Mandy's love life is non-existent thanks to her six overbearing brothers. Yes, they're exasperating, but I love the brothers anyway. Locke, the eldest...moreMandy's love life is non-existent thanks to her six overbearing brothers. Yes, they're exasperating, but I love the brothers anyway. Locke, the eldest of the six became the head of the family when they were orphaned and still decides for them even if they were already too old to decide for themselves. He was the one who orchestrated the plan to have Cole, their long-time friend, to marry Mandy.
Although Amanda was in love with Cole since then, she didn't like being manipulated and it hurt that he was only paying attention to her because her brothers order him to do so - thus the game of wills began.
Only that he meant well - and I love to hear his story after seeing a glimpse of 'what-could-be-Locke's-happy-ending' (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)
Boys Don’t Cry is my first Malorie Blackman novel and I am in awe. This coming-of-age story is about a 17-year old boy, Dante who had his life planned...moreBoys Don’t Cry is my first Malorie Blackman novel and I am in awe. This coming-of-age story is about a 17-year old boy, Dante who had his life planned out. He just received his A Level results from the University and set to study Journalism when his ex-Girlfriend shows up with a baby. She told him it was his and left it in his care.
His bright future suddenly becomes bleak and he didn’t know what to do with the baby who was dumped on him. I must admit, I hated him at first. He was quite an ass in treating Emma and questioning his paternity – but as a teenager who has his full life ahead of him, it was quite understandable. Blackman’s portrayal of a teen-father was very realistic. You can actually feel the denial, guilt, anger and confusion of his current predicament. You will witness how his anger dissipates, and he no longer thinks of himself and instead he thinks what is best for Emma and how he can become a good father.
Not only this, but there are family problems surrounding him as well. When his mother passed away because of cancer, his father was never the same again. He had a strained relationship with both his sons and he's not really good in expressing his emotion. Then there's Adam who lives with a family who is in denial of what he really is. I like his sunny disposition and his honest acceptance of himself.
The fact that it is Dante (the father) who is left with the child made this book interesting. With hundreds of other YA novels having single (teenage) moms - this book stands out. We see how boys turned into men and how they can excellently cope with whatever life throws at them.
This does not only discusses teen-parenthood but it touches sensitive topics such as violence, homosexuality, post-partum depression, alcohol drinking, importance of safe sex and contraceptives and last but not the least, the value and significance of family.
Told in alternating narrative between siblings Dante and Adam, Boys Don't Cry is touching tale of coming of age is a captivating and inspiring read for all ages. (less)
I can't stop reading till I reached the end of the book only to feel the anticipation again for the next title in the series. Jennifer Ashley is my ne...moreI can't stop reading till I reached the end of the book only to feel the anticipation again for the next title in the series. Jennifer Ashley is my new favorite regency author.(less)
This was not on my reading list - just came across this book when a friend mention the author. For my first Kristan Higgins read - this particular boo...moreThis was not on my reading list - just came across this book when a friend mention the author. For my first Kristan Higgins read - this particular book had me in tears half-way!!!
I'm a sucker for bad boys who're in need of redemption. Liam was the epitome of the perfect bad boy then - just got out of juvie, owned a motorcycle and was sleeping around. But then he fell in love and he just lost it. The only problem is that, he didn't fell in love with Posey back then, he fell in love with another girl. Someone a bad boy usually fell in love with, a good, sweet girl namely Emma. When Emma moved from home to go to college, he followed shortly.
Years later, he came back with his teen-age daughter. I love his fatherly figure. Since I'm not the one he's fussing over with, I find it cute. The possessiveness and uber-protectiveness had Nicole (the daughter) exasperated, but she didn't love him less. This is what I love about Nicole - although she may act like a normal teenager and may have disagreements with her dad, she always reassure her father that she loves him.
Now, Posey. I envy the fact that she couldn't gain weight even she eat loads of ice cream. Although this pose to be a problem for her since she looked like a kid even at her 30s. She's still single and in search of a meaningful relationship to end in a happily ever after. She had her shares of mishap, some bad dates and hook-ups, until Liam came back to town again.
