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review 2018-04-25 22:52
Like a reality show you can't stop watching
New Girl - Paige Harbison

This is one of the few times where I enjoyed the book however the characters were so unlikable I was amazed that I stuck through and finished the novel. It was well written enough that I was super curious as to what happened to Becca and whether she was really around or if she had a horrible outcome. The mystery element was well done to keep you guessing. The point of views changes between Becca and Callie’s. There’s a good easy flow between the two perspectives so it makes the reading easy to follow and quick.



That being said, the characters were just awful in a sense not that they were unreadable (almost) but they were just horrible awful people. Even our main character wasn’t that likable. However I digress. Let’s break them down:

 

Becca; Oh darling. You horrible awful attention seeking harpy. Not only do you have issues of your own but because you aren’t happy you feel the need to destroy others and to make sure you drag them down into the mud and follow you through your misery. I had no sympathies. Even when it was revealed what happened. Except for ...well you know.

 

Max: Another horrible creature and he’s pretty much meant for Becca anyway as they’re both rather terrible people. The “I like you but I don’t want to be together” spiel is ugh. On top of that after you say that you go and do the pursuing. You’re the emotional manipulative type just like Becca and it’s hard to figure out which one is worse. You emotionally  play with the main character and give her the yo-yo treatment then get mad when she’s talking with your best friend..oh wait sorry let’s re-write that: “Best Friend”. Dude, you’re like a horrible Tinder date gone wrong.

 

Dana: You’re a psychotic twit and holy mother mary do you have issues. I get what happened and you stood there and was an observer but you lashing out and being Queen Horrible to Callie (main character) was inexcusable. This behavior can’t even be blamed on grief, you’re just pure malice. Your obsession with Becca is creepy it makes you look like the type of fangirl nobody ever wants.

 

Madison and Julia: You have no spines and you follow Becca like she’s a Goddess. Stop being sheep and your condescension towards Callie was uncalled for. You each deserve a swift kick for treating her like that.

 

Johnny: You broke the Bro-Code. You should be banned for life.

 

Callie: Where do I start with you? You started off as a great main character and a lot of sympathies to you because you started off on the wrong foot and in a precarious situation. However then you did this yo-yo game with Max saying “Yeah I like you but I never said I was going to be with you” sure, that was a savage burn on your part but you keep *whining* about how you like Max so much and he’s not returning the favor because of Becca but he keeps coming back to you like you’re the side piece and you don’t seem to mind that treatment. You try to stick up for yourself with Dana (which was admirable) but then you shrink back into your turtle shell and you just *walk* into these situations even though YOU KNOW it’s going to turn out with potentially bad consequences. You’re like the friend that complains about how horrible your significant other is treating you but you’re still with that person but you don’t listen to advice. You have got to be one of the most frustrating characters I have ever read so far.

 

Well now! That sums up my opinions of the characters. I say go for reading this one. It’s almost like you’re watching reality TV and it’s such a guilty pleasure but you can’t help but not look away. Maybe because the characters were just so hateful you had to keep on reading. You just wanted to know what was going to happen next.

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review 2015-11-06 02:27
'Anything To Have You' But Not Really
Anything to Have You - Paige Harbison
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

SUMMARY

Natalie and Brooke’s friendship is put to the test when they and those they love keep secrets from each other.

 

WORLDBUILDING

For the most part I bought the contemporary setting of Anything to Have You. The dialogue was almost hyperreal and the depiction of the landscape changing throughout the seasons made me yearn for snow. The depiction of teen behaviour seemed over the top to me, but I know that the legal drinking age in the US is 21 and I always have such a hard time believing that American teens get such easy access to alcohol and don’t really suffer many consequences. That being said, I don’t believe this story was a ‘typical teen’ story that it meant to represent every teen in America – I believe the teens represented here are of privilege and wealth and this is their own special story and should not be taken to represent all American teens.

 

CHARACTERS + RELATIONSHIPS

Natalie and Brooke were horrible to each other, but not in an obvious way and not in a way that made me dislike the book. Similar to Wuthering Heights, where the two main characters treat each other and the other characters horribly but I still enjoy reading the book, I found myself invested in this story despite not really liking either character.

Natalie was bland. She was a typical glasses-wearing brunette good girl who didn’t socialise yet somehow got nominated for Prom Queen. Her relationship with Aiden was sweet and I liked seeing her tear herself apart over crushing on her best friend’s boyfriend. I found their connection to be very realistic.

Brooke was a typical bad girl, flirting with everyone despite having a boyfriend she thought she didn’t want to lose, cheating and then getting angry when she was cheated on. But somehow I found myself sympathetic with both Natalie and Brooke, even though Brooke treated Aiden like rubbish and I really disliked her far more than Natalie. She actually reminded me of my high school best friend, a girl desperate to be lusted after by all the boys and admired by all the girls – unfortunately, my high school bestie sucked at both of those things because she had an awful personality.

As for Aiden, well, it’s hard to hate someone written to be so obviously well liked, but he is an asshole of all kinds and really I should hate him far more than I do. He did the most horrible ,despicable thing to both Natalie and Brooke, and yet all I’m thinking is how nice his final situation is.

 

WHAT WORKED/DIDN’T WORK

I just don’t buy that a girl who makes a point of never going out and socialising could be nominated Prom Queen. I’m not American, so I can’t be sure, but isn’t it a popularity contest? How can you be popular when no one knows your name?

I also don’t buy that Natalie and Aiden’s end of year project was ‘omg so totally cool like the most awesomest thing ever.’ I don’t understand how they could get other students to donate their sentimental keepsakes so some giant wall, let alone pay to put their shitty crap on it and then think it’s so awesome they want to take photos of it. It just seems like a really lame, stupid idea and I was totally surprised when both Aiden and the teacher fully supported it as original and awesome.

On the other hand, I do totally buy that Natalie would fall pregnant, especially as her own mother was a pregnant teen. I’ve read that it seems to be a cycle that teen mothers and daughters find themselves in and I totally think it’s acceptable to write that.

I also buy that the teens are absolutely terrible at communicating with each other, and that’s really what drives the plot. People keeping secrets or not confessing true feelings, which is exactly what immature, undeveloped teens do.

I’m still trying to work out the relevance of the title. While at first I thought it implied that Natalie would do anything to have Aiden, that wasn’t the case, because she didn’t plan or scheme to ‘steal’ him away from Brooke, she was just herself. Possibly it could mean that Brooke would do anything to have Aiden, but by the way she treated him and other boys, it is no longer relevant. I thought maybe it could refer to Natalie’s relationship with Brooke, considering all they go through they still remain friends, but then again they are pretty horrible to each other, whether they mean to be or not. I mean, in high school, my best friend went after the guy I’d been crushing on for ages and it ended our friendship. I’m still surprised Natalie and Brooke could work through everything in the end.

(It doesn’t help that when I tried to make up with my high school bestie years later, and ask her why she hurt me so much, and she confessed that she’d been ‘a selfish bitch’, I saw that she’s written in her online diary after meeting me for coffee that it was ‘so nice to see losers from high school all fat and lonely.’)

 

OVERALL

I don’t think it is necessary to like a (or any) character to enjoy the story. I think if a reader is looking for a slightly heavier contemporary novel that explores infidelity, alcohol and drug abuse, while still being a story about the drama and angst teens go through, then this will be the novel for you.

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text 2015-10-26 03:59
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Anything to Have You - Paige Harbison

This seems to be quite a quick read so far, but it's a bit strange in presentation. The first chapter was almost entirely dialogue, which didn't extend to the next.

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review 2015-02-09 19:05
Zur Hölle mit Bridget | Paige Harbison
Zur Hölle mit Bridget - Paige Harbison,Elke Hochhard

Autor: Paige Harbison
Titel: Zur Hölle mit Bridget
Übersetzer: Elke Hochhard
Genre: Jugendbuch, Gegenwartsliteratur
Verlag: darkiss, MIRA Taschenbuch [10.10.2014]
TB, 348 Seiten, 12,99 €
ISBN: 3956490819
Kindle-Edition: 353 Seiten, 12,99 €
am 30.01.2015 kostenlos bei Newsletter-Abo
ASIN: B00KB1LP7K
gelesen auf dem Kindle Paperwhite

 

Bewertung: 

 

Inhaltsangabe (Amazon):

Was Bridget will, setzt sie durch. Immer. Zuhause macht sie ihrer Stiefmutter das Leben zur Hölle, in der Schule tanzen alle nach ihrer Pfeife. Bis eine Neue auf die Winchester Prep kommt: Anna Judge - Judge wie Richterin. Und mit Anna ändert sich alles: Die Lehrer fallen nicht mehr auf Bridgets Masche rein, ihr Fan-Club verkleinert sich blitzartig. Als eines Tages sich auch noch ihr Freund Liam abwendet, baut Bridget, total irritiert, einen katastrophalen Unfall! Sie ist nicht tot - aber auch nicht lebendig. Stattdessen ist sie in einer Schattenwelt gefangen, in der ihr Anna Judge zeigt, was für eine Mega-Zicke sie war. Bridget hat genau eine Chance, das zu ändern und ins Leben zurückzukehren. Oder für immer zu gehen.

