Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Review

August 22, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 4 ★★★★★

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ReviewMe and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Published by Harry N. Abrams on March 1st 2012
Pages: 295
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.
And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

Guys, this is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. I know, you don’t expect a book with the dying girl in the title to be funny, but this is not your typical book. It was a pleasant surprise for me and I’m really glad I read this. I recommend this to anyone looking for a hilarious yet oddly charming read.
Greg is our funny and angsty narrator who addresses the audience in a unique way. I won’t spoil it but you figure out who specifically he is writing the book to in the epilogue. It explains a lot and I enjoyed how the book was wrapped up. But anyway, Greg doesn’t have many friends, he just jumps around from social groups in order to maintain some kind of status but not have to deal with relationships. The closest thing he has to a friend is his business partner Earl, who he makes terrible movies with. His mom then makes him start hanging out with Rachel, who has an advanced form of Leukemia. He went to Hebrew school with her and they sort of had a brief thing, but was never close to her at all. Anyway, he finds that he actually kind of enjoys spending time with her. Rachel finds out about the movies they make and she then starts watching them. Greg and Earl then get roped into making a film just for Rachel, which leads to a lot of funny and interesting moments.

Like I said, Greg is a really great character. I can’t really explain what makes him so memorable, but he’s just different from other teen boy narrators that you come across. Even his attitude towards making friends and keeping the films he makes with Earl a secret is different from others. Earl is probably one of my favorite supporting characters. He doesn’t have much to say that doesn’t include a string of cuss words, but he is always up front and says what he’s thinking. I like that he calls Greg out whenever he does something stupid. I also love how sweet Earl was to Rachel and that it was completely genuine.

This is a unique Young Adult novel and I doubt I’ll ever read another book like it. I think my favorite part of it was that it handled cancer in a sensitive manner but it also wasn’t depressing. The humor was always appropriate, it never made light of the illness. It’s hands down the funniest book you’ll ever read about death. I can’t recommend it enough.

five-stars

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Mini Review: Until Friday Night

August 20, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 2 ★½

Mini Review: Until Friday NightUntil Friday Night (The Field Party, #1) by Abbi Glines
Published by Simon Pulse on August 25th 2015
Pages: 352
Source: Edelweiss
Also by this author: Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1), Because of Low (Sea Breeze, #2), Just for Now (Sea Breeze, #4), Misbehaving (Sea Breeze, #6), Bad for You (Sea Breeze, #7), Until the End
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one-half-stars
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.
Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.
As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.
West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

This isn’t going to be a full length review, that’s going to be posted on The Young Folks on the release day next week. But I have a lot to say about this book so I figured I might as well post a mini review now just to sort of preview my thoughts.

If you’ve read any of my other reviews on here, you can probably tell that I typically don’t give such low ratings. This one is an exception because of some of the pretty major issues I had with the main characters. If I dislike one of the main characters, the rating is going to automatically be no higher than a 3 for me. In this case, I disliked both of the characters at some point in the novel. I did sympathize with the female character Maggie, but I also felt that she was just as judgmental of the girls at school as the guys. For example, the guys called the girls “sluts” and “whores” constantly and Maggie wasn’t much better.

West is probably one of the most unlikable love interests I’ve ever seen in a YA book. On one hand, I did feel bad that his dad was sick, but it still didn’t make sense to me why he was allowed to behave in such a destructive and offputting manner and not get put in his place. I would have much preferred Maggie to overcome her personal trauma and instantly giving West sass and not excusing his behavior.

I found the majority of these characters to be unrelatable and I couldn’t connect with them at all. My favorite part of the book was easily when West was called out on his possessive behavior over Maggie. It made me so happy that at least one character wasn’t letting him get away with his terrible attitude.

I’m sure handling my rant about this book in mini form is probably easier to handle than the rant in my full length review. Anyway, feel free to check out that review when it’s posted. It’s going to touch more on the characters and what went wrong for me personally. I’m sure people who enjoy Abbi Glines’s New Adult books will likely enjoy this one, but it was just too much for me.
one-half-stars

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Bout Of Books 14: Progress Update

August 19, 2015 Challenges 3

Bout Of Books 14: Progress Update
Instead of just posting a day at a time, I’m posting all of my progress in this post.
Monday:

Books read:

24817626

 

16081202

Tuesday:

23215471

Wednesday:

Started reading:

