Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover | Review

Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover | ReviewSlammed by Colleen Hoover
Series: Slammed #1
Published by Atria on September 18, 2012
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: ebook
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4 Stars

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

You guys know by now that I don’t normally have much luck with new adult novels. So far I’ve liked about 2 of the ones that I’ve read. I had almost given up hope when I was told that I had to read Slammed. I figured I’d give it a shot but I didn’t have very high expectations. While I’m still not in love with the genre, Slammed is a wonderful book and has made me think twice about giving up altogether.

The characters were by far my favorite part of Slammed. Layken started off a bit whiny and I wasn’t sure how I was going to like her but that didn’t last long. I quickly grew to really love her even when she whined. She was a girl I could easily see myself befriending. Speaking of befriending though, her best friend Eddie, was by far the best. She had a tough life but she didn’t let it bring her down. She was quirky and crazy but so much fun. Then there’s the boy. Oh boy. Will was amazing. He was sweet, smart, funny, and a great brother. His relationship with his little brother was one of the most attractive things about him. He did have flaws though. He was stubborn and that stubbornness really screwed things up with him and Layken. I couldn’t fault him though since it was clear to see where he was coming from. There’s also Layken’s family which consists of her mom and her little brother. Their family was far from perfect but that was what made them so real. Layken’s mom was always there for her and her little brother was so great. I loved the family dynamics not just with them but also with Will and his brother.

The story had a few predictable moments for me but it wasn’t enough to make me dislike the book. The secret that tears Will and Layken apart completely took me by surprise although to be honest, I should have seen it coming. There were some signs leading up to the big reveal that should have given it away but I’m glad it didn’t. I liked that mystery. That’s not the only secret though. Layken’s family has some secrets of their own and those were the ones that were a bit predictable. Don’t worry though, you’ll still really enjoy the story and you will devour it. It’s such a quick read.

The romance might have been my favorite part though. Especially all the tension between Will and Layken! Things started off a little quickly for them but their relationship did eventually slow down and that’s when readers really get to see how perfect they are for each other. Sure there might have been a little insta-love at first but it’s not too bad. It’s not the beginning of their relationship that really matters though. It’s how it progresses throughout the book that really matters. It’s so fabulous.

Overall, Slammed has given me a new take on new adult. I will definitely continue with this trilogy and I highly recommend starting it if you haven’t already.

What others have to say about Slammed:

A Turn of Page’s review: “I loved it, it was fantastic, and to go on for too long would just be gushing.”

Refracted Light’s review: “It was an emotional rollercoaster, and I loved all of it.”

Books Over Boys’ review: “The second I started Slammed I couldn’t stop.”

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay | Review

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay | ReviewThe Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Published by Atria on June 4, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 448
Format: ebook
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5 Stars

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

This review is just going to be a jumbled mess of me gushing about Katja Millay’s debut novel. Let’s just get that out of the way from the start.

The Sea of Tranquility is not like a lot of other YA books and I’m actually not sure I’d classify it as YA. While the characters are in high school, they act a lot older and they are pretty mature. I’d definitely say that The Sea of Tranquility could fit into the New Adult category. The content is mature and it reads a little differently than other YA books. However, it definitely has the suspense and fast pace of a YA novel and will appeal to YA readers, for sure.

Nastya was a little hard for me to like in the beginning. I knew she had been through something traumatic but I didn’t know what and I didn’t understand quite why she acted the way she did. She was hilarious though. Even for a girl who didn’t talk, she had a great sense of humor, even if it was a little self-deprecating. I felt sorry for her more than anything in the beginning but I quickly grew to like her and I wanted to see her happy. I knew that wouldn’t come easy for her but I wanted to see it happen. Josh had a lot to do with that happiness. He was also very messed up but he was easier to like than Nastya. His problems were kind of out in the open and everyone knew about them (except Nastya.) Josh had issues letting people in but Nastya didn’t really give him much of a choice. Two people with so many problems really shouldn’t work but together, Josh and Nastya were amazing. Their relationship was so real and beautiful.

