If there is more mismatch couple than Stephanie Kendrick and Ethan Price.
Stephanie Kendrick would never go home – even if it means staying at her cheating ex-boyfriend’s apartment and put up with the agonizing sounds coming from his bedroom with the girl he cheated on her – it’s not paradise, but at least she has a place to sleep. Instead of coming home, she took a summer class on screenwriting with Hollywood’s best, but never expected to be paired with a preppy, spoiled, rich frat boy.
Goth girls were never Ethan Price’s type, but there’s something about Stephanie that draws him to her. Never mind the dark-make ups, combat boots, piercings and cargo pants. He wanted to spend time anywhere but interning at his father’s office. Infidelity was overwhelming him. Catching people close to him doing stuffs they shouldn’t do is just devastating for him. He thought he had the perfect family and the perfect relationship – oh boy, he was so wrong.
Not to mention, his mother is working overtime for a reunion between him and his cheating ex-girlfriend. So he did what a desperate rich guy would not normally do – ask the Goth-girl to be his girlfriend, offer a house to stay, pay for a make-over, buy new clothes, and an instant screenplay. What he doesn’t know is that she used to be one of those over-achiever normal girls, but things from the past (things she wouldn’t talk about) had made her an angry, isolated and sad person.
You will grow to love both characters as the story goes. They have been through a lot of pains and betrayals and have adapted differently to the circumstances. I understand why Stephanie didn’t want to come home – and where her hurt was coming from. It may have taken a broken heart for her to go home, but her homecoming was one of my favorite scenes in this book.
The more he knew her, the closer they get, the more kissed they shared – the more he like her. Sometimes their pretend game felt real rather than a charade. Kissing was no longer for the benefit of an audience, but a call of passion. Conflicts arise as reality sets in. Doubt begins to swarm: DID ETHAN FALL IN LOVE WITH THE GOTH OR THE BARBIE? Will she ever fit into his world? Will their attraction be enough?
I had fun reading this! A classic plot with a twist, interesting characters, witty banters, unforeseen turns, and great ending! I laughed, swooned, fell in love and well, broke my heart for both characters.
★★★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★★★...more
All the craziness started when Darla hitched hike a naked man along the road. It was a dangerous thing to do, aReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
All the craziness started when Darla hitched hike a naked man along the road. It was a dangerous thing to do, and your mom would always remind you never to talk to strangers, but without clothes and just a guitar hanging over his neck (not to mention a collar) - where else would he keep his weapons? So, Darla stopped her car, allowed him in AND made her first Random Act of Craziness.
If this was the guy - who could blame her?!
What she didn't expect is this naked guy is none other than Trevor Connor - the lead singer of one of her favorite bands. Talk about getting a lucky day. She could get lost just staring at his - ummmm - eyes. Sexual tension begins to unravel between the two. Oh yes, she wanted him. Just like a giddy groupie, but where? Definitely not beside the road where any moment they could be spotted by a highway patrol man. So against her better judgement, she brought him home (another random act of crazy she did)
But what happened to him? Where did he came from? Why is he naked?
Trevor Connor has no recollection of what happened to him. All he knew is that he woke up on the side of the road naked. The next thing he knew, he was hitchhiking. Good thing that this amazing girl stopped and allowed him to enter her car. Thus began the journey...
Then there's Jay (Oh, there's two hot guys in this novel *coughs*), the moment he woke up, all he could find was his friend's clothes, phone and wallet. He's the best friend who have traveled several hours to pick up his friends who have ingested all the possible peyote he could find. Trevor's mom (not to mention his as well) kept on harassing him. So he needs to find him fast and get him home faster. But what he didn't expect is to find someone like Darla in the middle of what seem to be the set of My Name is Earl.