25110515
Thursday: Continued reading Me and Earl and the Dying GirlFriday: Finished the book!

24611582

Saturday: Continued reading The Boy Most Likely To

18336965

Total books read: 5

Books left to complete in order to reach goal: 1

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Open Road Summer Review

August 18, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★

Open Road Summer ReviewOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord
Published by Walker Childrens on April 15th 2014
Pages: 352
Also by this author: The Start of Me and You, When We Collided
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three-stars
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.
Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.
This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.
A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

I liked this book but not as much as everyone else seems to. Yes, it meets the criteria for a light summer read, but I had some serious issues with the narrator. So it was automatically hard for me to completely connect with the story because of this reason. Like I already mentioned, it seems like I’m in the minority of those that wasn’t over the moon for this book. It’s very likely that you’ll love this book, I’m not discouraging anyone from picking it up. Overall, I think it was a mostly cute and unique read.

Reagan O’Neill needs to escape for the summer after finding her bad news boyfriend cheating on her. She decides her teen superstar best friend Lilah on her tour for the summer. Lilah is also dealing with the heartbreak of no longer being with her longtime boyfriend. Early on in the trip, Lilah finds herself in a predicament so her management encourages her to bring along another teen superstar Matt Finch. Even though he was brought in to be her best friend’s “boyfriend,” there’s an obvious attraction between Matt and Reagan. Will she give in to Matt and end up falling for him?

Lilah or Dee as she is called by those closest to her, is the Taylor Swift character. She’s considered a “country” artist but she’s also considered a popstar as well. What makes her like Taylor Swift is that they both write songs about people who hurt them. Dee has a string of new songs about her longtime boyfriend who broke up with her. I liked her character and felt like she was just a sweet and fun character. So now I’m going to touch on Reagan, who is really the sole reason I struggled with this book at all. This girl has a serious attitude problem and she blames everyone else for her problems. She just is a negative and judgmental person. What really got to me was the slut shaming that she constantly did. She would put down pretty much every girl that entered the path of Matt, even when she was completely against being with him! It just felt so out of place to have that kind of narrator when the book mostly sends a feminist vibe with the female friendship between Dee and Reagan. It’s unfortunate that all of that is destroyed by her attitude.

Okay, I’m pretty much done with ranting about Reagan. Now I’m going to highlight on a big positive about the book for me personally. How can you not love Matt Finch? He’s brutally honest with Reagan about his feelings for her from the beginning and I like that he never is indecisive or with anyone else, he knows how he feels and he’s came to terms with that. He’s also just a downright charming guy who also doubles as a musician. Is it even humanly possible to resist that kind of charm? I think not. Despite my ill feelings towards Reagan, Matt gave me nothing but sweet vibes and I wanted even more of him.

Though it wasn’t my all time favorite, I did enjoy reading it. The book has many good parts, the bad just happened to stand out most prominently to me. Anyway, give it a read so you can judge it for yourself!
 

three-stars

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What I Thought Was True Review

August 14, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★½

What I Thought Was True ReviewWhat I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers on April 15th 2014
Pages: 422
Source: Library
Also by this author: My Life Next Door, The Boy Most Likely To
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four-half-stars
From the acclaimed author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.
Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.
A magnetic, push-you-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti.

As you can probably tell from my review of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s first novel My Life Next Door, I loved her debut. She continues the trend of solid main characters, strong supporting characters, and a breathtakingly descriptive setting on an island. The book is beautiful and unique to say the least. Although far from being a light read, this makes a great summer read that I definitely recommend.

Gwen is entering the summer before her senior year and she desperately wants to escape from the year that she’s had. Hoping to breakaway from her typical summer of working at her dad’s pizza parlor, she takes on a job of taking care of Mrs. Ellington, an older woman from the island. She then comes face to face with the yard boy: Cassidy Somers, the one boy she’s trying to forget. The rest of the summer consists of Gwen coming to terms with the fact that what she thought was true about the people in her life might not be true at all.

In this book, the characters were one of my personal favorite parts. Gwen was a character that you couldn’t help but sympathize with. She was misunderstood and viewed as “easy” by her peers, but she was simply just misunderstood. It broke my heart that she didn’t see her true value, but she slowly gains more confidence and grows as a person throughout the book. Cass was an amazing and genuine guy, even though I wasn’t sure what to make of him at first. The supporting characters are extremely well developed including her cousin Nic, his girlfriend who is also Gwen’s best friend Vivien, her little brother Emory, and the hilarious Mrs. Ellington. Mrs. Ellington brings humor to the table with obsession with graphic romance novels that she makes Gwen read out loud. All of the characters are complex and easy to relate to.

