MY THOUGHTS I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. I decided to pick it up solelThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. I decided to pick it up solely based on the large amount of great things I've heard about it. I'm glad to say that this was a great book.
This book is from the point of view of Aristotle, who goes by Ari. He's a bit of a loner and doesn't really have any friends. That is until he meets Dante at the pool one summer. Ari and Dante don't have much in common, but they become the best of friends.
This was a very slow-paced story and that's my only major problem with this book. Although, the pacing makes sense. This book is entirely real. The characters are flawed and their lives, in general, are very realistic. The writing and the narrative is also very real and might bother some people, but I loved how real it was.
This book is a friendship story, a coming of age story, and a love story. I think the first two is most prominent in this book. It's a beautiful story about friendship and growing up. The love story involved is, again, very real. It is slowly added into the mix. It was one that I expected, as I knew that this book featured a gay romance, yet was still shocked by. I knew it would happen, but Ari never even hints at playing on that team. The love story portion does not come until the very end and it made me so happy when it did! I also have to mention how much I loved how the parents were very supportive of their sons. In fact, Ari's parents knew about it before Ari himself did.
This book also has a theme with family as well. Ari's brother is in jail and Ari doesn't even know why because his parents never mention him. There isn't even a single picture of his brother in the house. Throughout the book, Ari continues to question about his brother. There is also a little bit about Ari's dad, who hardly ever talks. In this book, Ari also grows closer to his family.
IN CONCLUSION This was a really great book. It was beautiful and very realistic. I loved the friendship and the eventual love story! I recommend this book for pretty much anyone, especially if you love contemporary. ...more
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Actual ratingThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Actual rating: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS It's kind of odd that I read two books with similar themes so very close to one another. I recently read What She Left Behind, which also revolves around an abusive father and a missing mother. But while both books have similar themes, the books are really different.
This book is about Edie who constantly has to move from place to place with her mother in order to escape her violet father, who will not let them go. This time, they move from Canada to London, where Edie's mom grew up, to see if they can finally escape the past. But when Edie's mother doesn't return home from work, Edie fears that the past has finally caught up with them. Edie has to keep up with school all the while she's living alone and trying to find her mother. She has a limited amount of money and will not ask the police for help, in fear that she may be put back in the hands of her father in absence of her mother.
This book, obviously, focuses on tough subjects and I believe that the author has done a great done with that. What I believe worked out the best for this book was Edie's characterization. She hasn't had an easy life and it's hard for her to later to keep up the pretense that her mother has not disappeared. I wished through it all that she would tell the police, but with her dad actually being a cop she knew that cops may believe him over her and I could understand that. What I really liked was how she grew more courage in the book and was eventually able to face the past.
Another character I liked was Jermaine. He had no reason to help Edie, but he did so anyway. I liked their friendship and their search for Edie's mother. I wasn't particularly fond of how it turned into a romance, I much preferred the friendship, but it wasn't bad.
I think my main problem with this book was the pacing. A majority of this book is very slow-paced. I understand that it may take awhile to find her mom, but the story was very slow-going for awhile. Then it was resolved very quickly and I felt like the end was a bit rushed.
IN CONCLUSION The story focuses on tough subjects, but the story was very well done. The characters were great, especially Edie, who grew during the story. I had issues with the pacing, but other than that this was a quick, emotional read. If you enjoy contemporary mysteries that touch on tough subjects, you might enjoy this one....more
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MY THOUGHTS WThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS Wow! This was such a surprising read! I've been seeing this book all over the web, but never thought that it would be worth reading. All I knew was that it took place in a circus, which didn't interest me for some reason. I eventually read the synopsis and decided that I should give it a try. I saw that this book has a family rivalry, which I'm always a sucker for.
I was expecting this to me an okay read, but this ended up being such a great book! I was drawn into the book quickly and was immediately glued into the pages. I actually read the entire book in one sitting. Above all, this book is a mystery in a circus setting (a setting which I ended up liking) and I really interesting in how everything played out.
