If there's one word for it - it would be SWOON!!!!
From the blurb - down to the last page- I was totally hooked....moreReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
If there's one word for it - it would be SWOON!!!!
From the blurb - down to the last page- I was totally hooked. And although this was not on my reading list, I knew I have to read it. When I did it was totally worth it. J.Lynn...
T/C: Agoraphobia VS OCD
Avery Morgansten She's an enigma. She flew all the way from Texas to a school where nobody knew her. Avery Morgansten - wanted to remain invisible, her life predictable and earn some good friends. But how can she be invisible when she caught the attention of the school's hottest guy, Cam?
Something happened that Halloween five years ago, then everything changed. She had two lives the before Halloween and after Halloween. And no girl in her right mind would prefer her after life. She used to dance and wanted to be a professional dancer in New York. But the after events made her changed her mind. Now she just wanted to be a librarian or a curator in some quiet place. Avery thought she was doing okay in her new life, but she was kept haunted by her old life when emails and texts starts to pour on her laptop and mobile phone.
Her parents? What parents? They were cold and ruthless. I have never thought I would meet parents such as them in real lives. How can they possibly to this to their only child - I do not know. All I know is a child's life is way more important than reputation.
Oh, he's HOT
Cameron Hilton: HOT|MANWHORE|POPULAR|BAKER
Who, exactly, in her right mind wouldn't want this kind of guy?
He throws the best parties and certainly one of the most popular girls in school, that's why Avery was surprised why he took interest in her? He doesn't understand the word no, kept coming back during Sundays for eggs, a whole lot of fun and cooking her breakfast and he's always, always there. I so loved that he waited, and he never pushed Avery to do things she wasn't ready. There is no other guy like Cam - he's totally the boyfriend material. Someone you can bring home to mommy and be proud of. He knows how to take care of his girl. He was perfect for her. He was a breathe of fresh air in her life.
Now, if she can just be honest with him about her past...
But like Avery, he also has a past he wasn't really proud of.
Friends. We are your friends. It is the law of friendship that you tell us things you don’t want to tell us.
Brit & Jacob where amazing friends to Avery. I love their characters as much as I love the two.They were very supportive, persuasive but not pushy and loyal. They care a lot for Avery and they wanted her to be happy. I wonder if Ms. J.Lynn can have Brit's story too...
Their ♥ story: a catastrophe waiting to happen? Can their love surpass their past?
There were so many things that surrounded them - most are sensitive issues one cannot just share out loud. Honesty and trust was something so big, it wasn't readily handed down. And since these two are vital ingredients in the recipe of a relationship - theirs is a catastrophe waiting to happen.
I truly would like to understand Avery why she wouldn't like to share her past to her friends and to Cam - it wasn't something she wanted to relive. But Cam as well as her friends already proved that they care for her - a lot. And Cam was finally brave enough to spill his secrets to her, why couldn't she return the favor?
Anything Can Happen to Anyone I feel sad for what happened with Avery - especially the circumstances that surrounds her suffering. She was a victim - but she had allowed herself to remain as one for a very long time. As the book says: there is a difference between surviving and being a survivor.
What happened to her shows that anything can happen to anyone whatever social status they belong to. They can also be helpless, a victim and they need all the help that they can get. Money could not save you from anything.
What I love most? What don't I love?
I already love it, but I would have loved it much, much more if I had Cam's POV - wouldn't that be grand? :) I love the sexual innuendos and funny banters between the two characters. It was certainly entertaining.
To End Some people are not left much of a choice - what they chose may not always be the best, but it all goes down to one thing - they will always live for the consequences of their choices.
J.Lynn wrote a novel that will make you laugh, cry, fall in love and ache. Wait For Me is a story about love, second chances and moving on.(less)
And this was his chance to fight for her. A chance to make this right what he'd gotten so wrong.
They have a past.
After over a decade of being apart, he decided he want her back - but she doesn't.
The Hockey Star
He was an ass, career was his priority rather than Maddy. But Maddy was his life and he loved her since they were kids. So when she finally left him, he didn't really know what to do. He came back to his family. But then, his family was almost non existent: his mother is helpless until she died, his dad beats them up and his sisters - they just gave up on life and lost their ways.
