It’s Tuesday so here’s another Top Ten Tuesday Post!! This week’s topic is a movie freebie so I thought I would list out some movies that I want to rewatch this holiday season. Not all of them are actually holiday movies, but during these breaks are the only times I actually have time to watch them. Also for those who don’t know, this meme is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
So without much further delay, here’s the list:
That’s it for the list today! I’m now noticing that a lot of these are disney movies, but no shame. Let me know what other movies I should watch soon!
As always, let me know what you thought and all your thoughts in the comments section or find me on Social Media: @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I will have another post up very soon!!
Falling for the Girl Next Door by Tera Lynn Childs
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Format: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions are my own.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Girl-Next-Creative-HeArts-ebook/dp/B01MCXPL5A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479002952&sr=8-1&keywords=falling+for+the+girl+next+door
Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter...with the perfect boyfriend.
But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bad boy next door, the good girl who snags his heart, and one epically disastrous ruse-gone-wrong. Join the fun at your own risk.
First I just have to point out that if you have not read the first book in Tru and Sloane’s story yet, you should probably read that before starting this book. You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014CS5MNU/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
I will have a review for that book sometime soon!
I have to start off with the concept of the book as a whole. I really like it as far as the setting and the characters themselves. Both Sloane and Tru are creative people aspiring to reach their fullest potential. With Sloane being the creator or Graphic Grrl, a popular web comic and Tru being an filmmaker.
I actually really liked Tru and Sloane’s relationship. I feel like that’s a lot to say because when I first started the book, it felt to me like it was just going to be a very bland and boring book, with a dry romance that gets nowhere. But I am so glad that I was wrong and the romance was fun and light.
I liked the portrayal of the struggles that both characters went through. Tru had his drinking problem, but proceeded to push away Sloane, thinking that he wasn’t good enough and would influence her in some way. Then there was also Sloane’s family problems, with her brother and her dad living back in New York, and her feeling like the split is because of her.
One thing I didn’t like as much is the individual interactions the characters have with the families, because they were really boring and I feel like it didn’t add to the story as much.
Also I loved the ‘blackmailing’ to solve the problems. It’s just like students going to such as school would do, to get to the best spot and attempt to sabotage others, but with Sloane and Tru, they were able to defeat this one person using their own smarts. The characters are really well developed and their personalities are really fun.
On a side note, the entire situation with Finn pretending to be Sloane’s boyfriend got a little intense but I just found out that there is another book about him and Willa and I need to read that!!! OK, I’m done.
Overall, I give the book a 7/10 (4/5 stars). There were many great parts to the book, as well as some more boring, drier scenes that personally, I think could have been better being left out. If you’ve read the first book, I think you would really like this one a lot because it continues with their story, and it was actually quite a short read. Again, if you haven’t read the first book, you should read that one first and then come back to this one because you need to have the background knowledge of the characters.
What did you think about the review? Will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don’t forget to check out all the other posts on the blog this week and check back soon for more!
The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Format: I received an advanced reading copy to review from the publisher for a honest review on my blog.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M7TPAAZ/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01M7TPAAZ&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies' man, fearless outfielder... Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.
Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn't it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it's time to let a little bad into her life.
Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer--dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer--is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, " dating" Kyle will silence the rumors.
But Faith's plan threatens to expose Sawyer's biggest secret of all...and that's a risk he's not willing to take.
Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses...and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.
So if you’ve been following my reviews for the past month or so, you probably know that I love to read about sports, and so when I saw this book’s summary, I just knew that I had to read it.
Faith is the laughingstock of the school when she refuses to sleep with her boyfriend, and consequently calls it quits with him. Now in order to try and stop all the taunts coming her way, and to prove that she isn’t a tease, she makes a deal with the boy who’s working on her yard, none other than the school’s bad-boy Kyle Sawyer.
Kyle has his own secrets to keep. He is the star of the school’s baseball team, and is supposably able to kick anyone’s butt, including Faith’s ex jock boyfriend. I really liked how Kyle really wasn’t how he seemed, and underneath the cold hard exterior, is someone really caring and sweet. Another scene I really liked was when he finally went to talk to his old friend and finally gets his head around the whole situation and does something.
Ok I really loved how obsessed they were with each other but just would not admit it. It was so cute though. They were completely obsessed with each other and it was written so well that the problem of the book being pretty much predictable didn’t bother me at all. I also really loved the dual points of views so we could see what was going on inside their heads, as well as their conversations with their respective friends.
Also I have to mention: Violet, Faith’s best friend really needs her own book because she was always so drastic in doing something and I would really like to see just her and how that would affect the way she acts.