I also ended up liking the romance, which is surprising, but I was shipping it the entire time.
My only issue with this book was how the mystery was resolved. I can't explain without spoilers, but it seemed really unbelieveable and way too much was done for just a small thing. (view spoiler)[All of this over a stupid coin? Really?! I know it's an actually good luck coin, but that's still too much! And how can he be forgiven?! (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION Overall, a really intriguing mystery with a really great, and new, setting. I had issues with the end, but other than that, this was a really amazing book! I would definitely recommend it!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
MY THOUGHTS This book was not exactly what I was expecting. I was expecting a book with moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book was not exactly what I was expecting. I was expecting a book with more life-threatening dangers and murder mystery. Yes, there was a murder mystery, but it wasn't as face-paced and dangerous as I thought it would be. The murder mystery mainly including a bunch of teenagers trying to figure it out themselves. Which is fine, but it wasn't really what I was expecting based on the synopsis.
What I really liked about the book is the idea behind the binoculars. This book felt very realistic, but there was the addition of these binoculars that these teenagers stumble upon. These binoculars gave let them see memories of the future, which was a very new idea and I loved the combination of magic with all the realistic elements.
As the story went on, I became very interested in how the binoculars connected to everything and, yes, I was interested in the murder mystery. Although, I was eventually disappointed as they were told who the murderer was instead of finding out on their own, but I was interested as it lasted.
One issue that I had was the characters. They made some pretty stupid decisions I was especially upset when it came to Riley and Sarah. It also irritated me that it took so long for them figure out what the binoculars were doing.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I did like this book. It was entertaining and had a very interesting idea. I had a few issues with the characters and the slow-pacing of the book, but I did end up liking it....more
MY THOUGHTS I originally picked up this book because of the cover. It may be obvious by my prThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I originally picked up this book because of the cover. It may be obvious by my profile picture, but I LOVE striped socks. I honestly had no idea what this book was about. Just the fact that it's middle grade.
Turns out, this book is about Zoe. A ten (almost eleven) year old who wants to play the piano and dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall. But her Dad accidentally picks up a old organ instead.
What I liked about this book was how authentic it was. This book was from a ten-year-old perspective and the voice was so much like a ten-year-old. Zoe is so focused on problems that only a ten-year-old would worry about. Like how nobody wears socks anymore (People definitely wear socks, Zoe. I can atest to that). And the overall life of a ten-year-old. Old friends leaving in a blink of an eye, making new friends, and her family.
The characters were great! I really liked Zoe's Dad! He was very odd, but he was really amazing! Zoe's mom is a workaholic and never seems to have time for Zoe, but she means well. Wheeler is an odd boy at school who turns out to be Zoe's friend and I think that was great, too.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this was a really cute read and left me with a good feeling. It's really short, only 200-something pages, with really short chapters. I think this is a great book to get you in a good mood!
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS This was such a hard book to read. This book focuses entirely on the difficult subject of bullying. I usually avoid books about bullying because I have a very very low tolerance on bullying. When I read a book about bullying I get so angry. I go through the book in a field of rage because I honestly can't understand how anyone can be so cruel to another being. It makes me even more upset that this cruel people generally get away with what they do. Reading books about bullying also makes me feel powerless, since I desperately want to help the main character and make others understand what's going on, but I can't do such a thing.
I had all of these feelings and more throughout this book. I hated almost everyone in this book except for the main character. Yes, I didn't even like Matt, who was supposed to be Ashley's best friend. He was okay by the end, but I can't forgive him for the fact that he treated Ashley like she needed to be fixed and sided with the evil demons that tormented her. I despised all of her classmates, who decided to make Ashley's life hell when she did absolutely nothing to deserve it (nobody deserves it), but I hated her mother more. Her mother is a very horrible mother. She only thinks of herself and sees her daughter as an embarrassment and constantly says that Ashley would only be better if she weren't fat or if she would stand up for herself or be popular. She says so many horrible things to her daughter, practically blames Ashley for what her classmates do to her, and even yells at her for crying at it. A mother is supposed to protect and comfort her child, she is not a mother.
