Days Like This
Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother's disorder, ...more
THIS BOOK, it burns! THIS IS NOT A CUTESY SUMMER READ. I repeat: THIS IS NOT A CUTESY SUMMER READ. THAT COVER IS A LIE!
What I LOATHED WITH THE BURNING RAGE OF A THOUSAND SUNS about this book:
1.) Its pretentious writing. I know I'm not an expert on that department but it was pretty obvious how the author was trying way too hard to be deeeeeeep and incite some inspiring quotes but all of that just came out forced to me. ...more
This book was:
SPOILER WARNING- Read at your own risk!
According to this book, Love means that you'll only find each other truly appealing/attractive if you're yelling at each other. Because that's TRUE romance. Yup, nailed it! 10 out of 10! (please note the sarcasm)
Welcome, Ladies and Gents to the land of Emmeline's nightmare.
On the agenda we will have,
-1 Selfish lady who hurts everyone, but it's okay, as ...more
There are some books I've come across in my journey as a blogger that I feel like should have never existed. Not because they were written badly, or because of their plot, or bad editing. And because I am a very character-centric reader, most of the time, you can guess what my main issue with these books is.
The people in this book are cancers, and they need to be nuked off the face of the pl ...more
I was looking forward to reading Days Like This because of just how cute that cover was. I had the impression this was going to be a light-hearted NA read, but it turned out to be a very typical book with the running away from the past storyline. I struggled quite a bit with the main character, Cassie, of Days Like This at the beginning because some of her decisions had me scratching my head. I hated how she ran away from places without even bothering to inform her family and friends. Being ...more
I love best-friends turning lovers and second love chance books!!!
Cassie and Graham are childhood sweethearts who fell in love until Cassie leaves without any notice.
After almost one year due to unexpected events, Cassie comeback home.
The story had potential but I wish the characters had been more likeable, especially the heroine!
I didn't like that both, while being other love interest (e.g. kissing, hav ...more
Graham. God, Graham. You can just feel the loss spiraling out of him and the w ...more
This was Danielle Ellison's first journey into New Adult and she did a phenomenal job!
Meet Cassie and Graham, aka the main character and the boy next door. Yes, they were in love and in a relationship. But unlike the normal cliche, this "next door" relationship didn't work out. It actually ended up with Cassie ditching her whole life to go to college in Indiana! I bet you weren't expecting that- were you? ;) I certainly wasn't!
Something else that was unique was that we, the readers, got to
I picked up Days Like This by Danielle Ellison because I loved the cover and I was interested in the story based on what I read in the summary. Admittedly, I finished this one up and had some mixed feelings about it and I have a feeling it has a lot to do with the characters.
Cassie is the main character and as her story unfolds, we learn her mother is bipolar and this has translated into a rough childhood for Cassie. The one person in her life that she could always count on was Graha ...more
Very cute book! Although it is much, much more than your regular light-hearted romance novel, it still made me swoon and left me happy.
I loved the importance that Cassie's relationship with her mom has in this book. While Cassie is scared of her mom's illness, she still wants to be there for her and she loves her dearly. Having a bipolar grandmother, I could relate a lot to the story, but I think that I could've understood it and loved it as much even if I didn't know this illness the way I ...more
I had some trouble getting into this book at first because of how I couldn't connect with the heroine, Cassie. She ran away from her first love and from her bipolar mother for what I thought were selfish reasons. She still kept in touch with her mother. But I felt like Cassie left her hanging in the balance since very few people actually knew her mom was bipolar. Then, when she had to go back home because her mother was in the hospital, she ran away from her current life. She ran from h ...more
- the writing. While at some points the writing felt a little forced and unnatural, I did enjoy the authors writing style.
- selfish characters. I just didn't like either character or any of the depictions they made.
- no emotion. I never felt ANYTHING while reading this book. Not even a little bit of hate for the book and characters, for me I was just very disconnected to the characters and book as a whole so it came off as boring.
