Wednesday, October 28, 2009

How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison

Today's book is Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison. The description of this book is:

Boyfriends are supposed to be loyal, caring and handsome. Giovanna's boyfriend Jesse may have the last two down, but he's seriously lacking in the loyalty department. When her twin brother, Dante, runs for student body president, Jesse campaigns for the opponent. In the heat of the moment, Giovanna dumps Jesse and becomes Dante's campaign manager. But she almost immediately regrets her decision. Beating the mayor's son at school politics and winning her boyfriend back are going to take a lot more risk than Giovanna ever dreamed she'd take.

This is another book I found browsing through my library! This book was soooo good! I didn't know if it was going to be too interesting based on the description but It turned out to be amazing! The whole plot was so cute and Giovanna is such a great character. Her sarcastic and joking tone made me laugh throughout the whole book! And of course Jesse is great too! You wont know if you should love him or hate him till the end, but I wont ruin the surprise! This book was such a quick and upbeat read. I always love when books can make me laugh. Although, if anyone's around me they usually look at me like I'm crazy. But anyway, If you're looking for a funny and cute book, this one's for you! Hope you guys enjoy :]

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Queen of Second Place by Laura Peyton Roberts

Today's book is a book a lot of you probably haven't heard of! It's called The Queen of Second Place by Laura Peyton Roberts. The description of this book is:

Cassie Howard believes everyone has a talent. Unfortunately, hers is taking second place. No matter how hard she tries, she’s always second best . . . in school, in life, and especially in love.

When Cassie discovers new-boy-in-town Kevin Matthews she wants him on sight. But so does conniving Sterling Carter, a ridiculously beautiful preppy princess and Cassie’s enemy since freshman year. Sterling is the kind of girl who always gets it all, and Cassie . . . isn’t. Is there any point even trying when the first fifteen years of Cassie’s life have proven she’s doomed to fail? Can the Queen of Second Place ever truly win?

With newfound determination and the support of friends whose not-so-glorious talents range from parking cars to whistling, Cassie sets out to capture Kevin’s heart—and make herself first at last.

I thought this book was really good! I had never heard of the author or the book but while I was searching the YA section at my library I came across it. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was very happy when I finished it! Cassie's character is so awesome! Laura definitely has a great teenage voice in this book! Through first person, she takes us through Cassie's story in such a funny and perfect way. I absolutely loved the whole talent part of the book! I promise that if you read this book you will love it once you're finished! It has such a perfect ending! The only thing I didn't like too much was that some of the things Cassie did or went through were kind of juvenile or immature. The kind of things we would do in middle school or something, but it definitely didn't overcome all of the great things about the book! Also, there is a sequel out there as well. I loved that one as much as this one so make sure if you like this one you check out the sequel! If you don't want to buy the book, check your local library! There's a good chance they could have it. Hope you guys enjoy :]

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Hey guys! Sorry I haven't posted in a few days, but I was on a trip to see my friend all weekend so I couldn't get to a computer. Today I'm back and my next review is going to be Just Listen by Sarah Dessen! The description of the book is:

Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has
everything"—at least that's the part she played in the television
commercial for Kopf's Department Store.This year, she's the girl who
has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped
her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no
one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong. Tall, dark,
and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to
truth-telling. With Owen's help,maybe Annabel can face what happened
the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

This was the first book of Sarah Dessen's that I ever read. As soon as I was done with the book I remember thinking, wow that was the best book I've ever read. This book has so many things going on with it: friend drama, modeling, boy issues, anorexia, and even some bigger issues I don't want to tell you about so I don't ruin the story! This book isn't all serious though. There are plenty of happy moments that keep you reading. Once again Sarah has written another masterpiece! I definitely recommend you read this book! Even if you're not an avid reader, this book will definitely catch your attention! It's a perfect example of true YA material. Hope you guys enjoy! :]

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

Today's book is going to be Bloom by Elizabeth Scott! The description of this book is:

Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and a boyfriend every girl wants. So why is she so unhappy?

It takes the arrival of Evan Kirkland for Lauren to figure out the answer: she's been holding back. She's been denying herself a bunch of things (like sex) because staying with her loyal and gorgeous boyfriend, Dave, is the "right" thing to do. After all, who would give up the perfect guy?

