REVIEW: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

REVIEW: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Amy and her parents getting ready to be cryogenically frozen, so that she can wake up in 300 years on a different planet, where her parents are going to help build a new life for people of earth (Because of course we have ruined our planet). Like any teenager she is scared and doesn't know what to do, should she go with her parents or should she stay and never see them again. She chooses to get frozen for 300 years, or so she thinks. When she wakes up she is in for a shock.

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REVIEW: Spells and Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski

REVIEW: Spells and Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski

Like all the other books in this series, this is for young adults, I should say around 13-16 years old. But I wanted to step back in time and enjoy something that I would have loved when I was younger. This is the third book in the series so I won't go into too much detail, I loved this book. The first one was obviously good the second one was ok, but this one was my favorite. When I was young I always wanted to go to camp, but I couldn't

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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is said to be a YA national best seller, and even has it's own website, published in 2011 it sure has caught the attention of many young girls.

A high school junior, quirky and romantic Min "Minerva" has fallen in love with Ed, a senior and the star of the basketball team. You can say they are from totally different planets, she is an old movie fanatic, and wants to be a film director one day and Ed, well Ed is just a jock, who is used to having girls all over him. But one day fate comes knocking and Ed and Mins' worlds come together when Ed and his friends show up to Al's bitter 16 birthday party. Al is Mins' friend. They hit it off and the relationship blossoms for a whole month, and than we have this letter. After their really short relationship ends, Min decides to give everything back to Ed that reminds her of their time together, and she writes him a very long brake up letter.

I really wanted to like this book, and I wanted to like Min but I just couldn't, she's definitely "different". I used to be a teenage girl and I can relate to how she feels, and how giddy in love she thinks she is, the smiles, kisses, makeout sessions, collecting things that remind you of the other person, phone calls, all the silly little things that accompany lust. (Not love). But with her I couldn't really see eye to eye. She is an old movie nut, and she references old movies as if she lived them. It bugged me, first of all the movies aren't even real, they are the imagination of Handler, so no one can relate to her on that topic because no one has ever seen them. Maybe it's not her, maybe it's because I am now older and don't think with a 16 year old brain. So everything that I think is silly she takes seriously. But the thing that bugged me the most was the writing. The train of thought writing and the run on sentences. Her page long rambles about her pain and suffering caused by this boy. I just couldn't stand it. It was hard to figure out when she was telling a story or actually writing the letter. And I had to go back and try to figure it out. But I guess it was supposed to be written like an angry, bitter brake up letter, not a book.  The story itself contains topics about teenage love, sex, parties and all kinds of teen issues, but the thing that bugged me the most is that it seemed like the parents didn't exist. They are mentioned here and there but we never get a full background of the families of the characters. We know that Ed's mother is sick, but is she sick with a cold or dying of cancer, we don't know. And Min's mom is angry at there father. Why? We don't know. Ed's sister seems to be running the house and is sort of like a parent to Ed, but is his dad not around? We don't get to know these characters of a deeper level, we only know what hormonal brain of a teenage girl will share with us. I honestly don't know if I would recommend this to anyone above the age 18, it's strictly meant to be for teenagers. 

Ugly To Start With by John Michael Cummings

I was asked by the author to review this book, but what can I say, I really didn't feel connected to this book, it wasn't horrible, but it wasn't my type of read. I just couldn't get a feeling of the boy. Each chapter is a different story, so they don't really follow each other, and I couldn't tell how much time has passed between them. The boy is supposed to be in this teens, but sometimes I felt like he was a child. So it would help a lot of the chapters had dates.
 
Jasons life deals with violence, neglect, social and racial issues, as well as some abusive language so don't let your kids read this. The title pretty much sums it up, Jason consideres his family ugly. Not in the bad looking kind of way, but their manners, living style, and overall characters seem to be ugly and offensive. Well I don't know if Jason should be the one talking, he tried to kill his cat because after a few cat fights it looked ugly. That was a sad moment, I almost put the book down right there. 
 