The supporting characters in The Sea of Tranquility were also pretty dang fabulous. My favorite would have to be Drew, Josh’s best friend. Drew is a total womanizer and at first I thought he was going to be the typical jerk but that wasn’t the case at all. Drew ended up being a great guy and his friendships with Josh and Nastya were great. Drew’s family was also pretty great, except for his little sister, Sarah. Sarah was a bitch. That’s the nicest way to put it. She grew a little bit throughout the book but she didn’t really have that big a role. I kind of forgot about her after finishing the book. Drew’s parents were the best part of his family. They were kind and non-judgmental. They accepted Josh and Nastya with all their problems even when Nastya’s own family couldn’t. To be honest, I didn’t care for her family but I understood them better by the end of the book.

The mystery of what happened to Nastya really kept me hooked. There was enough going on in the book that I never lost interest but I really just wanted to know what happened to her. It played such a huge role in the book but readers really only get glimpses of it until closer to the end. Even after I found out though the story didn’t lose it’s fast pace. In fact, things might have even picked up after the big reveal. The Sea of Tranquility really is just one of those books that you won’t be able to put down until you finish it. And even then you won’t be able to stop thinking about it.

Overall, read The Sea of Tranquility. I don’t care if you hate contemporary novels, just read it. It’s so perfect. I can’t wait to read whatever Katja Millay writes next.

What others have to say about The Sea of Tranquility:

Dear Author’s review: “It was an emotionally satisfying book in large part due to the ending.”

Lovin’ Los Libros’ review: “Nothing that I’m about to say is even going to scratch the surface of helping you all understand how amazing this book truly is.”

Paper Fantasies’ review: “I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting going into this book, but whatever my expectations were, they have been exceeded.”

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Short Story Saturday: Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky #0.5) by Veronica Rossi

Short Story Saturday: Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky #0.5) by Veronica RossiRoar and Liv by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #0.5
Published by Harper Teen on October 30, 2012
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 68
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5 Stars

Before Perry and Aria, there was Roar and Liv.

After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry's sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv's unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv's union. Normally, Roar couldn't care less about Vale's opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale's leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.

picadillyblueI’m a little behind with my novellas. I’ve already read both Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night but I decided to go back and read Roar and Liv anyway. I’m actually really glad I took the time to read this novella and even having already read the two books that follow it, I feel like I learned something new.

Roar and Liv takes place right before Under the Never Sky, when Liv is pledged to Sable and runs away. That’s the story that readers know from Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night. However, what readers don’t know is how deep Roar and Liv’s relationship really is. Like I said, I’ve already read books 1 and 2 and to be honest, I didn’t see the appeal of Liv in either book. That being said, you don’t really ever actually get to see Liv in those books or get to know her like you do in this novella. Readers will finally be able to understand why Roar loves her so much and just can’t let her go. I was really satisfied with the development of their relationship through this novella.

Roar and Liv is short and to the point. It is all about Roar and Liv. It takes place over a two to three week time period and it’s really fast-paced. There’s not really anything new to the story that readers haven’t heard in the first two books but it’s really not about that. The story itself is unimportant, it’s the relationship between Roar and Liv that matters. However, there is enough going on in the story to keep readers interested.

Overall, Roar and Liv is a great addition to the Under the Never Sky series. Even if, like me, you’ve already read books 1 and 2, I recommend taking the time to go back and read this novella.

