Monday, November 14, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Author: Morgan Matson
Source: My Kindle
Summary: Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew—just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road—diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards—this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself. Buy it here!
Review: If the ending wasn't so abrupt, this would have been a 5 star book. The story follows Amy Curry and Roger, the son of a friend of Amy's mother, as they drive from California to Connecticut. They decide not to follow Amy's mother's schedule and take detours instead, falling in love along the way as Amy comes to terms with her father's car crash that killed him. This book moves so effortlessly and the writing is fluid. The text is broken up by pictures and excerpts of Amy's travel journal. I absolutely love both Amy and Roger. They're so real and their love comes so easily. You see throughout the novel how compatible they are, which makes their love more believable. It's a quick read and you won't want to put it down!
Stars: 4.5 stars!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Source: My Kindle
Pages: 384 Pages
Summary: Anna was 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. So she's 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? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt
Review: So I sat down and read Anna and the French Kiss during the blackout when the Northeast lost electricity. It had been sitting on my Kindle for so long and I finally decided to pick it up. This book is frickin amazing! Even though it was a mushy romance novel, there wasn't anything unrealistic about it. I read it in one sitting and it made the time fly by! I don't care much for contemporary YA romances but this book is an absolute must-read!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Author: John Green
Expected Publication: January 10, 2012
Summary: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
My thoughts: The title is taken from Shakespeare. You know it will be a good book with that fact, but honestly, after Looking for Alaska, I absolutely adore John Green and his works. It'll just be added to a pile of books to read with the rest of his work!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Author: John Green
Pages: 221 pages
Source: My kindle
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Miles Halter's adolescence has been one long nonevent - no challenge, no girls, no mischief, and no real friends. Seeking what Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps," he leaves Florida for a boarding school in Birmingham, AL. His roommate, Chip, is a dirt-poor genius scholarship student with a Napoleon complex who lives to one-up the school's rich preppies. Chip's best friend is Alaska Young, with whom Miles and every other male in her orbit falls instantly in love. She is literate, articulate, and beautiful, and she exhibits a reckless combination of adventurous and self-destructive behavior. She and Chip teach Miles to drink, smoke, and plot elaborate pranks. Alaska's story unfolds in all-night bull sessions, and the depth of her unhappiness becomes obvious. Green's dialogue is crisp, especially between Miles and Chip. His descriptions and Miles's inner monologues can be philosophically dense, but are well within the comprehension of sensitive teen readers. The chapters of the novel are headed by a number of days "before" and "after" what readers surmise is Alaska's suicide. These placeholders sustain the mood of possibility and foreboding, and the story moves methodically to its ambiguous climax. The language and sexual situations are aptly and realistically drawn, but sophisticated in nature. Miles's narration is alive with sweet, self-deprecating humor, and his obvious struggle to tell the story truthfully adds to his believability. Buy it here!
Review: I wish I had read this book ages ago. There is no other word to describe this novel but amazing. The story, the writing, the characters were just perfect. The story follows Miles or "Pudge" through his adventures in his boarding school with his roommate "The Colonial" and Alaska Young, the wild and beautiful girl who lives down the hall. However, as much fun as Alaska is, she cannot hide her difficult life and sadness for long. Miles falls for her, and then it turns into real love for him, but tragedy rips Alaska away from everyone. I teared up quite a bit from this novel, but it ended hopefully for me. I wouldn't say that Looking for Alaska is the best book I've ever read, but it's up there and you're crazy for not reading it!