Author: Kim Culbertson
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads: A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.
Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?
Ope’s Opinion: This is a really cute story. I would encourage my teen to read this one. The main character ( Carter ) had good moral standards, other interests besides boys, and cared about her family. All things I would want a teen to be encourage to be like.
It took me a little while to get into this story, but it was worth it. Being introduced to everyone and setting up the reason Carter would say yes to Parker’s proposal took a little longer then I expected. I wanted to jump right into it, but the set up was necessary to understand Carter.
The ending was realistic. After all, these are seventeen year olds. They have a lot of life left to live.
I was amazed at all the YA books that were offered this year at BEA. A lot of the authors were new to me. I was excited to receive books that might lead me to an author I had never read before. Then there were the authors that I couldn’t wait to get another book I knew would be amazing.
Morgan Matson’s book Since You’ve Been Gone was one I couldn’t wait to get. It was great to meet her. Susan Colasanti was really sweet – her books didn’t arrive, so she had to mail them out. She was so friendly.
Rebecca Serle’s book Famous in Love looks awesome!
She even emailed me after BEA – very impressed.
Rachel Harris is an author I have not read.
The Fine Art of Pretending looks like it will be fun to read.
Breathe, Annie, Breathe was on TBR list before I knew
Miranda Kenneally was going to be at BEA!
So many to read – can’t read fast enough.
Any recommendation where I should start?
Author: Chris Lynch
Publisher: Atheneum Books
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads: “I am a good guy. Good guys don’t do bad things. Good guys understand that no means no, and so I could not have done this because I understand.”
Keir Sarafian knows many things about himself. He is a talented football player, a loyal friend, a devoted son and brother. Most of all, he is a good guy.
And yet the love of his life thinks otherwise. Gigi says Keir has done something awful. Something unforgivable.
Keir doesn’t understand. He loves Gigi. He would never do anything to hurt her. So Keir carefully recounts the events leading up to that one fateful night, in order to uncover the truth. Clearly, there has been a mistake.
But what has happened is, indeed, something inexcusable.
Ope’s Opinion: This book was so difficult to read. I felt like the author was just rambling all over the place. It was so repetitive, I found my mind drifting off while I was reading.
This felt like a male justification for rape. In the end, I wanted Keir to see he made a mistake. All he did was continue to say I am a good guy, so I couldn’t do it. No growth in his character. I wanted to yell at him to grow up and take responsibility for his actions. I hope this character is not a reflection of this author.
Rating: Two Chairs – I may have one friend who might like this book.
Author: Marilyn Grey
Publisher: Winslet Press
Genre: New Adult
Source: Winslet Press
Goodreads: Gavin Kessler is one of the most sensitive and emotional people you’d ever know, except you’d never know it. Trying to find out how he feels is like pulling a one-hundred pound bucket of water out of a seventy foot well. But when he finally falls in love and meets the woman of his dreams, who is set on getting to know every part of him, for better or worse, his walls crumble as he is forced to stand face-to-face with the past he’s been avoiding.
Continue the stories of your favorite characters from Where Love Finds You in this sequel written from Gavin s perspective.
Ope’s Opinion: With Marilyn Grey, expect the unexpected in her books.
It was fun to see Gavin’s perspective. I enjoyed seeing his and Ella’s relationship grow. I loved Ella’s stand not to live with Gavin even while they were engaged. I also love the fact that there was no foul language in the book. This awesome love story is very romantic and mature.
I do want to know what happens to Sarah, Mwenye and the others.
Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.