Review | Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Published: May 4, 2010 from Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4/5

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer.

Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel.

Enter Roger.

An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

This was such a great book to get me into the summer mood. It was lighthearted and witty while driving in a meaningful message about self forgiveness. I loved that they were visuals from the road trip, it made the book feel even more real.

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Review | Catching Jordan

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A Hundred Oaks Novel
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Published: December 1, 2011 from Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA contemporary
My Rating: 4/5

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

This is a book that I’ve heard a lot of great things about. I went into expecting a cute fluffy romance, but I got a little more out of it than just that. I felt like this book focused more on girl power and self reflection than romance. You have Jordan, a high school senior and star QB of the football team. She seems like a pretty chill girl who has her life together. She has big dreams of playing in college football and will do everything in her power to make it happen. Jordan was the embodiment of how strong high school girls are. Confident yet they still have the normal insecurities that all teenage girls face. She also had a tough relationship with her dad that made sense and was dealt with beautifully.

I really enjoyed seeing Jordan’s friendships with all her fellow football players, and they interacted so well with each other. The guys treated her like one of the guys, which set down a strong fountain for this book. The dialogue between characters were funny and witty, and each character had their moments where they shined through.

The only thing I had an issue with in this book was the romance. It felt awkward and weird, the way things ended was predictable. And I’m still trying to figure out if I liked the way things unfolded. But this book is much more than just a fluffy romance. It’s about Jordan, her relationships in her life, her growing as a person and where her future is heading. The book always stayed true to that which made it worth the read.

Overall, it was still a very cute quick read with a lot of underlying issues. That made it super enjoyable.

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That the end I just wanted Jordan to be happy, and that happened so I’m satisfied.

Isla, Isla, Isla. A sorta review

Isla and the Happily Ever After

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By: Stephanie Perkins

I’m actually not going to give you to much information on this book. Because if you haven’t heard of it, go read Anna and the French Kiss first then Lola. My thoughts on the first two here. Basically it’s one of the best contemporary books series thing I’ve read in a long time. They’re companion novels but read them in that order, Anna, Lola and then Isla. Don’t question it just do it.

I actually haven’t read these books that long ago, so I didn’t have to endure the pain of waiting years for this one. (But the wait was still painful) So when it arrived a week early, I was literally jumping up and down. I think I was just as excited to receive all the goodies also. 

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yes I was so excited. I even took a picture

So now on to my thoughts on the book. Oh my. It was everything I was excepting and then some, if that is even possible. Although it might be the just finished reading high, I’m feeling right now but I don’t care. It was the best out of all of them. And yes, it does pain me to say that. It was just more emotional, raw and sexy. Much more sexy than the last two. I like sexy. Ohmygod

And Isla, I just understood her. More than I understood Anna or Lola. Which is super surprising because I am nothing like Isla at all. But for some unknown reason, I was able to connect with her. Being inside her head was nice. It wasn’t too over bearing, even though her emotions were all over the place. I’m probably not making sense.

Let’s move on to Josh. Oh Josh. Josh. Josh. Maybe I should title this post Josh, Josh, Josh. I was already smitten with Josh in Anna, so with having that background of already knowing him as a secondary character previously. It wasn’t that hard to fall for him. Like I’m pretty sure I was two pages in and I was a lost cause. But I loved Isla and Josh together. So much. That was one aspect that was different with this one was that, it wasn’t a story about how they got together but one of how they stayed together. It showed that not all relationships are butterflies and fairies all the time, and sometimes things can get better the second time around. I loved how their love for each other was formed quickly but it was strong. And sometimes wishes do come true. Because they were your fate or destiny or some other romantic word.

Stephanie really did out do herself with this one. For me it was perfect, and I can really see how she’s changed as a writer but is still very true to how her writing always has been. But this time around she was able to take me on a emotional roller coaster. I was crying for happiness and then sad tears and then happy tears. It was a long night. And right after I finished I just wanted to experience it all over again.

So now here I am coming with the terms that it’s over. This series is over, and I’m dying. Can we get like 50 extra pages? How about a 10 year down the line novella? Something? Meredith’s Story? Anything?

SIGH. I guess all I can do is keep rereading these books. I just can’t let go. I don’t really want to. All these characters are favorites of mine, I even remember the minor roles. All of these books are so remarkable. I think Stephanie ruined all other contemporary books for me, just because they’re not written by her.

Have you gotten your hands one it yet? Your thoughts? Are you excited to read this one if you haven”t before? I need someone to talk about this book with. It’s killing me.

Review | Perkins Style

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 A few weeks back I looked at Anna and the French Kiss, and asked myself  ‘why haven’t I read you?’ So I did the obvious and read it.  And Lola. It was the perfect time to read it with Isla right around the corner. Here were my thoughts. It’s quite a mess.

