What happens when a somebody suddenly pays attention to a nobody like you?
In a small town of Stillburrow, every knows everyone - theiWhat happens when a somebody suddenly pays attention to a nobody like you?
In a small town of Stillburrow, every knows everyone - their family history, who goes out with whom, who owes whom what. Everything is so transparent that no secrets can be kept forever.
Carrie Paxton is clearly not the most popular girl in school. But when she was assigned to interview Lucas Carter, the famous quarterback, she knew just by looking in those crazy blue eyes of his that she was in trouble.
Luke (because he prefers to be called by it rather than Lucas) is the school football newest star and the son of the town banker. He too has some secrets that he didn't want anybody else to know, his parents may not approve of it as well as other people. (is he gay?!). Guess you are about to find out.
Secrets are spilled, and Carrie found herself in trouble without doing anything at all. Luke did something that she didn't expect. Matty was in deep trouble, and her mother is barely holding on. Can a relationship that has barely even started, more so official, survive all these hullabaloo?
I like Linda Kage's novels. I find The Stillburrow Crush cute. It's a clean YA, but can still entertains those who are way over their teens like me. ...more
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 tThank 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...more
The Twitter-thing was an amazing touch to this fun-filled story. Although I must admit that I was expecting the case to last until the end of the storThe Twitter-thing was an amazing touch to this fun-filled story. Although I must admit that I was expecting the case to last until the end of the story - I was surprise that it was cut short. ...more
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 neI 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....more
If you have read the Fifty Shades Trilogy prior to reading Saving You, Saving Me - you are in for a BIG HUGE (or whatever superlative you can attach to this) disappointment.
This is my first Kailin Gow novel and it is sad that I didn't like it. I love the Fifty Shades Trilogy - and this book was a poor imitation of it. I don't need to hide the spoilers for those who have read EL Jame's novel. But for those who don't okay I will...
Anna & Christian = Fifty Shades Trilogy Sam & Collin = Saving You, Saving Me
Here are some of the similarities you can find in both books: 1. Collin is much older than Sam - not really cradle snatching. Sam is 18, Collin is 24. Just like Christian and Anna! 2. Collin is VERY rich at a very young age. He owns his own record company. Christian was filthy rich too, right? Well, he owns a lot of company and not just one. 3. THE CONTRACT Okay, their contract was a lot shorter than that of the Fifty Shades, and of course there was some weird clause in the SYSM (Saving You, Saving Me) contract but it won't surpass what EL James wrote for Fifty Shades Trilogy (FST). 4. I hated Anna because she annoys me, but I hated Sam more because she was overly dramatic. Really, how many times would you waste your tears for something petty? argh! 5. Collin is troubled - didn't have a very nice childhood not to mention he has problems with his mother. Sounds very familiar, right? Didn't Christian had a not-so-nice childhood as well? This has caused his unusual sexual preferences. 6. Sam's licking her lips which affected Collin a lot 7. Sam described Collin as multi-layered!
Differences 1. Anna's family were very supportive of her, Sam's wasn't. She has troubles with her family as well. Her mom was an alcoholic and her dad was a pastor. So, connect the dots! 2. It was Collin who broke up with Sam. Anna was the one who broke up with Christian on the end of the first book.
I so love Keep Holding On- and it is not just because of the cover which totally caught my attention when I first saw it in Goodreads.
Four Reasons WhyI so love Keep Holding On- and it is not just because of the cover which totally caught my attention when I first saw it in Goodreads.
Four Reasons Why I Love This Book: 1) The Length Talk about KISS - Susane Colasanti kept it short and simple. Everything is straight to the point and there was no beating around the bush. The heavy subjects such as bullying, neglect and sexual abuse are presented concisely. I am glad that although this is a short read, all subjects were given closure and a resolution - reminds me of Jennifer Echol's Going Too Far.Going Too Far
2.) The Characters Noelle. I love how her character developed each day. How she finally earned her courage may be a little tragic. She was afraid, I know. She's a teenager and just want to live life each day at a time, trying to survive high school. I do not blame her for not reaching out, although it would be ideal that she would have. However, for someone who is totally afraid and constantly bullied, being invisible is one of the best option that one can think of while trying to gain the strength to fight back. Lastly, I like how she stood up to everyone at the end of the novel and having a fresh start not only with friends but with her mother as well.
Julian. Well, at first I hated Julian because he seemed to be passive. I mean, if he liked Noelle he would do something for the bullies to stop what they're doing to her. He wasn't the savior/hero that I was looking for (compare to Henry, from Heart on a Chain or Evan, from the Breathing Series). But, part of it may be Noelle's fault as well. She kept on pushing Julian out of her life and settle for something less than she deserved. On the other hand, I love the way how everything works out at the end: Julian having showed his hero-side & Noelle finally had the courage to confess that she likes him as well.
Simon. He reminds me of sunshine, of someone who is not afraid to be himself despite what other people may think or say. I think he's one of the people who really saved Noelle without making her noticed it (since she really doesn't trust anyone besides Sherae). He gave Noelle the break she deserves in writing: not only saving her from the hell during cafeteria lunches but it also allowed her to grow and share whatever talent she has with the rest of the school.
Sherae. The best friend - who had been through a lot as well. The friendship she had with Noelle is pretty amazing. I was glad that they had each other to fall to when things got out of hand. Although she doesn't really know what is really happening to her friend, their friendship made it bearable for Noelle to go to school everyday. She's the kind of friend who doesn't need the words - she knows how to anticipate the needs - which is really helpful especially when you're friend's lip is sealed. She was also afraid - but at the end, she finally took the courage to face it and asked for help.
3.) The Plot Bullying is a serious offense. I have read a lot of novels about it, and it always leave me in an emotional turmoil. But, Susane Colasanti's Keep Holding On, set the tone that will still convey the message but manage to place it in a somewhat lighter tone.
It also touches neglect, the fact that a child, at whatever point in his/her life still needs a parent to take care of him/her - not just with their basic needs but for emotional support as well.
Lastly, it also tackled about rape within a relationship. Okay, so both of you may be in love with each other - but when one of you doesn't give a consent to be intimate - that's another story. Sex should always be between two consenting people - regardless of the status of their relationship.
4.) The Ending The advocacy to stop bullying as well as neglect is as loud as the fire engine's siren by the end of the novel. It was an amazing way to end the story, calling on to people (young or old) who have been victim - trying to tell them to be strong, that this will all pass, just keep holding on. It was a boost to the victim as well as wake up calls to people who are standing there like sentinels watching the injustice happening in front of them.
Will I Recommend this Book? Definitely! For friends who wants a short, light but meaningful and insightful read, I would gladly recommend this book!
Last words... Bullies or Abuse-themed books always made my stomach churn and turn my intestines into knots. But Keep Holding On made it possible for me to finish reading without feeling completely dreadful.
If it's possible... I want to read Sherae and Simon's love story too - they both deserve their happy endings :)...more
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 bThe 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. ...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 sittin“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. ...more
The story went well, thank God. I could never handle another tragedy to happen to the family in that magnitude. Desperation could indeed drive someoneThe story went well, thank God. I could never handle another tragedy to happen to the family in that magnitude. Desperation could indeed drive someone into thinking the impossible. I love how Caroline took the responsibility head on. It was admirable how she swallowed her pride to keep her family together and keep them out of poverty, securing their futures even it would mean that her future would be bleak. ...more