Book Name: Juntos ao Luar
Author/s:Nicholas Sparks
Language Portuguese
Original Title: DEAR JOHN
Publisher, year: Editorial Presença, 2008
Page total: 268
Date Read: August 23rd-25th
Genre/s: Romance, Realistic Fiction, Chick-Lit
Synopsis/Description:"Dear John", the letter read. And with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives changed forever.
When Savannah Lynn Curtis comes into his life, John Tyree knows he is ready to turn over a new leaf. An angry rebel, he had enlisted in the army after high school, not knowing what else to do. Then, during a furlough, he meets Savannah, the girl of his dreams. The attraction is mutual and quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah vowing to wait for John while he finishes his tour of duty. John must choose between love and country. Now, when he finally returns to North Carolina, John will discover how love can transform us in ways we never could have imagined
First line of Book:"What does it mean to truly love another?"
Review: I'm not a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks, or chick-lit, by the way, but even I have to admit DEAR JOHN is amazing. Nicholas Sparks keeps us on the edge, feeling sad or angry or happy as everything happens. It's beautifully written, in the lyrical way that I think is typical of Mr Sparks.

The plot is beautiful and romantic; I loved John; he just wanted to make it right, to correct his mistakes of the past...Savannah was kind of likable in the beginning, but in the end I felt so bad for John. the ending is so sad and my impression of Savannah was ruined. But what John did was so wonderful, it really makes us think: What does it mean to truly love another?

As usual, the book is very romantic with a sad ending. Don't read this if you want a "happily ever after" story.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"When you're struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it's just as hard as what you're going through."


"Our story has three parts: a beginning, a middle, and an end. And although this is the way all stories unfold, I still can't believe that ours didn't go on forever."
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Hey,

It's time of another Book Blog Hop, a weekly meme organized by Crazy-for-booksBook Blogger Hop

This week's question is:

Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?

I do have a rating system, with stars. Here's how it works:

One Star: didn't like it
Two stars: meh, it was okay
Three stars: I liked it, but I've read better things
Four Stars: I really liked it
Five stars: I loved it and will probably re-read it


hope you like it and please comment C;

Leo
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Book Name: The Boys Next Door & Endless Summer (2 books in 1)
Author/s:Jennifer Echols
Language English
Publisher, year:Simon Pulse, 2010
Page total: 579: 281 (The Boys Next Door) 298 (Endless Summer)
Date Read: August 16th-17th
Genre/s: Young Adult, Romance, Coming of Age, Realistic Fiction
Synopsis/Description:Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer.

Lori can't wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wake boarding and hanging with her friends—including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she's always been just one of the guys. Now that she's turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean, the older brother. But that's not going to happen—not if the younger brother, Adam, can help it.

Lori plans to make Sean jealous by spending time with Adam. Adam has plans of his own for Lori. As the air heats up, so does this love triangle. Will Lori's romantic summer melt into one hot mess?

Endless Summer is the sequel to The Boys Next Door. This edition includes both The Boys Next Door and Endless Summer.
First line of Book:"Sean smiled down at me, his light brown hair glinting golden in the sunlight."
Review: This book was reviewed on a blog by a GR friend and I though this would be very interesting, at least.

But alas, this was a great example of opinion discrepancies...However, that's not what you want to read (I hope).

This is a tie-in of two books: The Boys Next Door, and Endless Summer. The first book is told from Lori's POV, and let me tell you, that girl has guy issues. And she acts like a whore sometimes. I wanted to slap her. She has good intentions, but she tries to achieve her goals using the wrong methods (to hell with spoilers, she was kissing other guy to make the guy she loved jealous-multiple times) and I was not shocked when her summer twisted and turned uncontrollably.

The second book, though was written alternating from Lori's POV to Adam's POV so we get to know the main characters pretty well. Adam is sweet, and loves Lori to death but he too made wrong choices, lots of them. Also, I thought he was too possessive and jealous. I hate guys like that. And I should warn you he cusses - just so that you know.
Sean reminds me of a sociopath. He was so obnoxious! Half the time I wanted to slap him (the other half I wanted to push him of a cliff - err, not really, but almost.)

