Jamie is a 28 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating gelato, listening to music with oversized headphones and teaching her niece how to be as awesome as she is.

Book Talk: Random by Tom Leveen

Book Talk: Random by Tom LeveenRandom by Tom Leveen
Publisher/Year: Simon Pulse- August 12, 2014
Genres: Contemporary YA
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
Other Books From Author: Party, Zero, Manicpixiedreamgirl, Sick
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I received this from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This in no way swayed my opinion. Pinky swear!

 

 

 

Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 

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On the eve before Tori has a big court date for her role in a national bullying case that resulted in a suicide, she receives a mysterious call from a stranger at random. He says he plans to take his life tonight…unless she can give him one reason why he should live. Being nervous to be connected to another suicide if he goes through with it, she tries to decide if she believes him or if it’s just a prank. But the stakes are too high if she doesn’t take him seriously and try to save his life.
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a2WHAT!? *also massages hands because DAMN I flew through that*

a4Ever have one of those books where you find yourself, even days later, trying to collect your scattered, fragmented thoughts and they just keep blowing away with the wind every time you get close to articulating them? I’m having a really hard time reconciling my thoughts when it comes to this one especially because it was going so well…and then the ending threw me. So let’s do a pro/con thinger shall we? Maybe that will help you get a better sense of where my head is at. MAYBE IT WILL EVEN HELP ME.

THE YAYS

* If I had to sum up my experience by using a movie title from my youth it would be THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: No seriously, I FLEW through this book. I finished in 1.5 hours. Even Will looked impressed because he witnessed me starting and finishing it. I COULD NOT STOP READING IT. I wanted to know fully what her part was in the death of Kevin and also I was so intrigued by this random phone call and I so desperately needed to know if she would be able to talk him out of the suicide.

* The concept is AWESOME and it delivered on the intensity I expected: A person calls you at random and says they are going to commit suicide and they want you to give them a good reason to live. GULP. That’s a lot of weight on someone and especially someone who has her own craziness going on in her life. Finding out how this all would play out was the only thing I cared about for that 1.5 hours that I read this. The level of anxiety Tom Leveen was able to bring to my reading experience was impressive because I just needed to keep learning about this stranger’s story and the words that Tori will need to say to stop him from doing it.

* It actually took me surprise…like gaping mouth and all: I don’t want to say too much about this because I don’t want to give a hint of what surprised me but just know that it shocked the pants right off me and it takes a lot to do that. MAYBE I should have caught on to something but I DID NOT.

* The conversation starting qualities to this book are great: Bullying online is a big deal these days. This book shows that even if you don’t you pull the trigger/tie the noose/etc that does not mean you are innocent. This is the big thing the main character keeps not getting when she says, “BUT I DIDN’T KILL HIM.” “I DIDN’T BULLY HIM..JUST MADE A FEW COMMENTS.” Etc. Random challenges those kinds of prevalent thoughts when it comes to online bullying.

The NOT-SO-SURE-ABOUT

* I felt nothing emotionally despite how intense the reading experience was: I hate comparing books but a couple of months ago I read a book called Tease that was also from the POV of the bully and that one twisted my heart and frustrated and elicited a lot of conflicting emotions within me when it came to the main character but I felt really invested in her. I literally felt nothing for Tori. She didn’t seem real to me and didn’t illicit any emotions out of me. As invested in the random caller as I was I found myself really detached.

* THE ENDING: GAHHH. Not what I expected and I think it made me further detached from the book. I was like REALLY? THAT’S THE ENDING?  I don’t know how I FEEL about this story now. I don’t know what I was expecting but that wasn’t it and I’m not sure I was really all that happy about it. I was waiting for something super powerful and it fell flat for me. (BABY SPOILER-ISH COMMENT: Also, a little too wrapped up neatly in another area with a KISS and all.)

* The lesson: There was a clear lesson here. An important one. And I’m still struggling to decide if Tori even got it. I mean, it wraps up all nicey like she does but I didn’t FEEL like she really learned her lesson? Tori and the main character in Tease (which I referenced in my first point) were really similar in this way but for some reason in Tease I felt like there was a glimmer of hope for her to learn from this — even if she still had a long way to go. With Tori, I just didn’t even believe it. I didn’t feel any sort of emotions from her at all.

 

a6RATING-mixed

factors+ addictive factor, intensity, writing
- pretty much lack of any emotion and a lot of detachment, the ending

Re-readability: No. That said, I plan to read the copy of one of his other books I have (manicpixiedreamgirl)
Would I buy a copy for my collection? No but I hope my library DOES have a copy.

a5people who want a book dealing with bullying but from a different POV, people not afraid of heavy topics like suicide and bullying, people who like more intense/gritty contemporary YA, readers who don’t mind a really frustrating main character

a8This one had the potential to be AMAZING for me — the concept, the writing and the absolutely intensity that made me read faster and faster to find out how all this would end. But when it came time to the ending…it just wasn’t what I expected and made me feel a bit disappointed. There was a lot of build up for awesome and mindblowing and I just found myself staring at the pages not even able to reconcile the ending and how I felt about it. And the fact I felt nothing emotional, aside from anxiety, just didn’t help. I need to be emotionally connected at SOME point.

