two-way street Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

two-way street - CopyBook Title: Two-way Street
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Number of Pages: 288
Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 26, 2007)

there are two sides to every breakup.
This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They’re even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney — for a girl he met on the Internet.

It’s too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney’s heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la–this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he’s got a secret or two that he’s not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can’t get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

Jordan recently breaks up with Courtney for some girl he met on Myspace that’s the reason he gives to Courtney. Courtney tries to figure who it is, but Jordan deletes her as a friend and then blocks her from his myspace page. So she just calls the chick, Carmen. A trip they both planned together to go to their college orientation together puts their situation in an even more worse place then before. And the worst part is Courtney’s parents say it’s too late to cancel, so she’s forced onto a trip with her ex. She’s been completely broken up on the inside since the uncalled-for breakup, but she isn’t planning on moping around acting like it on the trip. Nope, she’s gonna act like she doesn’t give a damn about it.

Two-Way Street was a much better novel with more in store for the reader rather than the simple romance story I thought it was. It’s told from alternating stories between Courtney and Jordan. Mrs. Barnholdt pulled off both of the characters exceptionally well with keeping them pretty realistic throughout the novel. You discover insight towards both sides of the relationship and what happens during the 3 day drive. Okay, so one very annoying thing I found in the book was the the major issue with cussing. I mean yes, teens do cuss, but not that often. And I thought the twist would be bigger, or maybe have another twist on Courtney’s part too? But overall, a cute, romantic read with a predictable ending, but it’ll keep you reading for the satisfaction of knowing what happens between the two.


Listening To: Constant Static by New Found Glory
Thinkin’: needs to keep my blog updated.

Contest Alerts! Monday, Jun 29 2009 

Head over to Harmony’s Book Reviews to win a chance at Suite Scarlett! I have been noticing tons of contests featuring this book! So go over and enter to try your luck at five copies of this book! [ends July 15]

Over at Bookluver-Carol’s blog, she’s giving away “Nikki’s Purse” filled with goodies and a copy of Dork Diaries. [ends July 1]

Lauren Barnholdt is giving away a signed ARC of Catching Fire and an audio sampler also!


Listening To: Stay Young by We The Kings
Thinkin’: hmm, well I am wondering if I should transfer my blog to blogger for all those nifty looking widgets, but I tried something and it didn’t work. So is that a sign that I shouldn’t?

IMM-18 Sunday, Jun 28 2009 

To Review:

the lost summer - CopyThe Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams

For the past nine years, Helena Waite has been returning to summer camp at Southpoint. Every year the camp and its familiar routines, landmarks, and people have welcomed her back like a long-lost family member. But this year she is returning not as a camper, but as a counselor, while her best friend, Katie Bell remains behind. All too quickly, Helena discovers that the innocent world of campfires, singalongs, and field days have been pushed aside for late night pranks on the boys’ camp, skinny dipping in the lake, and stolen kisses in the hayloft. As she struggles to define herself in this new world, Helena begins to lose sight of what made camp special and the friendships that have sustained her for so many years. And when Ransome, her longtime crush, becomes a romantic reality, life gets even more confusing.

the debutante - CopyThe Debutante by Kathryn Williams

Annie McRae has her whole senior year planned out. Early acceptance to Brown University, a field hockey scholarship to pay the bills, and days spent with her best friend Jamie and her boyfriend Jake. It is going to be perfect. Then her parents ruin it all by moving–to Alabama. Now, Annie finds herself in an unfamiliar world where she isn’t even sure she speaks the same language. To top it off, she discovers that if she ever wants to escape back to her comfortable Yankee life, she will have to become a debutante. As in white-dress-wearing, perfect-manners-practicing, curtsying girly-girl. Fighting every step of the way, Annie spends the year learning to be a lady. Along the way, she discovers that friends can come from the most unlikely of places and that change is not always a bad thing…

coffeehouse angel - CopyCoffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be . . .

Bought:

two-way street - CopyTwo-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

there are two sides to every breakup. This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They’re even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation. Then Jordan dumps Courtney — for a girl he met on the Internet. It’s too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney’s heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la — this is Courtney pretending not to care. But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot. Turns out, he’s got a secret or two that he’s not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can’t get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

take me there - CopyTake Me There by Susane Colasanti

In one short week . . . three lives change.

Rhiannon is devastated after the breakup with her boyfriend and wants him back. Nicoles ex is still in the picture, but she can’t help having a new crush. James and Rhiannon are just friends, though he may try to take it to the next level. Will their desire to take a mean girl down a notch bring these three friends what they want . . . and more?


Listening To: Clarity by John Mayer
Thinkin’: good week in awhile.

Need Saturday, Jun 27 2009 

needBook Title: Need
Author: Carrie Jones
Number of Pages: 306
Publisher: Bloomsbury (December 23, 2008)

Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.

Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

After witnessing her stepfather’s death, Zara becomes to collect phobias all around here at an incredible pace. She’s not leaving much room to love what’s around her, and her mom’s worried about Zara. So her mom decides on sending her to live up in Maine with her grandmother to get a new change of atmosphere. While heading up north, she notices she keeps seeing the same guy everywhere only leaving some gold dust behind. She tells her new friends, and curiosity wins them over to find out what he’s doing stalking Zara and what’s up with the gold dust. Little do they know, well some do know, what’s with the guy–he’s a pixie. Zara soon finds out how she, a normal regular girl or so she thought, fits into this pixie-related scheme of things.

Once I started reading this book, I could not put this book for long without wanting to find out what happens next. I really adored the one phobia listed at the beginning of each chapter which shows that Mrs. Carrie Jones is a devoted writer who isn’t afraid of a little research. I loved how I actually got the context clues in this book. I wasn’t the fastest learner when learning on how to find the clues in elementary school. Need has been an enthralling suspenseful, mystery, paranormal novels I’ve read in awhile, and it’ll probably be in my top favorite paranormal reads. Cannot wait for the sequel!


Listening To: One Year, Six Months by Yellowcard
Thinkin’: hmmm..

The Boyfriend List Saturday, Jun 27 2009 

the boyfriend listBook Title: The Boyfriend List
Author: E. Lockhart
Number of Pages: 229
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 26, 2006)

Fifteen-year-old Ruby Oliver has had a rough ten days. In the past ten days she:

*lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list)
*lost her best friend (Kim)
*lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket)
*did something suspicious with a boy (#10)
*did something advanced with a boy (#15)
*had an argument with a boy (#14)
*had a panic attack (scary)
*lost a lacrosse game (she’s the goalie)
*failed a math test (she’ll make it up)
*hurt Meghan’s feelings (even though they aren’t really friends)
*became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)
*had graffiti written about her in the girls’ bathroom (who knows what was in the boys’!?!).

But don’t worry–Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.

Ruby’s life has taken sudden nose dive, and it doesn’t seem likely to turn around any time soon. All of the down turn started when Jackson decided to break up with Ruby. Along with losing her boyfriend, she loses her best friend, Kim. She soon becomes a ‘leper’ which pretty much is a friendless loser at her school. Rumors fly around way to quick for even Ruby to keep up with them and what everyone’s saying about her. But she’s coping with this whole mess while visiting a shrink even if she’s not willing.

It took me the second time around to actually read the whole book instead of leaving it on my bookshelf. But it was an amazing read to those girls who have been heartbroken before and are over-analyzers of every boy’s little movements. Overall, I delightful read, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series, The Boy Book.


Listening To: This Is Who You Are by Hawthorne Heights
Thinkin’: needs to post some more memes.

Gorgeous Wednesday, Jun 24 2009 

gorgeousBook Title: Gorgeous
Author: Rachel Vail
Number of Pages: 288
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 26, 2009)

She’s looking good… but Allison Avery can’t believe it. Growing up with beautiful, blond sisters, Allison has always been the dark-haired, “interesting-looking” Avery. So when the devil shows up and offers to make her gorgeous, Allison jumps at the chance to finally get noticed. But there’s one tiny catch, and it’s not her soul: The devil wants her cell phone.

Though her deal with the devil seems like a good idea at the time, Allison soon realizes that being gorgeous isn’t as easy as it looks. Are her new friends and boyfriend for real, or do they just like her pretty face? Allison can’t trust anyone anymore, and her possessed phone and her family’s financial crisis aren’t making things any easier. Plus, when she finds out that she might be America’s next teen model, all hell breaks loose. Allison may be losing control, but how far is she willing to go to stay gorgeous forever?

Following the critically acclaimed Lucky, Rachel Vail continues her poignant sisterhood trilogy with the rebellious middle Avery sister, Allison. Fiery, sarcastic, and just plain fun, gorgeous captures the heartbreak and hilarity in one girl’s attempt to have it all.

A middle child, Allison, feels like she cannot possibly related to her sisters. She isn’t nearly as beautiful or lucky as they are. Allison feels neglected and left out with her family. And not that but her mom is having problems with her job which her parents are telling her about. Her best friend isn’t acting like her caring, gentle self either since Allison’s been hanging out with Roxie Green. While hanging with the most popular girl at school, she soon learns that their is a chance for new fun-filled adventures. Allison may just have made a deal with the Devil to get people to think she’s gorgeous in exchange for something. Roxie leads Allison to a modeling gig when they skip a day at school. And from then changes overlap her life–a new best friend and her crush showing interest back in her… what else is in store for Allison?

My first Rachel Vail book, and I am not that impressed actually. Some of the writing passages didn’t make sense to me at all and weren’t flowing exactly through and through. No “wow, I cannot believe that just happend” factors either.. which I thought they may be some since it was about selling a cell to the devil? However, the ending was pretty creative though, and I think it has a little personal message to the readers of this book.


Listening To: My Friends Over You by New Found Glory
Thinkin’: really need to write reviews, so I can catch up.

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