He's bitter, alone, lost and rather than spending time playing hockey on ice, he spends it on the penalty box. One crazy fight after the game finally got to his bosses nerves - his coach and his agent finally decided he needed change. So when the make-over stint on the morning show came, they all grab it wholeheartedly. The Old Billy would not agree to this, but the new Billy - the one who wanted Maddy back gave in. He did the make-over stint not because he wanted to publicly humiliate himself but to be close to his Maddy. He would do anything to get her back.
The Talk Show Host
Maddy is unpredictable, doormat wife. She drinks beer, nags and not afraid to speak her mind. She married him straight out of high school and early into the draft. How could she not, when she was in love with him since she was young? She loved him so much that her whole world revolved around him. She put off all her dreams, including studying journalism, until she could no longer recognize herself.
PRESENT Maddy She's controlled, cold, successful, predictable. She no longer goes with the name Maddy, instead she prefers to be called Madeline. She didn't want to associate herself with Billy anymore. Once she signed the divorce papers, she tried to forget everything about her fast, and she even changed her name.
Truth to be told, the present Maddy annoyed me through the whole book. I agree that people should forgive but never forget. But Maddy's attitude towards Billy was just irritating (and considering Billy was supposedly to be the nuisance in the story!).
They were children, young when they got married. Immature. They both came from a poor family and Billy was just starting his career on the ice. Tempers, hormones, immaturity and marries doesnt really equate to forever. . Just like any other young marriages, theirs crumbled. The happily ever after they both envisioned ended with their signatures on the divorce paper.
But forgetting the past and moving on with the present is not as simple as it sounds. Especially when so many things had changed and everything else is complicated.
Billy was hopeful that the show would bring them back together. Until something happened during the show. He didn't expect Maddy to have the heart to do it. Seeing the surprise he was not prepared for - his hope, his life, his career crumbled in front of live TV.
Now Billy is hounded by the press, is about to lose his job, he's already lost Maddy and he has a lot on his hands - including two kids who sprout out of nowhere - how can he possibly handle it?
I didn't expect to like Crazy Thing Called Love , but I did. I even cried at some point. But no, it wasn't the heartbreaking-walking-away-speeches that made my heart broke. It was the lost thirteen year old Becky, who just wanted to belong and to be loved. And since Molly O'Keefe mentioned her so much in this book that she can almost have a quarter of it to herself - I do expect to hear her story!.
Crazy Thing Called Love is a story about two old lovers who found their way back into each other after several years. A lot changed: their looks, views in life, but one thing did not: their love for each other. True to the saying first love never dies, readers are taken on a ride with Billy and Maddy into coming back together: the rough ride, the unexpected surprises, all the twist and turns. Sometimes getting back together is not that simple - because love is not just enough.
Molly O'Keefe wrote an amazing story that will leave you glued to the pages, with some tears on your eyes. Second chances & make overs doesn't get any better than this.
Thank you Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell for providing me a copy for review through Netgalley (less)
“It’s always been you even when I didn’t want it to be, even when it broke my heart over and over again. It’s just al...moreOriginally Posted at: Book Freak
“It’s always been you even when I didn’t want it to be, even when it broke my heart over and over again. It’s just always been you.”
What happens when the resident bad boy finally falls for the uber good girl?
True enough and opposites don’t just attract they freaking catch fire and burn the entire city down.
And burn they did.
If you think this is one of those usual good girl falls in love with a bad boy - you'll be in for a big surprise.
Jay Crownover, you wrote a book that made me:
never want to put it down
makes me want to cry
because with Rule, you'll...
carefully fall in love with him as you turn every page- and he was not really EASY to love
Tattooed + Pierced + Mohawk = Rule
He's bad and he knew it. After he finished his high school, he moved out of home and apprenticed in his friend's uncle tattoo parlor. As much as possible, he didn't want to go home during Sunday brunches not unless Shaw drags him out of his hole. Why does he have to go home - when every time he does, his mother would look at him and place the blame why his twin brother, Remy, died.
And Shaw - he didn't know what to do with her. She was constant in their family gathering. An honorary sister since Remy brought her home years back. He never really paid attention to her until the night he saw her working at this bar.
Of course I had eyes in my head so I knew logically she was a beautiful girl, but she always seemed so cold and so untouchable that I never really thought of her as attractive more like an impressive work of art that was meant for viewing in a museum rather than every day enjoyment.
