Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

Hey reader friends!  Welcome to another round of Top Ten Tuesday!  This is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week, let's talk about: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List.

There are so many books on my TBR!  But the most recent additions are:

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 5 Stars

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

This was my second read of The Hunger Games, and I loved it just as much as the first time!  I re-read it as part of The HungerAlong on Twitter - and hearing what everyone else thinks of it as they are reading/re-reading has been so fun.

Are you wondering how much I love The Hunger Games?!

Yep, I love it so much, you get four gifs of screaming and  yelling and jumping!

What Do I Love:

* Katniss - Straight up, Katniss is absolutely in my top 3 of favorite literary badass young ladies.  She is amazing, and so strong given everything that happens to her throughout not only this book, but the entire series.
* Effie Trinket - I know she is really a terrible person - she is complicit in the deaths of so many kids and goes along with these hunger games every year.  I truly believe, however, that she only does it because she has to.  I believe she really cares about her tributes, and wants them to survive and have a better life.
* Rue - There is not a single thing I don't love about Rue. She is definitely one bad ass little girl - and she's so smart and underestimated.  I was gutted when she got killed!
* The friendship between Katniss and Gale. There were times when I wanted to kick Gale right where the sun doesn't shine, but he and Katniss had this friendship, this bond, that I loved. 
* When Katniss has that flashback of Peeta burning a loaf of bread so she can have it to eat.I think this was so important to the story, because it shows what kind of person Peeta really is.  He

Things That Were Probably Mediocre, But I still Loved Them: 

* The writing was technically not as well developed as some books you've probably read.  It was well written, but just seemed a bit simplistic, if that makes sense?! However, the story was so good, that I was willing to look past that.
* The entire idea of sending kids out to kill each other for food is so fucking disturbing and awful, but the whole idea of the books - exploring the effect of violence on young people - is just an amazing idea, and Suzanne Collins explores this so well in The Hunger Games.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Format: Paperback
Rating: 2 Stars

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. 

The premise of this story sounds cute at first: Lara Jean writes a letter to each of the boys she's "loved" before - five in all.  Then the letters are accidentally mailed by someone, and Lara Jean freaks out.  This somehow leads to her and her old (former) friend Peter Kavinsky - a receiver of one of said letters - pretending to be a couple so he can make his ex jealous and she can make Josh (another letter receiver) think she never liked him. 

Now, let's get down to it.

What Did I Like About This Book: 

*Kitty - Lara Jean's 9 year old sister is sweet, sassy, and the best part of this book.  I think Kitty was the most well developed and well written characters in this book - and that's saying something, because none of the characters in this book were particularly well developed. 

*Lara Jean's dad is actually a prominent feature in this book.  There has been a trend of absentee parents in YA Books - so it's nice to see there are books coming out that actually have parents in the picture.

What I Didn't Like About This Book:

*Lara Jean is incredibly naive and immature, even for a teenage girl.  She is also the perfect reason why young people need to be taught age appropriate comprehensive sex ed.  Does she really think Margot and Josh never had sex or never even thought about it!?  They're teenagers, not monks.  Also, in my opinion, Lara Jean is way too old to be calling her dad "Daddy."  Just - no.  You're a teenager, not a 5 year old.  Stop. Saying. Daddy!

*The "romance" between Lara and Peter was contrived even for a fake romance.  When they got to the end and realized they actually like each other, it felt off and fake still even when it was real!  There was no chemistry between them - it all just felt overly forced. 

*The friendship between Chris and Lara was just - nothing!  Chris was hardly ever around - and when she was, there didn't feel like there was any real connection between her and Lara. They appear to have nothing in common, so it left me wondering why they were even friends to begin with. 

*As I said above - there is no real development in the characters. They all felt a bit flat, and there was no growth for any of them.  Who they were at the beginning of the book was just who they were at the end - no change, no learning, no development. 

*The story was not as well fleshed out or well developed as it could have been.  There wasn't a ton of depth to it, even for a YA contemp. 

I will probably finish the series just out of curiosity, but I wouldn't really recommend this to others. 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Classics Club

Hey Reader Friends!  So, several (six) years ago - I decided to do this little reading thing called The Classics Club. I love classic books! LOVE THEM!  I didn't finish that list I made.  So, I decided this year is going to be the year I start a list of classics I want to read over the next five years and get it done :)

If you are curious about this Classics Club - stop by there blog!

