Let me tell you why the book, WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler, a book I have been anticipating since its release in December of last year did not me...moreLet me tell you why the book, WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler, a book I have been anticipating since its release in December of last year did not meet my expectations.
The story started with Min making her way to deliver a box-filled with memento to Ed, her ex-boyfriend. With each of it served as a chapter, she reveals their short-lived relationship and enumerated the reasons why they broke up.
Min was described as pretty, but not beautiful. Ed described her as either “arty” or “different” – this is the reason why she caught his attention. She wanted to become a film director and often aligned her daily life scenarios on several films which are very unfamiliar to me or perhaps most of the readers since almost all of them were shown in the 1920s. While Ed is your typical jock – and although Min was not the type of girl to sit on the bench and cheer, she begins to spend time in the gym and watched Ed practice. Although Ed is way out of her league, he makes her feel loved and special. Joan, Ed’s sister who seems to be fond of Min warned her about his brother right away. Saying that she’s too mature for him – well, Min is too mature for a YA heroine.
She may be in high school but her thoughts, speech and action is akin to someone who grew up in the early 20th century. Now, how does this intelligent girl make all those bad decisions on love? Well, perhaps love has its way of making the most intelligent among humankind dumb? People make mistakes and not-so-smart decision when it comes to love but when you are as wise as Min – I think you would be more careful and logical with your decision. In between reading all those reasons why they break up, I wonder, a lot of times why Min stayed for him for a long time since he is obviously so wrong for her? They don’t even have anything in common.
The story is written by Daniel Handler aka Lemony Snicket. I adore The Series of Unfortunate Events, and of course, I was hoping I would like this one too. I like it at some point, I appreciate the illustrations and all those quirky reasons why Min broke up with Ed. But at the end I got bored, and that, Mr. Handler, is why we broke up. (less)
Bittersweet is one of the most delicious books I have ever read. It took me just a couple of hours to finish this book on my Kindle. I was all wrapped...moreBittersweet is one of the most delicious books I have ever read. It took me just a couple of hours to finish this book on my Kindle. I was all wrapped up – drooling because the chapter titles are sinfully to die for. It makes me crave for a bunch of cupcakes with weird-sounding names.
Besides those amazing chapter names that could tick your sense of taste and wish it out of the pages, I also love the characters in this novel. Starting with Hudson, she started as a soon-to-be-Olympic-champion-type figure skater, but something went wrong and she turned her back away from it all – from an all-too-promising future. Now, three years later, her life is filled with a lot of stuffs including skating, baking cupcakes, waitressing at the diner, and taking care of her brother. So it’s not really a surprise when she’s near emotional wreck with all of these stuff fell into her lap. She has a lot of issue of things that fell apart along with an unexpected betrayal by someone she loved. I wish I could be more sympathetic to her, but most of the time, I’d like to strangle her more because of her unwise decisions and bad moves. I love the growth of her character all throughout the book. Her decision at the end of the story surprised me, it was unexpected, but I was happy that she stood by it and didn’t regret anything.
She has an amazing best friend, Dani who greatly complements her personality. There is a wise-for-their-real-age brother who is just adorable and sweet.
And of course, who could forget the hockey boys!!! Hudson is quite confused when it comes to the opposite sex. The choices: real tough! It was a choice between the captain who wants her, and then shows it and the co-captain who sends in signals but gets on the phone a lot with another girl. I love the romance. I love the thing she did with the hockey players. I’m glad Ockler didn’t overdo these hunks. They were fascinating, funny, sweet and quite obnoxious (most jocks are).
Bittersweet is a fun, a little bit emotional and complex. The setting – all those snow and hot chocolates is just perfect and makes those who do not experience winter wish for snow. Once again, Sarah Ockler made an amazing novel, that made me swoon over the characters and over cupcakes. (less)
"COLE RILEY HAD BUILT HIS REPUTATION ON BEING tough, especially on the football field. He didn’t yield, and when he...morePlaying to Win started with a bang:
"COLE RILEY HAD BUILT HIS REPUTATION ON BEING tough, especially on the football field. He didn’t yield, and when he had the ball in his hands, there was only one thing on his mind—the end zone. He was hardheaded and single-minded, and he liked to win.
Same thing with women—once he had a target in mind, he went for her until he scored."