However, this was well written, I think. The writing was easy and fluid and that was great. I will definitely check out more of Ms Echols's books.
Rating:3/5
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Book Name: A
Match Made in High School
Author/s: Kristin Walker
Language
English
Publisher, year:Razorbill , 2010
Page total:277
Date Read: August 16th
Genre/s: YA, Chick-Lit, Realistic Fiction
Synopsis/Description:When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can’t get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: Jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona’s long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer. Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.
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Review: One thing for sure: this has lots of pranks, lots of humour, and lots of very comic fights.

First of all, Fiona is the girl who does all the things you would never have the guts to do, which is so darn funny and embarrassing for her. And her pranks are awesome. However, she's quite selfish and somewhat self-absorbed during most of the book, which kind of annoys me-especially when she talks about Gabe. (As a side note, what happens to him in the end was well done)

Todd was one of those guys I sometimes love to have around because though they bicker with you, when you need them the most, they're there.
Todd and Fiona bicker a lot. Like, A LOT. Which is so funny (check out the quotes!!)

Yet, I can't resist a chocolate voice, so my favorite is Johnny. He's so sweet, and has great taste in music too, and have I said he's sweet?

This was a great fluffy read, especially once you get used to the words Fiona says (she cusses, by the way) and to the "fan-freaking-tastic" way she says them.
Rating:4/5
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Quotes from book:
"I'm telling you, you really should stick to mating within your species, whatever that is."
"I would," I said, "but unfortunately, there are no gorgeous, all-powerful, all-knowing gods around here. I'd even settle for a demigod. It's a step down, I know. But alas, there are nothing but low-brained mortals here. And half-brains, like you."

"We were in such good moods, we even decided to hit Todd's house for candy. Sam rang the doorbell, and when it opened, this hideous, rubber monster face roared at us. Sam screamed. Todd started laughing and took off the mask. I yelled, "Put it back on! Put it back on! Your hideousness is terrifying!"
Todd did a fake yuk-yuk-yuk at my joke. "What are you guys supposed to be? Is it Prom Night Massacre or something?"
Sam sighed at Todd's obvious stupidity. "We're zombie princesses, Todd. Can't you tell?" She stuck her arms straight out in front of her and said, "BRAINS! BRAINS!"
I patted Sam on the head and said, "Sorry, Sam. You're wasting your time with this one."


Book Name: Beastly
Author/s: Alex Flinn
Language English
Publisher, year: Harper Teen, 2008
Page total: 320
Date Read: August 15th 2010
Genre/s: YA, Coming of Age, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis/Description: A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.
First line of Book: "I could feel everyone looking at me,but i was used to it."
Review:
Beastly is basically a modern retelling of Beauty and The Beast.

I don't think I can express with words how I feel about this book. While reading it, I felt so strange, I thought "This is so good I want to read it all at once but I don't want to or it'll end to quickly". Yet, as always, I finished the book on the same day but I'll re-read it, and soon, because this is one of those stories you never read too many times, at least it's what it seems to me now.

The way it's written is quite original, because there is the normal narrative and theres the IMing, which you don't understand in the beginning but you do eventually. Here's a little excerpt:

Mr. Anderson: Hello, BeastNYC.
Mr. Anderson: Hello? I see you there, BeastNYC. Want to introduce yourself?
BeastNYC: Don't want to talk 1st...anyone else here?

This was very interesting because Kyle was not the only one with his kind of problems. Also, this helped us understand the story a little better.

At the prom, Kyle did a kindness, and that was his chance of salvation, though remote, and it really keeps the reader interested because Kyle in the beginning is selfish, self-absorbed, obnoxious, shallow - the list goes on and on - but throughout the book, Kyle grows, matures, falls in love with someone he wouldn't even fathom being with before. That's the only bad thing I have to point out, his growth, it didn't feel very real, BUT that is just because the story seems to occur in a short time period when it happens through TWO YEARS-if you think of it that way, it doesn't seem so unreal at all. But the time passage could be a little better written, you only know the time is passing because it's actually there, written.

On page six, Kendra says Kyle Kingsbury, you are beastly. For some reason, it struck me as a memorable quote. Maybe because it's where the title comes from, maybe not.
Kendra was a strangely likable character - she's a witch, after all - but she's my favorite of them all.

Now I can't wait to get my hands on Ms Flinn's other books, especially A KISS IN TIME, which is a modern retelling of The Sleeping Beauty (do I see a pattern here?)
I highly recommend BEASTLY. And the cover is right, you should "READ IT BEFORE YOU SEE IT!"
Rating: 5/5
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Quotes from book:
"You shouldn't miss someone who don't miss you, right?"

