Genre: Friendship

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Jul 02
{ARC Review+Giveaway} You and Me and Him by @KrisDinnison @HMHKids

{ARC Review+Giveaway} You and Me and Him by @KrisDinnison @HMHKids

You and Me and Him is a young adult contemporary that explores the age of old question of what happens when two best friends like the same guy. Will he come between the two friends? This review is going to be a bit different than my normal reviews because of the nature of the book, I don’t want to give away any specifics, because I fear if I say something, anything at all it will give you some idea of how the whole Tom situation is going to turn out. And that would just not be any fun. So I will give you a basic rundown of You and Me and Him and leave the enjoyment of reading it and finding out what is going on with Maggie, Nash and Tom all for yourself. First I need to start out by talking a bit about how much I love this cover. I think it fits the story perfectly, and I like that it isn’t like multitudes of other YA contemporary covers… Read more »

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Jun 23
{ARC Review} Local Girls by @CarolineZancan @riverheadbooks

{ARC Review} Local Girls by @CarolineZancan @riverheadbooks

Local Girls is a standalone adult fiction novel that I think has great crossover appeal to the new adult age group. Local Girls is told mostly in the past tense and centers around a group of 3, used-to-be 4, friends. They live outside of Orlando, which was fun for me as I am getting to be pretty familiar with the area. They are 19 for most of the events in the story, but the narrative voice is older, looking back on that summer. Because of this age gap between the characters and their older selves, I think Local Girls had a really unique perspective- one that readers in their late teens, twenties and beyond will all appreciate. Caroline Zancan was very methodical in her writing. It was descriptive and precise. It read almost like a memoir to me. Within the first few pages, you could actually feel the all encompassing heat that is Florida in the Summer. (then again, maybe that is because I am currently living that very heat… Read more »

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Jun 17
{Review+Giveaway} The Night We Said Yes by @LaurenGibaldi @HarperTeen

{Review+Giveaway} The Night We Said Yes by @LaurenGibaldi @HarperTeen

The Night We Said Yes is Author Lauren Gibaldi’s debut book. It is a really fun and cute story about a group of friends about to graduate high school. I love the layout and idea behind the story. The Night We Said Yes is told on two parallel timelines, featuring two different nights about a year apart from each other. Each night features the same group of friends, and each night is a night of saying yes. Meaning that whatever any one of the friends suggested doing, they did it. I love the idea of a night where you have to say yes to everything because you have no idea where it is going to lead to. Anything could happen. The Night We Said Yes is told in alternating chapters between the Now night and the Then night from a year prior. it was really cool reading back and forth between the two nights. I think I liked “then” night more, but I was more anxious to read the “now”… Read more »

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Jun 04
{Review} The Fill-in Boyfriend by @KasieWest @HarperTeen

{Review} The Fill-in Boyfriend by @KasieWest @HarperTeen

The Fill-in Boyfriend is Kasie West’s latest young adult contemporary romance. I loved her last book, On the Fence, so I was super excited to read The Fill-in Boyfriend. And I thought it was really cute. It dealt with some deeper friendship and self identity issues that were unexpected for me. I really liked the growth that Gia went through. She was a real winner in my book. That paired with the cute romance, made the Fill-in Boyfriend a hit for me. I ran into a couple of bumps with her friends, but I think they were intentionally pretty awful. Gia is a popular girl in her senior year. She is going to UCLA in the fall with  scholarship and a best friend as her roommate. Life seems pretty sweet, right? Well the book opens with Gia getting dumped in the parking lot before prom. So maybe not so sweet. But luckily for Gia, she meets Hayden- her fill-in boyfriend. I thought it was super cute how he wouldn’t tell… Read more »

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May 28
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Charlie Presumed Dead by @AnneHeltzel @RockstarBkTours @HMHKids

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Charlie Presumed Dead by @AnneHeltzel @RockstarBkTours @HMHKids

Charlie Presumed Dead is a young adult suspense thriller that will have you jet-setting all over the world just to find out if Charlie is really dead or not. The book starts out with Charlie’s funeral, where there are two girls who both think they are Charlie’s girlfriend. Serious girlfriend, at that. Neither one knew about the other, and as soon as they become aware of the other one, they find themselves confused by the other person’s Charlie. That was actually the aspect of Charlie that intrigued me the most. Sure he was a cheating jerk. That is obvious from the book summary, but Lena’s Charlie loved Olives and Aubrey’s Charlie Hated them with a passion. As soon as I read that, I knew this was going to be more than just a morbid scavenger hunt. There are so many layers to Charlie Presumed Dead. It is one hell of a ride. The book is told through the points of view of Lena and Aubrey mostly, with a couple of… Read more »