I like her humor and exuberance mixed with innocence and sweetness. I also adore the family and friends that surround her. Jon, was simply an amazing friend, not to mention was the root of humor throughout the book. I love the relationship he had with Posey's brother Henry. And Henry - if he's not gay, I would have been in love with him as well, being Posey's knight in shining armor and despite the fact that he rarely shows emotion, he just knew when her sister needs him the most and was always ready to help. The rest of the cast, from Kate, one of her closest friends was great was well. Her overprotective family, her obnoxious cousin Gretchen, everyone was completely adorable at some point.
The plot was great, and involves a lot of fun and an equal mix of drama on the side. The past issues were brought up - and was given a closure, this includes the prom incident and of course, Posey's adoption. The scene with her mother at the near-end of the book had me in tears.
This book is sweet and really, really nice. I will gladly recommend it to friends who loves a sweet, nicely-paced contemporary romance that will leave them in tears and sweep them off their feet.
After reading Until There Was You, I believe Kristan Higgins added another fan to her list. I will surely check some of her books as well! (less)
I love the fact that the story revolved not only in Chastity's love life but as well as with her family life....moreI wish I could get inside Trevor's brain.
I love the fact that the story revolved not only in Chastity's love life but as well as with her family life. The problems that they encounter, the weird 'relationship' their parents had after divorce, her brothers' marriage - packed into one amazing novel. It had me in tears. I so love Kristan Higgins!(less)
If the first book had me breathless at the end of the novel: The whole book is a torture. It had me on a roller coaster ride.
Emma is almost still the...moreIf the first book had me breathless at the end of the novel: The whole book is a torture. It had me on a roller coaster ride.
Emma is almost still the same, she would prefer to keep everything to herself, denying to have problems and loves to make herself an emotional punching bag of people she loved (or more likely wouldn't like to hurt). She has a real friend (Sara)
Evan - he's a wonderful boyfriend. A kind of boy you would want to take home to mommy. He's understanding, sweet, a knight in shining armor and he would do everything for Emma. She probably doesn't deserve him for the things she did - but it doesn't matter, Emma deserves her happy ending for everything she have been through. I just wished she knew what she's throwing away.
There's Sara who's always been her friend, and is always there for her. She was a bit bitchy in one part of this novel, nevertheless - she too had her happy ending.
Rachel - I couldn't imagine what kind of mother would do something like that to a child. She was unstable and has problems dealing with her issues and grief. The surprise visitor in the middle of the book will give readers an inkling on what she really is and what she has been through. What happened the day Emma was left with George and suffer for five years.
Plus, Donovan also had her readers FINALLY know what happened that night at the end of book 1. How Emma survived the ordeal and how Evan came into the rescue.
There's Jonathan. At first I couldn't place him - does he belong to the villains or to the heroes? But in the end, one single scene finally made up my mind and I have placed him in the group which he clearly belongs.
Barely Breathing tells readers about the aftermath of surviving abuse. It shows that it just doesn't end when the abuser is locked up behind bars. There are aftermaths to consider and to be carefully take into consideration. It also tells its readers that it is okay to ask for help if you need it - to be careful whom to trust, to see and decipher who are your real friends and the people you need to be careful with. Pain often makes people blind and push people away. It may make them feel they're saving the people they love from the pain they feel - but they just shove them away. Breaking relationships rather than making them stronger.
The ending was a major cliff-hanger. For people who are lovers of happily-ever-after, then you just have to wait for the last book to be published. Rebecca Donovan is the single author who made my stomach quench while reading a book. It was uncomfortable, but I didn't stop until I finished it. I wanted to know what will happened next, by the time I was on the last page, I groaned in frustration. (The cliffhanger is that baaad!!!)
I wish Emma would change in the next book and realize she's blessed compared to other people who have experienced the same thing she did. I would expect a happy ending for everyone. (less)