This story was quirky, fun, and predictable (but not in a bad way!). Even though the reader can figure out the underlying plot there are still aspects that are surpassing, amusing and touching. Julie arrives in Boston to start her first year of college only to find out the apartment she put a deposit on doesn't exist. Her mother pulls some last minute strings and Julie is off to spend a few days with a family of an old friend of her mom's. This Watkins family is ecentric. There's nerdy college student Matt, the Harvard professor mom, ultra brainy research analysis dad, and immature 13 year old Celeste. Out of the picture, traveling the world is the handsome eldest brother Finn. Oh, and then there's Flat Finn, the life size cut out of the real Fynn that Celeste totes around with her wherever she goes. While the family dynamics are certainly strange, Julie really connects with them, especially Finn who she strikes up an intimate on line relationship with via Facebook. But then there's Matt who she's really good friends with. Julia sets out to help Celeste loosen her dependence on Flat Fynn while uncovering the real reason behind the family's dysfunction.
This was a fun, sexy and very addicting book to listen to. I liked the alternating chapters read with a female voice for Olivia and the male voice for Cash and Nash. There wasn't a surprise twist for me...it was what I thought. I still liked it though (-:
This is a dark book, and listening to it is the perfect medium for it because Jenna is confessing her story on cassette tape. At sixteen years old, Jenna Lorde has a damaged past. After being in a psych ward and home-schooled she is now attending a public school where she befriends her chemistry teacher. I can't tell you how many times I thought, "Boundaries, Mr. Anderson, boundaries!" But soon there aren't any. Jenna has her secrets, but guess what, so does Mr. Anderson. I liked the ending...it was emotional and the last bit I heard was perfect.
I really loved "How To Love." This isn't an easy, predictable read; it's love captured at its hardest and messiest times. This book tells the story of a girl, Reena, who always wanted to go everywhere, but instead becomes trapped and goes nowhere and a boy, Sawyer, whose afraid of being left behind and takes off without a word to anyone-takes off for a very long time. After more than two years, he comes back. To say things have changed would be an understatement. Things are very complicated for him and Reena now, but then again, before Sawyer ever left there were a multitude of complications between them. Told in alternating chapters from before Sawyer left and after he returns, Katie Cotugna painfully explores love, patience, guilt and forgiveness and Merritt Hicks does a great job of narrating it all. This is my favorite kind of young adult novel-one that's well-written, authentic, emotional and will appeal to adults of all ages.
I've put off writing this review for awhile, because I just don't know quite how to rate this novel. There were brilliant moments while listening to this book where pain and anguish were subdued by something so heartwarming or heart-stopping that I felt it was truly amazing. Then there were some aspects and portions of the book that I felt bordered too much on high school cliché or just plain bothered me (Josh's nickname for Nastya was one). I understand that the characters are in high school and that young adult is the genre for this book, but I expected it to transcend beyond that making older adults forget that they aren't the intended audience. There are times that this book accomplishes that and others where it doesn't. That being said, this book is worth reading/listening to and worth recommending. It has one of the best opening lines (where Nastya talks about her hand and what she wants to do with it) and one of the best closing lines-her two word answer to Josh that was flabbergasting. This book wasn't perfect but it did have moments of perfection and I do see why the majority of people reading it give it 5 stars.
I thought listening to this sequel would be fun. I liked the narrator but felt the story lagged a bit. There was a lot of building up to the impending battle-too much time spent on preparation. Alina's character was frustrating; she was self centered and withheld personal information that alienated her from those she loved. It had some surprises, but overall I felt like I just wanted to get to the end of the book.
There was a lot not to like about this book-the writing, the characters (yes I'm talking about Rush) and Blaire's vulnerability (yet she owns a gun and apparently knows how to use it). There was just too much to eye-roll about for the plot or people to be authentic in anyway. However, it was addicting and I really liked the narrator's voice with her smooth southern drawl. It kept me listening while working out, weeding, cleaning etc. and that's what I want an audiobook for.
I really think this novel is much more geared for teens and I would not have liked it at all if I would have been reading it. The story was alright, a bit predictable but I did enjoy the narrator's voices, especially Beth's.
A good reason why I liked this audiobook as much as I did is because the narrator, MacLeod Andrews, was so wonderful. I laughed out loud so many times because of something Sutter said. I swear every time the narrator spoke for Crystal it sounded a bit like his tongue was dead weight in his mouth and he needed to swallow some spit.I just couldn't keep a straight face while listening to him; he was so entertaining! I especially thought he did a perfect vocal rendition of Sutter Keely, capturing his vibrant, awe-inspired take on life and occasionally sounding slightly slurred like a buzzed Sutter would. Sutter is a high school senior who totes a flask and constantly spikes his big 7-Up with liquor. He's the quintessential life of the party: everyone knows and likes him. Sure, he may take the fun a bit too far sometimes but, after all, it's nothing to get too hung up about. Along side of the humor in Sutter's life is a touch of sadness. Sutter's dad is absent, his mom and step-dad are uninvolved, his girlfriend just dumped him and his best friend is no longer as available as he once was. Into his life comes Aimee Finecky, a socially inept girl whom Sutter decides to help loosen up a bit. Meanwhile, she tries to get him to make some major changes in his life. Sutter is a good person and he tries to do right by Aimee but his means of doing so will leave many readers unsatisfied. We want more from Sutter. But it's OK... that's life and at the end of the book Sutter's outlook is as solid as it ever was.
This book made me laugh out loud-especially the first few chapters. Witty, artistic and flat broke, Blue Bailey meets Dean, a wealthy professional football player who agrees to give her a ride while on his way to his vacation home in Tennessee. Romance blossoms, but both are headstrong and come from different socio-economic backgrounds. While at Deans farm, his family problems get up close and personal. While I felt the romance took a bit of a back burner, while new characters were introduced and other mini-plots developed, it was still a very entertaining book to listen to. The narrator, Anna Fields, did a great job!
Ok, so I knew what I was getting into when I started listening to this book, since it is a sequel, yet I thought it would pick up and have some kind of substance to it. There was no plot whatsoever except for the last fourth of the book. What we have is umpteen pages of: sex, withhold secrets from each other, argue about that, more sex, more sex, withhold secrets REPEAT. I rolled my eyes so many times during this book...it was that bad at times. That being said, the narrator of the audiobook did a wonderful job, but the story...ugh.
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