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review 2017-02-26 12:58
Putting on my "Mom Hat" here...
My Heart and Other Black Holes - Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes - Jasmine Warga 

 

Fair warning, I'm putting on my "Mom Hat" here for this "young adult" book.  

 

I thought that this book was very good, VERY good for the first 95% of the book then it shifted on it's head.  I was so impressed by the author's ability to really describe the depth of depression that some people feel.  That all consuming blackness that they can't see their way out of.  

 

It was hard seeing two teens experience something like that.  Especially when they had family and they just seemed either oblivious or impotent to help them.  But they found each other and that was great.  I felt like was something positive even though their relationship wasn't healthy at all.

 

But then, at the end of the book, I felt like where the author could do some tremendous good with her message, she just really punked out!  She went into such detail about the depression and the willingness to want to end it all, but didn't go into what could be on the other side with work and commitment to recovery.  That was more like a "fade to black" sex scene.  You figure it out.

 

I thought that was irresponsible.  I thought that she could have really done something good here.  Really helped someone going through something like this.  But, you can't fall in love and just think everything will be fixed.  Like everything else, recovery is work.  You are just fixed overnight or maybe not even in six weeks like in this book.

 

I wish that had been handled better.  I would want someone to explain that to my teen.  I was glad that Aysel found something to live for, but we take that and build on it.  That's not everything.  What if it doesn't work out?  Will she go right back to wanting to kill herself?

 

So, that's why I could only give this *3 STARS*.  I think the beginning was *5 STARS* material but the end just totally screwed it up for me.

 

***In all fairness, I have to say that the author does say exactly what I'm saying about the long road to recovery in her author's note, but I felt like it would have done more good in the actual story.***

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review 2017-02-26 07:47
Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1)
Double Love - Francine Pascal

Hoo boy! did teenage me have some bad taste in books.

 

I saw this yesterday in a Free Little Library and couldn't resist finding out how it would read now.  

 

It's pretty awful; what was teenage me thinking??  The characters were so cardboard: Jessica is the vain, selfish, shallow, 'evil' twin; Elizabeth is everything good and shiny.  Jessica steals Liz's love interest and Liz is all brave and noble.  Liz's love interest is an absolute jackass of an 80's teen with a 50's mentality.  And I don't even know what the hell was supposed to be going on with their parents...

 

Dumb book.  I'd probably be less harsh with it if I didn't know there were authors out there like Blume who were doing exponentially better books for teens long before this was written, but thankfully there were, and thankfully I read them.

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review 2017-02-25 20:54
In Search of the Golden Rainbow
In Search of the Golden Rainbow: A Once in a Lifetime Adventure - Charles Armistead

The allure of lost treasure fascinates everyone, yet no many try to actually find it.  Charles Armistead retells his time looking for such In Search of the Golden Rainbow with his father, great-uncle, and several business partners.  Yet while searching for gold, Armistead learns lessons about life and death.

 

Covering a period of nine months, Armistead describes his time while searching for a lost Mexican mine in the Oregon Mountains of New Mexico.  Over the course of 96 pages, Armistead relates many adventures and mishaps throughout in a smooth transition from one to another.  Yet because of nearly 40 years between the events and the writing only the incidents that made the biggest impression and the details both Armistead and his father could agree on were included in the book.  Although the book is clearly written for a teenage audience, its short length is a major downside and something I didn’t realize way back when my mother read me this book when I was a child.  While the book does have a religious message as well, Armistead doesn’t “preach” throughout it instead only bring in a religious message into the book at an appropriate connection to the events he is retelling.

 

In Search of the Golden Rainbow is over 35 years old, yet it is still an enjoyable read.  Armistead’s writing style provides a quick and easy read of his time looking for lost gold while also finding some spiritual truths.  If I had decided when I was a teen to read this book for myself instead of relying on my faulty childhood memories, I would have enjoyed it not only for the adventure but also that Armistead relayed spiritual lessons in a conversational way and not highhandedly.

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review 2017-02-25 18:28
I may be in the minority here but...
Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles 

 

I amy be in the minority here, but I thought this was sweet and engrossing YA novel. I didn't mean to read it in a few hours, but once Brittany almost ran Alex over with her car, I just couldn't seem to put it down.

It was cheesy at times and very predictable, but it still didn't stop me from enjoying every minute of it. I really loved the Fuentes family and Brittany's sister, Shelley. I'm not sure how accurate the portrayal of gang life was since I've never been in a gang or known anyone in a gang, but it certainly seemed to have a grain of truth in it to me. Especially, when dealing with burying the people you care about due to gang violence. 

I thought that the intimacy between Brittany and Alex was handled well overall, nothing too detailed but it wasn't overly innocent either. And I was happy to see that epilogue. Very cute way to give us a glimpse into their future. 

I'm definitely going to pick up the next book in the series. I'd love to see more of the characters from this story. 

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url 2017-02-25 16:32
YALit Giveaway Blitz
 
YALit Giveaway Event!
 
A bunch of authors who got together to bring you a YA Big Box of Paperbacks Giveaway! One lucky winner is going to win 50 Young Adult Paperback Books! How’s that for an epic Book-Lover’s Prize?!
 
The giveaway is valued at over $500, yet it still open worldwide! Our first giveaway went to a winner in ROMANIA–and yes, we’re willing to pay the insane shipping on this oversized, overweight package to get the prize to WHOEVER wins!

Some of my personal favorites are included in the giveaway, like Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and even Wicked Lovely by Marissa Marr. You would definitely be able to find some new favorites in the line-up.

Today, I am sharing some exclusive excerpts from authors who organized and sponsored this amazing giveaway along with the giveaway.
 
Source: 4evercrazyforya.blogspot.com/2017/02/yalit-giveaway-blitz-2017.html
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