This was a wonderful young-adult romance novel. I give it 3.5 stars, which was bumped down from what would have been 4.5 stars because of one detail tThis was a wonderful young-adult romance novel. I give it 3.5 stars, which was bumped down from what would have been 4.5 stars because of one detail that infuriated me.
(view spoiler)[Girl and boy are dating. Boy breaks girl's heart. Girl's first love comes back into her life and they fall in love all over again. Cute, right? Well written. What am I complaining about? Alex saw Willow and Dustin talking in a restaurant. They completely cut off contact. She called him twice--once hung up and the second time to make sure he was okay. She never called him again once she found out why he was mad. She missed out on going to prom with the love of her life and went with someone else. She struggled, hating her life for the weeks that they went without speaking. Why the hell did she not just explain the misunderstanding the first day? She waits weeks to go out to see him to tell him what really happened? SERIOUSLY? I could not feel bad for Willow in any capacity in this situation because I was too infuriated by her lack of trying. (hide spoiler)]...more
I purchased this book because I adored Ryan Conklin on The Real World and was interested in learning more about his time in Iraq. This book is as rawI purchased this book because I adored Ryan Conklin on The Real World and was interested in learning more about his time in Iraq. This book is as raw as it gets. Ryan doesn't sugar coat anything. This book describes in detail not only what was occurring around him, but inside of him as well. There's good times, pain, and fear, all spilled out onto the pages of this book. This isn't one of those "I'm a reality star, so I'm going to pretend like I have something interesting to write about before my 15 minutes of fame run out" type of books. It is raw, real, interesting, and inspiring. Many thanks to Ryan, everyone he served with, as well as everyone that has served before and after this. ...more
I have enjoyed everything that Jayme K has written before this and Disorderly was no different. I knew the very basics of this novel's plot but reallyI have enjoyed everything that Jayme K has written before this and Disorderly was no different. I knew the very basics of this novel's plot but really didn't know what I was getting myself into.
Without going too in depth into the plot, I'll just say that you probably haven't read anything like this before, unlike a lot of popular novels out there. Jayme's talent as a writer is clear throughout the entire novel. The characters were well thought out. The storyline had a solid beginning, middle, and end. Sometimes I'm highly irritated by the ending of a good novel but that wasn't the case here. The descriptions throughout the book were so vivid that I felt thrown into a horror movie and literally felt nauseous while reading certain chapters. That may sound like a bad thing, but it's not. If your writing can make me visualize the story to the point of making my stomach turn, you're doing something right.
The stand-out problem I had with this novel involved the time jumps. Although the dates and years are noted at the beginning of each chapter, I found it a bit confusing and often found myself flipping through the book trying to connect which chapters matched up with others in terms of time. This distracted me from the plot at hand.
For a first published novel, this was a great read and well worth the money I spent on it; I rarely actually purchase books. I'm very much looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with for his next novel....more