She was his dead's twin brother's girl, she was off-limits. But on her birthday - something to do with the short skirts and some booze - something happened. Something he couldn't just throw away like what he was used to. His action surprised me when he actually came to Shaw and told her they will try and figure out what they have and if they could work it out. Wow. I didn't see it coming from him. I thought he'd bail out, he'd be afraid. But no, he went head on with it. Only problem is: this monogamy thing, it's new to him. He didn't know how to handle relationship first hand.
Med Student + I-can't-say-no girl + blond + unattainable + good girl = Shaw
Rule was a constant reminder that money didn’t get you everything you wanted and that no matter how perfect I tried to be, how hard I worked at being everything to everyone that it still wasn’t enough.
She has everything - money, looks, brains, a crazy ex boyfriend who can't seem to understand the word no. Everything but Rule. It was Remy who saved her from all those loneliness and became her real friend but it was Rule who stole her heart since she was 13. They all thought she was Remy's girlfriend, but no, he was just her best friend and she was tasked to keep a secret her friend couldn't divulge even for his twin. (Although I did see the secret coming). She has a crappy family who cared more about appearances than her - which cost her a lot of trouble more than she could ever imagine. How does a great girl like her deserve a family like that??
On her birthday, with all the courage she has (thanks to the booze), she finally, finally, finally had Rule. She didn't expect anything, much more for him to come to her and told her they were going to try going out and getting to know each other. And because she was in love, and she was waiting for this moment to happen her entire life - she said yes.
She went into it with her eyes wide open. She knew it wouldn't be easy because Rule was never easy. Shaw just never expected that there was just more surprises than what was she prepared for.
How do I end this?
I love Rule, the whole book, had it done in like eight hours. I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know how this ends for the both of them. I love Rule, the character, because he tried. Out of character, he wanted to take the risk and be with Shaw. It wasn't an easy ride, especially with Gabe hovering over them, and all his other issues. And Shaw, her loyalty was just overwhelming, she was soooo good and her love for Rule - despite the fact that it was unrequited for a long time - that he didn't give a damn about her - was just there and it grew. She didn't give up on him like his family did.
Can they have their happy ending when everyone else doesn't think they deserve each other?
Rule: its a perfect combination of all these elements: love, sacrifices, loyalty & family.(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!
“Sometimes a man can be a lot like a farm. He lets his heart lay fallow for a while, and instead of his feelings dying out, they just go dormant, his...more“Sometimes a man can be a lot like a farm. He lets his heart lay fallow for a while, and instead of his feelings dying out, they just go dormant, his emotions growing deeper and stronger as time passes. A person only needs to clear away the weeds on the surface to uncover them.”
Usually, I don't really care if a man had his heart broken. BUT - when someone as good, sweet, honest-to-goodness man like Cooper gets his heart broken, my heart gets broken too.
AND I WOULD LOVE TO HATE THE GIRL - but how can I, when Jo Ellen is almost as nice as him?
Oh yes, I'M TORN!
This is a story of a poor sinfully hot farm boy, Cooper falling in love with one of the daughter of the richest man in Tommy Creek, Jo Ellen.
If Cooper was any more kinder, he'd be a saint. I don't know what kind of man can love that unconditionally, and what kind of man can just look his love from afar and not doing anything with his feelings? Oh well, meet Cooper. It's exasperating. Because if I were Jo Ellen, I'd choose him over millions of Travis in this world. He had proven his loyalty and his love when he was there for her at her lowest point. Cooper was willing to sacrifice his life, the future ahead of him for the people he loves. Even after ten years, when his dad got six, he had his business in hiatus and went to work in his father's farm.
HOW CAN JO ELLEN BE SO BLIND?
How can someone so intelligent be so blind with this kind of love? I just want to shake her and tell her: WAKE UP! Wake up before everything will just disappear. Jo Ellen is one of Grady's twin sister. I believe I love Emma Leigh's character more than I liked Jo Ellen. While Emma Leigh was very sociable, friendly and just cool. Jo Ellen was reserved, proper, and a well-mannered lady. These are the main reason why Cooper fell in love with her instead of the other twin. She values commitment, and even though she really didn't like her boyfriend's ways, she stuck to him. Until he left her hanging during the time she needed him most. She was devastated, and it broke her. She decided to go out of town and spend the rest of her senior year in Dallas. She left town, and Cooper broken hearted.