Unlike Darla, who have lost everything when she was young, Trevor and Jay are rich kids who are set to go to law school. They have everything at their disposal and they freaking famous! The two are way too different from each other, if Trevor is pretty laid back, Jay is sorta OCD. But one thing I didn't like about these guys at first - they allow their moms to control them. OKAAAY - they're twenty-two and one text from mom telling him she's not gonna pay for law school had him peeing in his pants - major turn off!
I can't believe all these happened in one day - Darla found a naked guy, made out in the car, brought him home, had a way with him, and suddenly another guy knocks into her purple palace and some air out of her lungs. It was weird because she has just been with Trevor and suddenly her heart was beating fast for this guy who looked like he just jumped out from GQ.
Nevertheless, Darla found a connection, not just with Trevor but with Jay too. Both guys are completely attracted to her refreshing and carefree personality. Definitely she's not some ordinary girl they usually hang out with. They have enjoyed their time with her and did some amazing random acts of craziness together. But once the 2013 BMW gets fixed, and they are off to their real world - what then? Will Darla stay in Ohio or will she go with them?
I was blown - surprised and well, speechless. Never expected this novel would turn out to be fun and well, steamy. The car scene was just - super hot but it didn't compare to the one in the hotel. That was truly epic and unexpected. It has some slow in-between but it was tolerable. Darla's witty narration could make up for it, as well as those sweet, steamy moments, I enjoyed being inside her brain and reading her thoughts. Random Acts of Crazy is just the start of Darla's adventure.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange of an honest review....more
This is on of those books I have been looking forward in reading since the beginning of the year. I enjoyed reading the first installment in the serieThis is on of those books I have been looking forward in reading since the beginning of the year. I enjoyed reading the first installment in the series, and I was excited to see that the second one will feature Cohen, one of my favorites from Lengths.
Why Do I Love Depths more than Lengths? 1. Less Profanity - Yes, there are still necessary "F" word thrown every now and then, but the rest of the novel was relatively clean. Unlike the first one where I couldn't find a single page without any swearing. Good thing!
2. COHEN - From the first book I already loved this guy. He's the complete opposite of the usual bad boys that girls often swoon for in YA/New Adult Novels. Cohen is a breathe of fresh air for me. If I adored bad boys - I completely love good guys more. They are the boyfriend material, the one you can bring home to your mommy, and the one (when turns real) wouldn't make you run to the nearest exit.
No matter how hard he tried to be a player or a bad boy - he still ends up adorable: doing the right and responsible thing. These guys may bore some girls - but these guys are limited species and any girl would be very lucky to catch one. Dependability is a rare commodity among guys nowadays.
3. The Plot. I love the fact that they started as friends over the phone. Although they one knew each other through phone calls - it was enough for both friendship, concern and a little attraction to grow. Their relationship was an unconventional one - Cohen found it safe. So when Maren finally asked for them to meet, he was skeptical. He didn't want to ruin what he and Maren already has. But it happened - and everything else fell into place.
4. The Ending - (My favorite part) ALMOST REAL.Which is what I love most. It was not your typical ending where everyone got HEA. Oh, some did, but others didn't. There were certain things that were left open and weren't given a happy ending, just a great chance of possibilities and hope.
What I don't Like. Maren. I hate that she has to settle for something less because it was safe.
Why do girls in this series always seem to have issues compared with the boys? After Whit, Maren also has some issues not just with her family but with her self as well. She thinks she didn't need help and she can carry the problem on her own. She's a mess and she needs help (badly). Good thing, she found Cohen because he's exactly what she needs - a dependable, boring, good looking man to balance her life.
To End. Familiar heroines, different heroes. I'd love to read the next installment with a less-problematic, more-on-the-normal-side heroine. Oh I definitely enjoyed the novel. It was a great story about moving on, letting go, swallowing one's pride whenever necessary and accepting help.
Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt will once again make you fall in love and swoon in their second installment of the Lengths series. ...more
She has the most intriguing titles and not to mention always has nice book covers: depicts something sweet, light-read and something really good that as though it promises a reader that you will have a grand time reading this novel. And it does not really stops at the cover - because once you start reading it, you will truly get hooked (like I did).
