A BOOK : Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

It’s Friday and you know what you should read this weekend?

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Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
by Sara Farizan

Here’s why:

  • You have first love + confusing crushes
  • You have a funny and interesting main character, Leila, who narrates the trials of high school. She is absolutely adorable and super smart.
  • Even though it’s 304 pages the pages are shorter, so this reads quickly. Perfect to finish in a weekend!
  • Along with romance it has some pretty awesome friendship and familial story lines.
  • It has a perspective that I haven’t ever read from– an Iranian-American girl who is still in the closet– which was super refreshing- especially when it came to Leila sharing her experiences at school and her fears with her sexuality.
  • It’s funny! And wonderfully awkward in all of the real life ways.


This came into my life after listening to episode 8 [“Why Are Samosas in Every Book”] on the podcast See Something, Say Something. Check out the episode! It’s good :).

 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Summary:

There’s death all around us.

We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

I usually am very particular about angels and paranormal romance in my reading, but Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series completely won me over. Her ability to tell a story that I am really picky about and win me over so quickly has put her newest book The Last Time We Say Goodbye immediately on my to-read list. This soon to be released novel has nothing to do with her previous series and looks to be more contemporary rather than paranormal.

This sounds terribly depressing, and based on a few of the reviews people have already written it sounds like Hand delivers that grief. Plus, what the heck is that text message referenced in the summary? Basically? I can’t wait!

The Last Time We Say Goodbye comes out February 10, 2015. Add it to your tbr shelf on Goodreads!

I did something.

So…. HI!

If you haven’t been able to tell- I made a video! (eeeek!) Am I going to make videos in the future? Who knows. But hello people! I now come in video format for about 3 minutes.

I am mainly talking about the giveaway I am doing! This is my first giveaway ever, so that is why it is ALL I AM EVER TALKING ABOUT.

So make sure you enter if you haven’t entered yet! The bare minimum that you have to do is comment on the entry linked HERE and make sure your comment at least includes your email address. Not a lot of people have entered it, so your chances for winning? Are super high!

HAVE A HAPPY WEEKEND!

(ps- my book club is meeting this weekend, and we are discussing The Fault in Our Stars! I might post notes or comments if anything is particularly noteworthy or commentary in our discussion.)

Waiting on Wednesday (2) : Don’t Even Think About It!

Good day!

I have been struggling to choose which book I wanted to share that I am SO EXCITED will be released soon. There are SO MANY great books coming out within the next couple months, it is hard to choose one to talk about this week! I finally ended up choosing….

Don’t Even Talk About It by Sarah Mlynowski

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Honestly, the main reason why I chose this one? Two words. MIND READING.

Need I say anything more?

I probably should.

Here is the summary from Barnes and Noble’s website:

We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex. We’re always listening.

I have questions after reading this summary that I need to know the answer to asap.

1. Obviously at first it is going to seem like it’s the coolest thing ever and then terrible things are going to happen. What terrible things will happen?!

2. How will Mylnowski do the mind reading with so many people? Will it be like the Buffy episode where Buffy doesn’t have much control? Or will it be like Benway’s book Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June (my review of that) where if I recall correctly the girl with the madd mind reading skillz has some control over her power?

3. WHAT ARE THEIR CLASSMATES THINKING ABOUT?

4. How will the girls react to their classmates’ thoughts?

5. Do the girls keep their mind reading abilities at the end of this?

6. Are they the only people with the ability to mind read?

This seems like it has a lot of potential to be super funny, plus it got a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly! I feel like Mylnowski is superb at allowing you to live vicariously through people doing things that you want to do, but you don’t want to deal with consequences. She definitely gives her readers a fun time. I’m sorry that sounds weird, but it’s true!

Good news: We have less than a month to wait for this one! Don’t Even Think About It is coming out March 11, 2014.

Activities for you to partake in:

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A BOOK: The F-It List

Hello!

I saw Frozen yesterday (on Saturday) and it was fannnnntastic. Everyone that I know (well, almost) kept telling me how much I would love it. I went in worried that my high expectations would not be met, but they were exceeded. This weekend I also finally finished reading…

The F-It List by Julie Halpern
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Alex’s father has just recently died and within a few months she learns that her best friend has cancer and has to undergo chemo. She finds solace in horror movies, the boy that she has been eyeing for like ever, and the promise she has made to her friend to work on crossing things off her friends bucket f-it list.

Thoughts! They are kind of scattered, but it is just one of those scattered days.

I like that it is the friend that is going through chemo and not Alex herself. As a result, Halpern was able to tell a story that needs to be told. What if you aren’t the person that is undergoing the cancer treatments? Your story is not less important, and your hardships are still valid.

There was wayyyyy more sex in this than I expected. I liked that it wasn’t in there just because, but it was done purposefully especially when a lot of the book dealt with feelings and being close to people. Also, I am pretty sure this is the first book that I have read that actually talked about female masturbation in a more flippant way. Again, it wasn’t there for shock value, but just a part of life.

When someone says bucket list, I tend to expect a crazy whirlwind of DOING THINGS AND LIVING like the movies Last Holiday and The Bucket List where they ended up doing exciting things and having wild adventures. This was not that book. This was more of a learning to accept that even though terrible things happen and people die, it is okay to simply live your life and actually enjoy it.