Ten years later - the twins were back in Tommy Creek for a reunion. The moment Cooper and Jo Ellen saw each other for the first time after all those years, chemistry still sizzles between the both of them. But the past keeps chasing the both of them. Can they finally take a risk and find their own happy ending?
Or would they just...
It's nice to be back in Tommy Creek, only years back before The Trouble with Tomboys took place. It was nice to see them young, especially Grady and BJ. I wasn't really sure if it was nice to see Amy alive as well, it was just weird. For those who haven't read the Trouble with Tomboys yet, I suggest you read A Fallow Heart first, although the two can still function as stand alone novels on their own.
Linda Kage you just made my year. I could not have a better last book to read for 2012 than this one. It made me swoon, laugh, cry - drove me crazy. Thank You!
Because you! Yes you, Colleen Hoover deserves a whole sky of it for writing this swe...more5 stars???
Are you freakin' kidding me?
I NEED MORE STARS!!!!
Because you! Yes you, Colleen Hoover deserves a whole sky of it for writing this sweet, gut-wrenching, tear-jearker, touching, super amazing, 'unputdownable' book.
Now, how do I start telling everyone that among my holiday reads - this one just beat every single wonderful novel I have downloaded on my Kindle?
I stayed up all night finishing it because I don't want to miss anything! Some things just can't wait - and some books would want you to stay up at night in frantic anticipation. Will they or will they not have a happy ending???
Meet Sky - she's one of those rare human species who doesn't exist online. No Facebook, Twitter or Myspace account. She's adopted by a woman who lives a very healthy life and seems to have a phobia with technology. Homeschooled since she was young, Sky was finally allowed to enroll in a public school for her senior year. Problem is that, her super best friend in the whole world, Six is half way across the globe and she's now alone facing all the people who seemed to have an idea who she is without even knowing her first. Thank God she met a new best friend, Breckin - a gay Mormon who is just as wonderful as Six. One thing I love about her: She's one lucky, and brave girl.
Then there's Holder. Rumor has it that he's just spent a year in juvi for beating a gay. BUT!!!!
Holder... oh Holder.... He's.... *speechless*
Let me borrow Sky's thought - because I could already feel myself swooning.
1. His amazingly perfect white teeth hidden behind that seductively crooked grin. 2) The dimples that form in the crevices between the corner of his lips and cheeks when he smiles 3) I'm pretty sure I'm having a hot flash or I have butterflies or maybe I'm coming down with a stomach virus.
I can already tell he isn't the kind of guy a girl gets a simple crush on. He's the kind of guy you fall hard for, and the thought of that terrifies me.
He's a boyfriend that a girl could want. Oh hell, I want him for myself!!! How could I not, when he's a whole lot of package roll into one? He's the bad boy who turned to a most whipped boyfriend by love. He's sweet, and I'm glad that he found her after a life-long search.
“F#%k all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.”
But there are just some things between them - dreams that Sky could not understand and secrets Holder could not divulge. This could end things between them, and their lives would change forever. But no secrets can be kept for long.
I could no longer continue without spoiling the book. So let me end this review right now by saying:
It's one of the book that I will constantly remember for a very, very long time and I will gladly recommend to ALL my friends without any doubt. And Colleen, just like what your character said in the book - let me just rephrase it.
“I swear I will spend every last breath thanking you for writing this book .”
If you fell in love with the crazy bad boy from Collinsville named Jessie,...moreGeorgie Cates: You have simply outdone yourself!!
Bad boy meets his match
If you fell in love with the crazy bad boy from Collinsville named Jessie, surely your heart can take more room for Nickolas Aleksei Hawke. (Love the sound of the name, don't you agree?).
This adrenaline junkie from the poor side of the town had me at hello. His cockiness is overwhelming and he thought he can get whoever he wanted until he met Payton. Previous experience taught him not to trust and invest his emotions in love. But he couldn't help it with Payton - she's different from every other girls. (Probably because she didn't swoon when she saw him.) His mom left him and his siblings at a young age - only to find her in his least expected place.
If you like Claire's sweetness, wait till you know Payton upclose and personal! A complete opposite of her best friend, nevertheless, I love her. She was not afraid to give people a piece of her mind. If there was one thing I don't like about her is that she's impulsive, and ran by her emotions. Maybe if she stayed and heard the other side of the story - it would save me a lot of drama in the near end.
