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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend was a mediocre book.

Summary from goodreads:
Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

I really didn't care for this book. I thought that the first one in the series had a lot of drama, but this one was worse. I am pretty sure that I will never read the final book in the series.

There was a lot of drama and love trouble in this book. I really didn't like that, and it annoyed me to read it.

Rose's character was the most redeeming quality of this book. She was portrayed as a true teenage. She went through tough times, and could be a drama queen. Rose was a very rounded character, and the best part of the book.

Jamie was also a drama queen, but not so much in a good way. I am usually not one for the "bad boys" in books, but he seemed different somehow. I thought he was very sweet.

I liked to see how Rose had family trouble. Her mother refused to acknowledge that her dad had died, and her brother was getting high with a girl. Seeing this made me relate more to Rose, because she was just a teenager.

Overall, this book had a okay plot but a great narrator.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Book Blitz: The Secrets of Eden

Review: No Love Allowed

No Love Allowed

No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


No Love Allowed was a great romance book.

Caleb is a rich guy who just graduated from high school. When he breaks up with his girlfriend, his father forces him to go to his business events over the summer. He wants a girlfriend for that, so he hired Didi, a poor girl, to play his girlfriend for the summer. But will they really fall in love?

I went into this book with average expectations. I wanted to read it when it came out, so when I had an opportunity to read and review it, I eagerly took it. It totally surpassed my expectations. This book was awesome, and kept me reading.

Dido and Caleb were such rich characters. Didi was a bipolar girl who's family was struggling to make ends meet. She was artsy and very cool. Caleb was a rich boy, but not stuck up. He was sweet, but didn't know how to show it.

The story was kind of a Cinderella story. The rich "prince" falls for the poor girl, and they fall in love. The love story was captured with rich vibrant wording and kept me imagining. It was sweet to read. This book was ordinary, but not ordinary at the same time.

One problem I had with this book was the way they portrayed bipolar disorder. Didi practically seemed fine. I would have loved to see how the disorder affected her more.

Overall, this was a pretty good summer romance.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: When It Happens

When It Happens When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When It Happens by Susane Colasanti is an ordinary and somewhat cheesy book.

Summary from Goodreads:
At the start of her senior year in high school, Sara wants two things: to get into a top college and to find true love. Tobey also wants two things for his senior year: to win Battle of the Bands and to make Sara fall in love with him. However, a popular jock named Dave moves in on Sara first. But Tobey’s quirky wit and big blue eyes are hard for Sara to ignore. Plus, he gets the little things that matter to her. Can a slacker rock-star wannabe win the heart of a pretty class brain like Sara?

This review will be short and sweet. I was expecting this amazing novel about first love, and hoped Susane Colasanti lived up to her hype. What I ended up with was a sappy and ordinary story of the generic bad boy and goody-goody girl falling in love. There was some drama between them, but it all worked out. There were some redeeming things about this book, I just didn't really like it.

Overall, this book really surprised me, and not in a good way. The writing was blah and the plot was generic.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl

Confessions of an Angry Girl Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett was a good book, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Rose Zarilli was a freak. People though that she was a bad girl, because she was still grieving her dad's death. But when she meets Jamie Forta, an older boy, things get bad. Jamie's might be girlfriend now hates Rose, and is out to get her.

I thought this book was okay, but full of typical teen drama. It had a very promising synopsis, but the real book didn't quite live up to it. However, it still kept me reading, and I just finished the second book. I guess right after I read it I didn't dislike it quite this much.

I thought Rose was an annoying character, but I think she was meant to be that way. She irritated me, yet made me feel sympathy for her. I guess she felt read and had real emotions to me. In other ways, she wasn't that annoying and just sounded young, like a fourteen year old usually does sound. I admire the way the author made her sound.

There were some very redeeming qualities of this book. FIrst of all, it was very realistic. It dealt with teen drama. I thought it was interesting how Rose's best friend wanted to have sex with her boyfriend, but how Rose stood up to her and said she shouldn't. It made me admire Rose, and see her as what she was portrayed.

The romance of this book was complicated and a little annoying, but it was realistic.

Overall, this was a good book that had many redeeming qualities.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: Going Vintage

Going Vintage Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt was a unique contemporary book.

Summary from Goodreads:
When Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.

This book was a very interesting book that kept me reading. It was about a girl named Mallory. She was a teenager, who decided to try to not use the internet. It was an interesting experiment, but it didn't go too well.

I really liked Mallory's character. She was sweet, cool, and didn't always follow the trend. I thought that it was nice that she was trying to be different, but it was strange. I mean, who would go without internet just to get revenge on a boyfriend? If that wasn't bad enough, she also had to decide to dress vintage as well.

The plot of this book was pretty generic. It was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

I liked the romance, but I definitely didn't like Jeremy. He was a player and a cheater. I did like the online aspect in the romance, because it made it more interesting.

Overall, this is a decent book.

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