I Never – Laura Hopper

*NB: Before I get into this review I just wanted to let you know that this will be my new simplified reviewing format.*

Synopsis

“Janey King’s priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends, and family. But when seventeen-year-old Janey learns that her seemingly happy parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke Hallstrom, an adorable senior, pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex.

Inspired by Judy Blume’s classic ForeverI Never features a perfect, delicious, almost-to-good-to-be-true high school relationship . . . and it doesn’t shy away from the details. Destined to be passed from teen to teen, this is a young adult debut that will get readers talking”


More Details

Genre:  Young Adult
Page Length: 288
Characters:  Janey, Luke
Publication Year: 7th November 2017
Format: E-ARC


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So I was really intrigued when I read the synopsis of this book I thought it looked like it would be a good read, however, I did end up being disappointed. This was largely due to Janey. Her emotional intelligence was for the most part non-existent. It wasn’t until the very end that she acknowledged that her parents had feelings and needs which I thought for someone who is 17 was a bit stunted.

Spoilers coming up! 

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As You Wish – Chelsea Sedoti

Blurb

As You Wish

What if you could ask for anything- and get it? 

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.


Stats

Page Length: 432
Publication Year:
2nd January 2018
Genre:  Young Adult/Fantasy
Characters: Eldon


Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Story/ Characters

This story took me by surprise, there is a lot more to it than wishing. This is a story about growing up. It was a little slow going in the beginning and I wasn’t certain where the story was going to go, but then halfway through it got good.

This story is told in the first person, entirely from Eldon’s perspective. The writing was really clear and easy to follow. The descriptions of the scenery and what it was like living in a desert town were really well done. It was really easy to build a picture in my mind about Eldon’s surroundings.

I really liked Eldon’s character, his conflicting feelings about deciding on his wish was an interesting read, but what made him human for me was his grief. This I felt was the underlying theme of this story and is what motivates him throughout the story.

I really enjoyed the wishing stories that were scattered throughout, these were little stories of what other people in the town wished for which I thought was fascinating.

The only negative I can think of is that I did work out what Eldon’s wish was going to be before he did but this didn’t really hinder my enjoyment.

Favorite Quote:

“Anyone who says grief fades over time is a fucking liar. It never goes away. It just gets better at hiding. You never know when it’s going to spring out of the shadows and sucker punch you in the gut”

Conclusion:

This was an entertaining read, I really enjoyed it. It was a bit different to what I’ve been reading recently and would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys YA.

My Rating: 3/5 🌟 🌟 🌟purpleaddit1lp

 

 


About the Author

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Chelsea Sedoti fell in love with writing at a young age after discovering that making up stories was more fun than doing her school work (her teachers didn’t always appreciate this.) In an effort to avoid getting a “real” job, Chelsea explored careers as a balloon twister, filmmaker, and paranormal investigator. Eventually, she realized that her true passion is writing about flawed teenagers who are also afraid of growing up. When she’s not at the computer, Chelsea spends her time exploring abandoned buildings, eating junk food at roadside diners, and trying to befriend every animal in the world. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she avoids casinos, but loves roaming the Mojave Desert.


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Editing Emma – Chloe Seager

Blurb

When sixteen-year-old Emma Nash is ‘ghosted’ by the love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any normal teenage girl would do…
Emma spends the summer lurking in her bedroom, avoiding all human contact (and the shower), surrounded by the collection of chewit wrappers she saved from packs Leon gave her, back when he actually acknowledged her existence…

But seeing Leon suddenly ‘In a relationship’ on Facebook with the perfect Anna, spurs Emma into action and she embarks on a mission to make positive changes to her life (or ‘edits,’ if you will) and vows to use the internet for more than obsessively stalking Leon’s activities! Instead, she will use it for good and noble causes like finding someone who will actually be nice to her, and recording her findings for the rest of the world to see (i.e. BFF Steph and her mum) on her new Editing Emma blog.

But Emma soon discovers her ‘habit’ is harder to break than she first thought – turns out she’s not the only one ‘editing’ herself online (thank you Tinder for finding her mum’s profile, age 35, really?) and that life through an Instagram filter isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. But it could be worse, she could have outed her best friend, accidentally chatted up a 12 year old boy and revealed to the world why Leon Naylor is worth no girl’s time or virginity… oh no wait, that’s exactly what happened…


Stats

Page Length: 368
Publication Year: 
August 2017
Genre: 
Young Adult
Characters:  Emma, Leon


Thoughts

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Story/ Characters

The gist of this story is that Emma gets ghosted by her boyfriend and because of this decides to find another boy by using the internet.

I did not enjoy this book, which was disappointing as the blurb really appealed to me. There was wayyy to much angst for my liking! I think this book would be very relatable if I were a 16-year-old girl but an adult it just annoyed the hell out of me.

