Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

title cover

I put off reading Eleanor and Park for a long time, thinking that it was just another fluffy contemporary. It was a long time before I finally wanted a fluffy contemporary and grabbed this off the shelf. I thought it started out strangely for a it’s genre. It actually didn’t start out as “boy see’s girl for the first time and want to be her boyfriend” or vice versa. It started weirdly but soon got back on to the usual track. There was always a dark thread that ran through the book, but what was really surprising was the huge dark twist that Rainbow Rowell threw in there at the end. I couldn’t believe it, I literally had to read that page several times before I could accept the fact. It also didn’t end as expected. It didn’t really end with boy gets girl. More like boy is starting to get girl. In the end, I would give this book a 4.7/5 stars like a 94%. It’s missing 6% because I thought some parts in the middle could be a little bit of a bore.

4.7/5 stars or 94%

Older end of PG-13

some serious talks about sexual assault and sexual harassment. The sexual assault almost happened, and the sexual harassment did happen.

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson book jacket

Emily has been waiting outside Sloane’s empty house for the past two weeks hoping for her to come back. Sloane has always been there for her, but she’s always been just out of reach so that Emily had to step out of comfort zone to join her. But this time? Sloane is completely out of reach. She’s left with no means of communication, just disappeared. Until, one day, Emily received a letter. There wasn’t an apology, there wasn’t even a return address, just a list of summer dares. It didn’t matter. This was something, and it was from  Sloane. Emily expected the list to lead her to her one and only best friend Sloane, what she didn’t expect was to make several new friends while she was at it, and definitely not a boyfriend. But does Emily have the guts to complete the list? Will she ever be reunited with Sloane? Or will Emily sink back into the shadows without Sloane’s presence?

The list of summer dares:

This book, while cute, also seemed to have some deep underlying meanings. It seemed to be just as much about loyalty and trust than it was about friendship. Though there were some deeper meanings, I still enjoyed the light and fluffy nature of the book. It was really fun and summer-y. This book is how I’m going to kick off summer reading every year. There is really nothing bad to say about it (plus the book jacket is literally summer perfection). So, read it and tell me what you thought of it!

Rating:

5/5 stars

PG-13 (on the younger side)   Reason: 0-3 curse words, and 0-3 “intimate” scenes

Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Told from the perspective of Greg, we go through the struggles with him as he gets to know Rachel, a girl who has been diagnosed with leukemia. It all starts with Greg’s mom forcing him to go over to Rachel’s house. This sets off a series of events, where Greg and his best friend Earl share their secrets with her. This book is written in a quirky style. Greg talks very casually and sometimes he includes scenes written in a play like form.

This book is often compared to The Fault in Our Stars, but it really can’t be. I felt like Greg didn’t have any overall change by the end of the book and the book itself wasn’t very deep. The book would have been much more interesting had it been told from Earl’s point of view. I feel like Earl had more overall change than Greg. Greg was just a funny jerk who had no sympathy and didn’t really care about Rachel.

Okay, enough ranting. Onto the rating:

2/5 stars Reason: No character change from the main character. The main reason why I gave it any stars at all was because it was very funny and Earl deserves some credit.

PG-13 (older): A lot of sexual talk, and lots of cursing

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

What does Gia do when the Bradley, the boyfriend that her friends think is make believe, decides to dump her in the prom parking lot? Well, obviously, she finds a cute boy who is dropping off his sister to pretend to be him. Duh. I mean, it’s not that much to ask. Just a few hours, a few small lies, and no commitment whatsoever. Plus, Gia is willing to return the favor if needed. But what happens when, even after prom, the Fill-In Bradley’s (who’s name she doesn’t even know) is all Gia can think about? And what about when the real Bradley shows up again, wanting to rekindle their love? Can Gia pull of this giant lie? Or will she fail miserably, losing everything she ever loved? This contemporary embodies a very important life lesson. It was one of my favorite reads. The romance was so fluffy and cute that it completely won me over.

5/5 stars

Contemporary (not much action)

PG   0-3 curse words (minor), 0-1 intimate scenes (if so, insignificant)

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

the cover

It all started with a run-in on the bell tower. Two teenagers could have fallen to their death, but they didn’t. Maybe it was luck, or maybe it was fate. Either way two teenagers were saved. Theodore Finch, or better known as Theodore Freak, according to his peers, is driven by the thought of death. Every day he asks himself, “Is today a good day to die?” But some amount of good, no matter how small, always ends up keeping him alive. Violet Markey’s only reason for living is the thought of tomorrow, the thought of the future. Ever since the accident she can’t seem to live in the moment. She’s always marking off the days. Always. Until, she is forced to do a project with Theodore. While they are traveling around Indiana for their school report, she realizes that he is the only one making her live presently. But Theodore is hiding a secret. This secret can tear them apart, whether they want it to or not. This realistic fiction book is heart-wrenching. Set in present times All the Bright Places got me to both laugh and cry. Jennifer Niven did a wonderful job mixing up the emotions in this book.

Stars: 5/5

Rating: PG-13

The reason for my age rating: There are a few bad words as well as 2 to 3 insignificant sex scenes. This book also talks about the mature topic of suicide as well as personality disorders. They even touch a little bit on abuse.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book. Tell me if you want to read it, and if you have read it, tell me what you think!

Also, this will become a major motion picture. I believe it is around 2017, but I could be wrong.

The song that matches this book is (Don’t watch until after you’ve read the book. The lyrics could spoil part of it!): Ellie Goulding – All I Want by Kodaline (cover)

On The Fence by Kasie West

Hey guys,

I just finished reading On the Fence by Kasie West. I thought it was FANTASTICAL!!!!!!! I loved it and thought it was really great. In the beginning, I really dislike Charlie, but as the book progressed she became So much more likable. I was really rooting for the neighbor/boyfriend to work out, and not the rich kid relationship to work out. I won’t tell you which one actually works out though! This was a really cute contemporary. It didn’t really have that much of a deep meaning, the deepest it goes is when Charlie’s mom dies when she is young.

Rating: PG

Inappropriateness (scale 0-10, 10 being really inappropriate): 1 (boyfriend/girlfriend, one minor topic about suicide)

Stars: 4.5 ❤

I have attached the cover. It doesn’t look as good as the book really is though!

(Tell me in the comments if you liked the rating system!)

The cover of On the Fence by Kasie West

The Selection: The series

I started reading this series a few days ago. Boy oh boy, such a drama-filled romance series. Of course, there is a love triangle. This is between Aspen (America’s first love) and Maxon (the prince). The story is told from the perspective of the main character America. I would tell you more , but am too afraid that I’ll spoil you by accident. Read the book, come back, tell me your experience, praise with me, and rant with me. I know that sounds like a lot, but I can’t wait to share my opinions with you guys, as well as hear you guys’ too!

And as just a little something extra (for the last book The One) I chose a song: I Choose You by Sara Bareilles

Take care!