Once and for All


As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself. (c)goodreads

TITLE: Once and for All
AUTHOR: Sarah Dessen
Publication Date: June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

I’ve been a fan of Sarah Dessen since forever and I can say that her books is one of the reasons that made me love YA books. Her latest – Once and For All- is a little bit un-Sarah Dessen for me. Don’t get me wrong, Once and For All is not bad yet it’s not great either. I still like her writing in this one especially the character developments. Maybe the lack of romance set the Dessen bar down for me. If my 19-year old me has read this, probably she won’t be happy. Of course, there’s still romance in this but it really occurs in the last few chapters then one thing you know, the story was already ending. I was like hoping for at least another 20-30 extra pages. It seems like an abrupt ending but nevertheless, the whole story was fun to read.

I really like how the story revolves around about weddings especially if you’re working as a wedding organizer. It was so interesting it seems like an eye-opener, that being an organizer of such event is fun and stressful at the same time.

I’ve got a little bit sidetracked by the sudden shooting scenes. I was like…hey, it’s supposed to be fun and light read about weddings then comes…shooting? But yeah, i get it. Maybe this kind of scene was kinda unusual for a Sarah Dessen book that it caught me off guard while reading.

Anyway, as for the characters i really like the development of Louna. Her being cynical and guarded was reasonable and relatable. The damage and tragic end with the love of her life really saddens me though i’m not really a fan of instalove. It’s just so sudden and easy, i mean their beginning that it also ends so easily. It was so saddening that i’ve got a bit teary-eyed.

For Ambrose, i like the name! It reminds me of the Ambrose guy from Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve loved Before series. Haha. Anyway, he’s not a book boyfriend for me, sorry not sorry. But sure, he has his moments where you want to pinch his cheeks because he’s so cute, kind and adorable!

Once and for All is a book I recommend to all YA fans especially Sarah Dessen fans. She still does such a wonderful job here of creating realistic and relatable teen girls in a world that feels totally believable.

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This Is What Happy Looks Like


When a young movie star accidentally sends a small-town girl an email about his pet pig, the two teens strike up a witty correspondence during which they share their views on everything without revealing their actual identities, an episode that causes a relationship to develop which ultimately transforms when the actor chooses the girl’s hometown for the setting of his latest film. 75,000 first printing. (c)goodreads

TITLE: This Is What Happy Looks Like
AUTHOR: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication Date: April 02, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

This book by Jennifer E. Smith was such a sweet, heartwarming and very wholesome read. As a true hopeless romantic, the story really made my heart flutter. The ooey gooey atmosphere that brings to you while reading this is enough to lighten your day or enjoy a summer vacation or even made you smile effortlessly through a cold rainy day.

It wasn’t perfect. It’s not even unique. It’s cliche and let’s admit it, we love cliche, right? The cuteness and swoon-worthiness make it up for the flaws. And since it’s a light read, one can easily relate to especially if you are hopeless romantics.

This is What Happy Looks Like is a book I recommend to all hopeless romantics out there! maybe this is a story you’re not really expecting but hey! i know you’re sucker for romance so give it a shot! slightsmile emoticon And for those who in need of a quick and light read, this book is really for you. slightsmile emoticon

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Sad Girls


“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.

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

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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Major Crush


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.

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