Sad Girls

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“Your first love isn’t the first person you give your heart to—it’s the first one who breaks it.”

Sad Girls is the much anticipated debut novel from international best-selling author Lang Leav. A beautifully written and emotionally charged coming of age story, where young love, dark secrets, and tragedy collide.

School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad—the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge? (c)goodreads

TITLE: Sad Girls
AUTHOR: Lang Leav
Publication Date:  May 30th 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Honestly, I don’t know where will I start. It’s just that… I really like all Lang Leav’s poetry but I think her first novel wasn’t just for me.

Ok, here’s a list why this novel didn’t work for me:
– self-centered and hypocrite protagonist
– the instalove trope. Like duh! In a snap, you love the guy to cheat on your long-time bf?? it’s okay to cheat on your partner because you hung out with a guy you thought you connected with?
– unrealistic and terrible plot! seems like everything went easy for Audrey with all that luck in internship, very kind workmates and employers, immediate jobs
– the invisible/­unnecessary sidekicks. Lucy and Candela could’ve been great ones, only if they were portrayed with so much development as the story progresses.
– the frustrating kindness of Duck. I feel sorry for him, i wanna give him a hug
– pathetic plot twist, it’s just too much and cringe worthy, more like a desperate thrown-in just to have a “shocking” turn of events. LAME.
– inconsistent story pacing
– the letter from Ana’s diary to convince the readers that love conquers all even tolerating a crime.

My Rating:

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Actually, my initial rating is one star but the Cowboy Bebop reference gained the another star.

How They Met, and Other Stories

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a confection from David Levithan that is sure to appeal to fans of Boy Meets Boy. Here are 18 stories, all about love, and about all kinds of love. From the aching for the one you pine for, to standing up and speaking up for the one you love, to pure joy and happiness, these love stories run the gamut of that emotion that at some point has turned every one of us inside out and upside down. What is love? With this original story collection David Levithan proves that love is a many splendor thing, a varied, complicated, addictive, wonderful thing. (c)goodreads

TITLE: How They Met, and Other Stories
AUTHOR: David Levithan
Publication Date: January 08, 2008
Genre: Young Adult, Short Stories, Romance

This book was a collection of short stories. These different short stories showed Levithan’s different approach of conveying love, heartbreaks, relationships, disappointments and happy endings. My favorite is the The Romantic Inclination…so nerdy.haha. (physics and chemistry! lol.) It was so funny and good, proves that friendship is an important element and dominant power in any romantic relationship.

Anyway, other stories were also great…covered a whole spectrum of scenarios about heartbreaks, happenstance, fate, closet gay, unrequited love, destiny, letting go, acceptance, pure happiness and joy, LGBT themes. 🙂 They will make you laugh, and some will make you sad, but all are completely enjoyable.

Must read! How They Met, and Other Stories is a book I highly recommend for everyone especially YA fans with short attention spans.

My rating:

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes? (c)goodreads

TITLE: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
AUTHOR: Louise Gornall
Publication Date: January 03, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporay, Mental Health, Romance

I think this book is the most realistic story I’ve ever read that devours mental health and issues. It dealt with anxiety, OCD and agoraphobia. Actually, I don’t know how to put into words my review of this. It’s just so wonderful – the rawness, realness, being so authentic and educational. I saw a FEW of my habits in Norah and it’s just so lovely that there’s really a book who can portrayed some of your personal crap and struggles. I just want to place a great emphasis on the self-harm topic in the story – you know, just a warning. Having a mental issues/disorders is a very serious matter. I know people resort to suicidal thoughts and self-harm as an outlet for their situation so I suggest to be aware of a few scenes here in the story. Anyway, it was all executed perfectly knowing it is a novel with own voices  where the author implemented own experiences.

