Lena is a 16 year old girl who can’t wait to get the cure from the disease called love. The government controls and monitors everything in her world.Lena is a 16 year old girl who can’t wait to get the cure from the disease called love. The government controls and monitors everything in her world. For example everything set on the intranet is written by government agencies and even digital books must be approved and licensed and for a fee one may be able to download them. The Invalids are a strong rebel force who wreck chasos onto the cured society of people. Their alleigence stands for what society should be.
I love her struggle between being a cured person to being an invalid. Her thoughts ricochet in her head like a well played tennis match and you can how much she denies that she’s in love. Then when she finally realizes she is, it’s beautiful. She feels weak, and strong at the same time. Nor does she care that she could get caught.
The scene where they start making out and Lena touches the contours of Alex’s back felt so real. Just imagine you have never seen a boy naked and he’s close to you, your warmth guided by his body of course you would feel lust. Lena being completely clueless loves it just as much because it finally awakens get human desires. Just as much as when Alex tells her she’s beautiful and she finally believes him made me smile. I definitely have noticed a recurring theme in most YA novels: plain Janes with low self esteem and a hunky gorgeous guy who falls in love with them. Ok maybe I get the fact that the author needs their characters to be relatable to attract readers, but really..did Lena really have to belittle herself so much? She only believes she’s beautiful when Alex says she is! I can be a bit if a feminist so this irked me to no end. Then once Lena falls in love, the date of her scheduled cure looms over her head like a grey cloud.
Her friendship with Hana is just as strong any between two childhood best friends. I love Lena’s character. She show strength and leads Lena but at the same time Lena teaches Hana there’s more to their caged city life.
Love between Alex, Hana, Grace and her own mother. She has learned that she’s always loved these people in her life and I couldn’t help but be proud of how much her character grew.
Lena rescuing herself felt so real and I loved how Alex becomes the hero and recuses her with the help of Grace. Call me old-fashioned but I still love it when guys want to be the “prince.” True to a hero’s form, he sacrifices himself only to rescue Lena, as she escapes from the confines of Portland. And I have to admit, I actually teared when I read that.
I cannot wait until the sequel Pandemonium!...more
Before the curse every began, there was a promise. This is the novella for the Tiger Saga. I remember reading the first book in the Tiger Saga so veryBefore the curse every began, there was a promise. This is the novella for the Tiger Saga. I remember reading the first book in the Tiger Saga so very long ago, and loving how everything was written. Colleen writes with such incredible detail and finesse that you feel like you're plopped right into the character's world.
You're in Yesubai's mind and heart and her life. And what a life it is. She's the beautiful girl that has the most evil father I have ever read in YA characters. He is abusive and a megalomaniac. He will stop at nothing to achieve what he wants. I admire Yesubai for her courage to keep going for her one and only friend, but I really wanted her to fight back and to get rid of her father's tyranny over her life. I also happened to roll my eyes when she became lustful in a second of seeing him and I can truly understand why, but when it's laid out in the open and the character falls in love, I just so happen to roll my eyes. Not everything is about looks, and I did like how Yesubai ended up liking him for his traits instead of his looks.
Overall, a great start to the Tiger's Saga and I can't wait to finish this series when the last book comes out soon!...more
A very honest portrayal about a girl's first everything: first love, first boyfriend, first time. I found myself laughing at somWarning: Sexual scenes
A very honest portrayal about a girl's first everything: first love, first boyfriend, first time. I found myself laughing at some of their thoughts and some of the dialogue. This is a cute and fun read and I loved how brutally honest it is. Never have I read about a book where the main story or plot is about sex. If I ever read this book as a teen I would have been majorly grateful. The relationship game is so evident in this one. Should I call him back? Do I look too clingy? Am I being too clingy? Etc. There are just so many questions a teenage girl needs to get answered and I'm happy to note that this one does answer them.
I didn't particularly like the characters, but I did enjoy all the fun escapades they got themselves into. Dom is a great person wanting to be a doctor but her dislike for animals really bothered me. Especially when Jessica was around. I don't understand how Dom would just give up her only dreams for a boy. It felt so quick. And she's not in love, she's in lust.
Overall, Anatomy of a Boyfriend is a fun and fresh take on the contemporary genre!
“I don't think changing for someone is bad as long as you're objectively changing for the better.” (56)
“Did things get 'a lot hotter' between you two? A little stove-top stuffing in the kitchen?” (86)
“Remember, no ring, no ring-a-ding-ding.” (92)
“I don't want to talk, Dom.” (97)
“You've got a long night of bronco riding ahead of you, cowgirl.” (151)
“I wish boyfriends could be as reliable as best friends.” (180) ...more