This post will change as I read each book - meaning I will come back and hyperlink to blog posts and update the list as needed when I finish each book.  So, check back often, and feel free to join in the club and read some classics as well.

I am going to aim high - with 100 classic books in Five Years. I might be a little crazy!

But, really, no.  I am excited!

And yes - if you are new to my blog, you should know I will find any excuse I can to use a Supernatural gif!

My start date: January 18, 2019
My goal end date: January 18, 2023 (!!!!!!!!!!!!  Are we really almost to the 2020's?!)

And My List:

1. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
2. The Pickwick Papers - Charles Dickens
3. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 
4. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
5. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
6. Emma - Jane Austen
7. Persuasion - Jane Austen
8. Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austen
9. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
10. Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
11. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
12. Twenty Years After - Alexandre Dumas
13. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
14. The Black Tulip - Alexandre Dumas 
15. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
16. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
17. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
18. The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
19. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
20. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
21. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
22. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
23. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
24. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
25. The Grapes of Wrath -John Steinbeck
26. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
27. Ulysses- James Joyce
28. Tess of the D'ubervilles
29. Lolita - Vladimir Nobokov 
30. Leaves of Grass -Walt Whitman
31. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
32. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
33.Don Quioxte - Miguel de Cervantes
34. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
35. Animal Farm - George Orwell
36. Babbitt - Sinclair Lewis
37. Main Street - Sinclair Lewis
38. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
39. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
40. Sexus - Henry Miller
41. Plexus - Henry Miller
42. Nexus - Henry Miller
43. The Man in The Iron Mask - Alexandre Dumas
44. Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
45. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
46. The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
47. 1984 - George Orwell
48. Animal Farm - George Orwell
49. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
50. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
51. Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
52. The First Circle - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
53. The Gulag Archipelago - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
54. One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
55. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
56. The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde
57. Little Women -  Louisa May Alcott
58. Little Men - Louisa May Alcott
59. Jo's Boys - Louisa May Alcott
60. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
61. Watership Down - Richard Adams
62. The Souls of Black Folk - W.E.B Du Bois
63. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
64. The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu 
65. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
66. Utopia - Thomas More
67. Selected Poems - E.E. Cummings
68. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
70. Howl and Other Poems - Allen Ginsberg
71. Kaddish and Other Poems - Allen Ginsberg
72. The Fall of America: Poems of These States - Allen Ginsberg
73. Whither - Dawn Powell
74. She Walks In Beauty - Dawn Powell
75. The Bride's House - Dawn Powell
76. Dance Night - Dawn Powell
77. The Tenth Moon - Dawn Powell
78. Big Night - Dawn Powell
79. Jig Saw: A Comedy - Dawn Powell
80. The Story of a Country Boy - Dawn Powell
81. Turn, Magic Wheel - Dawn Powell
82. The Happy Island - Dawn Powell
83. Angels on Toast - Dawn Powell
84. A Time to Be Born - Dawn Powell
85. My Home is Far Away - Dawn Powell
86. The Locusts Have No King - Dawn Powell
87. Sunday, Monday And Always - Dawn Powell
88. The Wicked Pavilion - Dawn Powell
89. A Cage for Lovers - Dawn Powell
90. The Golden Spur - Dawn Powell
91. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
92. The Complete Poems - T.S. Eliot
93. The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
94. The Voyage Out - Virginia Woolf
95. Jacob's Room - Virginia Woolf
96. Night and Day - Virginia Woolf
97. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
98. To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
99. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
100. The Waves - Virginia Woolf

And in closing: Let us all sing a song of angry men.  (Because Les Mis is one of my favorite musicals.)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Stay Sweet - Siobhan Vivian


Title: Stay Sweet
Author: Siobhan Vivian 
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 2.5 Stars

A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…

 This book, for me, was not as sweet as the cover and description promised. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't a book I would read again or really recommend to others.  

What I did Like: 
*Amelia is very dedicated and determined to find Molly's ice cream recipes and save the ice cream stand.  She has a lot of passion and I love that!  

