To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

15749186To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 
Published : 2014
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 : ebook
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3starTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

I wanted this book to be so much more than it was. I had a quite a few problems with it in terms of plot and characters, but for what it was, I did enjoy it and I picked up the second one right after finishing this one.

I thought that the plot had so much potential but it ended up being a normal teen romance story. One that I thought was predicable and unsurprising. The major redeeming quality that I loved about this story was the strong family connections. I loved that the parents were present and involved in the story. Sure, it’s sort of a cop out to have Lara’s dad work all the time, but when he was at home it was magic.

I was confused almost throughout the whole story (actually I still am) about why Lara and Gen weren’t friends anymore. I also wish that Lara Jean had more girlfriends. I didn’t care for one friend who was never around and always into trouble.

Even though it seems like I didn’t like this book, I still think it was a decent story. I flew through it in about 24 hours. The romance was cute and I really enjoyed the idea of Lara Jean and Peter. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA contemporary.

Roadside Assistance

27969091Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte
Published : 2016
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 : ebook
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3starFoley Sanders figured he’ll always be content with a life of cars and casual hookups. Until a run-in with Cyn, a statuesque firecracker with a hate-on for men, leaves him bewitched and intrigued-much to her annoyance.

Maybe Cynthia Nichols was a little hard on Foley, that muscular, tattooed, super-hot mechanic next door. But she’s tired of feeling defensive about her size and has sworn off men. She’s got a new job, new life, perfect plan. Foley has trouble written all over him-no way is she going to fall for his charms.

Foley might look like a bad idea, but underneath, he’s all gentleman. Too bad Cyn’s not buying it. What’s a bad boy to do when the goddess of his dreams won’t give him the time of day?

This book was nothing like I was expecting. I mean sure, it’s a romance book and has lots of sexy time, but the story was very well done and tasteful. I related to Cyn more than I thought I would and Foley was a great male lead. It was nice to see that for once, it wasn’t the guy who ended things near the end of book. He was the same from start to the end and didn’t cheat, stray away or change. I appreciated this most in the book.

As someone who is not or has never been skinny, I enjoyed Cyn’s story arc in the novel. Her relationship with her mother is something thankfully I’ve never experience, but I do know that it happens. I was happy to see that she came to understand what all of the digs was doing to her and her relationship with Foley. She got the help that she needed and was better for it. Again I was happy to see people stand up for her when she thought no one would.

I don’t read too many adult romance books, but I really liked this one and I plan to read the rest in the series because I want to know more about those handsome mechanics.

The Islanders Vol. 2

23287181The Islanders Vol. 2 by Katherine Applegate
Published : 2015
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 : ebook
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3starThe Islanders have known one another forever–but everyone has a secret. The third and fourth book in Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant’s electrifying series reach a whole new audience in this gorgeous omnibus edition.

Nina has never been very interested in having a boyfriend. Especially since the only guy she’s ever really liked happens to be dating her sister, Claire. But when Ben and Claire break up Nina begins to wonder if it’s time she take a risk and put her heart on the line. The only problem is the other thing . . . the secret that Nina has never told anyone. The secret that has haunted her for years.
Now Nina must decide if she can tell her friends the truth. And, if she does, whether it is possible Ben will ever look at her the same way again.

I feel the same way with this volume as I do with the first one. I miss the original books. I don’t connect with the updated slang and cultural references. I still really enjoyed it and it brought back memories of reading it in high school, so so many years ago.

I had forgotten what the third book in the series was about. Nina’s story is one that touches me because I’ve gone through something similar. I knew how she felt and she acted the way that one would expect from a victim of abuse. It was a dark story and for a while I didn’t think that she was going to get the support she needed. It was a nice surprise to see people stand up for her, who normally wouldn’t.

The fourth book was a nice break from all the heavy drama in the third one. It was mostly about the homecoming dance and who would be king and queen. Some of the drama might have been a little over board, but I enjoyed it none the less.

I’ll keep reading the next two novels whenever I need a good pick me up story. I’m so glad they decided to republish this books and hope that they will continue with the rest of the series.

Giant Days # 1 & 2

Giant Days #1 & 2 by John Allison  25785993
 : 2015 and 2016
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 : ebook
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4starSusan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

One of my goals this year was to read more (really start) graphic novels. When I started looking for a novel to read I was so overwhelmed with what to pick. I knew the big ones like Saga and Walking Dead, etc. But I didn’t want to start with those. I ran across this one on my public library’s site and knew instantly that I wanted to read it.

Within the first couple of pages I was laughing my butt off. I enjoyed the characters so much and the story in the first two volumes. While I had a hard time connecting with Daisy, I thought that Susan’s arc in the story was the best. I enjoyed her run in’s with her ex and wanted to know more of what went wrong with them. There were so many things that I could relate to and it was like being back in college.

I don’t want to give too much away because I think this is best going into it without knowing what it’s about. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is entering college, in college or wants to relive those wonderful years.

February Wrap Up

I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump this month. Most of the books I’ve read have been short contemporary books with a romance or what not. There were several books that I wanted to read this month that I just didn’t make it through. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken is one such example. I’ve read / listened to 66% of the book and couldn’t tell you a thing that’s happened. So I’ve put it down and will have to start over again in a different month. But for this month I’ve read a total of 9 books, not bad, but not great either.

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