**A copy of this book was provided via Netgalley ...more
*This arc was kindly provided by Bookish World Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
"We were nothing, but we were everything."
This was such a nice surprise! I love it when I find books by authors I know absolutely nothing about, and they turn out to be a good one. This book was just a sweet story about self-discovery and finding that happy ending and the good side of the life you've been given.
Days Like This introduces us to the life of a girl who's had to deal with a sick mother her entire life, a mother w ...more
Graham and Cass are childhood sweethearts. Best friends for a decade. It's a classic case of girl meets and falls in love with the boy next door. They've got a beautiful small town life together and are on the cusp of marriage straight out of high school.
And then Cass leaves, cutting ties with a brokenhearted Graham and a mentally-ill mother, unable to explain to them the depth of why she left them behind. But wh ...more
Days Like This is one of those books that well I'm reading I'm thoroughly enjoying(hence my good rating), but now weeks later I remember details but not a lot. Maybe that's just because I read a lot...Anyhow, Days Like This was more on the darker side of NA. It doesn't start out in the happiest of ways. It's clear that Cassie is trudging through her life. She's at college, has a boyfriend who's good to her, and friends. But ...more
“On the pretty days when we’d drive, she put the car on cruise and I’d slide into her seat, like sliding into her shoes. It was easy and exciting as I’d steered us along the empty roads. Mom would stand up in the seat next to me. I’d watched her, studied her movements and the delicate way she did everything. I’d wanted to be just like he ...more
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**Note: This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the publisher via Net Galley but that did not in any way influence this review
A synopsis that promised gritty and heart breaking, but somehow never translated the emotions across the words. Basically, the writing just didn’t work for me.
I’m giving the book props for the idea of storyline itself. I love when characters have been through hell, and then ha ...more
When her mother tries to burn down the house, Cassie has to come back home. Seeing Graham again, only confirms she never let him go and her feelings fo ...more
DAYS LIKE THIS is a novel that will keep you thinking about the characters long after you finish. It deals with some very heartbreaking and painful experiences, but also inspires, offers hope, and makes you swoon. It's a serious NA novel that may very well open your eyes to what it's like living with a mother who is bipolar. Cassie is a college student who fears that bipolar disorder might be in her future too. Needing to escape and fearing that she will be a burden to the boy sh ...more
Days Like This by Danielle Ellison is a great new adult romance novel. It is a story about first love, self discovery and second chances. It is also a story about family and dealing the illness of a family member. The characters and story are so honest and raw and left me full of emotion.
Days Like This is about Cassie, a young girl who flees her life without a second glance ...more
It's told from Cassie and Graham's perspectives in alternating chapters and I absolutely love them both. If you've ever read a love story, it's pretty cl ...more
This is a beautifully written book that looks at how a teen deals and handles her mother's bi-polar disorder. It is hard enough to wade through and learn to grow up, let alone live and be the "adult" when you're only so young. That was what Cassie had to grow up with. Faced with the fear of being a burden to her one true love; her soulmate, Cassie leaves everything behind to try and find herself and lead a different life, only to be dra ...more
You can't live your life in fear of what could be ― if you do, you'll never live it.
It's good to be back at reading young adult contemporary romance.
Even though the main character here, Cassie, was really selfish and annoying, I enjoyed it. I like the writing technique and the dual point of views.
What I like:
2. June's candidness
What I dislike:
3. Cassie Haren
0 out of 5 Stars
*** ARC granted in exchange for an honest review ***
Almost a year ago, Cassie Harlen left both her fiance Graham Tucker and her bipolar mother behind. While she still isn't over Graham, Cassie tries to move on and to make the best out of her life before her mother's disease gets her.
Graham is also trying to pick up the pieces as best as he can, but as he rescues Cassie's mother from a fire and had her hospitalized, he know ...more
When she’s not writing, Danielle is probably eating cookies, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the ...more