As for the characters, I really like Norah. She’s a badass at  fighting her monsters. As for Luke, he is a wonderful love interest. Actually, for me he is not a book boyfriend type but he is so understanding, supportive, encouraging, and adaptive. He is not Norah’s knight in shining armor, riding a white horse, carrying a magical romantic cure for her mental disorders. The best thing I like in the romance of the story is that Norah is not your damsel in distress protagonist. Luke doesn’t save her and it was wonderful to see a romance that was able to flourish without  fixing the person who is struggling. Luke compliments Norah in all the best ways and that’s the best thing he can do. This kind of disorder is the individual’s journey through overcoming fears and gaining control over what they believe has always controlled them. Keeping the people you love by your side will really help (especially here since the mother/daughter dynamic was wonderful + a very understanding Luke!!) but the willingness and tenacity of the person to save himself is a must.

Overall, I really love this book though somewhere in the last 40+ pages, my interest wavered a bit because I didn’t know, I just… I don’t even have the correct words to explain what I felt other than to say that it was not something I was anticipating especially when an intruder breaks into Norah’s house. (I still don’t know how that suddenly appeared in the plot.) Anyway, still a wonderful, thought-provoking and a really important book. It’s awkward and sad and honest and real and cute and true plus the writing was good (and the cover, damn it! 😍)

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a book I recommend to everyone especially to all those fighting their inner demons everyday.

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The Start of Me and You

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It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live? (c)goodreads

TITLE: The Start of Me and You
AUTHOR: Emery Lord
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

I LOVE THIS BOOK. I REALLY DO and you might ask: then why you didn’t gave it a 5-star rating? Fair enough but this book is not that it-was-so-incredible­-i-think-i’m-gonna-t­hrow-up-rainbows-and­-unicorns type of book. But you know why I love it? THIS BOOK HAS A HEART. Emery Lord really did a great job in this one.Honestly, when i started reading this, I expect that this is another typical YA read. But yeah, I guess I’m wrong. This book is about life, grieving and moving on, family dynamics, friendship and finding yourself. I like that Emery Lord doesn’t focus mainly on the romance. Actually, this is not really about romance. It’s more likely about friendship. I really love how Emery Lord gave emphasis on the importance of friendship — friends that are willing to do anything for each other (including carnapping your friend’s car in the middle of the night to rescue another friend hiding from the cops!). It’s just so sweet that I wanna pull them out from the pages of the book and be my friends here in real life.

I didn’t expect anything from this book. It was a random pick out of my tbr list. No oh-my-god!-finally-i­’m-going-to-read-thi­s-now or i’m-so-excited-i-wan­na-melt-into-a-puddl­e-of-bliss. Just an okay-let’s-read-this­. Then it turns out that it would be one of the books that I’m going to love, really. As I said earlier, not that incredible BUT good enough for a YA read. It was cute, geeky, a little swoon-worthy, nerdy, sweet and an adorable read.

Allow me to enumerate things I love about this book:

characters
building and development of relationships
Max
nerdiness
geekiness
Max
Paige
Quiz bowl
Culture pop
Friendship
Max
MAX

The Start of Me and You is a book I recommend to all fans of YA, Contemporary, romance and also to those who are hesitant to these types of genre. This book is for you. Seriously, don’t mind my rating. You will love this.

My rating:

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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

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In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth? (c)goodreads

TITLE: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: March 08, 2016
Genre: Urban-fantasy,  Young Adult, Romance

Sed Lex Dura Lex? Ugh but i think Cassie Clare is harder. Haha. Okay, so saying Lady Midnight is a roller coaster ride of emotions is an understatement. After reading this, I felt like I’ve been in all extreme rides in an amusement park. This book shattered me into many billion pieces then made me whole and shattered me again. And now, I’m so broken beyond repair. For me, this is one of Cassandra Clare’s best works. It was absolutely phenomenal and amazing. Cassie Clare’s writing, character development, world construction and everything were impressive. These improvements gave more depth to each story element.

Did I already said that this book is amazing? because it really is amazing. And the characters? AMAZING!!!! characters were by far the best part! Especially the two main characters, Emma and Julian. And their forbidden love and slow-burn romance? ughhh! All of the forbidden love stuff and bestfriends-falling-for-each-other shit that shows up in every single book just worked for me here.