What I Didn't Really Love:
*The "friendship" between Cate and Amelia.  They were kind of rude and catty, and I felt like they were always trying to undermine each other. Were they really even friends?!  
* The romance between Grady and Amelia.  Number 1 - insta-love. Totally rushed.  Number 2 - what did they even have in common other than an intense desire to show they could save the ice cream stand? Nothing from what I saw. 
*Cate being given the role of head girl. What was Grady thinking?!  Cate didn't want to work - she just wanted to have fun.  And her attitude of slacking off bled into the younger girls in the stand.  She needs to learn you can have fun and still get the job done
*The story and characters were a bit flat and didn't really feel well developed or fleshed out to me.  Everything in Stay Sweet felt a bit predictable. 

 Overall, this book was a bit of a dud.  If you've read this book, let me know what you thought!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bout of Books - Friday Wrap-Up

Hey reader friends!  I did not do any reading on Thursday.  None!

Shocking, I know.  Life just kind of kicked me in the butt that day.  So, anyway, here is my Bout of Books wrap up for Friday!

Books Started: 2
Books Finished: 1
Pages Read Friday: 73
Total Pages Read: 370

How's the week going for you, reader friends?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bout of Books: Wednesday Wrap Up

Hey reader friends!  Happy Thursday.  Here's my little Wednesday Bout of Books wrap up:

Books Started: 1
Books Finished: 1 (Yeah!!)
Pages Read Wednesday: 103
Total Pages Read: 297

Even with work, I was determined to get through my current read, so yesterday I finished Stay Sweet, by Siobhan Vivian.  Now I plan to move on and finish my re-read of The Hunger Games!  How's the week going for you?

Are you ready for a challenge?  ME TOO!

Today, we're going to have a: ..


Synopsis Rewrite

Take a favorite book and re-write the synopsis (book description) from the point of view of the non-main character/focus. e.g. Harry Potter from the view of Draco, The Hunger Games from the view of Peeta


So, here is my synopsis re-write.  Here is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: From Luna Lovegood's view:

Luna lived her life in awe of the things other people could do.  She never imagined herself as a defender of light.  But when the dark lord returns, that is exactly what she becomes.  She and her rag tag group of friends fight against the forces of darkness, and work towards a better future for all witches and wizards, all while trying to rid Hogwarts of the worst teacher these halls have ever seen.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Bout of Books - Tuesday Wrap Up

Hey reader friends!  Happy Wednesday! 

I did not do as much reading yesterday as I wanted, because I had a staff meeting for work, and book club and when I got home from book club, I feel asleep while I was reading.  So, yeah.  It happens. 

Anyway: here's where we're at:

Books Started: 1
Books Finished: 1
Pages Read Tuesday: 36
Total pages Read: 194

Still Currently Reading: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

How's your reading going this week?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Bout of Books - Monday Wrap Up

Hi Reader Friends!  Welcome to my Day 1 wrap up for Bout of Books 24. 

Books Started: 1
Books Finished: 0
Pages read Monday: 158

I am deep into Stay Sweet, by Siobhan Vivian right now, and I am hoping to get it finished today.  We'll see! 

Today is the last day to sign up for Bout of Books, so if you want to do that stop by their blog

And now, reader friends: let's have a little fun with a challenge! 

Character dinner party
You are hosting an intimate dinner party for five of your favorite characters. Who do you invite and what food do you serve?

If I were having a dinner party, the five characters I would invite would be:

1. Katniss Everdeen. That girl is badass.
2. Minerva McGonagall. You know she's just awesome!
3. Hermione Granger.  I. Love. Her.
4. Fred Weasley.  Can I pick Fred and his brother? 
5. Luna Lovegood.  How can you have a dinner party without Luna! 

I have to be straighup - picking just five of my favorite characters is tough because there are so many characters I love!  But, these are the five I would invite. 

The would eat: Fried tofu and veggies mixed together in spicy stir fry sauce with white or brown rice.  They would drink the kool aid. Kidding about the drink!  We would totally drink chocolate almond milk! 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Love, Life, and The List - Kasie West

Title: Love, Life, and The List
Author: Kasie West
Format: Hardcover 
Rating: 2 Stars


Love, Life, and The List was another cheesy, light hearted read for me.  This book was, like the other two Kasie West books I've read, pure fluff.  But it's certainly a nice break to read the fluff sometimes.  

