Posts Tagged: realistic fiction

Jul 04
Review: The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

Review: The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

3 Stars, Reviews 0

I’ve read many of Ellen Hopkin’s over the years and I’ve enjoyed almost all of them. Hopkins’ writing style is so unique and unlike what you usually see when reading YA fiction, and that’s because Ellen writes her YA books mostly in verse. I love this. However, this time around, I just couldn’t really love this book or its characters. The Plot ♥ Ariel is used to living on the run, except she’s never been aware that that’s what it’s been…. Read more »

Jun 10
Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

5 Stars, Reviews 2

The Hate U Give is SUCH a powerful and emotional book. It’s nearly impossible to express just how much this book made me feel. It’s rare to come across a book that does so much in such an unbelievably great way. Angie Thomas manages to create a moving, powerful story with a message that NEEDS to be heard. But at the same time, she incorporates so many elements of everyday teenage life – friends, school, romantic relationships, familial relationships. LITERALLY… Read more »

May 13
Review: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Review: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

4 Stars, Reviews 10

Hola! I found Before I Go to Sleep to be quite intriguing. I knew the experience would be different, with it being the first adult novel I’ve ever read. It definitely suits me recently turning 20 (woop woop). To put it in the simplest of terms, it was good. I won’t go as far as to say that it was amazing, but I definitely did enjoy myself. I guess that’s all that really matters, right? Alright, gotta do a little background… Read more »

Dec 19
Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

4 Stars, Reviews 2

Every time I find out Sarah Dessen is releasing a new book I freak out and get super excited… but of course these announcements are always wayyy too early and by the time the book is released I forget because clearly my memory is a mess. If you guys remember the giveaway we hosted a few weeks ago, the winner, Anjanette, choose Saint Anything as the prize, and it fortunately reminded me that I also wanted to read this book. (Anjanette,… Read more »

Jun 17
Review: Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Review: Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

5 Stars, Reviews 2

Ask the Passengers is funny and honest, and an experience I will never forget. While it doesn’t exactly tackle anything new, the style and voice of A.S. King is unique and perfect. Add that to her ability to weave in a bit of magic, and it’s hard to doubt that Ask the Passengers is anything but original. Astrid Jones is struggling. Her family… well, it’s safe to say it sucks, her friends are pushy, and her town is small. Small-minded, mostly,… Read more »

Jul 22
Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

5 Stars, Reviews 7

Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a book that really hit home. Alcoholism, drugs, abuse, absentee parents… I could go on. If I wasn’t crying for the characters, I was relating to them, and with this book, and A.S. King’s writing, it was like I was apart of the book. Like I was living in Vera’s world instead of my own, but I wasn’t, because our world’s are the same. “Is it okay to hate a dead kid? Even if you loved him once? Even if… Read more »

Jul 19
Review: Random by Tom Leveen

Review: Random by Tom Leveen

5 Stars, Reviews 4

First off, let me say that Tom Leveen is a freaking GENIUS! I loved everything about Random… well, except the main character, Tori, but more on that later. Random is about a girl, Tori, who is being blamed, along with six others, for the suicide of a fellow student because of, as Tori liked to call them, a few ‘joking comments’ they made on a social media site. Tori, now isolated from all her so-called friends who were involved in… Read more »

Jul 17
Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

5 Stars, Reviews 4

Oh gosh. This book was NOT what I was expecting. At times, I felt like I couldn’t relate AT ALL to any of the characters, like they were unrealistic or too cliché, I don’t know… but then there were parts where my heart ached for the characters- even the ones I so desperately wanted to hate. Elaine is the popular girl, the one you want to hate but can’t. She acknowledges all her faults and doesn’t deny how crappy some… Read more »

Mar 28
Review: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Review: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

4 Stars, Reviews 2

I was expecting something a little darker, maybe even moodier, when I picked up this book, and even though it was lighter than I expected, I still fell in love with Faking Normal. Alexi seems like a normal, functioning teenage girl, except she’s not. She’s hiding something, something that brings her to her closet nearly every night to scratch the back of her neck or to count the slashes in the vent above her bed. Faking Normal opens to a… Read more »

Jan 10
Review: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Review: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

4 Stars, Reviews 0

I went through a phase a few years ago where all I read was Sarah Dessen. I’ve read every single one of her books, except This Lullaby which I purchased the audio book of, but somehow lost it… but that’s another story. Point is, I was addicted to reading all things by Dessen, so of course, I read Lock and Key with huge expectations. I wasn’t disappointed. The main thing I love about Sarah Dessen’s books are the characters. They’re… Read more »