everyone seems to hate this book so much, but i seriously loved it! granted it had a serious lack of plot, but it was sweet, hilarious and down-to-eareveryone seems to hate this book so much, but i seriously loved it! granted it had a serious lack of plot, but it was sweet, hilarious and down-to-earth. usually i like books that make me think, but this total no-brainer was actually nice for a change. it's the perfect weekend read :)...more
This book has a very sweet but emotional storyline. Jude, the main character, is in a very tight situation. Her dad is a crazy Elvis Presley impersonaThis book has a very sweet but emotional storyline. Jude, the main character, is in a very tight situation. Her dad is a crazy Elvis Presley impersonator, about to have an Elvis themed wedding to his girlfriend, Victoria. Jude's Mum is "forty-four years old, going on fourteen." And Jude's grandmother, who seemed to be the only one holding the family together, now has the 'old-timers disease.' When Jude's mum starts with the alcohol again, Jude's whole life starts to spiral out of control. Of course, she definitely has no time for boys. Well, not until Kevin Carter comes along.
Carter: Cute, determined, romantic. The guy with the floppy straw-coloured hair and hazel eyes, completely in love with Jude -and not ready to give up.
Jude is struggling to look after her messed up family, but things go from bad to worse. It's like she's following a fading rainbow, looking for a pot of gold that's never going to come. But then, perhaps Carter's her pot of gold?
Jude tries to resist her feelings for Carter, as not to further complicate her life. But who can resist valentine sweeties and a cute blond boy who wants to walk you home? Jude soon realises that Carter is not just another obstacle, but, in fact, her hero.
I love this book because the way Cathy Cassidy wrote it, I really got to know the characters. It definitely put me in Jude's shoes, and it even made me fall in love with Carter by the end of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little bit of humour, a little bit of adventure and a little bit of romance....more
the reason why i got this book out in the first place, was because i asked my librarian for a book that is similar to Stolen: A Letter to My Captor. Sthe reason why i got this book out in the first place, was because i asked my librarian for a book that is similar to Stolen: A Letter to My Captor. She gave me this.
i can see where she's getting at. the ideas are similar. a man kidnapping a girl, thinking that he's doing the right thing, honestly loves the girl, wants the girl to be happy, but clearly went about it the wrong way.
but unlike in Stolen: A Letter to My Captor the man in this book physically and sexually abused the girl, Autumn. the age difference is definitely unreasonable, as the man is in his mid-forties, and poor little Autumn is only 11.
this book was quite confusing and very slow to start. it took about three quarters of the book to actually get to the part where Autumn was kidnapped, and that's what i didn't like about it. i came close to just putting the book down, but i had this feeling that the book was going to get better. i was right. it was worth reading the boring parts at the start, because as the story progressed, the book got better and better. it really is quite a spectacular book, very unique. so if your reading it and your getting bored, please don't put the book down. i promise you it's amazing once you get into it.
i didn't find that any of the characters, except for Autumn, were exactly likeable to me. beauty was too obsessed with herself, too caught up in her own little world, and her CRUSH ON HER COUSIN, was simply disturbing. Mim didn't come into the story enough to get to know her and like her. Stevie was plain heartless. The chapters from Fancy's point of view, i found boring and pointless. and the man? he was just a pedo.
But Autumn, i did like. her thoughts, and feelings were properly explained and i realised are similar to the thoughts i had when i was her age. i really felt sorry for her when she was kidnapped. it broke my heart when she would give in to the man. she was so desperate, it seemed she had already given up hope.
it was disgusting how the man treated Autumn. like she was his pet dog. "good girl" when she did something he liked, and he'd hit her or say "naughty girl" when she did something he didn't like. and he made her sit on his lap, and kiss him. and kissing her feet?? like what the hell is up with that? who does that, seriously?
only an extremely skilled author, like Norma Fox Mazar, would be able to pull off such unique styles of writing, without it sounding artificial and awkward. Mazar should be really proud of her work.