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Thoughts on In Real Life

In Real Life  By Jessica Love
How it Stacks Up.......  ★★1/2☆☆///50%///224 pages
I received a review copy from St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for an honest review. This, however, does not change my ability or desire to state my opinion in any way, shape, or form.
So What's It About? 
Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another. There's just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met. Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she's supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him. Hannah's romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and meets Nick's girlfri…

Does This Mean I'm Not A Reader Anymore?

Just by the URL of this blog, you can tell that I really like books, or used to anyway. Yes, I just said I used to really like books. As in used to, which is in past tense. This is the reason I'm writing this post. You may have noticed in the past few months, but I'm not reading as much as I used to. This is not because I have read too many books, or anything like that, but rather that I'm doing other things. 
Recently, I have discovered that while I still do really like reading, it's not my life anymore. I used to read for hours upon hours a night, and that was what I needed at the time. However, right now I'm not  gravitating towards books as much as I used to. This is a good thing, as I am becoming more well-rounded with my activities, and I'm developing better relationships with my friends and family. I have gotten into many new activities, such as predictable things for me, like knitting and photography, and some other not so predictable things, like lacr…

Quotes Show You A Story (ft. Side Affects May Vary)

Since I believe that if you pick certain quotes out a story, you will be shown the story, I have now made a new feature for it. Oh, and this Quotes Show You A Story will be focusing on Side Affects May Vary By Julie Murphy. 
“Truth and fiction were one big blur.” This quote is very true for our main character, Alice. Alice didn’t know what she wanted to live and what was the truth to her. With how Alice acted you would think she lived in fiction because she did whatever she wanted.
“But even though we lived the truth, there were some things I would never know how to say out loud.” I think that this quote represents Alice’s relationship with her parents. She almost never asked them about what issues were deeply gnawing at her. I get that most teens don’t have that great of relationship with their parents, but Alice didn’t even try.

“But just because it was normal didn’t make it cut any less deep.” This describes how Alice lives. She allows herself to be cut at again and again before lash…

Thoughts on The Tragic Age By Stephen Metcalfe

How it Stacks Up.... ★★1/2☆☆//50%//310 pages//teen fiction So What's It About? This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn't always work- not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven't applied to college. Billy's life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another's mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and ador…

Review Mashup #4: Geek Girl and Emmy & Oliver

“Magic comes when you’re not looking for it.”
This book was exactly what I need at that moment in time. I had just finished the most boring book of the century, Midnight in St. Petersburg and I needed something that was fluffy, easy to read, and funny. This book not only fulfilled those requirements, but it blasted my expectations out of the water.
As both a nerd and a geek, I could relate to Harriet on a certain level, but I felt like she wasn’t developed enough or mature enough for her age. I wonder why this book was classified as “Young Adult”. Geek Girl feels like a middle grade.
“Oh, she frightens me, but I’ll just frighten her right back.”
Harriet was cute, but she felt a bit young for her age. She did develop a lot throughout the course of the book. Harriet grows into someone more sensible, but she is still very young for her age and isn’t all that sensible. I really liked Harriet’s random spout of facts, but…