What can I say? Jaci Burton didn't disappoint. The wait is quite the worth and I ended up reading this novel in one sitting and ended up excited for the next one. (less)
Chase loved Nikki and it broke all our hearts when their love story ended on the first book. How can something sooooo perfect just ended like that? It...moreChase loved Nikki and it broke all our hearts when their love story ended on the first book. How can something sooooo perfect just ended like that? It was tragic, it was not supposed to be.
Now Chase is trying to move on, he's trying very hard... Oh, I could put on a good show of moving on when I needed to.
I was hoping he'd stay out of his past bad habits: drugs and booze. I was scared for him, Nikki was no longer there to look out for him. But I was glad he did stick to his promise and stayed clean. But moving on was the hardest thing to do. She was his great love. How can you give your heart to another person when you already gave all of it to someone else - and you never had it back? Chase and Nikki's friends were the best! Although Chase tried to shut himself out, they were always there for him. They helped him got through his grief to finally, his happy ever after.
But I did wish Chase would have his very happy ending. I'm super glad Ms. Weatherford gave him that - because he deserved it! I somehow did see it coming - the girl. I'm happy its her. :)
She was fading and I hated it. I was falling in love with someone else.
If only Chase could pass through the guilt stage: he's not cheating on Nikki. Nikki is dead, and he's alive. She wants him to move on with his life. Happiness is almost a heartbeat away, and he couldn't reach for it still until he was convinced that it was okay. As for the new girl, oh she liked Chase even then. She was just recovering from a heartbreak herself, she didn't want a rebound relationship and she didn't want to be just Nikki's proxy. She wanted him to like her for her.
Finding Chase is a nice ending to the previous book: Chasing Nikki. Finally, it's a happy ending readers wanted to have. Chase surely deserved it after all that he'd been through. (less)
The rest of the bat pack and their own happy endings!! I totally love Kate Angell and her Richmond Rogues. It was a total accident I got across this b...moreThe rest of the bat pack and their own happy endings!! I totally love Kate Angell and her Richmond Rogues. It was a total accident I got across this book - somewhere in the middle of my boring read. This one was a breather. (less)
"And still, even when he’d told her how he felt about her, and that he wanted their fake relationship to be real, she’d held herself back out of fear...more"And still, even when he’d told her how he felt about her, and that he wanted their fake relationship to be real, she’d held herself back out of fear that their friends-to-lovers story was too good to be anything but fiction."
One of the hardest bridge to cross is the one that connects love and friendship. Finally! I get to read Ryan's story - and I was glad it was worth all those book that I skipped to read this one. As expected, it was hot on the edges as two friends try to deny what they feel for each other. The tension, the sexual chemistry and the inner conflict of crossing boundaries had me hooked and excited that I have finished this book in a day!
Ryan, truly a swoon-worthy knight-in-shining-armor is a guy any girl would want to have as her best friend. He's kind, generous, thoughtful, and always there when you need him. As a teenager with raging hormones, he tried to control every urges he has in respect to Vicki and their friendship. But as a grown man, (at last) he found some courage to finally pursue what he wanted for a long time: his best friend
Vicki worked hard to gain recognition in the art world, to prove to everyone that she can be famous because of what she can do and not who she knows. I admire her dedication to her craft and her struggle to do what she really loves. There were several problems she encountered along the way, and one of these problem is the reason why she called Ryan. Pretending to be his girlfriend is not that hard when it was almost close to reality. But doubts and fear of losing her best friend gave her some pause and a lot of thinking.
Their friendship had been through rough times, especially when they separated and Vicki wanted to pursue art for college. Even when she got married - their communication stayed and their friendship stayed alive.
Bella Andre makes a perfect love story for an ordinary plot of two best friends falling in love with each other. (less)
But sometimes, as I was learning, love wasn't enough
It's late, and I'm up just to write this review because I have just finished this book - AT LA...more But sometimes, as I was learning, love wasn't enough
It's late, and I'm up just to write this review because I have just finished this book - AT LAST . I totally love the first book and was already head over hills on Jude Ryder. Who wasn't, right? The bad boy who fell in love with a nice girl.
And now their story continues:
Exactly how I feel as I was reading through this book, since I have read a dozen of these type of plots from a variety of novels. This is exactly what happens when two very passionate people fell in love. When doubt and mistrust lingers even for a second, hope falters, relationship that took long to develop crumbles in blink of an eye.