This book was very realistic, but it had a little magical element added in. For the past few years, Ashley has been able to see her future self in the mirror and talk to her. Her future self is trying to prevent Ashley's life to play out a certain way and when it doesn't work, that Ashley becomes future Ashley and takes to her younger self. Confusing, I know, but it was a very interesting add in and made for a very unique way to tell the story. This book also goes back and forth between past and present. We have a present Ashley in some kind of mental hospital talking to a doctor about all of these events and it made for an interesting way of telling this story.
IN CONCLUSION This was a brilliant book. It was unique and beautiful, but so so tragic. Ashley's story is horrible and it will make you so very upset. Be prepared to go through many emotions while reading this book and be prepared for your outlook to change....more
MY THOUGHTS I was drawn to this book by the fact that it's from fourteen perspectives (one ofThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I was drawn to this book by the fact that it's from fourteen perspectives (one of which is a squirrel!) and they're basically shipping a couple together. I was really interested in this book because of the squirrel, but I'm also a shipper at heart, so a book that is basically about shipping? Heck yes!
If this book wasn't from fourteen different perspectives, it wouldn't be as unique. It would be almost like every other teen contemporary. But this book was so uniquely written! And it worked out so well for the book! It was very interesting seeing Lea and Gabe's romance play out from neither of their points of view. But it actually felt like they were the main characters, and they are.
One would think that with fourteen perspectives, one would get confused, but that was not the case with this book. As I said, Lea and Gabe are the main characters and the fact that each perspective follows them around. It was really interesting seeing them through the eyes of so many people. And the mass of perspectives were all wildly different.
The romance in this book was really sweet, slow-going, and realistic. I, like many of the characters, wanted Lea and Gabe get together. But, as shipping goes, it takes forever. Lea and Gabe are obviously great for each other but they just can't seem to see it. I know they have their own problems, but it was really frustrating that they couldn't see how they liked each other. It was a constant back and forth of I don't think he/she likes me.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this is an adorable, quick, and realistic read. This book is very unique with the many perspectives. I liked the romance, but it did annoy me at points. If you want a quick feel-good contemporary, pick this one up!...more
MY THOUGHTS This was such an interestingly told book and even though I only gave it 3/5, I know it will stick with me.
This book is a brick at 600 dueMY THOUGHTS This was such an interestingly told book and even though I only gave it 3/5, I know it will stick with me.
This book is a brick at 600 due to the fact that this book is two books in one. There's Darcy, who wrote her book Afterworlds during NaNoWriMo (it was never mentioned as NaNoWriMo, but it was written in 30 days in the month of November, so I'm assuming). Her book gets sold to a publisher in a two book deal and she decides to put off college for a year and move to New York to meet authors and work on her book. Then there's Lizzie. After a terrorist attack in an airport, Lizzie survives my accidentally transporting herself to the Afterworld. What do this two have in common? Lizzie is the main character in Darcy's book. What's interesting about this book is that we get to hear what's going on in Darcy's life as well as actually get to read the story that is changing her life. To be honest, this book wouldn't be able to work without both stories. Darcy's book is a huge part of her life and we can't fully understand her life without it.
Darcy It's odd that I mainly wanted to read this book because of her book, but I ended up enjoying Darcy's life more than Lizzie's. I am very interested in the world of publishing and the life of an author, with is harder than it seems (Like every other booknerd, I plan on working in publishing and am currently writing a book). I thought it was very interesting to see this. What I liked the most was how real it was. Darcy's new start is not that easy and it's not skipped off. The romance also was very real and, surprisingly, it was a lesbian romance which made me very happy! There's not enough of those in YA! Darcy's story is also a bit of a coming of ago story. It shows how much Darcy grows and turns into an adult. My only issue was that I questioned how much an average reader would understand. ARCs, BEA, TBR, and other things from the blogging and publishing world are thrown around. I understand these because I'm so immersed in the blogging world and Goodreads, but would an average reader who doesn't ever follow a blog or have a Goodreads account?