If Claire's parents were totally supportive of her, don't expect Payton's parents to be as perfect. They're snobs, they only want their daughter to date someone from their side of the town. They didn't hid their dismay when she brought Nick home. They too have problems, but Payton didn't expect one to slap her in the face in what she expected to be the most memorable night of her life.
Dane is still! He's still a friend to both girls, and has a promising future with Dallas (Nick's sister). They hit it off right away the moment they met. If there's a book three - I would love it to be their happily-ever-after.
There are just so many things I love about this story, but primarily I love the HEA Cates gave to both Payton and Nick. Finally she got her wish: “I want what Claire has with Jessie.” They both deserve it after what they have gone through with their lives. It wasn't an easy journey, there was a problem with trust and faith with each other - but they made it through.(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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"Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love."
I fell in love with two scarred teenagers who at a young age, has already a lot on their plates.
E...more"Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love."
I fell in love with two scarred teenagers who at a young age, has already a lot on their plates.
Echo, her name is unique, which I really like. It makes her different from the rest of the heroines I have encountered in the YA-world. She's an artist, and gets good grades. She used to be Ms Popularity, dated the hottest boy in school but she disappeared for a month. She returned a different person - recluse and a loner. She is scarred - literally and figuratively. After losing her brother in the war, everything changed. Her family fell apart - she could no longer see her mom, her father was busy with his new wife who was her former babysitter and she was just lost. Especially when she couldn't remember something important. She had a memory lapse, and she wanted to regain that memory no matter how painful it is.
Noah lost both his parents at a young age, and was passed from one foster home to the other. He lost hope in the system, and only wants one thing: his brothers. He'd do anything for the both of them. I love that about him, the importance he gave to his family, but sometimes too much love can blind a person. It's a good thing that he saw the light before he made a bad decision he'd regret for life.
Mrs Collins she had my heart. My sister is a social worker and I am amaze how these people can change and touch lives. Both of her 'wards' are strong-willed and really hard-headed. But she still stayed with the both of them and tried her best in dealing with their issues. She didn't give up and saw some results that paid off her hard work. Social work and helping these kids were more than just a work that pays off her bills for her - Mrs. Collins really cared. You can feel her sincerity at the same time her concern for both Noah and Echo. If people in the social welfare office are like her, then kids inside the foster homes and those who needs a lot of help because of trauma/abuse are in good hands.
Pushing the limits has its share of protagonist and antagonist that will have you confused as you go along - but I like that every character has its own roles to play. Everyone is important and their own time to shine in one point in the novel.
Katie McGarry had me hooked, I can't stop reading this book for the whole day. Yep, I finished Pushing the Limits in one sitting. I was so into it because it's more than just an ordinary love story - it revolves around sensitive topic that was delivered with tact. It was discussed carefully, yet extensively. Hot topics such as family dynamics, abuse, foster homes, drugs, sex, social welfare, and mental health. A lot to digest, right? But everything went flawlessly. No doors were left unopened and putting down the book didn't made me crave for more of the characters, instead I was looking forward for more Katie McGarry books. (less)
“I remembered what Mr. Hall had told me when I first asked him for a lesson: the kids who watch planes are destined to be pilots.”
Jennifer Echols ne...more“I remembered what Mr. Hall had told me when I first asked him for a lesson: the kids who watch planes are destined to be pilots.”
Jennifer Echols never fails to give me such a rush.
I love this book because of...
1. The Cover - Who wouldn't fall in love with the girl with her straight hair being blown by the wind in a nice cute white dress? Only that we were all deceived by it - Leah doesn't have a straight hair unless it was run over by an iron. She possesses curly hair that Grayson adores.
2. The Characters At first, I was ambivalent on my feelings with Leah . I wanted to hate her, at the same time love her for everything that she is. She can be annoying at times, then adorable the next - it confuses me. She's very pragmatic and acts like she doesn't care about anything at all or what anyone says about her. She's a complex character whose perseverance and determination to become a pilot - and to change her life in general I greatly admire. She quit smoking at 15 in lieu of flying lessons. I was glad that she was persuaded to quit an unhealthy vice in exchange of a brighter future. Her fears, insecurities are palpably real and I can easily spot one in the crowd (although I doubt if the one I will spot has planes in her mind).