"Those who do not know how to see the precious things in life will never be happy."

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Book Name: The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet
Author/s:Erin Dionne
Language English
Publisher, year: Dial, 2010
Page total: 256
Date Read: August 13th
Genre/s: Middle Grade, Coming of Age, Realistic Fiction
Synopsis/Description:To die or not to die of utter mortification . . .

Hamlet Kennedy just wants to be your average, happy, vanilla eighth grader. But with Shakespearean scholar parents who dress in Elizabethan regalia and generally go about in public as if it were the sixteenth century, that’s not terribly easy. It gets worse when they decide that Hamlet’s genius seven year-old sister will attend middle school with her— and even worse when the Shakespeare project is announced and her sister is named the new math tutor. By the time an in-class recitation reveals that our heroine is an extraordinary Shakespearean actress, Hamlet can no longer hide from the fact that she—like her family—is anything but average.

In a novel every bit as funny as her debut, Erin Dionne has created another eighth grader whose situation is utterly unique—but whose foibles and farces will resound with every girl currently sufferin through middle school
First line of Book: "I hadn't figured out a way to stop time, join the circus, or make myself invisible."
Review:
This is the kind of book you read on a sunny summer afternoon when you don't want to go out and walk. At least that's what I did.

The writing is very fluid, it's an easy read, with lots of laughs and sweet moments.

Hamlet is probably the funniest 13 yo I've encountered so far in any book. She just wants to blend in, but that is kind of hard with a sister like hers. Or with parents like hers. Or with a talent like hers.

Dezzie is the perfect model of the-sibling-who-has-it-all. She gets her parents attention, the complements, the credit... Yet, she's only seven, and what I liked the most about it is that she is fooled. She is naïve, just a child. A child genius, but still a child.

Hamlet's got some troubles. I loved the part where her talent is discovered. It's hilarious, and yet, I think Ms Dionne got Hamlet's reaction just right.

I don't usually talk about the covers but this time I have to. It captures the whole I-wanna-get-out-of-this-sticky-shakespearean-situation really well.

I recommend this if you want a fluffy funny Middle Grade girls novel.
Rating: 4/5
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Hola,

Anther Friday, another Blog Hop, hosted by crazy-for-books


this week's question is:

How many blogs do you follow?

I'm following 58 blogs at the moment, but I'm always available for more

Good weekend everybody!

Leo
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Book Name: Just Listen
Author/s: Sarah Dessen
Language English
Publisher, year: Puffin, 2007
Page total: 400
Date Read: August 12th
Genre/s: YA, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Coming of Age
Synopsis/Description:Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything" — at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf's Department Store. This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong. Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen's help,maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends...
First line of Book:"I taped the commercial back in April, before anything had happened, and promptly forgot about it."
Review:
This, JUST LISTEN, is the latest book I've read by Sarah Dessen. It was. So. Good.

Annabel's problems are not usual. I don't think I know anyone to who this has happened and you probably don't. (Or you do, and are either very mad at me for jumping into conclusions or laughing your butt of. I hope it's the second)
Let's face it: most of us don't make snarky remarks when someone teases us, and Annabel was no exception, which was fantastic (I'd even read an article about how every single girl on books is now so strong and independent and wears the pants nowadays just the day before) and just a teeny bit annoying. She didn't have to purge every time she felt embarrassed.
Owen was...Owen. Music obsessed, quiet, a good listener, and, apparently, enlightened. He heard MAYAN CHANTS, and now I'll try them too, just for the sake of the experience.
However, the character I liked the most was Whitney, Annabel's sister. She was quiet, yet intense, and she went through a lot, but recovered in the end, which was also perfect.

a friend here on GR told me that Dexter and Remy, from THIS LULLABY made a brief appearance on the book and I was thrilled. Honestly, I just started really enjoying and getting into the story when I finished that part. It was also around that time that I understood that this was also a great story, and that I hadn't appreciated it well till then.

Sarah Dessen writes the perfect summer books and this is no exception: read it if you want a great summer coming-of-age read, or if you just want a great coming-of-age read.
Rating:5/5
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Quotes from book:
"Music is a total constant. That's why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment."

