I don’t know how to start writing my review for this book. Even after a week I finished reading it (and recommending it to my bookish friends) The ColI don’t know how to start writing my review for this book. Even after a week I finished reading it (and recommending it to my bookish friends) The Color Project still left me at lost for words. So, basically, I’m going to just gush all my feels about this book over this review!
The Color Project started out okay for me. We have our main character Bee who despises using her real name and lives with her loving parents and siblings. The first few pages felt familiar as to what your typical YA story would be especially that first meet-up with Levi.
“I notice that his eyes are a light brown, almost golden. And then I try to un-notice because those eyes are still looking right at me.”
Okay, that first meet-up was cute and immediately made me gush about Bee and Levi, but it was your typical YA first-meet. But then, as I go on to the pages, I was immediately sucked into this wonderful world of Bee and Levi and The Color Project and from then and there I was invested all in.
The characters that were introduced were all wonderful. I easily connected with them. I feel their every feel – happiness and pain.
I love Bee because she’s the sweetest. Though I might have disagreed on her decisions and actions on the latter parts of the book, I completely understand her. In all honesty, I see myself on her several times into the book – especially with her being a hopeless romantic, a book pusher and having a unique bond with her dad. She’s a very relatable character that was well written.
Levi is such a sweet-heart! I love how despite his young-age he accomplished a huge thing. I really admire his will to help people that are in need.
“The world spins, and I feel pain everywhere, and I die a little bit inside with every tear I shed, so that I’m left feeling like a husk, empty, ruined, devoured.”
It is hard to tell what happened on the latter part of the books without spoiling anything but let me tell you that it is complicated and painful. But don’t fret because everything will turn out okay and you will be leaving the world of The Color Project with a bunch of hope in your hands. The story is sad, yes, it is, but it was told beautifully.
“Who said you aren’t allowed to get lost every once on a while? I love you, lost or found.”
The Color Project is a story about different kinds of love and holding on to that love especially at times of unimaginable pain and sorrow. I love Sierra’s writing especially the way she has shown the authenticity and realness of the story.
Overall, I’m truly grateful to read this book. Hands-down one of the best books I’ve read this year. I had a great time reading this book. I laughed and cried but as I’ve said, I ended up feeling revived and holding a bunch of hope after. I can’t wait for all of you guys to read this as well....more
*ARC kindly provided by Little, Brown and Company for review*
What really caught my attention before reading The Unlikelies was its blurb mentioning it*ARC kindly provided by Little, Brown and Company for review*
What really caught my attention before reading The Unlikelies was its blurb mentioning it’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. I loved The Breakfast and I will surely not miss the chance to read a YA Story with a bit of The Breakfast club in it.
The Unlikelies was a quick and easy summer read letting us see the there’s still a bit of goodness left in the Internet. The whole storyline was unique and catchy however, the drama felt a bit unbelievable. The characters were just okay as well. I did enjoy their whole journey in standing up to online bashers and/or trolls up until they end up on bend with actual bad guys IRL. The story handled the sensitive subject of addiction and drugs with care.
*ARC Kindly provided by Katherine Tegen Books thru Edelweiss for review*
Deacon Locke is probably one of the awkward-est but cutest characters I’ve eve*ARC Kindly provided by Katherine Tegen Books thru Edelweiss for review*
Deacon Locke is probably one of the awkward-est but cutest characters I’ve ever encountered and his story is as well one of the cutest & simplest story I’ve read this year!
Deacon Locke Went To Prom is a story about a shy guy who decided to bring his grandma to his prom and ended up being instantly internet famous. Ohhh, yes, that quick. This is not the first insta-internet-famous story I’ve read. There are several YA books with the same insta-internet-famous plot line. I think, this goes to show how influential the social media is really getting right now.
Anyway, back to the story. The story flowed smoothly for me but I was just a bit left perplexed by the thought of Deacon not owning a cellphone and having no interest with social media. There might be some millennials – like Deacon – that may not be interested in social media but not owning a cellphone? Hmmm.
The first part of the story focuses on Deacon’s Prom dilemma while the second half is a bit more personal and emotional for me. I love how the story transitioned from focusing on the normal teenage dilemma such as prom then proceeding to turn the story into stuffs that I guess is more serious.