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a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does this feel like something you’d be into?
* Okay was it just me that didn’t feel blown away by the end?? (MAYBE SPOILERISH: I feel like maybe I was looking for a more profound, life-changing ending and it got too lesson-y in a contrived manner? IDK. IDK)
* Did you GUESS or were you shocked??

 


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I Got The Message Loud & Clear: Reading Isn’t Cool.

Mostly my family and friends are very supportive of my love for reading even if they don’t altogether get it. As a child I was just as much of a voracious reader but honestly there’s always been this underlying “poking fun” with some of my extended family and it just makes me cringe when I think of it.

Even today as an adult I get these comments from them “reminiscing” about my childhood reading tendencies and while, I’m not super upset by them, they just get under my skin. As a kid, they made me feel bad too. And that makes me sad because why should a kid feel bad about reading??

There was, even now, these comments about how I was the lazy one out of my sister and I because I would rather sit and read.

And I just think there is something wrong with making a kid feel like they are lazy because their hobby of choice happens to be one that includes sitting (I mean, yes sure my butt hurts from all sitting I do while reading). I played outside and was VERY active as a kid but I always had a book with me no matter where I went as I do now (especially when I had to visit their homes) and would prefer reading to anything. But just because I was reading was not because I am lazy. There were many times where I felt like I should be “more active” like my sister because of their comments and I felt this shame that, because I liked reading, I must be lazy. I was at my baby sister’s graduation two years ago and one of them was telling Will ALL about how they could never get me up to bake cookies with them like my sister would because I was soooo lazy and would just sit there with my book. Insert questions if I’m still just as lazy. (Spoiler alert: I AM AND I LOVE IT. IF YOU CALL IT LAZY, I DON’T CARE).

There were so many comments about how I was “quiet as a mouse” with my nose in a book all the time and the way they said it it never sounded like a good thing in comparison to how my sister was.

This would happen when they were talking to their Bingo friends or introducing me to someone. “Oh this one you’d never know she’s there because she’s always reading.” “She’s so shy and quiet” or if I was reading after a long visit at my grandma’s house I would hear comments about how I should be more social LIKE MY SISTER. It always made me feel like I was this strange mutant. Also, it’s a big pet peeve of mine to assume because I like to read that I am automatically socially awkward or quiet. I AM QUIET BECAUSE I AM READING. Even as an adult I think they still assume I’m this quiet little mouse which couldn’t be further from the truth. I’ve never been that. It always made me feel like I was not as fun as my sister.

“If you are that bored I can find you something to do”

I AM NOT READING BECAUSE I AM BORED, PEOPLE. I do not need a hobby as they always would try to suggest.

“She’s in her own world.”

Nah. I can hear you talking about me. But really this world I’m in right now is better than the one where I have to listen to you talk about your Bingo drama or talk about what a bump on a log I am because I like reading more than I like watching your soap operas.

These are just a few of the comments I would get frequently. I’m sure my extended family wasn’t TRYING to be cruel or anything but even now they speak about me in a way that I don’t like and as a kid it made me feel really bad about myself. Like I should be ashamed to be a reader because it was lazy or because I wasn’t as FUN and SOCIAL as my sister (which was not at ALL true). It stuck with me when I became a pre-teen (which is what I think was part of this HUGE gap of my reading history) because I thought boys wouldn’t like me if I was bookish and that people would think I was a “loser” for liking books. Being a bookworm wasn’t something that sounded very cool to my extended family so it probably wouldn’t be very cool to all the boys I was trying to chase and the new friends I wanted to make.

Being a bookworm held such negative connotations and even more so in middle school and high school where so many kids would proclaim how boring and uncool they thought reading was. So I stuffed that part of myself down very far for a long time and it took until the end of high school for me to start being open about it again. But even then I was all “Oh I read Jack Kerouac and Sylvia Plath (which I truly loved) but it made me feel like I was COOL and INSIGHTFUL in a way that admitting I read the latest Nicholas Sparks wouldn’t.

I got the message loud and clear: READING WASN’T COOL. And that makes me sad that so many kids end up thinking that. Hiding their love for reading like it’s a dirty little secret. Like being a bookworm means something it doesn’t. That’s the beauty about being part of the online reading community…you see we bookworms come in MANY MANY varieties. We don’t all share the same characteristics. Being a reader does not mean you are ONE CERTAIN WAY. Being a reader isn’t something to be ashamed of it and I’m not quite sure how it ever got to be looked upon in that way.

I love being a reader and I am proud of it being a part of who I am!

Let’s talk: Has anybody in your life ever made you feel bad about being a reader? When you were younger did you get the message that reading wasn’t “cool”? Did it impact you?

Bookstore Shopping Spree!!

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Want To Read But Don’t Yet Own

Oh man…this is HARD. There are so many books I want to read but don’t own. SO basically I just thought about the 10 books I’d buy at the bookstore if I was given a hella big gift card for a bookstore shopping spree!! THIS IS SO FUN. IF ONLY. IF ONLY.

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Like No Other by Una LaMarche: I’ve heard nothing about amazing things about this contemporary YA and I REALLY want it so so so bad.
The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand: I’ve been wanting this one and it’s not at my library and so I just need to buy it I think. PARIS.
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler: I’ve really loved Sarah Ockler’s other books and I’ve heard AMAZING things about this and it seems like a book I’d want to own.
Pointe by Brandy Colbert: I’ve heard SUCH amazing things about this one this year! Like really strong (positive) reactions!