Sunrises over the harbor. Ice cream on a hot day. The sound of the waves down the street. The way my dog curls up next to me on the couch. Evening strolls. Great movies. Thunderstorms. A good cheeseburger. Fridays. Saturdays. Wednesdays, even. Sticking your toes in the water. Pajama pants. Flip-flops. Swimming. Poetry. The absence of smiley faces in an e-mail. What does it look like to you?
This book is what happy looks like because I smiled a lot reading it. And even though I had work today, I can't seem to put it down because I wanted to know what happened next to our young characters.
Meet Graham Larkin. He's one of the rising stars of his generations, and just like some of them, he didn't really appreciate stardom especially when he can't do anything normal. He's hounded by reporters, always found himself on pages of the magazines. He's alone at home with his pet pig named Wilbur and to top it all up his parents acted strange around him, it was as if he was no longer their child but a stranger who visits them. But the nice thing is that - he's not your typical Hollywood bad boy who loves to party, drink booze and is attached to a lot of women. No - this guy is one of those rare specie in Hollywood where he prefers to stay at home and play his video games with ardor rather than going to parties.
Ellie. Ellie has lived in a small town in Maine almost all her life. She was a simple girl who lives with her single mom and helps her run the shop, works in an ice cream parlor and loves poetry. She just got accepted in a summer poetry program in Harvard. Ellie may look like an ordinary town girl with a red hair, but she has her secrets to keep. Secrets that has been very important in maintaining their uncomplicated, quiet and simple life. But lo and behold, Graham Larkin comes to town with all those cameras in tow - and suddenly, everything that they had been keeping may resurface and can ruin the life her mother had tried to built for them.
It all started with an email to a wrong address... The friendship started when Graham typed the wrong address. The exchange of emails has began, nothing vital, name has not been a topic of the conversation just mundane conversations about anything at all, but Graham has been hooked and curious who the girl is. Out of his character, he 'demanded' that they should film a part of his next film in Maine. Yes, he wanted to know who this girl.
After some misunderstanding, some surprise visits and secret dates - things were started to be great. But just as Graham thought they were having a great time, Ellie starts to back off.
Why I love this book: It's almost realistic, although Graham, if walking among Hollywood teen stars nowadays, is really a rare commodity. I love how Ms Smith handled Ellie and her father, I held my breath, waiting for that moment. And when the moment came, although it was not what I expected - it felt just right. The ending was just right too - it held a lot of promises, not just you're usual HEA but an ending filled with possibilities. These two people know what they are getting into, I was glad that there was no pretenses, no unnecessary drama and no so-much expectations. They allowed themselves to fall, with both their eyes open. The risks was great, but the rewards were definitely worth.
It's not just the cover and the title that hooked me, but the whole package. It left my senses and appetite for a good book satiated. From the first page down to the last, it was all worth the read. It wasn't just a love story (sort-of-fairy-tale) of a young actor-falling-in-love-with-an-ordinary-girl-from-a-small-town, it's something more: the consequences of our choices, value of friendship and most especially family.
If you love The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, then I suggest you read this one as well. You will not be disappointed.
Now the question is: What does happy looks like to you?...more
Lauren Blakely had me on the first sentence of her novel.
He was my first favorite mistake.
Bryan was Kat's firsOriginal review posted at: Book Freak
Lauren Blakely had me on the first sentence of her novel.
He was my first favorite mistake.
Bryan was Kat's first favorite mistake Kat met Bryan when she was fresh out of high school. He was her brother's best friend, and he brought him home to help out with the store. Boy meets girl - they fell in love. She knew it was mutual. She believed it was the real thing, until he broke her heart.
