COVER PHOTO. This book caught my attention because of its cover photo and sometimes goo...moreTo read more of my book reviews visit, Crawling Over The Pages.
COVER PHOTO. This book caught my attention because of its cover photo and sometimes good cover follows that the book also has a good story.
The story was told in alternating point of view between Dylan and Alex. It starts in the present and an occasional flashback happens all over the book. I love how the author wove and put the story together. It's a whirlwind of emotions. It talks about first love, trust, dealing with guilt, death, accepting and loving yourself, family, and how the choice you make can affect your life.
DYLAN PARIS. I must say that I truly admire him. It takes a lot of courage for him to man up and leave his vice behind and try to fix his almost ruined life. He was from a fucked-up family. He was a highschool dropout. Both of his parents are drunk but when his mother saw the light, she sent her husband away and also sent her son away until he decides to go to school again. So Dylan became homeless for sometime and realize how it felt like to be so fucked up without any future. He realize he cannot have a decent job because of his educational background so he came around and enrolled again then went home to his mom. His mom pushed him to persevere harder and dang, he surprised everyone with his Straight As. Because of his efforts, he got accepted in a 2 month ambassador exchange program in Israel. Little did he know that he will soon meet the woman that will change his life forever.
ALEX THOMPSON. She's someone who always give her 100% when doing any school activities. She takes it seriously. She's the daughter of a Foreign Ambassador who is always used to seeing a Straight A on his daughters' report cards. So when she got accepted in an exchange program, she let go of herself. That;s where she met, Dylan. For two long months, she just let herself enjoy. She did not regret it for it had been the one of the best two months of her life.
They had not committed with each other but days after they got home, they broke up with the ones they were currently seeing. They continued to communicate through the internet. But all hell broke loose when they had their first major fight which ended up with Dylan enlisting to the US Army. But then they got back together again. Due to a stupid misunderstanding they broke up together for good this time which left Alex feeling pretty miserable and Dylan doing another impulsive action that brought some serious consequences and which led him to believe that he had caused the death of one his bestfriends.
6 MONTHS LATER. Enter the still trying to move on Alex and Dylan who is now a badly injured war veteran with a limp leg that he almost lost. As if fate was playing with them they both found themselves working for an author who is trying to write again. So since, they can't avoid each other they made rules to make their companionship less miserable.
First Rule: "We never, ever talk about Israel." Second Rule: "We don't talk about what happened after either. Not when I visited you in San Francisco. Or the year between. Or the year after." Third Rule: "You need to get different shampoo."
Additional Rules (by Dylan) -No flirting. -No excessive eye contact. -Above all, nothing that could be misconstrued as a date.
DYLAN'S POST-TRAUMATIC DISORDER. As a war veteran, he returned as a different Dylan altogether. He's got a slight brain damage that affected his ability to solve math problems easily. Sometimes he forgets what he was supposed to say. He also has seizure attacks and the thing that I hate the most is his anger management. It's kind of alarming really and it's good that he's seeing a psychiatrist.
I hated him when I found out what prompted him to cut his communication with Alex. He's such an idiot! He should have confronted Alex instead of running away from her. When he wanted her back, I applaud Alex for standing up against him. It made him realize what he really lost by being an ass!
RANDY BREWER. Oh my God! I hate him! And I hated the police for judging Dylan based on his looks. Yes he looks like a criminal but looks could fool. He deserved that concussion from Dylan. I got annoyed with the police. This kind of people should be kept in jail and should not be allowed to roam around freely.
THE ENDING. Well, Dylan can be romantic when the moment needs it. Haha! I fell in love with him again when he followed Alex to her home. What he did was so sweeet! He bared himself to her. And when he brought out his index card, I had to let out a sigh. That's just to adorable and I can't help but stiffle a giggle. Remember that Dylan is having a hard time remembering words. I love how he reminisce their past by retelling their happy moments together.
I'm also glad that Alex finally settled her problems with her family. And I'm surprised when his parents welcomed Dylan to their family.
HOPING. Dear Author, I'm hoping that you also write about Carrie Thompson and Rey Sherman's story. :D
THE SONG LIST. The song list at the end was perfect for this book. I think I may have found a new author to look forward to. (less)
My heart belongs to you. And I'm not asking for it back even if you don't want it anym...moreTo read more of my book reviews visit, Crawling Over The Pages.
My heart belongs to you. And I'm not asking for it back even if you don't want it anymore. I'm just asking for the chance to have yours again. I promise I'll be more careful with it this time.
I stumbled upon this book while searching for newly released books.To my surprise, I found out that Jillian Dodd wrote a review about it. So I immediately loaded it on my phone to read.
I'm not particularly impressed by the cover but that could be improved.
I absolutely loved this book. I love the characters even the minor ones. I love the twists.
Cassie Andrews is a stunning blonde beauty standing 5'8". She loves photography and the only person immune to Jack's charms. I really had a good time reading her witty banters with Jack. She has some daddy issues which makes trusting difficult for her so I think trusting and falling in love with Jack was really a big leap for her.
Jack Carter is a really talented baseball player who had a great future ahead of him. I kind of did not like him at first. Who would want to get involve in a relationship with this one when he always sleep around with a different girl every night?
But when he met Cassie, he changed 180 degrees and became the doting and devoted Jack.
Dean and Marissa. Oh I love these two. I hope Sterling will also write a book about them.
The scene during their first date when Jack gave her a bag of quarters just to touch her is so adorable. I felt like
Then Chrystle,the bitch, came in the picture and almost ruined everything. I was like
I was so glad when Jack kicked her out of the house.
