This book was just the type of book I needed. Something I could fully immerse myself and get lost in. Let's ju...more Originally posted at The Teen Book Guru
This book was just the type of book I needed. Something I could fully immerse myself and get lost in. Let's just say, that my visit next door? Isn't one that I'll be forgetting about anytime soon.
While I love Contemporary novels, at heart I'm a Para girl. Hand me a book with werewolves, vampires, and things that don't exist, and I'm a happy camper! With Contemps, though, I'm super picky. They have to be really good for me to like them!
My Life Next Door was so much better than your average Contemporary read. Romantic, funny, witty and sweeter than PINK Cotton Candy (YES, that good), it tugged on my heart strings and captivated me till the very end. But I'm making it sound like this book was full of (admittedly yummy) FLUFF. But it wasn't just light and happy and all, there was some serious stuff going on! There was major suspense and drama and mystery. I had no idea it would end the way it did! I didn't expect it at all---and that's über rare for a Contemporary read!
You've definitely probably heard me say this, but a good book is only as good as it's characters, right? Well I loved every single one of the characters in this book! From the goofy Garretts, to the stoned yet lovable Tim, I fell head over heels in love with all of them. Especially Jase, the sweetest bad-boy I have EVER met. He has a leather jacket! Nuff said! Seriously, guys, I think I can hear wedding bells chiming in the distance...
And Sam, our sweet and quirky MC was a perfect narrator. I really felt for her! Guys, I think I can say, without any hesitation, that her mom was really messed up. All her mom cared about was winning the darn elections! I mean, she just had no clue what was going on in her daughter's lives, and she was dating a really cheap slop. Thank doodles Sam had the Garretts!
But I can't stand not mentioning the whole Garrett family, made up of eight children and two loving, affectionate parents. Loud, affectionate and messy, the Garretts were a stark contrast to Sam's family. And while Jase was definitely my favorite Garrett, George, Jase's five year old brother (who watched too much Discovery Channel for his own good) was a close runner-up! You have not truly understood pure cuteness until you meet George. So what are you waiting for? Go and read this amazing book! And give George a big huggle for me!!
My Life Next Door, while a fairly light and SUPER fun read, is also full of serious choices, suspense, and surprising edginess. Hands down, my favorite Contemporary read of 2012 so far!(less)
**A review copy was provided by Amulet Books (thank you!!)**
"Sometimes change sneaks up on you, carried in on the breath of spring, sliding through the sun-soaked waves of summer, breezing along the whisper and crackle of fall. Other times change prefers a more direct route. It comes down fast and hard. Wham! Like a ginormous hammer."
Chloe Camden's purrrrfect (as her counselor would say it!) life, has taken a change... seemingly for the worse. Her two best friends have completely ostracized her, taking her place in the A-list with them; her Junior Independent Study Project has been rejected by the review board; and things at home between Grams and Mom have gone from bad to worse.
But Chloe is determined not to let any of it get the best of her - not even when Brie (her EX- best friend, and the most popular girl in the grade) starts spreading nasty rumors about her... or when Grams floods the house... and ESPECIALLY NOT when her new puurrfectly kitty-like, green eyed Counselor suggests joining the school's set-up-for-failure Radio Station, KDRS 88.8 The Edge. Still, Chloe's always up for a challenge, and with super brooding, misunderstood, broad-shouldered, hunk of a guy Duncan Moore alongside her, she steps up to the plate... and tries to make this old, forgotten about Radio Station popular again, not only for her JISP (Junior Independent Study Project), but to show herself that she can do it.
This book was a light, refreshing read with a lovable, funny heroine. While I didn't fall madly in love with it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The beginning was a little bit slow, and it took a while for it to pick up pace, but once it did, I was fully absorbed. I finished it in one sitting! Chloe was a really easy to fall in love with type of MC, and I'll admit, I fell for her, and her lovable, quirky, cast of misfits over at the Radio Station. Where at first they aren't too sure of Chloe and her 'skater girl' ways, it's not long before they are one hundred percent behind her.
Oh my gaaaaaaawwwd (as Jester Clem would say!), I loved Duncan Moore. He was hard-working, sweet, caring, and patient. AND he had broad shoulders!!! Hehe I kind of have a thing for broad shoulders if you haven't noticed already. When Chloe started noticing him, my heart dropped, because I was pretty sure that Chloe would just 'use' him, but she didn't!!!
Chloe surprised me in a lot of ways, actually. At first I thought she was just the kind of girl who didn't really care about anyone else and was so self-absorbed in her own problems and life, but later on I started to notice that she started caring and noticing other people, and I think she really started to realize that she's not the only person with problems. Chloe, while she was definitely not perfect, was one of the most confident female characters that I've read about in a long time! She was strong, and completely believed in herself. It was a really nice, refreshing change!
