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review 2018-04-08 17:25
3.7 Out Of 5 "tragically hip" Stars
Sorta Like A Rock Star - Matthew Quick

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Sorta Like A Rock Star

Matthew Quick

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Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism—and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope? With an oddball cast of characters, and a heartwarming, inspiring story, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, loyalty, and hard-earned hope.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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At first, Amber Appleton annoyed me quite a bit.  She is tragically hip, saying words like True and Word constantly.  Maybe, in 2015 when this was published, she might come off as less annoying, but somehow I doubt it. I was poised to give this something like a 2-2 and 12 Stars, and then somewhere along the way, she started to get to me.  Somehow, she burrowed her way under my skin.  I even shed a tear or two.  Seriously.  Of course, I could just be feeling sorry for myself, I just had surgery, after all, and I can't do much right now.

 

Ultimately, the message or the tone of this book came through to me, despite all the religious references (for the most part they were referenced in a non-preachy way).  Granted, it's has a sappy "ABC After School Special" feel to it, but for the right audience…

 

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~MY RATING~

3.7STARS - GRADE=B

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 3.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4.3/5

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Book Cover~ It's Okay

Narration~ ☆4☆ She's definitely perky…but she didn't pull those "Word" and "True's" off to well.

Setting~ IDK

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2017-07-20 20:22
Breakup support is really just friends supporting one another...
The Breakup Support Group - Cheyanne Young

 

 

Book Title:  The Breakup Support Group

Author:  Cheyanne Young

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction

Setting:  Texas

Source:  eBook (Hoopla)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

I Wanna Dance With Somebody the Glee Version  --A high school version of a song, for a high school story…and this song feels like it's about finding someone new to "dance with" after a breakup.♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

2.8/5 STARS

C-

 

My Thoughts

 

This is a super cute read for a preteen girl or any girl looking to get over being dumped by some boy.  Did I feel this was something that might occur or happen in real life, probably not…but the life lessons TBSG is trying to impart are present and for the most part, solid. 

 I read this mostly because of reading challenge I'm doing where I needed Character names, and it really scored on that front for me.  With both a I name for female with Isla Rush and U Name for Male with Emory Underwood.  Sometimes, reading challenges get me into some fairly awful books and this one wasn't one of those…it was an easy breezy read.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot: 3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  2/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't think so, unless it turns out to be just what I need for a reading challenge.

 

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review 2017-03-24 18:32
ugh...
Ashes to Ashes - Valerie Thomas

Book Title:  Ashes to Ashes

Author:  Valerie Thomas

Series:  I guess…it’s a series???

Genre:  YA, Mystery, Splash of Paranormal

Publisher:  Ebbing Neptune Publishing

Source:   I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  1/5

Main Characters:  1.5/5

Secondary Characters: 1/5

The Feels:  0/5

Addictiveness:  0/5

Theme or Tone:  1/5

Flow (Writing Style):  2/5

Backdrop (World Building):  1/5

Originality:  1/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  1.5/5 Cliffhanger:  Yes, and Goodreads doesn't even say this is a series yet.

 

Will I continue this series?  NONONONO!!!  JUST NO…

 

Overall Rating:  1/5 Stars

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I've tried to write how I feel about this book and nothing comes out right…I just can't.  I can't recommend this, I can't even explain why…It's just not plausible or conceivable.  I tried to like it, even just a little...It became so tedious, that I skimmed quite a bit, once I was about a 1/3 of the way in. 

 

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review 2017-01-13 13:56
A Hoopla listen...if only their app worked as well as Overdrive...
An English Bride in Scotland - Lynsay Sands

Book Title:  An English Bride in Scotland

Author:  Lynsay Sands

Narration:  Mary Jean Wells

Series:  Highlanders #1

Genre:  Historical Romance, Scotland

Source:  Audiobook (via Hoopla)

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

Starving by Hailee Steinfeld & Grey ft. Zedd  --It's hard to find a song for a historical book…so I picked a modern one that has the right feel to how I picture Annabel to be, she is just so darn sweet.  She was going to be a nun after all, before she met and married Ross.♫

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels: 3/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration: 4/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Not at all

 

Will I continue this series?  Mayhap, not…I actually read this to fulfill a square in a reading challenge, Romance Bingo.

 

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

It's been awhile since I read a historical romance of this type, this is what I use to read exclusively when I first started reading.  One day I was bored and picked up the book my mom had been reading, and proceeded to read it one day.  Then the next day I read it again.  I was hooked.  

 

 

This particular book was sweet and funny…but I felt like something was missing still.  I didn't get caught up in the feelings like I should have.  I think Ross and Annabelle just needed more interaction between the two of them, that didn't include sex.  They also mentioned her heaving bosom one too many times, or 12 or 20 too many. 

 

 

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video 2016-12-04 16:21
Tin Lily - Joann Swanson

 

 

 

MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG

 

Hide Away by Hilary Duff  –Lily is a shy, sad girl, always trying to hide away, who just needs some help breaking out of her shell.♫  

 

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