Tag: Contemporary

Me and Me by Alice Kuipers

Author: Alice Kuipers
Published: October 9, 2018
248 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: September 14-20, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 stars

Book Description:

It’s a perfect day for Lark’s dream date with Alec from school. Blue skies, clear water, a canoe on the lake. Alec even brought flowers for Lark’s birthday. Everything is just right … until they hear screams from the edge of the water.

Annabelle, a little girl Lark used to babysit, is struggling in the reeds. When Lark and Alec dive in to help her, Alec hits his head on a rock. Now Annabelle and Alec are both in trouble, and Lark can only save one of them.

With that split-second decision, Lark’s world is torn in two, leaving her to cope with the consequences of both choices. She lives two lives, two selves. But which is the right life, and which is the real Lark?

Me and Me is about how it feels to be torn in pieces, and how to make two halves whole again. This mind-bending novel from Alice Kuipers, expert chronicler of the teenage heart, explores loss and love, music and parkour, all while navigating the narrow space between fantasy and reality.

Jessica’s Review:

I am not the target demographic for Me and Me. As an adult (though not a mom) I know what my decision would be. But as a teen, I can see how Lark was torn as she could  only save one. This would be every teen girl’s nightmare. And Lark lives it; even worse she lives the after effects in two different lives! 

I enjoyed the back and forth between the chapters of the two lives Lark ends up leading: The one where she saves Alec, and the one where she saves Annabelle.  All of our choices have consequences, positive or negative and this novel shows that in more than just the main decision Lark makes.  One decision she made changes everything in her life. 

It is not a perfect novel and the characters are not perfect.  They all have their issues, as we all do. I can see where going through an event like this would bring you closer to the other person, but I did not really like Alec with some of his actions towards Lark. He came off controlling and pressuring.  It seemed almost too intense and almost an ‘instant love’ (IE: Romeo and Juliet.) I did enjoy the Epilogue.

Though not really for me, I would say give Me and Me a read and see what you think of it!

Thank you KCP Loft for my copy!

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The Leading Edge of Now

Author: Marci Lynn Curtis
Published: September 4, 2018
336 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 19-23, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Just when Grace is beginning to get used to being an orphan, her estranged uncle suddenly comes forward to claim her. That might have been okay if he’d spoken to her even once since her father died. Or if moving in with Uncle Rusty didn’t mean returning to New Harbor.

Grace once spent the best summers of her life in New Harbor. Now the place just reminds her of all she’s lost: her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory of the night that changed her forever.

People say the truth will set you free, but Grace isn’t sure about that. Once she starts looking for it, the truth about that night is hard to find — and what happens when her healing hurts the people she cares about the most?

Jessica’s Review

The Leading Edge of Now is a very well written novel that deals with tough subjects: Loss and sexual assault at a young age. Grace is still trying to deal with the loss of her father and what happened to her one night two years ago. Grace was in foster care for the two years until her only relative, her uncle, decides to take her in.

Grace also lost her best friend and boyfriend while in foster care.  Now, she is with her uncle and she finds herself back around those that she did not think she would see again, which includes the person she believes assaulted her.  She begins to have doubts as to who it may have been and mixed feelings of everything that has occurred.  The answer of who did assault her is discovered and you can feel everything Grace does with the discovery. With the discovery, the story is not over. Grace ultimately discovers who she is.

Grace has a genuine ‘realness’ to her with all of her thoughts and emotions. Curtis has written a very powerful novel that all teen girls should read.

Thank you KCP Loft for my arc copy I was granted!

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Release Day Review: Kiss Me in Paris

Author: Catherine Rider
Published: Today, September 4, 2018
216 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 26-31st, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Serena has just flown all the way to Paris for a special pre-Christmas weekend with her sister, Lara. They plan to retrace the steps of their parents’ long-ago honeymoon in Paris, and create a scrapbook for their bereaved mother to remember it by.

It’s supposed to be serious sister bonding…until Lara takes off with her boyfriend instead.

Jean-Luc is Serena’s Plan B, a friend of a friend of Lara’s, who has some space in a place where Serena can stay. Just like his latest relationship, his photography final has been an epic fail. He has one night to retake all his pictures if he is to stay in school.

Jean-Luc can’t stand Serena’s loud voice or her bright orange sneakers.

Serena can’t stand his haughty manners or the way his camera is always in her face.

Together, though, they set out into a cold night that will warm their hearts, creating unforgettable photos and fresh romantic sparks in the City of Lights.

Jessica’s Review:

I was excited when I saw Catherine Rider had a sequel to Kiss Me in New York! I really enjoyed it, and was looking forward to more of Charlotte and Anthony’s story but then I saw Kiss Me in Paris features a different couple. I will admit that I was a little disappointed.  Though the ending does come full circle back to Kiss Me in New York!

Kiss Me in Paris is a new location with a new couple all in a 24 hour time period.  Rider has a wonderful talent of bringing you into the location where you may or may not have been before: You feel like you are there with the characters and this time we are in Paris! You can just picture everything as you read Serena and Jean-Luc’s story.

I did not connect to these two as much as I did with Charlotte and Anthony. Maybe it is due to the clash of two very different cultures? Yes, they have some fun times and sweet times, and they also bicker! I did not really see their connection form until the end. And then we have the epilogue which I really enjoyed!

I feel like I have been to Paris now with Rider’s writing; I look forward  to (hopefully) another in this series. I cannot wait to see where we go next and what couple we meet and what their adventure will be!

Thank you KCP Loft for my ARC copy.

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