i really did NOT like crash into you, and while take me on was marginally better, i still wasn't feeling it. i just feel like there's no chemistry beti really did NOT like crash into you, and while take me on was marginally better, i still wasn't feeling it. i just feel like there's no chemistry between the characters and it was insta-lovey, just like crash into you. the first thing west thinks when she meets haley is how hot and beautiful she is, and all of a sudden she's the only thing on his mind.
and i also didn't like that they both just whine about the same things over and over again. haley's going on about how she has to protect her family but she's falling for this hot, rich boy, while said rich boy is ranting over his being a failure and getting all alpha male when he's trying to protect haley's honor or whatever. after a while, you start to wonder how these characters could have any kind of life outside of self-pity, and all you want is for something dramatic to happen to them so they can get over themselves and some perspective.
but i will say that i did appreciate the character growth when it finally rolled around, and i probably will be continuing the series. it sounds like i hated it, but take me on is overall a solid read and i would recommend it if you have had luck with her previous books....more
young makes the turbulent romance work SO WELL i could cry. the romance walks the very thin line between toxic and addictive, and youngLOVE LOVE LOVE
young makes the turbulent romance work SO WELL i could cry. the romance walks the very thin line between toxic and addictive, and young manages to make it fall in the latter every time. i couldn't stop reading...more
it took me a LONG time to finally finish this one, but i'll tell you that the ending is worth it. this book is nuanced and a classic representation ofit took me a LONG time to finally finish this one, but i'll tell you that the ending is worth it. this book is nuanced and a classic representation of teenage life. the characters were all surprisingly relatable, and i commend alcott's ability to handle tough topics like sexuality and insecurity with poise and maturity. very good book for any teenager, and even though it's not very outstanding when you dissect the individual components, it's overall impression is profound and poignant....more
actually really surprised by how much i liked this book--usually i'm not too keen on the whole broken protagonist finds new companions to heal her wouactually really surprised by how much i liked this book--usually i'm not too keen on the whole broken protagonist finds new companions to heal her wounds. but for some reason i really enjoyed how young tackled joss' personal issues and balanced it with the romance aspect without one ever becoming overbearing...more
the different points of view just did not work for this book. i haven't really had a problem with it in the past, but this time it just kind of ruinedthe different points of view just did not work for this book. i haven't really had a problem with it in the past, but this time it just kind of ruined the fun of reading. banks tried to end every chapter on a cliffhanger, which was engaging, but it made every chapter seem too short. and when galen and emma were separated, their narrative obviously talked about different things. and let me tell you, this book had the most dramatic irony i have ever seen in a book, which did not work at all. it just made it harder to connect with the other protagonist and more obvious when he or she was throwing himself or herself into danger.
in general though i felt like the whole book was kind of unnecessary. of triton ended on a pretty happy note, and most of the problems that of Neptune introduced were completely independent of the two book before it....more
emma is an idiot who has absolutely no spine and she doesn't ever get one, except for the once-in-a-blue-moon occasion when her temper gets the best oemma is an idiot who has absolutely no spine and she doesn't ever get one, except for the once-in-a-blue-moon occasion when her temper gets the best of her. otherwise, she's basically a pile of jello. she NEVER stands up for herself and she basically lets her roommate jemima tramp all over her when she's obviously insulting her. and she's this people pleaser that literally NEVER stands up for herself.
and she acts more like a ditzy teenager than a real working adult. i don't know if it's because of the british slang that gives me the impression (not saying that british slang is childish just that i'm not used to someone actively using it in narration) or if she's really just the ditz i'm making her out to be. she has sex with jack once and then all of sudden she's prattling on about how in love she is but she just sounds like a lovesick joke. she hears that jack's doing an interview on national television, but she's not allowed to go to the "screening" of it for whatever ridiculous reason. so instead of taking it like an adult and waiting until she gets home, she acts like a petulant child and says "THIS IS THE MAN I LOVE! i'm gonna go support him as the man i love" it's so stupid. i can't stand her...more
**spoiler alert** really pissed she never said "i love you" back cause girl.
also knox needs to CONTROL HIMSELF. it's implausible for a man to have ab**spoiler alert** really pissed she never said "i love you" back cause girl.
also knox needs to CONTROL HIMSELF. it's implausible for a man to have absolutely no self control and such a short temper that he can't even can it for a few minutes and not punch someone. that's not attractive! the whole bad boy persona is not attractive on a ragey 20-year-old. even if he is secretly all emotional and deep, it gets old when his only solution is to punch someone out. like during a court trial, he literally leaps up from his seat and almost strangled the dude when the guy on the witness stand makes a derogatory comment. like i get the whole "defending my lady's honor" thing but to me that just isn't appealing. it's just annoying when you can tell the only way he copes is through violence....more
let me just say that even though grayson is hilarious he is absolutely way too pushy. and some of his commentary is so stereotypically boy that it comlet me just say that even though grayson is hilarious he is absolutely way too pushy. and some of his commentary is so stereotypically boy that it completely ruins his likability because all i can think about is how he's making superficial comments when he's supposed to be this match for avery that isn't intellectually intelligent but rather instinctively intelligent.
