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!


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

90210: A TV show series on Netflix


90210: The main group of characters. Find the episodes on Netflix and maybe Youtube.

90210 is a TV show based on a group of friends as they travel through high school and college. It deserves a 3/5 star rating. I feel like the same problems were being repeated season after season. The friends date one another and then they cheat on them with a different friend. Or they would keep lying to each other. Basically, it seems that the group of friends never really learn from their mistakes. Because of this, in the end, I didn’t really feel connected to them. So, when the TV series ended I didn’t feel particularly upset that the show was over. But, though there were many repeats of events there were a couple good plot lines that really surprised me. I think you should first try an episode and see if you like it. And if an episode gets too boring, you can always skip it since at the start of every episode there is a quick one-minute recap of the one before.

3/5 stars    Reason: Too many re-occurring situations

PG-13   Often, they call each other curse word names and there are quite a few “intimate” scenes.

P.S  you will be able to catch on very quickly when it comes to who is who and what their social status is.

** I don’t think 90210 is on live TV anymore, just Netflix, and maybe Youtube

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

This song is so beautiful. It could be matched up with a lot of different books, but the book that I choose is Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

5/5 stars

PG This song is for anyone to listen to. There are no bad words/scenes, only inspiration, and the inner strength.

Shatter Me is about a girl who’s looks could kill, but touch will kill. We journey with her, as she is stuck in an asylum kept company only by the screams of the insane and the nightmares recapping the deadly deeds she has performed. Until, one day, Adam, a boy that she used to know, comes tapping at her cell door, coming to join her. She only has to stay with him a while before she figures out who he really is. Hold on tight as Juliette is spun up in a whirlwind of the chase for power. Many people in this tornado believe that she is the key to getting all power once and for all. Will Juliette be so disoriented that she chooses the wrong side? Read the book to find out.

Young PG-13 (PG-13, but for kids on the younger end of it)  Reason: A few lines about memorizing every inch of a body, and a few scenes with people almost being sexually assaulted without consent. (I use this language so that it can be confusing for younger children who’s parents haven’t had that talk with them, but is still clear enough for others to understand.)

5/5 stars I loved this book. It has become one of my favorites (plus the covers look SO pretty!).

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)