I absolutely loved the last chapters which narrates jack's efforts to pursue Cassie. His idea was brilliant and very touching. i hope I'll be able to experience this too. Haha!So guys, just to give you an idea. He sent packages to her apartment. -The first box has a note that says, "I can't live without your touch. You'll see that I've provided enough money to pay for at least twenty years or so." The box contained quarters. This is really cute because it reminded Cassie of the good times they've shared. -The second box has a note that says, "Your passion is really inspiring.I can't live without the way you use it to see the world." It contained the recent photos she took which were all posted on the magazine's website where she works. One thing I can say is, Jack really knows the way into a woman's heart. -The third box has a note that says, "Your mind is filled with tests and goals and reasons why you should always say no. But I can't live without you and there are reasons why you should say yes." It contained her rules printed and framed. Also attached is a note explaining what he did with a sentence about forgiving. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. -The last box contained a letter. Let me share it to you.
Letting go of someone who owns your heart is hard. Sometimes holding on to that person is even harder. I know I'm not the easiest person to love, but you are. It's not that I can't live without you; it's that I don't want to. There's a difference. We all make choices in life and I choose you.
My heart belongs to you. And I'm not asking for it back even if you don't want it anymore. I'm just asking for the chance to have yours again. I promise I'll be more careful with it this time.
Love Always, Jack
The epilogue was great. I guess they deserve a happily ever after, after all that they've been through.
For those who have loved Beautiful Disaster, try this book and you won't regret it.(less)
First of all, I want to thank Goodreads for recommending this but special thanks to Miss Tamara Webber for writing a review about this. She's really a reliable source when it comes to books.
This book intrigued me just by seeing the cover. I got excited when I saw that there are two hot guys on the cover. But then, when I've read the story, I realized that the cover doesn't fit the book. Another thing that attracted me to read this is the sub line, "Sometimes the best things in life begins as the worst ideas."
KYLIE FLORES. A girl who doesn't do a thing without a plan. She's a perfect model student. She never got a B, aced her SATs, got a full ride to a top college but in the process, she forgot how to live and enjoy her life as any normal high school student would do. But a day before her graduation, she had the best adventure of her life and it changed her perspective in a snap. She learned that once in a while, she needs to indulge herself in a little spontaneity. She also learned that she had misjudged people like Max Langston and Charlie whom she turned out to like - a lot - specially Max. She learned to party and drink and of course make out with Max who, by the way, has a girl friend. She unleashed her inner self , dressed up to show her curves and drove like a hot race driver.
MAX LANGSTON. He was a boy who is always seen as a person full of confidence and who doesn't seem to have any problems in life. But it turned out to be wrong. When Kylie chased after the snatchers, he jumped in the truck with her, forcing them to work together as a team to escape the truck in which they were trapped. It turned out that he wasn't the real Max, everybody at the school idolizes. He's got a problem at home regarding his sick father. He doesn't want to go to UCLA to study prelaw but is still doing it because he doesn't want to disappoint his dad. He would love to pursue his love of photography. During their adventure, he came to realize that Kylie wasn't the girl she was at school either. She's beyond cool, funny, and of course hotter than her girlfriend.
WILL. He's Kylie's bestfriend. A gay at heart. In an attempt to let gays be accepted at school, he cross dressed and wears eclectic and weird girl dresses. But then, it came to a point where he realized that instead of letting the school accept his gender, his cross dressing became a hindrance for that. All this he realized during their adventure trip to Ensanada. So he decided to switch back to his original style: trousers, coat, tie, anything manly.
LILY. One of Kylie's tormentors. I should feel sorry for her, but I'm not. I know she loves Max but she can't deny the fact that she's also after his money. I know her family is breaking apart but she doesn't have to use a guy just because she doesn't have any money any more. I guess, social status is really important to her. Maybe in time she'll learn that not everything revolves around money. She's still an attention seeker and a jealous biatch.
CHARLIE. He's Max's bestfriend. Who would have thought about his real preference. Well, not even Max knew him well enough. How could he had hidden it? I appreciate how supportive he is of Max and how he is like a real brother to him that he even knows how he feels even without asking.
JAKE. Well, he's Kylie's brother and he's kind of special. He was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. He's always used to a routine. What he eats at a particular day, where he wants his fork to be placed, how many times he's supposed to watch Star Wars every week etc.. He has also a very good memory. He knows how many minutes before Kylie goes home, how many stories each building in their area is and a lot more.
I like the idea of the authors about the movie lines before each chapter. Somehow, it gives the reader an idea of what to expect. I guess the authors were movie line geeks like Will and Kylie. How did they come up with those movie lines? I can't believe there are really people like them.
TRIP TO ENSANADA, MEXICO. This is an epic adventure. How I wish I was there with them. Kylie and Max should be thankful they chased the snatchers. LOL! Their trip turned out to be a good soul searching trip plus a revelation of Kylie's dad's past plus a revelation of the strong attraction between Kylie and Max. I especially like the part where they were chased by the criminals only to be stopped by the chief of police who happened to be Juan's dad's bestfriend. But the best one was the part when they were running late further graduation but was stopped by the police. But then they helped them get to the graduation ceremony by way of the Suburban vehicle used to transport criminals with glaring siren until they reach the Frieburg ground. That was a neck turning entrance boy! LOL! I can just imagine the book of astonishment or everyone's faces.
Kylie's speech also rocks. Wow! She really nailed it! She ditched a speech she wrote for about three months which she brought her to Mexico. To everyone's surprise, she adlibbed and got a standing ovation from the audience.
