reads lately: YA edition

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Goodreads description: A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lie. True love. The truth. Read it.And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE

My thoughts: I read this book in a matter of a few hours. it’s a quick read and it’s written in a nontraditional way. i read in some reviews people were not fans of how the book was written and laid out, but in my honest opinion i thought it worked for this plot line, and i loved this book. my only complaint about this book is that the inside flap, or the description of the book, is not even close to summing up the real premise behind this story. that annoys me and quite frankly i’d like to know what kind of a marketing manager would approve of such a shitty write up on a book, when, lets be honest, a lot of people choose to read (or not a read a book) based on how interesting the inside flap is. complete marketing fail.

Paper Towns by John Green

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Goodreads description: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

My thoughts: John Green is the cats meow right now after all the success of The Fault in Our Stars. So when i saw a preview of this book to be made into a movie I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. 

this book was so mehh for me. i found the main character, Margo, to be extremely annoying and self-absorbed. the more i read on in this book the more i wanted to punch her in the face and tell her to get over herself. While i enjoyed and liked Q as a main character, overall I found his “relationship” with Margo to be kinda of obsessive and borderline weird, and it took till about the last chapter of this book for me to feel like there was anything truly insightful about this story.  

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

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Goodreads description: Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness. There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner. Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

My thoughts: I read Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why not too long ago and was disappointed and quite frankly a little disgusted because i thought it glamorized suicide in a way that is never appropriate, so i was leery to pick up another young adult book about suicide. Boy am i glad i did though because, i adored this book. Everything that 13 Reasons Why got wrong, this book got right. the two main characters were cute and quirky and of course tragically flawed and misunderstood, but they were charming and lovable. I can’t say to much more without giving away some of how this book ends up, but i will say you won’t regret giving it a read.

In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks

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Goodreads description: Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is a superhero, or a ladies’ man, or simply a better version of himself. That’s the world he’s been escaping to most since sophomore year, a world where he has everything he doesn’t have in real life: friends, a place of honor on the track team, passing grades, and most importantly, Kylie Simms as his girlfriend. But when Jonathan confuses his worlds senior year and tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms, everything unravels. The real Kylie actually notices Jonathan … and begins obsessing over him. The fantasy version of Kylie struggles to love Jonathan as she was created to do, and the consequences are disastrous. As his worlds collide, Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylies forever.

My Thoughts: first and foremost i really enjoyed this book. secondly, i think one of the reasons why i enjoyed this books much was because by the last 1/3 you realize it has a much deeper premise than just a boy making up worlds because he’s in love with a girl who doesn’t love him back. this book is a little over 400 pages long, which is typically about my threshold for length because i have a tendency to get bored with plot lines over about 350 pages. this book never bored me once, it was interesting and i felt that nearly every page advanced the story in some way. this book also did a great job of intertwining real and fictional worlds without making it so that they ran together and confused the overall plot line. this book is a 2015 release so it’s new yet, but i think it has the potential to become very popular.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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Goodreads description: Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives. And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

My thoughts: once again, i saw a preview for a book being turned into a movie and i was immediately sucked into wanting to read it. i’m so easily fooled, its becoming a real problem. i was a little confused by the movie preview what the actual premise of the film was going to be (besides a boy, earl, and a dying girl of course), and i would say that same thought reins supreme with the book as well. at times i was reading literally thinking to myself, “what is the main plot here again?”. that’s not to say this book was funny and entertaining, it was both of those things, but sometimes irrelevantly funny and entertaining. as a book i wasn’t a big fan, BUT i could see how this would make a better movie than it would a book, so i’ll probably still get sucked into paying $10 to go see the movie at the theatre. like i said, i’m easily sucked in. it’s becoming problem.

Have you read any of these books? thoughts?

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  • I always look forward to your book reviews because I immediately go and add them to my kindle list. So now I have another round of books lined up!

    p.s. miss you and i think we should take a trip to RI this summer. Just saying…

    • I was just thinking that same thing! i would love to go to RI this summer!! are you going to be spend like a long weekend or something on Cassandra? i don’t mean to like invite myself, but i’d love to invite myself and some for a visit. hahaha

      • Umm I’ll text you but YES! I’ll be there for like 10 days in August and 10 days in a few weeks! So you should absolutely invite yourself!

        • omg yes!! i’m texting you right now!

  • If you liked We Were Liars, I have another one for you…this one is for adults and I thought it was even better than Liars. Still the whole wealthy people in a vacation compound setting. Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore…just came out in paperback.

    • i just added it! i’m so glad i found you on goodreads!