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley: I LOOOOVED Graffiti Moon and I’ve been wanting this one for a while and if I had some extra money or a shopping spree…YEAH I’d be getting this one.

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller: This is one I’ve heard a lot about this year AND it’s historical fiction and the cover is so pretty!

The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi: This was one of my most anticipated debuts of this year and I’m dying to read it!

Love & Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan: This just seems like such a me book and it’s gotten some good buzz this year! And okay okay I’m a sucker but it says for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell and YEAH THAT IS ME.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta: Melina is one of my favorites and I really do want to give her fantasy series a try!!

Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo: So I had an ARC of Siege & Storm but gave it to a friend because I hadn’t read Shadow & Bone yet and then I finally did and WOW I NEED THIS BOOK.

 

 

So tell me…if you got the chance to go on a shopping spree tell me the #1 book you would want! Have you read any off this list that should be MY #1 pick??

Book Talk: Behind The Scenes by Dahlia Adler

Book Talk: Behind The Scenes by Dahlia AdlerBehind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler
Series: Daylight Falls #1
Publisher/Year: Spencer Hill Press- June 24, 2014
Genres: Contemporary YA
Format: ARC
Source: For Review, From Author
Other Books From Author: None it's her debut!
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I received this from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This in no way swayed my opinion. Pinky swear!

 

 

 

Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 

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Ally and Vanessa have been best friends since they were kids. Ally is happy for and supportive of her best friend’s Hollywood career, especially now that she’s landed the lead role in a hot new teen show,  but she couldn’t be anymore different in what she wants for her life — going to Columbia and studying in Paris. When she realizes that the money to make those dreams come true is being all used up because of father’s serious medical bills, she knows she has to make some money so she becomes Van’s assistant on set. The gig is fun and she slowly starts to fall for Liam, Van’s co-star. And then Van and Liam have to agree to fake date for a publicity stunt to drum up gossip about their show. Ally’s left to figure out how to date a boy who appears not to be hers to the rest of the world and if she can handle being wrapped up in Hollywood.

a2THIS WOULD BE A FUN MOVIE OR TV SHOW!

a4It was really hard for me to NOT compare this to one of my favorite books of this summer — Open Road Summer. It was very similar plot-wise except this was Hollywood and not young music stars. Both stories featured “normal” girls who were best friends with a famous person. Both stories featured a love interest that was also famous and who ends up fake dating their famous best friend for a publicity stunt. Luckily I love this trope so reading another book so similar so soon didn’t turn me off to it and I felt like there were a lot of things Behind the Scenes did different/brought to the table that made me forget how similar they were on the surface.

1. I SHIPPED ALLY AND LIAM SO HARD: Like I said, I have a soft spot for that “normal girl dates a famous person thing.” I just do. As a teen I always fantasized about a celebrity falling in love with me. I really felt their chemistry! Ally is jaded towards Hollywood because she sees how it is for Van and Liam is also really jaded towards a lot of it but he has his reasons for staying in the business. I loved that they bonded over something that was actually really similar to how Will and I bonded. I loved how their relationship definitely had some sexy bits, too! You could feel that tension from Ally and Liam being forced to be so careful and private with their relationship spill over into their moments together. I really got the frustrations and hardships that made this relationship tough!

2. I loved the “drama”: It wasn’t over the top but, come on, this is Hollywood so there’s all that goes along with that. The biggest drama is obviously with the fake Liam and Vanessa relationship and I felt like it was done SO WELL and so realistically. I thought that it was realistic that Ally would think she would be okay with it at first and then we slowly see how hard it actually is for her so much that it DOES come in between them. Between having to watch them be all over each other, to barely ever getting to see him and not being able to tell really anyone I could really see why we had the drama. I think the drama level Open Road Summer had with the fake relationship was right for THAT story but I really liked that we saw how absolutely hard this would be to maintain in this situation. The fake-dating thing was definitely more of a bigger deal in this one and I think it suited the story really well! I just loved these characters and how they dealt with the drama at hand — even if not always perfect (which YAY FOR IMPERFECT CHARACTERS WHO MAKE MISTAKES) but always rang true to me.

3. I loved the family situations presented: Vanessa and Liam’s family situations are told but the one we see the most that contrasts those two is Ally’s obviously. Ally’s family is going through something really tough but they are so supportive and in tune with each others lives. I really loved Ally’s family and how Van was like another daughter to them. There was a lot going on in this story and even though the romance was important I still felt how her family situation was in the forefront of her mind and what kept her going.

4. Some things I didn’t love: Nate (I didn’t get his role at all or what his real deal was), sometimes the story would hit lulls for me where I wasn’t super compelled to read, sometimes characters (Ally) made really dumb mistakes which doesn’t bother me but I felt like it was SOOOO glaringly obvious and I felt like it was just drawn out for too long. I also found the ending to be a LITTLE rushed for the time they spent apart..I felt like there needed to be a little more there.

