Roxy by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

This dynamic team of father and son never disappoint! I’ve had my eyes on this book for a long while, and I’m excited to share it with you.

Thank you Simon Teen for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: The freeway is coming. It will cut the neighborhood in two. Construction has already started, pushing toward this corridor of condemned houses and cracked concrete with the momentum of the inevitable. Yet there you are, in the fifth house on the left, fighting for your life. Ramey, I. The victim of the bet between two manufactured gods: the seductive and lethal Roxy (Oxycontin), who is at the top of her game, and the smart, high-achieving Addison (Adderall), who is tired of being the helpful one, and longs for a more dangerous, less wholesome image. The wager—a contest to see who can bring their mark to “the Party” first—is a race to the bottom of a rave that has raged since the beginning of time. And you are only human, dazzled by the lights and music. Drawn by what the drugs offer—tempted to take that step past helpful to harmful…and the troubled places that lie beyond. But there are two I. Rameys—Isaac, a soccer player thrown into Roxy’s orbit by a bad fall and a bad doctor and Ivy, his older sister, whose increasing frustration with her untreated ADHD leads her to renew her acquaintance with Addy. Which one are you?

This is a deep story. If you struggle with drugs or are affected by someone who does, let this be a warning to you. I can see how this book can affect people from all walks of live who have dealt with OxyContin and/or Adderall. I think this is an incredibly thought-provoking story and really unique in it’s plot. It brings to light a lot of societal issues that really do need to be addressed. While I have seen reviews from people who are concerned about the way Adderall is expressed in this book, I didn’t find offense to it or think it was not shared in an appropriate light (and this is coming from someone who has taken this medication on and off in my lifetime to treat my ADD). I think the character development and relationships shared in this story really are what make this read all worth while.

4/5 Stars

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I got a pretty awesome package from Simon Teen – I’m pretty much obsessed with this artwork and the mug!

Thank you to Simon Teen for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Today, she hates him. It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time. Tonight, she puts up with him. When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other. As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.

I really wanted to love this book. It has every trope I desire in a young adult novel! I think I just really didn’t like the main character Rowan. She got on my last nerve and I wanted to just move on from her from the beginning. It also didn’t really seem like a true high school experience that you or I would have had (can’t fault that though, it just seemed totally unrealistic). I also wasn’t a fan of the cussing. I felt like it was there to look cool? It just felt so out of place and unnecessary. What a bummer.

2.5/5 Stars

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

Chasing Lucky

I’m a huge fan of Jenn’s. She is one of the best at creating a feel-good young adult romance/coming-of-age story! Here’s her latest novel, Chasing Lucky!

Thank you Simon Teen for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there. What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame. Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…

Ugh, I wanted to love this way more than I did. Part of it is because I think I’ve read so many young adult romance novels in my lifetime that I feel like every single one of them is a story about a girl and trying to survive a move with their single parent. I just felt like the beginning of this story has been done so many times and I’m ready for something new and unique. I still love Jenn’s writing and great way at capturing all the emotions on paper, I just was hoping for something slightly different. I’m still adding this to my library!

3/5 Stars

Start Here by Trish Doller

Summer time reading always reminds me of a good young adult book. That’s mostly because I spent every summer growing up reading them! I couldn’t end my summer without having read Trish’s latest book!

Thank you Simon Pulse for gifting me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Willa and Taylor were supposed to spend the summer after high school sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend, Finley. But Finley died before graduation, leaving them with a twenty-five-foot sailboat, a list of clues leading them to destinations along the way, and a friendship that’s hanging by a thread. Now, Willa and Taylor have two months and two thousand miles to discover how life works without Finley—and to decide if their own friendship is worth saving.

Sometimes books about friendship tend to lose my interest half way through. That was not the case with this book! I love Trish’s writing style and was captivated by these characters. I think the locations mentioned in the book and their adventures really made me love this book more than I anticipated! It’s emotional and heart-warming. I want to be best friends with these two! This honestly was the perfect book to end my summer reading escapades. I will be holding this one close to read for next summer!

