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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I read this book as a young teenager and even then I thought the cover was sweet but very outdated.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.

April 28th, 2017

Review: One Day Soon by Meredith A. Walters

SYNOPSIS:
He found me in blood and tears.
I stayed with him through darkness and fire.

We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.

We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.

He ran away.
I tried to move on.

Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.

For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

MY REVIEW:
Initial Cover Thoughts:
I had no idea what to make of the cover design. I can see an ocean but I have no idea what the rest of it is. haha. The synopsis grabbed my interest because it was equal parts cryptic and poetic.

Read and Reviewed:
Loved, loved, LOVED this book. Truly. I did not go into it with any expectations and as I read it I could not put it down. I read it in one sitting through the night into the morning hours. Hey, I like to absorb the books. I’m really not THAT slow of a reader. But anyways, did I mention I loved it. Because I do. I’ve read it twice in the span of a few months. It was that good.

The story is told in alternating chapters and tells the story of Imogen (Imi) Conner and Yossarian (Yoss) Frazier. One chapter is the present day and the the next is the past and the story moves parallel in both timelines this way. It was a book that did this way of storytelling perfectly. It was like you were effectively reading two really good stories simultaneously. You would be bummed when the present day chapter ended and equally excited to see what was going on with the characters in the past.

I think my excitement is making me a complete scatterbrain. Let me tell you a little about this story and there will be a 1% spoiler in this (I’m not perfect, blame my excitement!) on the premise of the book.

The story starts with a grown up Imogen who works at a hospital and is reminded about her youth and first love, Yoss, when a beaten homeless man is brought in with no identification. When Imogen was sixteen she runs away from home and meets Yoss who has lived on the streets for many years. She stands out like a sore thumb and he takes her under his wing merely minutes after meeting her. Every other chapter I found myself becoming utterly smitten with Yoss. He’s a good guy, a protector. He takes on obstacles and makes it his burden to protect not only Imogen but a few other homeless kids. He’s the humble hero but he’s not perfect.

I won’t elaborate more on the plot because I literally want to spill it and fangirl with you all. The love story is slow, beautiful, and genuine. If you want a love story that will bring you to tears and make your heart pound in your ears, this book is for you.

The book is a bit raw as it shows the things homeless kids have to do to get by. We forget how harsh the world is for those without a roof over their heads when we are sitting in the comfort of our own homes. This book made me sought out more homeless novels and I plan to share my findings in the future.

First time reading Meredith’s work and I plan to check out her other works. Did I mention I loved this book?

*MARKED: FAVORITE READ*
*MARKED: TEARJERKER*

Quote Me:

“A perfect story that will grab at your heartstrings and not let go until the very end. This book was an unforgettable reading experience and the characters of Yoss and Imi will stay with me.”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“Yossarian Frazier wasn’t an overly complicated person. He was smart. He was thoughtful. He was generous and kind. He was loyal to a fault. And he was someone who had been forced to make choices that would shatter some people.”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Love, Beautiful, Heartbreaking, Homeless, Raw, Abuse, Prostitution, Runaway, Teenagers

Book Boyfriend Rating:
10/10 – Yoss, I love you man.

Wishful Thinking:
That the book was longer. The book is long but I just did not want it to end. I wanted more.

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.

March 30th, 2017

Review: Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

SYNOPSIS:
If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough.

Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.

With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.

Except for a boyfriend.

Or a husband.

But who needs either one of those?

MY REVIEW:
Initial Cover Thoughts:
The design was cute and the photo actually makes sense when you finish the book. I wasn’t sure if I would like this book to be honest. The synopsis didn’t really cut it for me, but I’m a huge Mariana Zaptata fan and have yet to read a book of hers I didn’t love. So I tackled Wait For It the day it was released. I read the entire book in 2 maybe 3 long sittings.

Read and Reviewed:
I loved this book, it was so cute. The little boys were adorable and cracked me up. I love the way Mariana writes. She has this humor in her writing that I can’t get enough of.

The romance is a very slow burn romance which is common in her books and something that I really enjoy. Diana buys an old house with her nephews and Jackson is basically Diana’s sexy neighbor. He runs kind of hot and cold with her which just frustrates her and constantly makes her wonder what she’s doing to get on his nerves. She’s constantly trying not to make things weird which just makes things weirder and more amusing to the reader. I found myself looking forward to all of their interactions in pages to come. His interactions with her boys is great also.

There were a bunch of minor characters that were entertaining from family to neighbors to coworkers.

I added this book into the ‘love and sports’ category because Jackson does play sports and Diana is always at the games with her boys. Their interactions at the games and surrounding the games are a nice chunk of the story.

It actually has cameos from characters from Mariana’s other books Wall of Winnipeg and Kulti which was a nice surprise. This book does a good job of incorporating some of our other Zapata favorites into Diana’s world in Wait For It.

Quote Me:

Wait For It is fun, charming, and destined to be read more than once.”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“You two are…savage. You’re honest, and you’re loyal and love the shit out of things. Both of you give everything to what you care about…”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Family, Neighbor, Stalker, Flirting, Humor, Caring, Sexy, Loss, Baseball, Honorable.

Book Boyfriend Rating:
8/10

Wishful Thinking:
I wish there was more actual physical romance in the book. Like I said earlier it is a VERY slow burn romance which I don’t mind one bit but it left me itching for more physical romance scenes towards the end.

BUY A COPY:
AmazonBarnes 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.

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.