Looking for more reviews of Roar and Liv by Veronica Rossi?
Dark Faerie Tales’ review
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Books and Swoons’ review
Reading the Paranormal’s review

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

This Is So Not Happening (He’s So/She’s So #3) by Kieran Scott | Review

This Is So Not Happening (He’s So/She’s So #3) by Kieran Scott | ReviewThis Is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott
Series: He's So/She's So #3
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 1, 2012
Pages: 320
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4 Stars

After their long summer apart, Ally and Jake were hoping for a drama free senior year. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like things will work out that way...again. — It turns out that Chloe is pregnant and says that Jake is the father. Hammond is pissed at his best friend, but mostly can't believe that Ally would stay with Jake. But Ally is tired of being apart from Jake and is willing to make it work. But that is easier said than done when Jake starts blowing Ally off to go to doctor's appointments with Chloe and Ally joins the school play and meets a new cute guy.

But as graduation approaches, things get more complicated as new secrets come out and Ally realizes maybe Jake isn't the guy she thought he was. After everything they've been through can Ally and Jake get out of Orchard Hill with their relationship intact?

This Is So Not Happening is the third and final book in the He’s So/She’s So trilogy by Kieran Scott. While I truly loved She’s So Dead To Us and He’s So Not Worth It, I found This Is So Not Happening to be rather lackluster.

The characters are in their senior year of high school and honestly they acted worse than they did in the first book. They didn’t grow at all throughout the course of the trilogy. They were immature, petty, mean, and jealous. All they cared about was popularity and they were willing to do anything for it. I felt that the only one who was actually a good person was Ally and she was like that from the start. Then there was Jake. Gullible, naive, rather stupid Jake. Don’t get me wrong, I totally crushed on the guy but sometimes I wanted to slap him for his stupidity. Luckily towards the end of the book he definitely started to shape up and I started to see the guy from the first book that I really loved.

The story was just plain crazy but it actually turned out to be a little predictable. The ending of the last book was a major cliffhanger and it was the perfect lead in to this final book. Chloe is pregnant and she claims the baby is Jake’s. Jake takes responsibility and is willing to help Chloe take care of the baby. Through all this Ally decides to stick with Jake since he hooked up with Chloe when they were broken up. (Props to Ally for that.) However, Chloe really starts to take advantage of Jake throughout her pregnancy and Ally starts to get fed up. Drama ensues, making for quite a few laughs and lots of shocking (or not so shocking) reveals.

I will give this book one thing: it’s impossible to put down. I truly grew to love all the characters throughout the course of the trilogy and I wanted to know how things would end for them. I admit, the ending was a little too perfect but I was left with a smile on my face which is really all I wanted from this trilogy.

Overall, This Is So Not Happening will please fans of this trilogy. Everything is tied up nice and neat and readers won’t be left questioning anything. I consider it the perfect ending.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Short Story Saturday: Hana (Delirium #1.5) by Lauren Oliver | Review

Short Story Saturday: Hana (Delirium #1.5) by Lauren Oliver | ReviewHana by Lauren Oliver
Series: Delirium #1.5
Published by Harper Teen on Februrary 28, 2012
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 64
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2 Stars

The summer before they're supposed to be cured of the ability to love, best friends Lena and Hana begin to drift apart. While Lena shies away from underground music and parties with boys, Hana jumps at her last chance to experience the forbidden. For her, the summer is full of wild music, dancing—and even her first kiss.

But on the surface, Hana must be a model of perfect behavior. She meets her approved match, Fred Hargrove, and glimpses the safe, comfortable life she’ll have with him once they marry. As the date for her cure draws ever closer, Hana desperately misses Lena, wonders how it feels to truly be in love, and is simultaneously terrified of rebelling and of falling into line.

In this digital story that will appeal to fans of Delirium and welcome new admirers to its world, readers will come to understand scenes from Delirium through Hana's perspective. Hana is a touching and revealing look at a life-changing and tumultuous summer.

I’ve always been a fan of Lauren Oliver’s books whether they be contemporary or dystopian. However, Hana really let me down. I was expecting a lot more from this novella and in the end, I just didn’t get what I expected.