The book goes through the flashbacks and reveals what really happened between the two very very slowly, but in the end, Cass still redeems himself. The relationship between both of them is obviously tense at the beginning until at least the middle of the novel. However, it does become a lot better and more romantic. I found myself frequently looking back at My Life Next Door and comparing the two main love interests. I didn’t think anyone could be as incredible as Jase, but Cass was certainly just as polite and caring. He treats Gwen and everyone he meets with tremendous respect. He also teaches her little brother Emory, who isn’t autistic but he is definitely different from other kids his age, how to swim which is totally swoonworthy.

What I Thought Was True was a pretty lengthy book, but I found that I absolutely couldn’t put it down. I was drawn in from start to finish. I kept on reading because I wanted to see what it was that Cass did to Gwen that was so bad. I won’t ruin anything, but it turns out that it was more of a misunderstanding than anything else. The flashbacks occurred at random times, some of them seemed rather out of place. All in all, I think this was a brilliantly written book that further proves that Huntley Fitzpatrick in incapable of writing a bad book.

four-half-stars

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The Heartbreakers Review

August 12, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★

The Heartbreakers ReviewThe Heartbreakers (The Heartbreaker Chronicles, #1) by Ali Novak
Published by Sourcebooks on August 4th 2015
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars
"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. Unbeknownst to him, I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."
Stella will do anything for her sister—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD... for three hours. At least she met a cute boy at the Starbucks beforehand. A blue-eyed boy who looks an awful lot like...
Oliver Perry. Of course Starbucks guy is the lead singer for her least favorite band. Thanks, universe. But there may be more to Oliver than his world-famous charm, because even after she insults his music—to his face—he still gives her his number. Seriously, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver—dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band—when her sister could be dying of cancer?

Ali Novak is a fairly popular author on Wattpad. Honestly, I’m a pretty big fan of the work she’s published on there. This book is specifically appealing due to the easygoing romance and also a steady plot that gradually progresses throughout the novel. The characters are also all very well developed and will land books of their own as apart of The Heartbreak Chronicles.

Stella, Drew, and Cara are triplets. Cara has non-Hodgkins lymphoma and is constantly in and out of the hospital. Drew and Stella decide to do something special for her 18th birthday and get an autograph from her favorite boy band, the Heartbreakers. Next thing you know, Drew and Stella are hanging out with the band and Stella gets a one of a chance opportunity to go on tour with the band as a photographer. Stella falls in love with the lead singer, Oliver, but she must decide if she’s willing to take all the baggage that comes with dating the biggest heartthrob in the world.

I think all of the characters are well written but I was particularly drawn to the members of the Heartbreakers. Each of the boys had a quirky personality that made you want to know more about them. There’s Alec, Xander, Oliver, and J.J., who enjoy pranks but they are also a close group and they truly support one another.

My biggest problem came from Oliver and Stella because of the insta-love that went down. I didn’t like that the two were kissing instantly after they first met. It just didn’t feel realistic in the slightest to me. However, the romance does gradually get better, despite some moments from Oliver that made me question him. Oliver isn’t my favorite book boyfriend by any means, but I still couldn’t resist him. He’s definitely swoon-worthy in many different ways.

I liked how this book focuses on friendship and family. There’s a lot of information about cancer and I felt like Novak certainly did her research. I loved the relationship between Cara, Drew, and Stella. Overall, this was a decent book that made for a refreshing summer read.

three-stars

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Attachments Review

August 8, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★½

Attachments ReviewAttachments by Rainbow Rowell
Published by Dutton on April 14th 2011
Pages: 323
Source: Library
Also by this author: Fangirl, Carry On
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three-half-stars
"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?

Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read and reviewed two of her Young Adult books, Eleanor and Park and Fangirl. Although you’re probably living under the rock if you haven’t heard of those. However, I was a little slow on the uptake when it comes to her adult titles. I didn’t know anything about this book until recently, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. It’s a really creative concept and I enjoyed Rowell’s brilliant writing.

Attachments is about Lincoln who is less than thrilled when he discovers that the job as a “Internet security officer” consists of writing up reports on inappropriate company emails. The company is The Courier, a newspaper where Jennifer and Beth work and send personal emails through the company address. These emails are constantly flagged but Lincoln can’t bring himself to write either of them up. Instead, he’s fascinated with their humor and wit, especially Beth’s. Once he discovers that the “cute guy” Beth is referring to in her emails is really him, he starts to believe that maybe they could have a future together. But how could that ever happen when she has a serious boyfriend?

