HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington is a cute, quick, and funny read. I’m a total sucker for a girl falls in love with the boy next dHOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU by Tara Eglington is a cute, quick, and funny read. I’m a total sucker for a girl falls in love with the boy next door story…
Aurora is keeping a secret: she’s actually never been kissed in spite of the fact that she has half the boys in her school chasing after her. She’s saving that first kiss for someone special. But things become a bit complicated when she accidentally ends up cast as the romantic lead in her high school production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING opposite none other than her next door neighbor, Hayden, who is pretty much the bane of her existence. Naturally she freaks out when she realizes she may have to experience her first kiss on stage! A comedy of errors ensues…
In case you aren’t familiar with this piece of Shakespeare’s work, Benedict and Beatrice are constantly bickering (you’d think they hate each other), but true to comedic form these two are actually in love with each other. An appropriate parallel, don’t you think?
This book is pretty much exactly what you expect it to be. There’s nothing particularly surprising and it’s quite predictable. However that doesn’t make it any less charming or entertaining. I gobbled this book up in one sitting.
Eglington’s writing is nicely paced, and the characters are relatable. Highly recommend if you’re in the mood for a feel-good, easy read.
Note: I received a FREE ARC (advanced reader copy) from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....more
GLITTER by Aprilynne Pike is one of the most unique and fascinating reads of 2016. It’s an incredible blend of French history and dystopian. It’s darkGLITTER by Aprilynne Pike is one of the most unique and fascinating reads of 2016. It’s an incredible blend of French history and dystopian. It’s dark and captivating—almost as addictive as the substance Dani sells.
We follow Danica (Dani), who is being blackmailed by her mother into marrying the reprehensible King of Versailles. Her desperation to escape leads her to betray those closest to her. This is a fascinating examination of morality—how far is a person willing to go to do what they think is right?
Pike builds a beautiful and vivid future world. She nails the decadence of the French court, while highlighting what that world might look like in a highly advanced technological environment. Big brother, or in this case M.A.R.I.E., is always watching…
It took me a while to warm to some of the characters, but my love for them turned out to be a nice slow burn. By the end I was desperately rooting for Dani’s success, no matter the cost. The ending left my jaw on the floor.
I cannot recommend this book enough.
Note: I received a FREE ARC (advanced reader copy) from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
THE NERDY AND THE DIRTY by B.T. Gottfred is a hysterically funny and empowering exploration of teenage love and sexuality. The word quirky sticks in mTHE NERDY AND THE DIRTY by B.T. Gottfred is a hysterically funny and empowering exploration of teenage love and sexuality. The word quirky sticks in my mind.
Pen is popular, well-liked, and reserved —but she’s harboring a significant amount of shame about her secret sexual urges. Benedict is smart, socially awkward, and pretty much at the bottom of the totem pole. This unlikely pair is thrown together over winter break and sparks fly.
Gottfred has a gift for writing the teenage voice in a way I’ve never read before. At times it’s painfully awkward and at others completely shallow. Some readers seem to have found this polarizing, but I believe it is a completely authentic representation of what goes on in the teenage mind. Absolutely brilliant! For better or worse, I found myself reliving some of the most awkward moments of my young adult years through these pages.
This book is hilarious, honest, truly beautiful, and even a little steamy! This is YA that pushes the boundaries in the BEST possible ways. Bravo!
Disclaimer: There is quite a bit of explicit material in this book. If you can’t handle that, then this isn’t the book for you. To those who can I suggest you go in with an open mind—you won’t be disappointed!...more