Golda Meir once said, ‘Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.’ Today is the day we create ourselves. The decisions we make from now on will impact the rest of our lives, other people’s lives, the world. Every generation is handed the torch…
That was the beginning of the speech I had prepared for today. I spent the past three months writing it. You might have really liked it. The problem is, I didn't. It was full of pithy quotes from brilliant people and sage advice I’d gleaned from books, but it didn't feel very authentic. It’s stuff I’m supposed to say, not stuff I want to say. The truth is, I don’t have any answers for you today. All I have are questions because, like you, I don’t have a clue what’s ahead for us. I could tell you that the best is yet to come; time and tide wait for no one; you’ll accomplish great things; life is what you make it; we have the power to change the world; do what you love, the rest will follow; individuality is the key to success, blah, blah, blah. But you've heard it all before, and if you haven’t, it’ll probably roll right over you. Because, really, what does any of that mean to a high school senior? All you want to do is get out of here and start partying. Am I right?
I've spent the past six years at Freiburg working incredibly hard. And I did well. Super well in school. Better than all of you. I mean, I’m standing here, and you’re not, so I must have done something right. I certainly did everything I was supposed to do. And more. I never got a B, I aced my SATs, and got a full ride to a top college, but I spent all of my time at Freiburg in the library, not talking to anyone. I’m not sure that was the best way to go. When you over-prepare and micromanage everything, there’s no time for spontaneity. No time for life to play out. Life is something we have to experience, really feel, not just study for with books in a library. Learning is about so much more than school. If we’re too busy studying, we miss out on the experience. What I've only just realized is that I’ve been missing out. And I don’t want to do that anymore!
In the past twenty-four hours, I've learned more about myself and my potential than I learned in all my years at Freiburg. With my apologies to Headmaster Alvarez.
As I said, I don’t have a lot of advice. But I do have a few suggestions. Sometimes having no script, having no idea what is going to happen next, having no map, might be the way to go. Because life just happens, and when it does, how you handle it will teach you more about who you are than any class or test ever can. The best preparation for the rest of your life is, maybe, no preparation at all. Dive right in. Make mistakes. Break a few rules. Wing it.
Figuring out what you want comes from failing, and then trying again. It comes from questioning everything, falling in love, fighting the power, living without limits. It doesn't come from getting straight A’s, playing by the rules, and listening obediently.
I’m sure Headmaster Alvarez isn't exactly pleased with everything I’m saying. It’s not what he expected. It’s not what I intended. But let me just add, I’m not saying don’t plan for your future and don’t work hard. I’m just saying, don’t let that be all you do. Because that’s not enough. Trust me, I've been there. And I have no plans to go back. Things are happening right now, right here, and if you’re not in the mix, you’re missing out. Who’s with me?
So, kiss the girl. Buy the dress. Take a vacation. Join the circus. Order the fried frog legs. Try out for the play. Learn to snowboard. Do something that scares the shit out of you. Or something that makes you happy. Or something that makes you cry. Whatever it is, do something that makes you feel something. Because feeling nothing is no way to go through life.
I didn't invent the rainy day, man. I just own the best umbrella. That’s one of my favorite lines of all time. It’s from a movie called Almost Famous. I think what it means is that life is going to throw all kinds of stuff at you, good and bad. But all you can do is get out there and try to stay dry.
So get a good umbrella, class of 2012! You’re going to need it! And congratulations! (less)
There are two kinds of books that always leave a good mark on me: a book that can make me laugh and a book that can make me cry like there's no tomorrow.
Second Chance Summer falls on the latter category. This really made me cry. I am just so affected. it wasn't just about love story but also about family and second chances. I didn't put it down until I finished it. By the time I was finished, it was already past 1:00 in the morning and though it's still dark, I know that my eyes were puffy when I slept.
TAYLOR EDWARDS. She's a teenage girl who is always afraid to confront her problems and instead, she always run away. When her father decided to go back to Pocono for their summer vacation, she had the urge to flee again. Only this time, she was town between wanting to spend time with her father and wanting to spend time at their home because she's afraid to see her former bestfriend and her ex-boyfriend.
LUCY. I guess Taylor is not the only one to blame in the rift between her relationship with Lucy. She could have let Taylor explained first before judging her. Plus she wasn't even that serious with Henry so why did she let him some between them? She could have phoned Taylor or something. Taylor's only fault is that she didn't explain herself to Henry.
HENRY. The moment he met Taylor again, I knew that he still love her. I know that he still has reservations towards her and I can't blame him. I was glad that he was there when Taylor needed him the most.
WARREN. He's such a smart ass. He loves trivia and I find it funny every time he inserts trivia every time he's talking to someone. I find it cute when Taylor set him up on a date with Wendy when he can't find the nerves to do so.
GELSEY. She's very focused on what she does and somehow along the way forgot to make friends. So when they were on a summer vacation, Taylor introduced her to Nora and they became friends instantly.
MR. ROBIN EDWARDS. I love this man. I love how he still find time to be with his family even though he works full time. I love his project for his family. I know that even though he doesn't say it, Taylor is his favorite. I love their breakfasts together and it's so heartbreaking when he's still going with her even though he can't eat any more that a toast of bread. He spent his last precious moment on Earth making memories for his family to cherish.
I know that we can't turn back time to change the decisions we have made but if we are lucky enough, we are given second chances. If you're one of those lucky ones, grab the opportunity. Spend time with your loved ones, do the things you love to do and make every moment count.(less)
A great roller coaster makes you find God when you ride it. -Anonymous
This quote pretty much sums up the whole book. Honey Moon has a roller coaster ride throughout her life but in spite of all the hardships she encountered, she still loves her God and found something positive or a reason to enjoy what God gives her.