Hana really impressed me in Delirium. She wasn’t the typical best friend character who ended up being a total backstabber. She was actually a good friend to Lena and while I didn’t love her at first, I did by the end of the book. However, she really let me down in Hana. She was immature and really only ever thought about herself. All she cared about was boys and she dreaded the cure and she was positive that Lena could never understand what she was going through. She didn’t appear to be a good friend to Lena at all in this novella. I was hoping for an expansion of their relationship but that’s not what I got at all.

The story didn’t really go anywhere. I read Hana thinking that it would help me understand things in Requiem but now that I’ve read it and have started Requiem, I see no reason for reading Hana. Sure if you want more stories set in the world of the Delirium trilogy, check this one out, but don’t expect much from it.

Overall, Hana really didn’t go anywhere and it didn’t contain any information that I felt was necessary to the story in the rest of the books. Like I said, if you want more set in the world of the Delirium trilogy, check this one out but otherwise just pass on this one.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols | Review

The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols | ReviewThe One That I Want by Jennifer Echols
Published by Simon & Schuster on February 7, 2012
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 259
Format: Paperback
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5 Stars

Gemma can’t believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma’s heartbroken.

Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?

 

The One That I Want is a cute, fun, quick contemporary read. Jennifer Echols’ romantic comedies for Simon Pulse have always been some of my favorites but she really upped her game with this one. I think this is the best romantic comedy I have ever read from her.

Gemma is not the pretty, popular girl who gets the guy all the time. She’s shy, a little weak, and quirky but she’s also funny, smart, and kind. However she always gets overlooked in favor of her pretty, perky, best friend Addison. Gemma lets Addison walk all over her and she calls her a friend when she is so far from it. She is a nasty, jealous, backstabber who wants want Gemma has. While I loved Gemma, I hated Addison more than I have hated any character in quite some time. Gemma had a few flaws sure but she was still a good person. Addison was pretty much nothing but flaws. However in this case, that’s how Addison was supposed to be and so it didn’t bother me. I knew I wasn’t supposed to like her and I didn’t.

Max and Gemma together were really fun. They were funny, sweet, and while they were immediately attracted to each other, they didn’t immediately fall for each other. The progression of their romance was so real and one of the best things about the book. Gemma was so awkward with Max and she just didn’t know how to handle him. Max was pretty much the same way with Gemma. They set each other off and at times it seemed like they hated each other more than they liked each other but it was just so right.

The plot is nothing too spectacular but I didn’t go in to the book expecting some crazy detailed, edge of your seat plot. I expected a romance with some complications and crazy situations and that’s what I got. I do have to say though that I couldn’t stop reading until I knew if Gemma and Max were going to get their happy ending. I read The One That I Want in one sitting and I was up way later than I should have been just so I could finish it.

Overall, The One That I Want is a perfect rainy day read. Every now and then it’s a good idea to read a cute book that leaves you with a smile on your face and this book will do just that.

Looking for more reviews of The One That I Want?
Chick Loves Lit’s review
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst | Review

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst | ReviewDrink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Published by Simon & Schuster on September 13, 2011
Pages: 385
Format: Hardcover
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5 Stars

Pearl is a sixteen-year-old vampire... fond of blood, allergic to sunlight, and mostly evil... until the night a sparkly unicorn stabs her through the heart with his horn. Oops. 

Her family thinks she was attacked by a vampire hunter (because, obviously, unicorns don't exist), and they're shocked she survived. They're even more shocked when Pearl discovers she can now withstand the sun. But they quickly find a way to make use of her new talent. The Vampire King of New England has chosen Pearl's family to host his feast. If Pearl enrolls in high school, she can make lots of human friends and lure them to the King's feast -- as the entrees. 

The only problem? Pearl's starting to feel the twinges of a conscience. How can she serve up her new friends—especially the cute guy who makes her fangs ache—to be slaughtered? Then again, she's definitely dead if she lets down her family. What's a sunlight-loving vamp to do?