Molly and Leah's friendship is very unconventional. It started when Leah 'stole' Molly's boyfriend. Then I stop and thought: Is this another case of make your friends close and your enemies closer? . Leah always thought that she was Molly's charity case - they were the exact opposite. Molly was rich and lives in a mansion - while Leah was poor and lives in a trailer. The former was popular and the latter was hated. Yet, they formed a close, tight bond where apology doesn't have a room. In the near end, their unusual friendship is once again tested - can it survive?
Mr. Hall . I love him! And I think he's one of the most amazing character in this novel for believing in Leah and giving her a chance ( although he has his doubts ) to fulfill her dreams and changing the course of her life. He was a like a father she never had.
Alec and Grayson Just like Leah, both brothers received their license at 18. These two brothers are way to different - nevertheless, I LOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE how their character develop all throughout the story - how they grow up at a certain point in their life when they were needed to, how they try to remain steadfast against the odds. Alec, I like his character. His obviously calmer than his brother and worries less. I liked how he handled the situation, although he didn't like the consequences that affected him and his happiness as well. Grayson I love bad boys! Among the twins, he was the adrenaline junkie. But this one needs professional help! At 18, he can already blackmail and manipulate. Sheeesh! He blackmailed Leah with a secret she had kept for a long time, in exchange for doing him a favor which was really outrageous or she can kiss her dreams goodbye. Of course, Leah had no choice but to agree. Yet, I fell in love with this adrenaline junkie when he grew up and faced responsibility head on. I may not like his ways, but I'm glad everything went well in the end.
3. The Plot . The girl in the trailer park who wanted to change her life by flying and would do anything to achieve it. I love Such a Rush in every freaking way. I have always loved Jennifer Echols' novel - she writes in a fashion that can inspire and tickle your brain cells. Her characters are excellent and almost real. I am just so sure that you can't put this novel down because I haven't - I wanted to finish this as soon as I started it. I wanted to know what will happen to the characters - and how the whole charade will end. Well, it ended with a big CRASH and an amazing prom night that was sweet but not cheesy.
Would I recommend this one? OF COURSE! It will give you such a rush that you will not have the time to put this book down.
I sure couldn't wait for the next Jennifer Echols book. (less)
“And that's when I realize the thing about the truth. It always comes out, no matter what you do.”
I can't believe I finished two books in one sittin...more“And that's when I realize the thing about the truth. It always comes out, no matter what you do.”
I can't believe I finished two books in one sitting - Jennifer Echols' Such a Rush and this one. This one is shorter, and with more humor compare to the former - and this book made me cry. Argh!
I love Lauren Barnholdt because she can write a short novel that can shake her readers. You can finish The Thing About The Truth in one sitting, and reach for the next one, but her novel can stick inside your brain with nagging questions you'd want to know the answers.
What happens when a prep-school drop out and a senator son's who has been kicked out of every private school he's ever been enrolled in, meet? Fireworks!
Kesley - she's someone you'd love to hate in your local high school. She has been kicked out of the prep school because of the scandal she made when someone broke her heart. Her life was not the same afterwards - her relationship with her parents were strained and she's losing her best friend. After being enrolled in a public school, Kesley was willing to do anything to be back in her family's good graces at the same time be back on track with her college applications. She was planning to apply in Ivy League Schools and a scandal in her records is detrimental to her future, she needs something to overshadow it, thus she organized a club with Isaac.
Kesley has a type A personality, and a little bit of a control freak. She is the perfect example of how an intelligent person drops her IQ when in love. She hated being lied to, that's why I didn't understand (at first) why she lied to Isaac.
Isaac - another bad boy being add to my list. He's the senator's son - so he's used to being treated nicely by most people (because of who his father is: The Senator). He was surprised when Kesley gave him a cold shoulder on their first meeting. This made him curious about her. He like her so much, that in impulse he made up an idea about an activity: Face It Down . This activity made them closer to each other.
He and his father didn't have the best father-son relationship because his father was more interested in public opinion and the votes he will receive rather than his very son. He describes himself as mischievous rather than bad or naughty, but what I love about him is that he tells Kesley the truth - even if it hurts. Even if Kesley wouldn't like it.
