This was a lovely little book for preteens. It is exactly the kind of thing I would have loved to read at that age.
With a plot that encompasses all the things girls stereotypically like, from best friends to horses to a crazy scheme to make parents fall in love, I was reminded of the movies of the 80s and 90s, with the universally popular themes for younger readers.
The author’s writing style was light-hearted and fun, and though I’m far from the target audience for such a story, it made for an entertaining quick read.
So, the Between the Lines series is complete. I read the books so closely together that I feel like I’ve made a bunch of frienOriginally posted HERE .
So, the Between the Lines series is complete. I read the books so closely together that I feel like I’ve made a bunch of friends – only to lose them! This series is definitely NEW Adult. I’m not sure it’s the kind of book you’d be handing off onto younger readers. Not so much because of the content, but because the characters are definitely past the average school year dramas and sailing straight through into full-on adulthood.
Across four books, two main relationships and five major characters, there’s no way book four should be read on its own. But it should be read! Who would have thought characters who seemed so genuinely unlikeable a few books ago could end with so much depth and so many layers and motivations behind their actions.
I was quite surprised to see a few passages narrated by River, the little boy in this story, but actually it turned out to help a lot with understanding how he fit into the situation.
This series is about love, about celebrity, about having too much too young. It’s also about regular people in their late teens discovering that a life of excess might not always be as great as it seems. Yet sometimes it is! ...more
This is the third book in Tammara Webber’s excellent Between the Lines series, and it definitely shouldn’t be read on its own.
Webber is still my favourite New Adult author. She manages to write about young adults without the horrific misogyny and stupidity that is all too common in the genre, and she manages that at the same time as writing about celebrities! There is an incident in this book that completely blindsided me, and the book transformed from “good” to “oh, wow, a secondary character made me cry like it’s real life!”. It was some of the most powerful writing I’ve read in ages.
I was worried when I started this one, as the too good to be true heroine was everything biblical and conservative, talking about Bible camp and everything. Having seen the effect of America’s religious right on gender and sexual equality in recent years, I did not want to read about a heroine like this.
Of course, I shouldn’t have worried, because Webber is the least misogynistic author you’ll find, and also doesn’t construct her heroes and heroines to be clichés. There were so many layers to Dori’s character, and I was also able to believe Reid, the rather disastrous celebrity hero, would fall for her.
There’s a final book in this series coming soon, and I cannot wait to read it....more
This, the second book in Tammara Webber’s Between the Lines series, picks up the moment the first one leaves off. In other wordOriginally posted HERE.
This, the second book in Tammara Webber’s Between the Lines series, picks up the moment the first one leaves off. In other words: this isn’t a book to read out of order!
I loved this book very, very much because the focus was on Emma and Graham, proving that the jerk bad boy isn’t always the one who’s good for you. Graham is one of my favourite romantic male leads. He loves so deeply, but without the creepy possessiveness bordering on abuse that is so popular in the New Adult genre.
Dealing with two young people who are more interested in acting than in the fame that comes with it, the majority of this book is about the two characters who try everything they can think of to break them up before their relationship has even got going.
Brooke, who didn’t come across as quite this crazy in the first book, is a maniac here. Though I DESPISE it when blond women are stereotyped like this, Webber does always give her characters – good and bad – many layers to their personalities.
Tammara Webber’s writing is addictive to me. I’d go as far as saying she is the best author in the New Adult genre. ...more
Jennifer Echols is one of my favourite Young Adult authors. Though her books are set in southern states of the US, where the cOriginally posted HERE .
Jennifer Echols is one of my favourite Young Adult authors. Though her books are set in southern states of the US, where the culture couldn’t be more different to mine, her tales of youthful misadventures in love and life always seem real to me.
Forget You is a different kind of book to The Boys Next Door, which is an all-time favourite. Dark and angsty and full of frustration, I don’t know how the author managed it, but she had me laughing out loud more than once in the middle of all the drama.
The thing about adults reading YA is that they tend to look at teens through an adult lens. The mistakes narrator Zoey made in this story felt so true to life. We’ve all been through that awful stage where we pinned all our hopes on the wrong person and couldn’t see what was right in front of us. We’ve all spent time believing there’ll only be one guy for us, and so the first one must be the right one.
I loved the struggles of both lead characters, Zoey and Doug. I love that Echols doesn’t write perfect characters, because the level of perfection in many (most?) YA books drives me bonkers! It’s a rite of passage for teenage guys to screw up in the romance department, and I find her heroes all the more endearing because they actually do screw up sometimes.
Ethnicity plays a part in this story, and this was a situation that is so different to my experiences in Australia! While I know being Asian isn’t anything unusual in most places in the United States, it is where Forget You is set. Two of my closest friends growing up were Indian and Chinese – I just can’t imagine growing up without being immersed in many other cultures.
The references to sushi annoyed me though - is the ‘sushi is raw fish’ myth ever going to go away?!
Forget You was a great book. I’m constantly searching for more like this one.
Though sometimes very smart, the writing style of this book is fairly difficult to read. The book is written as if someone has taken a tranNot for me.
Though sometimes very smart, the writing style of this book is fairly difficult to read. The book is written as if someone has taken a transcript from a movie: there’s hardly any indication of who is talking. Sometimes the dialogue would go back and forth for a few pages at a time before we were told which characters were involved in the conversation. It was especially unfortunate because some of the dialogue was witty and funny.
However, the way the teenagers in the story talked was unrealistic:
“People don’t always want to be the guardian for someone else’s intimacies.”
“Did it just come to you or was it by design.”
On another note, the book was far too ‘Republican’ for my liking. I’m an Australian who has lived in Europe and Asia; we haven’t done the “Guns and God” thing anywhere I’ve lived! By the time I got to the end, where women who didn’t like guns were shown as cowards, I was getting a bit furious.
Giving so many of the female characters male names didn’t help either. At the start I thought the protagonist was a guy!
The abrupt ending didn’t make a lot of sense to me, but I believe this is a series, and I suppose we have to read the next one to get more of the story.
There were some decent ideas in this book, but it was not for me. ...more
This is the second book in a series about two teenagers: a girl who was hit by a car and left permanently disabled, and the guyOriginally posted HERE.
This is the second book in a series about two teenagers: a girl who was hit by a car and left permanently disabled, and the guy who went to prison for hitting her.
DO NOT read this one first. Just do not! Not only do I recommend you read these books in order, but I recommend reading them one after the other, close together. That’s what I did, and I’m so happy I chose to. While the first book can work on its own, it’s going to leave you wanting a happier ending, and Return to Paradise delivers it.
This is a very different kind of book to the first one, but I liked it. There’re some moments here I can’t talk about without giving away spoilers, but some scenes in this one are the very scenes you probably wanted to read in the first book. The revelations, the admissions. Two big things you wish came to light in Leaving Paradise are dealt with here.
Simone Elkeles writes some great YA fiction. This is another one I enjoyed....more