 

a6RATING-LIKED

factors+ plot, romance, how fun it was,
- times when the story lulled for me, little bit of a rushed ending for me, some plot areas being drawn out

Re-readability: I probably wouldn’t but I’m itching to read the next book in the series.
Would I buy a copy for my collection? Probably not because I wouldn’t reread it and it wasn’t a favorite!

a5fans of Open Road Summer, people who like books set in Hollywood, contemporary YA romances lovers, readers who like the “normal person dates celebrity” trope, readers looking for something fun and romantic

a8Behind the Scenes was an enjoyable read with a fun Hollywood setting and a VERY shippable romance aka normal girl falls for the hot co-star on her bff’s new teen show who ends up being her faux boyfriend in a publicity stunt. Despite some random lulls in the story and little irksome things, it was an addictive read and I can’t wait for the next book in the series because JOSH…I want to know HIS story for sure.

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a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does this series feel like something you’d be into?
* What are some other “normal person dates a celebrity” type romances you’ve read?
* Is anyone else super intrigued by Josh?? I can’t wait to learn his story!

 


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New To The Queue {6}

New To the Queue is going to be a sporadic thing around here wherein I tell you some of the books, movies, tv shows and bands I’ve recently added to my never ending queue of things to read/watch/listen to. For past posts, go here!

 

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Winterspell by Claire Legrand (Amazon  // Goodreads)
Publication Date – September 30, 2014

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list: It showed up in my mailbox and looked interesting!!

What It’s About: IT IS A YA RETELLING OF THE NUTCRACKER!!! Pretty much all I needed to know!

Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Amazon // Goodreads)
Publication Date- 2013


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I recently read and FREAKING LOVED After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid and immediately had to look up this one!

What It’s About: It weaves together the story of one couple’s whirlwind romance and marriage with a tragedy that happens just as quickly and the process of healing that must be endured in the aftermath.

 

Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass

  Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: December 31, 2014


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
It showed up in my mailbox and piqued my interest!

What It’s About: The main character and her group of friends have a pact to play the love game like guys do so they don’t get hurt. They rules are: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart. When a new guy moves in to town and surprises the main character she’s in jeopardy of breaking the “don’t fall in love” rule!

 

Lost & Found

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis (Amazon // Goodreads)
Release Date: I think it was out in June 2014 in Australia and comes out January 2015 from Dutton Adult here in the states!


Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
I cannot remember how I found this one and it’s going to drive me NUTS. But it’s an Aussie book + there’s a road trip + the summary just sounded interesting.

What It’s About:  A rag tag trio (a little kid & 2 elderly) find themselves bound together and on a road trip to find what they are looking for.

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About Time

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue:  I kept seeing previews for it and it looked cute. PLUS I love me some Rachel McAdams! ALSO DIRECTOR OF LOVE ACTUALLY DIRECTED THIS!

What It Is About: “A young man who comes from a family of time-travelers changes history for the better in this romantic comedy from director Richard Curtis. During one of his trips to the past, he falls for a woman played by Rachel McAdams. ”

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The Brothers Bloom

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: I don’t remember why I added this but it looks really good. Plus Mark Ruffalo and Adrian Brody are actors I like!

What It Is About: “The Brothers Bloom made a name for themselves as the world’s best con men. Now, the younger is ready to retire, but his brother lures him into one last job. What he hasn’t counted on, though, is falling for their mark, an adventure-seeking heiress.”

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Electrick Children

Why I Added It To My Netflix Queue: Netflix recommended it to me and I was like OKAY I SHALL ADD YOU BECAUSE YOU LOOK INTERESTING.

What It Is About: “Idealistic teenager Rachel astonishes her fundamentalist Mormon family when she announces that she’s been impregnated by listening to a rock song. Rachel then runs off to Las Vegas to escape an arranged marriage and to find the father of her baby.”

 

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Bishop Allen- Lights Out

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I’ve been a huge fan of Bishop Allen since 2004 when I was a college freshman and I heard their album Charm School. It’s still an album I listen to A LOT. Plus MEMORIES are associated with it. I was loving the singles being put out and so this new album came out this past week and I’ve been listening like crazy! Favorite songs thus far: Start Again, Skeleton Key, Why I Had To Go, Black Hole

CLAIRE –The Great Escape

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: Ginger suggested it would be something I would like (we are musical soulmates mostly)  and SHE WAS RIGHT!! Favorite songs: Games, Broken Promise Land, Pioneers, A Million Drums

Paul Otten – Welcome To Life

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Why I Added It To My Musical Rotation: I’ve been listening to all the singles he’s put out in the past year and a half on repeat and THANK GOD THE ALBUM IS SO GOOD. His single I Got Your Back made my top songs in my monthly rewind for July. Fave songs: I Got Your Back, All The Stars, I Can Wait, Welcome To Life

If you want to stalk what I’m listening to…follow me on Spotify! Let me know who you are so I can follow back and stalk youuur music!

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YOUR TURN! Tell me one book you added to your TBR list recently! Tell me a movie/tv show you added to your must watch list! Tell me a new band/singer you just added to your musical rotation! Also, have you read/watched/listened to anything on my recently added list? Or did I make you add something to YOUR queue? Tell me, tell me!

Book Talk: Boomerang by Noelle August

Book Talk: Boomerang by Noelle AugustBoomerang by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #1
Publisher/Year: William Morrow- July 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary New Adult, New Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: For Review
Other Books From Author: None thus far! But Veronica Rossi, who co-wrote this, wrote one of my favorite series so check that out!!
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I received this from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. This in no way swayed my opinion. Pinky swear!