Meine Meinung:

 

Hin und wieder muss es mal extra leichte Kost sein. Warum also nicht eine Geschichte über eine Schülerin, eine nervige Zicke, die alle um den Finger wickelt und die immer und überall ihren Willen durchsetzt, im übertragenen Sinn über Leichen geht. Bis… ja bis schwerwiegende Konsequenzen entstehen und sie Anna gegenüber steht.

 

Dies ist eine Teeny-Komödie, also wirklich nichts großartig Ernsthaftes, aber das Buch ist dermaßen spannend geschrieben, dass ich es buchstäblich nicht aus der Hand legen konnte und bis Mitternacht weiterlesen musste – ich hätte sonst nicht schlafen können. Und ja, ich habe einige Tatüs gebraucht…

 

Natürlich konnte ich mich nicht wirklich mit Bridget identifizieren, obwohl die Autorin aus der Ich-Perspektive als Bridget schreibt, denn eine derartige Zimtzicke war ich nicht (meine ich), aber es fällt nicht schwer, sich in das Alltagsleben eines amerikanischen Teenagers auf einer Privatschule hineinzuversetzen. Die Lehrer haben es nicht leicht, aber auch die Schüler sind entweder in der hippen Clique oder werden gemobbt.

 

Mir hat das Buch richtig gut gefallen, sonst hätte ich es nicht an einem Tag verschlungen.

 

Zitat:

Ich richtete mich auf. „Bin ich tot?“
Annas Lächeln wurde starr, und mir stockte der Atem. Doch dann schüttelte sie den Kopf. „Nein, Bridget, du bist nicht tot.“

Übrigens wird “Here lies Bridget” wohl verfilmt werden. Hollywood hat sich die Filmrechte geholt!

 

Ich gebe die volle Punktzahl: 10/10 Punkte.

 

Source: sunsys-blog.blogspot.de/2015/02/gelesen-zur-holle-mit-bridget-paige.html
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review 2014-03-13 16:08
Review: Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison
Anything to Have You - Paige Harbison

Original review can be found in Books and Swoons .

*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher but it did not influence this review in any way.*

My rating: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars

I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. It took an unexpected turn and I'm so conflicted about it; I liked it but I didn't. It broke some of my big no-nos in books and it ended in a way that feels like the author tried to give everyone their happy endings and it just didn't work.

From what the synopsis tells us, a boy gets in between best friends, Natalie and Brooke. Right from the beginning, I picked up on the little hints of the girls history in regards to Brooke's boyfriend, Aiden. Brooke is the typical party girl and is used to being in the center of attention and Natalie is the shy, quiet girl who prefers to stay at home.

But Natalie is hiding a secret. She likes Brooke's boyfriend and it seems like Aiden likes her too. When all three of them head off to a party, things gets a little out of control. And I have to say I was a little surprised by Natalie. She kept insisting that she would rather stay home and watch movies but at the party I saw a girl that I didn't recognized. She knew that she couldn't hold her liquor but she still drank shots and anything that passed her way. On top of that, she also said that on her last party, she blacked out and didn't remember anything but did remembered having sex with someone. So I find it hard to believe that she would just go ahead and drink to the point of blacking out, all while still proclaiming that she doesn't like the party scene.

I also didn't like how Brooke was portrayed as the bad friend/person just because she wanted to have fun and drink. It feels like the author, Paige, was trying to show two completely different personality types and make them very stereotypical as well. Natalie did bad things too and to her "best friend" Brooke especially. But Natalie and Aiden tried to justify it to themselves because of how Brooke would act. I just found Natalie to have this holier than thou attitude and I didn't like it.

There was also an interesting twist to the plot just that made it too overwhelming. By the time I reached that point of the story, I just wanted to get to the end and be done with it. How it ended was also a little too far-fetched and a little too much. If it was me, I would have left town and not looked back. Unfortunately, this was not the book for me. The friendship of Natalie and Brooke got too screwed up and I don't think in the real world they would have been able to repair their friendship.

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