Summer Book Reviews & Where Have I Been All This Time?

Hello friends! Today I will be doing some summer book reviews 😮 It’s going to be a little different than your normal setup… I’m going to have a summary of my own and then the review, it’s going to be very straightforward and basically, like a pros and cons type of thing. I really want to get my point across without having you read an essay… plus I will also be talking about WHERE THE HECK I’VE BEEN all month! So enjoy 😉

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One of Us is Lying

Summary:

5 kids in Detention.. what could go wrong? Well, a lot of things. A boy by the name of Simon drops dead and now Addie (the pretty girl), Nate (the stoner), Bronwyn (the nerd), and Cooper (the athlete) are suspects. Simon isn’t the most well-liked student at Bayview High and now all of these teens are being questioned for murder. It’s the perfect plot for a mystery… almost too perfect.

Review:

This book was a super quick read, like 5 days at most. I love love loved the characters and there were twists in there that my made heart skip a few beats. It was definitely one of the best high school murder mysteries I have read because of how up to date it was. McManus wasn’t of those YA authors where you could hear their adult voice throughout the book, I felt like I was reading something a teen would have written. The cons… well it was a little cliche … the nerd falls in love with the bad boy it was a little much towards the end but you can’t have a teen drama without all that. So my rating:Screen Shot 2018-08-11 at 1.33.41 PM.png I definitely recommend it as a beach read I enjoyed it!

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Room

Summary:

Room is all Jack has ever known, it is his whole world. He has just turned 5 and now he’s bigger and stronger than ever. Although Jack loves Room it’s his Ma’s worst nightmare, the place where she’s been trapped for 7 years. At age 19, Jack’s Ma was kidnapped and never to be found again. Jack is oblivious to this and Ma tries to make sure he stays safe and away from “Old Nick” the kidnapper. Jack and Ma work together to escape from Room and away from Old Nick forever. Life is always an adventure and through Jack’s eyes readers see life in a completely different way.

Review:

I really loved this book as well as the Oscar-nominated movie. Donoghue creates a world of words that is so descriptive and so precise you feel like you’re there with Jack. I had no problem visualizing his world wherever he was. I sped through this book at 90 miles per hour and through the darkness of this story, there is the light of life. You feel the bond between a mother and a son and it’s truly magnificent. My one “eh” about this book was how it dragged on at times especially towards the beginning. Because the author is so descriptive, the days in Room drag on which is really the feeling of what it was like to live in Room from Ma’s point of view but it was a little tough for me (that small bit.) Overall: Screen Shot 2018-08-11 at 1.54.49 PM.png

5 stars!! I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone over the age of 13 as well as the amazing movie. 9780553536515.jpg

Finding Audrey

Summary:

14-year-old Audrey Turner knows what it is like to feel unwanted, left out, and insecure. After being severely bullied throughout middle school, Audrey was diagnosed with clinical depression an social anxiety. She meets a boy named Linus, who is close friends with her brother and sparks fly. Due to their relationship, Audrey begins to take major strides in improvement. Audrey not only finds her way back into society but she also finds herself in a more confident way.

Review:

I’m just going to say it… I hated this book. SO much. Ok good things, let me think, the plot was actually ok the characters were ok but it was ruined by stupidity I guess. What’s even worse is that this book was recommended for my schools AP reading program… wow. Bad things well let’s list:

-Audrey’s parents were the dumbest people on the planet. Those cliche moms and dads “oh honey phones are so bad for you… what’s Instagram? How do you use this home button?” I mean come on you’re adults this is ridiculous.

-The portrayal of depression and anxiety. I knew there was something off from the very beginning but I then heard it from another review, a girl who has suffered from these illnesses reinforced my point when she said: “anxiety is nothing like this!” the way the author described the feelings was actually funny it was so bad.

-The plot has a gaping hole in it. You never actually figure out why Audrey left school, you never actually learn the big SHABANG, what even happened? You just assume she was bullied but the author makes it seem as if there was a big incident.

-This is also a great example of a YA author who attempts who squeeze themselves in a teenage brain and end up sounding like a try-hard parent. 😦

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Would not recommend… it was a struggle to finish it but the book was almost past the due date and there was no way in heck I was paying a late fee for this book.

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Holding Up The Universe

Summary: Libby Strout used to be the fattest teen in America, she weighed almost 500 pounds. After the death of her mother and constant bullying, she gave up on life and ate for days. Living in a small town, news spread all over after Libby had to be cut out of her house to get to the hospital. After losing hundreds of pounds Libby is going back to school for the first time in years. She’s fearless, bold, and encouraging on the other hand Jack Masselin is just trying to stay popular. Having a rare face blindness condition makes this a lot harder. Each person he sees is like a stranger but Libby’s face is different. The two meet under strange circumstances and come to be more than “just friends.” Readers watch Libby and Jack hold up their universes in different ways until finally they join hands and hold up the world together.

Review:

I’ve never read a book so fast, I don’t even know what happened I just got into a zone and read I finished it in two days probably about 6 hours and it was awesome. I loved the characters and the plot and how different these two kids were and how they were brought together. I loved how unique the plot was. I have never heard of pros·o·pag·no·sia (aka face blindness) A little baby con… cliche! Loser meets popular boy and they fall in love I wish this would happen! That is why I read these books so I’m not exactly against it… I just wish it were true I WOULD HAVE SO MANY BOYFRIENDS! The extremity of bullying was shocking in this book. I’ve never seen someone get so attacked and people don’t get expelled like the mean girls kind of thing. That just doesn’t slide at my school you’re taken to the office and scolded *eeek* Overall: Screen Shot 2018-08-11 at 2.56.51 PM.png

4.5! This was a great book and I would recommend it 🙂

Currently Reading:

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About 20 pages in and having some trouble… I hope it turns out ok!

Now… what have a been doing all month that has kept me from blogging? *how could you do this…*

My family and I have been in our garden a TON! Look out for a new post on the Importance of Gardening. We’ve been having super awesome healthy meals for dinner as well.

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Our lettuce 🙂

I was working on my Italy project. I kept all of the tickets from all of the places we went and collaged them together. Super AWESOME diy idea by me!

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I was in the production of Peter Pan this summer, here’s a little picture of the cast.

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Then, I left for Running Camp up in Meridan New Hampshire and that was a blast! The chocolate milk mmmmm good.

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I had camp up in RI as well

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We went to Block Island for a day and that was super fun!

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So far this summer has been A-Mazing! Let’s chat about your summer I want to hear all about it!

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