Gossip Girl meets Hollywood in this steamy new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd. Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is fo...moreSynopsis:
Gossip Girl meets Hollywood in this steamy new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd. Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She's popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table.
She's just not sure she wants it anymore.
Because, really, things aren't all that perfect. Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam. Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. It's exhausting always trying to look and act perfect. And, deep down, she isn't sure if she has any true friends.
To add to the drama, her movie star mom has a creepy stalker. A hot, older man flirts with her and tells her they should make a movie together. And she's crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating him would mean committing social suicide.
So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony. But little does she know, there's someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn't happen. **Mature YA
I didn't finish this book, so I'm not rating it. This is only the second book that I've never finished. I really wanted to like it, but the unnecessary drama was getting on my nerves. I couldn't decide if I like Keatyn or not. First, she has one boyfriend who swears he's waiting until marriage to have sex (honestly, I think he's gay and was using her a beard). They break up in an extremely friendly manner and she pretty much immediately almost hooks up with the slightly older guy that she's been crushing on, but when things don't work out the way she expects them to, she pretty much immediately leaves him for the guy that's really been interested in her all along and suddenly loses her virginity to this boy (Brandon Cushman, nickname Cush). You'd think this guy would be a douche because of that crappy nickname, but he's pretty much the only one in the book that I actually like. Yeah, he wanted sex, but Keatyn was the one that went for it. I actually think he's pretty sweet. After they have sex, though, I just couldn't get back into the book. I never even got to the part where Keatyn is being stalked. Her mother has been and I suspect I know who Keatyn's stalker is supposed to be, I just couldn't care anymore after a while. Considering I stopped on 2/18 to take a break and never started reading it again, I don't think that I will. I don't like not finishing things, but I just can't make myself finish this.(less)
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but...moreSynopsis:
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.
This was quite an emotional book. Kacey really went through a lot and I felt terrible for her. Although, there were some times when she realized just how selfish she was behaving the way that she had been over the past few years.
I do like that she was so determined to take care of her sister and that she dropped everything at the first sign of trouble for that awful uncle of theirs. I like that she could handle herself in most situations. The girl was fucked up, though. And like Trent told her, she did need help. She needed a lot of help. I'm just not so sure that I like the way that help played out at the end. This is fiction, but that was just so hard to believe. I'm guessing that the only reason forgiveness was able to be given is because of the emotions she already had tied up in the offender.
Still... I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this. I may need to contemplate it to figure out if this relationship is okay to me. Up until the point of that revelation and the things that came before it, I loved to relationship. I didn't like that he kept trying to fix her and make her talk about her past when he wouldn't do the same. And when it was discovered as to why he wouldn't and what he'd been doing, it just threw me all off kilter.
I really, really don't know how to feel about it.
I loved Storm, Mia, Livie, Nate, Cain and even Tanner and Ben, though. These people really came through for Kacey. She didn't want to let them in, but she did and it turned out to be really good for her that she did. Those friendships probably also helped with her ability to heal.
Despite my issues with the therapy sessions, I think this is a pretty good read. I really wanted to know how things would play out and ended up reading straight through. I could have done without that insta-attraction and the falling so hard, so fast, but at least the relationship didn't move as fast as the feelings did. (less)