The writing itself was clear enough and had a good flow, I just didn't connect with the story, maybe it was a bit exaggerated. It deals with so many topics at once, it's hard to image a young boy going through all that. As the stories continue, the reader sees more and more issues that Jason goes through in order to become a better person, he does have a good soul, and he tries to understand the world around him. 

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The second part of The Hunger Games we continue the story of Katniss Everdeen, Peeta and Gale. The story continues after Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games, and how Katniss' life has changed, or has it. So she gets a new house in the Victors Village, but is she really safe, is her life any better. Not really, she and Peeta are now the poster children for rebellion, which was never their intended plan. Now they are the number one people that the Capitol wants to destroy. Read the book and find out how they plan to do that. This book was good, but I thought The Hunger Games was a lot better, as is always the case with a series. But it's good anyway, the story still carries the same idea, we still get to feel what the characters feel, and what they go through, and they go though a lot. But it's missing that fire that the first one had. I would recommend reading it right after you finish the first one. Otherwise you might not feel the same connection.

It does leave you hanging a bit, so pick up the Mockingjay right away, a lot of questions from THG are revealed. I found a lot of the plot from the first book repeating, and you will notice months pass in just a few pages, which was a little frustrating. Basically the book lacks the magic that the first one had. And at times you can even expect what will happen, it just didn't pull me in as much as The Hunger Games.  But if you loved the first book you should definitely read this one. And the next one too.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

This book was great, really easy to read. Maybe too easy, there wasn't a lot of description in setting and characters, but the story came across beautifully. I wouldn't say I loved it —the movie was much better— but I did like it enough to give it 5 stars. My opinion might have been clouded by the fact that I already saw the movie 5 times.

This story is about two teenagers, one rich one poor, who fall in love one summer only to be separated for 15 years. When they meet again the love they had is stronger then ever. And that's pretty much all there is to it, if I give out more I feel like I'm telling the whole story again. It's really fast paced, you will read it in one sitting. Some say it's not worth all the hype but I think Nicholas Sparks meant for it to be this way. They way life flies by when we are in love is just as quick as the story. Sure the movie added some things that weren't in the book but it didn't go away from the main idea. That even teenagers can fall in love, no matter what the circumstances. And are able to survive it all.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

My first Jane Austen book, and I gotta say it was a little difficult to get used to her writing, all those proper words. I found that it was easier to do a little bit of an english accent. But it was really good, my opinion is a little ruined because I saw the movie before, and kept picturing the actors instead of paying attention to how Jane wanted me to imagine the characters. The story itself was good. Very easy to understand and follow.  It's about sisters, and falling in love, and how sometimes even though we put our hearts into something, it doesn't always work out the way we hoped it would.
We get to experience the heartbreak of two young girls, sisters and how that heart slowly begins to love again. It a good book for teenagers, and I will highly recommend it to any girl looking for an easy light romance read. Plus it's a classic Jane Austen, you can't get better then that. I will be reading all her novels really soon.

The Secret Journal of Brett Colton by Kay Lynn Mangum - REVIEW

This book is AMAZING!I loved it, the story is very moving, had me crying, and I can honestly say no other book ever has.  At first I was a little apprehensive about it, since this is the first book this author has written, but aside from a couple of spelling and grammar errors I found this book is really touching.The book starts with Kathy a teenager ready to start High School who is constantly hearing stories of her dead brother Brett from her family. Every day they seem to talk about how amazing he was and what he did. But all she can think of is why they aren't moving on. She feels left out since she was only two years old when he died, and she doesn't really care what they have to say. As the book progresses Kathy is drawn more and more to her dead brother, she looks at his pictures and feels something, a connection? But she can't put her finger on it. On her birthday she is given a present, a present that has been waiting for her for 14 years. Her brother Brett has given her his Journal, that was written for her. In it she finds out who her brother really was, his thoughts, struggles and how she was a big part of his life, even though she didn't know about it. As she is going though her own problems with everything from friends to religion, the journal teaches her how to be patient and how to deal with it. This story is a perfect example of a girl coming-of-age, who learns the importance of life, love, family, and faith.