 

 

 

Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 

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That awkward moment when you have a drunken hookup which makes you almost late for your first day at your new internship only to find out, when you get out of the cab you shared, that you are working at the same place — a hot new dating service called Boomerang that focuses on a more fun, fling type of relationship rather than trying to put a ring on it. Add in sexual tension, a strict “no dating co-workers” policy and a competition to get the ONE job being offered after internship completion. FUN RIGHT??
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a2*slow claps* And the award for Jamie’s favorite New Adult book goes to…..BOOMERANG.

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*THIS BOOK IS ONLY $2.99 FOR KINDLE AS I WRITE THIS. GO FORTH. SKIP THAT LATTE IF YOU HAVE TO*

I was really excited about Boomerang because half of the writing team that is Noelle August is Veronica Rossi — the author of one of my favorite series. I knew that if anyone could do the New Adult thang right it would be her. AND RIGHT SHE DID. Or WRITE SHE DID? Both I suppose.

1. This is the kind of New Adult romance that is for me: I want all sorts of genres but it’s simply lacking right now. And the stuff that is there is contemporary and romance….but it’s not for me mostly. I’ve tried but it’s too angsty and all has too many tropes that I don’t like at ALL. Boomerang was sooooo refreshing in that way. It was a contemporary romance set between twenty-somethings who are doing things that people entering adulthood do — getting internships/jobs, trying to figure out what they want to do with the rest of their life and looking for LOVE (or hooking up haha). There’s drama but not the kind that turned me off to New Adult books. SO BRAVO BOOMERANG. If more contemporary New Adult was like you, I’d be all over it!

2. Boomerang was so FUN: I just had so much fun while reading this book! The romance is fun — their banter is adorable and I loved how hard they tried to fight their attraction and be grownups at work (at a dating service!) about it when their company policy says they can’t be together. The competition between them to land the coveted job was so cute — they wanted to destroy each other to do what was best for them (getting the job) but they also wanted what they heart wanted. I also had fun with the hilarity of the dates they had to go on FOR Boomerang purposes — the dates themselves but also the jealousy it brought out in each of them.  Just all around Boomerang was a FUN romance to read and it makes a really great beach read!

3. MMKAY SEXYTIMES: I’m just saying there are sexytimes. That cover might  make it look all sweet and innocent but, while it IS sweet, prepare the fans because it sure got steamy sometimes.  It’s not the whole book but there are definitely some passionate sexytimes in this book. JUST SO YOU KNOW. I’m not going to lie I blushed a few times. Also, because they can’t be together because of work the sexual tension is intense! And knowing that Veronica Rossi was half of the sexytime writing duo makes me want her to give us some sort of sexytime UTNS spinoff!! AMIRITE?

 

a6RATING-reallyliked

factors+ how fun it was, the romance, easy to get into, perfect summer/beach kind of read, fresh plot,
- nothing really

Re-readability: Probably not but that’s not an indication of how I enjoyed it! I can’t WAIT for the next book in the trilogy featuring 2 minor characters from Boomerang!

Would I buy a copy for my collection? I have one! The next home it’s going to is my sister who will LOVE THIS ONE. I know she will.

a5readers who have thus far not enjoyed what the majority of the New Adult scene has looked like, contemporary romance fans, readers who like sexytimes, readers who enjoy “forbidden” romances

a8Boomerang was that kind of fun, sexy book I needed this summer where I loved the characters a lot and the romantic tension made me fly through the pages. I’m going to blame the fact my temperature was rising on the summer weather here in Pennsylvania rather than the sexytimes and flirtatious banter…no seriously it was HAWT. Boomerang is a welcome addition to the New Adult scene that, on a personal level, hasn’t really impressed me yet. Cannot to learn more about Adam and Alison in the second book!!

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Boomerang by Noelle August

a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does this series feel like something you’d be into?
Did you have to fan yourself like I did???
Do you have any other New Adult recommendations based on the fact I really enjoyed this one??
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So If I Stay Broke Your Emotions And You Don’t Know What To Read Next?

So I have this friend I’ve gotten into YA (hi KELS!!). It started with The Hunger Games and her wanting a list of books to read after finishing. Then she went on a dystopian bender because of that list. Then this year she was looking for more books to read while at my apartment so I pulled out If I Stay by Gayle Forman out (my review of If I Stay). If you don’t know me, I am a HUGE Gayle Forman fan. Her books are just MY KIND OF BOOKS. So, I told her the movie was going to come out this year so she took If I Stay for that reason and I get a text a day later about how she devoured it. And then passed it on to her sister-in-law. So then she was like WHAT DO I READ NEXT??? This made me contemporary YA loving heart happy so naturally, like I do anybody who asks me for book recommendations, I gave her some books to read now that she’s read If I Stay. They aren’t total readalikes because Gayle books are one of a kind but they are what I think make me feel things like Gayle’s books do and are among my favorites.

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So in honor of IF I STAY hitting theaters Friday (with some showings Thursday which I AM TOTALLY GOING TO OBVIOUSLY), I’m sharing the list that I gave her so that perhaps other recent If I Stay fans can find some new books to read! Buy some tissues for some of these…just saying!!

