THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE!!! Sure the title and cover art might be embarrassing for a 30-something to be seen reading in public, but so what! I was LOLingTHIS BOOK IS ADORABLE!!! Sure the title and cover art might be embarrassing for a 30-something to be seen reading in public, but so what! I was LOLing like crazy and people were looking at me like I was a nut.... I didn't care a bit because I was SO happy. I'm pretty good at hiding my emotions while reading, but I seriously could not hold in all the happiness this book was giving me.
Riley- Riley is my new book BFF. I found her so entertaining and hilarious and awesome. I loved the way she talked in her head, it was so funny and cute. For example:
"I'll be there with bells on," I say for some reason, even though I normally steer clear of old-timey phrases. Ted! Why do you bring out the dorkiest in me?"
And the way she talked out loud:
"No problem, I can meet you by your locker," I say "Not that I know where your locker is. I mean, it's alphabetical, I sort of know. Not by heart, not the number, just in general, it's near Mrs. Bullard's room, I think, right, is it?"
HAHAHA! How can you not love diarrhea of the mouth like that?? It's endearing.
I loved going along with her as she figured out boys and relationships and what SHE really wanted. It was also really nice to read about sex and it wasn't made out to be this HUGE big deal. Yeah sex is a major thing, but not everyone obsesses about the first time endlessly like it's made out to be in books and movies.
The only thing I didn't LOVE about this book was that Riley was a tad bit too music snobby for my liking. It almost felt like she was tabulating points- for or against guys based on their musical selections and knowledge. I love music, and I love when books feature music, but I don't like it when characters get all high on the music they like, like it's the only thing worth listening to. There's a lot out there that even Riley couldn't have heard, so calm down girl, just because you're in a band, it doesn't mean you have final say on all that is good music-wise. Get me?
Reid is also perfectly adorable. He's super nervous and hard on himself, and I love that we got to see (through his notebook writings) that he was the more romantic one of him and Riley. It was also nice to see a guy and a girl who could be friends and NOT cross that line into something more. Although.... part of me almost started wondering if they would be cute together.... but no it was so much better this way.
It's been a while since I read a book that made me smile so big and so many times. I honestly couldn't get enough of this cute, funny, awesome Contemporary. If you've read and liked Freshman Yeah and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin, then I would totally say go for this, they should be cousin companion books or something.
OVERALL: YES!!!! I loved this adorable, cute, squishy, fun Contemporary. It made me smile and laugh in public. That right there says something. I rec this to anyone who needs something light and happy in their lives. Riley could very well be your next book BFF... I know she's mine.
This book was very, very odd. Like normally I really really enjoy books about immature teenage boys. To the point where I get mildly concerne2.5 Stars
This book was very, very odd. Like normally I really really enjoy books about immature teenage boys. To the point where I get mildly concerned to what is going on in my head that I relate so well to them. But I just didn't connect with this book. I tried, I forced my way through it, but alas... no connection.
I thought Denton was a cute kid. He had a hell of an outlook on life for someone who knew he wasn't getting much of one. He was silly and humorous at times, but I wouldn't say all-out funny. And that's what I think the author was going for... funny. Like a dark-comedy of sorts. Except it wasn't really that funny. Maybe 2 scenes of it made almost giggle, that's it. The conversations were so odd and pointless at times. Example:
"You're late for your Sitting"
"Yes, thank you, I know. Are you okay?"
"Yeah, I'm fine. Hey Paolo. Hey Veronica."
"Uh, hi Millie"
And there was a lot of that. Filler conversations that had no point and meant nothing. The plot in general wasn't working for me either. I had trouble following and understanding things. For example, they live in this world where people know their deathdates, but nothing about the why or how of that is explained. Why did we originally want to know our deathdates? How did science able us to know this? Why does the government force them to know whether they like it or not? It was like I was just supposed to accept this world without knowing anything about it. Also things were SO squished in at the end. Not much happened except typical teenage drama until about 20 pages left, then it was this whole big thing that happened and it was super rushed.
The bright shining spot for me was Paolo and his sister Veronica. They made the book stronger, funnier, and brought life out of Denton.
Basically this book made me sad. I wanted funny. What I got was opposite. The author made it seem like Denton never really lived until his last day of life. So much of what he found out should have been told to him earlier. You would think that knowing you were going to die young, you wouldn't put off so much closure until the last day, but Denton and everyone around him did. It was as if everyone only remembered the day before that he was actually dying. I get wanting to live as normally as possible, but at the same time, don't leave EVERYTHING until the last moment!!!
If there is a sequel (because the ending is a MAJOR cliffhanger), I think there is major potential for it to be better. All the boring background stuff would be out of the way and the main event has just begun. The characters in the first book were decent, so there's definitely something to go on.
OVERALL: I wanted to like this book, but too many things stood in my way. It wasn't really all that funny.... more silly. And so many things about the plot frustrated me. I think this could be good for a certain audience, I just don't know who it is.