Drink, Slay, Love is my first Sarah Beth Durst book but definitely not my last. With an odd mix of violence, romance, and laugh out loud humor this book has a little something for everyone.

Drink, Slay, Love is a story about vampires (not the sparkly kind.) These vampires are blood-sucking, human killing vampires. The only thing that changes that is when one of them, Pearl, is stabbed through the heart by a unicorn. She then develops the ability to walk in sunshine as well as a conscience. This causes problems when she is chosen to deliver a feast of humans to the kind of the vampires of New England.

Pearl was a very conflicted vampire. She wanted to please her family but that became more difficult as she developed a conscience and made human friends. She started out very aloof, cynical, and sarcastic. Throughout the book she stayed cynical and sarcastic but she also started to experience real feelings for the first time in her life. The Family (as Pearl called them) was very much like the mob. They were cruel, heartless vampires who only cared about themselves. They were willing to help Pearl clean up her messes but only if she was of some use to them. Evan and Bethany, on the other hand, were the opposites. They cared for Pearl and they wanted to help her. Bethany was a very rare friend who was fun, sweet, and nice. Evan was a sweet boy who had some secrets of his own. There was a great mix of characters.

The characters were great, the writing was fabulous, but the humor is what got me. This book is seriously hilarious. There are unicorn jokes, vampire jokes, Twilight jokes; just a ton of jokes that cracked me up. Pearl’s sarcasm also added to the hilarity. Read this book for the humor if nothing else interests you about it.

Overall, Drink, Slay, Love is one book I am so glad I picked up. Even if you aren’t a fan of vampires, I recommend this one. Just give it a try!

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally | Review

Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally | ReviewCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 1, 2011
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 281
Format: Paperback
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5 Stars

ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

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Catching Jordan is the perfect romantic comedy.  Anytime you are in the mood for a fun YA read I highly recommend this one.  Miranda Kenneally’s debut novel makes me long for a plate full of nachos and some cute boys playing football!

Jordan is a pretty fierce girl.  She’s captain of the football team (as well as quarterback) and she can hold her own with the guys.  They don’t intimidate her (although some of the cheerleaders do.)  She definitely has some flaws though.  She doesn’t see some of the things that are right in front of her face.  And she really starts to want things when she can’t have them.  I also felt that she didn’t always take other people’s feelings into account.  She thought only of herself for quite a while.

Now there is quite a bit of a love triangle (you’re blind if you don’t see it coming from the beginning) but it’s one of the better love triangles in YA books.  Both Henry and Ty are great guys, just very different.  Ty is a little needy but also a little demanding.  However he’s a total sweetheart who cares deeply for his family.  Henry is kind of a player but it’s clear to see that he does it because he wants to be with Jordan and can’t.  He’s very torn.  I was definitely Team Henry.  He’s impossible not to love but Ty did appeal to me too.

The best part of Catching Jordan is the friendship aspect.  Jordan may not know it but she has a lot of friends.  The guys on the football team would do anything for her.  They all see her as their best friend even though she’s a girl.  They just think of her as a more delicate guy.  As for the girls, they see her either as a threat (like some of the cheerleaders) or as someone to look up to.  She’s also very loved by her family even though she doesn’t always see it.

Disclaimer: I am not a football fan.  I like some sports but football has never been one of the ones that I enjoy.  However I great enjoyed the games and practices in Catching Jordan.  Everything I needed to know was explained but not overdone.  And it wasn’t all about football.  =)

Overall, Catching Jordan is a must-read for contemporary fans.  This is one that I will definitely be re-reading in the future!

Looking for more reviews of Catching Jordan?
Once Upon A Prologue’s review
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling #1) by Megan McCafferty | Review

Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling #1) by Megan McCafferty | ReviewSloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Series: Jessica Darling #1
Published by Broadway Books on August 28, 2001
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 298
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5 Stars

When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad’s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life?

