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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-28 01:22
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina

I understood what it's like to dread encountering the bully during middle and high schools and targeted for no reason. I also understood why Piddy didn't ask for help at first. I remember trying to ask the adults help when bullies were harassing me, but it didn't work well for me and made the bullying a bit worse. However, I couldn't connect well with Piddy despite facing some similar situations as her. Part of the reason has to do with Piddy's character not being developed enough and being passive most of the time. For example, Chapter 38 is one of the few times when she gets active, and it's brief. I knew she has dreams of being a vet, a studious student and likes elephants, but for some reasons, her personality didn't click with me. Despite having her name in the title, Yaqui appears in the story a few times in the book. As a result, she is a flat character with little personality. All I knew about Yaqui was that she comes from a rough neighborhood and has a boyfriend. The supporting cast is similarly underdeveloped. 

 

The reason why Yaqui has small appearances in the book is that the story is not solely focused on bullying. While bullying does play a part in this story, most of that is pushed aside during the second act where it focused more on the missing father and romance subplots. Those subplots were really uninteresting for me. The missing dad subplot was melodramatic and ripped out of some soap opera that clashed with the mostly realistic atmosphere of the novel. The romance between Joey and Piddy was underdeveloped and lacked chemistry. Also, those subplots hardly had anything to do with the main conflict of the story. I wish those pages were instead devoted to something like Rob's personal experiences with bullying and compare it with Piddy's. The last part of the book becomes much better than the middle section, but it ends quickly and a little disappointing. Piddy transfers back to her old school and still slightly shaken up from her experiences. I wished it ended there because the passages talking about her return were bittersweet. Then after that part, she receives an acceptance letter from a science magnet school that Piddy wants to go to and celebrates by having a dance party in a salon. I disliked this part because it was extremely cheesy.

 

I'm disappointed to say that I didn't like this book that much. I did want to love this book, but I couldn't bring myself to do it.

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-09-02 07:11
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Book Review!
Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins

Now I'm FINALLY reviewing Anna an the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

 

Anna's parents sending to attend high school in France, which she thinks is the worst thing ever, until she meets a certain boy.

 

Although Anna may not be my favorite main character, I like just fine. As a character, Anna is pretty cool, and I would like to be her friend.

 

I really like St. Clair. Anna and St. Clair's relationship is both sweet yet heartbreaking. St. Clair can so sweet. And He's just so cocky and lovable that he can pretty much weasel his way into anywhere. I also love St. Clair's friendship with Josh.

 

Josh is probably my favorite side character of the book. I didn't really like josh and Rashmi's relationship. It's not that I don't like Rashmi, but after reading the synopsis of Isla and the Happily Ever After I was kind of sold on who I shipped with. And the fact that Isla appears in this book was cool.

 

I really, really love the ending. It's my favorite part of the book, but just like the ending of the How to Love. Anna and St. Clair got together at the very end of the story, and even though it was a solid ending, my shipper heart wanted more.

 

I really liked this book and I definitely recommend it.

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review 2015-04-11 01:43
The game is love...
Back in Play (Power Play Book 2) - Lynda Aicher

This is the story of Scott and Rachel who click so quickly at a friends wedding!  He is trying to decide whether to retire from hockey, or keep skating on a bum knee.  Rachel knows her time with him is limited.  She has to be back in Atlanta soon to teach her class.

 

Scott wants to make some sort of play for her.  He has not been this interested in anyone in such a long time.  He has secrets he cannot share and has such a hard time trusting.  Can he open up to her and finally get past the pain?

 

Rachel has been hurt before.  She does not do long distance relationships.  She is just not sure she can let Scott go.  It is not helping that her brother is trying to come between them also.

 

Scott cannot take anymore from the stress of the negotiations and tells Rachel everything.  She helps him find his way and he begins to feel whole again.  Then he turns back to hockey and she feels betrayed.

 

Can love heal all wounds?  The chemistry between them is explosive!  The friendship was also needed.  He only seems to need her.  With Rachel he can get through anything.  Or can he?  Going home will make a difference this time, since he may be going home alone.

 

This is the 2nd book in the Power Play series, by Lynda Aicher. Her characters from the Wicked Play series are also featured in this book.  We get to see some character development for previous books and it makes us have the *feels*! I give it a solid 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

***This ARC copy was given free from Netgalley.com and the publisher for review purposes.  My honest opinion does not reflect Netgalley, nor its affiliates.

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review 2015-04-11 01:07
All's fair in love and war right?
Game Play - Lynda Aicher

Dylan and Samantha's story is more complicated than it looks.  Sam challenges Dylan from the moment they meet.  They both have past issues that make it hard to commit to a future together.  In Sam's case, even a date.

 

Dylan plays for the Glacier's hockey team and Samantha just got done with her college hockey time and the USA Olympic team.  She offers Dylan one time, just one night.  He happily takes her up on the offer and the sparks are hotter than anything!  

 

He promises himself he will get her to see him again.  He goes to his coach and asks for her to help him with his moves - since she clearly got the better of him in the last challenge.  His coach approves and she does help Dylan a whole lot.

 

Samantha is not sure if she can forgive herself for the past and let Dylan take a spot in her future.  He is everything she ever wanted but does not trust she can have.  He has been burned before as well, making his wanting her a puzzle sometimes.

 

Can love conquer all?  Will their feelings for one another stand the tests of time and travel?  They have to learn to compromise and make each other a priority to make things work between them.  I give it a happy 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

Such an amazing story with great wit and depth of characters.  This whole series looks like it will worth reading and makes a great gift for the holidays coming up. This is book 1 in the Power Play series, by Lynda Aicher.  

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quote 2015-04-11 00:29
"This thing between us, whether it's love or friendship or both, won't change if it's right."
Game Play - Lynda Aicher

~~Game Play, by Lynda Aicher

(Book # 1 in Power Play series)

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