 

books to read if you liked If I Stay

 A list if you can’t read my awful handwriting + want to see book covers:

books for fans of If i stay

Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year

 

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
ROAD TRIP BOOK! Also check out her books Second Chance Summer and Since You’ve Been Gone because they are fantastic!!(my review of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour)

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
OH MY HEART. Plus Jandy’s prose is beautiful and poetic. Her newest book I’ll Give You The Sun is equally as brilliant! (my review of The Sky is Everywhere)

Something Like Normal AND Where Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Her books are some of my favorites and I feel like she deserves to be WAY more popular than she is!! These books were just great! (My review of Something Like Normal, my review of Where The Stars Still Shine)

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
This was one of my FAVORITE books of last year and I can’t recommend it enough. (My review of This Song Will Save Your Life)

Jessi Kirby’s books: Golden, Moonglass and In Honor
I put them in the order that I prefer them but all her books are just really solid and I can’t wait for more from her!! (My review of Golden, review of Moonglass, review of In Honor)

Twenty Boy Summer AND The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
If I had to pick out of the two The Book of Broken Hearts might win out by a smidge but both of these books made me cry SO THERE’S THAT. (My review of Twenty Boy Summer, review of The Book of Broken Hearts)

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira
This book OH MAN. Told in letter form. SO GOOD.

Not as emotional as If I Stay and the above books but good if you loved the romance aspect of the book/movie:

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
MATT FINCH FOREVER. If you liked that Adam was musical in If I Stay…welcome Matt Finch into your life. And so sweet! (My review of Open Road Summer)

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
TRAVEL. South America. SO GOOD & I loved Bria. (my review of Wanderlove)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
SO SWEET. PARIS. LOVE. ST. CLAIR. (Although there are some people who don’t like this one because of something in it but I don’t want to say whaaaat bc SPOILERS but let me know if you want to know what their dealbreaker was) (my review of Anna and the French Kiss)

Do you have any recommendations you would add, dear readers? Because I know I personally would take any and all books you think fans of If I Stay would like because OBVIOUSLY I LOVE THAT BOOK!!

 

Ten Books That Have Been Recommended To Me A Lot (And I Still Haven’t Read Yet)

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Ten Books That Have Been Recommended To Me A Lot (And I Still Haven’t Read)

 This was a hard list to narrow down but I tried to pick the ones that really stuck out to me! I feel like I’m constantly being recommended things! I LOVE LOVE LOVE though when people go out of their way to be like JAMIE THIS IS A YOU BOOK PLEASE READ IT. I love that.

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: If I had to pick ONE book so many people have been like “OMG THIS IS A JAMIE BOOK WHY HAVE YOU NOT READ IT” this would be it. It really does look like a book made for me!

Winger by Andrew Smith: I don’t honestly even know what this one is about but I’ve had multiple people tell me it’s a me book! I plan to get it from the library at some point!

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta: This has been recommended so specifically by SOOO many people and then when I finally read Jellicoe Road and then recently Saving Francesca the shouts have gotten louder. You will be happy to know I have picked it up from the library and it is in my possession!

How To Save A Life by Sara Zarr: I’ve read Sara Zarr books before so I could see why people would rec this as a Jamie book. I think it will be too HOPEFULLY!

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: I got this out from the library because people said it was a me book but then I didn’t get to it and then I had people yelling at me saying WHY YOU NO READ IT?!

Something Real by Heather Demetrios: This was a widely recommended book to me in generally when I tweeted for recs for best books people had read this year but then a few people who recommended it said JAMIE BOOK. It was already on my radar but even more so after people were RAVING like that. So many people said I needed to read it!

The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas: Maybe people have recommended this as a Jamie book because it will rip your heart out potentially? And the obvious Jamie Likes Reading Books About Grief thing.
Daughter Of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor: This one hasn’t been like a OH IT IS A YOU BOOK but it seems to get recommended to me a lot. People do say they think i would like the writing also! What say you, readers? IS THIS A JAMIE BOOK? Or just a good book in general that I should give a try?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: I cannot tell you how many people have recommended this book to me as a must read. ALL OF TWITTER IT SEEMS SOMETIMES.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Who hasn’t recommended this book to me?? Even friends who rarely read are like OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!

 

So tell me…which of these books should I absolutely read first?? Do you have any recs on here that you think OH THIS IS A JAMIE BOOK?? I am all about those!

Book Talk: Everything Leads To You Nina LaCour

Book Talk: Everything Leads To You Nina LaCourEverything Leads To You by Nina LaCour
Publisher/Year: Dutton Juvenile- May 2014
Genres: Contemporary YA
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Other Books From Author: Hold Still, The Disenchantments
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 Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 

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Emi has been in an off again/on again relationship with her older girlfriend and suddenly she finds them off again and she wonders if this time it is for good. While her love life is a mess, her job couldn’t being going any better as a part time set designer in Hollywood. Film is her life and she’s been given a great opportunity to be part of the design process and put her on the right track when she graduates. On one of her hunts for pieces to use in an upcoming set, she finds a mysterious letter from an old Hollywood legend and it leads her to Ava — a girl who has had a bit of a tough past but has this light that burns so bright and Emi can’t help but be drawn to her as they figure out the mystery behind the letter together.

a2*adds other Nina LaCour books to my library list*

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 My book club friend Katie described Everything Leads To You as kind of a contemporary fairy tale and I didn’t understand what she meant and then I read it and I think that’s fairly accurate…and I mean it in the most positive way ever. It’s realistic but it’s not in other ways — the crazy amazing jobs they have and they haven’t even graduated yet, the way things work out, etc. It had a fairy tale, movie feel to it and I loved it! There was just something very ROMANTIC about the whole story.

