In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…
A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
What I Thought
Wow. Let me just say, I read If I Stay weeks ago, and I still think about this book. There are just some books that leave you breathless and never wanting it to end. If I Stay is one of those books.
The struggle Mia goes through on deciding to stay alive, or to die and be with her family feels so real. Mia had a promising career ahead of her, and if she stayed she would still have the support of her grandparents and other relatives, and her best friend and boyfriend. However, Mia had an amazing relationship with her parents and little brother. To live without them, one would think it would be unbearable. Would staying alive without them be worth it? Honestly, I didn’t know what Mia would decide.
This book is told in alternating times. Mia tells about what is happening now, but she also looks back and remembers her past. I loved reading about Mia’s past. From when she first started playing the cello, to when she first met Adam, and all her other memories as well. Those look-backs really made me feel something more for all the characters, and really helped me get to know Mia better, and why she should or shouldn’t stay.
Something that I really liked about this book was Mia’s relationship with her grandpa. Honestly, I think I almost liked their relationship better than the one Mia had with her boyfriend, Adam. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Adam and Mia and their relationship, I just felt like the relationship she shares with her grandpa was so special. I also really liked that Mia actually liked her family. So many times, the protagonist of a book is constantly rolling her eyes at her family, or hates her family, or is just so beyond them. That wasn’t the case for Mia. Even though they weren’t necessarily always interested in the same things (She loved the cello, and classical music, while her parents were rockers), she actually enjoyed spending time with them and being with them, and that was really sweet.
Overall, this book was so, so good! The only thing I actually didn’t care for was the language. There was quite a bit of cursing, and while I can see why it was added, I just feel like it was a bit unnecessary. However, that is my personal preference. I just don’t care for cursing. If I didn’t have a problem with it, then this book would have been absolutely perfect!
Also, one last thing. I have no idea why people compare this book to Twilight. Adam and Mia are in a relationship and Bella and Edward are in one as well, and one of them is sort of dead (Edward being a vampire, Mia being in a coma), that is where the similarities end. I wouldn’t even consider them in the same YA genre. So, just throwing that out there!
PS: You’re going to need tissues reading this one!! 😉
Review originally written Sept. 2013.
March was not a very good reading month for me. Basically, I’ve been in a reading slump since the end of February! Because of that, I only read two books this month.
– A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall \\⭐️⭐️⭐️
– Wink Poppy Midnight by April Tucholke \\ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick \\⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Tucholke \\⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover \\⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall \\⭐️⭐️⭐️
My classic of the month, as part of the 2016 Classics Challenge was:
– 1984 by George Orwell
Click here to read my thoughts about it!
This may not have been my best month for reading, but I did buy some really great books this month!
Then, I went to my library’s spring book sale, and came home with a whole stack of books.
Plus, I received a free review ebook for Wink Poppy Midnight!
Well, that just about wraps up my March! What did you read this month? What do you plan on reading next month? And, any book suggestions to get me out of this reading slump?! Let me know! 😊
The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.
Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….
What I Thought
This book was super cute! I love how Sandy Hall took the typical rom-com/chick-lit formula, and made it unique. A Little Something Different is told from 14 (yes, 14!!) different points of view, and none of them are from the main characters.
I really enjoyed the concept of this book. It added an extra layer to what normally would have been secondary characters, or in some cases, nothing but a background character mentioned in passing. For me personally, I loved the baristas’ and the waitress’s points of view, because I can be nosey like that (haha! 😜), and I thought the squirrel’s point of view was so cute. Honestly, the only point of view I wasn’t as fond of was the bench’s point of view. The bench just came off as kind of creepy to me.
This book takes place over an entire school year, and I loved watching Lea and Gabe’s relationship grow over that time span. I loved how everybody had a part in their relationship. Honestly, I have no complaints about this book, that I can think of, whatsoever. Because of this, you may be surprised to hear that I’m only giving this book 3 stars. Let me explain though. This book is like cotton candy. It’s sweet, delicious, and oh-so-fun, but not much else is there. This book does not have a lot of substance, and that’s ok, it’s not meant to, just like cotton candy.
Overall though, if you’re looking for a super cute, funny, and a light, easy read, then A Little Something Different is the book for you!
Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While
Being that I’ve only had this blog for a little over a month now, I haven’t had the chance to to talk about a lot of the books I really love, so this should be an easy list for me…So, here we go!
