Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

Author: Lynn Weingarten
320 pages
Published: October 31, 2017

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

When I looked up, his smile was wide and real. “Ready?” he said.
I faked a smile back. I had gotten so good at faking things.
I thought: You brought this on yourself, Sasha. You will have to pretend forever now.
He squeezed my hand again. He couldn’t begin to imagine what this actually was. He had no idea what I’d done. What any of us had.

When Sasha’s best friend Xavier gets back together with his cheating ex, Ivy, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. So she poses as a guy online to lure Ivy away.

But Sasha’s plan goes sickeningly wrong. And she soon learns to be careful of who you pretend to be because you might be surprised by who you become…

Kim’s Review:

This cover fascinated me! I found the book super cheap at Ollie’s (if y’all have an Ollie’s near you, then go and check their book section on a regular basis. I have gotten so many popular books for cheap!). This is definitely a YA book with a lot of teenage drama and idiot teens who think they know things when they actually don’t. Having said that, I actually liked this book. And that’s a big deal for me, since I hate teenagers!!!!!! 😊

The mystery and thrill were thick enough that I passed over the drama with slight annoyance and just kept reading, cuz I wanted to know what happened! Sasha is a relatable kid who sounds a lot like me as an adult and I appreciated that. Xavier is just downright likable and you hate to see him suffer. Ivy is horrible and I hate her. But there were some crazy twists and turns and I just turned page after page, wondering and worrying and anticipating. And the resolution is worth it! Definitely not a book for younger kids; there are major adult themes and some big language. But I do recommend this book for anyone looking for a YA thriller!

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The Gift that I Can Give

Author: Kathie Lee Gifford
Illustrator: Julia Seal
Published: October 23, 2018
32 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: November 25, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

God, will You show me
The gift that I can give
As I grow and love
And learn how to live?

Help your children discover that they don’t have to wait until they are grownups to make the world a better place! The Gift That I Can Give helps children find unique ways to make a difference today in the lives of those around them. The beautiful new picture book was written by Kathie Lee Gifford and illustrated by Julia Seals.

The Gift That I Can Give is a heartwarming story from Kathie Lee Gifford of how all children have something they can do today to make a difference. Whether it is being kind, giving a family member an extra-big squeeze, visiting someone who is sick, or cheering on a friend, this story will inspire children, leading them to want to read it again and again.

Kathie Lee Gifford is a trusted voice who feels like a friend for countless people. With her strong faith, enthusiasm, and playful writings, she appeals to young hearts and empowers them with the message that no one is too young or too small to share their gift with others.

Jessica’s Review:

The Gift That I Can Give is a short children’s picture book that talks about how we all have a special gift.  This story is a journey for one little girl as she tries to figure out just what her gift is.  This book shows God’s love and she even prays to try to find out her gift.  This book shows that even the smallest and simplest action (even from a child) can help someone in a huge way.

The illustrations are impressive:  They are large, colorful, and show a diversity of children throughout.  The pictures help to enhance the reading experience.

The Gift That I Can Give is written in a fun way for children (everything rhymes!) and they are sure to enjoy it.  Maybe they will even realize what their special gift is after reading this book!

Special thanks to Netgalley for my copy that I received.

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 12-23, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

Jessica’s Review:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or is she?  For me she was not.  I have heard many rave about this one and wanted to see what it was about.  It appears that I am in the minority when I say that Eleanor Oliphant was not for me.  Despite her rough childhood, I did not connect with the character.  It was a very difficult childhood that no one should go through. I was just curious enough to want to know what was going to happen and then we have that unexpected ending. I can’t discuss it as it would involve spoilers. I don’t really know what I think of this one other than it was a big miss for me.

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