Five Years Later... Kat was all grown up. She was through with college, currently having ger own business My Favorite Mistake, and currently taking up her masters. She moved on - or at least she thought so until she once again bumped into him in the most unexpected circumstances. Bryan was assigned to be her mentor on a class she needed badly for her to graduate. Oh she tried so hard to fight off the feeling. But as the old saying says: First love never dies.
It's them against the world. Kat didn't want to risk her heart again. But being close to Bryan & not being able to touch him was just pure torture. So throwing all caution to the wind, she dove right in to passion. At first, there was some hesitation. She even ran off, but when he pursued her, she finally gave in. Kat thought they were finally going to have their happy ending - but no, the stars won't allow it. With an ethic-related case and a conservative board hanging over Brian's head like an ax ready to strike anytime, not to mention he's Kat's mentor and her need to finish her masters degree is a necessity - can they really have their happy ending? or is happy ending an impossibility for the both of them?
Was she in for another heartbreak? Kat is finally with Bryan but they don't go out, they don't meet in public, they don't do what a normal couple do. Although she knew the reason behind this, Kat can't help but ask herself if she was in for another heartbreak with Bryan?
When Bryan revealed why he left her, she was surprised... and hurt. THAT WAS IT? She suffered five years because of it?!
Caught up in us - a favorite, but not a mistake It's my cheat book! - those book that's not on the list of to-read for the week. I inserted it in between my reads and I didn't stop reading it until I was through. It was okay. It didn't make me cry or swoon over the top. But again, I am a true s*cker for second chances, I love old couples coming back together for the second time. The ending and fairy god mothers are nice twists as well. I didn't make any mistake in picking it up. It's short, sweet, funny and a light read.
New beginnings, Fred. Greet them with your eyes wide open. Don't forget that.
If you think Jordan is the only one who belongs in an all-boys team - then you haven't met Fredricka Oday.
New beginnings. Fred plays golf like she was born to do it. She wants to go to college and have a brilliant future - and she knew playing golf is her golden ticket. So when Coach Lannon offered a spot for her in a boy's golf team - she took the offer. Finally, she can see a bright future ahead of her. But, she just knew being the new girl, being a Native Indian in school filled with white people is not paradise. She's not wrong. Fred fought her way in earning a spot in the boy's team and it wasn't a walk in a park either when her new team mates expects her to fail.
Her parents weren't well off, she didn't even have any golf lessons. She learned with watching and practicing (for free), every chance she gets. All she has to do was to prove to them that she can play golf.
Whose family is perfect anyway? Yes, her family wasn't perfect. Her mother was a waitress in an upscale restaurant, and she's expecting Fred to follow her footsteps once she's finished high school. She wasn't exactly the motherly material who would come home and take carer of her kinds. Instead she whines while holding a bottle of alcohol. Her father on the other hand is a sweetheart. I do love the relationship she has with her dad - his support, love and motivation made Fred held on to her dreams. So when she almost lost him - it was just heartbreaking to watch.
So not in her plans. She knew Ryan way back then - he was in one of her classes but he's the kind of person who wouldn't give her the time of the day. He's with the cool kids. When the opportunity knocked in being on the same team with him, being partners, she tried to be cool with it but deep inside her heart was about to break because it was beating so, so fast. And when he suddenly invited her out, she just couldn't believe it.
My best friend lost his spot on the team because of her. Ryan, He's one of the most good-looking, popular guys at school. He's good at playing golf as well. At first I hated him. I hated that he couldn't stand up against his best friend. I hated that he was a push over. I hated that he couldn't stand up for what he felt for Fred. His best friend was an ass - and he knew it. He was there when Set does stuffs that a normal sane person wouldn't do - but he stood, watch him and never said a word. Too much for a prince charming.
