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August 1st, 2017

Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

SYNOPSIS:
Sweet, bookish Neve Slater always plays by the rules and the number one rule is that good-natured fat girls like her don’t get guys like gorgeous, handsome William, heir to Neve’s heart since university. But William’s been in LA for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down and re-inventing herself so that when he returns, he’ll fall head over heels in love with the new, improved her.

So she’s not that interested in other men. Until her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she’s an experienced love-goddess and not the fumbling, awkward girl he left behind, then she’d better get some, well, experience.

What Neve needs is someone to show her the ropes, someone like Celia’s colleague Max. Wicked, shallow, sexy Max. And since he’s such a man-slut, and so not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him. Because William is the man for her… right?

MY REVIEW:
Initial Cover Thoughts:
The image didn’t really offer any information on the book but the blurb had me intrigued.

Read and Reviewed:
Not really 4 stars but more like 4.5 if I’m honest. I have to say that I enjoyed this book very much. Sure at times I wanted to smack Neve because she got on my nerves with over thinking things and she came off a lot older than she was, but I enjoyed it.

As per the book synopsis, Neve is a sweet overweight girl who has her eyes on the sophisticated and handsome William. William and Neve part ways due to work and school and Neve takes that time to transform her body and confidence to what she deems is good enough to win William. Throw in the sexy and Max who offers to be aid her and be used as a guinea pig and it’s nothing but laughs, deep conversation, and dare we say.. conflict of the heart?

I loved Max and I really didn’t find anything appealing about William. le shrug. I enjoyed this book and the message and beauty within its pages, but I took half a star off because I felt that all of the characters talked way more mature and sophisticated for their ages even when they weren’t really sophisticated types of character. I imagined them all like 5 or 7 years older to make the story more believable.

The story gave a great message about beauty without really being preachy. Neve’s thoughts were very accurate 80% of the time and she really embodied a real curvy woman. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt imperfect or didn’t feel as if they quite measured up. The love story slowly hooks you and you find yourself cheering for the bad boy rather than the poet, or at least I did. Team Max!

Quote Me:

“This book was a beautiful hidden treasure I stumbled across and truly enjoyed. ”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“That was the worst thing about having a relationship with someone, even a pretend relationship. You opened up, let someone in, and when it was over, they had all the ammunition they needed to completely destroy you.”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Unrequited, Love, Pretend, Pancakes, BBW, Real, Insecure, Funny, Smart, Sassy

Book Boyfriend Rating:
8/10

Wishful Thinking:
More Max.. simply because he was my favorite part of this book.

BUY A COPY:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Good Reads Page

RATING:
4 Heart Rating

NOTE TO THE AUTHOR(S) OF THIS BOOK:
Feel free to quote me or any portion of my review to help promote this book. Thank you for writing this piece of work and allowing me to live in your world amongst your characters for a little bit.

August 1st, 2017

Review: I’ll Be Seeing You by Lurlene McDaniel

SYNOPSIS:
Carley Mattea never expected to become friends with a boy as handsome as Kyle Westin–especially not in the hospital. Seventeen-year-old Kyle was blinded when a chemistry experiment exploded. His doctors don’t know whether he’ll get his vision back, and he’s deeply depressed. Carley understands how miserable it is to be in the hospital. At sixteen, she’s had plenty of experience. But Carley is keeping a secret from Kyle. She knows boys like girls who are pretty–and she’s not. Scarred by a facial deformity, she has always used her sense of humor to cope. But now that she’s become so close to Kyle, she’s worried that if his bandages are removed and he sees her, it will be the end of their relationship. Carley wants what’s best for Kyle. But what will that mean for her?

MY REVIEW:
Initial Cover Thoughts:
I read this book as a young teenager and even then I thought the cover was sweet but very outdated.

Read and Reviewed:
Growing up this was on my top 10 list of favorite books. It’s a short novel and although I would have loved at least 100 more pages or a sequel, I can’t help but love this book. I discovered this book as a teenager and read it all in one night, going to school glassy eyed from not sleeping. hehe.

The story of Carly and Kyle is just lovely. Carly represents so many girls.. If you’ve ever been insecure about yourself, lack confidence, been teased for the way you look, or have a sister who is gorgeous and standing next to her you fall short, you can relate to Carly. She’s this beautiful person in the inside who’s outside doesn’t reflect that. Scarred and disfigured from cancer to save her life Carly is the “dog-faced” girl. (And before you ask why she just doesn’t fix her face with plastic surgery; take into account that this book took place in the early 90s and that no doctor wants to risk working on her face from the amount that had to be cut out of her face.)

While in the hospital she meets Kyle who has bandages on his eyes after a science experiment goes wrong. The book follows their new friendship where they get to know one another from the inside. You will feel the teenager inside you jumping up and down as their friendship begins to blossom into something more but can you have a relationship with secrets? Kyle doesn’t know Carly is disfigured and she will do anything and everything to make sure he doesn’t find out. Will he get his vision back? What if someone tells him how she looks? What happens when they are both out of the hospital? These are only some of the questions on Carly’s mind all the time since meeting Kyle and the questions you will be asking yourself as you read. The book is a quick read and is simply lovely. A book that shows us what real beauty is.

As a young girl I read a lot of Lurlene McDaniel as she tackled real life illnesses and problems to young teens like no other. This book is intended for young teenagers but I feel like the message is lovely and everyone should read it once.

*MARKED: FAVORITE READ*

Quote Me:

“This was the first book I read as a preteen that taught me of true inner beauty and made me look for it in the world.”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“People can’t help the way they look, just the way they act.”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Scarred, Beauty, Secrets, Friends, Blindness, Charade, Bullied, Ugly, Cancer, Love

Book Boyfriend Rating:
8/10, he was one of my first book boyfriends. 🙂

Wishful Thinking:
I wish this book were longer so I could have more Carly/Kyle scenes.

BUY A COPY:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Good Reads Page

RATING:
5 Heart Rating

NOTE TO THE AUTHOR(S) OF THIS BOOK:
Feel free to quote me or any portion of my review to help promote this book. Thank you for writing this piece of work and allowing me to live in your world amongst your characters for a little bit.

MY RATING SYSTEM:
- I LOVED IT! I marked it as a favorite and will eventually reread it. I highly recommend this book!

- I felt this book was really good. I wouldn't call it a favorite but I would highly recommended.

- This book was a good read. I would recommend it.

- I felt this book was OK. Would suggest it casually if asked.

- I did not like this book and wouldn't recommend it to others.