First up on my list is:
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak became an instant favorite for me when I first read it two years ago! It is so beautifully written, and while it is heartbreaking at times, this book is still filled with such hope. I highly recommend this book to everybody.
Second on the list is:
- The entire Princess Diaries series is so much fun! Basically, I could have put all of Meg Cabot’s books on here, because I am in love with her writing, but I’ll just include this one today. I’m about halfway through the series now, and I have absolutely adored each book I’ve read so far. It’s nothing like the movie, but that’s OK. I feel like The Princess Diaries is one of those rare instances where the book series is great, but the movies are equally great, even though they are both so different!
- I feel like The Dreamhouse Kings series is so underrated! These books are mysterious, magical, and action-packed. Plus, the chapters are short, so you just fly right through the book without even realizing how much you’ve read.
- This series does not get the amount of love that it deserves! Uglies came out before the big YA dystopian craze. Everyone always talks about The Hunger Games, and I’m just over in the corner waving my Uglies series around like, “Um…hello? What about Uglies?? It came out first!” This series was just so good! I really loved it!! I admit the last book in the series was not quite as good, but it was an extra book (Rightfully named Extras…hahah) written later, so I can excuse that.
I’m still waiting for that Uglies movie that will, unfortunately, probably never happen…
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is another lovely book that I adore, that I don’t really talk about ever. It’s just a nice little book, and it really makes you think about the way we need to treat people. This is an easy read, but very high quality, and I would recommend this book to everybody, too!
Sixth on my list is:
- I absolutely love this book and the entire series! It’s one of my absolute favorites. I cannot wait for the movie coming out Sept. 30, and while I know it’s going to be different from the books, I hope it still does justice for this series. Otherwise I will be very upset. Depending on my mood that day, I may cry. haha 🙂
- This was such a fun series! Nobody I know has ever read the Sweet Seasons series, but I really enjoyed them. There’s a book for each season too, which was a lot of fun to read the books during the corresponding seasons.
- I have not read the final book in the Matched trilogy yet, but I really enjoyed the first two books. This is a very fun series, and I personally, really enjoyed this one, because it’s not always quite as intense as other dystopians.
Ninth on my list:
- Honestly, I absolutely love all of Sarah Dessen’s books! She is the queen of YA contemporary. Of all her books that I have read so far, I think Just Listen is my favorite.
And lastly on my list is:
- This was such a heartfelt, moving novel! I read Tell The Wolves I’m Home over a year ago, and I still think about it.
That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! What’s on your list? Let me know!
At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.
Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.
What I Thought
I read Maybe Someday because I have heard so much praise for Colleen Hoover, and every single one of her books. I just had to see what the hype was all about!
I’ll admit, I was a bit disappointed with this book. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it quite a bit, and I do plan on reading more Colleen Hoover books, but the thing is, I think because I heard so many wonderful things about it, I had this idea that it was going to be “the best book ever,” and for me anyway, it wasn’t that. It was, however, a good love story!
Something I really loved about this book was how music was incorporated so fully throughout the entire novel. Music played such an important part in Sydney and Ridge’s relationship. I also really liked that an actual soundtrack was made! It was really incredible to truly be able to hear the music come to life. This was a really creative idea, and I really appreciated that.
The twists in this novel were so good. This wasn’t just a typical love story; and I loved that. All of the characters felt very realistic as well. I loved them all, except Warren, which might be an unpopular opinion, because I feel like most people really loved him. For me though, I just found him a bit…obnoxious.
Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I really don’t have any big complaints, so I’m not sure why I didn’t love it as much as everyone else. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for a contemporary book when I read it?
Also, if you go to the Maybe Someday website, there’s an epilogue that gives a bit more closure for a certain character, which I really appreciated!
Today is Top Ten Tuesday – A weekly bookish list created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR
- I bought Dorothy Must Die forever ago, but I still haven’t read it! All this talk about Yellow Brick War has made me really want to start this series though.
- Reached is another book I’ve had in my shelf for awhile that I still haven’t read. I’m not sure why either, because I’ve always really enjoyed this series!
- Yet another book I’ve had on my shelf for over a year that I have not read! This is actually 3 books in 1, and I haven’t read any of them yet. I really loved the original Christy Miller series, and I’m curious to read these and see what happens next!