A familiar plot, but amazing lines. So in the end, I still liked it. Despite the fact that it felt familiar. I love seeing the old characters like Holly (way to go girl!). There were scenes where I like to:
Although I was disappointed in the ending. Maybe I don't believe in grand gestures (when it's grand as that!) - but I want an ending that can be convincing and just like the first one - nice and sweet, not overly dramatic and theatrical...
What makes the Moreno clan irresistible: 1. They are all swoon-worthy 2. Very alpha male - Christian Gray material (but they're not sinfully rich as him) 3. Players, but when they find the woman for them, they stick to one 4. Very possessive - their girlfriends cannot possibly have friends who are boys. 5. Bad boys you wanna turn good. 6. They love their families, have great relationships with them.
What makes Vincent different from them? ♥ He's an uber bad boy - he does stuffs I don't think any of the Morenos has ever done before. He reminds me of the boys from the Perfect Chemistry Series - well, who doesn't want a bad boy who promises to change?
But when promises are broken, and doubts starts to arise? When the one you love offers no explanation and chose to walk away? Will you let go as well? I have always enjoyed reading Elizabeth Reyes' Moreno series, and I'm glad she decided to continue and didn't stop with Sal. Fate is all about Vincent (Sal's cousin) and Rose (Grace's sister) who met during the baby shower.
The story starts with Vincent in Iraq.
There was some flashbacks and their story was told. I like their story not because it was once again a love-at-first-sight type but I think they pushed that instant attraction aside and allowed things (yes, love) to grow gradually. Their friendship blossomed and when the both of them were ready, they jumped into the next step.
They survived the long distance relationship with constant communication coupled with trust - but then something happened. When no clear explanation given, Vincent broke Rose's heart. Fate separated them in the most painful way. Can fate bring them back together?
This is a story of love that waited, and bloomed; crushed and withstood the test of fate and trust. I just love it, and yes, Vincent is a nice incentive on a cold night :)
Thank you Ms. Elizabeth Reyes for sharing another Moreno, I am looking forward for the next one.
I fell in love with Carter from the first chapter, and continued to until the last page. He was someone that his family could count on. At an age that...moreI fell in love with Carter from the first chapter, and continued to until the last page. He was someone that his family could count on. At an age that he should be enjoying girls, booze and friends - he was stuck making sure that his mother and sister were fine. Who would not love him?
But Carter has a secret...
Secret he's not willing to share even with his best friend.
He tried his best in keeping his sister and his mother safe. But sometimes, even strong people falter and needs help. Carter was in denial and refused help from people who are willing to give a hand. He thought he was man enough to keep things together. I loved him more when he finally admitted that he needed help- although it took one eye opener to make him realize that he can't do it all by himself.
Kira - is a breath of fresh air and the girl who can pull off an orange hair :)
She too has some personal issues that she should be dealing with, but you never see it in her. I find her cool, and the kind of people that loves living life one day at a time. Carter perfectly described her: She's fun, and wild, and free and happy. Tears don't belong in her eyes. Frowns don't belong on her lips. It's not right. Kira is what Carter really needed. Someone strong, is not capable of much drama (because Carter doesn't need more of it), nonjudgmental and dependable. She knew how to pacify him when he's too stressed out.
Nyrae Dawn once again:
You did not just make a great heck of a love story. You mixed in family dynamics that will break your reader's heart for the boy who tries his best to be the man that his family needed.
“Sometimes letting go is the only way to find out who you're meant to hold on to.”
Do I love this book? Hell Yes!!!
I enjoyed reading this book - the c...more“Sometimes letting go is the only way to find out who you're meant to hold on to.”
Do I love this book? Hell Yes!!!
I enjoyed reading this book - the constant bantering shared between two people who have issues to resolve and finally took a leap in love. It wasn't a smooth jump - they encountered rocks along the way, but they still landed well - with both their feet on the ground: alive and breathing.
I fell in love with Carter in the beginning. Who can resist a bad-boy-turned-pussy-whipped-boyfriend and can play baseball even with eyes closed? I did love how he tried his best in changing his ways and proving that he's a different man. That he can stick and be content with just one woman.
But, something happened along the way that made me think twice. I could not tolerate a guy with a poor judgment and someone who's gullible enough to make a decision without even going deeper or examining things clearly.
Nevertheless, he was redeemed. He'd never be the prince charming if he continued his ways, right? What he did in the near ending, it was just awesome! I like the way he exercise patience and wanting to put things in order before he can start a clean slate. The surprise he gave Cassie - it was a little cheesy, but I guess...