5/5 Stars

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

I have seen Jenn’s work at the bookstores for many years, but can you believe I haven’t read one of her books until now? Ugh, I am so ashamed! But, you guys, get a load of her newest book!

Thank you Simon Pulse for gifting me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Birdie has gone through a lot in her childhood. Losing her parents and then raised by her strict grandparents, Birdie has had a lot to experience on her own. Her mother’s best friend has helped in that process. Birdie has turned to mystery books for most of her life for new adventures (a girl after my own heart). Then, a one-night stand with Daniel has completely changed her perspective on things. She was incredibly nervous about their interaction and actually ran away right after they hooked-up. Little did she know that Daniel was her new co-worker at her latest job. Can she handle this new adventure in her life?

THIS BOOK IS SO DARN CUTE. It’s weird though…I fell in love with Birdie as a character, but hated her initial interactions with Daniel. I wanted to scream at her! He was just so stinking adorable and she was totally missing the memo! Of course, that makes this book all the more addicting to read. There’s something so magical about reading books about a first love. This one takes the cake.

5/5 Stars

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

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I’m a sucker for books on chronic illness most likely because I have one myself. I was once a teen struggling with chronic illness, so I really resonate with these kind of stories.

Thank you Simon Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest review.

Stella has been suffering from cystic fibrosis her whole life. She’s been in and out of the hospital multiple times, documenting her adventures on youtube along the way. She’s in the hospital this time to prep for getting a new pair of lungs. During her time spent there, she gets to catch up with her long time hospital friend and meet a new one along the way. This new friend, Will, is stubborn as can be, and is also fighting for his life with cystic fibrosis. Can their different personalities mesh together? Can they be friends? or more? Remember, two people with cystic fibrosis always have to stay six feet apart….

From my understanding, this book is actually written from the screenplay of the movie, so essentially the movie came first. I felt like this book was really rushed. I feel like people are really trying to live up to the “Fault In Our Stars” hype and it doesn’t actually have to be a thing. On the flip-side, they really nailed the emotions and feelings that CF patients go through. It’s something I could relate to. I felt like Will started off as this stern “I don’t care” kind of person and he was SOO quick to change to something completely opposite. For example, in the beginning of the book, you learn that Will lets his friends stay in his hospital bed to hookup (something I was completely turned off by – like really?). Towards the end of the book, nothing like that would’ve happend. It’s just totally unrealistic. The ending? There are many things I would like to say about it, but I want to keep this spoiler-free. The motivation of some people after a certain event happens was a little disheartening. I would love to chat more with those of you that do read it.

Also, I was trying to find out why this movie came about in the first place, let alone the book afterwards. Were people motivated by real-life CF patients? Was it just a spin-off of the other chronic-illness books out there? I couldn’t find any information on that, but I am very curious to know!

3/5 Stars

 

This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher

Thank you to Simon Pulse for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

You are cordially invited to a murder mystery party. The first person who solves the murder wins a $50,000 scholarship. Interested?

You will meet 5 teenagers, all of wihch are hiding deep secrets. Soon enough, they will learn that someone among them knows everything about them. It’s going to get real. this party is unlike any other you’ve ever been to. Are they willing to make it to the end? Are they even safe?

The Breakfast Club meets Clue meets Pretty Little Liars meets Agatha Christie – those are all the vibes I got while reading this! The first seven chapters were a bit dull for me. I didn’t feel the excitement in wanting to read more until chapter 7 hit. I was intrigued about the lies these characters were holding, but not about the characters themselves. I had to keep reading to find out how someone knew every little detail about their lives, all the way down to deleted pictures that no one else had ever seen. Crazy! Their personalities left me wanting more…they were very stereotypical. If you liked Pretty Little Liars, I think you’ll really enjoy this one.

3.5/5 Stars