Catching Jordan is not just about the ultimate girl power. It is about being okay to show vulnerability and emotions without losing yourself. You can...moreCatching Jordan is not just about the ultimate girl power. It is about being okay to show vulnerability and emotions without losing yourself. You can be friends with people you never expected, that you can find love that you always wanted is sometimes staring you right in the face, and sometimes the thing that you wanted most may not be the best for you.
Twenty Boy Summer is a story about two friends: Anna and Frankie who tries to make this summer their ABSE (Absolute Best Summer Ever). To people who d...moreTwenty Boy Summer is a story about two friends: Anna and Frankie who tries to make this summer their ABSE (Absolute Best Summer Ever). To people who doesn’t know them, it seems ordinary: Frankie’s family is going to a vacation in the beaches of California and they’re taking Anna with them, Frankie plans to meet twenty different guys so that she and Anna can have the perfect summer romance. But in reality, both girls are still suffering silently from the loss of their best friend and Frankie’s brother, Matt. Another secret lurks on the shore, threatening to goes to bay – Anna already had her summer romance – with Matt.
I like the characters, even the small ones because Sarah Ockler did an excellent job at characterizing each person in her novel. The grief and emotion is very raw and you can almost see it happening to just anyone around you. After the loss, Anna was still writing to Matt in her journal, Frankie is uncontrollable and her mom went into depression. However, these things served as the driving force of the novel as it causes conflicts and allow each of the characters to grow and finally deal with the loss. I like Anna – I would love her to be my best friend because she can honestly keep a secret! Like keep it for a very, very long time.
Twenty Boy Summer is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read about grief and moving on. It’s about how a single loss can affect and change the lives of everyone around. From the cover of beautiful sea glasses, the story will touch your heart and makes you see that somehow there is still hope and life after a dreadful loss. (less)
Thank you Abbi Glines for allowing Marcus to have very own happy ending!!!!!! I super love this book - it made me laugh out loud and cry at the same t...moreThank you Abbi Glines for allowing Marcus to have very own happy ending!!!!!! I super love this book - it made me laugh out loud and cry at the same time. Willow/Low may started out very dependent on Cage, but in the end, she learned to stand up on her own and be a better person. I was already in love with Marcus in Sadie's story, but here, I'm quite not sure anymore. He's still lovable, he takes care of his family, but he has issues he doesn't know how to deal with. But the main characters development all throughout the book was just amazing.
I love Cage - yes he's a man whore. But he deeply cares for Low. I wish he too will have his happy ending :D(less)
Ditched had me at its cover: a pretty girl, disheveled, in a weird prom dress. It may not belong to my favorite set of books, but it doesn’t mean I do...moreDitched had me at its cover: a pretty girl, disheveled, in a weird prom dress. It may not belong to my favorite set of books, but it doesn’t mean I don’t like it.
Ditched is a funny book, my breather in between heavy YA and regency romance. Ian and Justina’s friendship started when she decided to drop her hobby of kissing boys and Ian caught his girlfriend kissing another guy. Now, months later, Justina is going to break her kissing-the-boys fasting on prom night after realizing her feelings for Ian. But everything has been a disaster, starting with the blue dress her mom picked for her. Then several other incidents happened – ending with Ian ditching her on prom night. She tells the whole story the following morning in a 7-Eleven to Gilda and Donna, putting the puzzle together and explaining what happened to every single thing found on her dress.
I love Ian, and he has his personal reasons why he ditched Justina. You wouldn’t help but like him because he’s very nice and kind. His friendship with Justina would make you wish you have a best friend like this one in high school.
Ditched’s plot is well developed, I like the transition each chapter. I like the picture with the arrows all over the dress, telling readers the history behind it.
Robin Mellom did not only show the reality in teenage parties: vices such as smoking, underage drinking and sex but she also integrated responsible driving.
If you want something funny, short and nice – this is the book to read. (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)
Second Chance Summer is just the right book to end my summer book read. It was like saying goodbye to the usual summer and looking forward to a new an...moreSecond Chance Summer is just the right book to end my summer book read. It was like saying goodbye to the usual summer and looking forward to a new and somehow different one.
Taylor and the rest of her family spent one last summer together back in their beach house when her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her father wanted them to spend this summer together like they used to do when they were younger. Only to realize that, the time Taylor spent her last summer here, things didn’t went well with her best friend and boyfriend.
Taylor tries to deal with both her family’s dilemma as well as the past problem she left at the beach back when she was 12. She is known to simply run away from anything that she doesn’t feel comfortable with. She uses escape to protect her from hurt and pain. I was glad that change happened to her character in this novel. She learned to face reality rather than running away.
I love the characters. I adore Warren and his nerdy dialogues – he’s like a walking Wiki. And when he fell in love with Wendy, it was the most hilarious part of the novel. Catching her attention was really epic. The strong façade her mother shown was admirable. She didn’t break down in front of her children. It is hard to show a strong front for the one you love especially when your heart is breaking every day.
The plot surrounding the characters of Henry and Lucy were also pretty amazing – because it allowed the book to be a little lighter and somewhat easier to read.
But what touched me most in Second Chance Summer was Taylor’s relationship with her father. Among her siblings, she was a mediocre. Warren is intelligent and winning every competition he enters and Gesley excels in dancing. But the bonding that she and her father shared was priceless and incomparable. You can say that she was special and her father made sure that she knew it. In the last pages where Taylor said I love you to her dad made me cry, especially his letter. It was really touching and heartbreaking at the same time.
