Return To Me

Return To Me

Justina Chen

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7514860-return-to-me?from_search=true

Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers

Pages: Hardcover; 352

Stand Alone

Source: School Library

Goodreads:

Nothing is going as planned for Rebecca Muir. She’s weeks away from starting college–at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad’s last-minute job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her! And then there’s the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend, Jackson, who is staying behind on the exact opposite coast.
And if that isn’t enough to deal with, mere days after moving cross-country, Reb’s dad drops shocking, life-changing news. With her mother and brother overwhelmed and confused, Reb is left alone to pick up the pieces of her former life. But how can she do that when everything can change in an instant? How can she trust her “perfect” boyfriend when her own dad let her down? Reb started the year knowing exactly what her future would hold, but now that her world has turned upside down, will she discover what she really wants?
Justina Chen, the acclaimed author of North of Beautiful, has created a moving and powerful novel about the struggles that arise from betrayal, the uncertainty of life after high school, and the joy that ultimately comes from discovering what’s truly in your heart.

Review:

Rebecca Muir has everything sorted out perfect as possible. She’s got the college, family, friends, and the guy. A mother that’s a perfectionist and keeps everything organized. A brother that likes to write novels, and her dream of being an architect. Just when she got far, far away from  home *just like we all want to* across the country. Her dad found a job and just “happened” (quote n’ quote) to find a job moving right along with Reb cross the country. If that’s not overwhelming enough her dad decides that he has had enough. Changing their life forever and crumbling everyone’s heart. Reb tries to collect herself and become the one in charge. She doesn’t know her future, and who knows what she’ll become someday.

Stimulation…… Close your eyes. Then.. .wait you won’t be able to read this. Okay so open your eyes and close then after you are done reading this. Then pretend that you have the perfect guy (which you might) and you are going to a really good college and first year is already paid for and you’re in the game. Everything is moving smoothly. Then your dad ditches you, your mom, and your brother,  mom becomes unstable. Your new possible boss turned you down. Everything turns ǝpısdn uʍop. Comment below what you would do.

Well I would have to say that there is a flow of emotion throughout the novel. Many times you will say to yourself or out loud “WHAT?!?” “I can’t believe this!” “NO WAY” or “Oh no you didn’t!”  I’m not giving away the ending but it’s so sweet! Anyway I think you guys will totally love this book just as I did. Let me know what you think.

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I rate this book an 8.5 out of 10.

I would totally recommend it, it’s more realistic and has an interesting twist. This is labeled ‘Mature Content’ but there’s not really anything inappropriate. So anyone, not everyone  but anyone can read it. Is there a difference? I think so, but MOST not all. MOST people can read it. So everyone go read and reply!

Bye!!

Lillian<3

New Author! New Book!

Some Girls Are

Courtney Summers

Some Girls Are

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Published: 2010 St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: Paperback; 246

Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Source: Teacher

Goodreads:

Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder.  Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High… until vicious rumors about her and her best friend’s boyfriend start going around.  Now Regina’s been “frozen out” and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.  If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day.  She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully.  Friendship doesn’t come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend… if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don’t break them both first.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6624871-some-girls-are

Review:

Regina Afton used to be part of the Fearsom Fivesome, best friends with Anna Morrison and in the clique. After a party one night everything changes, she loses everything; “frozen out”. Rumors are going around about Regina and her best friend’s boyfriend. She’s bullied until she can’t take it anymore, she joins with Michael Hayden. As they become friends, she realizes she’s putting those around her at risk. Regina is now alone fighting against the her ex-best friends and everyone else at Hallowell High. Regina was at the top, now she’s at the bottom of the social pyramid. This book takes you on a journey as Regina faces against bullying.

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This book was excellently written and very intriguing! Many times in the book I can understand Regina and what she is going through, not that I’ve experienced everything but I do understand. I think that this book would help people become aware of bullying and teasing classmates. I don’t really have many things that I would critique about this book.

Just letting everyone know that I would recommend this book to anyone of pretty much any age! I don’t like putting an age on how old you must be or what reading lexile you must have to read a book, because I read books way above my lexile!

I rate this book a 7.2 out of 10. It’s also a little mature content based on the reason why she gets bullied, and what happens to her throughout the story.

I read this book awhile ago and forgot to blog this post, but what I do remember is that it was an excellent book!

Enjoy

Lillian

Endless Love

Eleanor and Park

Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

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Publication/Publisher: 2013 St. Martin’s Press

Stand Alone/Series: Stand Alone

Pages: Hardcover 325

Source: Borrowed from teacher

Goodreads:

“Bono met his wife in high school,” Park says.
“So did Jerry Lee Lewis,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be,” she says, “we’re sixteen.”
“What about Romeo and Juliet?”
“Shallow, confused, then dead.”
”I love you,” Park says.
“Wherefore art thou,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be.”

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15745753-eleanor-park?ac=1

Review:

Red haired Eleanor comes to a new school, she meets this boy named Park as they set off on a love journey. Eleanor doesn’t have as nice of a body shape as her mother, but Park seems to like her. At first it’s an exchange of comics and tapes, leading onto a romantic love story. Her mother marries Richie, a drinker and smoker who has no manners and practically hates the children. Eleanor has a sister Maisie, 3 brothers; Ben, Mouse (Jeremiah), and Little Richie. Eleanor must avoid Richie at all costs to prevent getting kicked out, while on the other hand Park has an almost perfect life. His parents love each other like a young couple, and Park has a younger brother named Josh. His father makes him take tae kwon do and his mother is a beautician. These 2 young high schoolers, from 2 different worlds end up together in a strong relationship.

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Okay so this book is REALLY good! Like REALLY! It’s like 11:00 pm over here and I’m typing this book review. I just finished the book and I’m really excited to share it with you guys!! I loved so many things about this book, I loved how Rowell made Eleanor imperfect. It shows how 2 strangers can come so close, I also think that Rowell has a super cool first name. Rainbow!! Good for her parents! They picked an awesome name lolz! Alright back to the review I also really loved the plot, personally I think that this cover is one of the most boring ones I’ve ever seen. But don’t judge a book by its cover, it’s like a whole new world throughout the pages. I also really liked how Rowell didn’t use a modern setting; sure there were cars and stores, but Eleanor and Park played cassettes and tapes. It gave me the image of a modern yet old scene. I also liked how Rowell described Eleanor as wearing men clothes, I imagine her being a little more chubby wearing oversized men’s clothes. But when I see her with Park the picture instantaneously fits together. I also love how Rowell described the alley and the neighborhood, I can clearly imagine Eleanor running down the block to Park’s house and how each character acts. I also really liked how he switched between Eleanor’s perspective and Park’s perspective. That way you could read the book from 2 different view points.

Dislikes:

This paragraph for this book is extremely hard, the book wasn’t perfect but it was wonderful! Sometimes Rowell overuses curse words to emphasize what a character is saying, but overall this novel was wonderful. I also didn’t like the ending, it was good but it left me hanging. I wished that she finished it off,

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instead of letting Cat go with Park to Prom and leaving Eleanor in Minnesota. I felt sympathy for her she had to leave everything and stay with her uncle and aunt.

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This book was amazing I really liked it!!

I rate it a 8.75/10, just because there were some areas I didn’t like and that were yuck!

But definitely a cinnamon spice!! Lots of details, and many scenes that formed in my head.

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This book has some mature content and a little foul language, but overall it was clear.

I hope you guys read this book tell me what you think about it and what you would rate it!!

~Lillian