Tag Archive | teen fiction

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Shuffle, Repeat,” by Jen Klein

4/5 stars

This was a beautiful book with an amazing story. I think it has DUFF and Easy A vibes. I enjoyed reading this book a lot, more than I expected, and this is my first book by this author and I’m very satisfied with it.

26067503This book follows the story of June and Oliver. June’s mom and Oliver’s mom arrange for both of them to ride together to school. June doesn’t like this arrangement, but there’s nothing she can do about it. June and Oliver know each other, or knew each other–but then they grew up, and high school happened. June believes that High School traditions are stupid and can’t wait to go to college to leave all of that stupidity behind. Oliver, on the other hand, believes that high school is all there is and that you need to make your high school years the best because you will remember them forever.

Since they have different opinions about high school, they argue most of the time, and to pass the time they listen to music on their way over to the school, hence the title. This story is full of fun, humor, lies, friendship, and future. I would recommend this story to anyone who’s having conflicting feelings about high school or college, and how two strangers can overcome anything, and find the truth in their hearts. 14 and up could read this. Enjoy!

 

 

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Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Eliza and Her Monsters,” By Francesca Zappia

4/5 stars

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I really enjoyed reading this book. The last book that I read by this author was “Made you up,” about a year ago, and I really did love it. This one did not disappoint. Francesca’s writing is beautiful and consistent, and I’m very curious as to see if she was the one who drew the art for her book because it is seriously amazing.

Eliza is the creator of a very popular web comic, and when I mean popular, I mean really popular. Like people have tattoos over her webcomic popular. Millions of people read her comic. But no one knows who she is in real life.

In school, she’s treated as a dork and a freak, and one day she decides to stand up for this kid, Wallace, because he was being bullied, or well, pressured is the most correct term. Anyways, he discovers that she likes Monstrous Sea, which is the web comic that she creates. Some pages fall out of the sketchbook she always has in hand and he sees them, but he doesn’t think that she’s the creator. I mean why would he. Anywho, they form a connection over the web comic, which in terms turns into romance, and I like it because Eliza is getting out of her comfort zone, and is the cutest thing to see her get all flustered when he directs any of the attention to her.

This story is about, love, trust, depression, because Jesus, Eliza is always depressed or in a mood. But it is also about friendship and losing people who are very close to you. Would recommend if you’ve read anything by Jennifer Niven, Jandy Nelson, Nicola Yoon, or Ned Vizzini.

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Alex, Approximately,” by Jenn Bennett

5/5 stars

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Uhh! I loved this book so much. Like, I can’t get over how good this book was. This is my first book ever that I’ve read from this author, and I honestly don’t know if this is her first one, but she did a damn great job. She’s such an amazing writer, and I’m proud of her for writing this book. The story line was amazing, the characters were super strong in terms of personality and character development, and the plot twist was different than what I was expecting but in a good way.

Enter Baily, aka Mink. She’s been talking to this guy, Alex, for a while online about movies and stuff, and he’s been inviting her to go to this film festival that happens in his town in California. They don’t know each other outside of the online chat, they don’t know their real names, nor where they live or none of that. The only that Bailey knows is that the town he lives in is where her dad lives and that she’s moving in with him. They have a great connection online, and Baily likes him a lot.

Bailey is sort of paranoid because of something that happened to her in the past, and that’s why she doesn’t tell Alex that she recently moved to his hometown, so instead she’s decided to find him on her own with the couple of clues and information he’s provided her over the time they’ve been talking.

Now, in the midst of finding Alex, Bailey gets a job and meets this guy named Porter, and OMG, Porter is sooooo sexy! Like I have him on my top 20 fav book boyfriend list. He’s a real jerk to her on the beginning, which immediately told me that he liked her. But, of course, Bailey can’t stand him. Uhhh! Did I mention that he was a surfer?

Anyways, that’s the line of the story and you have to read to find out about everything else. But I really did enjoy this cute story. It’s the perfect summer read! It talks about a summer romance, movies, surfing in Californian beaches, and more! BTW, the romance in this book is hot! The author doesn’t go into specific detail about what the characters do but she does make it happen. Anyone, 16 years and older can read! Would most certainly recommend!

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “When It’s Real,” by Erin Watt

3.5/5 stars

I did not like this story as much as I thought I was going to. First of all, the plot and story line are all wrong. The author decided to focus on the least important thing to develop the story. Second, the language of the book, the way the author wrote the characters was awful. I don’t know how old she is, but I don’t think she’s young enough to understand teen’s lingo these days. The way she wrote this story made it seem like she has two teenage children and she overheard them talk and then copied their conversation into the pages. I’m not even joking, some of the conversation between characters are so bad, that they made me cringe, and not in a good way.

