MY THOUGHTS I kind of just ended up with a copy of this book and decided to give it a try.This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I kind of just ended up with a copy of this book and decided to give it a try. I didn't really know much about it, just a quick glace at the synopsis, but I was in the mood for a fun contemporary. This book wasn't as fun as I expected. There was a lot more drama and the characters annoyed me, but the book does give a more realistic, and awkward, take on first love.
Hannah and Sam meet each other at a party, in the bathroom. After a witty, and short, conversation, the two are both convinced that the other is the one for them. But neither of them knows the other's name. Of course their story isn't over yet, after another chance meeting, misunderstandings, and drama, maybe their love story can actually start.
I have some issues with this book, but despite my issues, I must say that this book does have a realistic and honest feel to it. Now, I've never been in love, never really want to be, but I know that first love and love in general is not as picture perfect as the movies. First love is awkward and this book shows that (though there may be more misunderstandings and drama than some real-life situations...). The characters are also very awkward and felt like real teenagers, though they did annoy me at times.
I did have trouble with this book though. I felt like a majority of this book was just the two main characters whining about them still being virgins. I myself am a virgin and I'm older than the two of them, but these two are acting like everyone but them has had sex. Yeah, I understand that (most) teens think that, but it still bothered me. I admit that when I was their age, and still, I didn't care about being a virgin because I actually want to stay that way (and not for religious reasons. relationships just don't interest me). So, I couldn't relate to them and they just seemed like a bunch of whiners. Now, while I wasn't a fun of some of this, I do think it's great that this book does touch up on sex. I may not care about it, but, again, I know that it is a topic on a lot of teens minds and having a book that doesn't shy away from it is a good thing. (Yeah, I know I'm sending mix signals here. Sorry about that).
This book also has a lot of drama in it. I guess I figured there would be some, most contemporary books have some, but I didn't expect this much drama. I have such a hard time with drama in books. It's okay when there's some, but sometimes the drama is too much for me. Drama in books always causes me to be frustrated by all of the bad decisions the characters are making. This book really did push that, the characters would seem to be doing okay, but them they would turn around and ruin things. Blah.
IN CONCLUSION Honestly, this just wasn't my kind of book. I like fun contemporaries, but this book was not one. I do not think you should base whether you should pick up this book on my review (you never should). My problems with this book was mostly due to personal preference rather than quality. I don't like drama in books. The story did have "funny" moments, but it was not my kind of humor. The book did feel real in the way it touches on first love and the characters were also real, but I couldn't relate to it. At all. Anyway, this wasn't my cup of tea and I seem to be the black sheep. Bah. ...more
MY THOUGHTS I picked up this up after hearing some raving reviews and reading the descriptiThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I picked up this up after hearing some raving reviews and reading the description! It sounded like a powerful contemporary with a little bit of mystery. This book was what I expected, and more. It had sad parts to it, but this was also a really cute book and I'm glad that I picked it up!
It has been two years since Jessie's mother died. Her father has married a women he met online and they moved LA to live with her family. Not only does her new stepbrother make her feel unwelcome in her new home, but she's friendless in her new school. That is, until she receives an email from Somebody Nobody (SN for short). SN become Jessie's friend, and tells her the ins and outs of her school. They begin to have many online conversations with one another, but Jessie doesn't know who SN is.
I read this book while on a road trip. Here's the thing about me: I have a hard time reading in cars. I don't know why, but I just feel too distracted to read and ,sometimes, I even get carsick. For some reason, that was not the case for this book. Once I started it, I read on until the last page. I couldn't help but get sucked into Jessie's story and the mystery surrounding SN.
As far as SN, I loved their relationship. Sure, it sounds a bit sketch that Jessie in a relationship with someone online, but in this book it actually works. They have such a fabulous online friendship. They're so snarky and witty with each other! There were so many times where their conversations made me smile. Though many of their conversations were fun, they also have more serious, heartfelt conversations.
The only thing that bothered me as how long it took for Jessie to figure out who SN was. I knew quite early on who SN was, it wasn't hard to figure it out, but it took until the very end of the book for her to figure it out. So I spent a large portion of the book yelling at Jessie while she kept making mistakes on who was SN. Though her mistakes did lead to some interesting circumstances. I can't really fault her for taking so long, it's hard to see what's right in front of you.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I enjoyed this book! It was realistic, both heartfelt and fun! I loved the relationships and, even though it took awhile, I loved the mystery! This is a great contemporary read and I do recommend it!...more
MY THOUGHTS This book just recently came to my attention. I'm going to a book convention soThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book just recently came to my attention. I'm going to a book convention soon and Ali Novak is on the list of authors attending. I haven't read any of her books, so I decided to pick this one up. I thought it sounded interesting and I enjoyed reading this book.
After Jackie's family dies in a car accident, Jackie is sent away to Colorado. There she will live with the Walters. The thing is, the Walters have twelve sons. Jackie has spent her life in New York, as a rich girl, in an all-girl's boarding school. She's not used to the chaos of the Walters family in Colorado and she doesn't know how to become a part of a new family, when she's still grieving hers.
This book begins sadly, but this book still seems like a feel-good read. My favorite thing about this book is the family relationships. The Walter family feels like an authentic family. I loved how chaotic they were and how close they still were and they just felt like a real family. Honestly, family is a major part of this book. Jackie has to move in with this family without really knowing any of them, except the mother. She's still grieving her family and now she has to deal with another family that's the opposite of hers. And, of course, not everyone is accepting of her at first and she slowly has to become a part of this family.