I thought I have read the best of Susan Elizabeth Phillips books but I was wrong. This was definitely one of the best (if not the best) book she's ever written. Glitter Baby is my favorite work of hers but I can't even compare it to this book. Both books were excellent and extraordinary in their own ways. But what I like about the two books were the heroines. They were both shaped by the experiences they've had in life. They both experienced hardships but they both emerged to be winners. They weren't affected by the detractors who always let them down, instead they use them as an inspiration to strive and be the best.
I love the characters but it got so depressing when Dashniell Coogan died. I got annoyed with SEP actually. I was thinking "What the hell! Why kill Coogan? He should have been made into a bad guy rather than be killed!" But then when my feelings calmed, I realized that SEP has done the right thing because in the end, Dashniell Coogan became a hero loved by everyone. I felt like sobbing but I have to stop myself because it was late at night and everyone was asleep. (I felt like a total freak!) I know his description in the book is different but every time I imagine him, Pierce Brosnan is the first guy that comes to my mind.
Honey Moon belongs to one of my favorite SEP heroines. I just adore her. I like how she can still have faith in God despite all the things that she's been through. I was so happy when Eric Dillon finally realized that he loves her. She has so much love to give that the two men she got involved with changed for the better.
The story is so good that I'm planning to read it again. I especially loved how SEP wrote the ending. I loved the part where she's delivering her speech after accepting her trophy for an acting award. Another classic from SEP. It was bittersweet. You really don't know how you'll end up in the world. God has good plans for all of us. You may not know his purpose but along the way you'll realize that it may be what's best for you. Just follow the flow.
Quotes from the Book
"A coaster gives you hope. You can pretty much ride a good one through the worst tragedy life throws at you. You can even ride it through somebody dying, I guess."
"The last one's hard. Marriage is always a balancing act, and it's never a good idea for one partner to get too big a head, but I'm afraid that's what's going to happen here. People write a lot of things about Eric Dillon's talent, and most of it's true. But nobody writes about the important things. The fact that he's a wonderful father and the best husband a woman could have. That fact that he cares about other people so much that he sometimes scares me. That doesn't mean he's perfect, of course. It's hard living with a man who's prettier than all of your girlfriends put together. But if it weren't for Eric Dillon, I wouldn't be here tonight. He loved me when I wasn't lovable, and I guess when it comes right down to it, that's pretty much what family is all about. Thank you, sweetheart." (less)
THE INSPIRATION. Delicious is a complex version of Cinderella. This follows the story of...moreTo read more of my book reviews visit, Crawling Over The Pages
THE INSPIRATION. Delicious is a complex version of Cinderella. This follows the story of Lady Vera Drake and Stuart Somerset. Vera is the daughter of the 9th Duke of Arlington. Due to a tragedy that took the lives of her parents, she grew up in the care of her mother's sister. Little did she knew that when she had gotten herself pregnant by a stable hand in their state, she was bound to face the toughest challenge of her life.
VERITY DURANT. She was the infamous Lady Vera Drake,. Everyone believed that she was already dead even her immediate family except for her aunt. It started when she misunderstood what her aunt told her about her baby. Being impregnated at the age of 17 by a mere stable hand, this issue will cause a major scandal and humiliation to their family so her aunt let her believe that she will be banished to a little house in one of their estates but she didn't know that this was supposed to teach her only a lesson. In an impulse, she eloped with her lover and along the way they met hardships and later on led to the death of her lover. When her aunt can't trace her trail, she forged her death. Vera changed her name to Verity Durant. She gave away her child and worked her way up until she met a famous chef and she became his apprentice. This marked the beginning of her career. Then she met Bert Somerset and fell in love. However, Bert didn't want a mere cook for a wife so she told him her real identity only to be denied by her aunt when Bert went to their house to confirm it. She felt betrayed by Bert and her aunt so she went on a mission to find Bert's half brother and have an affair with him just to throw insult on his face. She never want to fall for him but she did. For years, she kept her identity. She still worked for Bert but their affair stopped. Her son still didn't know that she was his mother. The society loved the dishes she cooked for them. She makes them feel the happiness and the sorrow she felt. The dishes bring salacious thoughts into their minds. When they eat her dishes, the world becomes still and her dishes becomes the highlight of the occasion. The guests become speechless after they devoured every meal served for them. Verity is one of the bravest heroine ever. She came from a royal family but she endured being a poor. She worked hard for her son even if that means more calluses and burns on her hands. She never asked for her aunt's help. And when her aunt accepted her again, I guess that was the happiest moment of her life.
STUART RALSTON SOMERSET. He is the half brother of Bert Somerset. Unlike Bert, he is an intellectual beast. He is competitive and always aim for the top. By being an achiever, he gained his dad's approval but he lose his friendship with his brother, Bert. His realization came too late because it happened after he died. There was one moment in his life that he cherished the most, and that was when he met Cinderella. After the night they've shared, the woman always haunted him in his dreams. She became an obsession and for years his private detectives tried to locate the woman but to no avail, the clues always end to cul de sac. After a decade of obsession, he realized that he decided to move on. He then proposed to his friend. Then the news of Bert Somerset's death was delivered to him making the sole owner of the Farleigh Park. Little did he know that the fairy tale which he thought had already ended in a not-a-happily-ever-after will have its continuation in the mansion. I like him because he never judge Verity when he first met her. He loved her with all his heart. He understood her. He even loved her calluses and even offered her a marriage. I like him because he is willing to sacrifice his ambition just to be with Vera.
WILLIAM MARSDEN. Does his name ring a bell? If you have read Not Quite a Husband, then you know him. He's the older brother of Leo Marsden. I believe Sherry Thomas got the idea of Leo's character while writing this book. William, like Stuart, is also driven by his ambition. He wanted to learn things through Stuart that's why he applied as his secretary. He was severely in love with Stuart's fiancee. When Miss Bessler discovered that the one who sent flowers when she was sick was his doing, she admitted her feelings for him. The wedding they planned for her and Stuart became their own wedding.