Welcome Caller, This Is Chloe, is a moving, light read that tackles a whole range of problems, from family issues, and popularity, to alcoholism and drugs... all the while remaining a fairly easy and fluffy read.
Are you feeling down in the dumps? Need a light read to cheer you up and make you laugh? If so, Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe, is the perfect book for you. (less)
Just Flirt is the perfect way to kick off your Summer holidays. Full of flirting (duh!), cute guys, bikinis, an...moreOriginally posted at The Teen Book Guru
Just Flirt is the perfect way to kick off your Summer holidays. Full of flirting (duh!), cute guys, bikinis, and a whole lot of drama, this will leave you wishing your Summer holidays would be as adventurous as this, but also kind of thankful that they're not... I wish I had even half of the spunk that the girls in this book have!!
Ever since Dee Barton's dad died in a spontaneous and out-of-the-blue heart attack, it has just been Dee and her mom left to run the Campground. And even though it was difficult at first, now the Campground is Dee's home, and she loves hanging out there and helping her mom run it.
A few years back, something happened to Dee that made her lose her A-Class status. Something involving a very desperate, heartbroken Dee, a cute, hot jerk, and a letter. After Dee wrote THAT letter, everything changed for her. No one wanted to be her friend, except for 'Nose Pick Natalie'. Both Dee and Natalie met their downfalls because of Sabrina, the ice queen, and all-around pretty and popular gal of the school... and Sabrina just happens to be dating that cute, hot jerk who Dee was with before.
Sabrina is your typical blond, skinny cheerleader who rules the school... with a twist. Her mom, is not... let's say... your average mom. She dresses like a teenager, and actually kind of thinks she is one. She can never keep a boyfriend (or a job, for that matter), for more than a month. Still, she tries, and her latest endeavor involves Karaoke, and a whole lot of jiggling dancing. And her latest job just happens to be at Dee's campground, which can't possibly end well, what with Dee and Sabrina being worst enemies...
I love and admire Dee so much. Not only is she awesome at flirting, and has way more courage than I do, but she's also really nice and sweet, and loyal to her friends. When that hot jerk of a guy, Blaine dumped her, at first she was really desperate and confused, thus the letter, but after that she realized that he was no good and just moved past him without even looking back. Sabrina, on the other hand, is basically where Dee was a couple of years ago. She's going out with Blaine, but BOY do they have problems. And Sabrina really wants to work things out, but a part of her tells her to just go along with it because then they can be the perfect 'A-List' couple and all that shit (OMG excuse my swearing) ;). Ugh. I felt like shouting at her to grow a spine, woman!!
And her mom was seriously too funny. I'm so glad that my mom doesn't go parading around in mini-skirts and all!! LOL. I felt really bad for Sabrina for having to put up with her. But at the same time, sometimes I felt like she should've just stood up to her mom and said no! There was definitely A LOT of face-palming involved on my part. :P
Just Flirt was such a fun, and touching read that really got me all pumped up for my hols... I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think teen girls all around the world will love this witty, smart, funny and sweet read too!
Don't You Wish is every girls dream... until it's not.
Annie Nutter is a nobody. She feels plain, unpopular, and like she doesn't belong. That, alongside a crazy family and a crush who sees right through her, when Annie's mad scientist of a father zaps her into an alternate universe where she's pretty, rich and popular Ayla Monroe, daughter of the bazillionaire Jim Monroe, you would think that this would be everything Annie ever wanted. But, as St. Claire craftily shows us, not everything is what it seems to be...
Don't You Wish was so much more thought-provoking and deep than I thought it would be, but it still managed to be light and fresh, and a short and easy read! There are a lot of moral messages imbedded into this book, which I LOVED, one of my favorite and the most prominent one being that nobody's perfect, and that if you just stay true to who you are, and what you believe in, then nothing, and nobody should matter to you! <3
The book started out rather slow in the beginning, but definitely picked up pace as the novel progressed... particularly when one very cah-yuute boy, Charlie, the 'nobody of Crap Academy' came in!! I LOVED him!! Charlie is very much the misunderstood, bullied, but very sweet and cute and awesome hottie of the school!!
Don't You Wish tackled the issue of bullying very well, without going into too much depth. I honestly have no clue why kids are picked on and bullied. It's horrible, and this book really zoomed in on it. I hate bullies, and bullying, and just am so vehemently against it!! This book tells us that you can STAND UP to bullies, and that they shouldn't affect you in any way! And also that the so called 'popular' people aren't anywhere near perfect, or any better than you!! <3
A great, refreshing read with surprising depth! Biggest moral of the story? Be careful what you wish for, because not everything is what it seems!!