Favorite Quote(s): “It’s easy to trust a smart girl. Smart girls aren’t supposed to do stupid things.” Favorite Character: I didn’t have one, unfortunately. First Line: “Dear Bennet, You might not read this, but maybe they will, and maybe somehow that will help you.” My Musings: The reason that I picked this novel up was the cover as well as the author. I have read Ripple, which was published under Amanda Grace’s other pen name, Mandy Hubbard. So naturally, I believed that I would enjoy this novel as much as I enjoyed Ripple. Unfortunately, I was wrong. This book is written from the point of view of Madelyn, who is a sixteen year old taking college classes for high school credit. The problem I had with this was that the novel focused on how smart Madelyn was. But in fact, it doesn’t take much to be accepted into dual enrollment. But that’s just a personal thing that I had an issue with. Anyways. I hate to share that I didn’t enjoy this novel at all. And please don’t take this personally if you did; I am simply sharing my opinion on the novel. I really did not like Madelyn’s character. She came off as whiny to me, and she creeped me out. The way that she talked about Bennet scared me. She also came off as selfish to me. She knew […]
Average Rating: 3.5
Favorite Quote(s): “The ability to stand up for one’s self is just as important as the ability to stand up for others.” “’The only person who can make the decision to help you is you. And the only place to put your trust is God.’” Favorite Character: Mama Watson. She’s Ford mother, and she was just such a wise person throughout the novel. Although I don’t really talk about her in the rest of this review, she was very inspiring with her words of wisdom over the course of the novel. First Line: “I stretch out my legs, enjoying the hot sand against my calves.” My Musings: For Grace Parker, surfing is life. All she wants is to get a surfing scholarship to UC San Diego; too bad that’s not what her parent want. They want her to be a good little minion and go off to an Ivy League school. But Grace Parker has got drive, and when her best friend Ford signs her up for a surfing competition, she knows that she’s got to kick butt—one of the judges is UCSD’s surfing coach. I really liked this book. I think what I liked best about it was its local color. I really liked the way that the character talked, with all of their surfer slang and such. It was really fun trying to figure out what the heck […]
Check out my review of How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (How to Ruin #1) Check out my review of How to Ruin My Teenage Life (How to Ruin #2) Favorite Quote(s): “‘Expectations make people miserable, so whatever yours are, lower them. You’ll definitely be happier.’” Favorite Character: Amy. She’s hilarious in this novel, as always. First Line: “Hi, my name is Amy Nelson-Barak.” My Musings: Like the previous books in this series, this novel managed to keep me very entertained Written in hysterical prose, we delve into the life of Amy Nelson-Barak as she ventures to army camp in order to see her Israeli soldier. Unfortunately, it’s not all fun and games for Amy, as she soon finds out. But who’d blame her? I’d risk it all for a boy like Avi! The plot, like the other books, wasn’t very intricate; however, it keeps you laughing as you experience boot camp through Amy’s eyes. Amy is comical and didn’t let me down at all. I was bursting out in random laughter every other page! Avi was handsome and brooding as always, although we do get to see some of what his life is like in the Israeli army. I loved watching Avi and Amy’s relationship evolve even more as reality of their situation sets in; I am extremely happy that they were able to overcome their differences. Overall, the book is a must […]
Check out my review of How to Ruin a Summer Vacation (How to Ruin #1) Favorite Quote(s): “I didn’t kidnap you for nothing, you know.” “‘Because I’d rather have you not tell our kids their dad declared his love in the back seat of a car.’” Favorite Character: Avi. I loved the insight on his character. First Line: “My name is Amy Nelson-Barak.” My Musings: This book was great. It was funny, filled with against and drama, as well as romantic and swoonworthy. It was like, the perfect get away and easy read. Like the previous novel, Elkeles kept me laughing the entire course of the book. The characters were great. Amy is Amy. We dive deeper into Avi’s mind. We get introduced to new character Nathan. We get a love triangle. We get a kidnapping scheme. And we get a plot that is absolutely hysterical. This book is a great one sit read. The writing style is very similar to that of the first novel. It’s easy to understand and it flows. The one thing that stood out to me in the novel was the relationships between the characters. Amy’s friends and boyfriend make me jealous. I need a Avi and a Nathan in my life. I’d totally switch places with Amy! With a non-extensive plot and hilarious dialogue, this novel is a must read when you have a reading lull!
Favorite Quote(s): “Don’t ask me how I came to be straddling no-shirt-cute-jerk.” “Sometimes we have to prove to other we’re strong even when we’re not.” Favorite Character: Amy. She is just so hilarious, and she made this book worth reading! First Line: “How does a relatively smart sixteen year old girl get stuck in a sucky situation she can’t get out of?” My Musings: First things first. This was the most hilarious series I have ever read in my entire life. Every single one of these books, on every single page, I was cracking up. Cracking up while reading at dinner, cracking up in the middle of class, cracking up while reading at night; just cracking up in general. So this review is about How to Ruin a Summer Vacation. After reading the first few chapters, I was torn. The writing was very simplistic and sometimes redundant, but absolutely hilarious. I couldn’t figure out if I liked it or not. However, as the book progressed, the writing helped me develop a sense of identity pertaining to the main character, Amy. Although not nearly as eloquently written as many of the novels that I have read, the writing style was unique, and it fit the tone of the book perfectly. Amy is your typical city girl; so when she is sent to spend her summer in Israel with her estranged father, […]