Overall, I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). I really enjoyed the book and I think if you’re looking for something cute and fun and easy to read, this is the book for you. Also, if you want to know more about the inspiration for the book, I will have a guest post from the author right here on the blog real soon!
Until then, tell me what you think about the book. What did you think about the review? Will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don’t forget to check out all the other posts on the blog this week and check back soon for more!
About the Book:
BEFORE TOMORROW by Pintip DUnn
Release Date: Oct. 31, 2016
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Prequel to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning novel, FORGET TOMORROW!
In a world where all seventeen-year-olds receive a memory from their future selves, Logan Russell's vision is exactly as he expects -- and exactly not. He sees himself achieving his greatest wish of becoming a gold-star swimmer, but strangely enough, the vision also shows him locking eyes with a girl from his past, Callie Stone, and experiencing an overwhelming sense of love and belonging.
Logan’s not sure what the memory means, but soon enough, he learns that his old friend Callie is in trouble. She's received an atypical memory, one where she commits a crime in the future. According to the law, she must be imprisoned, even though she's done nothing wrong. Now, Logan must decide if he'll give up his future as a gold-star swimmer and rescue the literal girl of his dreams. All he'll have to do is defy Fate.
About the Author:
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE, REMEMBER YESTERDAY, and the forthcoming GIRL IN BETWEEN.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com
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Logan never thought of himself as a stalker, but that’s precisely what he did the next day. Stalked Callie with his eyes throughout the Poetry Core. Hid behind a digital kiosk and spied on her as she dispensed her lunch from a Meal Assembler. And, after school let out, he followed her and her sister, Jessa, to a nearby park.
He sat on a wrought-iron bench and watched them. As always, she made him feel like he’d just swum a hundred-meter race. Her hair was long and wavy, dark with bits of gold that beckoned him like the lights at the end of the pool. Her skin was brown and smooth, her cheeks round and flushed. But it was her eyes that got him—that had always gotten him. Not so much their warm color or lovely shape, but their expression. She had this way of looking at him as if she really saw him. As if he really mattered.
She and Jessa stood under a tree, the colorful leaves falling around them. They tilted their faces to the sky, and Callie laughed. He could hardly hear the sound, but he didn’t need to. He’d heard it enough times at school. And no matter how many people were in the room, no matter how loud they were, he could always pick out Callie’s laugh.
A few words drifted by on the breeze. Color names. Red, orange, brown. Jessa must be calling out the color of the leaves before they fell. Interesting. He never knew the younger sister was psychic, but somehow, it didn’t surprise him.
Callie clasped her hands together. Even from a distance, he could tell she was trying not to fidget. She was probably nervous about getting her memory tomorrow. That’s why they’d always sat near each other in class—because their birthdays were two days apart. It was a blessing when they were friends—and pure torture when they weren’t. The phrase “do something” seemed to march around her like an endlessly repeating scroll of text. Do something. Do something. Do something.
But for the first time in five years, when he looked at her, he didn’t hear the words. He didn’t see Mikey being dragged away, his hands wrenched behind him in a pair of electro-cuffs. Instead, he saw her as she was in his memory. Sitting on the first row of the bleachers, meeting his eyes across the crowd. Mouthing those words, “My red leaf.”
Talk to her, he ordered himself, but his leaden feet refused to move. So much time had passed. She had every right to shoot him down. Any regular girl would.
But Callie wasn’t a regular girl. She was the girl who fell over in her chair because she was trying to see the sun. The girl in his memory who looked at him with acceptance. The girl who saw through the twisted depths of him—and liked him anyway.
And then, she and her sister turned and marched toward the bullet train station, their swinging arms synchronized.
Aw, fike. He lurched to his feet and trotted after them. “Calla, wait up,” he called, using her full name. It had been years since he’d said it, but the syllables sprung to his lips as naturally as if he’s said them every day. Every hour. And maybe, somewhere deep in his soul, he did. Because in that place, Callie never stopped being his friend.
So what do you think of the book so far? Will you go and pick it up? I know I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing the book soon! Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don't forget to check out all my posts from this week and I will be back tomorrow with another review!
Hi Guys! Today I'm very, very excited to share a cover reveal for Out of Beat by Cassandra Giovanni. So without talking too much beforehand, here's the cover! (All the information you need to know will be below that)
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Out of Beat (Boys of Fallout #1)
By Cassandra Giovanni
Genre: Coming of Age
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 6 December 2016
Danny 'Madman' Maddox isn’t supposed to make Skylar Haze's heart beat out of rhythm.
At least not anymore.
