Isla had a crush on Josh since her freshman year. She pined for him for three years and accepted that her cause was hopeless. She miserably watched him date a much cooler, older girl and knew he would never look at her. Then all his friends graduated and he was left alone. Josh had never been very academically motivated, but now he seemed to have lost all reason to attend classes. A fateful meeting before school reopened, caused Josh to seek Isla out and slowly they became friends and then more. (more…)
It was five minutes till midnight hour and my phone alarm went off. I straightened against the side of the building and fumbled to get it out of my jeans to shut off the insistent buzzing. My gloved fingers made this more difficult than usual, but I couldn’t take them off in this cold.
Charm smiled down at me and said, “Is it time for you to go home? At the stroke of midnight like a modern day Cinderella?“
I laughed awkwardly, the warmth I’d found in his arms slowly fading as my mind circled through the consequences of delaying any longer.
“I do have to go,” I told him, still smiling. “My dad isn’t that strict but I have a curfew.”
“Alright,” he said, pulling me closer, he words a warm puff on my cold forehead. “I’ll drop you home. Leave your car here. I’ll pick you up in the morning for classes.” One hand circled my waist while the other pressed into the middle of my back. He held me like he didn’t want to let go. (more…)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What I expected on first picking up this book —
A boy losing his voice in an accident and a love story where he wins his girl despite new obstacles originating from his own insecurities and social scrutiny. Basically a story about a boy learning not only to accept his disability but to triumph inspite of it. Heart warming stuff. I want to read!
What I got halfway through the book —
Everything I expected above PLUS a parallel emerging storyline about Sam – this girl he’s trying to win. He’s won her, but the real point of conflict isn’t that, it is the girl’s own life and the baggages that she has — does Jake have it in him to handle them and keep his girl?
What I decided I loved about the book by the time I flipped to the last page — (more…)
Ted Wilder walked down the corridor of his high school, taking in all the changes that had been made in the last ten years. The building was nearly empty now, a few stragglers remained near the lockers lining the walls. Some walked by him, talking and laughing, not really paying any attention to him.
A part of him was relieved. He had craved attention once. Been obsessed with it.
But the last two years had helped rid him of his fondness for the spotlight.
Almost. He had to admit he was a little offended at not being recognized. Then again, he’d met the team he was going to coach yesterday and they had certainly known who he was.
He exhaled in a huff and laughed softly to himself. Arrogant bastard.
The principal’s office was around the corner and he sped up knowing that he was late for his appointment.
He knocked on the door and waited for Principal Rain to ask him to come in. A few minutes ticked by. He tried the knob and found the door open.
He entered to find an empty office. He looked around for the new principal. The office looked exactly as it had ten years ago- small and crowded. Filing cabinets and trophy showcases lined the walls. The large desk was piled with papers, though arranged in neat rows. He looked over the tower of papers, wondering if the new Principal might be small enough to hide behind them. Nope, the chair was empty.
Ted whirled around (more…)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The best thing about this book? It surprises. How often do teenage romances surprise you? The protagonist is a smart, level headed girl who (predictably) has issues to sort through, but never spirals down into melodramatic fits.
They said in the blurb that there is a love triangle in the story. It took me half the book to find it. It’s perfectly placed. I’m glad it took me that long, and while I kept wandering – what love triangle? She’s already with the guy she wants – Kenneally snuck up the ‘other guy’ into my heart. I liked him from the get-go, but assumed he was a really strong secondary character.
After all the stuff I wrote above it’ll take you five minutes to realize who the other guy is once you start the book. But I’m sure you’ll appreciate her writing never the less.
Jordon is a little prejudiced against the cheerleaders who fraternize with the more social of her team, since some of them make a point of trashing her out of hearing of the boys, but she gets over it, and I like how the author portrays the girl’s biases and faults. It endears Jordon to me.
Great read, I’ll probably come back to it again in a few months. 🙂
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