Somehow, I'd fill several bottles of quarters to touch you.
Her rules with boys and relationship: 1. Don't lie 2. Don't cheat 3. Don't make promises you can't keep 4. Don't say things you don't mean
... and guess how many Carter broke?
Oh yes, Cassie loved to roll her eyes and didn't want to do anything with him first. She hated his guts, but she could not deny the fact that Carter is HOT! If only she's strong enough not to fall for his clutches. However, like gravity, Cassie fell, HARD. And when everything went Topsy-turvy with their relationship, she was broken. I think she made the right choices, after the biggest mistake she made during the early part of the relationship. I find her brave. Trying her best in stopping Carter making the biggest mistake of his life. Moving away and following her dreams instead of staying behind. It was a little painful seeing her grow- but it made her grow up and become a better person.
The Perfect Game is just perfect a perfect read. It shows flaws in relationship that most couples go through - famous or not. This book just proved that with love, anything is possible. A relationship can still exist even with broken trust. Because with enough love, trust can be restored and the two people who are meant to be together will have their happily ever after.
J. Sterling, you kept me awake all night reading this amazing novel and I didn't regret every minute of it(less)
Adam and Aaron are twins - but like any other twins, they are so different from each other. Aaron is the jock of the two. He's an athlete, a sociable...moreAdam and Aaron are twins - but like any other twins, they are so different from each other. Aaron is the jock of the two. He's an athlete, a sociable person and everybody likes him - especially girls. On the other hand, Adam, oh Adam. He's the geek in the pair, he's a member of the band where he excels as one of the rhythm drummers. He's silent, and has little friends. These two are way to different from each other, but they have a bond. They were close and they truly love each other. Their mother died giving birth to them, and it was only their father who served as both mom and dad.
Then Olivia came along - she's sweet, and pretty hot. She has this aura of a girl who lives her life each day at a time, looking at the positivity of life rather than the negativity of it. Who wouldn't be attracted to her, right? Adam saw her first - dancing on her window from across his room.
“Well maybe if you’d had the balls to actually ask her out, none of this would have happened!”
My sentiments exactly.
Aaron already gave him the chance to be the one to ask her first but...
All you have to do is ask her Adam! Just ASK HER! But he's too shy.
Olivia was just too good to be true, and like the old adage runs: (view spoiler)[ good things never last . (hide spoiler)] :) Nevertheless, this was a great story of friendship, brotherhood, living life, finding and losing love and lastly, moving on. It teaches us that yes, we need to grab every opportunity we get because it may never knock on our doors again, or if we delay accepting it - we may not have enough time in the world to enjoy it.
After I read the book, this is what I told myself:
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Oh it is. I'd recommend it to friends who likes: 1) A boy's POV. 2) Twins with different personalities 3) Free-spirited girl who's torn between two boys 4) Cry ( I admit, I didn't, but was just close to...)
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I need you to promise me, promise me you’ll survive this. I need to hear you say it and then I can stop worrying because you’ve never broken a promis...moreI need you to promise me, promise me you’ll survive this. I need to hear you say it and then I can stop worrying because you’ve never broken a promise to me before, so I have a lot of faith in your word
Who doesn't love this kind of relationship?
For starters - if it weren't THAT long, I would have given it a five. But their story had drag on forever, and I was wondering how it was going to end. BUT of course, when it ended, I had some unshed tears in my eyes, and a little relief that FINALLY - these two love birds have their happy ending.
Clay, if someone would love me as much as he loved Riley then I'd be the luckiest girl in the world. Now, if only he can tell her that... He's a total player, and he doesn't do girlfriends because Riley is the only girl for him. An old nemesis comes into the picture and threatens their relationship. Would he come clean and tell Riley how he feels? Or would he let this man come between them and let him have Riley?
Riley, why do you cry so much? I have encountered a lot of crying ladies from several YA novels, and Riley is on that list as well. She cries for simple stuffs, she's afraid to take risk and lose her best friend - but not afraid to flirt and go out with someone she doesn't really know. Sometimes I wish to shake her and say: Wake Up, Riley! BUT - among all the characters in this novel, Riley's character growth was pretty amazing. From a cry-baby - she grew up and fought a hard battle for Clay in the end. She showed how much she knew the person she was fighting for and was ready to do anything for him.
