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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “What To Say Next,” by Julie Buxbaum

4/5 stars

I love this story so much. I’ve read her other book before, “Tell me three things,” and I really did enjoy that one. So, when I started reading this one, I was expecting sort of the same theme. The way I see Julie as an author is like Kasie West, she writes cute contemporary teen romances and they are so much fun to read.

30199656However, when you first start this book you immediately realize that this is not your common YA romance. I’ve never read a book where a character suffered from an illness such as Aspergers, which I honestly find cool because not many choose to write about such topics just because they think that they won’t reach the desired target audience.

But in this case, Julie managed to incorporate the illness to a very handsome, weird and lonesome guy, in a way that transfixes us because we get to see the illness from his point of view.  David is a very smart young boy, with an incredibly brilliant mind and a witty mouth. Part of having Aspergers is always saying what’s on your mind without thinking about it first, and well this is the case of David.

Enter Kit, recently saddened and devasted by the loss of her in a car accident, she looks for comfort and silence at the table where David sits alone in their school cafeteria. Both of them manage to form an unusual friendship which in the future morphs into love.

They face a lot of challenges because David’s illness categorizes him as weird in his school, and people do not look kindly towards him. This story is all about confronting your fears, finding love in the least unexpected place, and being brave towards yourself and expressing your feelings. I would recommend to anyone that knows about someone with this type of illness, (and I’m not sure illness is the right word), and would like an another point of view on this topic. But it is also a beautiful story that teaches teens how to respect each other and treat each with love.

 

 

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Stranger than Fanfiction,” by Chris Colfer.

5/5 Stars.

This book was one of the most amazing reads I’ve read this year. The whole book is full of life, each character has its own world full of situations that are presented in the real one, in each one of our lives, and it’s so good to see yourself in each one of these characters. It’s hard to find a book where you can find a part of yourself in each one of them, but in this book, it was like so easy to identify with them.
Chris Colfer is an amazing author, and this book is written in the third person. It tells the story about four friends that are going on a road trip as a goodbye trip before they go to college, and as a joke, they invite one of their idols, from a tv show they all love, to join them on the trip. Big surprise happens when Cash Carter, tv star from the famous tv show “Wiz Kids,” decides to join them on their trip, and it will forever change their life.
Cash Carter is the superstar of the friend’s favorite show, they met because of this show, and now they are best friends because of it as well. However, when he joins the group of teenagers, they get the shock of their life when they realize he’s nothing like he is on tv. I mean, of course, they knew he was a character from tv, but the way he acted throughout the whole journey was so different from what they thought that it change their lives. He’s an interesting character fed up with all the “fame” and fortune of being an actor of a big show. He says that there are certain expectations with being an actor that people want him to follow, and he has for most of his life; however, he’s fed up with it, and decides to join four strangers in this random adventure.

31694016I love that Chris gives us a famous person point of view. We get to see how Cash is tired of people every time they meet him, they don’t want to meet Cash Carter, they want to me the character that he plays on the show, and that bothers him a lot. Sometimes we don’t realize that famous people get tired of being behind the camera, and easy for us to judge because well they have everything we don’t, but if you are an actor who;s has grown up behind the lens of a camera, you get tired of it and, well, I imagine that this is how Daniel Radcliffe must’ve felt growing up with Harry Potter, he had gotten tired at some point, and the only thing we did was judge him because of it. I do love this perspective on the book, it most certainly changes our views on that industry.
Topher—the random guy that’s super tall but is not because he plays basketball. He was the mastermind behind the trip and their driving in his mom station wagon. He has a disabled brother, and well that impeding him from going to the school he wants to go, and he decides to stay to help his mom with his brother. I’m mentioning this because it’s a very important factor towards the development of the book, in his life. Oh, and he also has a crush on Sam.that bothers him a lot.
Next, there’s Sam—you see there’s something about her, and I don’t want to give anything away because her secret we don’t see it coming until she tells us what it is. Chris Colfer manages to implement real life situations to these characters, and well, Sam’s secret, is a situation that we see happening every day in our lives, and that many teens deal with what Sam is going through, and that before the YA books didn’t use to talk about. I love the way the author portrayed Sam, and there was a scene in this book where Sam and Cash are on top of a roof, and the way Sam explains her situation to Cash to me is just so amazing, and I wish that teens and people from around the world realized this too. Sam even though she’s afraid, she’s super strong, she’s full of fear, and she keeps going. So, to all the teens that are going through her situation, please understand that you are not alone and that there’s always someone out there who understands you.
Joey is the son of a pastor, a very well respected pastor, loved and adored by their community, and well, his father condemns everybody that doesn’t follow the rules of God. Joey has a secret that is not is as bad, but in his circumstances, he faces challenges because of it. He’s afraid of what his family might think, and he’s afraid that his friends won’t accept him. This, again, is a situation that we see happening a lot in the YA community, and thank God more authors are talking about on the books. Chris doesn’t sugar coat it, and that’s one of the things that I loved about this book, how real it is. Not everything in this book is all fun and games, and things don’t end up well for all of them, but yet somehow they managed to find each other and stick through their friendship despites the secrets and lies, and that’s what every squad should be about.
Mo is a really interesting character. Her secret is not as big the other ones but is a secret nonetheless, and once again, it has to do with a parent perspective. Her father wants Mo going to a school she doesn’t want to go, and she’s faced with the challenge of refusing him, and he refusing to pay for education, or accepting his decision and being miserable for the rest of her life. There’s a scene in this book where she and Cash are in a car together driving like crazy, and Mo tells Cash that she never wanted to go to that school, the only reason she’s doing it, is because her father wants her to, and Cash is like “you can’t live your life the way other are expecting, you are supposed to live your life the way you want,” he didn’t say those exact same words, but it was something similar. And well, that scene stocked to me and made me realized that not everyone is going to be happy on how you go in life, things will be different, but you got to make sure that is the way you want it to go, not to please others.
In the end, we get to see why Cash Carter is living the way he is and behaving like crazy in this trip, and it makes me sad, but what he does in the end for this group of strangers is stranger than fanfiction.