Lizzie I had issues with Lizzie's story. It sounded like my kind of thing, as I love books with the afterlife, but it feel flat. It began greatly, but the characters didn't seem well-developed (especially Yama) and the entire story seemed to be going everywhere. It could be the fact that it's a paranormal romance and I'm not a fan of those anymore, but I just couldn't connect with the story. There was, supposedly, a romance, but it was, again, undeveloped. Yama was just a random hot guy, thousands of years old, who popped up at random moments to give Lizzie answers and kiss. They loved each other, apparently, but I never got that vibe off them. The story was okay, but if I read Darcy's book, it would only get 2 stars from me.
IN CONCLUSION This was a very interesting read and while it did take awhile to get through, I do think it was worth it, at least to hear Darcy's story. I didn't particularly enjoy Lizzie's story, but I loved hearing how Darcy was becoming an author! If you are curious about publishing and writing books, then this book is worth a chance!...more
MY THOUGHTS Let's get one thing straight: I did not like this book. Yes, I gave it a high ratiThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Let's get one thing straight: I did not like this book. Yes, I gave it a high rating, but to tell you the truth, this is not a book that you can like. A book I like would not screw up my mind, confuse the hell out of me, and leave me crying in a QuickTrip parking lot. Point being: This is not an enjoyable read. For the most part, this book is slow and a bit dull. I was curious all throughout the book, since I've heard so many thing about THAT ENDING and there was an aura of mystery, but not a whole lot happens.
But the writing in this book is beautiful. Some people hate the choppy style of writing (an example is shown in the synopsis), but I think it works brilliantly with the story, as our main character isn't exactly all there.
The turning point for me, though, was the ending. I cannot tell you the ending, it's much better if you go into this book without knowing anything, but the ending screwed me up. I was not expecting that ending, even though I look back and see that there are so many clues to it in the book! But it's not something that you would easily guess! The ending destroyed me, but it was beautiful, tragically so, but it was still beautiful.
IN CONCLUSION I originally picked up this book because I heard so many things about the ending. In fact, I picked up this book just because of my curiosity. The ending screwed me up, yes, but I still believe this book to be unique and beautiful. I do think that people should pick up this book just to read the end, but I know that the ending will not have the same affect to others. You will either love this book thanks to the ending or completely hate it. It's all up to you. ...more
This is one of the few books that I have ever read that have really affected me. I was compleThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
This is one of the few books that I have ever read that have really affected me. I was completely unaware of the events of this book and, yeah, this book is fiction, but it is based on true events, people were in very similar situations to Lina and her family.
All in all, this is not a very enjoyable book as this book focuses on very hard topics, but it is an extremely powerful, beautiful, and emotional read that is guaranteed to change you. I highly recommend it!...more
I was originally not intending to read this book. It just screams that this would be a drama-This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
I was originally not intending to read this book. It just screams that this would be a drama-filled book. But I liked Sarah Ockler's other books and it was a free read on Pulse-it, so decided to give it a go. I actually ended up enjoying it, in a way. I felt for Lucy and I was glued to the pages because I really wanted to know who was the one behind all this. My issue with this book mainly has to do with my own preferences. I'm not a fan of books with high-school dramas, mostly because they make me so angry. Overall, I did like this book, even though I was very angry throughout it because of how Lucy was treated. And this book made me very glad that I'm done with high-school!...more
This is such an interesting, new, and unique book! I've never really read magical realism books before and I now know that this will not be the last tThis is such an interesting, new, and unique book! I've never really read magical realism books before and I now know that this will not be the last time. This book is very well written and it is full of meaning! I definitely recommend this book to everyone!...more