Some steamy scenes, coupled with some sweet scenes isn't a bad combination after all. The novel was nice and was centered on the development of the relationship between Clay and Riley who started as friends. Readers join the ride in the journey of their friendship - and see how it all ends up. It was one hell of a ride, with all the possible bumps and surprises you somehow didn't see coming. (I mean- they were intelligent people, but I guess alcohol, hormones and emotions doesn't mix well together.)
Would Recommend it to: 1) Older teens 2) loves the best-friend love story plot 3) tear-jearker novels 4) have the patience for long (a little bit draggy) novels - it was worth in the end though :)
In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.
Callie and Kayden have d...moreIn the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.
Callie and Kayden have dark secrets.
Callie and Kayden kept their own scars to the world.
Until that single night which brought the both of them together - she saved his life, and finally he knew her existence.
The novel left me speechless, it had me wanting for more when I got into the last page. It is seldom that I can come across reading a more intense and emotional novel - and this is one of those.
The cover had me, so did the blurb. I was excited to know Callie and Kayden, and when I did - my heart break.
There is something about someone trusting you enough with their secrets that it makes it easier to trust them. It's like they're opening their heart and in return yours should open up to them, too.
Kayden is the star quarterback at school. Their family seemed perfect, but only to the outside. Once the door closes - their home becomes his hell rather than his sanctuary. He suffers in silence, never fights back, never tells anyone. He survived this long - but one night he could almost feel his life was hanging on the edge when finally fate saved him and gave him some luck when Callie coincidentally arrives right on time and saves his life without her realizing it.
If Kayden got lucky, Callie wasn't lucky on the day of her 12th birthday when something unimaginable happened. After that, she changed. She cut her hair, wore baggy clothes and kept everything to herself. Her mother was too happy to notice something terrible happened to her, and she didn't want to disrupt her happiness by telling her. She didn't tell anyone what happened, all she wanted to do was just to get out of town for college and start a new.
I already knew what happened to Kayden, but to Callie, I was half guessing until finally I found some clues. I spend more than half of the novel asking who, who, who? Who can possibly do it?
Once in college, she didn't expect to see him again. She got herself busy with school work and crossing off things from her list that she and her new found friend, Seth made. The List were her road to change, and she's taking baby steps.
As for Kayden, he couldn't stop thinking about the girl who spent her high school being a stranger to everyone and suddenly saved his life. When he found out that Callie goes to the same school, he tried his best to get to know her. But how can he do it - when every time he comes close, Callie seemed to close herself more and more?
And when you think it's only Callie and Kayden keeping secrets - then you are so wrong! Because their friends: Seth and Luke are also keeping their own. But I love them still, they had the back of their friends when they needed them most.
I couldn't help falling in love for each character and wanting them to have their happy endings. I wanted those people who have broken them punished as they should have deserved. But I guess I have to wait for the next novel which is expected to come out next year ----- that long???!!!! with a story as good as this, it should come out earlier!!
I love these two characters who have suffered so much and found the courage to stand up to their oppressors, conquer their fears and fall in love...
One thing is for sure: this short novella is a breather.
After all those gut-wrenching, emotionally-wreaking novels - it's good to read something light...moreOne thing is for sure: this short novella is a breather.
After all those gut-wrenching, emotionally-wreaking novels - it's good to read something light, short and just awfully sweet novel.
Found Play With Me at Goodreads just in time that I needed something light to read.
The story is narrated by Liza, a girl who has been forever in love with her best friend, Tony. She's been waiting for him to come back from summer camp whole summer, and then maybe, just maybe, they can move on from being just friends to something more. After all, they have known each other for more than a life time.
But things seem to change. Tony changed and she wasn't happy. Especially when Barbie started hanging around him. It didn't even help when Ryan Hunter, the soccer team captain starts to notice her. He just invited her to be at his party - a party that every one wants to be in!
He also didn't end with just the party, he even offered to train her for soccer. Despite the fact that she was grounded, Hunter found ways to get her up from bed and start her training. Which made Liza confuse - how can she feel something weird with Hunter, especially being close to him and not with Tony? She has been in love with her best friend, right? Why can't she have those butterflies fluttering all over her stomach with Tony?
And then Tony confessed something he had been keeping from her...
I would stop at that because any more words coming from my keyboard would be a spoiler. I'm just glad I came across this book, and even happier when I came across the epilogue found in the author's site. It's an additional icing on the cake- really sweet.