And what about the siblings Julian was raising?? they were so adorably awesome, innocent and cute. I feel like a mother to them that I want to take care of them and protect them from the prick and evils of the Shadowhunter world. And I really really appreciate that Cassie Clare also tackled about mental issues here. And Julian’s dedication for his family was really outstanding and admirable. He’s just so caring and passionate to every people he values and important to him. For me, he’s not actually a book boyfriend type of character but the fact that he’s capable to do anything to make things go his way and to protect his family really melts my heart into puddle.

In a nutshell,  this was an awesome and phenomenal read. And I strongly recommend this to everyone even if you haven’t read the other Shadowhunter series. For me, it just all really works — the forbidden love, the adventure and action-packed plot, slow-burn romance, the characters depth, the struggles and obstacles everyone encounters and endures, EVERYTHING.

My rating:

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Major Crush

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Tired of the beauty-pageant circuit, Virginia Sauter tosses her tiara, pierces her nose, and auditions for the most unlikely of roles — drum major of the high school marching band.
Virginia wins, but is forced to share the title with Drew, whose family has held the position for generations. Sure, Drew is hot, but because of his superior attitude, he and Virginia are constantly arguing. That is, until they share more than just their half-time salute…

But as the drum major’s heated competition turns to sizzling romance, explosive rumors threaten everything — including the band’s success. Love seemed to be a sure hit, but Virginia and Drew may be marching straight into disaster. (c)goodreads

TITLE: Major Crush
AUTHOR: Jennifer Echols
Publication Date: August 1, 2006
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

I enjoyed reading this. It was cute, light and quick read. Though it’s not really a swoon-worthy, I can say that there were parts where I can’t wipe my grin on my face. It’s a cliche with all these we-are-arguing-everyday-then-end-up-liking-each-other and i-made-that-snarl-comment-to-you-years-ago-because-i-want-to-get-your-attention spiels. I like how the two main characters, Drew and Virginia, showed the actual attitude of teenagers toward their feelings, family, responsibility, competition, crush, ego, friends and enemies. I felt like I’ve been drawn back to my teenage years, not that I experience making out with my crush in a tractor. LOL. Then I also enjoyed the subtle way of using the SAT words in their “competition”, inside jokes and comments about something or someone ( hi, evil twins! Haha!). It was hilariously nerdy.

On a serious note, communicating and expressing feelings are vital ingredients in any relationship – filial, romantic, platonic, you name it. I like the part where Mr. Rush used the “I feel” strategy for Drew and Virginia. Feelings are need to express and heard, not bottled up inside you. They also discovered that there’s more to the other person than meets the eye. 
Though this book was more focused on romance,  it also depicted how to deal with their own personal crap – that it’s okay to cry, to change, to just be yourself and be out there and that sometimes it’s not about forgiving others, it’s about forgiving yourself. slightsmile emoticon

Major Crush is a book I recommend to all those who like romance, light, sweet yet funny books and who are in need of a quick read.

My rating:

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The Princess Saves Herself in this One

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“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations. (c)goodreads

TITLE: The Princess Saves Herself in this One
AUTHOR: Amanda Lovelace
Publication Date: April 23, 2016
Genre: Poetry

I know that the poetry that setting trends nowadays are this kind of thing – mere sentences formatted by pressing enter after every word. In fact, no usual rhyming. Hmm, of course i still like the old forms, the Pablo Neruda-ish kind of poetry but it doesn’t mean that I didn’t appreciate this new form of poetry. That’s why I’ve gave this one a shot.

After reading this, I’ve got a bit teary-eyed. This was so personal. I just felt the raw emotions associated in every word. Ok, maybe I am biased with this one. But i really like it because I’ve known Amanda (not personally, though) as bookmad in tumblr. I love how she pour into words her life. I’ve been following her in tumblr enough to say that this book really deserves all the praises in the literary world. Actually, the words she used in this were simple words. Simple that they are easy to understand and doesn’t need a dictionary to look up to when reading — which is a good thing because i rather read simple words that convey deep emotions and feelings than i-can’t-even-pronounce-it words with hollow thoughts. You’ll know from reading this book that this was written with soul.

The Princess Saves Herself in this One is a book I recommend for everyone that are still afraid to jump from their sinking ship. Read this and stop waiting for someone to save you.

My rating:

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