The very, very basic rundown of this book is: Abby wants to be a professional artist, get into an art show at the museum she works at, and get into a prestigious art program.  But she gets told by the museum director that her paintings lack heart and depth, so she goes on a mission to learn how to create this heart and depth and maturity in her paintings and life through accomplishing things on what she calls the Heart List. Abby talks to her best friend Cooper and gets him to agree to do the list with her.  You can imagine that ends so well! 

So, reader friends, here we go:

The characters in this book are about what you would expect to find in a Kasie West book - sweet, a little depth to each of them, and all about that good clean fun.  I mean that in the best way - I think it's important for teens to have books with characters that don't drink all the time or run around having sex with every single person they meet.  I think sex is important to talk about with teens - don't get me wrong, but not every teen wants to have sex. And it's important to have books that show that sex is a valid option for teens who are ready, but it's important for kids to see there are other options as well. 

So, this book is definitely good at showing the good clean fun kids can have - like Abby watching Cooper at his races on the dunes, or their movie nights at the beach.

Their was some growth for Abby as well, since she did do things and learn things she might not have if her boss hadn't been so frank with her.  She did also realize at the end that she had a lot more growing and maturing to do in spite of her list.  She realizes that she is still very young and that is not a bad thing, but it does mean there are things she still has to learn - and it's good that she realizes this.

I appreciate that this book, like West's other books have parents that are actually present to, you know, parent their kids.  Abby's mother has some issues that she needs to sort out through therapy, but it doesn't erase the fact that she is there for Abby in the ways she can be. There has been this trend in YA books lately of the disappearing parent, so it's nice when there are books that show parents actually being there and involved in their kids lives. 

The thing that I did hate about this book was: Abby has been in love with Cooper for a while.  And she tells him that a year prior to where this book starts. So this book stars with Cooper having known for a year that Abby is in love with him. Then, he admits towards the end of the book that he knew all along that Abby wasn't joking when she said she loved him. He knew Abby was serious - he knew she was actually in love with him and not just friend love! And he brushed it off and led her on for a YEAR!  I think that means she was totally justified in not talking to him anymore.  If I were her, I never would have started talking to him again, let alone dating him (sorry spoiler!)  This makes Cooper a class A jerk undeserving to lick Abby's shoes. 

Take this advice please: if someone tells you they love you, and you don't feel the same way, for the love of all that is holy, DO NOT LEAD THEM ON!  Just be honest with them and let them go. You are not doing them or yourself any favors if you lead them on.

That last thing was what dropped this book down to 2 stars for me. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

My Backlist TBR

Hey everyone!  I am going to do a challenge (again) this year called Beat The Backlist over at the NovelKnight.  As part of that, I wanted to post my backlist TBR here!  Feel free to share your backlist or current TBR piles as well! 

Here We Go:

Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
The Arctic Incident - Eoin Colfer
Eternity Code - Eoin Colfer
Opal Deception - Eoin Colfer
Lost Colony - Eoin Colfer
Time Paradox - Eoin Colfer
Atlantic Complex - Eoin Colfer
The Last Guardian - Eoin Colfer
A Clash of Kings - George RR Martin
A Storm of Swords - George RR Martin
A Feast of Crows - George RR Martin
A Dance with Dragons - George RR Martin
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls - Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire - Cassandra
A Map of Days - Ransom Riggs
Bad Girls Don't Die - Katie Alender
Prodigy - Marie Lu
Champion - Marie Lu
The Rose Society - Marie Lu
The Midnight Star - Marie Lu
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo
Renegades - Marissa Meyer
Ace of Shades - Amanda Foody
My Lady Jane - Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
My Plain Jane - Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Scythe - Neal Shusterman
Thunderhead - Neal Shusterman
The Diviners - Libba Bray
Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray
Before the Devil Breaks You - Libba Bray

Dumplin - Julie Murphy

Title: Dumplin'
Author: Julie Murphy
Format: E-Book
Rating: 1 Star

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Dumplin' was a book that I wanted to love, but it ended up being one of my most hated books that I've read. Not just of 2018, y'all - this was one of my most hated book of all time!  I couldn't stand this book.  I started reading it, and when I got to the part where I read this line:

Millie and Amanda together are basically one giant moving target that says MAKE FUN OF US.