"I wondered which was harder, in the end. The act of telling, or who you told it to. Or maybe if, when you finally got it out, the story was really all that mattered."

"So many versions of just one memory, and yet none of them were right or wrong. Instead, they were all pieces. Only when fitted together, edge to edge, could they even begin to tell the whole story."
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Book Name: The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Author/s: Mary E. Pearson
Language English
Publisher, year: Square Fish, 2009
Page total: 288
Date Read: August 11th-12th
Genre/s: Young-Adult, Sci-Fi, Futuristic Fiction
Synopsis/Description: Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma — so she’s been told — and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She’s been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won’t anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions. What happened to Jenna Fox? And who is she really?

First line of Book:"I used to be someone."
Review:
When I read this, I didn't know what to expect. The blurb doesn't satisfy anyone's curiosity, and I think that was one of the main reasons I read it. Curiosity.

When I started reading, I kept thinking "Another girl who wakes up after an X long coma?" but there's a part where you realize there's more to it than that, and that's when I got interested. The cover of the paperback version of the book, though, gives you a clue to the questions: Who is Jenna Fox? What has happened? - but what gave it away and made me guess were all the little things across the book, the things she says, the things she doesn't, what she notices, her conclusions, it all points to the truth, the reader just has to pay attention. I love this kind of books, but I'd love it even more if I hadn't guessed what would happen. I though it was kind of predictable in the main storyline (the others were absolute surprises) so it lost some points.

THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX is set in the future, you'll see that immediately. However, it's a different future, and the author chose not to focus on the utopia/dystopia matter, and I'm grateful for that, because this is better then that. Instead, this has some philosophical matters, but I can't say which, and that sucks :( But I can tell you that this is a well written, thought-provoking novel and that it is, indeed fresh.

Jenna is- I like Jenna.There's this part where she asks herself Why can I remember the details of the French Revolution but I can't remember if I ever had a best friend? She wants the truth and it's the truth she'll get. She is confused, but will not let is stop her from doing what she thinks should be done. Since this is told from her POV, we get a lot about her, but since she's very observant, you get to know the other characters pretty well too.

The ending was, without a doubt, the best part of the book: it's the conclusion to everything, and where Jenna makes sense of everything, of how the world has changed, the people have changed, everything has changed.

It's incredibly hard to review this book without spoiling anything, because there's so much happening, and the only way to properly discuss it is when the person we're talking to has read the book. If you decide to read THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, you'll see what I mean. And if you do, tell me, I'd love to discuss it with you.
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
"Some things aren't meant to be known. Only believed."

"My timing is off. But I had to get it out. Some things you have to tell, no matter how stupid they may sound. Some things you can't save for later. There might not be a later. "

"Faith and science, I have learned, are two sides of the same coin, separated by an expanse so small, but wide enough that one side can't see the other. They don't know they are connected."

"I decide that sometimes definitions are wrong. Even if they're written in a dictionary. Identities aren't always separate and distinct. Sometimes they ARE wrapped up with others. Sometimes, for a few minutes, maybe they can even be shared. And if I am ever fortunate enough to return to Mr. Bender's garden, I wonder if the birds will see that piece of him that is wrapped up in me."

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Heeey,

here goes another post for Book Blog Hop, hosted by crazy-for-books.com


This week's question is:

How many books do you have on your 'to be read shelf’?

So...I went to my goodreads to-read shelf and I've ‎674 books waiting for me. I have a lot of reading to do!*sigh*

I also have 3 books waiting for a revoiew, but that's a whole different matter
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Book Name: Last Chance
Author/s: Sarah Dessen
Language English
Original Title: Keeping The Moon
Publisher, year: Hodder Children's Books, 2009
Page total: 260
Date Read: August 10th-11th
Genre/s: YA, Coming of Age, Realistic Fiction
First line of Book:My name is Nicole Sparks.
Synopsis: "Never in one place long enough to make friends or put down roots, Colie doesn't expect her trip to the North Carolina coast to change a thing. Always the outcast, she's resigned to a holiday with only her eccentric aunt Mira for company. But when she finds a job waitressing at the Last Chance cafe, she also finds acceptance, new friends, and the beginnings of romance..."
Review:
I have this huge love-hate long-distance relationship with Sarah Dessen, you know? Love, because her books are unique and all set in the same world, which means there are references to other books' characters and sometimes they even appear briefly on other stories, which kills me, but I love it. It makes a book so much more interesting, don't you think? Hate, because it's never healthy to love someone's stories so much (though I must be crazy too because I don't actually care!) and long-distance because I've never actually met her *huge theatrical sigh*, but i have hopes!!