On to the characters, there’s only a handful of characters introduced but they all captured my interest!
I loved Deacon and I want to hug him for the entire duration of the story. He’s awkward and I really liked him. With Deacon, what you see is what you get. He’s a bit of a nerd when it comes to astronomy, has a dry sense of humor but over all a very good guy.
Elijah – Deacon’s friend is such a sweetheart as well and I really liked how he’s pushing Deacon out of his shell. Soraya is the love interest in the story but since the story doesn’t really revolve on the love story aspect of it we only get a few glimpses of Soraya here and there (but don’t fret there’s a HEA here *wink*). Jean – Deacon’s grandmother also captured my heart. She’s a great character and though her love and support for Deacon isn’t really shown verbally, you can see thru the actions she’s making for him that he do love our main guy.
“Like the universe, my future is limitless. And like the universe, my future is mostly uncharted and kind of scary.”
In all, Deacon’s story was cute, plain and simple. More than everything, this is a coming of age book with Deacon deciding what he wants for his life and his future....more
*ARC Kindly provided by HMH for Young Readers for review*
Ashley Herring Blake’s debut book Suffer Love has been a remarkable read for me last year.*ARC Kindly provided by HMH for Young Readers for review*
Ashley Herring Blake’s debut book Suffer Love has been a remarkable read for me last year. I loved how uniquely the plot of that book was written as well as the characters. That’s why I made it my mission to ensure that I’ll get to read her upcoming novels as well.
I’ve read my fair share of diverse books but this is the first F/F YA story that I’ll be reading. I don’t know what to expect. I’m excited and curious all at the same time. How To Make a Wish is another remarkable story given by Ashley Herring Blake about two-girls who found each other on what may be the lowest points of their lives.
Grace is channeling all her focus in finishing High-School and soon going to a top music school in New York to do what she loves – playing the piano. I really admire Grace’s character. She’s smart, talented, strong-willed and dedicated. These were shown thru her passion in playing the piano, her relationship with his friends and her mother.
“I can’t leave her. She’s my mom; I’m her kid. We belong together.”
Grace and her mom doesn’t have the perfect relationship. Grace’s mom, Maggie is spontaneous, reckless, unreliable and unpredictable leaving Grace into the mother role of their so-called mother-daughter relationship. The way their relationship was written is raw, heartbreaking, painful and real. I literally shed a tear or two after reading several events between Maggie and Grace that are literally sad. With these events shown, we were given a window to see why Grace is feeling the way that she’s feeling – her anger, sadness and helplessness. I really admire her strength as a teen and her love for her mother.
Eva, on the other hand is grieving. She’s grieving the loss of her mom. She’s running from her own demons. I actually had a hard time getting to know Eva. The book already ended but it feels like I still don’t know her that well. Which I think could’ve been remedied by giving her a chapter or two because it feels like I only saw glimpses of her and her life.
“Up there, I didn’t belong to a messed-up mother. She wasn’t the grieving daughter. We were just Grace and Eva.”
“Just Grace and Eva. Two girls who need to feel young and free, need to feel like girls. Need to scream from the top of a lighthouse and eat peanut butter out of a jar and swear and accidentally brush up against each other and giggle about it. “
Grace and Eva are cute together. The chemistry is there! I love their moments in the lighthouse where they are simply Grace and Eva.
The main thing that makes this book stand out is the author was brave enough to introduce us to a set of characters that are not afraid of their sexuality. The main characters Grace and Eva are both bisexual. I really appreciate how real the sexuality of Grace and Eva were portrayed in the story. I also kind of like how we’re saved from all the “coming-out” stuffs because their family and friends easily accepted them. This part was thoughtfully written.
The set of supporting characters that this book has was also easy to love. Luca – Grace’s best friend was so charming. His mom Emmy has been a great help as well. I even ended up liking Jay Lanier!
The storyline flowed smoothly. The setting was dreamy as well – the little coastal town of Cape Katie. And above all, for me, the author well portrayed the F/F relationship in the story.