Some people change, some people don't And change, Ryan did. Well, not all at once of course. He did things that are remarkable and made me say - at last, you grew some balls. It's never, ever too late. Good thing he redeemed himself. He's not so bad after all:)
As for Seth, to what extent would you hold grudge and take revenge on a girl who had no idea she got your spot on the team? Why don't you grow up and accept the fact? She needs it more than you do, heck, she deserves more than you do. I hate everything that he did and I didn't even feel any sympathy at the end of the novel. argh! No Seth, we are so not cool
Friendships It's okay to be a friend when you knew your friends need you. But to condone things that aren't nice is so not cool. Friends don't let friends do stupid things - and get the fall.
On the other hand, I'm glad Fred found friends in school. Sam and the rest of the girls from the Reservation are just the people she needs when everything starts to fall apart. Those are the real friends: people who's ready to catch you when you dive down the hill - accident or not, and ready to kick ass*s when someone hurts you.
Torn between a 3.5 and a 4 A 3.5 because... It didn't catch up till the near middle chapters of the book. The phasing was slow until then. But when it caught up - I found the book nice. The character development was slow progress that I almost gave up that change would happened in some of the characters.
A 4 because... Her passion for golf was really admirable. The Indian customs stated in the book is a fantastic addition. It's nice to know that Fred and her father still honors the tradition despite the modern age. After all, it won't hurt when one follows tradition, right? I like the end chapters. It finally make sense why Fred fell for Ryan instead of Sam.
Sam & Riley for the next book installment
Thank you Harlequin Teen for providing me a copy for review through Netgalley ...more
Indeed - the whole book was a blast. It was a fast read, easy on the heart, and so just worth the time and effNyrae Dawn + Jolene Perry =
Indeed - the whole book was a blast. It was a fast read, easy on the heart, and so just worth the time and effort you spent on reading. No reason to be dizzy because Ms. Dawn and Ms. Perry combined their writing talent to produce this amazing, amazing book.
Dylan (one of the Gibson Boys) was given the shock of his life when his brother suddenly announced that he was getting married. They promised each other that no girls would come between them both after their mother left them and never returned. Now, he was marrying the sister of the hot girl who crashed his party. I think he was dizzy what problem to prioritize: his brother's impending nuptials or the girl he couldn't get off his mind. Everything should be okay if he wasn't cynical with commitment and relationship.
Ziah - don't you just love her name? She's very driven and motivated to go to med school. Everything was in order in her life until she crashes a party and met this rich boy who annoys her for no reason, her boyfriend whom she think was safe just cheated on her with one person she trusted most and of course, her sister is going to get married just before she finishes college. With her heart (or ego) broken, her sister being busy with pre-wedding bliss, she's thrown with Dylan to help plan the wedding. What she didn't expect is that there's more to him than just the regular party boy. But can she make him fall in love with her when he's too oppose to the idea and notion of love? I so admire her ability to forgive and move on.
It is not just the both of them that makes this novel fantastic but the surrounding characters as well. Dylan's best friend Paul is simply the best. They both believe and adhere to their friendship's mantra bros before hoes . It was just nice to see boys being there for each other when one of them needed the other. It was sweet but not to the point that it was girly. You can still feel the testosterone in the air despite the scene.
Two heads are indeed better than one (but both can deliver really good novels individually anyway) Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this book and I'd recommend this to friends who'd like a sweet, short read about falling in love unexpectedly, letting go of the past and moving forward and friendship & forgiveness.
“I’m suggesting that you let someone inside that empty room you call a heart. Whether you make her your wife or your mistress, a man’s bed is decided“I’m suggesting that you let someone inside that empty room you call a heart. Whether you make her your wife or your mistress, a man’s bed is decidedly warmer if there’s a fire burning in something other than his cock.”
I really loved the Hellions of Halstead Hall Series by Sabrina Jeffries, and for those who haven't read it yet, no worries. 'Twas the Night After Christmas works well as stand alone. But of course, reading the whole series can be worthwhile.
Why do I love this book?
1. Pierce. I wanted to give him a soft, tight hug. He deserves one or a hundred more after what he had been through as a little boy.
