logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: Better-Off-Friends
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-11-25 00:58
The Music of the Spheres
The Music of the Spheres - Milton Chase Potter

3.75 stars, rounded up

 

CW: 

Death, depression, cancer (side character)

(spoiler show)

 

I wouldn't classify this as a romance, though there is a love story. It's more about two boys becoming friends and helping each other through some tough times. Well, it's more Adam helping Ryan through some tough times, but they both fulfill something that's missing in the other's life, as Ryan provides Adam with a surrogate family. Their friendship is wonderful and often put a big grin on my face. 

 

It's first-person POV and present tense, which I know some readers may have issues with. I'm not one who cares about that normally, and while it mostly doesn't bother me here, I did find myself often wanting to see Adam's side of things. This was especially the case in the one brief scene we have with Adam's foster father.

The fact that Adam was in one foster home for three years should tell him that his foster parents are dedicated to him, because that's not very common. And his foster father seemed almost desperate to get to know one of Adam's friends and find out more about him. So why exactly was Adam keeping his foster parents at such a distance when he so readily accepted Ryan's family? And also, why did he so quickly go from "I don't like being touched" to initiating hugs with Ryan?

(spoiler show)

It almost felt like there was something else going on there than the brief explanation that we got, so the choice to do this in first-person does limit how much we get to know about Adam. I also wanted Ryan to figure out his feelings for Adam a lot sooner than he did.

 

I was not prepared for the turn this story made at about the halfway mark. It was very emotional and while I hated what happened, it was beautifully written. The writing throughout the story flowed nicely and I liked seeing how these characters cared about each other and how they "adopted" Adam to their family and helped each other when things got rough.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-11-23 03:15
Mistletoe Between Friends
Mistletoe Between Friends - Samantha Chase
Lily and Cameron have known each other since childhood and were always best friends. Each also secretly crushed on the other too, but never wanted to confess it for fear of ruining their friendship. (Yeah, didn't see that coming, right?). Both, under pressure from their parental units, decide to fake date each other. With the holidays coming up, neither want to be setup and just want to be left alone. 
Predictable, but sweet. The story worked well for the length. In fact, if this were longer, I would have been ready to slap and yell at both Cameron and Lily. It was amazing at how well they knew each other, but at the same time, didn't.
 
 

 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-11-21 16:01
Review of Friends Divided by Gordon Wood
Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson - Gordon S. Wood

This dual biography of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson was a comparative look at the intellectual history of both great men.  It followed their political lives but the focus was really on their differing opinions on the events and theories of government throughout their lifetimes.  Parts of the book dragged a bit, and I would not recommend this to someone looking for a David McCullough type of story, but I did enjoy the deeper look into two brilliant minds.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-11-14 00:43
Review for: Mistletoe Me, Baby (O'Connor Family #4) by Katie Reus
Mistletoe Me, Baby (O'Connor Family Series) (Volume 4) - Katie Reus

Nolan and Miranda have been friends for a long time but now circumstances help Nolan take the first step into moving their relationship to a brand new level, a level that he’d been hoping to get to for the longest time. 
This story had the perfect mix of sweetness, spicyness, and emotions to keep me turning the pages. I specially liked to read how family dynamics change from person to person however in the end if a family is close, they will be there for each other, supporting one another in times of need. I also liked the way Nolan continued helping Miranda even when she was too distracted to ask for his help. He truly was the perfect hero with not a flaw in sight. In short, I’d call this story a comfort read perfect for this time of year and I recommend it for anyone looking for a Holiday read. 

 

** I was gifted a copy of this book and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.** 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-11-07 22:25
Rob Lowe and His Life
Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography - Rob Lowe

This was a really good biography. I grew up watching him and I loved "The Outsiders" and a few of the other movies from the 1980's. Some of the movies I had not heard of or even watched. He started out not far from where I live currently and was just another kid who liked to act and participate in the local theatre scene. After his mother's 2nd divorce, she drags Rob, his brother Chad and his half-brother to CA, where they start living with her 3rd husband, her former allergist (doctor). I was surprised to learn that the opportunities for kids in shows were so minimal, but then I thought back on all the shows from that time period and realized that most of the shows were geared towards adults, not kids and as a result they didn't have a lot of kids in them or they were just little side notes. 

 

I was not surprised at the drug usage or the drinking he talks about. It was par for the course for so many of those kids to be addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. I was surprised about his going to therapy and that he made up his own mind to never go back. I did see him with a new eye and have started looking at some of the other movies and shows he has been in and watching them. 

 

I noticed that he didn't name names, just to be naming names. He would mention the Sheen (Estevez) family because they were neighbors. He mentioned Tom Cruise and Andrew McCarthy, more because they were all part of the "Brat Pack" era. 

 

I found the book interesting and fun to read and at the same time, a good book to read if you like biographies, especially for those who grew up in the eye of the public, while you were growing up. 

 

 

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?