PUBLICATION: Published September 2nd 2014 by HarperTeen
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 336pages (Kindle Edition)
RATING: 2 ★★
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This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.
Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite. Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?
Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika—from laughter to tears, and everything in between.
What a waste. My excitement and enthusiasm is just useless. And I got disappointed.. BIG TIME. The blurb said that it was Mean Girls meets The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and in the first few chapters it’s more on the Mean Girls part.. which is kind of annoying to read. The main protagonist did nothing but complain and swear unnecessarily. Seriously, there’s a lot F bomb dropped here and it’s just useless. What are they for?! It just turned me off and made me more annoyed by the book. I was kind of surprised, actually, because this book has a lot of swearing, slut shaming and sexual languages that is SERIOUSLY NOT NEEDED. I don’t understand why the author wants her main character to go on effin spree every paragraph.
And then there’s the message of the novel which I don’t get because the book has a lot to say and there wasn’t a point that was completely explained. It’s like she has this one but OH! she thought of another one, so she just abandoned the last one. The characters wasn’t that great either. I didn’t connect to any of them and they came off as bland to me. AND FREAKISHLY ANNOYING. Anika says things like this.
“Or maybe she can’t add. She is a Christian. I don’t think they believe in math.”
UGH. I CANNOT EVEN. Slut shaming, Christian shaming (can you believe this) and yeah, gays weren’t exempted. The author touched that too. I’m sorry, but half of Anika’s monologue here is offensive. I was too angry to continue.
Oh and there’s a love triangle! AND I DON’T CARE ABOUT IT. Because the guy#1 can’t stop saying ‘like’. Like, yes omg he’s a guy but like, he cannot stop it, like, it’s his favorite word or something. And he says things like this:
“I’m gonna kiss you now and you’re gonna like it.”
The guy#2… ugggghhh. Snoozefest.
Lastly, YES I DID READ THE AUTHOR’S NOTE and I felt sad about that. But my annoyance just overpowered my sadness so I got it over my sadness immediately.
PUBLICATION: Published August 13th 2014
GENRE: YA > Contemporary Romance
PAGES: 360pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via tour host
RATING: 2 ★★
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For Chance, there’s always only been Dakota.
He’s been in love with the girl since the day they met. He’s tried everything to get her to notice him and nothing has worked. So when things suddenly start moving in the right direction, Chance can’t believe his luck.
Until Kyle comes along.
Kyle is like a new shiny toy and Dakota loves new and shiny. She falls for the tall, blonde and gorgeous fast and without looking back. Dating the summer before college wasn’t in the plans, but come on, Kyle is perfect. So why does Chance and his snarky grin keeps popping up in her mind now that Dakota has found her happiness?
When Chance’s world comes crashing down, Dakota proves the strength of their friendship, surprising herself and everyone around her, by helping him pick up the pieces. In return, Chance is finally able to crack her hard shell, discovering that not everything is sunny in Dakota-land. Her world is not what it seems on the outside, and together, they’re able to pull each other to the brink of safety and sanity.
Dakota likes that things are simple with Kyle, so why does she feel more like herself around Chance?
As graduation grows closer, both Chance and Dakota learn that the plans you make for your life don’t always play out the way you expect them and sometimes, everything starts to make sense when you find yourself on the edge of falling.
Edge Of Falling is second in a series. Though reading the first book isn’t that necessary, I would advice to read it so you can enjoy this novel more. And because that’s where the main characters here first showed up. You see, on Falling By Design (Falling #1), they were just secondary characters (and they were great!) And now they have their own novel..
…and it sucked. UGH. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE SWOONY AND I SHOULD BE FLAILING AND SIGHING ans stuff but NO. I am frustrated. Frustrated by this characters, by the lack of plot, by everything.
I loved Falling By Design to bits and that is why my frustration here is just over the top. I just didn’t expected it to be like this you know. My big problem here are the characters. Like, both of them. At first it was cute. Grayson was this guy who has a HUGE crush on Dakota and Dakota don’t know it yet, but she also have feelings for Grayson. See that plot? It’s cute. It’s like we all have a secret and we are waiting for them to catch up. I’m not stupid. I know they are gonna end up eventually, but what I want here is how they ended up together.
And I did not like that HOW. Well, Grayson doesn’t have balls! He keeps saying that ‘YES I WILL FINALLY TELL HER WHAT I FEEL’ and when the moment is there, he flakes off! Dakota on the other hand will be like ‘YES I FEEL SOMETHING TOWARDS GRAYSON AND I WANNA KNOW WHAT IT IS’ then BAM, she acts bitchy when they’re together. This is pretty much what happened for like 60% of the book.
And there’s this Kyle character that is supposed to be a big part of the story but just went to waste because he wasn’t completely fleshed out. He didn’t even help in the situation. Sometimes he will re-appear in a chapter and I’d be “OH I COMPLETELY FORGOT THAT THIS CHARACTER EXIST!” He’s more like a prop. A useless prop.
Overall, Edge Of Falling just didn’t appeal to me like Falling By Design did. Which sucked. It just sucks when that happens! But I’ll still support this author because despite of the frustrations I felt here, I still liked her writing and the easyness (is easyness a word?!) of it.
PUBLICATION: Published December 31st 2013 by Balzer + Bray
GENRE: YA > Romance | Realistic Fiction
PAGES: 320pages (Kindle Edition)
RATING: 2 ★★
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Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.
Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.
One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.
WHAT A LIAR. This just confirms that promises are meant to be broken.
This will be short and I’ll let the characters why I had some problems.
The girl, Wren has some issues. I mean, like the blurb said: she’s average.
“Maddie (her friend) had her hair down, pencil in hand. It looked like she was taking notes too, but I could tell she was sketching. I hoped I wasn’t her subject this time, because the look on my face was anything but pretty”
And the guy is a delinquent who tosses hot dogs in the air for a show because HE IS MATURE LIKE THAT. ONCE they saw each other they completely fell inlove.
“His dark brown eyes held mine for a second. Open. Honest. Longing. As if the hot-dog-tossing tool was just some mask he’d put on for the party.”
She found that open-honest-longing thing in a second and they don’t even know each other.
The guy is no different.
So this is just what happened. Instalove that doesn’t seem legit. Main characters that are trying to be deep and meaningful but failed. And a plot that is just MEH. What a waste.
I need good books. Any recs? I noticed that I’m getting tired of contemporary romance which I cannot accept because it’s my favorite genre. Will you save me? What’s your favorite or the best YA Contemporary Romance or Realistic Fiction that you read this year (so far)?