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Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

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Sustealingmmary via Goodreads: Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan’s Hundred Oaks High.

Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?

But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?.

Stealing Parker will forever be an all time favorite.

It is one of those books that you cannot put down and you love it and you love that you love it but really don’t know how to explain why to anyone else. Well, I’ll try.

Parker shows us the ugly side of high school. While at first she is living the life as Miss Popular, her life is on a sudden downward spiral. She is shunned by her friends and her church all the while her family is falling apart. She starts to lose herself and is having a hard time finding her way back. Besides her best friend, Drew, and an ever-present ‘friend’ that keeps popping up, Parker is putting her life back together all on her own.

When Parker meets Brian it is inevitable that he falls for him. He is older, good-looking, and plays baseball. Oh, and he’s the baseball coach. It’s kind of a sick twist on forbidden love. Brian starts out sweet but becomes a little bit creepy. He is so protective over Parker (which is a super annoying trait) and they aren’t even in an established relationship! Age difference isn’t always that big of a deal but because of him working for the school, I think that they take it too far. I realize that Parker is drawn to this older man but sometimes she doesn’t use her brain while in public…

It is Parker’s other love interest that makes things good. is kind of expected in an unexpected way if I can say that. Like of course she would fall for him. But wow, really, she fell for him? Read it to find out what I mean 🙂

Parker is a really strong character. She takes care of her dad, brother, and herself. Even though she allows herself to break down when she is alone, she puts up a tough front for her family. She is also extremely competitive and smart. She’s athletic and pretty. She’s stylish and kind. Do you get it yet? She’s perfect. But she isn’t treated like she is and she doesn’t feel like she is. Though she will act differently for those around her, Parker is very honest with the reader. She is down-to-earth and as cheesy as this sounds, she’s real. She can’t help but be herself.

In Stealing Parker we get an inside look on what it is like to be judged. Parker is a sweet and funny relatable girl who I can’t help but love while her classmates can’t help but hate. You will enjoy watch Parker grow up from her break downs and attempt to put the true Parker Shelton back together.

Catching Jordan was my first Miranda Kenneally experience, and Stealing Parker will not be my last!

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Summary: “Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

 As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?”

Love, love, LOVE this book! After I finished it I wished I could just keep on reading. I read this for my school book club and I’m so jealous of the people who are reading it right now. That’s how much I love this book.

From the very beginning I was hooked by the humor, romance, setting and the characters in this book. The setting was amazing for obvious reasons. I mean c’mon, it’s Paris! The craziest part is, Anna didn’t even want to go in the beginning! I want to go to Paris SO bad, so I was very much jealous of her. There was a lot of romance in this book and I’m also jealous of Anna again because she’s met Etienne. Everything that is Etienne seems amazing. He’s English, he’s funny, he’s charming, he’s hot. It’s no wonder everybody at the school is in love with him. The one problem for Anna is, Etienne has a girl friend.  Through out the book she struggles with this fact because Etienne seems to be giving her some signals, but she’s not sure how to interpret them. I loved reading about Anna’s feelings for him because it’s obvious she’s so in love, and whats better than a good love story, right? The whole time I was thinking, ‘Just be together’! But..something always seems to be standing in their way.

Anna was a good character because she’d never really had a relationship, and I enjoyed reading about her first real interest in someone. Her new friends were also neat characters because they all had such different personalities and along with the description of them, I could picture all of them really well. Her friends back at home, Bridget and Toph, I could also picture really well. Which is important because there’s nothing more irritating then reading a book and having a blank face for a character. Of course she loses touch with these two, but that’s to be expected since they’re so far away from each other for so long. But you do get to learn a little bit about them. My best friend also read this book and said she thought it was funny how at the end of the emails Bridget would send, she would say thing like ‘You suck’ instead of ‘I miss you’ or ‘I love you’. She said she could see me saying something like that to her if she went away 🙂 I don’t really have an opinion about Anna’s mom because she isn’t really a big part of the story but her dad definitely is and my thoughts about him aren’t good ones. He’s all about image, which is the reason Anna is away to begin with. He’s a famous author whose books get turned to movies, so he thought it was important his daughter went to school somewhere that meant something. In the end it turns out, but what kind of dad does that?!

Over all, I LOVED this book (Have I mentioned how much I love this book?). There was plenty of surprises and romance to keep it interesting and I could really connect with the characters. For sure one of my top favorites. I recommend this book for anyone looking for a good love story.

 5/5 Stars

Just Can’t Help Myself..

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So, right now, I cannot help myself. All I want to do is talk about books! I have so many favorite books, but I thought for now I could just talk about a few of them. On my Goodreads account I have a favorites shelf and I went through it and picked a few to talk about. Hardest. Thing. Ever! I have sooo many favorites it’s so hard to choose! I found myself thinking ‘Oh I’ll add that one too. Oh and that one. Oh hey I realllly liked this one.’ See my dilemma? Sooo this post may turn out to be much longer than I expected it to be.

