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review 2017-11-13 16:28
For 100 Reasons
For 100 Reasons - Lara Adrian,Summer Morton,Alexander Cendese
100 Series, Book 3

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Dominic “Nick” Baine:
Avery Ross:

The Story:

I didn’t think their drama could get any deeper and man should Nick thank his lucky stars that Avery loves him. She should have walked away several times. If I had to pick a theme for this book it would be forgiveness because a lot of it goes on. New hurts, old wounds and all the scrapes and bruises in between.

I know when this series was originally planned it was going to be a trilogy but I wonder in the following years has Ms Adrian changed her mind or thought about expanding it. I would love to follow Nick and Avery in their next steps. I think the chances are slim though because we got a great ending to the trilogy and I’m happy to have read it all.

Writing: Very good.
Forward Motion: Perfect. I never felt a lull. (Lulls and filler are the worst)
Overall Interest: I was riveted
Length of Reading Time: Average
Re-read-ability: probably not

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The Score Card:


4 Stars
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review 2017-07-30 00:00
For 100 Reasons
For 100 Reasons - Lara Adrian Nick and Avery were a trainwreck waiting to happen. Explosive chemistry, obsessive behavior, fatal secrets and dangerous enemies lingered around every corner just waiting to implode. She was his greatest obsession. He was her biggest weakness. But will addictive behavior and manipulations be enough to save this convoluted attempt at love? From day one, Ms. Adrian took readers through the storm. Dark souls, broken hearts and dangerous liaisons added to the allure of this almost tragic story. For 100 Reasons is a swan song to a couple that is as damaged as they are courageous. The path to healing is more than admitting to mistakes. It's having the power to forgive oneself and learn from those mistakes. That's the best lesson to take away from the 100 series.
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review 2017-07-15 19:19
Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

Going into the book, I knew Thirteen Reasons Why was a controversial book. I have personally battled depression in the past, but have never been near suicidal. So while I can't comment on the authenticity of how this story represents the mindset of someone who is suicidal, I can certainly believe that it rings true to at least some people. I watched the Netflix series as well, and there were differences. There were parts I thought played out better in the book and others I thought were more impactful in the series. I'll focus on the book here.


Hannah isn't a particularly likable character. In some ways, I'm glad for that though. The reader has to work a bit harder to maintain empathy with the narrator, and working harder for it makes you think a bit more about the circumstances. 


I don't think this book had anything that was a profoundly new concept. As I read through each of the 13 reasons, I had a memory flash of when something similar happened to me growing up. Things for teens may be more pronounced these days with the inclusion of social media, but it's not new stuff. Kids are cruel - always have been and always will be. Those cruel words and actions will have an impact on others. Some will get over it and some won't. Some will even be able to use it to make them stronger. I do think it might be more difficult to escape these days from cruel behavior because of how easily rumors and bullying can spread through social media, and I know that can be a real challenge. So even though not a profound new look at the struggles of teens, it's a unique way to bring forth the reminders that if we could all just be a bit kinder then we might actually make a huge impact in someone else's life. 


I do wish the book would have gone more into Hannah's mental health. Many kids go through similar experiences, yet they don't commit or even attempt suicide. Someone who is willing to carry it through has much deeper needs - and unfortunately the book didn't touch on that at all. 


I'd also like to point out that this is the kind of book that parents should read with their child. Some have slammed this book for the danger it causes because it glamorizes suicide and somewhat gives a pass as to why it's OK. Some will see it that way. Others won't. That's why it's important to read it with your teen and talk about it. 

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