I really enjoyed this book which surprised me. I thought it was going to be lame but it wasn't. I loved that the main character was a guy.
He just kept blowing up his life and seemed to have a hard time learning from his mistakes. But he kept trying.
The main character
The constant bad choices that keep leading down the same path.
I really enjoyed this book. I think I might even like it better than On Dublin Street. Or at least equally well in a different way. I enjoyed the friendship between Nate and Olivia that turns into something more. They are fun and sweet together and as friends they make you smile. I really loved Olivia as a character. And in addition to the love story, it is also a story of a strong woman that lacks confidence both in her physical and sexual being but slowly learns to love and appreciate herself. The story was engaging, touching, sexy, fun, intense and sweet. Definitely worth a listen
This book is a very cute look at life inside boarding school for a young boy. It explores first love, first sex - many firsts. Although they are all true to life what teenagers go through this is not a book I would allow a young teen to read. It is really written for the 15/16 and up crowd I think. Kids are exposed to so much at such a young age I think we could slow it down in some venues. Having said that this is a great look at life and the choices we make and the sometimes unintended consequences of those choices that we have to live with. As always with John Green the messaging is good, the quirkyness is great and as always, there is a sweetness to the book that lingers.
This book is in the YA genre but I would never recommend my daughter read it. I thought the relationship between the 2 main characters was destructive and negative and definitely does not provide good modelling. I did think the issue of teen pregnancy was dealt with ok but then the blend with the destructive relationship was concerning. Overall the story was pretty boring. There are so many well written ya books that deal with life and love and this was not one of them. I would give it a pass.
Pure and simple I LOVED this book! Heft is a story of 2 lives running in parallel and the 1 person that connects them. Both of the stories are interesting and heartaching in different ways. I felt so touched by the journey of both characters, their struggle with isolation and aloneness but manifesting in different ways. I was so wrapped up in these characters it was hard to let them go. And in the best possible way they made me reflect on my own life. And you can't review this book without mentioning the perfection of the narrators. They both embodied these characters and brought them to life. So often narrators detract from the story but in this case they made the book even better. This is one of those books that made me so appreciate the art of storytelling and I wish I had this talent. Thank you to Liz Moore for writing a beautiful story!
This book was painful. I am surprised I actually listened to the whole thing. It is mostly boring and oh so predictable. I really enjoyed On Dublin Street so I looked forward to this book. This book is nothing close to Dublin Street. And the narration of this book was soooo bad! Cam's voice was actually ridiculous. The furthest thing from sexy. More like he was a smoker for 60 years. And please no more female neurosis!!! It is just so stupid. Jo is so vapid and annoying. Don't waste your money on this one.
this is one of the funnest books I have listened to in awhile! I loved the banter and quick dialogue and it definitely kept you smiling throughout. I enjoyed the characters and the story. If you enjoy a fun story that is very charming and romantic, this one is for you!
This is a very unimaginative book. its similar to confessions of a shopaholic but not nearly as good. The characters were boring. i listened just to finish it.
I loved the earlier BJ books. I enjoyed this one as well but not as much. This book had a little more of a serious undertone to it which was nice but then Bridget's neurotic meanderings got amped up which was a bit annoying. Again there were so many funny parts that made you laugh and smile and this one also made you cry. Starting over is never easy and this was a sweet attempt at what it's like.
What a great book. These smart books for teens are really a treat. I am definitely not a teen but thoroughly enjoyed this listen. The quirky imperfect characters just have a way of drawing you in. Her writing just feels very real and ordinary in a good way. And Rebecca' Lowman is really a fantastic narrator.
This book obviously tackles a very difficult topic and it is done beautifully. Blending teenage love and cancer isn't the easiest task. Thankfully I haven't had to deal with this but I thought it did a great job of helping the reader understand the parents and the kids perspective which was great and definitely made me stop and think. And the dialogue is sharp witty and fun. There is a surprising lightness to this book. I swung from smiling to crying throughout.
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