37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order)
Ellis only has four days of her sophomore year left, and summer is so close that she can almost taste it. But even with vacation just within reach, Ellis isnt exactly relaxed. Her father has been in a coma for years, the result of a construction accident, and her already-fragile relationship with her mother is strained over whether or not to remove him from life support.
I liked the plot about her dad, and the prose, but the actions in the story made me uncomfortable, starting with the party scene and leading up to the point I quit, which was shortly after a hang-out session gone wrong.
I wish I'd known it was going to get sexual. I'm not putting this on the DNF because I did read it mostly.
It's a chick-on-chick romance without much foreshadowing -- I had the book with the other cover, with the swing on the ...more
Ellis father has been in a coma for years now after a construction accident in hopes that he still might wake up one day. There are only 4 days left of her sophomore year before summer vacation starts and Ellis is ready for it. Our main character goes to visit her father frequently after school, which adds more strain to her already troubled relationship with her mother. Ellis is also fighting with her best friend, or at least on her end she is. Often passive aggressive, Ellis has a ...more
This book has a romance element. It has some comedy. It's really a story about a girl growing up . A girl coming to terms with the fact that her mother wants to pull the plug on her father. A girl realizing that she's been ...more
The characters in 37 Things I Love were lacking quite a bit. The main character, Ellis, had very little personality and almost no backbone. She ...more
Personally, I liked the characters. The only reason I found them underdeveloped was because we didn't get to ...more
I loved the writing in this book...
And I thought the story told well...
But this book seemed uneven to me. The chapter length and format would indicate (at least to me) a younger reader, but the characters and their actions a bit more mature. The cover is bubble gum sweet, yet the book a bit dark dealing with real life issues such as growing aprart from your childhood friends, drinking, sexuality and death.
This quick paced book didn't allow for much ...more
This is a story of a teen girl who has to deal with many problems all at once: her father is in a coma in the hospital, her best friend is mean and spiteful, her love life is complicated, and to top it off, she tries to get reacquainted with an old friend. Things go wrong, love is lost and gained, and new relationships are formed. This book is all about the different types of relationships a teen can have, how they can go wrong, and how they can go right.
I liked this book. It was good. It wasn't "The Rock and the River," (which I was really hoping for!), but it was good. I think my "complaint" (if you can really call it that) about this book is that, while the main character is a sophomore (almost junior) in high school, this book felt ...more
Ellis seems a bit lost when it comes to navigating the relationships with people in her life. One of the most notable relationships is Cara, who used to be best friends with Ellis and Abby. Towards the end of the book, we learn why Cara and Abby constantly butt heads. The whole point of Abby's character is that as a reader, we're not supposed to like her, and Magoon is ...more
Ellis' Dad has been in a coma for two years. She and her mother don't know how to talk to each other, especially about the problems and the future they face. Meanwhile, her best friend, Abby. is getting herself and Ellis into all kinds of trouble, and Ellis is starting to realize that maybe Abby isn't the most healthy friend to have. As the story progresses, Ellis struggles to come to terms with all of this and more as her life crumbles around her. But she picks up some new ...more
What I didn't like were the side characters - Ellis' friends. They were not... great, and they felt very underdeveloped. The end was also kind of unresolved, which was annoying but I think I get it.
Overall, this was a quick, ...more
Really liked it. Seems like it's the way teens really think when they're acting their age.