Adam and Aaron are twins - but like any other twins, they are so different from each other. Aaron is the jock of the two. He's an athlete, a sociableAdam and Aaron are twins - but like any other twins, they are so different from each other. Aaron is the jock of the two. He's an athlete, a sociable person and everybody likes him - especially girls. On the other hand, Adam, oh Adam. He's the geek in the pair, he's a member of the band where he excels as one of the rhythm drummers. He's silent, and has little friends. These two are way to different from each other, but they have a bond. They were close and they truly love each other. Their mother died giving birth to them, and it was only their father who served as both mom and dad.
Then Olivia came along - she's sweet, and pretty hot. She has this aura of a girl who lives her life each day at a time, looking at the positivity of life rather than the negativity of it. Who wouldn't be attracted to her, right? Adam saw her first - dancing on her window from across his room.
“Well maybe if you’d had the balls to actually ask her out, none of this would have happened!”
My sentiments exactly.
Aaron already gave him the chance to be the one to ask her first but...
All you have to do is ask her Adam! Just ASK HER! But he's too shy.
Olivia was just too good to be true, and like the old adage runs: (view spoiler)[ good things never last . (hide spoiler)] :) Nevertheless, this was a great story of friendship, brotherhood, living life, finding and losing love and lastly, moving on. It teaches us that yes, we need to grab every opportunity we get because it may never knock on our doors again, or if we delay accepting it - we may not have enough time in the world to enjoy it.
After I read the book, this is what I told myself:
But still, My Only was...
Oh it is. I'd recommend it to friends who likes: 1) A boy's POV. 2) Twins with different personalities 3) Free-spirited girl who's torn between two boys 4) Cry ( I admit, I didn't, but was just close to...)
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I 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
It has some very weak and very strong parts. But good thing when I'm almost bored, the nice parts come to light. I wished the author had more consisteIt has some very weak and very strong parts. But good thing when I'm almost bored, the nice parts come to light. I wished the author had more consistency with the story line. I like the series, but this isn't my favorite book among the four....more
Ever since I have read Cindy Bennett’s Heart on a Chain – I have been looking forward for some of her works. Then came Geek Girl – okay, the title mayEver since I have read Cindy Bennett’s Heart on a Chain – I have been looking forward for some of her works. Then came Geek Girl – okay, the title may have given me the wrong impression of what the plot is all about. But nevertheless, picking this book up made my day. And just like the first book I have read under this author, Geek Girl didn’t disappoint me.
I adore the characters! Jen – she’s not the geek, rather she’s a Goth. Because of her past, she became a cynic and a pessimist. She has been through a lot of things, and for her to have survived it is a miracle. I sympathize with her character all throughout the book, although there are times that I was wanted to give her a bad shake and come out clean with the bet she made with her friends.
In the beginning, her set of friends were those Goth-dressed people who loves to party. I don’t really think they really care about Jen, although I think it is also Jen’s fault since she didn’t want anyone to be close to her. I appreciate Jane, she came late in the story, but she was worth the wait. Jen was also wary about her, but Jane shove her way into Jen’s life. She was there when Jen really needed someone to be there for her.
I like her foster family, her foster mother who really cares a lot for her and trusts her implicitly. Sue never pushed herself to Jen and forced her with whatever she think is right. I think she respects her individuality and let her figure everything on her own, just staying on the sideline getting ready whenever Jen needs her. Tamara annoyed me at first, but she turned out to be wonderful in the near end.
Trevor – wow! He was definitely swoon-worthy. I am a sucker for geeks. They’re my type and I fell easily for this guy. Who wouldn’t? He’s a straight A-student, a student body officer, a real gentleman, really patient, and he has dimples! His shirt is all buttoned-up – but of course, that can be remedied easily. I love his friends, they were all geeky but nevertheless charming. My favorite was Brian. He was really kind to Jen. Trevor’s family reminded Jen of the Cleaver’s. I adored Todd (Trevor’s brother) who was a charmer. I also love the trampoline and everything that has something to do with it.
I like the plot because it did not just focus on boy-girl relationship but several other aspects like family (normal and dysfunctional), foster care, abuse, abandonment, early pregnancy, adoption, special child/ren and their needs, a little booze and drugs among youth. So even though you are way beyond 18, you can relate to this book.
Geek Girl is funny and sweet. It may not have some steamy scenes from the usual YA novel but the intimacy between Jen and Trevor is adorable, and you just couldn’t help but sigh and smile when these scenes pop every now and then. But also it has a heartbreaking side that could make you teary-eyed and you can feel your heart ache. It is definitely worth the read. I have spent less than a day in reading the whole book, and it left me wanting more! Cindy Bennett turned an ordinary-plot into an extraordinary story that will leave her readers entertained and in love.
I am so looking forward for the next Cindy Bennett novel! ...more
What do I expect from another Kody Keplinger novel? Girl Power. I fell in love with Bianca [The DUFF] and with Lissa [Shut Out]. Kody seemed to have aWhat do I expect from another Kody Keplinger novel? Girl Power. I fell in love with Bianca [The DUFF] and with Lissa [Shut Out]. Kody seemed to have a penchant for girl power and I love it. Relevant Social Issues Affecting Not Only Teens but Almost Everyone.
She once again delivered a splendid novel to her readers. Introducing us to a problematic Whitley, I must admit that among all her characters, I didn’t like her much at first. Although, I think that her character is the most complex of the three. Her issues are more serious and I found her emotions compelling.
The opening of the novel had my jaws on the floor when she woke up – groggy and in a stranger’s bed after indulging in booze the night before. Okay, it was after graduation and she is 18 – although the waking up happened only this time, the booze is another story.
She has problems with her mother, who was bitter with her father since the divorce and with her father whom she only sees during summer. Only that this summer – she was in for a big surprise finding her father is engaged!
The woman’s son is her one-night stand from graduation night, the one she was hoping would never going to see again. She felt cheated and alone –so she did what she does best: act out, party and drink hard. Only that this time there were consequences she wasn’t ready or hoping for.
I also enjoy the minor characters which held Whitney’s sanity in her summer ordeal: Her newfound friend Harrison ( she doesn’t do friends, but Harrison was persistent. I so love the first time that the two of them met. I think he’s one of the best things that happened to her during this summer. He became not just her friend but one of her heroes.); sweet and adorable future-step-sister Bailey and of course Nathan swoon. They’re not perfect which makes them real. I have seen each character grow throughout the story and fell in love with them one page at a time.
Kody Keplinger wrote another eye opener not only to teens, but to adults as well: 1) Alcohol never solves anything 2) Every actions has consequences 3) Sometimes, bad things clouds the good things that are right in front of us. Packed with significant themes like family issues, alcoholism, parenthood, cyber bullying and sense of belongingness – A Midsummer’s Nightmare outshone her two former novels. ...more