This book is alternating the voice of both Kesley and Isaac - the before and the aftermath of the big activity that both of them were planning. We see a budding relationship of two great people that was destroyed by a lie. Kesley didn't tell him the truth because she was scared, she wished it didn't happen and she broke his heart because it was the first time Isaac fell in love, and he gets lied to. So, I do understand why he's very angry with Kesley and why forgiveness is just far from reach. This chapter that belonged to the Before had me in tears. I hated Kesley for lying, but I can feel the panic and desperation when she new she'd be busted any minute from now (my heartbeat accelerated and my breathing got heavier #panicmode). Her secret was out, and Isaac was very mad at her for lying. And of course, Isaac fed the press its nightly news. The whole activity became a circus and they found themselves being called to the principal's office once again.
I like how Lauren Barnholdt emphasize the importance of telling the truth, of not keeping important secrets from the people that are important to you. Yes, the fact may not put you in the best light, but honesty will help you save your relationship, honesty builds trust.
The BIG PROBLEM about this novel: the conflicts that I was dying to know the resolutions to were left open. 1. The relationship with both their fathers: did they make up or it was still strained? 2. Kesley-Rielle friendship: what happens now? 3. The consequence of their actions during the Face It Down activity
The ending was a bit abrupt, and of course, I wanted more, more, more. I wish Ms. Barnholdt would extend another chapter to close all the conflicts that she opened which will help me get over this novel!
That's why I couldn't give it a 5 even if I wanted to. (less)
“You can’t be friends with the person you were meant to spent your life with”
I can summarize Crash in these three short wordsL Crazy. Passionate. In...more“You can’t be friends with the person you were meant to spent your life with”
I can summarize Crash in these three short wordsL Crazy. Passionate. Intense.
At first I was like: How did this amazing girl who tries to save the world end up with this guy? Love works in mysterious ways, that's for sure. Because Luce - a normal teen age with a bright future fell in love with Jude - a not-so-normal teenager with a bleak future.
Lucy wanted to save the world - after she failed to save someone important to her. She loves to dance and wished to go to Julliard. Her family was never the same again after the incident, her dad shut the world, and only came to life in his chef uniform and she can no longer talk to her mom without starting an argument. Everything was just the way it is until she met Jude - then her life went topsy-turvy. Nothing was the same again. Her reputation was always questioned in school and she was even labeled as a slut. It didn't help that a juvie was her boyfriend. BUT: I love that she gives everyone a benefit of a doubt and that she gave her trust to Jude - until insecurities ate it all up. Lucy is a strong person and fiercely loyal - she stood up for someone she greatly cared for despite of what everyone around her tells her. I love the fact she believed in him when he didn't.
But can the ultimate bad boy stick to one girl? Can he ever change? The million dollar question is: Can he stay out of trouble?
Yes, Jude's rap sheet is indeed long and is continuously growing. It didn't help that he grew up in a boy's home and was abandoned by his father who was put to jail. The first time he saw Lucy, he already warned her off: but to no avail. Soon, he found himself attracted to her as well. And when a bad boy who had his shares of woman finally found THE ONE there's no stopping him. Or he thought so, until the both of them uncovered something that can change both their lives.
The road to happiness for these two seemed to be a long way, because just as the time Lucy and Jude become happy: something will turn out to be wrong. Jude wanted what is best for Lucy and he didn't think its him. The latter however, tries to make him realize that he is enough for her.
My favorite scene: the father-daughter scene in the near end. Because this is where I finally see some emotion from her father: that her father actually care for her and somehow he explained all his actions in the past. It sounded like both like an apology and an assurance that everything will turn out right in the end. I guess a father knows when he's needed and knew the right (or rather perfect) words to say.
The ending: *sigh* I think the ending was subtle compare to the rest of the book which makes it more perfect - because my heart could no longer take another jolt from these two love birds. The whole scene will make you think: it was really meant to be .
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)
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)
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)
One of my favorite series: Sea Breeze and one of my favorite characters in the series - the uber...more I was taking the bad boy off the market for good.
One of my favorite series: Sea Breeze and one of my favorite characters in the series - the uber bad boy Cage . I am so falling in love with him all over again.
We met him in the book 2: Because of Low where I fervently wished he will have his very own happy ending - and here it is!!! Yay!
The story started with a heavy heart - we met Eva Brooks whose heart was crushed by the news of her fiance's death in Baghdad along with other soldiers. Losing someone whose been with you whole your life, and whom you made your plans with is heartbreaking, and indeed, it would be hard for a person to go on from there. I don't think it is impossible - but the idea where to start, or how to start from scratch is just tasking.