She hasn't seen that boyish face, always covered in a five o'clock shadow, dimpled smile and teasing hazel eyes since the day he left to go on tour with her brother Joey's band. Now with a major record label backing them the band is in need of a bit of help, and when Joey asks Skylar to be the band's photographer, she can't help but say yes.
Of course, Joey doesn’t know about that forbidden kiss.
The one Skylar hopes Danny’s forgotten.
But can she?
One smile and she finds herself slipping again.
But he’s the drummer, and he’s beaten her heart before.
And she won’t let it happen again.
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So that's it for today's post! Let me know what you think of the cover and if you love it as much as I do. I also absolutely love the synopsis of the book and hope to be able to get my hands on a copy of the book to review very very soon! Will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. i will be back real soon with another post!
It’s Tuesday so here’s another Top Ten Tuesday Post!! This week’s topic is Books I’ve added to my re-read list. There have been so many books that I need to re-read for the holiday season so this list might be a little longer than usual. Also for those who don’t know, this meme is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
These are probably also all books that I haven’t review yet but hopefully I’ll be time to review them soon!
This list is mostly just winter books that I’ve read over the past couple of years but absolutely have to re-read them soon. Let me know if you have read any of these books and what books you are planning on re-reading soon. I always love to discover some new books!
As always, let me know what you thought and all your thoughts in the comments section or find me on Social Media: @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. I will have another post up very soon!!
How it Feels to Fly by Katherine Holmes
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Format: I purchased a copy of the book with my own money from Barnes and Noble. I was in no way obligated to write anything and all opinions below are my own.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015MOCRKE/ref=x_gr_w_glide_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_glide_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B015MOCRKE&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
A struggle with body dysmorphia forces one girl to decide if letting go of her insecurity also means turning her back on her dreams.
Sam has always known she’d be a professional dancer—but that was before her body betrayed her, developing unmanageable curves in all the wrong places. Lately, the girl staring back at Sam in the mirror is unrecognizable. Dieting doesn’t work, ignoring the whispers is pointless, and her overbearing mother just makes it worse.
Following a series of crippling anxiety attacks, Sam is sent to a treatment camp for teens struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. Forced to open up to complete strangers, Sam must get through the program if she wants to attend a crucial ballet intensive later in the summer. It seems hopeless until she starts confiding in a camp counselor who sparks a confidence she was sure she’d never feel again. But when she’s faced with disappointing setbacks, will Sam succumb to the insecurity that imprisons her?
This compelling story from Kathryn Holmes examines one girl’s efforts to overcome her worst enemy: herself.
Oh my god, I loved this book!! Since I finished it for the first time, I have gone back and re-read it at least 2 more times. There are just so many elements that I love about the book, and I could connect to many of the topics discussed here as well.
This book really explains the life of a dancer, and how just a little bit of weight can change everything. Of course, that isn’t the main focus of the book, but that one part is what really stood out to me. As a former dancer myself, one of the many, many reasons I quit was mainly due to my body shape so this really made me see that everyone, even the most elite dancers suffer through that.
I really loved the ending so much. The types of bonds that are created in such a tightknit group of people who started off the camp hating each other and wanting to get a far away from each other end up keeping in touch, and not only that but continuously support each other. I love the concept of those ‘missions’ that push them to do things that they probably wouldn’t otherwise.
Onto the characters themselves. We see everything through Sam’s point of view, and her struggles with herself were portrayed very well. We get to see all her inner thoughts as well as see what she’s afraid of. Also, I just have to mention, the summary makes it sound like there is a lot of ballet involved, but there was just a little scene at the end where we see Sam actually dancing. It’s brought up a few times but the more prominent theme is her struggles.
One thing I really wanted to see more of is the background story of the founder of the camp. We know where she works during the year, and that she’s a therapist but that’s the extent of it. I really wanted to know more about her personal life and what made her into what she is now.
There was some romance in it, and it actually played out how I expected it to go, but it was still said to see the end of it. The romance between the characters played out to be brutally honest to how growing up works, and how different mindsets work in a relationship.
The book really deals with the issue of anxiety from pressure, and other sources as well as taking chances and making the leap.
The cover of the book is also so pretty. I love how really minimalistic it seems from a distance but once you really take a good look at it and take every little detail in, you see so many more hidden meaning in it. The little bit of blue in the background is probably my favorite part of the entire cover.
You know what I really, really want to see? A book a couple years after and it’s Sam’s turn to help lead the camp, and we can see where she ended up and how she deals with helping other kids. Also I really want to see how the founder of the camp changes as the years go on.