But as Dave starts talking more and more about their life together, planning a future Lauren simply can't see herself in-- and as Lauren's craving for Evan, and moreover, who she is with Evan becomes all the more fierce--Lauren realizes she needs to make a choice...before one is made for her.

I loved this book as soon as I read the first chapter! Lauren is like me in the sense that she loves to read! I loved her quote: "I love books. I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that's way more interesting than yours will ever be." This quote is so true! Anyway, the plot to this book was great. A lot of teens will be able to relate to Lauren and her parents situation. This book had a great love story and a lot of family issues. I'd say Bloom is one of Elizabeth Scott's best books! This book brings a lot of elements to the story and if you're looking for a fast paced read and a great story this is for you! Hope you guys enjoy :]

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Today's book is Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler! One of my absolute favorite books!

The description of this book is:

For Anna Reiley and Frankie Perino, the ingredients for the Absolute Best Summer Ever are simple: Two girls. Two bikinis. And twenty days in Zanzibar Bay, California. The best part? According to Frankie, if they meet one boy every day, there’s a good chance Anna will find her first summer romance.

Anna lightheartedly agrees to the fun, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie… she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death last year.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

This book really blew me away. Sarah's character development of Matt was written so exceptionally that by the end of the second chapter I was almost crying. She really knows how to make you feel for a character and fall in love with him. Other than the Matt situation, the book has so many more great qualities! Even though there are a lot of sad points in the book, there is humor mixed in as well. Frankie is a very interesting character and makes everything better. Anna is the one all teenagers are like in a lot of ways. Sarah's perception of grief works perfectly in this book, making you really feel like you've lost someone as well. Okay, well maybe not THAT extreme, but still, very, very good! I could not put this book down until I finished it. It takes a lot for a book to shout out to me as one of the best, and this one definitely did it. It was a perfect debut for a first time author and I cant wait to read her next one, coming out next fall. I really recommend this book to anyone, hope you guys enjoy! :]

Monday, October 19, 2009

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

This post is about another one of my favorite books, Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti.

The description of this book is:

Derek is clearly the boy Marisa has been waiting for, but there's just one problem. He has a girlfriend. Nash, Marisa's neighbor and childhood friend, is totally geeked out, with zero boyfriend potential. So of course Nash wants to take his friendship with Marisa to the next level.

Beyond her boy drama, Marisa is also dealing with overcoming a major problem from her past, a family that's falling apart, and a best friend who won't stop talking to sketchy guys online. Only the anonymous DJ, who has the school hooked on his underground podcasts, seems to get what Marisa's going through. But she has no idea who he is...or does she?

This book was so great! Susane Colasanti has a wonderful writing style and teenage voice. I especially liked the dialogue with the use of "I was like" instead of "I said" because it's really what teenagers say when were talking about a conversation. One of my other favorite parts of the book was the dedication, "For everyone out there who is still waiting." I mean, I usually don't pay too much to the dedication of books, but this one meant a lot to me. On Susane's official website, she talks about how she wants to help teens with her books and that's exactly what she does with this one. This book deals with Depression, love, family, and friends. All things teens deal with today. She writes flawlessly with a sense of humor and a great plot. I love Marisa. She's so different than most characters in books and I love her spunk. It's really interesting to follow along with her progression throughout the book. This one was a great read and I couldn't put it down until I was finished! Hope you guys enjoy :]

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Hey guys! Today my first two posts are going to be about two of my favorite books! The first one I'm going to talk about is my absolute favorite book. The book title is where I got the name for my blog, so I thought it fit well for the first post! Hope you guys enjoy.

The description of this book is:

Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She's stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she'll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father's recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother's open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a
whole new way, and really start living it.

I thought this book was amazing! Sarah Dessen's writing style is serious yet it portrays a teens mind perfectly. This book makes you really think about life and how you should be living it. And of course the love story part of it was great also! Every one who reads this book will fall in love with Wes almost immediately. You'll be rooting for Wes and Macy from the moment the meet. I loved some of the quotes in this book! I'd have to say page 136 is my favorite. There is such good material on that page! Dessen's writing is flawless in this book and she knows how to make you laugh! I have to say besides Wes, Bert and Kristy are my favorite characters. They're very well developed and so easy to love. If you're looking for a great romance and a great life experience, this book is for you! Hope you guys enjoy :]