Funny how we think we were so in love with a certain person - only to find out that we were meant to be with another one.:) (less)
My heart ached for her in Pushing The Limits & my heart just broke for her in reading Dare You To . Beth is a very strong girl who was forced to grow up at a young age to take care of herself and her mother when her father left. The person whom she trust and depend on - the one who promised to come back for her, never did. So, she never trusted anyone's word. She relied on herself and some on Noah and Isiah - the only people who mattered to her.
But in just one night, everything changed. She was forced to leave her past behind or she was to suffer the consequences. Something that she could not afford to. She was stuck in living with her uncle and his wife who clearly doesn't like her - now she has set of rules to follow and she needs to go to school and get good grades. She came across Ryan once again. She did her best to get him off her back. But he was relentless. She didn't want to fall in love with him because she was afraid she'd get hurt - after all, why would someone as popular and as good looking as Ryan would fall in love with her?
She has secrets - so dark and grave she was not willing to share with anyone. All these years, she kept it to herself. The last time she told it to someone - all hell broke loose and she doesn't want to see hell again. She just want to keep her mother safe. She wants to get away.
No matter how strong seemed Beth is outside - she's lost and scared inside. Her insecurities and trust issues are eating her up. If she wants her own happy ending - she'd dare to take the risks. Would she?
Ryan ♥ Beth
It all started with a dare. That's when the jock and the skater girl first met.
BRAIN + BODY = SWOON!!!!
For him: DEFEAT is a nasty word. He hated losing and the word wasn't in his vocabulary.
I'm not interested in second place. Never been. Never will be.
So when he lost a bet he made with his friends in getting the skater's girl number - he had a hard time accepting it. Good thing the world is such a small place and he found a way to revise the bet. This time he will make sure he wins.
Ryan: he doesn't do drugs, don't drink (much) and doesn't smoke. Is he a normal high school teen-ager? Yes, he still is. He doesn't get his adrenalin rush from all those unhealthy stuff. Instead, he gets with with all those dares . A dare which started it all. I do admire his drive and motivation to win each dare that was thrown at him.
His life is baseball. He's good in pitching the ball - but he also good in writing. He loves both. Something his father doesn't really agree with. Being an obedient son - Ryan is torn between his father's 'wants' and the confusion of his heart's desires.
All he knows is that his family is fake. A facade. Everyone in town thinks they're perfect, but they're really not. After the revelation is brother announced over dinner - everything was not the same anymore. His brother packed and left the house - never looked back.
Now there's this girl - she's different. It all started as a dare. But something changed. It was not supposed to end this way. He was not suppose to fall in love with the skater girl who keeps on running away from him and has a trust issues.
“I won't let you go." I blink. As if he could stop me. "You won't let me go." "No, I won't let you go. You're mine and I don't lose.”
If he were a lesser man, and didn't have enough balls - he would leave her and stay away. But falling in love is losing your mind over something strange, scary at the same time wonderful. The Jock dared to fall in love with the Skater girl
“Screw what Mom and Dad think. Screw the rest of the town. Screw perfection. This girl is mine.”
♥.♥.♥ Isaiah ♥ Beth
And I THOUGHT after reading Pushing The Limits the two of them were already given. But I guess I was wrong. Although I'd love for Katie McGarry to make them their own happy ending - I was expecting they'd have their own happy ending together. Without any jocks lurking behind Beth to sabotage what they already have. Surprise. Surprise.
For those who have read the first book, we all knew that besides Noah, Isiah was Beth's best friend. He was her constant, her usual. Isiah was her safe. When she needed help, he was always there for her. And I did love Isiah for her despite all those tattoo running on his arms and his occasional drug use. Something happened between the two of them. Something was said that they couldn't just forget or retract. Something was said when they were both sober and it changed everything.
The million dollar question is: Who does Beth really loves?
If you were to chose: Between a stoner and a jock? Between your best friend who always takes care of you and someone that makes your heart skips a bit? Between Ryan and Isiah?
It was a tough decision to make. But by the few final chapters, I made my choice and so did Beth.
♥.♥.♥ To End...
I fell in love with every word, smile, laugh, tears, heart breaking dialogues - Katie McGarry writes very well that it makes me FEEL.