Lincoln is the main character that Rainbow follows. I love how we get to see his infatuation with her gradually grow. We also get to see how sensitive and romantic he is. Beth and Jennifer are also incredibly witty and hysterical characters. I love all of the pop culture references that are in pretty much every email they ever send.

The romance part of Attachments is a little bit weird but unique to say the least. It’s hard to be completely invested in the relationship between Beth and Lincoln when they have very few interactions throughout the majority of the book. However, I did like the fact that they both were immediately drawn to the other for two different reasons. Lincoln was drawn to Beth’s personality before he even saw what she looked like. On the other hand, Beth was drawn to him based on his looks. She told Jennifer that he looked like Jason Bateman, which I found funny and adorable.

This isn’t my favorite Rainbow Rowell book by any means. I found that I definitely prefer her Young Adult books, but she still managed to create a dreamy and swoon-worthy leading male, which I really liked. I gave the book this rating because her writing is so beautiful and descriptive, plus the characters were all instantly likable. While I liked that it was a unique idea, I felt like some of the writing was impersonal and that it was hard to truly get inside the heads of these characters. It was a decent read as a whole and I’m glad I finally read it.

three-half-stars

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My Life Next Door Review

August 7, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★★

My Life Next Door ReviewMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers on June 14th 2012
Pages: 394
Source: Library
Also by this author: What I Thought Was True, The Boy Most Likely To
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five-stars
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"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

Huntley Fitzpatrick has written a remarkable and much-loved Young Adult Contemporary Romance Novel with My Life Next Door. I’ve been reading a lot of these types of novels lately, but none of them (besides Anna and The French Kiss) have been able to compete with this one. It’s a book that I could read over and over again and still love it just as much. It has a certain charm that’s difficult to fully explain, all I can really say is that it’s a wonderful read.

Samantha is seventeen-years-old and she’s lived next to the huge Garrett family for her whole life. However, she has simply watched them and never talked to them before. Her mom is a politician and has raised Sam to believe that she’s above people like the Garrett family. One day though, she crosses the line and finds her life intertwined with the Garrett’s. Meanwhile, she falls in love with Jase Garrett and the summer holds many adventures and drama.

Part of what makes this story so easy to read is the well developed characters. While Samantha and Jase are at the center of it, all of the supporting characters are entertaining and hilarious. Each of them provides a certain level of funny moments in their own right. My favorite though is Jase’s little brother George, he’s adorable and not afraid to ask Samantha tough questions. There’s just some fantastic moments for this little boy. Outside of the Garrett family, I also love Tim, Samantha’s best friend’s screwed up older brother who also forms a bond with Jase. He’s getting his own story called The Boy Most Likely To, which is featuring Jase’s sister Alice, coming out later this month. In short, this is a book filled with characters that you’ll instantly fall in love with.

The relationship between Jase and Samantha is realistic and incredible to follow. It’s safe to say that I loved every second of it. I wasn’t a huge fan of the drama between them involving Samantha’s mom and her campaign manager, but at least it wasn’t a love triangle! Sam made some stupid decisions and at times I just couldn’t wait for to wake up, but Jase was perfect and patient with her. Don’t get me wrong, both of the characters are extremely well written. The growth of Samantha is quite evident as the book progresses. Jase is one of my personal favorite YA book boyfriends. He’s a total good guy, which is surprisingly rare to find in Young Adult books, a lot of them tend to favor bad boys. I love this couple, definitely one of my favorites.

To me, this book doesn’t have very many flaws. It’s a fast paced read and you instantly find yourself wrapped up in each individual characters and their personal stories. This is aimed at readers who love a good Young Adult book that is sure to make you smile the whole way through.

Quotes:
“Is Jase already gonna marry you?”

I start coughing again. “Uh, No. No, George. I’m only seventeen.” As if that’s the only reason we’re not engaged. 
“I’m this many.” George holds up four, slightly grubby fingers. “But Jase is seventeen and a half. You could. Then you could live in here with him. And have a big family.”
Jase strides back into the room, of course, midway through this proposition. “George. Beat it. Discovery Channel is on.”
George backs out of the room but not before saying, “His bed’s really comfortable. And he never pees in it.”