not as cute and adorable as i would've imagined because there's a touch of insta-love in there, where grayson tells us "i think i like this girl" after one interaction. sure they've been close, but he has ALWAYS seen her as a sister but then one chance encounter in the shower and he's all "i want her so bad" which is not only unrealistic but kind of obnoxious because it suggests the only way to his heart is through intimate settings indicative of sex...more
the way tucker reveals past memories through jesse's point of view is perfectly done, but for the past and present to line up as perfectly as they didthe way tucker reveals past memories through jesse's point of view is perfectly done, but for the past and present to line up as perfectly as they did sometimes the memories were boring/fillers but overall very good read...more
way way waaaaaay too insta-lovey. if i'm doing the math right, they might around the beginning of school (september) and they started saying i love yoway way waaaaaay too insta-lovey. if i'm doing the math right, they might around the beginning of school (september) and they started saying i love you in late october-early november. and after ONE date will was almost ready to quit his job to be with her and she was about to drop out of school for him. not cool...more
this is my third jennifer echols book, and the second that i haven't particularly liked, which is a disappointment because the one i loved happened tothis is my third jennifer echols book, and the second that i haven't particularly liked, which is a disappointment because the one i loved happened to be the first one of hers i read, which did give me high hopes. i think it's because the book was way too short to handle all of the internal issues gemma had. her daddy issues were completely unsolved because she got a note from her dad asking to talk but she never actually had a real conversation with him, so he basically remains anonymous. and is one conversation with her mom enough to completely revert their dysfunctional relationship to a loving maternal one? definitely NOT. besides, the lover interest max makes very valid points about the way gemma carries herself and how she views weight loss, but gemma never seems to change those views to reflect a healthier standpoint. she's probably 100 pounds by now, and she admits to still wanting to lose some. and i can bet you she's over 5'1" because freaking max is six foot something and being taller than five feet and weighing only 100 pounds is just unhealthy. that, in addition to gemma's issues with expressing her emotions, and we have a pretty damn big stew pot of problems, none of which get fully solved. echols picks and chooses at which ones she would actually like to elaborate upon, which should not be the case if you want to include everything she attempts to. toxic friendship, forbidden romance, internal conflict, or absent parents. pick two, not all of them.
i also was not a fan of the rapidity with which the romance progressed. max was spewing out the "i love you" the first time they even made out, and that was after a whole lot of frustration and avoiding each other because they were allegedly dating someone else. that's not okay! you can't be in love with someone purely from what you see on double dates. it's not like they even texted, so you can't claim that his level of smittenness came from the indirect realization that gemma was this beautiful hilarious creature to be reckoned with. he was basically interested in her from the beginning, and from what i can tell from their interactions, they had fun, but not to the extent of complete LOVE. and he didn't even know gemma was interested until they started making out, so how could he even be in love if he's convincing himself that half the things she does are for the the other guy?
last thing i didn't like: how gemma's weight is dealt with. i went along with her when she talked about being bullied, since that seems to be a pretty general trend with being "big" in movies and books. but i didn't like how she associated her weight loss with being desirable to boys. it seems like she thought max only thought she was hot because she was newly skinny. newsflash: three months earlier, when you had only dropped thirty pounds, you were probably already beautiful! i understand why she wanted to go through with the weight loss, but once she got healthy, she should have realized she was always beautiful. i don't think she should have made a point to tell us she lost an extra thirty pounds and associate the weight loss with her beauty. she's HEALTHY now, and she was ALWAYS beautiful. i get that the weight loss would have made her more confident in her own skin; many people would feel the same way. but she's basically a size 0 and only now acknowledging her newfound hotness. i think that sends the wrong message to those who are gemma at the 20-pounds-lost-stage or even the no-weight-lost stage and completely happy with their bodies. it suggests that they shouldn't be totally happy with themselves because they're not gonna get a hot japanese football player like max if they don't lose a few. maybe i'm wrong, but that's just what it felt like. ...more
a lot better than what i expected. while i liked whitley's character, i do feel like her relationship with nathan was kind of rushed and that there3.5
a lot better than what i expected. while i liked whitley's character, i do feel like her relationship with nathan was kind of rushed and that there were so many more problems that needed to be fixed before she was at that "i'm so happy" time. like her dad's excuse for his behavior? BULLSHIT....more