Author: Lucy Keating
Published: April 11, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine. It turns out that Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?
So, it takes about 14ish hours to get from Jacksonville, NC to Honolulu, HI, and I read this book completely during that travel time. I’m a pretty bad flyer, I’ll admit it! I have to pee every 20 minutes, I get distracted, I’m too tall for the seats, I let my boredom overwhelm me . . . I’d really just rather not be flying! But this book did help a lot.
Literally is not my favorite of Keating’s books, but it was a unique story and kept my attention. There was some teenage drama that got really annoying and that’s why I’m giving it 3 stars. It ended up overwhelming the rest of the story. Annabelle acts like she knows enough to make all these important decisions and that she knows more than her parents, and it just got obnoxious real quick!
Other than that, I like what it brought out about Keating and some of the problems in the life of an author. It almost seems like this is a rant that Keating had to get off her chest, so she turned it into a story. Overall, I found it to be a fun and unusual book. As stereotypical as I’m going to sound, I would recommend this book to teenage girls. It’s not one to be taken too seriously so anyone wanting a light read would also like it.
Author: Nicola Yoon
Published: November 1, 2016
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 12-23, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
This novel was perfect for me; in fact it is my first 5 star read of the year. I listened to the audiobook version. There are two narrators, Natasha and Daniel. We experience the story through each of them via alternating chapters. The novel takes place in one 24 hour period: The day that Natasha and her family are to be deported. Life goes in a direction she does not expect and that direction is Daniel.
This is a pleasant YA novel. We know from the beginning of the novel what the end of this day will bring. We see how Natasha tries to fight to keep that from happening. We see how Daniel is basically ‘the perfect son’ who seems to be fated to go to Yale and become a doctor because his Korean parents expect it.
Sun was refreshing for me. Unlike most YA reads, the girl is the skeptic of love and the boy is the romantic. Natasha is math and science oriented, she does not believe in love. Daniel is the poet and falls easily for Natasha. I really liked Natasha and how different both of them were.
There are minor characters that Natasha and Daniel meet throughout the novel who are just as important as our main characters. I liked how we saw little snippets of their lives and how connected we can be to each other without realizing it, and how doing one minor thing can affect someone’s life forever. You never know what someone else is going through.
The ending was perfect for me. It is not a happy ending nor a sad ending: it shows how life can be. Things happen and life goes on.
What drew me to Sun was both the author and narrator. I enjoyed Yoon’s other novel Everything, Everything and I love the narrator Bahni Turpni (whom also narrated Everything Everything). This is the third novel I have listened to that she has narrated. She is becoming a favorite narrator of mine. There is just something about her voice that I like.
The Sun is also a Star is 100% recommended.[Top]
Author: Lisa McMann
Published: February 8, 2011
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer’s Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she’s not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world’s sweetest boyfriend, behind. But when Cryer’s Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn’t get close to… the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico. Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she’s always loved, Kendall keeps up the search–and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can’t stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried….
First of all, I really hate that description. I was drawn in by the amazing cover and the description intrigued me, so Ivan gave it to me for Christmas. It only took me 24 hours to read, and now that I have, that description sucks!!!! Thankfully, the book did not. I will admit that it started out a little slow. I felt very sorry for Kendall, who struggles with OCD and lost her best friend. There was a hopelessness that lingered just on the edge of her life and I kept turning page after page, willing her to be alright. There was also very little teenage drama.
The things that McMann dealt with were real issues facing teenagers whose peers had gone missing. Kendall’s feelings and rationale were very reasonable, considering her condition and the circumstances. The one issue I did have was the fact that half the book went by before the mystery even really presented itself. Sure, kids had gone missing, but that was it. There were no leads, there were no real suspects, there was no resolution in sight until at least the halfway mark. The first half of the book was far more focused on Kendall’s emotional well-being, than the disappearances. But, when the mystery finally started to unravel, the resolution was awesome! It was simple, uncomplicated, and very easy to understand. And super CREEPY! I really liked this book! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good thriller, or for older teenagers looking for a good read.