“Why do all the hot girls want the jocks and the good boys? We losers are the ones that need you.” 
“The Garretts were my bedtime story, long before I ever thought I’d be part of the story myself.” 

five-stars
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Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

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Anna and the French Kiss Review

August 6, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★★

Anna and the French Kiss ReviewAnna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) by Stephanie Perkins
Published by Dutton Juvenile on December 2nd 2010
Pages: 372
Also by this author: Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories
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five-stars
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

This is an absolutely compelling Young Adult novel, one of the best I’ve ever read honestly. It’s the combination of the setting, characters, and the plot as a whole. I feel like I’m the last person on planet Earth to read this book, but I’m glad that I finally got around to picking it up. If you’re also like me and pretty much live under a rock and didn’t read this, make sure you get a copy of it soon, you won’t regret it.

Anna is a rising senior living in Georgia. She has a great best friend and a relationship that’s just about to happen. All of that is put on hold when her father ships her off to Paris to attend boarding school. While most kids would love to be sent there, she longs for her life in the states. Then she meets Étienne St. Clair, the beautiful and smart British boy who takes her breath away right from the start. The only problem is that he has a serious girlfriend.

If you take away all of the supporting characters and just leave Anna and Étienne, there’s still a nicely developed plot. The scenes these two characters share are adorable and there’s Paris in the background, what else could you possibly need? Anyway, I’m going to focus on them only just because I believe they are clearly the most significant. I enjoyed the supporting characters but I was always just waiting for the next scene between our favorite couple. I can’t stress how charming Étienne is. Perkins did a terrific job with creating this charismatic guy. Anna got on my nerves at times because she whines about literally everything, but our boy manages to bring out a different side of her. The romance in the book is masterfully crafted and I adored everything about it from start to finish.

If you haven’t been able to tell yet, I’m actually in love with this book. I don’t think it is everyone’s cup of tea, but I don’t know many people who didn’t love it. So if you like Young Adult books with a charming love interest, the beautiful setting of the city of love, some hilarious drama, and an awkward yet endearing female narrator, this book is right up your alley! I can’t recommend it enough.

Quotes:

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” 

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” 

“Will you please tell me you love me? I’m dying here.” 

“I’m saying I’m in love with you! I’ve been in love with you this whole bleeding year!”

“You say that I’m afraid of being alone, and it’s true. I am. And I’m not proud of it. But you need to take a good look at yourself, Anna, because I am NOT the only one in this room who suffers this problem.” 

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: five-stars

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Ask Again Later Review

August 4, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★½

Ask Again Later ReviewAsk Again Later by Liz Czukas
Published by Harper Teen on March 11th 2014
Pages: 336
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three-half-stars
Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there's only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.
Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother's best friend really be?
Tails: The theater geek...with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart's interests--even if he wants to share all his feelings?
Heart's simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all...

This was a cute and light read that is yet another YA book that I have no clue how I missed it when it first came out. This book won’t be good for you if you’re not big on predictable high school romance books, but it’s perfect if that’s something you really enjoy reading. I guess what I’m trying to say is that not everyone is going to like it, but it’s ideal for those looking for some light end of the summer reading.

Her biological name might be Heart, but this teen has absolutely no interest in love. Her mom was only 18 when she had Heart’s older brother, and 19 when she had her. After giving birth to her, she left her family shortly after. So Heart made a rule that she’d avoid relationships so she would never end up like her mother. Anyway, she ends up unsure of what to do when she has two guys asking her to prom. To decide, she flips a coin and gets to somehow live out both of these fantasies.

The characters in this book are absolutely fabulous. The most memorable is probably our hilarious narrator Heart, who is witty and charming all at once. None of the events that go down during prom would be as funny without Heart’s voice. I really love how sassy and likable she is from the very first page. Another character that I found myself invested in was Ryan, one of the boys who asked her to prom. Ryan becomes a close friend to Heart throughout the novel and I love all his wisdom and hilarious moments. I also loved Chase, or Schroeder, as Heart calls him. He’s also a smart and likable character and I was always eager to read any scenes that he appeared in. I’m going to talk more about him in the context of Heart (it’s pretty impossible not to).

Heart and Chase have an adorable relationship, mostly due to the fact that it grows from friendship to more. The banter between them from the very first chapter is endearing and funny to read. For example, Heart calls him Schroeder since he reminds her of the Peanuts character due to the fact that he plays piano and has the same look. He calls her different body parts like Lung, Kidney, and Pancreas because of her name. It’s a lot more adorable than it sounds, you just have to read it!

In short, I recommend this book because it can be read in just one sitting. It was a great read for me considering I’ve been reading such heavy books lately, this was a refreshing break from all of that. Sometimes reading a predictable and cute book is just what you need. I loved the authors witty and creative writing style and now I’m dying to read more of her work!

three-half-stars

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