Emma’s maturity levels were very low and her character progression was like non – existent, it wasn’t until the last few chapters that this “appeared” and even then is so small that it may as well have not been included.

Emma’s Character was I hate to say, was boring. I didn’t connect with her at all, but again this can be attributed to the fact I’m not a 16 year old and I could see from the start of the book that what Emma was trying to achieve would never happen.

I have read books with younger characters that had better self-respect from themselves so the fact that Emma repeatedly let Leon treat her like shit baffled me to no end.

Conclusion:

I read this book in just over a day, purely just to get it finished. This is defiantly one of those YA books where you either have to be a teenager to actually enjoy it or you have to really enjoy teenage angst/drama

My Rating:  1/5 🌟


About the Author

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Chloe Seager grew up in East London with her mum and much-loved cat, Katie. She studied English Literature and Drama at the University of East Anglia, where she sadly realised she couldn’t act, but did rediscover her love of children’s books.

Children’s Literature was one of her favourite modules, and it made her wonder why grown-ups ever stopped reading them. She now works with YA and kids’ books full-time. Chloe lives back in East London with her boyfriend and pet fish. Her debut novel Editing Emma is one of the first titles to be acquired for new imprint HQ YA and will publish on August 10th  2017.

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index – Julie Israel

Blurb

It’s been sixty-five days since the accident that killed Juniper’s sister, and ripped Juniper’s world apart.

Then she finds the love letter: written by Camilla on the day of the accident, addressed mysteriously to “You,” but never sent. Desperate to learn You’s identity and deliver the message, Juniper starts to investigate.

Until she loses something. A card from her Happiness Index: a ritual started by sunny Camie for logging positives each day. It’s what’s been holding Juniper together since her death – but a lost card only widens the hole she left behind. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own dark secret: a memory she can’t let anyone else find out.

The search for You and her card take Juniper to even less expected places, and as she connects with those whose secrets she upturns in the effort, she may just find the means to make peace with her own.

This is a smart, funny, poignant book guaranteed to make you laugh and cry – and maybe even take notes.


Stats

Page Length: 320
Publication Year:
2017
Genre: 
Young Adult
Characters:  Juniper, Brand, Kody, Nate and Angela


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Story/Characters

First and foremost this story is about grief. It’s about how Juniper has to go on following the death of her sister Camilla. I really enjoyed how this story played out. I initially thought this might be quite heavy but by the end of the book, I felt uplifted.

Junipers journey was difficult I felt her character to be very realistic. I liked that we not only got see how it was affecting her but also how her parents were dealing with it. I also appreciated that this wasn’t a rushed process. The Story takes place over the course of about 10 months to a year. Which means we got to see just how far Juniper come:

“They say grief comes in stages: Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. And lastly, if you follow that model, Acceptance. This has not been my experience at all. Yes, there have been episodes, even periods of each, but the “stages” don’t present themselves in any order. They are not chronological like the days of the week; they cannot be quantified and arranged like teaspoons from smallest to largest. For me it’s been more like cards, a trick game Camie used to play when we were little: Smoke or Fire. In it, the “dealer” holds up a deck at an unsuspecting player and tells them to call out the suit of each card they display, “smoke” for black and “fire” for red—except, on the first “fire,” the dealer launches the deck at them. Grief is like that: One minute you think you know the rules and it’s one card, one emotion at a time; the next, the deck explodes all around you. Boom.”

I really liked this quote because it’s so true, grief is different for everyone and it was good to see this portrayed and important too, especially because this is a young adult book. And I also thought it was good that Junipers experience didn’t follow any sort of pattern, her grief wasn’t linear. Some days were good and some not so good. I felt this gave her character a lot of depth and realism.

I liked how she used to index cards to mark the positives and negatives of her day and in a way they are her coping mechanism.

I really enjoyed her relationship with Brand, I thought his back story was sad too. In-fact all of the characters in this story had very real life problems. Kody was the fat girl who lost weight but was still bullied, Angela is the bookish quiet one that loves her books but is keeps to herself and Nate… I thought his placement in the story was very cleverly done and that’s all I’m saying about him because I don’t want to give too much away.

Favorite Quote:

“We roll on our backs toward the star-filled sky, I do not see the diamonds, the glittering shards that have shone there for billions of years, but the blue-black canopy between them. I see it and think of my watercolors, of carving Bristol from linoleum, of Polaris—with a twang, of Camie’s hand in them all, of the thousand ways she’ll never see her touch unfold—and somehow recognize it is this very darkness, the cutouts, the envelope of holes that makes the stars so sharp and beautiful. All that absence isn’t negative space. It’s the gum that holds the universe together.”

Conclusion:

I enjoyed this story a lot more than I thought I would. This is Julie Israel’s first book and for a debut novel, I thought it was excellent. If you enjoy YA than then this should be on your tbr list!

My Rating:  4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