She also writes without sentiment, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. But in this case, it felt like a bad thing. When you read her books, she doesn’t compare the characters emotion with anything. When she’s having the characters talk to each other, you don’t feel like their genuine because she focuses more on the physical part of the conversation instead of the emotional. When I’m reading a book, I want to make sure I feel what the character is saying and thinking. It’s a book, it’s supposed to 30731416make me feel their emotions. I don’t want to know that someone turns barely to the side, and she was talking. If I wanted that I would watch a movie.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think is bad that she went this route with her book, and I know some of you even appreciate it because she doesn’t get as poetical as the other authors. But when you read this book, you learn to appreciate the second-hand opinion that characters when describing things, people, or feelings–because you have a base of comparison, and as readers, it helps us a lot to understand what the character is going through.

I felt like there were so many things that she could have addressed in this, and others that honestly, she did not need to mention. Like, for example, Erin did not fully develop the actual emotions that Vaughn could have been feeling towards her parents. She could have gotten more into depth for that aspect. Also, she could have addressed Oakley’s relationship with his parents a little bit better. Oak has a strained relationship with his parents but it was also a great point to focus on for part of the story, instead of him going to stupid clubs for stupid reasons. Like, that was not as important as to solve his parents’ mystery.

The story itself had a lot of potentials, and if she would have gotten a different route with her plot twist, the book could have been way better. Something else that I didn’t like was how stupid the plot line was, I don’t want to give anything away, but I felt like there were more things that she could have made their “breaking point.” And she should have brought that plot twist part, (you know, the part where-everything-goes-wrong-before-it-gets-right part), sooner. She literally did it at the end, and not the middle end, but like a few pages from the end, giving us little to no space to wonder for the what if, or even the epilogue.

 

 

 

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “I see London, I see France,” by Sarah Mlynowski

26117336I love travel books, just because they get to be so fun, and you get to travel with the characters in the comfort of your house. I absolutely loved Sarah’s writing, I mean as I read along Sydney and her incredible journey with her best friend Leela, I felt like I was with them every part of the way. I also enjoyed the idea that Sarah made her characters older teens. I appreciate that they were 19 to 20-year-olds kids, and not younger–not that I have anything against younger characters but in the YA world is hard to find some older ones.

Anywho, the story follows the adventures Sydney and Leela as they go through Europe on their summer adventure. Big surprise happens when Leela’s ex also shows up for the ride, and they crash into him a couple of times in the country that they were visiting. Something that irritated me though was how quickly attached Leela got to her cheating ex-boyfriend, making her “love” him once again, and then resulting in being miserable for most of the trip when things wouldn’t go her way because of whatever mood her boyfriend manage to put her in. She got moody really quickly and that the hell out of me. I honestly think that the only thing that she did was prevent Sydney from enjoying the trip even further.

I also felt bad for Sydney because her mom was at home in the U.S. and she has an illness, and she had to check on her every once in a while. And well, that kept her from enjoying the trip as well. But all of that aside, Sydney does have a great time, she meets Leela’s ex-boyfriend’s friend, and a summer fling appears that has potential into turning into something else. I would definitely recommend if you like traveling and cute summer flings!

Non-Spoiler Book Review | “Geekerella” by Ashley Poston

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Beautiful story. I love this remake of Cinderella that Ashley has brought us. This is like the perfect modern/fangirl fairy tale that us, book lovers, needed.
Elle, aka Danielle, lives with her stepmother, aka step-monster, and her step-sisters. Elle is fed-up with everything that her stepmother makes her do, and since her father died the only thing that she has left for her is the show called “Starfield”. Her dad and she used to watch together all the time, so much so that her dad started a big convention just on the show itself many years ago, and now that’s all that she has from him.
Enter Darien, the super sweet actor who landed a the main role on the upcoming starfield movie. He is very determined to prove to the starfield audience that he can be their Federation prince, even though he puts a lot of pressure on himself, just because, like everyone else, he is a starfield fan! However, not everyone knows that, especially not Ella.
She’s extremely devastated that Darien Freedman got cast as the main role in the upcoming movie, and lets the world know about her distaste for him through her blog, which she pretty much fangirl about the show. They hate each other, but both of them go through the sort of the same situations despite living very different lives, and in the midst of all, they manage to find each other.
This story is hilarious, full of challenges, heartbreak, sadness, but overall, lots of love. Join Ashley in her incredibly different story of the Cinderella fairy tale, with a twist that as book lovers, we will love!

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.