The Future of Us

by Jay Asher and Carolyn Macker

The Future of Us

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10959277-the-future-of-us?from_search=true

Published: 2011 Razorbill

Pages: Hardcover 356

Stand Alone

Source: Library

Goodreads:

It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long – at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right – and wrong – in the present.

Review:

1990’s that means no FACEBOOK! There’s about 1.11 billion people ACTIVELY using Facebook including me and most likely you. That’s approximately 15% of the world’s population. Alright so Emma and Josh have been best friends for like forever! Until fate changes it. Josh gets a free AOL CD (American Online Internet CD). He let’s Emma install it to her computer. Except when they get on Facebook opens, except there is no Facebook at the time. Try imagining what you would look like in 15 years. So they saw their future, except the future can change depending on the actions we take. You can choose to go to one college or another. You can move to one city or another. So everything that Emma and Josh do, can change their future.

What if you knew your future?

Emma forgets that everything she does not only affects her but also changes something about someone else. So many things they don’t understand. like texting. Suddenly they realize they’ve unraveled something different and maybe dangerous.

This book was very suspenseful, as you see decisions Emma and Josh make. What breaks and makes a friendship. Sometimes so much knowledge isn’t that exciting when you actually have it.

Answer this: What if you could see your future?

I definitely recommend this book. It really had the plot I was looking for.

I rate it 8.75/10

Try it out I loved it! Even if you like tragedies or mysteries. (Kaitlyn)

~Lillian <3

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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.

***IMPORTANT INFO***

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

Bruised, Shattered, Fractured, Broken

Bruised

Sarah Skilton

Bruised by Sarah Skilton

http://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/11787733-bruised

Publication/Publisher: 2013 Amulet Books

Stand Alone/Series: Stand Alone

Pages: Hard Cover 274

Source: Borrowed from teacher

Goodreads:

When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else — more responsible, more capable. But now her sense of self has been challenged and she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shootout. With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world — full of dark humor and hard truths.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11787733-bruised

Review:

Imogen is a strong girl who has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She fails to rescue the life of a gunman and blames herself for his death. To prove herself again she wants to participate in a real fight to regain her confidence. A boy named Ricky was also at the diner during the hold up. Not only does she join worlds with him, she believes that he may be able to give her the fight she’s been waiting for.

The intriguing story encircles  romance and tae kwon do into a true plot. Imogen was a self confident girl and believed that she had responsibility and skill with her black belt.  This novel is very detailed and specific, Imogen goes through many obstacles and hardships after trying to recover from the diner incident. Ricky another witness of the hold up was with Imogen, he brings her back to life. All that Imogen concentrated on before was following the Children’s Home Rules, now she doesn’t care anymore. Each word on every page, brings you into Imogen’s life making you believe that you were her.

Likes:

I really liked the fact that Sarah Skilton took the book to a new level, she didn’t leave it as an ordinary story. She made Imogen make the choices that you wouldn’t have wanted her to make, Skilton broke Imogen into pieces as she then pieced her back together throughout the story. Skilton also identified Ricky’s place in the plot solid, instead of scattered. She placed him in as if he was  important in the story, she made him equal to Imogen. I liked how Skilton did that, she made it so that we could see and so could Imogen that she couldn’t do everything, she needed someone else. It’s been a while since I’ve found a good book, there were still places I think that could’ve been better but overall Skilton wrote the novel, as if she were Imogen and made the characters real.

Dislikes:

There weren’t many things that I disliked, but there were some that are hard to explain. I enjoyed the plot of the book and how it was written. In some areas I found the book more out of the genre, she added romance. I’m not that into books with the kissing and things, but she edged over a little in certain parts of the story. I didn’t find much that I didn’t like, there was a good plot and she made it more exciting.

P.S. If you’re reading the book, DJ is a girl. At first I thought she was a boy.

This book was excellent and I really enjoyed reading it.

I give it an 7.80 out of 10. Definitely a spice, interesting, not as exciting as some other books but I liked how the characters were developed.

There were some parts that I think that Skilton shouldn’t have included but overall it was an excellent novel young teenagers even adults would enjoy.

If you have read the book please do comment and let me know what you thought about the book, please rate it from 1-10.

~Lillian

This book, that book

No one can pick out a specific book and know that they like it based on genre.

My favorite genres, I don’t have one. Usually I will skip from genre to genre, if I like the book then I like it.

Fantasy; Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, Heroes of Olympus, The Mortal Instruments

Realistic Fiction; Ask the Passengers, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, Beholding Bee, The Running Dream

Fiction; Vessel, Angelfire, Nevermore, Defiance

Some examples I’ve read

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