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Goodbye Days,” By Jeff Zetner.

This book is highly underrated and I feel like the story line is needed to be read everyone, not just teens, adults should read this book too. I gave this book 4 stars out of 530649795 just because it was a little slow to start. This is the first book I read from Jeff, and I have to say I’m really impressed.
Goodbye Days follows the story of Carver, who sends a text that kills his three best friends in a car accident. Apparently, he was waiting for them, and they were driving to meet him, and he sent the text to see where they were, and well, texting and driving is not a good thing. I felt bad for Carver throughout this whole book because the people blamed him for the deaths of his friends, even himself, and he suffers so much. They are taking him to trial because of it, looking to press criminal charges against him. And need I remind you that he’s only 17, so the stress level that he’s feeling is so overwhelming that he starts having panic attacks. I think that the only thing that helps him get through his depression are Jesmyn, one of the best friends widowed-girlfriend, his sister Grace, and his therapist Dr. Mendez.
His sister acted the way I would have if my brother was going through a situation like this, God forbids, she’s the older sister that every kid should have. She was the one who recommended the therapist, and I believe that kids should realize this, that if you have a problem going on in your life, and it’s best if you talk it out with someone, don’t be afraid of getting help, it would make you feel so much better, you just gotta give a chance.
In the midst of losing his three best friends, one of the fathers of the friends is a Judge, he’s the one pressing charges to Carver. The sister of one of his best friends hates him to death because she blames him for the death of her brother. And not to mention that he just keeps remembering his friends on the different stages of his life.
He decides is a good idea to have some sort of goodbye days to his best friends, a sort of way of letting go, and he does so with each of the families. This book is incredibly sad, I cried like a baby, please be careful when you are driving out there, DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE, because I would hate for something to happen to you over negligence just like it happened to Carver.
This book teaches us a lesson, and I just hope that we learn it before it’s too late.

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

Well, this book is exactly what you expect it to be like. It talks about a situation that is very real in our lives and therefore needed addressing. And I love how this Angie Thomas used a situation and made a book for teens to be aware of what’s going on ar32075671ound them.
This book is about black lives matter movement. The main character is black and goes to an all-white-people school. Now, it is intriguing to see Starr going through all the changes that happened since the incident. I don’t know if revealing the incident is a spoiler, so I just won’t say it. However, throughout this whole book, you see her struggling, her family, her friends, her other friends–everything is falling apart for her, and you see that she suffers a lot because of it. But also, I believe is really important to that Angie showed the two sides of the perspective because you get to see the struggling cop as well, and how it affects her life–since her uncle is a cop.
This book is super important for today’s society, and I believe everyone should read it. It is a complete work of fiction, but I felt like every part of it was real.

By the way, it would mean a lot to me if you could watch my recent youtube video it talks about our most anticipated reads for the month of March, 2017. Thank you!

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

5/5 STARS.

SPOILER ALERT

This book was absolutely mind blowing. I loved everything about it. Noah and Jude are nothing as the character I imagined them to be. They’d impressed me. I usually don’t read books like this. At first when I picked this book, it was like

But then it shifted.

For me it was pretty incredible how the mind of the twins worked. Noah by the age of thirteen could draw galaxies with his brain, not to mention how good he was with his hands. It was unbelievable how his mind could create those worlds and how him and his sister had created situations in their brains that no thirteen or sixteen year old is able to.
When I was thirteen I wouldn’t even had one percent of the capability that the twi20820994ns have. The way that they interpret situations and life problems and transform them into some sort of a art piece. Beautiful. Just beautiful.
I like to think of both of their lives as simple art masterpieces.
Noah, he is a thirteen year old. He narrates the story around that age, and he’s going through some difficult times because of his sexuality. He is falling in love with the boy next door, but on top of that he has some issues with his best friend in the world, his sister. His sister is very popular and he isn’t. He is labeled as the weird kid. He likes to paint, he paints in his head, and every scenery that he is going through, he also paints. That’s what I like most about him. He sees the world in a different way, the way I wish I would’ve seen it when I was his age.
Then it transitions to his sister, Jude. She narrates the story at the age of sixteen, and in this part. The twin had switched papers, because of their mother’s death. She is a struggling artist that lives with lies. She has hurt so many people, especially his brother. He is no longer the way he used to be. He’s become popular and she’s the one left alone.
She got into the SCA not his brother, and she’s struggling with her presentations. In the end she has to go tutoring, with a mentor, that becomes somewhat very important in her life. His name is Guillermo Garcia. He’s tempered and always angry, but somehow he agrees to help her become better with her sculptures.
She meets Oscar Ralph, he is a very special character, because they are somehow meant to be. It’s beautiful, the way they turned out to be is just amazing.
I feel like I can’t get enough of this book. I marked every favorite part of the book, and I can’t seem to get enough. This book has so much knowledge that it blows your mind.
I definitively recommend it.