The little boy who felt no body wanted him at all. His asthma made him a little weak and his father hated weak. Saying that he has a poor relationship with his father would be an understatement. But his mother, at first I didn't know what went wrong with the relationship because I can feel that his mother loved him to a fault. She was the buffer that he needed with all the shenanigans that his father threw him at an early age. The moment he was sent off to school, he never saw his parents again. He was forced to spend his vacation with the cousins he barely knew. And when he reached his age of majority- he went back to his parents and finally confront them, only to be sent away.
I couldn't blame him if he hated both his mother and father. I couldn't blame him if he wanted the truth out- something his mother wanted to forget. I think he deserved to know the truth from the moment he reached his majority...
When the truth came out, oh well, it wasn't as dramatic as I hope it could be. But at least the story ended every cards placed on the table. The little boy finally had his needed truth and happy ending.
2. Camilla had worked for the countess for a while and saw the great love for her son and her son's subtle rejection for it. Since the old lady has been kind to her and her little boy, she decided to repay the kindness by meddling with her affairs. She sent a missive to the earl that his mother was at death's door. When the earl finally knew that he was tricked, he refuses to stay unless Camilla agreed to a compromise.
I love the dedication Camilla has given her work and to the countess. Even though she learned the truth, and could not fathom how the countess could have done it, she never left her. But most of all, I really adore her because she was a great mother. That no matter what her feelings are, or how those feelings run deep for Pierce, she would still chose her son.
Sabrina Jeffries once again made a beautiful story, not just a love story shared between the opposite sex. But it's a wonderful story of forgiveness, moving on and the extent of a mother's love for her children. 'Twas a Night After Christmas is a perfect season read for all the regency book lovers out there.
"A bad past can be fixed." Nora said. "A quiet, lonely future is just... sad."
I already liked Linda Kage the moment I got my hand on The Trouble wi "A bad past can be fixed." Nora said. "A quiet, lonely future is just... sad."
I already liked Linda Kage the moment I got my hand on The Trouble with Tomboys . I fell in love with her characters their - but it had not prepared me for this one! I'm so not THAT head over hills with the characters - but the plot was definitely:
What happens when your past comes knocking on your door bearing a letter from your daughter who was asking if he was her daddy? AWKWARD!!
Ellie lied when she told Boston she had a miscarriage. She wanted him off the hook - after all, they were not together anymore when he got her pregnant. Some words thrown at her and the circumstances that surrounded their breakup was not easily forgotten and tore her heart into pieces. So, she chose to continue the pregnancy without him.
Nine years after, he came strolling into her doorstep and demanded to see their daughter.
I really can't blame her for trying her best to cut ties with him. However, despite all hurt she experienced from Boston, she still allowed him to become Cassie's father. It was a bumpy road, more detours and stop-overs along the way - but the destination was worth it.
Boston: I'm not sure whether I like him or hate him.
This is the old Boston:
He was so full of himself, cocky, rich kid who fell in love, got scared, got someone pregnant, and got more scared in the process. Perhaps he was not ready to become a father, or he was scared sh*tless that he was feeling something for Ellie - someone he didn't meant to fall in love with. So of all the possible stupidity he could do, he did one thing that will surely break her heart: he cheated.
But this new Boston:
How can you not fall in love with a man who is trying his best to become a good father to a daughter he has never seen for almost a decade? His character did a complete 180 change - from that cocky arrogant college guy into a responsible one. I love the fact that he didn't allow the mother-daughter relationship to be strained. Learning his mistake the hard way, he was now ready to become a father and so much more.
I love this one. I always like the hope of second chances and forgiveness. This book will tell you that nothing is ever too late. So, you want a short read that will make your heart ache a bit and shed some tears: READ THIS. You won't surely regret it. ...more
Just like the first one - I completely love the second book of A Neighbor from Hell.
Just like the any other Bradfords, Trevor is...
