Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Boy Most Likely To

Tim Mason was the boy most likely to:
  • Find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
  • Need a liver transplant
  • Drive his car into a house
Alice Garrett was the girl most likely to:
  • Well, not date her little brother's baggage-burdened best friend, for starters
For Tim, it wouldn't be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if "smart" is always right. Soon they find themselves moving closer to each other-until the consequences of Tim's wild past come back to haunt him. With all Alice has to balance in her own world, is she sure she can handle Tim's too? - excerpt from book.

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick is sort of the continuation from My Life Next Door but focusing on different characters. Samantha is no longer the main character instead it's about Jase's sister and his best friend. I would say that at first I was not interested as Sam and Jase are my favourite characters but this book was surprising. This is a great example of when life gives you lemons, what do you do with it? Life happens and these teenagers tackled it pretty well I must say. I like how the chapters alternate between point of view of Tim and Alice which gives you more of an insight of how to perceive and judge each other.

I love how messed up Tim is but eventually there is so much growth from him. His interactions with different individuals is just attention grabbing where you want lots of things to happen. Alice is a complicated character with many conflicted decisions to make. I like how her family is influential yet not all the time. Alice's personality is one to capture your attention as well and seeing how she reacts to surprising news is just wonderful. The best part is the family dynamics of the Garrett's just like the previous part and how Tim fit into it is just perfect.

The plot is as smooth as it can gets, the story continues slightly where we're left off from Sam's story. You get Sam and Jase here and there which adds to the build up. I could not predict much of the plot and was caught by surprise with the plot twist. The ending was quite a bitter sweet one but nevertheless a well written one. I guess I love how I can come to enjoy those characters slowly and feeling a little bit emotional for their troubles and tribulations. This is a good book to follow up with the family and I love how this isn't an instant love story. The author did a great job with the characters, so if you're the type who prefers good characters then this is for you. If you've not read My life next door, please do as it'll make this book more enjoyable. Here is my review.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017


It was always meant to be Olivia. She's the talented one, the one who's been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend Dana, is the one on the sidelines, cheering Olivia on.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who's never sung more than Olivia's backup. Next thing Dana knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who's destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift...and there's only room at the top for one girl. - excerpt from book.

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno is my second time reading her book, the first was 99 days and I quite enjoyed it. Sadly for this book it was just mediocre, nothing too enticing or exciting. The summary sounded interesting so I picked it up but I speed read most of the parts. Where I wanted more drama, there wasn't enough. The love story of the book was too short as the focus was actually about friendship which I felt was just not realistic enough. The drama of a girl group was just average as I expected more crying, arguments or even fights. 

I like the growth of the main character, I guess this was the only part that encouraged me to finish the book. Her interactions were okay with other characters and I often wanted more for her. She is definitely your typical teenager that is finding herself in this journey while there are others who are already really sure of who they want to be. Those are the characters that I find unrealistic and their interactions with Dana is not emotional or jolting at all.

Overall I would say the plot twist was one that I could see it coming since things started to heat up a bit. Nonetheless, it is something that you would want to happen but with a little bit extra drama. From the start till the end, it covers an entire summer which is actually quite a short timeline so some things happened too quickly without any build up. I cannot recommend this book to anyone and I think this would be the book who has convinced me to not get her next book unless I've read a good review on it.

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