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review 2013-10-23 16:22
ARC Review: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
Roomies - Sara Zarr,Tara Altebrando

This book gave an interesting perspective into the thoughts and apprehensions of two teenage girls about to embark on college life, and how to find common ground even when your lives are almost complete opposites.

 

Assigned to be roommates at Berkley, Lauren and Elizabeth begin corresponding in email over the summer as they get ready to leave for college, find love, confront their fears and learn to see beyond their own noses. 

 

In the hands of a teenager who could commiserate with them, this book would find a perfect home. In the hands of a middle-aged mom who's over the whining of teenagers about how hard their lives are - well, let's be nice and say it was wasted on me.

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review 2013-10-19 00:05
ARC Review: Safe by C. Kennedy
Safe - C. Kennedy

Damn.

 

I wanted to love this, really, I did. The premise is great - two seniors in high school who've been best friends since they were 10 years old, who've become boyfriends a while ago, who love each other deeply and who are faced with with hate and abuse from one of the boys' father. They're counting down the days until they can escape to college and be free to love each other the way they want.

 

Life wasn't informed of their plan, and thus throws in a wrench when they're caught kissing before school and are ratted out. All hell breaks loose.

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review 2013-10-10 14:18
ARC Review: Intervention by Mia Kerick
Intervention - Mia Kerick

GAH!! Where to start? First off, trigger warnings! There is mention of non-consensual sexual violence in this book, though none of it is explicit. Also, please have tissues handy - you will need them. 

 

This was a beautifully written story, pulled me in from the word go, with a voice that sounded authentic and believable. 

 

Kai is a high school senior working as a musical performer at a coffee shop/hang-out and otherwise flirting and shmexing any boy who catches his eye. Not interested in a relationship, he hones in on one of the waiters at the shop, only to be harshly rebuffed by whom his friend Mandy, a waitress at the same shop, calls Pretty Vacant. 

 

Jamie, the waiter, has a reputation of not connecting with anyone. He's nice enough to the customers and good at his job, but doesn't hang out with his co-workers or seeks out any friendships. A loner for quite some time, he's been written off by most of his peers. 

 

Clearly, something is going on.

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review 2013-10-09 00:56
ARC Review: The Sacrifices We Make
The Sacrifices We Make - Sophie Bonaste

Well...I don't really have a lot of good to say about this book. It's chockful of simplistic writing, telling rather than showing, and stiff characters that had no depths and became caricatures rather than actual people. 

 

I can see where this is supposed to be a book that tries very hard to become something geared towards LGBT Youth, but it fails to deliver on that promise. The harsh, super extreme religious themes, with the strict upbringing Adam has, ticked me off from the start. While it's certainly possible that households like Adam's exist, with a patriarch at the helm requiring unquestioning and immediate obedience, with bible study and such things, I found it too extreme to be a good example. The Camp Revelation where the kids are supposedly sent if they step out of the good Christian line also seemed a bit extreme. Again, sure, this stuff probably does go on, but those are fringe groups, I would think.

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video 2013-09-29 10:53

Extended book trailer for Popping the Cherry

Source: youtu.be/MdcKqy-w_2M
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