Who would I suggest to read this book? Anyone who is interested in a snarky, smart, and funny narrator trying to come to terms with the death or her father, the potential death of her best friend, and boys. Anyone who wants to read something that talks about life and death. And finally, anyone who wants to read a book with a really attractive cover. 🙂

A BOOK: The Summoning

Hello, how are you? I am good because I just read a book that was EXACTLY what I was looking for:

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The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
book 1 in The Darkest Powers Trilogy

I have been trying to find a series lately that dealt with paranormal things, was set in the current world, and was not overly focused on romance.

This was that.

The main character Chloe gets put into a home for teenagers with mental illnesses because she thinks she sees a ghost at school and starts FREAKING OUT. As most people would do. She suddenly ends up living with two other girls and three other guys in this extremely structured environment. Of course it turns out that everyone and everything has a secret and she has to try to figure them out while proving that she is well and stable enough to leave the home immediately.

What I loved is that Chloe is not focused on boys! Yes, they are a part of the story and yes there are glances between her and certain individuals of the XY chromosome population, but she is putting figuring out what the heck is going on and her own health above everything else. I love that. LOVE IT.

Certain secrets that were pretty obvious that I won’t mention here were dragged out a little too long, but honestly that did not bother me that much other than a brief annoyance. Other secrets I found pretty hard to guess, and kept me going through parts where I was getting anxious.

One neat thing I found was Chloe’s obsession with movies and trying to frame what was happening around her in that light. Framing her reality in “if this were a movie” terms was how she tried to objectively look at a situation or try to face something she was afraid of. I liked getting insight to her thinking and handling life process.

So! This is a great if you want a little paranormal-ness that is similar to a lot of things you may have read before, but still is different and its own story. I had a lot of fun reading this and I am looking forward to continuing the series.

End of post stuff:

Add this book to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
Next book up in this trilogy is The Awakening.
You can try out the first three chapters over at Harpercollins to see if you will like it!

Review: Saving Francesca

Saving Francesca
by Melina Marchetta
Published Sept. 2004
Knopf Books

MOST OF MY friends now go to Pius Senior College, but my mother wouldn’t allow it because she says the girls there leave with limited options and she didn’t bring me up to have limitations placed upon me. If you know my mother, you’ll sense there’s an irony there, based on the fact that she is the Queen of the Limitation Placers in my life.

Francesca battles her mother, Mia, constantly over what’s best for her. All Francesca wants is her old friends and her old school, but instead Mia sends her to St. Sebastian’s, an all-boys’ school that has just opened its doors to girls. Now Francesca’s surrounded by hundreds of boys, with only a few other girls for company. All of them weirdos, or worse.

Then one day, Mia is too depressed to get out of bed. One day turns into months, and as her family begins to fall apart, Francesca realizes that without her mother’s high spirits, she hardly knows who she is. But she doesn’t yet realize that she’s more like Mia than she thinks. With a little unlikely help from St. Sebastian’s, she just might be able to save her family, her friends, and – especially- herself.

Photo and summary from Goodreads.com

Holy smokes, this book pretty much made me laugh and cry the whole way through. Normally that would be great, but I was in a coffee shop reading, so it was kind of embarrassing.  While Saving Francesca didn’t have the same effect on me as The Jellicoe Road did, it was still a fantastic read that drew me in quickly and kept me there.

1. I love Francesca’s relationship with her mom. As a free thinker, an academic, and passionate woman in general, Francesca’s mom seems to overspill into Francesca’s life, so much so that it feels like Francesca’s mom s declaring who Francesca is, and not Francesca herself. Wow. I said Francesca a lot in that sentence! Anyway, this book was essentially about Francesca claiming herself and figuring out who she is and acting that way. She’s finding people who love her for who she actually is and she’s actually starting to like herself. “Finding yourself” is one of my favorite themes in young adult literature, and although you never truly reach a point where you “find yourself,” I do love to see authors causing their main characters to challenge themselves and learn to be more confident in who they are. Melina did a fantastic job with Francesca’s developement.

2. Francesca’s friends were fantastic. I love their goofiness. I love how much Francesca didn’t want to get too close to anyone, but ended up doing so regardless. I also love how slowly their friendships were formed and while they don’t even realize it, you realize how much they’re coming to love each other.

3. One of the reasons why I found myself crying so much was because how realistic all the problems Francesca had to deal with were. Her emotions immediately became mine, and I was swept up by the unfairness of her mother’s “sickness”, the hurt between her and her father, feeling like everything is your fault, feeling forgotten, feeling like you don’t fit in anywhere, and on and on.

4. Surprisingly though, I wouldn’t call this book angsty at all. While I cried a lot (I cry easily with books, mind you) watching Francesca find her place and finally start to speak up was just fun. Also, her interesting relationship with Will is quite fun to watch too 😉

Overall Review: I’m pretty sure Melina Marchetta just gets people, which is why this book is such a good read. If you want a contemporary teen book, this one is perfect. Full of family, friendship, and boys, I easily fell in love with Saving Francesca.
Random tidbit:The characters make an appearance in Melina Marchetta’s newer book The Piper’s Son, which is narrated by Thomas/Tom!