So let’s talk about a few things:

1. I LOVED the idea that a famous actor left a mysterious letter and Emi and Charlotte try to find the recipient is: I was definitely intrigued by this mystery and wanted to find out the whole story behind this letter. I loved watching the letter bring Emi and Charlotte in the lives of many different people — and ultimately Ava!

2. HOLLYWOOD: Emi and Charlotte both work in the movie business in various capacities. So does Emi’s brother and her ex-girlfriend. I definitely loved learning about their careers and feeling Emi’s passion towards her set designs. It was just really fun to have Hollywood be such a part of this story — their present careers and then it being twisted up in the story of a Hollywood legend.

3. LGBTQ for the win: Honestly I’ve read maybe one or two YA book with lesbians. It’s not to say they aren’t out there but I just haven’t read them. I loved books where it is about them coming out/coming to terms with their sexuality but I REALLY was pleased to read a book where the main character wasn’t in that place in their life — where they were comfortably out and living life. She had a girlfriend before and there was no “issue” with her being a lesbian. Like I said, those novels are important but I was so ready to read a book where it WASN’T an issue but it was just who she was. She’s dealing with a break-up, the bad decisions she makes because she just can’t quit the girl she was with and then a spark of new love…all while dealing with other normal things 18 years old would be thinking about.  It was just so refreshing to read!

4. Nina LaCour’s writing is STUNNING: Everything about this book was just stunning. The characters were brilliantly written. The prose was BEAUTIFUL. The descriptions always transported me. And just the way the plot unfolded and just seemed so SEAMLESS. I was just very impressed and smitten with the writing on every level.

5. The friendship, romance and familial relationships in this novel were equally important to me: I loved Emi and Charlotte’s friendship SO MUCH and I loved the way that Emi and Charlotte became friends with Ava. But even when there seems to be a hint of something more between Emi and Ava, there’s still a good solid friendship there. I LOVED Emi’s parents and my heart was so warmed to see how different characters started considering family in different ways because of each other. Ava’s past was so hard and watching her gain friends and family was so beautiful.

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factors+ writing, unique storyline, setting, characters
- nothing really.

Re-readability: Potentially!
Would I buy a copy for my collection? It’s on my “to consider buying when I have money” list.

a5contemporary YA fans, people looking for LBGTQ stories, fans of Hollywood and the movies, readers who like character driven novels with a hint of a mystery element to it

a8Everything Leads To You was a beautiful read — from the prose to the relationships in this novel — it was all just so great. I love the friendships and the romance equally and really enjoyed watching the paths of the characters cross when Emi finds the letter and the mystery of who the intended recipient is unfolds. It was at times heartbreaking and other times it was incredibly heartwarming. A very refreshing read and one I flew through!

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a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does this series feel like something you’d be into?

 

 


The Perpetual Page-Turner

 

My Own Happily Ever After

 

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Today Will and I are celebrating two years of being marriage. On one hand I’m like HOW HAVE WE BEEN MARRIED FOR TWO YEARS! And then on the other hand I’m like…wait haven’t we always been married. Maybe it’s because we have been together, in total, for 8 years.

When I was thinking about my upcoming anniversary it hit me that I’ve never really shared my own love story! I think I’ve thrown out bits and pieces of it but I’ve never written it out here. So let’s do this:

So how did we meet?

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I was a junior in college and I’d pretty much figured I wasn’t going to meet anyone in college at this point because I’d either dated the ones I was interested in (small college so it’s not like it was that many) or the ones that I COULD be interested in were definitely just friends at this point or I was NOT INTERESTED. I pretty much resigned myself to the fact I would meet someone after college but definitely not now unless they transferred. (Dating someone that was a freshman was not even an option for me). Pretty much all my friends were in serious relationships and this was the year I was FINALLY okay with being the single girl. I was having so much fun and embracing going on dates when I wanted.

Enter this goofy freshman who always wore his hood up, blasted his music too loud and was always driving like an idiot (seriously he would drive fast and pull the e-brake!). One of my friends was on the basketball team and Will came in as a freshman and was also on the team and they became friends thus introducing him to me.

Was it love at first sight?

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Hahaha no. NOPE. NO. I remember when my friend, that I mentioned before, started hanging out with him I’m like WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS KID HE IS ANNOYING AND STUPID. Then I got to know him a bit but we were just friends and actually, come to think about it, I was crushing on another guy and always talked to him about it because HE was friends with this guy. I EVEN TRIED TO SET HIM UP WITH MY SISTER BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME AGE. That was pretty much the joke of my sister’s maid of honor speech at my wedding.

