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review 2018-01-17 18:35
The Someday Birds
The Someday Birds - Sally J. Pla
I want to recommend this book to anyone who likes novels that are fast-paced. I felt that the characters in this novel were constantly moving from one thing to another, always on the go. There wasn’t a lot of time to appreciate or analyze the situation they were currently in before they were onto the next best thing. I found this frustrating at times as a reader but I also understood they were on a journey, an adventure, and with a vanful of children, you need to live each day to its fullest. This novel is also geared towards children/middle school readers who like that continual change of scenery and this novel definitely provided that.
The story is told by twelve-year-old Charlie who has some OCD behaviors. He has an older sister and two younger brothers. His father, a journalist, came home from Afghanistan with a brain injury. I enjoyed that the story took off right away with Gram staying with the children while dad is getting treatment in the hospital. Dad is offered additional free treatment across the country where they decide he will go, with Gram accompanying him. The childcare situation doesn’t pan out and the strange woman who was visiting their father in the hospital ends up coming to their house to babysit. The kids decide then that they’re not staying with her and set out to be with their father. Road trip!
The fast road trip to reach their father ends up becoming a scenic drive as one thing leads to another. The children find themselves finishing their road trip in a dusty camper with a three-legged dog. You have to enjoy their adventure on this scenic drive as each individual has desires they want fulfilled along the way. It’s comical at times as they stop to enjoy the sights. Charlie’s obsession with birds, the twins’ obsession with anything that catches their eye, and Davis’ obsession with boys. I had to wonder if they would ever reach their father.
I thought the ending was super and one of the best parts of the novel. I liked how realistic the children felt and their interactions with one another. The mystery of Ludmila was a mixed bag for me. Why was she sent to watch the kids when they didn’t know who she was? I found this frustrating and that frustration grew the more I read about her until her relationship was finally revealed. I really liked the part where Davis shows Ludmila the flash drive, I got chills just reading this. I wished there would have been more depth to the characters, a chance to get to know them better.


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review 2017-10-29 00:00
Someday, Someday, Maybe
Someday, Someday, Maybe - Lauren Graham a great little read - not particularly short but very easy to read. The book follows the start of the career of an actor as she tries to "make it". I found the writing clear and very descriptive. I liked that it was set back in time about 20 years which gave it a nice surreal feeling (not a cellphone in sight) but in other ways its very topical and a great read about how life is different for those in the performing arts.

I would totally recommend this as a great read.
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review 2017-04-24 21:16
Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover

I had to take several deep breaths while reading this book. I was irate. I spared everyone from status updates because it looks like a lot of readers felt the way I did.


"Maybe Someday" is dealing with two people who randomly come together after starting to text each other. Sydney is living with her friend and roommate (Tori) and often goes on her balcony to listen to a boy she doesn't know play his guitar (Ridge). Soon we find out that Ridge is stuck with writer's block and can't come up with lyrics for the songs he is playing. So he starts holding up signs to Sydney since he notices her always singing along to his music. Yes, Sydney is such a musical genius she can listen to musical notes and come up with pitch perfect lyrics. So the two start a weird friendship.

Sydney though is happy with her long time boyfriend (Hunter) but still has doubts. All doubts are erased though when she finds out he's been cheating. And due to the most ridiculous thing ever, she ends up moving in with Ridge and his other two roommates. I still want to know where these people live that they have a four bedroom apartment. Scratch that, I don't care. 


Anyway, Sydney has no money and no place to live (I can't recall why) and agrees to live with Ridge and not pay rent as long as she's helping him write lyrics. 


And of course love. But hold up, Ridge has the most awesome girlfriend ever (Maggie) and now Ridge is torn between Maggie and Sydney. 

Hoover chooses to tell this in alternating POV's which of course showcase Ridge and Sydney.


First things first, the two leads suck. I hated Ridge and Sydney. They are terrible as hell and self absorbed. I had moments when I wanted to smack the crap out of both of them since they fought so hard to not be attracted to each other. Yeah, not really. They both act childish if the other one pays attention to anyone else of the opposite sex. 


I disliked Ridge because he lies about even having a girlfriend until Sydney finds out about it and he acts totally surprised about why is she mad. Frankly, I wish that Hoover had explored that more.  Why is Sydney mad? Men and women can shocker, be friends and if one or both are in relationships then you can't be mad that a guy you are thinking about is dating someone else. Can I also say that Sydney has been broken up with her boyfriend for like 3 days at this point so I rolled my eyes at how hearbroken she supposedly was.

There is of course an incident. And frankly once again I think Hoover tried to soft pedal it so that you would root for Frick and Frack to get together. I kept hoping they both die in a weird accident with an epilogue from Maggie's POV. Too bad. 

Back to Ridge and Sydney, they are both overwrought as hell talking about how their hearts are being ripped out and their souls are being torn in half. I am not kidding people. That is a good majority of the book. 


The thing that gets me is that Sydney acts like an even bigger ass when the truth comes out and people notice what is going on with her and Ridge showing everyone their "feelings." 


I liked Maggie, Warren, and Bridgette (sadly) and that was it. Maggie deserved better and honestly I hated how Hoover ended this with pretty much Maggie being more of a grown up and honest person then these two yahoos. I hated that Hoover tried to show some parallels between how Maggie and Ridge got together and nope, didn't buy it at all. Warren was the only grown-up considering how Hoover portrayed him. 

The writing was not my favorite. The flow was all messed up too. I think it was because of the fact that Hoover kept including song lyrics throughout this book. I didn't care for any of them. And didn't get musical genius for the words that the character of Sydney was writing. Probably because I could not hear the music. And as I said above. Once Sydney and Ridge acknowledge their feelings for each other each of their POVs become more and more over the top about their feelings I think that even Romeo and Juliet would tell them to take it down a notch. 


The setting of the book was pretty much their apartment. 

The ending was a joke. 


Ridge "chooses" Sydney. But that's after Maggie dumps him. I did laugh. I wish that Maggie had sent Sydney an email saying yeah I gave him to you. Enjoy until another girl comes along. 

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text 2017-04-24 20:40
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover

I loathe cheating storylines in my romances. Don't really care if it's a New Adult book or not. Bah to the whole book. Also the songs that were included I was not feeling at all. 

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text 2017-04-22 17:14
Reading progress update: I've read 44%.
Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover

Ehhh I'm not feeling this one. I feel like the author is going to justify these two leads into cheating. I also don't really buy their instant connection either. I like Ridge and his girlfriend Maggie. And Sydney's jealousy is getting old.


I loved her other book and I don't like this one at all.


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