Sean Griswold’s Head: This is a unbelievably cute book. The main character, Payton, is going through a really tough time with her family and doesn’t really know how to deal with her feelings. At school is a boy name Sean Griswold who she has always had classes with but is just now starting to notice him. The relationship between these two is so sweet and so special. Sean is a really great guy and you can’t help but love him. Biking was a really big part of this story, which was something new for me. It was really interesting to be honest. Payton finds that this is a great escape for her, and this is one of the ways that her and Sean bond.

Water for Elephants: I bought this book without really knowing much about it. I tend to enjoy historical fiction so I thought I would give it a shot. And I am so glad I did! Seriously, go buy it. Right now. All of the characters are so interesting and in their own way. Some sick and twisted, others sweet and will steal your heart. This is a truly amazing story about a boy who has lost his family and is in search of himself and in the oddest of places. The circus? Probably wasn’t expecting that. There he finds Marlena, who is beautiful and intriguing and he must have her. But, she is married. To the ring master (who is crazy I might add). How do you think this will end?
Between Shades of Gray: Also historical fiction, also the best book ever! This story will touch your heart and jerk at your tears. This is a beautifully written story about a girl named Lina and her confused family on a train to who-knows-where. Along with others they have only just met, they must stick together. They have no idea why they have been forced to leave everything behind, where they are going and how long they will be gone. This book is full of strengths and weaknesses, love and hate, happiness and sadness. A perfect mix of everything. You’re eyes will be glued to the pages til the very end.

The Hunger Games: I will forever be talking about The Hunger Games. Who does not love this trilogy? All three books (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) are such gripping stories and really stick with you long after you have finished reading them. Such tragic events take place you can’t help but keep running through them in your head. And the characters! What I would give to actually know them! Well, except maybe President Snow..(If you’ve read them you would agree). They are all so strong and amazing and intriguing. I could not even imagine what it would be like to experience what they do on a daily basis. Even through the pain and war of these books, romance can still been seen through the pages. Katniss is stuck in a bit of a love triangle between her good friend Gale and new friend Peeta (Team Peeta!). Both love her so adoringly, it’s hard to decide who should have her heart. Though at times sick and twisted, I promise you will not want to put this book down.

Pack Up The Moon: This is another book I just bought on a whim, hoping for the best (woohoo Border’s clearance!). And again, I was not disappointed. From the begin this book had my nose stuck between the pages. Emma is very confused and guilty throughout the book, but you’re always wishing the best for her. This a beautiful love story that will have you crying with heartbreak, but also laughing out loud. The book is set in Dublin, and a lot of the things she says are very silly and witty. Also, the author did not hold back in her writing, which worked wonders for the book! Some of the things that Emma says and thinks will kind of take you aback and surprise you, but it makes you love this character all the more. This is just such a great, great book, that I cannot imagine anyone not loving.

These are just five of my MANY favorite books. It was so hard to choose and I wish I could go on and on forever about all the rest. Friend me on Goodreads to see the rest of my favorite on my favorites shelf!

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

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Summary: “A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.”

–  This is the first sci-fi book I have ever read and I loved it! I couldn’t put it down and as soon as I finished it I was wanting more. Let’s just say I cannot wait until the release of the second book. Even though i loved it so much there were still some things that bothered me.

What I didn’t like:

One of the things that really bothered me about this book was how unsatisfied with everything Amy was. I understand that she was scared and upset and frustrated, but still. She complained about EVERYTHING. She complained about the way the air smelled, the way it felt. Really? I don’t see the big deal. Another thing that bothered me was how a lot of parts dragged on. It seemed like a lot the same thing was happening over and over again. For example, the frozen bodies being unplugged. Yes every time something was a little different but I just thought that was a little repetitive. Another thing I didn’t like was the character Eldest. If you’ve read the book you probably didn’t either, because that’s the point. He’s so secretive and mean and such an awful person, it makes you just want to SCREAM at him.

What I did like:

Pretty much everything else! I loved the Elder and how the way he feels about Amy, right from the start. Their relationship doesn’t start off very good, because of course Amy doesn’t want anything to do with him. But towards the end you can tell it’s going somewhere and that’s one of the biggest reasons I am so excited for the second book! I’m really interested to see where their relationship is going to go. Of course I’m rooting for them to be together, because while you’re reading you can’t help but want them to be together because of how in love Elder is.

The character in the book named Doc, I’m a little iffy about. He seems like a good guy at the beginning, but then towards the end you start to find out he has some secrets hidden also. But, then again at the end he surprises you again by seeming good again. He’s a confusing person and in my opinion it’s because he’s a follower. He does what others tell him needs to be done, no questions asked. I’m curious to find out what he’ll be like in the next book.

I recommend this book to everybody. Because even though it’s a sci-fi, it’s also a little bit of a murder mystery, a dystopian and a love story. I promise you that at the end you will be wanting more. It keeps you guessing the whole time and makes many twist and turns that you don’t expect. This book is definitely one of my all time favorites. 🙂