Kissing in America (Review)

Kissing in America
By: Margo Rabb

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love. 

Dumplin' (Review)

By: Julie Murphy

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Everything, Everything (Review)

 Everything, Everything
By: Nicola Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Heartbreakers (Review)

The Heartbreakers
By: Ali Novak

Since Cara's health has been deteriorating, all Stella Walter can think about is trying to cheer her sister up. Her life revolves around Cara to the point where Stella drops out of one of the country's top photography programs so she can spend what little time she has left with her sick sister.

With Cara's birthday around the corner, Stella wants to get her the perfect gift. An autographed poster of her sister's favorite boy band should do the trick. Sounds simple enough, right? But life isn't always so easy.

Not only does Stella hate The Heartbreakers because of their terrible music, but when she realizes that the cute boy she met at Starbucks is really Oliver Perry, the lead singer of the band, her life seems to spin out of control...

Will Stella be able to swallow her pride and get the autograph that she so desperately needs to make Cara happy? And will Oliver be able to show Stella how to live her own life again?

Meet... The Heartbreakers.

2015 Summer Reads July Giveaway

I've been racking what to give for July. What theme could I come up with? And the only answer my brain could supply was "?????????????". 

Then a couple weeks ago on the the challenge participants tweeted me and requested an international giveaway. That seemed beyond fair. But it always presented with a problem, what about the prize package? (Or maybe it's just me.)

So for July, it's reader's choice. Pick your poison. If you win this giveaway, you'll get to choose how up to $25 worth of books from Amazon or The Book Depository (that's including shipping costs). 

What ever book(s) your heart desires. 

Link any reviews for any YA book on the linky list below.
You have until 11:59 July 31st to link any YA reviews you did in July. 
Every link counts as an entry.
You have to signed up to the challenge (joining the GR group counts). 
You have to be 13 years or older. 
Winner of giveaway has 24 hours to respond and claim their prize or prize will be forfeited. 
Another winner will be chosen if original winner forfeits their prize. 

This Lullaby (Review + Giveaway)

This Lullaby
By: Sarah Dessen

When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about? 

Crimson Bound (Review)

Crimson Bound
By: Rosamund Hodge

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.

I Was Here (Review)

I Was Here
By: Gayle Forman

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

Jesse's Girl (Review)

Jesse's Girl
By: Miranda Kenneally

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

The Blog Most Likely To... (Giveaway)

In honor of Huntley Fitzpatrick's My Life Next Door and The Boy Most Likely To, I've been asked by Penguin Teen to help celebrate these books. I'm very glad to because I loved My Life Next Door and have been anxiously waiting for The Boy Most Likely To since it was announced!

Reading a book for the first time is amazing. Almost indescribable. Especially when you really connect with a book. It can be exciting and thrilling and you don't know what's going to happen next. Because you don't know, anything seems possible. I love that feeling.

But what I love more is revising a book that I know and loved. The familiarity of the story and characters. They feel like people you know, like they can be friends – they are friends, after all, you've been through that journey with them. I love how you find something different every time you reread and how meaning shifts as time passes and you go through different phases in your life. It's absolutely wondrous.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before & PS I Still Love You
By: Jenny Han

I know PS I Still Love You recently came out but I've already lost count of how many times I read it. I honestly love both books so much, I didn't think I could love any Jenny Han book more than The Summer Series, but I do. I love Lara Jean and Peter. And Kitty. And Margot. And all the baking. I think I reread it so much because I wasn't unlike Lara Jean when I was growing up and I'm still waiting for my Peter Kavinsky. Also, did I mention Peter?

The Raven Cycle
By: Maggie Stiefvater

I started this series recently and I'm so glad that I did. It's hilarious and unexpectedly swoony. It's an adventure and most of all I love the camaraderie.  It's a slow burn and I love that part of the romance but what I love more is the friendship. It's firecrackery but through it all, even though they fight, you know that they love each other and would do anything for each other. Plus I love the sass. And the assholery.

Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door
By: Stephanie Perkins

Maybe it's because the was a big gap between the first two books and the final book in the companion set, but I'm partial to Anna and Lola more so than Isla. Plus I love Etienne St. Claire and Cricket. I love that writing. The setting. The story. And the more I reread it, the more that I love it and I can stop. Plus I don't want to.

In anticipation of the release of The Boy Most Likely To, I'm definitely planning on rereading The Boy Next Door. Hell, I might reread both of Huntley Fitzpatricks books.
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