I really am in love with Sherry Thomas' works. I can hardly believe that English was only her second language. I love her choice of words. I love her characters and how she connects her characters in her other books. She creates complex and flawed characters but still manages to make her readers love them. She writes poignant and realistic stories that are carefully woven and will make the readers crave for more and will make them question their morality.
Delicious is a wonderful story which seems so realistic that it will make you believe in fairy tales again.
I devoured every page and took my time to feel the dialogues exchanged by the characters. There were times when I lingered over a page just to read it over again just because. This is definitely worth your penny and time. Kudos Sherry Thomas! Your book has inspired a lot of people including me. I hope you will continue to write so I may have the honor to introduce your books to my kids when the times comes.(less)
I picked this book because I was intrigued by the blurb I've read in Goodreads about it...moreTo read more of my book reviews visit, Crawling Over The Pages.
I picked this book because I was intrigued by the blurb I've read in Goodreads about it and it's authored by Sherry Thomas, who is creating quite a stir in the world of historical romance novel with her debut novel, Private Arrangement (PA).
I thought this book has the same concept as her first novel but I was wrong. This is so much better than PA. I felt connected with the characters. It was a beautiful tale about two lovers who fell apart and found each other again. Along their way to rekindling their past, they opened up to each other only to discover that they knew little about each other and secrets came out spilling from Pandora's box. It was really heartbreaking and I feared that it would end up breaking my heart. Good thing, Thomas know better.
Both of the characters are achievers. They're both the best in their profession. They have different personalities. Leo is a pleaser. He wants attention - especially from Briony. Briony, on the other hand, is a cold and frigid woman who was lost in her own world. She shuts everyone else from her world and doesn't allow anybody in and when she thought she has found a person who can get her out of her shell, she discovers that he has betrayed her. I guess one of the reasons their relationship got out of proportion is because of Briony's character. She is so brittle and a bad situation can shatter her to pieces which actually happened leading to the annulment of their marriage.
Part of the reason that added magic to the book is the quirkiness of the characters. Sometimes I don't think they fit together but then that's how things work. Opposites attract. There are times when I hated Brioy's character. She could have just called off the wedding. But then, who am I to blame her? She's just human and I guess she really tried to forgive him but it's rather difficult especially when you saw him in the act screwing somebody else. I really came to love Leo Marsden here and thought 'What the hell? Who will leave a man like him?' but I learned about what he'd done. I guess that was wrong. You're marrying the girl you're in love with since you were a baby then screw someone else a week before your wedding? Briony cold have just asked him before entering in a marriage that had hurt them both.
I like the fact that they were not wearing anything fancy like those traditional costumes etc. I love the fact that the characters went to university and were both independent.
There are two heartbreaking parts here where I cried. The first one is when Leo says his parting words to Briony in their room during the war, knowing that he might not survive. The second one was when Briony was talking to his father until he passed away.
I loved the last paragraph in Leo's brief biography that Princeton University always requested to be included in the programs for lectures that he was invited to give there every few years. It goes like this: During terms, Professor Marsden lives in Cambridge with his wife, chess player extraordinaire and distinguished physician and surgeon Briony Asquith Marsden. his favorite time of day is half past six in the evening, when he meets Mrs. Marsden's train at the station, as the latter returns from her day in London. On Sunday afternoons, rain or shine, Professor and Mrs. Marsden take a walk along the Backs, and treasure growing old together. (less)
The first time I've encountered this I thought it was just a light, funny, and a quick...moreTo read more of my book reviews visit, Crawling Over The Pages.
The first time I've encountered this I thought it was just a light, funny, and a quick read book. I never thought it would be that good. It was a very good book actually. There's a certain depth to the story. It talks about love, family, women empowerment, deceit, lust, revenge and forgiveness.
Although there were several characters, SEP made it a point to build all the characters in a way that it won't complicate how readers understood them. I know where each character is coming from, how their decisions affected the other characters, how love, can turn to hatred, how revenge can turn a person into a monster, and how ones perception can affect the decision he/she makes.
Fleur Savagar is a courageous and a very determined woman. She is the epitome of woman empowerment. She knows what she wants. Any woman would love to look like her. Every head turns when she passes by. She makes every woman envy her. Who wouldn't be? She's 6 feet tall, with a very good bone structure, a gorgeous body, smart-ass and speaks English, French, German and Spanish fluently. She really is a Glitter Baby. What I love about her is her will to succeed considering that she started from a scratch. She fought hard to get what is rightfully hers.
Jake Koranda is every woman's dream. Behind the Big Bird facade is a man who is trying to forget his past. He conceals what he really is by showing his cocky grin, shoving people who wants to get close to him and even those whom he starts to love. He is a man who fights his own demons alone but when he meets Fleur, he came to realize that he should accept those demons and leave them in the past because those demons shaped the present Jake.
I hate Belinda. She is a spineless bitch, a whore who uses her body to get what she wants. She is so dependent to Alexi because of his money. She doesn't know how to live alone because she doesn't want to work her ass out. I hate what she did to Michael. He doesn't deserve every bit of it. Who would abandon their children like that. Well, basing from the fact that she grew without her parents, I guess that affected her psychologically. I hater the fact that she used Fleur to get away from Alexi. I knew that she was protecting Fleur but she also used her so that her dream to penetrate will materialize. Sometimes she only thinks of herself that she forgets that Fleur is entitled to decide on her own.
