When You Open Your Eyes
The more you love, the more you stand to lose….
Tessa’s head over heels for Lucien, the son of a French diplomat. Sexy, artistic, and daring, he brings out a completely new side of her. With him, Tessa feels beautiful and exotic. So when Tessa’s strict father forbids her to see Lucien, sh ...more
I'm struggling with what to say about this book. It's not that it was bad, because it wasn't. It just wasn't that good. It was fine. There's a nice description for you, right?
All I can say is that there's nothing technically wrong with it. It was well-written (though my ARC did have a few disconcerting typos and formatting errors). I just failed to connect with Tessa and the rest of the characters in any significant way. I could sympathize with her, sure. But overall I did ...more
Tessa’s head over heels for Lucien, the son of a French diplomat. She gets herself into a world of art, fashion, drugs and sex. Shes quite inexperienced, and then everything goes upside down...
This book was an interesting and provoking look at a teenager suffering with mental illness. It definitely provides insight into bipolar disorder and shows how anyone can be hit by an illness like that.
It was good book, but not amazing. And what about the end? ...more
I finished this book less than three days ago, and already I'm not remembering much of anything about it, other than that it was about a girl named . . .
Yeah, see, I don't even remember her name now. Know who's name I remember? Bill. Lucien. Norah (Noree). Tyler. Jer. Kai. Esme. Wid. Gash. Mike.
How is it, that out of all the freaking characters in this book, I rememebr the flipping side characters? I even remember that Wid's mother is named Be...more
Here we have Tessa, the quiet artist, who has been uprooted, then planted in Argentina with the rest of her family. She doesn’t really know where she fits in, and so she finds herself clinging to a group of people that her parents automatically dislike. These kids are obviously up to no good – and that’s not to say they aren’t, Tessa’s drug problem was kind of alarming – and her pare ...more
I found myself connecting with Tessa as she suffered through the confusion of her relationship with not only her boyfriend, but her friends, new and ol ...more
The writing is a little strange. Not necessarily bad, just unusual. For example, the author often uses reported speech instead of regular dialogue, or a few phrases between the dialogue are reported speech. Maybe it's only because I'm not used to it, but that bothered me a little; it just felt strange. The writing is very descriptive; too descriptive at parts, in my opinion, making When You ...more
Set in lush, exotic Buenos Aires, When You Open Your Eyes tells the story of Tessa, the daughter of diplomat parents, and the different, almost unimaginable life she lives. While the plot largely deals with her romantic relationship with Lucien, the author also shows us the very interesting perspective of being an American on foreign land--something the Americans don't get to experience as much anymore.
The good things about this bo ...more
So the book takes place in Europe in the dramatic spin cycle of a romance between Tessa and her lovely French boyfriend Lucien. Needless to say, Tessa is having family problems, being that her father works for the government and is just coming back into her families life as a father. Blah, Blah, Blah, Tess is rebellious again how the househo ...more
When I finally reached "The Next Part," it seemed to go from bad to worse...if that's possible. Seemed like Celeste Conway wanted to tie everything up in a way tha ...more
I’m not sure what to say of this book. The writing was alright. Sadly, the plot was not. The beginning of the book was quite confusing. I wasn’t sure of what was happening to Tessa and her friends. The middle was a bit slow. But I can’t stop reading it because I expect something to happen. And it was towa ...more
I didn't see Lucien as dark, brooding and abusive. I saw him more as whiny and spoiled and pathetic.
(view spoiler)[When Lucien planted the bombs outside the Embassy was when I became hooked on the book. Other than that, I became bored with his antics. I mean a circle project to rebel? ...more
The storyline is just an ok. I ...more
It just felt for the whole book like something was missing, or that I was missing crucial parts in the book as if there were scenes I never read. It was like I had to play a guessing game just to know what the book was about. It had so much potential to be so much better, the story didn't do justice to the short summary on the back because it made it seem that there was so much more to it than there really was.
Interesting book. I sympathized with Tessa, even though at times I wanted to shake her. I wasn't expecting the ending - I had thought something else was going to happen. The ending felt a little unfinished to me...and there were a couple of storylines that I thought were going somewhere, but then they didn't so I was kind of left with a question mark, but all in all, it was a decent read.