I have enjoyed reading Morgan Matson’s Second Chance Summer. It is a poignant tale of saying goodbye and second chances with the right amount of drama that will surely make your summer more memorable. Hurray for Morgan Matson – will surely grab another one of her books soon. (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)
Everything started with a bracelet Sophie wanted to have back into her possession. It was stolen by a boy while she was strolling. Out of desperation,...moreEverything started with a bracelet Sophie wanted to have back into her possession. It was stolen by a boy while she was strolling. Out of desperation, she went into a place where no respectable ladies should be found in.
Here comes Simon, an old friend, the one that she has been in love forever, saving her from any trouble that she gets herself into. Although he asked her to marry him, Sophie knew there was more to the proposal than he was letting on - and she needed to know what it was.
Sophie is a social burden to Simon. I was not sure whether to like her - because she has a nagging conscience that she acts upon or to hate her because she can be VERY reckless up to a point that she had endangered not only her life, but the life of her servant in doing what she thinks is best at that time. So, you must understand this ambivalence - because I'm sure most readers felt the same way. It was quite exasperating.
Simon wants to marry his friend because he wanted her lands - lands that're filled with coal and he couldn't tell her because? He might hurt her feelings - cliche much? And when she found out about it? When do these people realize that truth will come out no matter what?
I don't know why these two end up lying to each other, especially with something important. Trust becomes an issue, Sophie loses her trust with Simon because of what he did, yet, he gains it almost immediately. She's very much in love with him that she can turn blind into his machinations and manipulations. But anyway, it all ended nicely, after a heart-wrenching pain and in the heat of the scandal - Sophie's family still supported her and of course, Simon made a moved to atone for his sins, confessing his love for Sophie. But this time, for real. (less)
Just like the five star in GoodReads stands for: It was amazing, despite the fact that it ended with me wantin...more Seven for a secret never to be told.
Just like the five star in GoodReads stands for: It was amazing, despite the fact that it ended with me wanting for more. Perhaps a chapter or two to satisfy my eager curiosity and my compulsion to give everyone their happy ending.
Let me tell you a secret: This is more than just an extraordinary love story.
This is a story of faith, trust, friendship, family, sacrifices and keeping secrets. Corrine Jackson wove a wonderful tale that made my heart ache from start to finish. There were unexpected twist that I never saw coming, surprising me in both good and bad ways.
What I love most about this book is not really the 'love' part in it - instead, I was drawn to the friendship that Quinn shared with a veteran named George - who taught her most of the things she knew about photography; and her relationship with her father - their relationship was strained from the moment her mom walked out on them.
I have never known a person in my life who can hold secrets as much as Quinn did. I applaud Quinn for keeping secrets - to the point that I am almost exasperated, wanting her to reveal it than suffer all the bullying that she encountered. Two heavy secrets that had cost her almost everything: her senior year, her friends, and most especially her relationship with her father. Yet, she stuck to her word, and suffer all the torments. Being branded a cheater to the town hero made her a pariah. But a bad experience in spilling secrets that had caused her something dear made her hold on.
Two guys and I love them both. Loyalty divides and subtracts me from both of them.
I was pinning for a happy ending, and I ended up with something less than wonderful, but nevertheless heartwarming. It was a nice touch to end this story, but an epilogue or to add some chapter for some characters to have their well-deserved happy ending would have been totally great. (Well, a second book would be nice too.)
Corrine Jackson writes almost poetically and in a manner that make your jaw drop at every end of the chapter. She knows the right places where to drop the most powerful bombs. And yes, I would recommend this book, and most especially this author to my friends.
And here are some of my favorite quotes I couldn't add to my list because of its spoiler tendencies: (view spoiler)[
This might be my breaking point. If anyone but Carey had asked me to keep this secret, I would tell. Right now. Because I want Blake like I’ve never wanted anything. But there’s more at stake than my feelings.
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Because sometimes all we need is somebody to sit in silence with.
Can you possibly let go of someone you love for a very long time? Would it make yo...more Because sometimes all we need is somebody to sit in silence with.
Can you possibly let go of someone you love for a very long time? Would it make you a bad person for wanting to let go when he needs you the most? Are the bruises and hurts worth it?
I like this book, and it took me a while to finish it because a lot of books came up in between, but I'm glad I did. Jolene Perry made a very beautiful novel. A very sensitive topic was threaded carefully. She did not overdo it that you might want to close the book and not read it again, instead she presented it really well, with situations that are serious, but can be really happening in the real world to some people who can barely recognize abuse all because they are in love.
But, how much are you willing to give for love? How much are you going to sacrifice for it?
Ronnie has been in love with Shawn since she was young, and after being separated for a couple of years, he was back in town, and they continued their relationship. But things weren't the same anymore. Shawn was different - he was easily angered and could hardly control his actions.
Balancing the school play Romeo and Juliet, her problematic boyfriend and a weird feeling she has for one of her closest friend - left Ronnie confused. She didn't want anyone to know what's happening to her and Shawn, not even to her father, Luke or even her best friend. She tried to understand him and hope that the boy she fell in love with back then will come back the moment his problems go away. But it did not, and bruises starts to show - both her best friend and Luke tries to tell her to talk to someone.
Abuse starts small. For Ronnie, it started with commenting on the way she dress, or ordering her which shoes to wear. It revolved into grabbing her wrist and into something unthinkable (sorry no spoilers!:)). If someone loves you, they would love you for who you are - no questions asked. They would never hurt you, emotionally and most especially physically. People should not stay in relationships because of the years they are together. They should stay because they both love each other, they respect each other, and each feels a sense of security. If you don't feel these things anymore, and if the person you're with is hurting you - the most logical (albeit, the hardest) thing to do is to let go.