Jackie as a character is okay. She's not a bad character, but I can't say that she was amazing. You can definitely see her personality show, especially in the beginning. It was mentioned a few times that she was rich, but for some reason I didn't get that vibe. I guess I didn't feel like she acted like she had money, not that that's a bad thing. What I did like about Jackie was how she grew into the Walter family. It was a slow, and hard transition, but I loved seeing her interact and become part of the family. Yeah, I'll say it again, I loved the family aspect in this book.
And, of course, there's romance. I expected the romance. With twelve boys, she's got to develop feelings for at least one of them. But the romance was the main thing I disliked in this book. The boys weren't bad, but all of the drama! I hate drama in books, it always makes me frustrated, so I wasn't a fan of the drama, or how things were dragged out. Also, there's a bit of a love triangle.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I did like this book. This is a nice feel-good read and I really did love the Walter family. This book will be having a sequel and despite my issue with the romance, I will be reading it!...more
MY THOUGHTS This was kind of an impulse read for me. I just recentlyThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS This was kind of an impulse read for me. I just recently found out about it and thought it looked like a fun read, so I picked it up! And it was a fun read! It was cute, shippable, with a little bit of mystery.
Nora knows how to cook. She's been helping her father out with his barbecue joint all her life, so when her favorite cooking reality show starts looking for new contestants, she signs up. She gets accepted and has to leave her hometown to participate in the competition. She has to prove herself against other chefs, including her snooty new roommate and the infuriating Christian Van Lorten. But in the mist of things, mysterious accidents in the kitchen are knocking out the competition, and they may not be accidents.
Going into this book, I was not expecting the mystery element, despite the fact that it's in the synopsis. I was expecting cooking, reality TV, ans shipping. I got all of that, but there was more to it. First of all, this is a fun read. I was really immersed in this book and finished it very quickly, not only because I wanted to know what would happen, but I was really enjoying it! This book definitely feels like a contemporary romance, but the mystery is there. The mystery element grows as the book goes on, until the very end, when it becomes more of a major part of the story. I liked the added mystery element because it did add something else to the book (besides romantic tension) and it didn't feel too overly done or dramatic.
I liked the characters in this book. Nora was a great MC, but I really liked her friendships in this book, both new and old. As well as her other interactions with characters. I thought it was well done.
As for romance, I very much enjoyed it. I shipped it. Of course, it's a hate-to-love romance, which is my favorite, so I had to ship it! My favorite part of these kinds of romances is the witty banter and yes, there is witty banter. Now, the romance is really predictable. Heck, a lot of this book is predictable, but it's still really fun!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I enjoyed reading this book! It was enjoyable, with a fun idea, reality TV, cooking, ships, and an added mystery. It's predictable, but who cares, it was fun. It won't go on my all-time favs list, but it does get a spot on my "feel-good reads" shelf! ...more
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for a honest review
MY THOUGHTS This book was most certainly not what I was expecting, not that that's a bad thing. This book was an interesting coming of age story with an odd backdrop of a thriller. I had some misgivings with this book, but I liked this one.
This book is about a girl, Jacy, who comes from a currently broken family. Her mom lost her job, the only reason why they moved from California. And her dad went off to be with his new girlfriend, who isn't that much older than Jacy. Jacy wants and friend and she gets one, from Neil Wilder, a boy who comes from an even more messed up home.
The pacing in this book, though, is awfully slow. Many more realistic reads, especially coming of age stories, are slower pace, so it makes sense. But I kept expecting something to happen, maybe a twist. Part of it was the line in the synopsis "Everything changes when Jacy Wilbert knocks on the wrong door" and the addition of Casper's actions throughout the book. I was kind of disappointed when nothing big happened, until I guess the end. I kind of felt like I spent most of the book waiting.
But the setting, characters, and friendship were great. This book takes place in the early 1970s and the setting was very vivid. As for characters, there was a very wide cast, many from broken homes and I thought that all the characters were wonderfully represented. I also liked seeing Jacy grow and the friendships she formed, both with Neil and other characters throughout the book.
I did have issues with the very very end, as I thought that the events in the end happened very quickly and was a bit of an abrupt ending.
IN CONCLUSION Despite some of my issues with the pacing and ending, I liked this book. It was a very interesting coming of age story dealing with broken families and I recommend this book to fans of coming of age books....more
MY THOUGHTS I've read many books by Susane Colasanti before, and enjoyed them. So, when I sThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I've read many books by Susane Colasanti before, and enjoyed them. So, when I saw this book at a used book sale, I picked it up without seeing what it was about. While I enjoyed her other books, this book was most definitely not for me. If I read the synopsis beforehand, I would've known that. This book was just way too cheesy.
This book is told in dual POV between Seth and Skye. The two meet over the summer for one night, but before they meet again, Seth unexpectedly leaves early. They both wonder if they will see each other again or if the other felt the same way about that night. When they do see each other, they'll try to make it work, but it is much harder than either of them expected.
This book wasn't bad, but it's just not my kind of book. It's hard to get me to like a romance, and this book had almost everything that I don't like in romance. First of all, I don't believe in the idea of soulmates. Since that seems to be what a majority of this book is about, it was hard for me to get into it. And as the two go hand and hand, there was insta-love. Not a fan of that.
To be honest, this book was just not Susane Colasanti's best. As I mentioned, I've read many of her books and this one is by far my least favorite. Again, this was mostly because of the romance, but the characters and story also just fell flat.
IN CONCLUSION I know I'm making this book sound horrible, but this really is just not my kind of book. If you believe in soulmates, this might be more of your cup of tea. It's a really quick contemporary read, it did have it's moments, but I couldn't look past the romance. This is definitely not my favorite book from Susane Colasanti....more