Overall, I give the book a 10/10 (5/5 stars). I really enjoyed the concept of the book and the writing style was just so perfect. The characters were well developed, had rich histories and it you could really connect with them. It had everything I expected and wanted from a book like this. I recommend this book to literally everyone so you should go and pick up a copy now! The book is truly incredible from the start to the end. Also since I’m currently suffering from post-good-book syndrome, you should recommend some good books to me!
What did you think about the review? Will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Don’t forget to check out my posts from last week, and also I will be back tomorrow with a Top Ten Tuesday post!!
Kisses on a Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
Genre: YA Romance
Publication Date: August 12, 2016
Format: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Kisses-Paper-Airplane-Sarah-Vance-Tompkins-ebook/dp/B01BTEUL86
Drama student Hannah Evans isn't kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She's determined to share the perfect first kiss -- with the perfect boy -- in the perfect place -- or she's not kissing at all. When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he's 'The One.'
Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and his supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.
Theo is smitten, but he's worried she's just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?
Just a little warning, this review is really short, just because the book was also pretty short. I also read the book a little more than a month ago so it’s not as fresh in my mind as when I usually review.
I love how short the book was and only took place over about a week, with the bulk of the book being in the first three days and on a airplane, with the two main characters just looking for and chasing each other.
The book is totally based on like coincidental. It isn’t something that would necessarily happen to you at the airport, but I feel like it was written really well that I didn’t even notice how weird the setting was. I really liked the setting of the book. An airport is such an unique place, and the style of writing really captured the feel of traveling alone as a teen, experiencing first class for the first time and running through the airport to catch a flight.
Oh, I’ve been so busy talking about the setting that I haven't even mentioned any of the characters. So Hannah is traveling back from abroad in order to attend her mother’s wedding, and Theo is heading in the same area as Hannah is and by some magical force, they’re on the same flight all the way there. They fall for each other faster than imagined possible until a scandal involving a picture of Theo arises. Then Theo has to make the decision if this stranger is worth it.
The story was told pretty straight forward with a touch of humor to it. The writing style was very easy to read, without any complications.
I also liked how we didn't need to know any background information about the characters in order the understand how they felt. The piece was effortless to read and I finished within 3 hours (spread between a couple class periods where I was reading on my phone under the desks...whoops… but it was worth it).
Overall, I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). I really enjoyed how quick of a read it was and how straight forward, with still some unpredictable parts mixed in. This was my first book that I’ve read by this author and I’m looking forward to reading more. I recommend the book if you are looking for a short and sweet romance story.
What did you think about the review? Will you go and pick it up? Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.Don’t forget to check back often and I will have more reviews and other posts soon!
Hey everyone and I’m so excited that this is another Classic Fridays post!! I haven’t done one in so long and it feels good to have them here again!
If you don’t know what Classic Fridays is, here is the page on my blog where you can get more information on it: Classic Fridays. A quick rundown of the project is that this is a weekly meme and anyone can join us in it!
Anyways, this week’s topic is Politics! This is a topic that I would normally stay away from, but with it being an presidential election year and all, and I’ve been reading some books with politics mixed in, I thought it might be cool to have it as a topic!
Do you enjoy reading books with some politics thrown in? Why or why not?
I usually like the books with some politics thrown in, especially if they are YA Contemporary books because I feel like it adds another dimension into it.
What’s one book that you’ve read with some politics mixed in? Was politics a main point or just a smaller back story?
The latest book that I read with politics mixed in is Interference by Kay Honeyman and it had politics as one of it’s main focuses which I appreciated immensely.
Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not?
Ahhhh I loved the book so much! It was so good. You can find a review of it here: Interference
Is there a biography of a former President/First Lady/First Child that you’ve read? If so, which one?
I’ve actually read quite a few biographies of former presidents, but most of them were just the kid friendly, simplified down versions online so I can’t actually remember them all.
BOOKSTAGRAM Prompt: All the books with some bit of politics mixed in. #ClassicFridays
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Some non-bookish questions:Do you watch presidential/other debates? Why/why not?
I usually try to avoid the debates as much as possible but I always make it a point to read recaps of major things that happen so I’m not too out of it the next day at school and whatnot. I just feel like the debates don’t really do that much and is just an opportunity for the opponents to insult each other.
Who’s your favorite president/first lady to learn about? (I know it’s a weird one but for some reason, everyone has one).
I actually really like reading and learning more about Laura Bush and Michelle Obama because they are both so different, and have done so much in their own ways and also because those are the only two First Lady’s that I actually have any knowledge about because I wasn’t born until President Bush’s term.
That’s it for the post today! Don’t forget to go and check out the posts from everyone else who posted Classic Fridays posts today! (The links are on the Classic Fridays page) :) Also if you have any suggestions for future week’s or just questions you think would be good, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name and any information so I can be sure to credit you!
