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review 2017-05-17 21:51
The Unexpected Everything (makes me sleepy)
The Unexpected Everything - Morgan Matson

I'm DNFing this at 200 pages because it's boring me so badly I want to go to sleep. There is nothing creative or compelling that's hooking me. I hate feeling forced to read something. Plus, Andie is just another typical teen with "tight lip" syndrome. She just refuses to speak about anything deep or meaningful and then is utterly baffled when relationships fizzle. All the characters are flat and bland. No depth. No dimension. It's like the author watched a bunch of CW and Freeform dramas and thought that's what teenagers are really like. Not for me.

 

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review 2017-05-09 22:09
Piper Perish
Piper Perish - Kayla Cagan

I checked this out of the library because the cover was so pretty. And it's about teen artists. But the main character is so damn dense I cannot stand her. No, honey, you didn't make your boyfriend gay by looking boyish. No, sweetie, he won't like girls if you have bigger boobs. It doesn't work that way. So I am not going to waste any more time on this. If at 100 pages I still cannot stand the story, then I'm out. I have many more books to read. 

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review 2017-04-29 03:58
THE DATING TUTOR by Melissa Frost
The Dating Tutor - Melissa Frost
  Cute high school romance with Ellie asking best friend Alec to tutor her for dating Jake. Alec does it but his unacknowledged feelings for Ellie out come.

I liked Alec, Ellie, and Jake. They get themselves upset because they are all trying to hide their true feelings. They are likable and totally relatable.

I want to read more of this series.
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review 2017-04-18 21:57
Keep Holding On
Keep Holding On - Susane Colasanti

How did I end up reading two books on teen suicide back to back? The inner flap of this book was misleading. The romance angle wasn't nearly as big a plot point as it makes you think. No, instead you are given a short, very unoriginal story full of flat, typical cliche characters. Nothing about this book was unique. Rich kids bullying the poor kid, and the poor kid is pretty but doesn't realize it. Her mother is verbally abusive, neglects her and starves her. And the level of bullying at this high school is beyond anything I have ever seen. It was more like middle school tactics: tearing up notebooks in front of teachers and the teachers just let it happen? What? Breaking into lockers and destroying everything inside and nobody witnesses this time-consuming process? Throwing mashed potatoes at a girl and getting it in her hair in the middle of a crowded cafeteria? We had teachers everywhere in my high school lunch room. Someone would have been suspended. This is the most ridiculous high school I have ever read about. Does no teacher pay attention? Lord, these kids skipped class more than I have ever seen. And nobody batted an eye.

 

Plus the mother. Now, I wrote about an abusive mother in The Dragon God's Son because I grew up with one. But this mother was something else. She starved, verbal abused and pretty much hated her daughter. But then a social worker says her daughter might be suicidal and suddenly she cares. That isn't how it works. That women would have kept on hating her child if she hadn't been caught. It was unrealistic. 

 

The whole book was unrealistic. It was campy, cheesy, cliche, and plain dull. It sort of made it seem like your horrible bullied life will all be fine if you find a sexy boy to love you. Fuck that. Fuck you, book.

 

 

P.s. rape culture. Again, fuck you. There was no repercussion for rape. It was just shrugged off. That is not okay. I will never recommend this trash.

 

 

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review 2017-03-17 02:49
Caraval (and the epic sigh of meh)
Caraval - Stephanie G. Garber

I'm not sure there is much worse to a book lover than waiting forever for a book to come out and then for it to fall flat. This book was just so....meh. Not bad, really. But definitely not what I was hoping. I wanted magic and romance and adventure. We got a heroine that was too stupid to live, a sister that was so horrid I wanted to set her on fire, and a love interest that I just had a hard time connecting with because the whole book gave me trust issues. The adventure was lacking and far too simple. The love was way too cliche and forced. The magic was hardly there at all. The whole Caraval show that the book hyped was never really shown. It was just in passing. I am so disappointed. I wanted all the magic of an Alice in Wonderland with the feel of a carnival. I just got a bit of a mess. At least it was an easy read. A blood-pressure-raising, maddening easy read.

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