Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells Review

thesummerofskinnydippingThe Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pub. Date: June 1st 2010
Pages: 324 pages
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought

Sometimes I still wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I'm jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the very beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life.

My name is Mia Gordon: I was sixteen years old, and I remember everything.

My Thoughts:

I bought this book after seeing it on sale in the Nook section and I saw that it had a lot of good reviews so I decided to purchase it and give it a chance. I honestly couldn't be more pleased with it! Mia and her family go to their family's vacation home for the summer. She's excited to see her cousin because they hadn't seen each other in 3 years and they were pretty much like p.b. and j until just recently. She started noticing that her cousins emails, text and phone calls seemed shorter as time went on until they were pretty much non existent. When they arrive it just a roller coaster ride even after the end.

This book is totally relatable. I felt like I was in the same position as Mia. No matter how hard you try, your younger sister always has the upper hand. Her parents were decent, except her mom reminded me of mine and most of the book I was just urgh with her. Although her dad was a dad that I wished I had. I love that this book pretty much shows how not everything is what it seems. It's one of those bittersweet story's. Simon and Mia's relationship was far more real than a lot of the other books I've read. It was slow but fast but everything in between all at the same time. This book was just full of awesome. Howells did an excellent job in keeping me interested as well as developing a deep message that will stay with me long after the book! I give this one 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

What was your most memorable summer? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Something Like Fate by Suzanne Colasanti

somethinglikefateSomething Like Fate by Suzanne Colasanti
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pub. Date: May 4th 2010
Pages: 268 pages
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Library 

Best friends Lani and Erin couldn't be more different. Lani'’s reserved and thoughtful; Erin'’s bubbly and outgoing. Lani likes to do her own thing; Erin prefers an entourage. There'’s no possible way they could be interested in the same guy.

So when Erin starts dating Jason, Lani can’'t believe she feels such a deep connection with him— and it may be mutual. The more Lani fights it, the more certain she feels that it’'s her fate to be with Jason. But what do you do when the love of your life is the one person you can’'t have?

My Thoughts:

I've been meaning to read this book for a while. I kept checking it out from the library over and over again until one day I just decided to get it and finally sit down with it. It honestly is a fun read. I loved that Lani and her best friend were all about the future and reading horoscopes. It just reminded me about what my friends and I used to do back in middle school and beginning of high school. The main character Lani is kind of relatable. I mean there are times that you fell for your friends boyfriend even if it's just a crush. The only thing that kind of messed with me was the fact that Jason wanted to go out with Lani then why didn't you ask her??? Gahhh but I guess it happens all the time. My favorite character would have to Blake because he seemed like the truest of all and he seemed as if he was a better best friend for Lani. Erin was just such a bad friend at times that I wanted to jump through the book and tell her that myself. I give this one 3.5 out of 5 paws!

3_5paws_thumb1Comment Question of the Blog:

Do you believe in fate? Why or why not? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Friday, November 25, 2011

Gone by Michael Grant Review

goneGone by Michael Grant
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub. Date: July 1st 2008
Pages: 558 pages
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought for Nook

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

My Thoughts:

Okie I have to admit that every time that I walked in the library this book always caught my attention but I just didn't want to get it because the length always intimidated me. Then one day I was looking at the on sale section on the Nook website and bought it. I'm honestly glad that I did! I mean what would you do if suddenly everyone over the age of 15 disappeared? It's pretty much up to Sam to help put everyone to peace but with the coates kids trying to take over, it makes it a lot more difficult. This book had a little bit of everything. Even in between all this mess it had romance, the strength of family and how friendship could be affected by jealousy. It was a bit slow but after the first couple of chapters I was hooked. I can not wait to get my hands on Hunger, which I might go get at the library later! I give this one 3.5 out of 5 paws

3_5paws_thumb1Comment Question of the Blog:

What would you do if suddenly there were no adults? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Review

beforeifallBefore I fall by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pub. Date: March 2nd 2010
Pages: 470
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: PTA's Reviewer's Rewards

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.

Review:

I was really looking forward to reading this one! There was just so much about the idea of the book that I loved almost instantly. I mean what would you do if you could replay the day you died, over and over again? Would you change it or keep making the same mistakes? Everything I thought about this book flew right out the door as soon as I started reading it. The beginning surprised me because honestly the main character Samantha just seemed like the biggest B. Usually I loooove the main character but Samantha was just far from likeable. She was popular, obnoxious and took everything for granted. I can’t say I liked Samantha at all during the first part of the book, because then I would be lying. She was just everything I hated but you begin to see the big transformation day by day. Oliver did an amazing job with Before I Fall. She made me feel many different emotions through her work, that I honestly didn't know it was possible. I didn’t even see the end coming! It was so powerful and Oliver did such a fantastic job with this novel! It’s beautifully written and the ultimate message it brings will touch everyone who reads this! Def. 5 out of 5 paws!

5_paws_thumb[1] Comment Question of the blog:

If you had to relive the same day everyday, which day would you choose and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,

That Chick That Reads

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins Review

lolaandtheboynextdoorLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins 
Publisher: Dutton
Pub. Date: September 29th 2011
Pages: 338
Age Level: Young Adult
Obtained: Bought 

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

My Thoughts:

I loooved Anna and the French Kiss and when I heard about this one I got really excited to read it! There's just something about Stephanie Perkins' writing that is just awesome! This one was slightly different from Anna is a few ways. Where I felt Anna struggling with her change of location, Lola was struggling with who she was as a person. I do have to say this.. I loved St. Clair more than I loved Cricket. Cricket was just too perfect for me. I loved that St. Clair had so many flaws and appeared so real. I also love how much is going on in the book! I mean she has her two gay parents to worry about (which they are unbelievably awesome!) and then her alcoholic and nonexistent relationship with her mother, her deteriorating relationship with her best friend and a jack a** of a boyfriend that no one, and believe me, no one really cared about. I love how Anna and St. Claire show up a lot during the novel because they are just tooo awesome! It’s crazy because I love how much she dresses up. All these different looks and she doesn’t care what people think (well sort of) but she still manages to go out and dress the way she dresses. It inspires me! I honestly wish I had that confidence but I don’t. Cricket dresses with his pinstripe pants and his flannel shirts. Lola doesn’t seem to notice what he’s wearing necessarily but the confidence. That in itself is amazing! She’s so unique and that’s def the thing I love most about her character. Lola is greatly written and was def a good follow up after Anna and the French Kiss. Can't wait to read more of Perkins' writing! I give this one 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the Blog:

Are you a fashionista or just dress to get dressed? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads