The Characters - AJ was a great character, he is definitely the reason this book received three stars. He is the kind of guy that is dream worthy. I w...moreThe Characters - AJ was a great character, he is definitely the reason this book received three stars. He is the kind of guy that is dream worthy. I wish there were more men like AJ in the world, real-life and fiction. He has a lot of depth and is overall a great person. He is my favorite character in this whole novel and he is the main reason I want to read the next one in the series.
Nardia was likable enough. I wasn't a fan of her snarky attitude towards other women, even when mentioning you are just being objective it is still mentioning it and looking down on others. This didn't happen very much, but just enough to catch my notice.
Doctor Raegen was...he is really hard to describe. He was shy and reserved in the beginning and grew in his confidence and comfortability as he and Nardia grew closer. Honestly, in the beginning I didn't really care for him, but towards the end he turned it up a bit. I still don't love him like AJ, but I think he would be an alright friend. I didn't care for his taste in friends, nor his attitude towards Nardia after hearing rumors. But I did like that he stood behind her even when doubt clogged his mind.
The Plot - The story moved very slow and I didn't get the big climax I was hoping for, but it was paced evenly enough. I was confused on a few parts, regarding her daughter and what she decided in the end, so I am going to have to get that clarified in the next novel, but I assume these endings will be tied together later in the series. I would have liked more from this story, with all the build up we could have had a larger bang in the end. The idea behind this story is great, I love the healing quality and angels being brought to life. The forbidden nature of it all, it is magical and mysterious. The characters were real, they could be anyone around you, anyone you run into. Williams did a great job bringing real life characteristics into the novel.
My Outlook - This story is told to you. Never shown to you, it is all said through Nardia. There isn't one interaction we get to experience for ourselves through description. Just through narration. It was like Nardia was sitting in front of me telling me this story. So that was a big frustration, it is much more enjoyable to actually live the story with the character instead of just being told what is happening. The best way to describe this sensation is like if I was blind and watching a movie with only someone there to tell me what is happening. You get so much more connection and you feel more when you actually live it. I hope this improves for the next ones.
Summary - The cons in this novel were that the climax, wasn't climactic enough, we could have gotten more from this story. The story was told to us, we didn't live it.
The pros, AJ is the best. A great character to read and experience in a story. The premise and the outline of this story is very intriguing. I wanted more and I enjoyed what this book was about. Even for a paranormal type of book it was realistic and the characters were down to earth <- lol literally!(less)
Very disappointed in this book. I was supposed to feel sad and uplifted at the end, instead I was wondering why this was published by Sourcebooks Fire...moreVery disappointed in this book. I was supposed to feel sad and uplifted at the end, instead I was wondering why this was published by Sourcebooks Fire.
I don't know what is up with me reading such depressing books. When I picked them up they did not sound at all depressing, but low and behold, they left me feeling crap-tastic inside. All those pages of build up...for what? I am still unsure. I think I was supposed to be moved and feel powerful, because the author decided to throw us some bullshit out of left field (baseball analogy - meaning: suddenly, from an unexpected source of direction.) There was so much wrong with this book.
Maybe I hated it so much because it was character driven and not plot driven. We enter Mia's life as she returns to her cousins summer home in the Hampton's after three years. Only her cousin, Corinne (<--- lol that is my mom's name) has changed drastically. She is no longer the carefree child who used to go swimming and play all day long with Mia, she is now the "sophisticated" and "privileged" child of one of the Hampton's elite. She had always been this child, but now she is actually acting the part. So, Mia tries to fit in and do as the Romans do - or in this case the Hamptonians do.
She still feels left out and at times she cannot seem to stand even her own behavior (so why should we as the reader be appealed to this, no idea, because I really wasn't.) Then in comes Simon, with some cliche Gatsby references, and a friendship ensues. As time goes on, he is not only the friend, but he becomes the love interest as well. And that fact was never believable to me, I only ever saw them as friends, and I could not transition into relationship with them. It was just another one of those things that had to be thrown in there to, I don't know, appease YA literature and add romance. So a Summer of Skinny Dipping starts with these two and their budding romance.
Let me mention a few more problems with this book, Simon, is boring, I don't really like him as a person, nor as the character in the book. He is all over the place, not my kind of guy. I can never really get a steady read or emotion from him. So, I don't see how he is trustworthy like is so often mentioned. His father beats him up and then he has a moment with the police (unrelated) and after he feels powerful, because he could have told on his dad, but he didn't, how is this supposed to be positive and a character I can stand behind. Simple answer - I can't stand behind him. Every time they kissed I fought off a cringe. And what the heck was up with the light signals. When he never once declined her and she only did once, but then relented to seeing him anyways, that was just a pointless addition to the story. Her mother, cousins, aunt and uncle were so plain. They only seemed to care about a few things, and really not much else. Mia was not a concern of theirs, otherwise how else would she be able to sneak out every night without anyone's notice. Lastly, the ending. Probably one of the more important parts of the book and it was terrible. Talk about self-growth. Well if all of us in life could have a tragedy happen to us, I am sure we would all be better people for it, but what kind of crap is that. So random and a complete flop.
The only things I did like about, that allow me to give it two stars is the fact that the main character likes to spout facts about everything, and I like that, because I myself do it all the time. (My cousin calls me bing, because it is prettier than google) Anyways, I have a sickness to answer those arbitrary questions people ask, without every expecting someone to answer and so does Mia. Also, her dad was really cool. He was only present in a few scenes and was thought to be pretty blind to what was going on, but I liked that he was more aware than anyone gave him credit for.