If you're expecting something light and funny, you're so wrong. This book is different from any SEP books I've read so far. It'll give you mixed emotions. It'll make you sad, happy, giddy, anxious, angry etc. I hope you read this. It's one of a kind.(less)
Wow! I can't believe I've wasted so much time trying to decipher if this book is worth...moreTo read more of my book reviews visit, Crawling Over The Pages.
Wow! I can't believe I've wasted so much time trying to decipher if this book is worth my time. I have included this in on my to-be-read list but I feel so stupid to be reading just now. It was a very beautiful and emotional book. It's full of soul and it has a certain effect to capture the hearts of people. It obviously shattered my heart into pieces. Imagine me crying at 4:00 in the morning. I've finished reading it this morning shortly after I woke up. And when I went out of my room, my nose was running and my eyes were puffy from crying. How depressing was that to start the morning.
THE BLURB. I'm warning you. The blurb is misleading. Here I was thinking that this was just another cutesy love triangle story. No major major. Only a love hate story among two boys and a girl and in the end, only one boy will be chosen. But oh boy was I wrong. It wasn't a light read at all. I'll probably include this to my 2012 best reads.
Your words Why do they define me? Why do I believe you? Your face, Your lips, and your fingers Don't spill them on me. I'm bones, blood, and flesh Not clay to be pounded And scorched in the fire That seethes in the hate you feel. I bleed when you wound me Just like the pretty girls do.
BETH. She's tall, lanky, has a frizzy hair, has a big-rimmed eye glasses and her face is full of zits. She's in her awkward developing years. The only thing she thinks she has is her voice. She can be an alto and also a soprano. It's only in singing that she feels acting like herself. Because of her looks, she is constantly the object of pranks at school. The bullies always eye her as the perfect target. They spread myths about her and even gave her a nickname, The Beast.
THE TRANSFORMATION. When Meadow breaks down from one of their choir practices, Beth volunteered to sing the soloist part of the soprano. She finally had the courage to do what she loved most. When she's singing, she's lost in her own world. Everything around her vanishes. Terri assigned her as the new soloist. Meadow really wanted to go yo Switzerland so she gives in but she made it a mission to transform Beth into a beauty. They put her on a cosmetic surgery. Nothing really major. Just a little bit of fixing and rebonding her hair, some waxing, and laser treatment for the scars on her face which are caused by zits, and also for her pair of eyes. In the end, The Beast turned into a Princess Charming. They also make her open her own account in Facebook. Then Derek's friend request pops up. She clicked the ignore button but it turned out to be the confirm button. That starts the love story what will shatter our hearts.
DEREK. He's every girls dream guy. A pale beautiful guy with a smile that can melt even the hardest chocolate. A guy who can sing. A guy who knows how to make a girl laugh. A guy who takes care of his girl. A guy who is just so perfect. Can't he have a weakness or a hidden secret? He introduced himself to Beth at Switzerland. There, they developed feelings for each other and fell in love. That started out when Beth receives a bad news from her mom.
Empty God, take all these feelings, Let me just be A shell Alone on the seashore While life swells around me. Soft tiny fingers, That sweet baby smell, Still the dream lingers Please take me from this new hell.
THE MYSTERY. Beth and Derek continued their relationship after the competition in Switzerland. But just like any other relationship, there are also rough patches. Slowly, Derek's mystery began to unveil. Beth began to doubt his alibis. There were times when he rides his motorcycle just to visit her but there were also moments when he disappears for weeks or sometimes months. And when she began to question him, he just shoves it and distracts her with his charm. Derek's condition only becomes clear when he faints on a broadcasted coverage of their performance. That's when Derek finally admitted that he's sick ever since he was a kid. He has a CF or a cystic fibrosis and has considered hospital his home.
He doesn't treat you, babe, like I do He doesn't meet you babe, like me I'll be your rescue on the horizon, Your prince on bended knee I'll climb your walls, The dragons fall, If you'll stay here, babe, with me. He's creepy, so creepy, stay with me. You're the beauty to my beast. If we kiss, the spell will release. It's midnight, girl, the ball has passed. Wake up, and you'll see Whose love will last. He's creepy
SCOTT. The best friend. Well, Beth had a thing for him until Derek came along. She's her protector since third grade and he's been loyal to her. He also has a thing for Beth and even when she's with Derek, he doesn't hide that fact. He still keeps flirting with her. He's really in love with her that he's willing to let go of his pride and be second as long as Beth gives him a chance. I like Scott but I love Derek. Though it's good that Scott was there till the end to give courage and comfort to Beth.
REALITY. When Derek met Beth, he became more focused and determined to live. He went through all his therapy and even takes all his medicines on time. But then we to consider the reality. Time is running out and he needed a lung transplant so he could live. He had been a fighter and was revived so many times already. The last time he woke up after another revival, he finally accepted that he can't do it any longer and he ask Beth to sing him to sleep with the song he composed for her entitle, Beth's song. That scene was so heartbreaking and it still had that effect on me. Up to now considering that I've read this last week.
Don't steal away your love. Don't steal away your touch. Without your smile I'll touch. Without your smile I'll never find The star you shine.
Don't leave me without hope. Don't say it's for the best, love, When I'm lying here alone. Please stay, cause I can't make it on my own.
Who will be the boy who heals my heart? Who will be the boy who feeds my art? Where will I find a friend? Who will be the boy who makes me sing? You made me live, made me who I am. If you're leaving, take me with you, Here's my hand.
You spoke of peace and rest, A joy that filled your breast, And then you closed your precious eyes. God set you free.
So I will carry on, Forever sing your song. If I have to live without you now. I'll love the best I can. But whisper when you're near me, and I'm home.
