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!

A BOOK : We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE

I am joining the ranks of everyone going all “ishddfiubwfiub” over this one. Because seriously. ;ibgikubrgiebng.

The writing style used in this book is pretty much one of my favorite all time writing styles. Lockhart gives her main character, Cadence, a very distinct voice and the story is told completely from Cadence’s perspective. As a result we get to experience the roller coaster Cadence is on. I love how poetic everything sounds. I love how because of the way this is written, it feels very raw.

There is also a little bit of a play with fairy tales, and it was interesting to see how those fairy tales progressed and how they connect to reality.

This book is just one big puzzle, and it does it in a way where the answer to the puzzle is hinted at and hinted at a lot, but it is still super unreachable. Because I’ve read so much, I tend to at least have ideas that are in the right ballpark as to what will come next, but my reading sleuthing skills completely missed the mark on this one.

On the front cover John Green uses the word blisteringly, and I have to say that word hits the feel of this story right on.

If you haven’t yet, add We Were Liars to your tbr shelf on Goodreads! It was this year’s reader’s choice winner for teen fiction, which is pretty neat :).

Warning: Spoilers in comments!

A BOOK : Conversion by Kathrine Howe

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Katherine Howe
Published July 1, 2014

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.
 
First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
 
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .
 
Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?

Summary and Image from Goodreads.com

Do you ever read a book where you just kind of want to talk about it in ALL CAPS? For some reason, that is this one for me! I just find this novel so dang interesting and as a result I have been pretty much talking about it to everyone and anyone who will listen. Which is why I am now back to blogging. BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS INTERESTING.

-I like that it is based on a true story while taking large fictional leaps. In the last few pages Katherine Howe explains how she was inspired to write Conversion and as a result she mashed together these two separate stories that might seem different, but have more in common than we think.

-The mystery element is what kept me reading. I NEEDED to know what was going on with these girls, and yes– you do find out so you aren’t left hanging!!

-It’s all about girls and society– their role in society and how they are treated by society. This would make a great discussion book for that topic alone. I loved that Howe explored that and I loved how she did it in an artful way.

-A lot of the book centers around Colleen, and something about her– her obsession with getting into school, the comfort she finds with her friends, her voice in general– made me really enjoy reading about her. I think part of it is because she felt like a complete person with flaws that drove the story and endearing qualities that made me want to root for her.

So if you are looking for a book to really sink into (this one is longer clocking in at 432 pages) that will grab your attention, make sure to add Conversion to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.com!

A BOOK : Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

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Bright Before Sunrise
by Tiffany Schmidt
Published February 2014

When Jonah is forced to move from Hamilton to Cross Pointe for the second half of his senior year, “miserable” doesn’t even begin to cover it. He feels like the doggy-bag from his mother’s first marriage and everything else about her new life—with a new husband, new home and a new baby—is an upgrade. The people at Cross Pointe High School are pretentious and privileged—and worst of all is Brighton Waterford, the embodiment of all things superficial and popular. Jonah’s girlfriend, Carly, is his last tie to what feels real… until she breaks up with him. 

For Brighton, every day is a gauntlet of demands and expectations. Since her father died, she’s relied on one coping method: smile big and pretend to be fine. It may have kept her family together, but she has no clue how to handle how she’s really feeling. Today is the anniversary of his death and cracks are beginning to show. The last thing she needs is the new kid telling her how much he dislikes her for no reason she can understand. She’s determined to change his mind, and when they’re stuck together for the night, she finally gets her chance. 

Jonah hates her at 3p.m., but how will he feel at 3 a.m.? 

One night can change how you see the world. One night can change how you see yourself

Summary and photo from Goodreads.com

SCHOOL IS ALMOST OUT FOR A LOT OF YOU HIGH SCHOOLERS! You know what is the perfect thing to do? Read Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt. Why this one specifically? It takes place one night 17 days (I think)  before the last day of school. It’s told from the perspective of Brighton, who is popular, pretty, a people pleaser, and volunteer-a-holic, and Jonah, a new kid in school, angry, frustrated at life, and outsider. I will be honest, at first I wasn’t so sure about the characters. They both were on the surface seemingly ordinary, but had secret layers no one knew about. I was worried that this would end up being a feel good, campy story where the Miss Perfect Character meets the Mr. Nobody Character and they live happily ever after, but this was wayyyyy more than that. I though Schmidt did a really good job of not just peg holing Jonah, Brighton, and the supporting characters, but instead developed real characters with all of their own positives and negatives. I especially enjoyed Brighton’s story line with her dad.

I also loved that it took place in one night, and it felt like both of the characters were on the cusp of a greater change not only in their understandings of each other, but also their place in life and themselves. I’ve had plenty of magical nights not quite like this one, but where it felt like my entire world shifted. Sometimes in the morning it had. Sometimes in the morning I’d find it hadn’t. This book however is just filled with possibility and beauty and I am getting kind of sappy right now, but I can’t help it.

I think one of the reasons why I liked this story is because I felt like it so easily echoed the thoughts and feelings of my own heart, while still maintaining the unique perspectives of the characters. I noticed this especially with Jonah’s relationship with his mother and step father. You definitely see these characters through HIS eyes, and not how they might actually appear to be on a third party onlooker. I loved that this was subtly done, yet also a little noticeable just because it was done well.

If you want more books that take place in one night check out…
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan (I haven’t read this one but it has a lot of praise!)
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (I have read this one and I say READ IT)
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (I haven’t read this, but it’s Cohn and Levithan writing so that’s reason enough)

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Do you have any suggestions?

And of course, as always: Add Bright Before Sunrise to your to reads shelf on Goodreads.com!

 

 

A BOOK : To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

So Jenny Han broke my blog. That is not really true, but do you ever read a book that you fall in love with and you want to write about it, but you have no words to express it? To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, published this past April (2014!) is that book for me. I read it towards the end of April, and you will notice, I have been silent here since- ha!

I don’t know what it is, but Han manages to pinpoint exactly the type of book I want to read, the characters I want to read about, and then completely debilitates you, because you kind of want to just lay in bed and pretend this entire book is real so you can never leave it. To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before filled me with butterflies, but not the anxiety-inducing kind, but the happy fluttery ones that just make you want to prance around on a warm summer night chasing after fireflies. If you liked Han’s summer series (The Summer I Turned Pretty, etc) then I definitely urge you to read this one, her newest novel out currently. I also have to say, I think Lara Jean is one of my favorite main characters ever. I love her unsurety, I love her love for fashion, I love how she keeps accidentally putting herself in messy situations, I love her relationships with her sisters, I love that she grows yet doesn’t, and I love how strong her voice was in this book. So yea.

Check it out:

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Summary:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Add it your to-read list on Goodreads.com!

Just a heads up! My entries are probably going to be shorter this summer like this one! I have read a LOT of really good books lately (at least I like them) that I would love to share, so keep your eyes peeled. I also have been planning a few other entries about things (reading schedules, goodreads ratings, etc!) those will be coming soon as well. SO. I hope you are all having good days, and I look forward to the coming months!

New episodes of Ask! Authors! Anything!

The new episode of Ask! Authors! Anything! came up earlier this week. I finally got around to watching/listening this morning. Megan McCafferty is interviewing Laurie Halse Anderson :

Check out Laurie Halse Anderson and Megan McCafferty on Goodreads!

I was lucky enough to have Speak be apart of my curriculum when I was a freshman in high school. That was my first introduction to Laurie Halse Anderson. It ended up being one of those books that just sort of took the air out of me, and I ended up reading it over and over that year. If you haven’t read anything by Laurie Halse Anderson I definitely suggest you do so. Also, check out the interview!