So that is all there is to say about The Summer of Skinny Dipping. If you read it, I hope you like it more than I did. If you don't read it, I hope you spend your time reading something wonderful instead, and then be sure to tell me about it so I can read it too! (less)
My initial thoughts- This book is great! The story really draws you in and keeps you there. Such a sad story that really shakes you to the core. Writt...moreMy initial thoughts- This book is great! The story really draws you in and keeps you there. Such a sad story that really shakes you to the core. Written in diary format, the style is different than what I'm used to, but after only a few chapters I found myself immersed in Hannah's story. You feel her hurt and her want to just understand. If only she could grasp just a sliver of her sister Hope (<-- you see what I did there) she could realize what has happened and move forward.
This is a really fast read. I finished in only a few hours. As the story unfolds you just have to keep reading, you want to know what's going to happen next, and you need to know how Hannah is doing. Hoping that she is getting better and praying she will be able to move on. I have never had, nor lost a twin, so I can only imagine the pain it would cause to lose your other half, and I feel Nellenbach did an excellent representation of it in this story.
By the end my emotions were worked, from the end of one love, to the beginnning of a new/old one. Through the twisted lies and hidden secrets, Hannah emerges from the shadow of her lost sister and into her own light. She ends with a new beginning and an understanding of how little others show their true selves and how to trust again.
Characters- Hannah: Seeing as we are reading this story from her diary, I have to say she is an excellent story teller *wink,wink* Even though I don't have any actual experience with this kind of incident, Hannah was very relatable. The girl that lived in her sisters shadow, the girl that was always second best, or an add-on in everyone elses lives. Now she is the main focus, but they still only see her lost sister Hope. It would definitely suck to be identical twins and lose him/her, so that everyone that looks at you is clouded in pain of seeing a person they loved dearly, only it isn't your twin, it's you. I feel for Hannah, that would have been terrible. The story was told so well through her eyes. I feel her struggle.
Hope: I kind of hate her. She seemed to have everything she wanted, but she was depressed and sad underneath it all. Her character honestly seemed unrealistic to me, but then again that depth of depression is hard for me to even comprehend. Overall, I just feel for everyone that was a part of Hope's life, she was adored and loved by so many and she decided to take her life before it really even started.
Julian: Swoon worthy man alert. Hannah and Julian used to be in a relationship, they were the IT couple. Everyone loved them together and I have to say I was loving them together as well. Julian is very supportive to Hannah, he is probably the closest person to her after she loses Hope, and the only one that can truly comfort her in this time of grieving and confusion. He is without a doubt a yummy hearthrob. Can't get enough of him! The book was too short, I need more Julian.
Doug: Is such a good older brother, so sweet. I really enjoyed his part in the book. He had a strong sense of family. He may not have known what to do to help, but he did the best he could.
Overall- Definitely worth the read! You will go through it fast, so if you were on the edge before you mind as well just dive on in! You really get a great story with good character development. The book has stayed with me long after the last page was turned. I look forward to reading more by this author.(less)
WARNING: Reading this book will cause random bouts of laughter. Extreme cravings of Vanilla Ice Cream...moreThis review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive
WARNING: Reading this book will cause random bouts of laughter. Extreme cravings of Vanilla Ice Cream with Rainbow Sprinkles (because they make the world go round) and may endanger Old Lady's walking along the street. Read at your own risk!
The warning is for your own good, I just had to warn you, it's in my nature of being such a wonderful person! This book was amazing and I loved every fun-filled second of it. Click to Subscribe had me with a big grin on my face one moment, to my eyes pooling out this strange salty liquid at the next, only to bring me back around to fits of laughter that can only be described as howling glee.
Told through the male POV of West Ryder, aka Sam Green to all his vlog followers, is just an ordinary teen with an extraordinary tolerance of sugar. He has been dealt a short stick in life, he was really close to his mother and is still mourning over loosing her. Luckily he has his best friend Cat to lend him a shoulder whenever he needs it. And mysterious girl vlog follower Harper to help take the edge off.
When one day they plan to meet, and it turns out that Harper and Cat are the same person. West has to learn to accept that the cyber-girl Harper, he was falling for, and his so-close-of-a-friend-she-is-more-like-a-sister Cat are one in the same. How can he risk loving someone so close to him like Cat? He is terrified of what loosing her would mean for his life if they didn't work out. Needless to say, West is going through a whole heck of a lot and be prepared for this stories epic and bumpy ride!
My only complaint is that I want more! It would have been awesome to read more about his vlog in the beginning, what he talks about and what other kinds of followers he has. He is obsessed with Harper, and that is really what drives the story so it is understandable that it revolves around their conversations, I would have just liked a little more West or his alias Sam Green, to add layers and depth to his character.
Anyways, I loved every minute of it. West is fun and refreshing a male main character with a sensitive side, and confident enough in himself to pull it off. He was such a relatable character. It was beautiful to be in the mind of West and to feel what he felt. I couldn't get enough of him. I felt so bad for what happened to his mom and how his life was crumbling apart. Yet he had such a light and refreshing personality that just kept me wanting more, page after page.
And lets face it, Cat is the BOMB. She is what females strive to be! Nice, beautiful, kind, forgiving, and knows how to go after what she wants. [beach scene ;) I know what you were trying to do Cat you naughty devil!] <--- forgive me, but you will understand once you read it! And that is exactly what you should do right now, go read it!
Thank you Sel from Bookcase to Heaven and L.M. Augustine for allowing me to be a part of the Click to Subscribe tour. The book was wonderful and I loved every minute of it!
^^^^ I had to add it! It's almost as good as the book!