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Apr 30
{ARC Review}  The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

{ARC Review} The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is a young adult contemporary romance about a seaside town on the jersey shore. I really liked that the story takes place after the vicious hurricane Sandy because I thought it added a lot of depth to the story. There were some parts of The Summer After You and Me that I really liked, but overall this book was not a hit for me. And those of you that are familiar with my reading preferences will know what a bummer that was for me because I love contemporary romances so much. First, I am going to talk about the things that I did like about The Summer After You and Me and then I will talk about what didn’t work for me. I loved that Lucy wants to be a marine biologist and how much time she spends studying and helping the marine life at her beaches. I thought that aspect of the book was beautifully done. And I love… Read more »

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Jan 12
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Perfect Couple by @ JenniferEchols @Itchingforbooks

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Perfect Couple by @ JenniferEchols @Itchingforbooks

Perfect Couple is the second book in the young adult contemporary romance series, Superlatives by Jennifer Echols. The idea behind the series is super cute-each of the books focuses on a different coupling of kids from the same high school. The first book was about the two students that were named Biggest Flirts and this book is about an unlikely pair that was named “The Perfect Couple that Never was”. This is a new superlative to me, but I really like it! I wounder who my high school would have paired me up with if I was chosen for this superlative. In fact, this is how the summary describes the books, and I think it is pretty spot on: Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class’s superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives. Just like the first book, Perfect Couple was… Read more »

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Dec 11
{Review} Icarus by Danika Stone @danika_stone

{Review} Icarus by Danika Stone @danika_stone

Icarus was a darker book that I have read in a while. Which is good because I like to mix it up and raw books dealing with some of the tougher issues always bring out strong emotions in me. I just like to put that out there so that people can be aware of it up front. Because I know, sometimes I need to be ready for a very emotional book, especially one that deals with abuse. Danika Stone uses very descriptive, sometimes bordering on flowery language. The way that Icarus starts is interesting. The book starts you off with Tess in real time starting at a new school for her first day. And then it goes into a time lapse through her first few months at the school. It was a really effective technique that Danika Stone used because it allowed the reader to get to know Tess quickly. We picked up on facts about her, her life and her background because each of the “time lapses” stops and… Read more »

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Oct 28
{Guest Post Song+Giveaway} Get Happy by Mary Amato @maryamato

{Guest Post Song+Giveaway} Get Happy by Mary Amato @maryamato

I asked Mary what music inspires Minerva? And she shared an original song that she wrote with us! How awesome is that? I think Minerva would have slightly odd and broad taste. I think she goes for songs that are lyrically interesting. Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spektor would be among her favorites. I imagine Minerva frequenting open mics with Hayes and Fin and eventually singing her own songs, meeting more songwriters, and getting more and more confident. I love open mics and talent shows. My favorite thing to do at an open mic is play and sing a uke song because it’s so easy to bring along a uke. I love playing the guitar, but let’s face it, they are way heavier and harder to hide. You can carry a little uke with you everywhere and anywhere and whip it out. Parties. Parks. Airports. You name it. Here is one of the songs I wrote for Get Happy. I also asked Mary What we would find under her bed if we… Read more »

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Jul 28
{Review+Giveaway} #HomeroomDiaries by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou

{Review+Giveaway} #HomeroomDiaries by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou

The Homeroom Diaries is a hilarious story told in the form of a teens diary, complete with tons of awesome illustrations. It is hard for me to decide which I enjoyed more- the story through Margaret, or  “Cuckoo” as she has everyone call her, entries or her pictures to go along with the entries. It was a close call, both were equally awesome and both totally hilarious. The Homeroom Diaries is told from Cuckoo’s point of view, but because it is her diaries it is told in a kind of easily accessible stream of consciousness. I loved every page of this book, even the sad ones. Cuckoo does not have it easy. She has had more than her fair share of crappy things happen to her, but still through it all she is holding it together remarkably. I know the counselors at her school don’t think so, but I do. I admired the heck out of her. And I loved seeing her with her friends. Check out how they describe themselves… Read more »

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