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Review: Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2) Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: April 5, 2011 by Dutton Juvenile
Series: #2 (If I Stay)
Length: 264 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes and Noble)

It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.”

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Guess who read this in 1 sitting for 3 hours? ME!

Wow, when I was reading the last page, the only thing I had in mind was for this book to not end. It’s beautifully written and the songs that the author came up with were just fantastic. The writing style was really good as well; the pacing was smooth and the characters were really relatable and realistic. In Where She Went, Adam, Mia’s boyfriend in If I Stay, is the one narrating the story. There were a lot of flashbacks, but there was also a lot of present day scenes. He tells us what happens after Mia wakes up from her coma.

I love how music has a big part in the story. On some of the chapters, the author puts a verse under
“CHAPTER ONE”
*insert a verse of Adam’s awesome song here* *track #*
The lyrics were just beautiful and you could feel what Adam was going through through his songs. I also like the album’s title which is Collateral Damage.

Even though it had a happy ending, this book made me feel sad. I guess it’s because the characters went through a lot of things, and this book had a lot of reminiscence. Overall, I definitely recommend you reading this book, but it’s better to read it if you’re in the right mood.. maybe when you’re feeling lonely. You could easily what the characters are feeling, and I love how music plays an important part in the story.

4.5 of 5

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Review: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: August 28, 2007 by Ember
Length: 183 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes and Noble)

“It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City—and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be—and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.

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I was expecting a cute read about a couple that has something to do with music NOT two people cussing on every page, if not, EVERY OTHER PAGE. That got me irritated a bit. Cussing isn’t necessary and that made me dislike the characters a bit. The story’s “okay”. It isn’t a story that I’ll remember till I turn.. let’s say.. 80. The story is told from Nick & Norah’s point of view. It alternates throughout the book, and honestly, I couldn’t tell them apart. They sound so alike which made me confused at times on who was telling the story. I like how the supporting characters had their own distinct voice though.

This book only focuses on Nick & Norah’s first date. The spotlight’s on THEM. Only them them them which made me kind of bored a bit and this book isn’t even that long. I like how they both like music and bands though. Nick is actually part of a band which is called The Fuck Offs. He loves to write songs, and the songs that he wrote are really good. Even though I was just reading it off a page, I could imagine how the song sounded etc.

Overall it was an “okay” book. I think it could have been better. The characters weren’t just appealing to me and the story was kind of flat. I’d recommend it if you don’t mind having cuss words thrown at you every other page or if you’d like to read a story about a break up and meeting a new person and their 1st date adventure.

3 of 5

Review: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2) Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 28, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Series: #2 (Pushing the Limits)
Length: 456 pages
Source: Harlequin Teen (ARC)

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

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Dare You To is a companion novel to Pushing the Limits and I was really surprised (and happy) when I found out that it was a companion and that we have two different protagonists. Honestly, I was putting this book off because I thought it was still going to be about Echo and Noah. I didn’t really enjoy Pushing the Limits as much as I wanted to. Just like Pushing the Limits, Dare You To is told from two different perspectives – Ryan’s and Beth’s. Beth is a character from Pushing the Limits and is a friend of Noah. First off, I thought that this one is so much better than Pushing the Limits. I read 300 pages straight in one day and that’s like once in a blue moon for me.

Beth is such an amazing character. There’s character development all over the place and she has lots of flaws which made her a realistic and relatable character to me. She’s so witty and kick ass but oh my, she breaks down at times and I felt so sad! It’s easy to feel her emotions and she’s one of those people who puts on a fake smile but at the end of the day, deep down, she’s sad and tired. I love how she’s very responsible for her age. I also like Ryan’s character. He plays baseball (one of my favorite sports) and I love his relationship with his friends at school. They dare each other to hit on other girls, etc. and one day he was dared to ask Beth’s number… and that’s where the story begins!

Overall, it was an amazing read. There was also a love triangle, but it was an awesome and realistic love triangle. It wasn’t just there in the sake of just to have one. The only thing I did not like was that I wish the supporting characters, especially Ryan’s friends, were given more personality. They were a tad flat for me. I recommend this to all young adult contemporary lovers and to those who are looking for a great romance.

4 of 5


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