Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian Mini Review

Not That Kind of GirlNot That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Natalie reminds me a lot of myself. And that made me uncomfortable but understanding. I was extremely judgmental when I was her age and I regret that I slut shamed one of my close friends. But I grew up and in this story Natalie does too.

I liked Spencer a lot. I felt like she was Natalie’s foil in a lot of ways. She was very woman positive but in a different way from Natalie and Ms. Bee. She didn’t think that women need to be perfect to be accepted. Natalie’s view is my view these days.

This was an extremely enjoyable book. It flew through the reading of it. I’m definitely going to keep my eye for more stuff from this author.

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Really enjoyed this book. I think I’m going to check out the List by this author.

#scandal by Sarah Ockler review (Spoilers)

#scandal#scandal by Sarah Ockler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The title of this book is what drew me in initially. I mean a hashtag? Come on wouldn’t you pick that up? But the whole concept of the book is what made me keep reading. I love books that take on our virtual culture. I remember I was reading a post on In it they were talking about how books (particularly literary fiction) were slow to include things that are commonplace in our lives now. You know like Twitter, Facebook, texting, sexting, cyberbulling and all that.

But I’ve noticed that genre fiction book (Romance in my case since I’m most familiar with that genre) had embraced it.

I read the reviews on here and I have to agree that while romance is a part of this story it’s not really one. I feel like this book was more a study on modern teenagers in this decade you know?

I thought at first that I knew who the culprit was behind Lucy’s smear campaign and I ended up being right it was (view spoiler)[ Griff. I mean I suspected her a hundred pages in. When Lucy confronts her I could understand her reasoning. Who doesn’t hate being the third wheel in a friendship. (hide spoiler)] But I liked the moral of this story. It was really well done.

Four stars. I really enjoyed this book. Didn’t quite love it though.

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Like I said I really like the author’s take on cyberbulling. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a straight out romance though. More like a romantic subplot.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger Review + A Little Brief Note

I haven’t been updating much about the Fifty Days of Grey. I haven’t forgotten about but I’ve take a little break. I intend to get back to it next year though so look out for the posts.

I just finished a book though. I’ve been in a young adult mood lately. I went to the library for the first time in months to check out some books. This is one of them.

A Midsummer's NightmareA Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my second Kody Keplinger and I enjoyed just as much as I did the first.

She writes family drama really well. I think that’s one of the reasons I enjoy them so much. I empathized with Whitley a lot during this book esp. with the father thing. I didn’t have the exact same situation as she did but I felt myself nodding along with her when she was describing her relationship with her father. Luckily I had a very present mother unlike she did but it hurts to know that your parent doesn’t care.

And I agree with someone who said it was felt like Greg took to long to come around. But it was a good climax.

And strangely I didn’t find the dating the stepbrother thing too weird. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Clueless.

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The Duff by Kody Keplinger Review

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendThe DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had heard about this book awhile back. I finally decided to buy it a few months ago.

What prompted me to read it now was a post on ONTD. I read about the casting of it. My internal monologue was like: “Don’t I have that book? Yes you definitely have that book. Should I read it? Yes you should definitely read it.”

I started it on Saturday night. I really liked it. Bianca is a nice narrator though she did kinda get on my nerves. She’s abrasive but that’s how she was written. She’s a pretty realistic teenage narrator.

Her relationship with her friends is what really sold me on this book. I looked the little bit on how she became friends with Casey and esp. with Jessica. I’ve made a lot of my friends similar ways and it really touched me.

I thought her relationship with her parents was really well done too. I mean haven’t we all held something in because we didn’t know to approach the other person? I mean hell I still do that.

And Wesley. Alright I’m going to admit I was rooting for her to end up with him. My ideal type is cocky. But I’m glad that he mended his ways. And I like that they bonded over their family lives.

I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading more from the author.

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Work in Progress: When Chloe Met Jordana

I wrote a bit on Chloe’s book tonight. I actually like what I have. It’s more introspective. A great majority of my writing is made up of dialogue but I’m trying to add more layers to it. Dialogue is great but it can’t stand alone.

I added a new page here. It’s sort of a landing page for stuff I’ve written and posted online. It’s to give prospective readers a taste of what I do.

I thought I’d post an excerpt here tonight. I’ve been working on this book for about a year now. I want to share with you a scene from the sleepover. This entire chapter just flowed from my fingers. It was the most fun to write.

Chloe got up and left the room. She walked uncertainly down the hall. It was clear that Stefania and Xandra had been over many times. She felt a pang of jealously which confused her so she ignored it.

She found the bathroom. Closing the door behind her she turned on the shower and shed her clothes and stepped inside.

She thought of Jordana as she washed her hair. She hadn’t made her feel welcome. Chloe thought to herself but Stefania and Xandra had taken to her instantly. Jordana was the type of her person that drew others to her. Even she felt strangely drawn to her. It was like Jordana was a magnet and she was the metal.

Turning off the water she stepped out. She opened the closet door and reached for a towel. She dried herself and slipped into the pajamas. They smelt like her.

She walked back into the bedroom to find the girls crowded on the bed. They looked up at her expectantly.

“What’s going on…?”

“TRUTH OR DARE!” Stefania said.

The gist of this story is that Jordana moves to town. Chloe is the narrator. She’s popular by association. At first Chloe is hesitant to be seen around Jordana but as she grows closer to her she realizes that she likes her and she realizes she might like her a little too much. This story is a romance of the young adult variety. I’m nearing finishing but I’ve fallen behind.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Reviews

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first thing that I really noticed was that I read the first few chapters. The time just seemed to fly by.

I really liked Cinder and I thought Iko was so cute. I liked Prince Kai and I found myself mildly annoyed with Adri and Pearl.

Story wise I thought it was good. The plot moved a really good pace. I liked the way things unfurled.

But what really had me fascinated was the worldbuilding. I’m a sucker for it. The whole world is so fascinating. I mean cyborgs, androids, and aliens? The moon as a planet? Count me in!

I really liked this book and I’m excited to read more.

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The Bell JarThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had heard about this book even before I could grasp what an enigma Sylvia Plath was. I knew the book was about mental illness. But I put off reading it until now.

I feel that Esther as a narrator is very blank. She has personality but it’s diminished. When I was going through my own illness I felt blank inside so I could relate.

I related to this book but the wow factor wasn’t here for me. With her poems I feel there’s so much talent but this book while good just didn’t do for me. I feel if she had written another book then maybe her skills could have grown. I very much prefer.her poems and even her journals. I feel like this book is missing passion.

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I finally have my internet back and I have access to my Nook books now that I have a tablet though I kinda wish I would have bought a tablet in the first place. My poor Kobo is going unused.