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(Ella #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Ella's grade-eleven year was a disaster (Audacious), but as summer approaches, things are looking up. She's back together with her brooding boyfriend, Samir, although they both want to keep that a secret. She's also best buddies with David and still not entirely sure about making him boyfriend number two. Though part of her wants to conform to high school norms, the tempta ...more
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Published April 1st 2014 by Orca Book Publishers
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I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers.

When I had entered the giveaway for this book I did not know that it was a sequel so I am rating this book without having read the previous book.

I really liked this. A lot. I've never read a novel in verse form before and I really dug it. The poetry worked so well in telling the story. It was such a creative way to tell a story and it gave you an inside look into the main character's thoughts and feelings. I loved the diversit
Ben Livant
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: The author of Capricious is the sister-in-law of this reviewer. More on point about my prejudice, I read Audacious and really liked it a lot. So I was a bit concerned that the sequel might not measure up. Good news! Capricious is certainly the equal of Audacious. The author is definitely two for two.

If you have not yet read Audacious, reading Capricious will provide you with double value. Prendergast does an excellent job of reconnecting to the narrative from the previous instal
Ella's grade eleven year was a disaster, but as summer approaches, things are looking up. She's back together with her brooding boyfriend, Samir, although they both want to keep that a secret. She's also best buddies with David and still not entirely sure about making him boyfriend number two. Though part of her wants to conform to high school norms, the temptation to be radical is just too great. Managing two secret boyfriends proves harder than Ella expected, especially when Samir and David fa ...more
Aimee Ferguson
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Preface: ARC provided by Wordsworth in return for an honest review.

I actually picked this book up because I had heard of the author, and wanted to read her work for myself. I had heard of her other book (Audacious), but the blurb on the ARC did not mention that this was the sequel, so I did not think to read them in any particular order. Because of this, I was sort of lost in places, and I’m sure that some of my confusion (if not all of it) would have been cleared up had I had read the first bo
Lisa Katz
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Written in verse this book covers a lot of sensitive issues in the world of a teenager. Capricious is a smart and powerful story of a teenage girl trying to navigate herself through right and wrong. This is a great portrayal of high school life, love and family dysfunction as well as religion and the power of self-expression.

Capricious is the sequel to Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast. Capricious meaning given to a sudden unaccountable change in mood or behavior fits the description of the ma
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
After that awesome ending to Audacious, I was excited to read Capricious to see how that situation would play out. Ella is finally back at school after her suspension, and she's trying to get her life back on track. She doesn't want to fit in anymore than she did before, but she's reigning it in a bit. She's back with Samir, although secretly. She also has David, who she feels is the other half to her perfect whole boyfriend. Ella is also trying to get a job, but her skills at creating controver ...more
Bethany Huang
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve had many books shock me lately and Capricious is no exception. It’s easy to dismiss this book because it’s written in verse, but the short, sharp phrases perfectly match the snarky narrative of the rebellious and fearful main character, Ella. Just like the way this book as written, she’s easy to dismiss. She could be mistaken for the typical whiny and shallow teenager, but her social anxiety and fear of people turning against her makes her a more three dimensional character than many other ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Capricious is a YA novel for readers aged 12 & up, to be released in April 2014 by Orca Book Publishers. I received an ARC of Capricious via LibraryThing last month, and after reading this novel, I'm even more thrilled that I was chosen to review the book!

Capricious was an unexpectedly addictive read. The narrative is told in verse, and is divided into different poems (or chapters), but it reads like a regular novel. Bitterly real, Ella's bad choices and low self-esteem haunt her as she spirals
In this satisfying sequel to the story begun in Audacious, sixteen-year-old Ella tries to juggle two boyfriends while she tries to figure out what she wants from life. As she deals with cruel comments and actions from some of her high school's Mean Girls, she loses her way at several points and engages in behavior that skirts closely to being self-destructive. And yet, there is so much to like about Ella too. It will take a not-entirely-unexpected loss to force her to be honest with herself and ...more
Diane Ferbrache
It’s been a few months since Ella’s controversial art project created a firestorm that resulted in an arrest. Everything has been smoothed over, Ella’s been seeing a counselor and now she has a boyfriend – actually two.

