Tag: realistic fiction

Aug 27
{Review} UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD by Lygia Day Peñaflor

{Review} UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Unscripted Joss Byrd is author Lygia Day Peñaflor’s debut novel. I found Unscripted Joss Byrd to be a very interesting read. One that I don’t see too much of in young adult literature. I think the fact that the novel draws on Lygia’s firsthand experience as a teacher for young Hollywood stars adds a level of credibility that made me feel like what I was reading was part expose and part fiction. I consider Unscripted Joss Byrd to be young adult fiction because of the maturity and nature of some of the situations and themes, however the main character is a little on the young side. I think I would have preferred Joss to have been a couple of years older. In the end, it worked out alright because I think Hollywood ages you so much that you end up being older than your years, but that was my main hold back with the story. What I loved the most about Unscripted Joss Byrd was that I felt like we… 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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Mar 30
{#Review } Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark @jaypatrickclark @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt

{#Review } Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark @jaypatrickclark @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt

Finding Mr. Brightside is the sweetest story about two quirky teenagers that have (completely different) problems of their own, each stemming from a singular incident that affected them both. Abram and Juliette are neighbors and they each had their own little average nuclear family, until Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad decided to have an affair together. And then they both died in a car crash while they were away together. So it is kind of a gossip worthy and messed up situation. Finding Mr. Brightside is told in alternating points of views between Abram and Juliette and these two kids could not be more different. Juliette is as type A as they come, popping more than her already too high dosage of adderall just to keep up with everything self imposed thing she wants to do. The funny thing about Juliette is that she had all the makings of someone that would be queen bee in high school, but she was almost as much of a loner as Abram was…. Read more »

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Mar 12
{Review+Giveaway} Never Trust a Happy Song by Natalie Bina #TakeControlTBR

{Review+Giveaway} Never Trust a Happy Song by Natalie Bina #TakeControlTBR

Never Trust a Happy Song is a standalone young adult contemporary/realistic fiction novel that deals with the surface and below the surface two very different teenage girls face. Though one or two aspects of this story didn’t 100% agree with me, I liked the overall story progression and theme. And I thought the story ended in a nice place. (although where was Cassidy’s mother. She was coming up to visit with her and then poof nothing. The story ended and there was no mention of her.) This is not necessarily a happy book, but it is the journey of two 15 year old girls. When you look at Grace and Cassidy, you couldn’t find two girls that seemed further apart. Cassidy is ALL about school and studying and basically entering the rat race as a tween. It is all she has known. Which wouldn’t bug me at all, if that had been her choice. But she didn’t even seem to have a helping hand in picking the direction of her… Read more »

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Jul 23
{Review+Giveaway} Everything’s Fine by Janci Patterson @jancipatterson

{Review+Giveaway} Everything’s Fine by Janci Patterson @jancipatterson

Everything’s Fine is a really powerful read. You know those books that reach through your chest and rattle you? They just shake up all your insides and make you feel. Not always pleasant feelings, but definitely powerful feelings. Everything’s Fine is told both in the present as well as through a series of flashbacks. It it about the best friend of a girl that killed herself. You really get a full picture of how her decision affected a ton of people around her. What I loved about Everything’s Fine is that it was just as much about Kira as it was about her friend Haylee that killed herself. Kira throws around the “F” word a lot, trying to reassure herself, and everyone else, that things were in fact fine. I have no idea how anyone could possibly believe her though. My heart went out to Kira. To be left in the aftermath of what her friend did, with no answers had to be one of the hardest things for anyone… Read more »

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Jun 11
{Review} The Other Summer Girl by Sarah D. Towne

{Review} The Other Summer Girl by Sarah D. Towne

The Other Summer Girl is listed as a new adult contemporary romance. I would categorize it more as a Young Adult realistic fiction. There was romance, and it certainly took up a lot of the book, at least in the main characters eyes, but I think a much bigger focus of the book was watching Melanie adjust to college life during her freshman year. The Other Summer Girl is a difficult book for me to review, and I am going to attempt to explain why. On one hand The Other Summer Girl is excellent. Sarah D. Towne’s writing has this incredibly engaging and honest voice. I felt like I was sitting down talking to someone explain their freshman year of college. It felt so real. This book does an excellent job portraying the college experience for so many people. From dorm life to sororities to roommate issues, to parties. Everything was just like I remembered it. From a realistic fiction standpoint, The Other Summer Girl is fantastic. But… (yes, you… Read more »

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Feb 04
{Review+Giveaway} Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison

{Review+Giveaway} Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison

Welcome to my stop on the Anything to Have You blog tour CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL TOUR SCHEDULE Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison Paperback, 304 pages Published January 28th 2014 by Harlequin Teen Age Group: Young Adult Source: eARC from Publisher (Via NetGalley) Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys. Natalie and Brooke have had each other’s backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be. Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can’t remember and Brooke’s boyfriend, Aiden, can’t forget. Suddenly there’s a question mark in Natalie and Brooke’s friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means. There was a lot that I loved about this book, but there were also a few things that didn’t work for me. The writing in Anything To… Read more »

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Sep 05
{Review+Giveaway} Painted Boots by Mechelle Morrison

{Review+Giveaway} Painted Boots by Mechelle Morrison

Welcome to my stop on the Painted Boots blog tour Be sure to check out the rest of the tour. Painted Boots by Mechelle Morrison Release date: July 4, 2013 Age Group: Mature Young Adult Genre: Contemporary Romance Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/nTe8UoTEZxg Source: ecopy from author  Summary from Goodreads: When her father drags her to a new life in Wyoming, Aspen Brand doesn’t expect to fall for a cowboy named Kyle Thacker—but she does.  At seventeen, Aspen and Kyle share unexpected ground: guitar, running, physics.  And guilt.  Aspen blames herself for her mother’s car accident, while Kyle can’t find a way past his brother’s suicide. On their first date they open up to each other, forging an unbreakable bond between them.  But Kyle has spent two years living with a vicious secret—one his ex-girlfriend will do anything to protect—and sharing his truth with Aspen makes her a target.  Now if Kyle is to be her love story, Aspen must first win the fight of her life.   Note: Painted Boots is… Read more »

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Aug 22
{Review+Giveaway} Going Under by S. Walden

{Review+Giveaway} Going Under by S. Walden

Welcome to my stop on the Going Under blog tour Be sure to check out the rest of the tour Note: this is a new adult book and deals with mature themes so it may not be suitable for readers under 17.  Going Under by S. Walden  Publication date: March 19th 2013 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult  Source: ecopy from author   Synopsis: Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls. Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the… Read more »

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Aug 18
{Review} Found by Nadia Simonenko

{Review} Found by Nadia Simonenko

Hey guys, I hope you are having a great weekend. Things have been pretty rough for me these past couple of months and a few of you lovely friends have been asking me about it so an update post will be coming later this week. I was touched that you guys reached out to me to check in on me. I really love you all.  Today I have a review of the sequel to a new adult book that I absoluely LOVED earlier this year.    Check out my review of Lost if you are new to the Lost and Found series HERE And then I would recommend that you immediately run out to buy yourself a copy of Lost and of Found because this is a must read series, in my opinion. It is incredible! Found by Nadia Simonenko Published: July 5th 2013 Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance Source: ecopy from author Series: Lost and Found #2   Synopsis: We’ll find each other somehow. We’re not lost anymore…All it… Read more »

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