It is not only the primary characters that are important in this novel, but the author made sure (*again*) that her secondary characters have their shining moments in the book. Perhaps - this is what I love most about Katie McGarry - because she placed importance not just on the major characters but as well as to those people that surrounds them. Lacey, Scott, Logan, Chris, Allison and even Gwen - they all played an important role (no matter how small) in this novel,
I think Trust is the major concept of this novel. When trust is restored, or when it finally exists in a relationship - all will just progress. But when someone whom you love, whom you have trusted all your life suddenly betrays you - your world comes to a halt, and that aching feeling at the pit of your stomach appears and exacerbates.
To say that this book is about love would be an understatement. Because it's not just about love - it's fighting for it really hard, pushing yourself to the limits , knowing that it's all worth it in the end.
Katie McGarry - my 2013 just kept on getting better and better because of you. Can't wait for your third installment!
New beginnings, Fred. Greet them with your eyes wide open. Don't forget that.
If you think Jordan is the only one who belongs in an all-boys team - then you haven't met Fredricka Oday.
New beginnings. Fred plays golf like she was born to do it. She wants to go to college and have a brilliant future - and she knew playing golf is her golden ticket. So when Coach Lannon offered a spot for her in a boy's golf team - she took the offer. Finally, she can see a bright future ahead of her. But, she just knew being the new girl, being a Native Indian in school filled with white people is not paradise. She's not wrong. Fred fought her way in earning a spot in the boy's team and it wasn't a walk in a park either when her new team mates expects her to fail.
Her parents weren't well off, she didn't even have any golf lessons. She learned with watching and practicing (for free), every chance she gets. All she has to do was to prove to them that she can play golf.
Whose family is perfect anyway? Yes, her family wasn't perfect. Her mother was a waitress in an upscale restaurant, and she's expecting Fred to follow her footsteps once she's finished high school. She wasn't exactly the motherly material who would come home and take carer of her kinds. Instead she whines while holding a bottle of alcohol. Her father on the other hand is a sweetheart. I do love the relationship she has with her dad - his support, love and motivation made Fred held on to her dreams. So when she almost lost him - it was just heartbreaking to watch.
So not in her plans. She knew Ryan way back then - he was in one of her classes but he's the kind of person who wouldn't give her the time of the day. He's with the cool kids. When the opportunity knocked in being on the same team with him, being partners, she tried to be cool with it but deep inside her heart was about to break because it was beating so, so fast. And when he suddenly invited her out, she just couldn't believe it.
My best friend lost his spot on the team because of her. Ryan, He's one of the most good-looking, popular guys at school. He's good at playing golf as well. At first I hated him. I hated that he couldn't stand up against his best friend. I hated that he was a push over. I hated that he couldn't stand up for what he felt for Fred. His best friend was an ass - and he knew it. He was there when Set does stuffs that a normal sane person wouldn't do - but he stood, watch him and never said a word. Too much for a prince charming.
Some people change, some people don't And change, Ryan did. Well, not all at once of course. He did things that are remarkable and made me say - at last, you grew some balls. It's never, ever too late. Good thing he redeemed himself. He's not so bad after all:)
As for Seth, to what extent would you hold grudge and take revenge on a girl who had no idea she got your spot on the team? Why don't you grow up and accept the fact? She needs it more than you do, heck, she deserves more than you do. I hate everything that he did and I didn't even feel any sympathy at the end of the novel. argh! No Seth, we are so not cool
Friendships It's okay to be a friend when you knew your friends need you. But to condone things that aren't nice is so not cool. Friends don't let friends do stupid things - and get the fall.
On the other hand, I'm glad Fred found friends in school. Sam and the rest of the girls from the Reservation are just the people she needs when everything starts to fall apart. Those are the real friends: people who's ready to catch you when you dive down the hill - accident or not, and ready to kick ass*s when someone hurts you.
Torn between a 3.5 and a 4 A 3.5 because... It didn't catch up till the near middle chapters of the book. The phasing was slow until then. But when it caught up - I found the book nice. The character development was slow progress that I almost gave up that change would happened in some of the characters.
A 4 because... Her passion for golf was really admirable. The Indian customs stated in the book is a fantastic addition. It's nice to know that Fred and her father still honors the tradition despite the modern age. After all, it won't hurt when one follows tradition, right? I like the end chapters. It finally make sense why Fred fell for Ryan instead of Sam.
Sam & Riley for the next book installment
Thank you Harlequin Teen for providing me a copy for review through Netgalley (less)