Overall, How To Make a Wish is a very heartwarming story. The ending was inspiring. It leaves us a very good note of accepting and loving who you really are and who you’re friends and love ones are. And, believing that dreams do come true. You just surely need to chase them.
“If you really want something, baby, the stars won’t help you. You have to reach out and take it.”
Tell Me Three Things is probably one of the fastest book I’ve read this year. I read it about a week ago, in one sitting (roughly 4-5 hours) and GAAAATell Me Three Things is probably one of the fastest book I’ve read this year. I read it about a week ago, in one sitting (roughly 4-5 hours) and GAAAAAA I’m totally fan-girling about this book because it was so so so good and amazing!!!<
“My mom once told me that the world is divided into two kinds of people: the ones who love their high school years and the ones who spend the next decade recovering from them.”
Jessie’s first week at her fancy new school was a disaster. Transferring from Chicago to Los Angeles, it’s been a huge transition. Add in the fact that her mother died two years ago, and her dad remarried a fancy-rich girl from LA. It’s been a rough start for Jessie. Until she received an email from an anonymous person who refer to himself as “Somebody/Nobody or SN”. As SN said, navigating the wilds of Wood Valley High School ain’t easy and that’s the reason he initiated sending an email to Jessie to help her navigate the jungle in the concrete city.
I loved Jessie. She’s an amazing character. She’s still grieving the loss of her mother (she actually know the exact number of days since she died) and I do feel her pain, hurt and anger. As the story progress, we get to know who Jessie really is. She looks strong and confident on the outside but inside she’s trying her best not to show her weaknesses. I love her wit and intelligence. She’s one of the most amazing characters I’ve read.
The secondary characters also played an amazing part in the story. Dri, Agnes and even Theo – Jessi’s new step-brother, I have come to love as well.
Of course, the story will not be complete without the romance and I enjoy each page of that said romance. I enjoy how Jessie and SN’s virtual relationship really worked. Their connection is palpable and I really enjoy their everyday conversations especially when they started this tell-me-three-things game.
I’m also hooked with the whole chase on who really SN is in real-life. I have my suspects or erm guesses who SN really is that’s why I’m quite afraid if it isn’t who I thought it is. But luckily, my guess is right!!! Yay!! I loved SN and I can say that I loved who he is IRL (if that’s not spoiling or anything). Another plus point for me is that there is no love triangle or any complications like that. The romance is linear and I loved it and I’m swooning over it!
“Were all better versions if ourselves when we get extra time to craft the perfect message.”
I really admire the overall message of the story about familial relationships as well as school relationships. Overall, I totally enjoyed each page of Tell Me Three Things, I will definitely be on the look out for the future works of Julie Buxbaum.
PS. Before reading this, I just finished Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and I’m surprised that I’ll be facing another story with a virtual romance but I’m not surprised that I loved it just as much as I loved Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. *wink*
Written in the Stars is a touching and moving story about a Pakistani girl and her conflicts with her parents and their culture.
“You can choose what
Written in the Stars is a touching and moving story about a Pakistani girl and her conflicts with her parents and their culture.
“You can choose what you want to be when you grow up, the types of shoes you want to buy, how long you want your hair to be. But your husband, that’s different. We choose your husband for you. You understand that, right?”
Nalia is a Pakistani girl living in the USA. Her parents are cool with her going on a normal American High School and even being friends with a girl that is an American. But one thing her parents instilled in Nalia’s mind is they are going to choose who she’s going to marry. However, what Nalia’s parents doesn’t know is that she’s already in a romantic relationship with another Pakistani boy from her school – Saif.
“Getting to know family I’ve never met, exploring a part of the world I’ve never seen-suddenly spending a month in Pakistan doesn’t feel daunting at all.”
After Nalia was caught with Saif on the day of their senior prom, her parents took her and his brother on a month of vacation in their home country Pakistan. This is actually an interesting part of the story as we get to see and picture the local Pakistani life. But then a month was extended for a week then a week then another week…
“My uncle locked me in a barred room. My parents drugged me and forced me into this marriage. I didn’t think anything could get worse, but today, for the first time, I know what it feels like to be completely broken.”
