangle thing is really your defining factor. But I liked both guys, and even though I was viciously rooting for one over the other, I really did enjoy both of their role's in this story.
One complaint though. Genevieve. Really? Are there really such over-exaggerated Queen Bee Bitch Queens out there in high schools? Because the amount of female cattiness in every contemporary book is really making me wonder.
But aside from that, this is a really fun book. The ending made my cry in frustration because 2015?! Are you kidding me? Seriously, 2015 can't come fast enough....more
Okay so, I definitely did not expect to cry. Honestly, I wasn't even expecting this to get a near five stars. But this was beautiful. Really4.5 stars!
Okay so, I definitely did not expect to cry. Honestly, I wasn't even expecting this to get a near five stars. But this was beautiful. Really, it was. I loved it a lot more than I did Bittersweet and even though it had quite a few of the same problems, I absolutely adored the relationship between Jude and her papi alongside the adorable, swoon-worthy romance. It held a perfect balance throughout the book and Jude really grew into a likable, relatable character by the end of it, unlike the aforementioned Bittersweet.
Ugh, that was so sweet it hurts. Who knew that five people narrating as if they were doing a running commentary could be this compelling? Be4.5 stars!
Ugh, that was so sweet it hurts. Who knew that five people narrating as if they were doing a running commentary could be this compelling? Because I'm telling you now that had it been any other book, I probably would have thrown it out the window. The writing style was so simplistic but it just totally, freaking worked. And the romance? Swoooooooon....more
Adorkable is, well... adorable. But what may seem like a fun, light read is actually so much more! It's cute, it's quirky but it holds a mess3.5 stars
Adorkable is, well... adorable. But what may seem like a fun, light read is actually so much more! It's cute, it's quirky but it holds a message that anyone and everyone who's gone through high school will always find themselves able to relate to.
-- thoughts Sassy, bizarre, peculiar, fierce---there are probably about a million and one words out there that could be used to describe Jeane Smith, but not one of them would ever be able to do her justice! In this case, however, that's not particularly a bad thing. Jeane is no one but her, she's herself whether people decide they want to judge her for dyeing her hair grey and wearing granny-like second hand clothes or not. She embraces her dorkiness, even converts it into her own lifestyle brand and better yet, she's no beautiful face hiding under a flock of ugly clothes, but simply a plain, slightly chubby girl marking her place in the world by being what most high schoolers are afraid to be---different.
...which Michael Lee is definitely not. Sporting all the latest trends and exclusive Abercrombie & Fitch clothes, Michael is your typical run-of-the-mill, wish-i-was-his-date-to-homecoming teenage guy. That is, until he finds out his girlfriend has been cheating on him with Jeane's boyfriend. When Michael and Jeane's world collide, it's like a layer has been stripped away from behind their eyes and they change with a development of character so palpable yet completely believable, it's a wonder they were never like this before. It's true that in fact, I thought both of them were entirely too arrogant, judgmental and opinionated to be relatable in any way when I first began reading this. But see, that's potentially why it gets good. When you get into the deeper depths of Adorkable, you'll find that somehow, through some untamable section of your mind, that you like them specifically because of the way they both are. Plus, Michael Lee is half-asian and his parents are the embodiment of most every other strict asian parentage out there---something that I could relate to on an entirely different level!
What's more is that while some interactions induced much eye-rolling---the majority of them starting or ending with the immature "whatever!"---Manning actually does write some of the best and realistic teenage experiences I've ever read. Sometimes you read about the perfect first kiss, the perfect first time, where time seems to slow down and all that crap but in reality, not everything is perfect, is it? Which is why Adorkable's easy, light dialogue between characters was refreshing, because well, in real life, we do often make mistakes, and though rather ashamedly, we do make rude, probably dirty jokes on a day-to-day basis but we're also able to laugh and try to make light of any and all kinds of awkward situations!
-- in a nutshell Perhaps Adorkable isn't a perfect book but what makes it good really stands out! The highlights are what many authors fail to perfect and while probably not suitable for teens twelve and younger, it's a book that will leave you smiling and laughing because of how much you can imagine everything happening in your everyday life!
So help me. I'm struck dumb and speechless and have absolutely no freaking idea how to start this review withoutReview also posted on The Paper Planes
So help me. I'm struck dumb and speechless and have absolutely no freaking idea how to start this review without screwing up so much as a speck of the well-earned justice it so clearly deserves. Simply saying, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a spectacular contemporary!
While I didn't cry like I'm sure many others did, I did have plenty of laughs and more than enough smiles to last me a lifetime. Hadley and Oliver are fantastic main characters! They're funny, witty and deeply affected by their own circumstances but they're also down to earth and very believable. It's fairly predictable, but don't let that sway you into not reading it! Because what TSPOLAFS is all about are the relationships between characters, not just between Hadley and Oliver but between Hadley and her father as they both struggle to mend broken family ties as well.
Guys, this is why I love contemporaries. TSPOLAFS provides us with fun and light prose that is so often lost in the seriousness of the paranormal genre but also that deeper, raw emotional aspect that tears at our hearts. If I weren't such a hard cookie to crack when reading I might have even shed a tear or two!
What's interesting is that I always have a low tolerance for fast-growing relationships but I had absolutely zero problems with this one. It's told within a time-span of 24 hours but it feels like you're with Hadley for far longer than that, a few weeks even! The amount of depth we see in the characters in such a short time is astounding and the relationship between Oliver and Hadley feels real, natural. It makes me crave for a seat next to a cute British boy the next time I go on a plane!
Overall, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is definitely a book that needs to be read if it's sitting on your TBR shelf hidden behind a countless number of others. It's wonderful prose reads like a fairy tale, there's a need you have for the two main characters to finally get together in the end and live happily ever after. Anna and the French Kiss fans? You'll find that this is a book that can easily rival it!...more