This is what I love about this book by Abbi Glines - because it shows how you can find another love - when you lost what you have thought your true love . The other love may not be the same - but it can be different: something new, something fresh, something different, something that you never thought can make you happy, something that you will never compare your past love to.
It's a little bit crazy - gahd! Cage is crazy - in a good way. We have all been introduced to him in the previous book: Cage is the ultimate man-whore - and any girl would just adore him: his bad boy image and the alpha-male personality he exudes is the ultimate kill that an unsuspecting girl would get in trouble for. His smile can melt your heart and he's sigh just amazing. *starry-eyed*. But he gets himself into trouble when he gets a DUI and is forced to work for the summer taking care of cows. He will stick to this and stay out of trouble because he needs his scholarship.
Only that - trouble struts in front of him: Eva. She has the most beautiful, sad eyes he had ever seen. He was warned that she was off limits. Now Eva - her heart was broken, her engagement ring is still on her finger, her jeep is parked in the garage for eighteen months and her guitar is kept inside her closet. Her life stopped, and everyone around her tiptoed, scared that they might mention Josh' name and she'd be in pieces.
I like Eva - I love how Abbi Glines tried to make her character more realistic by allowing her to move on little by little rather than in haste. How her character doubted her feelings, and how other people at the same time her past affected what she and Cage had.
There were sexy and steamy scenes: just as what I expected of Cage. I adore his control and his respect for Eva, it's really cute when a player falls in love. They tend to be overprotective studs and turns into one-woman.
The ending: it's sweet, but not too cheesy. I love how Cage got his happy ending - I think he deserves it for being a good friend to Low and experiencing such a difficult childhood. I also think Eva deserves this type of love story - mind blowing and exciting after all the aches she'd been through.
And yes, by the time I was done reading the last pages, I could not help but look forward for the next book in this series!
"Men, at some time, are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings." Julius Caesar Ac...more"Men, at some time, are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings." Julius Caesar Act I, Scene II.
I hate books about death and dying – and I always prefer those novels that makes me feel good and would make me stay in the clouds for quite some time. Now, what made me grab this cancer book (base on the book description)? First, I haven’t read anything written by John Green (Yes, poor me). Second, the title sounds good. And lastly, The Fault in our Stars has 4.63 stars on Goodreads.
What I so love about The Fault in our Stars: Hazel Grace Lancaster. She’s a 16 year old who adores reading, watching weird TV series, her mom and dad and lastly, Augustus. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer which metastasized to her lungs that made an oxygen tank a necessity to her existence. She regularly attends a cancer support group that meets in the heart of Jesus (literally). Then she meets Augustus (I love the name, and I loved the owner even more).
Augustus Waters. He’s sweet, optimistic, intelligent, amazing, 16-year old boy who had lost his one leg due to cancer. He’s a smooth character and I find him really cool in dealing with both the disease and dying. He has a big heart filled with love for everyone especially for Hazel Grace.
Plot. Cancer Book? I stand corrected. Although Cancer plays a very important role in the story, I think that The Fault in Our Stars simply talks about a near-real story about two teen-agers who are both suffering from a dreaded disease when they found each other. Taking each day at a time and sharing all the love that they could for each other.
Together, the two main characters had the most fantastic combination of wit and humor, coupled with literary conversations which I think is just so deep (I’m thanking the dictionary installed in my kindle for a very big help). The love story isn’t cheesy nor uber romantic. Instead it was sweet and heartwarming. Couldn’t help to sigh – and wished that the ending would not result in death of any of them.
It made me laugh at first, then it made me cry.
In addition, I’ so glad John Green made his research and did it well. Being in the medical field, I could not find a single loophole (or if ever it has one, I have overlooked it because the novel is quite fetching).
Not to mention the dialogues – geez, this will probably be the longest review I ever had because of too many mushy-sweet-super-nice words John Green wrote on this book.
The Ending. Nicholas Sparks moved to the second spot once I got to the last few pages of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. My heart ached so badly, and I couldn’t help a few tears to escape my eyes.
I would gladly recommend this to my friends and urge them to make The Fault in Our Stars their next read. (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)
This is my first Tracy Anne Warren novel and I had a great time reading it. This book made me cry!!! arghh.. Can't wait to see what Ms. Warren have for...moreThis is my first Tracy Anne Warren novel and I had a great time reading it. This book made me cry!!! arghh.. Can't wait to see what Ms. Warren have for the spoiled Jeanette.(less)