- I borrowed this book from the library, so I’m going to have to read this one very soon. It’s due on the 25th
- I’ve hear nothing but good things about this book!
- I’ve heard this book is so good, and the story sounds so interesting! Someone just needs to buy this book for me so I can read it now!
- Dance of Fire is another book I’ve had for a while that I’ve yet to read!
- Another book I own; another book I haven’t read… Half my bookshelves are basically overflowing with books I’ve had for 6 months+ that I haven’t read! 😂
That’s it for this week! What books are on your Spring TBR?
Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened?
Someone is lying.
What I Thought
First, can we talk about that cover for a moment? It is so beautiful and unique! 😍
Anyway, this is the first book that I’ve heard about and read by April Tucholke. So, I really didn’t know what kind of story to expect, other than the fact that it was a mystery of sorts. I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
Wink Poppy Midnight is told from three different perspectives by the main characters of the story, Wink, Poppy, and Midnight. Each chapter is fairly short, which I loved, because short chapters give me an excuse to read “just one quick chapter more!” The writing in general, is very beautiful; it’s descriptive, without being overly so, and it is just written in a very imaginative, poetic way. Some of the sentences are just so beautifully written.
I really enjoyed the characters as well. I felt the characters were very fleshed out, even most of the supporting characters, and I felt like they all had a story to tell. There was a bit of mystery in everyone, and I loved that. Throughout the entire book, I was trying to see where certain plot points were going, and which characters were lying, and which character was being honest, and who was hiding something. This book definitely had a mysterious vibe, even before things really started to get going.
I really did not see the ending coming at all, which I really liked also. The only thing I was confused about, or maybe I just missed something, was the very end. I’m not going to spoil anything, but I wasn’t sure if a certain something did or did not happen, or if it was left to interpretation. So, I’d really like to talk about the ending with someone who has finished this book, so I can get their perspective!! 🙂
Other than that, this story was a really good, fast-paced read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a different kind of mystery, or someone who is a fan of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart or The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle.
**I got this book for free, as part of the First To Read program by Penguin, for the purpose of providing an honest review. Wink Poppy Midnight will be released March 22, 2016!**
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
– find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
– need a liver transplant
– drive his car into a house
Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
– well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.
For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.
Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted … but maybe should have.
And Alice is caught in the middle.
Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.
What I Thought
This was the first book I’ve read from Huntley Fitzpatrick. So, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into exactly! I will say I hadn’t realized The Boy Most Likely was a sequel to My Life Next Door. Technically it’s described as a companion novel, since it’s about Tim and Alice, but there are a lot of Jace and Sam in this book as well, and they talk about a lot of what happened in, I’m assuming, My Life Next Door, and I think it would have helped me get into the book better in the beginning chapters, if I had known that. So, I definitely recommend reading MLND before The Boy Most Likely.
Despite a confusing beginning (which is only because I missed the memo on this book being a sequel), this book was still such a page turner! The characters in this book were fantastic and so real. What I really liked about Tim and Alice’s relationship was the fact that this wasn’t “insta-love.” Tim realizes he is a mess, and he truly is trying to better himself. Alice is the typical date-and-dump kind of gal, but begins to realize maybe there can be more than that. I also love, love, loved that Alice actually truly cared about her family! She was clearly overworked, but she never resented her parents or her siblings or anything like that, which is something I haven’t read in a lot of books. It seems that the “overworked child” usually ends up escaping her mean, selfish family, and it was refreshing to see the earnest love Alice and her family had for each other. She actually cared about her family, and likewise, her family actually loved and cared about her too! The whole family was really wonderful! It was nice to read about a big family that all actually loved and supported each other amidst the struggles.
One thing I want to make known, is this would definitely be a book for an older YA reader. There’s quite a bit of language and sexual content that may not be appropriate for some younger teens. Despite that though, if you’re looking for a more mature, YA novel, featuring honest characters who are truly trying to better themselves and a positive family image (well, for Alice’s family anyway…), with a realistically paced romance, then this book is for you!
With this book, Tim Mason just might be the boy most likely to steal your heart! (hehe sorry I couldn’t help it!)
**I got this book for free to review as part of the First to Read program. The Boy Most Likely To will be released August 18, 2015!**
Review originally written July 2015.