We progressively started talking more and I started enjoying his company more but I still didn’t ever picture an US. I mean we are OPPOSITES. Especially back then. I was picturing some guy in an indie rock band with jeans as tight as mine who would write me songs, would be cultured, go to shows with me because we liked the same music and would read alongside me…and never make me watch sports ever. And well Will….he liked rap. He rocked the typical jock guy attire — sweat pants and basketball shorts and t-shirts — and was obsessed with sports. His idea of dinner was a corndog and fries (yes I love those things) while I was like YES THAI FOOD PLEASE? And Will has probably read like 1 book in his life.  He didn’t necessarily check the boxes for DREAM GUY  though most of my dream guy criteria was pretty superficial because tastes change and develop.

So what made it finally click?

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I’m not sure the exact moment it clicked but I remember feeling a distinct shift in my feelings after one REALLY long conversation we had together in the car one night. We got into more matters of the heart and BIG LIFE THINGS. I talked about my mom this night. At this point in time, it had been only a few months since my mom had passed away. I was a mess even though I was really good at looking like I wasn’t. While my sister went wild and crazy and reckless, I held it together but inside I just couldn’t make sense of things.

After I told him my story, he shared with me that he lost his biological mom to cancer also when he was 4. There was just this vulnerable side of him this night that I had never seen and while I don’t think I was all heart eyed and in love….that couple hour honest conversation is something I will never forget.

I’ll never forget the moment I finally admitted I like him. We had a little house party at a friend’s house. I was a wee bit drunk. I was supposed to be super into and paying attention to the super popular basketball player (the friend that introduced Will and I actually) on campus but that night I kept finding myself gravitating closer to Will. I think it was pissing this other guy off and my sister cornered me and was like “omg he won’t stop talking about you to me” and I was like “yeah, I don’t think I like him…I think I like that kid.” To which my sister was like, “interesting.”

So for the next couple months I spent A LOT of time with him and we were “talking”…going on a few dates (dates are generous considering we were both super broke college kids). We would write each other long emails (where he would woo me with his high school level French), have long chats driving in the car and meeting each other after classes so we could walk together. Then we made it “official” on January 16, 2007 and here we are married two years today despite the fact I never saw this relationship being super serious.

The Day I Knew I Loved Him & Wanted To Spend My Life With Him?

 

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It wasn’t a particular moment but a couple years after we started dating his father got diagnosed with ALS. It’s just him and his mom (stepmom really because his real mom passed as I said but she’s been his mom since he was like 5 or 6) and we spent much time on weekends and in the summer there. Watching him take care of his dad was what made me know. When my mom was sick and dying from brain cancer my stepdad took care of her in a way that made me look at love & marriage in a whole new way. My stepdad is basically my hero to be honest. At some point I vowed, during that time, that I wanted to marry a man who would take care and love me in the way my stepdad did my mom. I never knew HOW I would know at the time but as I watched Will care for his dad in a way that breaks my heart because no son should have to do these things so young…it just made me KNOW. There was no complaining or resentment..just genuine love.

Things I’ve Learned From Finding My Happily Ever After

 

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* The story is still a work of progress and happily ever after does not mean we ride off in the sunset with no more battles or conflict or work involved. It does not mean I am happy every day. Good fictional reading related to that topic: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid & Landline by Rainbow Rowell

*Sure, common interests are good but it isn’t necessary to like all the same things (obviously I learned this also while dating him because OPPOSITES). When Will and I met he was an 18 year old boy and he hadn’t even begun to discover what he was into. He never cooked when we met and now cooking is one of the things he loves most in life. He dresses differently now (and not on account of me changing him or anything) and he’s even discovered he likes some of the same music as me. I’m okay with our differences and I embrace and love them. They are what make us remember that as much as we have become “one” in marriage we are still very much our own person. We learn and experience new things because of our different interests and I’m glad I never tried to mold him into who I wanted him to be in some areas.

* Most of my ideas about love and marriage were highly romanticized and were mostly based on movies and tv…and books to some extent but mostly movies and tv. How it works on the big screen is not necessarily how it works in real life.

* Sometimes you will go to bed angry. It happens.

* I never realized the new and exciting things I would learn about Will and the ways I could fall in love with him even more after marriage. Sometimes I think you have this idea after being together with someone that you know ALL THE THINGS but you don’t. And the falling in love part isn’t just a beginning occurrence…it happens to me at the most random of moments.

* Our relationship is not perfect and that’s okay. In the age of the internet and social media, it’s easy to look at the lives of others and think our relationship is inadequate. I’ve learned to reject the feelings that creep up when I see things online with someone else’s picture perfect relationship and it makes me start to doubt or think less of my own.

* I don’t ever want to stop fighting. I’m not saying I want to fight day in and day out in an unhealthy way. No, no not at all. I don’t want to FIGHT and scream and be miserable and awful to each other. What I’m saying is that, coming from divorced parents at a young age, I watched a relationship that eventually they became so apathetic/indifferent that they just stopped caring. They FOUGHT LIKE CRAZY but it was no longer serving a purpose but just to spite and let each other know how much they hated the other. (This kind of fighting is not want I want). I want to care enough to still disagree and that any “fight” we may get into will result in us taking the effort and time to work hard to bring a clear end to it.

I could write a lot more about what I’ve learned but those are just some of the most pressing things on my mind as I write this. I would LOVE for you to share your love story if you have one! And if you don’t, that’s okay too! I’m telling you…I really loved and embraced my days of being single once I came to realize it was okay and I wasn’t strange for NOT having someone.

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Book Talk: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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