I almost quit reading.  Like,  this line in and of itself made me hate the main character more than I would have thought possible. I could have ended up liking her, maybe, had it not been for these thoughts:

Amanda’s legs are uneven, so she wears these thick corrective shoes that make her look like Frankenstein. (At least according to Patrick Thomas.) When we were kids and she didn’t have her shoes yet, Amanda just limped around, her hips swiveling up and down with each step. She never seemed bothered, but that didn’t stop people from staring. The nickname thing is pretty lame if you think about it. Frankenstein was the doctor, not the monster.

I’m fat, but Millie’s the type of fat that requires elastic waist pants because they don’t make pants with buttons and zippers in her size. Her eyes are too close together and her nose pinches up at the end. She wears shirts with puppies and kittens and not in an ironic way.

Her judgement on others right from the beginning of the novel made me wish that Willowdean would hole herself up in a tree on some random mountain where she can live off the land and never have to be around people again.

Will doesn't just have these judgemental thoughts at the beginning of the book.  She is like this from page one til the very end.  When she decides to enter the local beauty pageant organized by her mother, she tells her friend Ellen.  Ellen decides to enter the pageant, as well, but doesn't say anything until the day they register.  A lady comes around at registration to hand everyone welcome packets, and whey she gives one to Ellen, Will states that Ellen isn't running.  Well, when El states she is running, Will gets pissed and makes a comment about wanting to have something that is just for her.  They have a fight about it, and don't talk to each other again until the day before the pageant.

The mere fact that Will thinks El shouldn't enter the pageant because Will wants something just for herself is telling of just who Will is - and suggests that Will is jealous of Will because of the way she looks and the fact that she is thin.  After all, this is how Will describes El: 

El is everything I am not.  Tall, blond, and with this impossible yet sexy paradox going on that only seems to exist in romantic comedies. 

Just the fact that she feels the need to compare herself to El, and lament the fact that El is skinny, makes me certain that this book is not as body positive as it's touted to be.  

Plus, there's the fact that Will, despite claiming that she's comfortable with her body, always gets incredibly uncomfortable every single time Bo touches her during their secret make out sessions.  Like, she's super afraid that if he touches her he'll realize she's fat?!  Dear Willowdean: He already knows you're fat, and he doesn't care, so why do you?  Also, when Will finds out that Bo is going to be transferring to her high school, she does the most dramatic thing ever: She quits her job with zero explanation, and refuses to spend any more time with Bo, because she is convinced that he would never ever talk to her at school.  She doesn't take time to have a conversation with him about this.  She doesn't take time to ask if he actually likes and wants to have a relationship with her. (Spoiler alert: He does!) She just makes a huge assumption and does something even more dramatic as a result.  All because she assumes that Bo is as uncomfortable with Will being fat as Will is.

Not only did I have a problem with the way Will viewed herself and judged other people, I had a problem with the way other characters were portrayed as well.  There wasn't a whole lot of depth to the characters. The way each character was portrayed at the beginning of the novel was they way they were through the entire novel.  Will was always the "savior" of the low down people like Millie and Amanda who needed help from someone much cooler than them to even be seen as anything other than the losers that their "savior" thought they were.  Callie was always the mean girl who had to dig at other people and make them feel bad.  Amanda and Millie were always the quiet mousy girls who hung around in the background just waiting for someone to rescue them. Hannah was always the bitter, surly killjoy that nobody wanted to talk to. 

There is more to people than how they appear on the surface - but this book totally missed that mark.  There was no change for characters, no depth, no growth, no realization that they can be more than who other people think they are. 

The story itself was not well rounded out either.  It just felt flat to me and not as fleshed out as it could have been.

All of this added up to a book that wasn't even tolerable to me. Go have fun reading a different book instead.  This one can be the book you use to prop under the wobbly leg on your table.

If you feel like reading some reviews from others: Here you go. These are reviews that really sum up what is so bad about this book.  (Sorry, not sorry.  This book was bad.)



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bout of Books 24

Hi reader friends!  I can tell you all are just SO SURPRISED that I am signing up for another Bout of Books!

If you've never heard of Bout of Books - here is a simple explanation! 

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

If you are interested in signing up - here is a direct link to the sign up post.

And most importantly: Happy Reading in 2019!