Together, we'll find somebody who Will help us keep on breathing without you
Will you be the boy who heals my heart? Will you be the boy who feeds my art? Please, will you be my friend? Will you be the boy who rescues me? Will you be the boy who makes me sing? Will you make me true to who I am? If you're leaving, take me with you, Here's my hand. If you're leaving, take with you, Here's my hand
I was crying while imagining Beth singing this song. I even got goosebumps. I can feel the song to the deepest core of my body. I can even hear the melody of the song. I can feel her sadness and her devastation over her loss.
Quotable Quotes Derek: where are you? Beth: home Derek: you should go to bed Beth: I need to talk to my new boyfriend Derek: about time you owned me Beth: you've never said it to me Derek: uh-huh...three times. Beth: you are delusional Derek: girlfriend...girlfriend...girlfriend
"If you and I don't make it, I like knowing there's a good guy there who knows the real Beth - the Beth I love - who will love you better than I can."
Scott: You are so naive. Beth: This isn't about him. It's about you. I can't be that girl in your daydreams rocking the baby while you play catch with our son. That's what you want. Find someone who can give you that. Scott: Is that what you think of me? That I care about some stupid fantasy more than I care about you? The dream can change, Bethie. As long as you're in it - that's all that matters. Beth: I'm sorry, Scottie. I really am. I'm not in it. Scott: You can't know that. Beth: Find somebody cute and sweet who adores you. Scott: Don't make me retch. Beth: Please, Scottie, stop torturing yourself. Stop torturing me. Scott: No way. I'm here, Bethie. Every day. Loving you. Wanting you. I'm not going to run off into a hole and lick my wounds. I'm going to bleed in front of you. I'm not going to fake it with somebody else. I'm going to be right here in your face - until the day I die. Beth: You following me to college? Scott: Yep Beth: What if Derek and I decide to get married? Will you walk me down the aisle? Scott: You won't marry him. He won't last. I will. You're going to marry me.
Beth: Derek, Derek. Come back. Derek: I've been waiting...for you. Next time - Beth: Rest now. You'll be fine. Derek: You need to let me go. Beth: I can't. Derek: The place I'm going - I've been there a couple times now. There peace - love - a joyfulness I can't explain. Let me stay. Next time ... I'm ready to stay there. (less)
WARNING: You may be highly at risk of getting too emotional while reading this book that you'll literally feel drained after you finish it. I advise y...moreWARNING: You may be highly at risk of getting too emotional while reading this book that you'll literally feel drained after you finish it. I advise you to have a box of tissue beside you and I request you to stay in your room so you won't get unsolicited and weird stares from people around you. Pleas stay in a secluded area.
Okay, just so you get the idea of what the book is about. Think about the style of Mitch Albom, Jodi Picoult, and Lurlene McDaniel. That is how great John Green is. The Fault in Our Stars is a very well-written book. It was well researched, very informative, and it was written with great sophistication. It is a very beautiful book and it is full of emotions that can pretty much get under your skin and deeply touch your heart and you soul. It made me smile but it also made me cry. My eyes were literally bloodshot after reading this. My tears were literally running on my cheeks. I can feel what Hazel felt - her pain, her sorrow, her fears, her anguish. My heart ached for her. If only I could do something to ease her suffering, I would. I feel her pain when Augustus Waters left. I felt the loss. I was really sobbing and my eyes stung with tears. It was really unfortunate for their love story to end in tragedy.
The Fault in Our Stars shouts SOPHISTICATION at its best. As in wow. I love John Green's choice of words. This books is very classy. I love how he incorporated literary pieces into it. I love how he came up with Augustus and Hazel. They're perfect. And part of what I love about them is that they're intelligent and they love to read and they can pretty much talk about anything. John Green gained my respect. Hands down. I'm in awe of him. As in wow! I can't believe how he came up with a beautiful story of life and death. This book is beyond romance. I love every bit of it. OMG! As in really. I'm a sucker for life and death stories and this is probably one of the best books I've read. I can't explain how I feel right now.
The Fault in Our Stars makes you appreciate life. Appreciate the beauty around you. Be thankful for each day that is added to your life. Live for today. Enjoy every bit of it. Don't sulk in a corner because you've got a bad hair day. Other people have more complicated problems than that. Live for the moment and be happy for it. Accept your flaws. Accept your disabilities. Focus on the positive side of things.
Readers, promise me you'll read this book and share it to others too just as I'm sharing it to you now. You won't regret reading it. It'll teach you a lesson. This book is for keeps. Anyone willing to send me a paperback copy of this book? :))(less)
Oh well, another Sophie Kinsella. What do you expect? As usual, the book is hilariously...moreTo read more of my book reviews visit, Crawling Over The Pages.
Oh well, another Sophie Kinsella. What do you expect? As usual, the book is hilariously funny (as in super funny). I love the characters. Very very real. Though their meet-cute story sounds cliche, I still find it cute. I like how they exchange emails and SMS between each other.
One of the funniest part in this books is when Poppy sang in front of Mr. Yamasaki. She kept repeating his name and sang it to the tune of Single Ladies. I felt Poppy's humiliation but I find it so funny that I was laughing so hard.
If you're looking for a book that can put a big smile on your face and will you laugh out loud then this book is for you. You'll surely love Sam Raxton and Poppy Wyatt. (less)
Beautiful Disaster is a beautiful, intense, passionate, and a very romantic love story. It's one of those novels that beg to be read over and over aga...moreBeautiful Disaster is a beautiful, intense, passionate, and a very romantic love story. It's one of those novels that beg to be read over and over again. I, for one, have decided to read this again because I wanted to write a review on the book. I don't know why but I think I fell in love more with the characters. I'm glad I've read it again because I got to revisit my favorite scenes as well as those which I seem to have forgotten.
Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox is an intelligent college student who does underground fighting to assist him in his schooling. He's lost his mother at an early age and therefore suffered some repercussions his family doesn't know how to fix but then he met Abby Abernathy.
Abby "Pidgeon"Abernathy is an elusive teenage girl who keeps to herself when she's not with America. She ran away from a past she can't seem to escape. No one knows exactly her real identity and for that she's glad.
The Mad Dog meets the Pidgeon....
For some reason unbeknownst to anyone, Travis had seem to find a constant through Abby. He settled. He ignored the girls flirting around him. He even started cancelling some of his underground fights. From the moment he set his eyes on her blood spattered cardigan, he can't seem to get her out of his mind.
The whole school tried to figure them out because they basically look like a couple but they're not. Abby unconsciously became the apple of the eye of the whole school and boys began clamoring for her attention.
But they soon realized that they can't deny the tension between them and decided to give it a try. It wasn't a fairy tale in the making but their relationship was one hell of a ride and through it all, they emerged strong, faithful, loving and happy couple.
I just love this book and Travis Maddox will always be one of those characters who will always have a special part in my heart. I can't go on and blubber about this book. I want to be selfish this time and I'm encouraging you dear readers to please just read it.(less)
This is the funniest book I've read so far! It is hilariously funny! I guess half of th...moreTo read more of my book reviews visit, Crawling Over The Pages.
This is the funniest book I've read so far! It is hilariously funny! I guess half of the time I was reading this, I was laughing.
I love the characters. Bobby Tom Denton is gorgeous. Hes got these beautiful blue eyes with the face of a movie star and a body to die for. What I like about him is his generosity - hi willingness to give without expecting anything in return.
Gracie is so funny. She is a desperate 30-year-old-virgin eager to have sex. She is practically throwing herself at Bobby Tom. Instead of finding it gross, it made the whole story extremely funny you'll end up rolling on the floor laughing.
This is a must-must-read. It's definitely worth your time. This book will definitely relieve you from all your stress. :D (less)
This is the first Susan Elizabeth Phillips book I've read. I have finished reading this...moreTo read more of my book reviews visit, Crawling Over The Pages.
This is the first Susan Elizabeth Phillips book I've read. I have finished reading this book a couple of days ago but it still brings a smile on my face every time I remember Dan and Phoebe's love story. If you're a hopeless romantic then you'll know what I'm talking about the moment you finish this book.
I absolutely had fun reading this book. There were no dull moments. It was full of wit, humor, action, and drama. It was a very sensual read too. No wonder it earned Phillips the RITA Award.
There are many fun moments in the book and sometime I don't realize that I'm actually laughing out loud. What I love about Phillips is the way she makes a situation lighter even though it should be serious.
And oh by the way, am I the only one who thinks Dan Calebow looks like Bradley Cooper except for the bump in his nose? His image just pops in my mind every time I think about what his face would look like.
This book is definitely worth your time. I think I'll include the other books in the series in my to-read list as well.(less)
This is perhaps one of the best novels Nicholas Sparks had ever written. It is a very b...moreTo read more of my book reviews visit, Crawling Over The Pages.
This is perhaps one of the best novels Nicholas Sparks had ever written. It is a very beautiful story. I can't help but wonder how he made the love story of two middle aged couple be so romantic and lovely that I wished I'd get married soon enough so I can experience what they had experience.
I had a hard time writing this review because I can't think of any words to explain how I felt towards this novel. I was in awe. I can't seem to find the exact words to describe it.
This story taught me to reflect on what obstacles come with married life. It's not all about being loyal and faithful (though it helps). We might notice it. We might not. These type of problems slowly builds inside couples and when the time comes that they acknowledge it, it's too late. Those who surpass this have a great life ahead of them as a couple but those who don't, go separate ways.
This book shows that love is lovelier the second time around I just love the idea of a middle aged man courting his wife to let her fall in love with him all over again. Isn't that so sweet?
I like the idea of including Noah in this novel. It's a marvelous idea by the way. Somehow he helped in bringing back love between Wilson and Jane. One of the parts I like about this book is the numerous conversations between Wilson and Noah.
What Wilson did to win back Jane's love is the most romantic thing I've read. I just love it! I hadn't expected it to end like that. I love the surprises he'd given her and the way he courted her again. It was lovely! He put all his effort into it and did all the things he never did before. It just shows that anyone can change if they put an effort to it and reflect on their lives.
This books is a must-must-read book. If you have loved The Notebook, you'll love this book even more.(less)
Jodi Picoult did it once again!!! This book is one of a kind! This is the second Picoul...moreTo read more of my book reviews visit, Crawling Over The Pages.
Jodi Picoult did it once again!!! This book is one of a kind! This is the second Picoult novel I've read, next to House Rules, and I think this one is better.
What I like most on Picoult's writing is her way of showing how each character feels and thinks. All her characters have their own spotlights. They have their own parts where they shine.
I like how she introduced the APL disease (APL: Abbreviation for acute promyelocytic leukemia) through this book. It was very well-researched - from the symptoms, to the after effects and the possible solutions to the disease. It was well-discussed.
I was amazed with how knowledgeable she was with the newest technology that has something to do with the stem cells. She's really good. It just shows how much effort she put in order to write a beautiful book like this.
I love how she established the characters and how she connected their relationships.
The book is really beautiful. It talks about family. It shows how the love of a family can be a great support in overcoming struggles we have in life.
The ending was unexpected. I just got a glimpse of how the story might end when his father got an emergency call. It was so sad. (less)