14
Sep
Congrats to Alexis Bass who received a starred review from Kirkus for her debut LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES!
LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES [STARRED REVIEW!] Author: Alexis Bass
A system for avoiding heartbreak falls apart in an unexpectedly insightful tale of friendship and loyalty. Aubrey’s friends spend their weekends making out with boys at parties, drinking Slurpees mixed with vodka, and hurling insults at their ex-friend, Chiffon. Now that Aubrey has gotten into her dream school and eased off her work schedule, she can join them. Just before the start of their junior year, Shelby, the de facto group leader, developed the titular theories. High school boys, according to the theories, are incapable of commitment, so girls should enjoy sex and never expect anything afterward. But when good-looking outsider Nathan Diggs shows up in Aubrey’s drama class, and Nathan and Aubrey quickly become inseparable, Aubrey is tempted to forget that she’s become “evolved.” What looks poised to be a romantic comedy (girl meets boy; theories fail; love triumphs) turns into something far more complex and bittersweet. Each character’s life is carefully imagined, from Chiffon, the target of the girls’ ridicule, to Shelby herself, whose carefree armor slowly begins to crack. The bullying is never forgiven. The lovers, once estranged, are never entirely reunited. The theories are indeed debunked, but what is left in their place is a kind of vulnerability and regret that can’t be summed up in a romantic platitude. Careful, subtle and aching. (Fiction. 14-18)
Add Love and Other Theories to your goodreads here.

Congrats to Alexis Bass who received a starred review from Kirkus for her debut LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES!

LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES [STARRED REVIEW!] 
Author: Alexis Bass

A system for avoiding heartbreak falls apart in an unexpectedly insightful tale of friendship and loyalty. Aubrey’s friends spend their weekends making out with boys at parties, drinking Slurpees mixed with vodka, and hurling insults at their ex-friend, Chiffon. Now that Aubrey has gotten into her dream school and eased off her work schedule, she can join them. Just before the start of their junior year, Shelby, the de facto group leader, developed the titular theories. High school boys, according to the theories, are incapable of commitment, so girls should enjoy sex and never expect anything afterward. But when good-looking outsider Nathan Diggs shows up in Aubrey’s drama class, and Nathan and Aubrey quickly become inseparable, Aubrey is tempted to forget that she’s become “evolved.” What looks poised to be a romantic comedy (girl meets boy; theories fail; love triumphs) turns into something far more complex and bittersweet. Each character’s life is carefully imagined, from Chiffon, the target of the girls’ ridicule, to Shelby herself, whose carefree armor slowly begins to crack. The bullying is never forgiven. The lovers, once estranged, are never entirely reunited. The theories are indeed debunked, but what is left in their place is a kind of vulnerability and regret that can’t be summed up in a romantic platitude. Careful, subtle and aching. (Fiction. 14-18)

Add Love and Other Theories to your goodreads here.

10
Aug

You better smile, or we’re toast! 

readandshelved:

I had fun with The Ghost and the Goth!

Stacey Kade
After a close encounter with the front end of a school bus, Alona Dare goes from Homecoming Queen to Queen of the Dead. Now she’s stuck as a spirit (DON’T call her a ghost) in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her away. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast who despises the social elite. He…

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10
Aug
flourishandbllotts:

A Death-Struck Year
rating 4/5

I love this book. It is one of my new favorites (although it isn’t better than Diviners) and it is a must read. Saying that though, I must warn you that this book is not for the faint of heart or the squeamish.
A Death-Struck Year takes place during the Spanish Influenza outbreak which took place early in the 20th century. The story follows Cleo, a teenager who volunteers with the Red Cross to care for patients who have contracted influenza. 
The characters in this book are very real and three dimensional, which only makes this story more heartbreaking. Makiia Lucier did a fantastic job of making the reader care about her characters.

OVERALL: a really good book with fantastic characters, but probably not the best book for someone who is squeamish.

flourishandbllotts:

A Death-Struck Year

rating 4/5

I love this book. It is one of my new favorites (although it isn’t better than Diviners) and it is a must read. Saying that though, I must warn you that this book is not for the faint of heart or the squeamish.

A Death-Struck Year takes place during the Spanish Influenza outbreak which took place early in the 20th century. The story follows Cleo, a teenager who volunteers with the Red Cross to care for patients who have contracted influenza. 

The characters in this book are very real and three dimensional, which only makes this story more heartbreaking. Makiia Lucier did a fantastic job of making the reader care about her characters.

OVERALL: a really good book with fantastic characters, but probably not the best book for someone who is squeamish.

9
Aug
socially-awkward-bookworm:

Book Info
Title: Just Like the Movies
Author: Kelly Fiore
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
More about the book: GoodReads | WorldCat | IndieBound
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram
Synopsis
Despite seeming to have nothing in common, Marijke Monti and Lily Spencer both have romance troubles. Marijke is a popular track star who’s dating one of the most swoon worthy boys at their high school, but she can’t get him to say “I love you.” Lily is an over-achiever who can’t seem to get a boyfriend, but is crushing hard on a fellow classmate. When they both wind up solo at a late night showing of Titanic, they don’t understand why life can’t be like a movie. With a new friendship budding, they plot to act out famous movie scenes to woo their guys and find their happily ever afters.
Thoughts
Looking for a good summer beach read? This is the book you’re looking for, especially if you’re a movie fan! It has the perfect amount of movie name dropping. It left me wanting to do my own romantic comedy movie marathon. I was grinning, cringing with second-hand embarrassment, and laughing the entire time. I really loved the friendship that blossomed between Marijke and Lily. Sure they talk about the boys that they’re interested in, but they both find that there’s more missing from their life than just romance. Their shenanigans of trying to act out scenes from popular romantic comedies had me hooked from the very beginning. Fast paced, witty, and just plain charming, this is a great book for those that are looking for a good contemporary romance!
Awkward Bookworm Rating: ★★★★

socially-awkward-bookworm:

Book Info

Synopsis

Despite seeming to have nothing in common, Marijke Monti and Lily Spencer both have romance troubles. Marijke is a popular track star who’s dating one of the most swoon worthy boys at their high school, but she can’t get him to say “I love you.” Lily is an over-achiever who can’t seem to get a boyfriend, but is crushing hard on a fellow classmate. When they both wind up solo at a late night showing of Titanic, they don’t understand why life can’t be like a movie. With a new friendship budding, they plot to act out famous movie scenes to woo their guys and find their happily ever afters.

Thoughts

Looking for a good summer beach read? This is the book you’re looking for, especially if you’re a movie fan! It has the perfect amount of movie name dropping. It left me wanting to do my own romantic comedy movie marathon. I was grinning, cringing with second-hand embarrassment, and laughing the entire time. I really loved the friendship that blossomed between Marijke and Lily. Sure they talk about the boys that they’re interested in, but they both find that there’s more missing from their life than just romance. Their shenanigans of trying to act out scenes from popular romantic comedies had me hooked from the very beginning. Fast paced, witty, and just plain charming, this is a great book for those that are looking for a good contemporary romance!

Awkward Bookworm Rating: ★★★

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Jul
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