But back to the review, I have to admit that the first thing I though when I read the name Nicole Sparks was "What? Poor Nicholas!" (really!) but then I obviously stopped thinking that.

Colie is a very relatable character, who hasn't been bullied one time or another? And her growth throughout the book was not miraculous, it was very realistic and I could actually picture it happening.
I love the idea of Kiki Sparks, and all her inspirational phrases, like, if it were someone else saying it, it'd sound like a bunch of crap, but when Kiki said it, it actually made sense (creepy, huh?).

Morgan and Isabel were two people I just LOVED. They've so much fun together, and when they let Colie be a part of it, it's an important step towards confidence. And as BFFs, they were awesome, they even bickered! Of course the next minute they'd be all over each other again, but that's part of it. Also, I could understand both Morgan's and Isabel's attitudes to Colie in the beginning. Isabel's actions are not really explained but the reader understands them anyway-I did, at least.

Aunt Mira was fantastic, I loved her eccentricity and originality. She got me hooked by the time I read about the nude mailman (Yeah, I'm serious; No, I won't tell) and things only got better and better. She has a unique personality. <3
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"You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect, you should expect it."

"All the bitchy girls in the world are just a training ground for what men can do to you."

"As Isabel acted out her date, both of them laughing, I stayed in the kitchen, out of sight, and pretended she was telling me, too. And that, for once, I was part of this hidden language of laughter and silliness and girls that was, somehow, friendship."
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Book Name: Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies
Author/s: Erin Dionne
Language English
Publisher, year: Dial, 2009
Page total: 243
Date Read: August 9th-10th
Genre/s: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
First line of Book:"'No way', I hissed through the slatted dressing room door."
Review:
Celeste Harris is what you might call chubby, if you're nice, or fat, if you're not. She was never disturbed by it, till she started eight grade and everybody started insulting her, especially a girl named Lively Carson.
But then, her aunt enters her on a plus-size models competition and she realizes things could be a lot worse. So no Celeste is trying to get out of the competition-but since no one will take her from there, she has to do it the hard way, losing a few pounds. Twenty, to be exact.
However, modeling's not as bad as you might think.

It was okay... Celeste was a realistic character,her growth and weight loss weren't miraculous and it was really nice to read her growing and realizing all the stuff she hadn't before.
I also liked her brother Ben, he's so funny, but he doesn't try to be! It's all in his actions! And Gail and Ashley and Katie and Millie were so sweet too! And I absolutely loved when Lively was punished...LEAKY! HA

And, oh yeah, this has some seriously hilarious scenes...I couldn't stop giggling and chuckling and laughing.

However, I think this is more for a younger audience, even though I'm as old as the main character *sigh*.
Rating: 3/5
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Book Name: Quatro Amigas e Um Par De Calças
Author/s: Ann Brashares
Language Portuguese
Original Title: The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants
Publisher, year: Editorial Presença, 2002
Page total: 224
Date Read: August 9th
Genre/s: YA, Chick-lit, Fiction
First line of Book:"Once upon a time there was a pair of pants."
Review:"Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.....the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants---and the most memorable summer of their lives---begins." (synopsis)

Sounds awesome. Promising. Entertaining.

Well, what can I say? I was wishing for a book that didn't make me think much, and that's what I got.

The idea of a pair of jeans that fits everybody is just perfect. Dreamy, even. I wish... But the whole book felt like it was some soap opera, you know? Lots of suspense, misunderstandings, some romance and friendship in the middle. A couple of fights. And it didn't feel very realistic either, although I liked Bailey, and hated what happened to her.

Also, as a side note, Ms Brashares got some really freaky quotes on that book.Well, they're not exactly hers, but...you'll see.
Rating: 3/5
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Quotes from book:
Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday."

"Maybe, sometimes, it's easier to be mad at the people you trust because you know they'll always love you, no matter what."

"Time is what keeps things from happening all at once."