A fresh, funny, utterly compelling fiction debut by first-time novelist Megan McCafferty, Sloppy Firsts is an insightful, true-to-life look at Jessica’s predicament as she embarks on another year of teenage torment--from the dark days of Hope’s departure through her months as a type-A personality turned insomniac to her completely mixed-up feelings about Marcus Flutie, the intelligent and mysterious “Dreg” who works his way into her heart. Like a John Hughes for the twenty-first century, Megan McCafferty taps into the inherent humor and drama of the teen experience. This poignant, hilarious novel is sure to appeal to readers who are still going through it, as well as those who are grateful that they don’t have to go back and grow up all over again.

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All the Jessica Darling fans were right. This book is everything I heard it was: funny, cute, sweet, heartbreaking, and so dang true! I have never read a more realistic story about love and life in high school. Megan McCafferty clearly knows the mind of a teenager.

Jessica Darling has no filter from her brain to her journal. Everything she thinks gets written in it’s pages. It makes for one hilarious read. I was caught laughing out loud many times. She is brutally honest but she is also very nice. She is just lonely and confused and has a lot going on in her life. Namely the Clueless Crew; Bridget, Sara, and Manda. Wow are those girls whacked. They are the true clueless, boy obsessed cheerleaders that most schools have. The only one I really cared for was Bridget but the other two did add some laughs. As for Marcus Flutie, everyone was, once again, right. He is totally swoon-worthy in a messed-up real kind of guy way. I have finally found a love interest who is not perfect but you can still fall in love with.

The story is told through short journal entries. Sometimes I did wish it was told a different way because it seemed choppy at times but the story just wouldn’t have come across the same way. It makes for a quick read that is very honest and fun. It may be one of the best contemporary novels I have ever read just because the story was so dang realistic: the high school, the people, the sex, the drugs, the alcohol. Everything was 100% authentically high school.

Overall, Sloppy Firsts is my first Megan McCafferty novel but definitely not my last. I can’t wait to find time to dive into the next book. If you haven’t started this series yet, now is the perfect time!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Paper Towns by John Green | Review

Paper Towns by John Green | ReviewPaper Towns by John Green
Published by Speak on September 22, 2009
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
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4 Stars

Two-time Printz Medalist John Green’s New York Times bestseller, now in paperback!

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

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John Green is an author that continues to amaze me.  He is an astoundingly talented writer and Paper Towns does a fantastic job of showcasing that talent.  Quentin is your average nerd with a crush on his neighbor, Margo Roth Spieglman.  He becomes more than average when the day after late night escapades with Margo, she runs away. Quentin is certain she wants him to find her and so he, along with his two best friends, Radar and Ben, set out to follow the clues Margo has left behind.  Along the way they are joined by some surprising new friends and Quentin is forced to face the truth about himself as well as the girl he thought he knew.

Quentin is a mix of many things.  He is part nerd, part hero, part hormonal teenage boy.  All throughout the book he is changing though.  Margo may not have meant to but she changed Quentin in so many ways.  There were times when he was selfish and rude to his friends but he always fixed his mistakes and learned from them.  His friends, Radar and Ben, were hilarious. They were both band geeks and they definitely had some geeky quirks.  Radar was obsessed with updating his website, Omnictionary.  Ben was obsessed with girls, or as he called them, honey bunnies.  Along the way the boys are joined by Lacey who is not as flaky and superficial as they first believe.  Margo Roth Speiglman is a mystery for most of the book but she was a very interesting character.  This cast of characers is one of the best I have ever read.

The story is told in three parts and each part is interesting in its own way.  One thing each part has in common, however, is that they are hilarious.  This story is very deep at times but very funny always.  John Green has a way with humor.  A book that could be dull and dark is livened up by the humor he infuses it with. This book is laugh out loud funny.

Overall, Paper Towns is a new favorite of mine.  I wasn’t sure anything could compare to Looking For Alaska but this book definitely came close.  I highly recommend it!

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