In this sequel to Audacious, Prendergast again writes a touching, tense novel in verse. Ella’s experiment in juggling two boyfriends spirals out of control, as expected. This series should appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins’ books. Although I don’t think these have quite the impact
Ampersand Inc.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: saffron-s-reads
I hadn’t read the first one, and was worried about starting with Book 2, but I needn’t have; Capricious works as a stand-alone. The first book, Audacious got rave reviews so I was looking forward to picking this one up. Another one of my hesitations was that it was in verse. However, by the second page I was hooked and fell quickly into Pendergast’s rhythm. She is an amazing writer and really captures the angst of being a teenager.
I got this book as a first read program. I liked this book. I have not read many verse books so that took a little bit to get use to. However I do like how each thing was like a new poem many lasting only a page but packing a wallop. I like how the author deals with realistic teen issues in a real way. I would read this author again. Recommended this one to fans of verse books and fans of realistic Y.A.
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I feel no sympathy for this girl. She made so many bad decisions, knowing that there would be repercussions and she still did stupid stuff. Then she would be all angsty about being in a difficult position when it was only her fault! Finished in 47 minutes but I guess that it the beauty of books written in verse.
Jessica Bloczynski
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had a great time with Capricious. A fast read with a really gripping voice. I've never read novels in verse before, but this was so cool. I could so identify with Raphaelle and her struggle for identity. A solid window into what it's like to be a young woman. And funny, sweet, sad and ultimately grounded in her character arc of growing maturity. A lovely read. ...more
Kim Piddington
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this book in verse! The poems were varied, clever, unique and an excellent vehicle for this story. Great voice, I emphasized with narrator/protagonist, and interesting plot. Although the ending (I questioned several events) kept it from being a 5 for me, it's definitely a "must read." ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good continuation of Ella's story. Recommend to readers of Ellen Hopkins who are looking for more. ...more
First of all, thank you to Orca and LibraryThing! I received a free copy of Capricious as part of the Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

So, I read Capricious before I read Audacious. And, I've got to say, this book holds up very well on its own. There were a couple of moments when I felt like I was playing catch-up and that maybe I should have read the books in the correct order, but these were few and far between, and everything I was wondering about was eventually addres
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this copy as a part of LibraryThing Early Review program.

This is a sequel. I did not know that, so clearly I haven't read the first part of the series. I can happily say that reading "Audacious" is not 100% necessary to understand 'Capricious'. For the most part, what you need to know about the first book is sprinkled in here and there when needed, which is great. There is nothing worse than page after page of a half-assed recap. Of course, there are a few things that I wish were elab
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did not know when I read this that it was a sequel, but I had no trouble following the story. Although, now I want to go back and read Audacious. The free verse style fit the character and the story, I felt it was a quick and powerful read. The emotions portrayed were strong and realistic. While I cringed at some of the decisions Ella made, I respected her right to make them and felt her confusion as she tried to wade through the consequences. I felt Ella to be a strong character with a mind o ...more
For a book that is the sequel to another book that I never read, I have to say this was pretty good ?
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Capricious is the sequel to Audacious by Gabrielle Prendergast. Every page is populated by beautiful verse. The poetry of it delights me. The imagery and stream of consciousness flow in a way that convincingly portrays the angst of teen life.

I felt it begun too abruptly, jumping right into her loss of virginity. The rest of the book I loved the gritty bits of desire and drugs but they were always framed successfully by her quirky observations of the world. The first page and chapter only work we
Tess Prente
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
See my review of Audacious too, but seriously this is great stuff. If you have never given verse novels a try, start with Audacious, then grab Capricious as soon as it comes out. In Capricious our misfit heroine is one year older. Ella continues to navigate several complex relationships with her school peers, her two love interests and her family. Ella awkwardly navigates her final year of high school: she copes with some serious nastiness from her peers and has some serious angst about her two ...more
Jul 16, 2014 added it
Shelves: ya, narrative-verse
I liked this a bit less than Audacious, but I still really loved it and think it deals with alienation and sex very realistically. I was wondering if maybe the two would have been better as one long novel, but I'm not sure. The crunch of being into two guys, one who is Jewish and one who is Palestinian, could have been complicated some more, the way Samir himself was pretty complex in the first book. I think just the liking two guys was very well done, but that potential for conflict beyond shar ...more
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I may have liked this better than the first book in this series. Prendergast writes lovely verse, and the characters are offbeat and unusual and the plot twists are often quite unpredictable -- which all makes it more realistic, somehow.
Anna Francesca
For some reason, I was drawn to read this after Audacious. I should have followed me initial reaction to Ella. I don't like her. It is tough to root for a protagonist who is selfish and without many redeeming qualities. I tried, but I have moved on from this one. ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book isn't like what I have read in the past. The cover and the name pulled me in and I was so interested to what is was about. At first I thought is was just poems but it was quiet good. It was unusual but it made sense in the end. ...more
Bronwen Maeve
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A stunning sequel to an equally fabulous debut YA verse novel.
Cydney king
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was as amazing as the first one
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good read. Set up in a sort of poem style. Well, verse novel. It definitely made it to my favorites list.
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Good plot, love the writing style, storyline was a little bit intense...
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