Yep -he's always hJust like the first one - I completely love the second book of A Neighbor from Hell.
Just like the any other Bradfords, Trevor is...
Yep -he's always hungry. And indeed, the malady runs in the family. Their 'weakness' for food is a bit scary - but nevertheless adorable. How can they eat so much and not be overweight? Life is so not fair. He's looking for a perfect wife: the one who can cook, comes from a big family, has the body, at least well-off and a whole lot more.
Then here comes Zoe who is the complete opposite of what he wants: she could not cook for the life of her, except that she makes a nice sandwich, she doesn't have any family, no job and doesn't have the body that most men drool for. She decided to go on a diet - and I so admire her self-preservation and discipline to lose weight.
I have never seen a more ambitious lady in all my regency readings than Minerva Montrose - she can be annoying most of the times. Probably, I grew upI have never seen a more ambitious lady in all my regency readings than Minerva Montrose - she can be annoying most of the times. Probably, I grew up reading these Old-London tales with brave women (mostly) rather than radical ones.
My heart goes to Blake - granting, he was an a** in the first chapters, but when all cards were put on the table, my opinion changed. I understand why he would like to keep these secrets to himself and the extend of what he can do to have it that way. The circumstances did not favor when he married a girl who loves to do what he can't.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the story, I had some laughs and near-heartbreak moments: an ambitious young bride who can be naive at times and annoying the next and her reluctant husband with a heavy secret to divulge. I was wondering how can their marriage work without trust? And the sex! The pooling of excitement that was ignited due to their unconsummated wedding night was quickly extinguished with what happened on their first night in bed together! ...more
"And still, even when he’d told her how he felt about her, and that he wanted their fake relationship to be real, she’d held herself back out of fear"And still, even when he’d told her how he felt about her, and that he wanted their fake relationship to be real, she’d held herself back out of fear that their friends-to-lovers story was too good to be anything but fiction."
One of the hardest bridge to cross is the one that connects love and friendship. Finally! I get to read Ryan's story - and I was glad it was worth all those book that I skipped to read this one. As expected, it was hot on the edges as two friends try to deny what they feel for each other. The tension, the sexual chemistry and the inner conflict of crossing boundaries had me hooked and excited that I have finished this book in a day!
Ryan, truly a swoon-worthy knight-in-shining-armor is a guy any girl would want to have as her best friend. He's kind, generous, thoughtful, and always there when you need him. As a teenager with raging hormones, he tried to control every urges he has in respect to Vicki and their friendship. But as a grown man, (at last) he found some courage to finally pursue what he wanted for a long time: his best friend
Vicki worked hard to gain recognition in the art world, to prove to everyone that she can be famous because of what she can do and not who she knows. I admire her dedication to her craft and her struggle to do what she really loves. There were several problems she encountered along the way, and one of these problem is the reason why she called Ryan. Pretending to be his girlfriend is not that hard when it was almost close to reality. But doubts and fear of losing her best friend gave her some pause and a lot of thinking.
Their friendship had been through rough times, especially when they separated and Vicki wanted to pursue art for college. Even when she got married - their communication stayed and their friendship stayed alive.
Bella Andre makes a perfect love story for an ordinary plot of two best friends falling in love with each other. ...more
I don't understand why this book has to be in series? The ending had me in knots and left me wanting for more. It reminded me a little bit of the FiftI don't understand why this book has to be in series? The ending had me in knots and left me wanting for more. It reminded me a little bit of the Fifty Shades Trilogy - only that I couldn't be certain if this is better or not because the book is in series - not just three books at that. ...more
Exactly what the series is all about - Whirlwind. The story was short enough that the wind completely had me thrown over. It was cute, a breather fromExactly what the series is all about - Whirlwind. The story was short enough that the wind completely had me thrown over. It was cute, a breather from my usual reads. Among the three - this was my favorite :)...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
“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 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
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