"It’s more that I’m afraid of time. And not having enough of it. Time to figure out who I’m supposed to be… to find my place in the world before I have to leave it. I’m afraid of what I’ll miss."
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Book Name: The Espressologist
Author/s: Kristina Springer
Language English
Publisher, year: Farrar Straus Giroux 2009
Page total: 184
Date Read: August 9th
Genre/s: YA, Romance, Fiction
First line of Book:"'Excuse me', the customer says, stepping up to the counter."
Review:
What's your favorite drink?

Seventeen year old Jane knows people by their drinks. I'm not even kidding. After observing what her customers at the cafe she works at ask, she can tell a lot about you just from the drink you ask. She calls it Espressology. So she starts hooking up people, like a modern Emma, and her matches actually work-like her friends Em and Cam! When her boss finds out, though, he turns her talent into an in-store holidays promotion, to raise up sales. Soon, she's known as the local Espressologist, and becomes a local celebrity. She should be happy, right? Well, not exactly... Is it because of Will, the oh-so-hot guy she is completely sure is her soul (or should I say drink) mate? Or because of Em and Cam's love? i mean she was the one who put them together...

I should probably say this is one of the most original stories I've ever read, I'm sure of it. I absolutely LOVE the idea of Espressology, it's awesome! I mean, who doesn't think that being able to find love is easy, that you just have to have a drink, is cool? Or incredible, even?

But, fashion? Come on! Jane didn't seem like the fashion type AT ALL. With all her notes and observations, she sounded more like a future psychologist.

Other thing- her relationship with Cam, I didn't get that either. I love books where the gooey, sentimental parts where they (finally) get together are just in the end, and have an open end, and this was one of them, but HOW DID THEY GET THAT WAY?! It's not as if the book were filled with Jane's sighs and Cam's sighs and love notes! PAH-LEASE! (I can't believe I just wrote this either.) You just find everything out in the very end, well, that didn't make much sense.

I'd like to meet Jane, though, if she were real, I mean. I liked of what I got to know about her. Cam too, I guess. I loved Gavin too, though he didn't appear much, he seemed fantastic. Will, though...err...I didn't like Will at first, I didn't like him in the end. I had to say that.

But despite all that, it was still a pretty good book, so I do recommend this if you're looking for an interesting and original book that has no vampires in it.
Rating: 4/5
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Book Name: The Truth About Forever
Author/s: Sarah Dessen
Language English
Publisher, year: Puffin Books 2008
Page total: 391
Date Read: August 8th
Genre/s: YA, Chick.Lit, Romance, Fiction, Coming of Age
First line of Book:Jason was going to Brain Camp.
Review:
After Macy Queen's father's death, Macy is used to be the "perfect girl", who is always "fine, just fine". But that's just on the outside, on the inside, her heart is broken and she's really, really bad. What it takes for her to realize that is meeting a group of new friends, co-workers in Wish, a catering company that is
all but organized. And that group of friends includes a pregnant woman who loves chaos, a girl who says nothing but knows it all, her sister, who has terrible memories of her own and a very original wardrobe, Bert, who lives life a little too intensely and Wes. Sweet, artistic, comprehensive Wes, who seems to know all about what Macy's been through. Now, Macy starts to change. Is it for better?

I LOVE WES!!

I should probably have started with something else, but who cares? I LOVE LOVE LOVE WES!

Okay, I think I've recovered, a little...but I do love Wes. He's sweet, understanding, quiet, AND he likes the flaws, and, oh yeah, he's GORGEOUS! Who doesn't love Wes? Speak now, or shut up forever.

Anyway, he wasn't the only one I loved. I really like Bert, with his certainty of the Apocalypse. And Kristy, especially in the end. Same with Monica. And there's this last scene...oh man, I swear, my mom could hear me awing and we weren't even close, and I had my door closed!
I absolutely love that SD's main characters are always strong (or at least, they think they are) and then they learn something, in the end. I also like that she always has some kind of cliffhanger in the end, that's fantastic. And, her quotes are awesome. I never know which ones to put...
Rating: 4/5
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Quotes from book:
There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment."

"Shoulda, coulda, woulda. It's so easy in the past tense. "

"Some people, they can't just move on, you know, mourn and cry and be done with it. Or at least seem to be. But for me... I don't know. I didn't want to fix it, to forget. It wasn't something that was broken. It's just...something that happened. And like that hole, I'm just finding ways, every day, of working around it. Respecting and remembering and getting on at the same time. "
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