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Where do I even begin? I can’t even explain my love for this book it was is perfection. I loved it from the first page, and as I got to know the characters my love just grew stronger. If that was even possible. I can’t believe I passed up on this book, just due to the hype. But I finally convinced myself to read it, and now I’m here cursing myself. ‘Like really Sa? This is like chocolate fudge in book form. You should be punished for your deed.’ I really do. I read this book in one sitting, because I couldn’t even convince myself to get up and do something. I just couldn’t get enough. By far the best contemporary I’ve ever read but I don’t really read that much contemporary. I think this book has gotten me into the genre more, and thank god. This is just me praising this book, and I don’t even care.

Stephanie Perkins’ writing style is so flawless when it comes to contemporary, she is truly gifted at writing them. I loved how she made it so honest and raw. It didn’t feel structured or planned out, more like the book was just going with the flow. That’s how a contemporary is done right.

Characters

I loved all of them. Yes, they all were very flawed and sometimes didn’t really think about their actions before acting but they felt so real. Sometimes I even felt like I was right at the lunch table with them talking. And that’s how it should be. This book reminded be why I love reading so much. To feel something, for the words to come off the page and transform in front of you into something beautiful. To get a greater sense on life, and learn though the mistakes of others. And to get those butterflies in your stomach when, the perfectly imperfect guy shows up.

Etienne

He is amazing. Usually in stories where someone is already in a relationship it throws me completely off. But it was done so perfectly, that I really didn’t really mind it. It was a part of his character growth. And I really loved that it never turned into cheating, which is something that has to be taken seriously . He just had to realize what was the path he wanted.

Anna

I’ve never loved a main character quite as Anna. She is just so interesting and I would love to be her friend, even if it is just for a day. She learns a lot and her growth is slow but it’s the right speed. If the makes sense. Perkins made a beautiful main character.

Setting

I absolutely loved that the setting was in Paris. And Perkins got it so right. I live in Germany going to an American High school, and  I’m originally from Florida. So I totally got it what Anna was going through. The way Perkins described the feeling of Europe, and of Europeans is so spot on.. And it is truly not the same when you go back to the states. All the sudden you’re aware of all the differences, and how it’s not as beautiful. It is hard for me to go back to the states, so I totally understood where Anna was coming from. Especially with her friends in Atlanta, you forget that they have lives too. And it’s not stopping just because you’re not there.

Overall, I clearly loved this book to death. And it sold me on Stephanie. I am a true fan of hers now.

 

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OH gawd. I also loved this book. But I  didn’t read this book as quickly as Anna but it was just as good. Before I read it, I saw some people saying how it was somewhat disappointing. But I really don’t see how. Yes, it was a whole lot different from Anna. And yes, it was taking a lot of risks. And yes the writing wasn’t better than Anna but it wasn’t worse either. You also have to remember Perkins actually wrote Lola first. So she had more experience with writing when she wrote Anna. But by the end everything came together so flawless, just like Anna.

Perkins is a genius. How she incorporated Anna and Etienne into Lola’s life, and how she’s setting it up for Isla. It’s just so perfect. I don’t know how she does it without it feeling too perfect and too set up. She just does.  And the romance was just as wonderful as always. I love how she was able to make you feel the growth within Lola. It felt like I was in her mind going through exactly what she was and was growing with her. For a writer to be able to do that, they must be pretty darn great at what they do.

Lola. Dolores. Lola. Oh, how you took forever. But I wouldn’t ask for anything otherwise. Or it wouldn’t of been as realistic and amazing.

Cricket. Oh boy, Cricket. I kinda went into this book expecting for him to be, some type of conceited asshole. Based on the first few chapters. But he was just the opposite. And okay I might love him more than Etienne. Just a little tiny bit. Etienne will still have a special place in my heart. Forever and Always. Cricket is just too kind and sweet, and the best person you could of probably meet. He’s so smart and he doesn’t even realize it. He is so extraordinary, that I couldn’t just help but fall in love with him. My only complaint is the there is not enough Cricket. I think I need a whole book just on him to make me happy. Like seriously it could just be of him walking in the park, and I’ll read it.

But Anna still edges out Lola because it didn’t make me want to throw the book at the wall. Which is what Lola did to me, but it was a good frustrating well as good as they can get. Overall, it’s another favorite of mine and still had icing like everywhere. That’s how I feel when reading these books. Like I’m eating icing. Bliss.

 

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All that’s left to do is wait. I read the first 50 pages and I’m dying now. I’m not going to be able to handle it.

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I’m sorta taking part in a read-a-long.

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I’m just following along with all the posts. Since I already finished both books. And I’m being very impatient for Isla.  So this will help fill the void until it’s here. It needs to already be here.

I can’t help myself, these banners are so gorgeous. Also made by Meg.

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