Written in the Stars is a very heavy and heartbreaking story for me. I find myself getting teary-eyed and even shedding a tear or two with everything that happened. I can’t believe how things went thru. To force her to marry someone is something; but to let her marry someone while she’s drugged is so much worse. That is just too drastic! I understand cultural stuff with arranged marriages, but does that really have to happen? Can parents be that cruel? Nalia was given no choice at all.
Nalia is a good narrator. Her story shoots straight to the heart. I really admire her strength after everything that happened. The strength that she has to make it and live each day regardless of the circumstance that she’s currently in. Yes, she could’ve done more to get out of the situation that she’s been into but in the end, she’s just a normal teenager who relies on her parents and relatives for everything – not knowing these people she’s relying into are the one’s who’s going to push her into this unwanted life.
The pacing of the story was fast. The pro to that is I easily finished reading the story. The con is that it seems to skip several details that I’m really interested to know more about especially on the latter part of the story. Plus, the last chapter seems to end abruptly as well. Though there is an epilogue, I didn’t get the chance to really appreciate it because the last chapter left me a bit hanging. It seems that the epilogue was included just to say that the story did have a happy ending.
Another thing is, I would’ve wanted to know more about Saif - aside from him being Nalia’s boyfriend. It would’ve been nice if we could read about his side especially during the time he and Nalia were separated.
As the author said on the notes at the end of the book, though Nalia’s story was fictional, the reality of forced marriage not only in Pakistani culture is very true. I just hoped for a lighter way of telling it.
In all, Written in the Stars is a very compelling, thought provoking and eye opening story that your diverse hearts will surely appreciate.
*ARC Kindly provided by Harper Teen thru Edelweiss for review*
It’s been a day since I finished reading this book and still I’m having a hard time gras*ARC Kindly provided by Harper Teen thru Edelweiss for review*
It’s been a day since I finished reading this book and still I’m having a hard time grasping for words on how to describe how I felt when I’m reading it and after reading it. I’m having a hard time right now choosing words and thoughts without spoiling anything. I’m happy, surprised, baffled and I don’t know. My thoughts and feels are everywhere. But one thing I’m certain about is I do enjoy reading The End of Our Story.
For some, breaking-up is the end. But for Bridge & Wil, it’s just the beginning.
Bridge & Wil has been best friends since they are young. Best friends whose feelings for each other turned into something more. They are solid: snack-dates, school dances and first kisses. It took them years to get to that point and it all vanished because of a very unwanted situation.
I like Bridge & Wil. Together and/or separately. Bridge is our female lead who’s very easy to read and like. She’s an open book. I like how she appreciates her mom, brother and best friend Leigh. Wil is our male lead with penchant for making boats. They are not perfect. They are your typical teenagers who make mistakes and learns from it.
>“Tragedy is a powerful magnetic force. It either draws people in or pushes people away.”
A year after they parted ways, a tragedy hits Wil’s family. Bridge knows for certain that she needs to help Wil. Not knowing that in just 1 year that they are apart a lot has changed.
Just when I thought the story would focus more on the break-up of our two main characters, I was proven wrong. The story focuses more on the familial and social aspects. What happened with Bridge & Wil was revealed on the early part of the story and after it was revealed, more thought-provoking & stay-in-your-seats scenes begins to happen.
The sudden turn of events got my heart racing so fast wanting the pages to turn faster to get to the end of it. Plus, there are literally a lot of emotional blows over the course of reading this book.
I don’t know the technical term to use but I really love how the story was written. I guess we can call it lyrical or just plain catchy? (please feel free to correct me here) Each word just flows. It took me half-day to finish reading this and it was one of the fastest reading I have done!
I also appreciate the alternating POV’s on each chapter as well as the alternating timeline. Though it may come quite confusing at times but it gives me as a reader a glimpse of the past which makes us understand the current happenings.
“I don’t think you have to understand every little corner of a person to love them, I think you can love them first, and you spend the time you have trying to learn the parts you don’t know.”
In all, The End of Our Story is a powerful and heartbreaking story about life realities, family, choosing who you really are and doing the “right” thing for the sake of you loved ones. The ending left me quite hanging but I guess that is the best way to end it because in that way we have enough space for possibilities on the future of Bridge & Wil.