Reviewed: Going to Far

Going Too FarGoing Too Far by Jennifer Echols
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was all to predictable and the plot just seemed all kinds of unlikely.

Going to Far is the story of rebelious Meg who ends up in gaol one night and is assigned one week riding around in a cop car to see the real world… I suppose. Enter John, all round good guy who wants to save the world. Doesn’t hurt that he is pretty too right?

Guess what happens? I bet you can. The book is narrated by Meg and it just, hurts. I hated her as a character in the first 5 pages and the big reveal (if you can call it that) doesn’t change my mind. I can feel anything but annoyed with her throughout.

In my opinion John is far too patient and possibly just plain stupid.

Although, it is an MTV book… I’ve never heard of that but it doesn’t surprise me this is what one is like.

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Reviewed: Stresshead

StressheadStresshead by Allayne Webster
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an easy, afternoon read. I didn’t realise how quickly I was getting through it.

Stresshead is the story of Den (Denise) who is from a family of lawyers and is always stressing and worrying about pretty much anything and everything and then she gets something important to worry about and begins to think about what really matters in life.

I’m not sure I really liked Den too much, mainly because of her stressing and worrying about absolutely everything but the supporting characters were great. That is a trend with me though. I rarely ever like main characters.

The book in some parts felt a bit rushed, it would have been great to have more time spent with the supporting characters to see them for themselves rather than just extensions of Den.

A good ready for teenagers who always think everything is the end of the world.

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Reviewed: The Sleeping Beauty Proposal

The Sleeping Beauty ProposalThe Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I only picked this book up because I was assured it didn’t follow the formula that all chick lit appears to follow. This was the book that was going to convince me that it wasn’t all desparate/meek/heartbroken women who finally have that light bulb moment.

If you’ve been told the same, well I’m sorry to disappoint because this is exactly one of those books. The standard women breaks up with boyfriend/husband in a traumatic way and then, after moping for a few weeks/months realises shes worth more. Enter in handsome but argumentative man who she couldn’t possibly fall in love with but, ultimately, finds herself attracted too and while protagonist is your regular Mary Jane it turns out that handsome man loves/adores/wants her at first glance.

Enter some dull twist and then BAM! story written.

Hope I didn’t spoil you, but then if you’re reading chick lit you know all that already.

I did really like how the characters were written though and at least Genie didn’t sit down and whine for 50% of the book.

Unfortunately, other than an out of character twist it was all too predictable.

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Reviewed: The Sky Is Everywhere

The Sky Is EverywhereThe Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The funny thing about this book is that I had the opportunity to read it on its release date. I boxed it up for some schools and even though it looked like a diary, the text was blue and it had some pictures I still wasn’t captivated.

It as only when I saw it on a Goodreads list with a different cover that I decided to borrow it from my library only to find out what book it was.

What can I say about this book? The blurb doesn’t do it justice! Based on the blurb alone I would have put this book down which is what I did last year. This time, because of the excellent rating I decided to read on.

It is an incredible read! I was so involved from the beginning and as the end neared I just didn’t want it to finish and when I did I wondered if there would be a sequel because a few things are left undone.

So, what is it about? Lennie has just lost her sister and she is trying to work out how to deal with that. Lennie does some crazy things like getting it on with her sisters boyfriend and for some reason leaves anonymous notes around town about conversations with her sister.

Then enters Joe Fontaine, the new boy with the infectious smile and lovely brothers. Lennie can’t help but be captivated by this ray of sunshine that has entered her life.

The voice of this book is pretty much perfect. A lot of the time, I don’t like this type of character but it suited the situation here perfectly. Very well narrated.

Final verdict? I want more!

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Reviewed: Along for the Ride

Along for the RideAlong for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How very trademark Dessen. Everytime I crack open one of her books I know it is going to be the same as all the rest and yet I still buy and borrow them and love them all the same. Along for the Ride was no different although I kind of wished someone would punch Auden’s Dad in the face. Or stab him in the eye with a fork at the very least.

Along For the Ride is the story of Auden’s summer with her Dad, Stepmum and new half-sister. Auden thinks she will regret going but ends up learning about herself and the life she has missed up until that point.

The strangest thought I get from this book is the cover. I don’t picture Eli or Auden looking like either of those headless people… Eli just doesn’t seem like the jeans wearing type.

That aside, I was kind of hoping for something a bit less formulaic with this book but I suppose, once you’re onto a good thing why not stick with it, right? Worked for Dan Brown.

Fortunately, Dessen’s Formula is a guilty pleasure for me so I continue to follow her works but don’t expect anything new. It is the standard girl has shake-up in her life, goes somewhere new and meets a new but ‘not her type’ boy and friends. Girl then learns that maybe they’re exactly her type.

And if that is a spoiler, than you’re not paying enough attention.

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