So what did you think about my answers? Share with me your answers to these questions as well! I can’t wait to read them all! That’s it for this week! Don’t forget to check back on that page and find out more information if you are interested in joining us next week!
As always, I will have more posts coming up this week so keep an eye out for that! I have another review scheduled for tomorrow and lots more for next week!
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Through the Lens by Shannon Dermott
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance (?)
Publication Date: August 25, 2016
Format: I received a copy from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Through-Lens-Shannon-Dermott-ebook/dp/B00AC2NSXM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478134445&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=through+the+lens+shannon+dermott
Being a twin isn’t all that bad, nor is it all that good. Being the fat twin makes things a little worse. Seventeen year old, Jessa Shelby has been all but ignored. Trimmed down, but not skinny like her sister, she has decided to make her mark in her final year in high school.
Things begin anew the summer before her senior year when she meets Ethan Hart, a super hot boy with a twisted past. Unfortunately, he has a girlfriend. Relegated to friend status with Ethan, she turns her eyes on football jock, Josh Macon, whose crush worthy too. No longer the ‘fat girl’, Josh seems to be interested in her too.
Spending more and more time with Ethan causes unexpected complications and she finds herself falling for the wrong boy. Josh is sweet but wants more than she can give. His warning about Ethan’s past may have come too late. And gasping for air with a noose around her neck, she has to wonder if trust came at a very high price.
This book had it’s ups and downs. There were parts that I could totally relate to, as well as envy, but there were a lot there I had problems with.
Let’s start from the beginning shall we? The book starts off really simple, Jessa is cleaning the attic with her dad and she finds a film camera and decides to take it with her when she goes on her run. Then out of the blue, she gets pulled into a butterfly display by this amazingly hot guy and then offered a job. Ok, so this is the first of my problems, just...huh? How? And then this guy, Ethan, offers to help her develop the film from her camera and they start hanging outside of work, only for Jessa to find out that he has a girlfriend, and none other than Ally, a tv star.
Secrets are uncovered and soon, things start going downhill. In most books that I’ve read, somethings has to be looking like it’s going well before it goes straight downhill, but this book starts off flat, and continues on flat, only in the end crashing even further.
In the end, Ethan is accused of kidnapping and murder of his previous girlfriend, and Jessa finds herself in a very strange position. After some convincing from the yearbook teacher, Jessa agrees to go to Ethans house to collect evidence that he’s innocent, from that particular matter at least, and Jessa is kidnapped and almost killed, only to see that the kidnapper was the yearbook teacher, and this was not his first offense.
The book was just kinda confusing and hard to keep up with what’s happening at each moment because the transitions happen so fast. It didn’t move smoothly and another storyline with Jessa’s twin and the popular guys she dates gets thrown in as well, which seemed to be out of place. I couldn’t determine what exactly the book was about at all and that really didn’t do it for me.
The characters didn’t have any real depth to them. You kinda know them on the surface, but you don’t see anything that’s happening besides that. The characters kind of just come and go, both literally and figuratively. You meet one character, and then suddenly they’re gone for 3 chapters where they somehow make an appearance once again.
The ending confused me. It happened so suddenly and without any warning. I was kind of happy to see the story heading in the direction that it did as I was hoping that the story would have some kind of story, finally but it cut off with minimum information. There was no way to see that happening, although it does answer the question of what happened to the other girls before. There really wasn’t that much information given and I really wanted to know what happened to their teacher, and what happened before. Like suddenly, Jessa is in the hospital and her friend is gone...can it get any more vague about it? I don’t believe there is a sequel to the book so the ending was way to abrupt as is. I feel like just one more chapter explaining everything would have made me love the book even more.
One thing that I did like was the film camera. Recently I’ve had an obsession with cameras and especially with how film cameras work (side note, I’m researching which ones are still being made and I want to purchase one so if you have any suggestions, let me know) so it was super fun to read about them developing the film and taking the pictures.
Overall, I give the book a 6/10 (3/5 stars). It was a very well written book, but there were just parts the wasn’t to my liking. All the characters seemed a bit dull and not as dimensional as they could have, as well as the storyline was hard to determine. All in all, the book really didn’t do it for me. The only part worth reading is the parts in the middle with everything going on with the camera. Other than that, i really don’t think the book is worth reading.
This review was a bit brutal but it’s my honest opinion. With that said, I want to know, are you going to give the book a try? The kindle copy is only a dollar right now so if you want to give it a try, I recommend getting it now. Leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram. Remember to check back soon and I will have a Classic Fridays post up tomorrow and another review on Saturday!
Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.