Of All the Stupid Things
Firstly, thank you to Alexandra Diaz for sending me a beautiful hardcover copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.
The novel follows the lives of three best friends Tara,Whitney Blaire and Pinkey who begin to encounter difficulties in their friendship, due to several events.Tara encounters problems with her boyfriend Brent which puts a strain on her friends and herself and later develops into more problems for the three.A new girl in school, Riley enters the scene and in Wh ...more
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For all the freshmen. I promise my high school experience wasn’t near this dramatic. And if your’s so happens to be as dramatic as the experience as the girl’s in WHEN WE WERE, I wish you the best of luck.
Oh high school. A time where your grow both out of, as well as into your own body and mind. Lose friends, gain some. You more classes you want to take. High school. Before I go any further, I would just like to say that the high school ...more
I... oh dear. The last thing I want to do is give a poor review but this... didn't work. It was also majorly problematic and shockingly homophobic with little resolution. Like, really. I was shocked. And it takes a lot to shock me. And this sort of shock was the bad sort of shock.
Characters: Unbelievable except for Tara, who wasn't exactly likable but tolerable. All seemed far too young for their ages--I honestly thought they were ...more
*I received this e-book through Paper Lantern Lit for review
When We Were offered an intriguing premise, but dull character foundations and unnecessary drama detracted from the story.
The characters were cardboard cutouts. While Whitney, Tara, and Pinkie were supposed to represent unique, interesting, and different individuals united by friendship, they fell flat as basic depictions of high-school stereotypes. It felt as if our heroines embo ...more
The book opens with the same shocker as Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend by Carrie Jones — Tara's popular, jock boyfriend is said to have been ...more
“What if Brent cheated on me? With a guy?”
This book is about a group of three girlfriends one of which is a girl named Tara who finds out her boyfriend may be cheating on her with a guy. The three friends all play a specific role. There is Tara who is the quintessential “popular” girl, there is Whitney Blaire who is the “snobby” girl, and Pinkie who is more of the “people p ...more
But when things start changing for the girls, they have to think about what role their friendship will play in their lives, and whether these are relationships they want.
Alexandra switches perspective from chapt ...more
Tara, Whitney Blaire and Pinkie are three best friends who seem to be the perfect trio until things begin falling apart when Tara finds out her perfect boyfriend was seen kissing another guy. As Tara tries to figure out her relationship, she gets even more confused when a new girl stirs up feelings she never knew she had and Whitney attempts to guard her best friend's feelings.
Though, the book on Netgalley is listed as When We Were. Which made finding this on Goodreads and Amazon a little difficult as I had to bring up all the books by the author and read the descriptions until I found them (luckily the author doesn’t have many). And depending on the version it’s either liste ...more
This was an interesting read- in all truth, there wasn't much real substance behind the plot and yet I enjoyed it and wanted to keep reading. This book is basically about 3 friends in high school, their drama and their relationships. Each have their own thing going on while trying to stick around with the others. If I had to give a summary of my own, all I could come up with would be drama.
Whitney Blaire is the self absorbed, bratty rich girl that is the character designed to be hated- and yeah, ...more
I found Pinkie to be the hardest to relate too. She's desperate, calling the guy she likes and her friends constantly. Of course, she doesn't realize the guy (an older club advisor) isn't wort ...more
Pinkie is the mother hen who is always checking up on the well-being of her chicks due to the fact that she lost her own mother at a very young age. Tara is the dependable and independent one who does what she is supposed to and trains hard for her marathon because she is running from the truth. Wh ...more
First off, I want to start with the things that I liked and/ or loved.
Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie were three girls who were a mix of very different characteristics, making it easy to find at least one to relate to in some way or the other. Also, each girl, I felt, had the voice and ...more
I liked that you got the perspective on ...more
This was an interesting debut from author Alexandra Diaz. Diaz was able to accurately capture the voices of three teenage girls, teenage girls that are dealing with issues that I know even I faced or knew someone that is currently facing as a teen. I had a hard time connecting to one character over the others with the alternating chapters between the three girls, but still I enjoyed the insight to each character.
On the other hand, due to the ...more
A pesar de que las protagonistas del libro son bastante jóvenes, son demasiado divertidas y me mate de la risa con las ocurrencias de cada una, también que son escenarios que pasan en la vida real y m encanta ese realismo :) ...more
Of All the Stupid Things by Alexandra Diaz is one of the books that I realised I had already when it came up when I was doing my research for LGBTQ YA Month. I had been looking forward to reading this book for a while, so I was glad I now had to read it. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it that much.
Tara, Pinkie and Whitney Blaire have been friends for as long as they can remember, and each has a problem. Tara's boyfriend may or may not have been cheating o ...more
I think the biggest reason why When We Were was just okay was that I felt like it wasn't as developed as it could have been.
Like Tara, Pinkie and Whitney Blaire. I get the girls are best friends, but they're all so different that it was a little hard to see why they were such close friends. They were all pretty stereotypical- Tara's the athlete, Pinkie is ...more
We received When We Were from Paper Lantern Lit as part of their summer VIP Trendsetter program! This does NOT effect our reviews in any way at all!
Angelina: The characters just didn't stick with me at all. I didn't enjoy them all that much and couldn't connect with them for some reason. Perhaps it's because one of them was a mean girl and the other was a sporty girl, but I don't know. I just didn't like them all that much. Also these cha...more
I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When We Were is about three best friends in high school–Whitney Blaire, Tara, and Pinkie–and what happens to their relationships with one another when a rumor starts and a new girl starts at school. Tara thought she had the perfect lif ...more
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
I hate reviewing books that I don’t like because I was raised by the motto “If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.” One of the only things I did like about this book was the views it presented on sexuality. It talked about how you can be attracted to different genders at the same time, and that how a person can be attracted to people and not their ge ...more