Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

            A little something different it is. There are 14 different view points for ONE love story. I have never read a book with A.) That many viewpoints or B.) Something that I felt hit close to a part of my life. This is one of the best books I have read all year.
            Lea is quiet and soft spoken most of the time anyway. Gabe is traumatized and shy.They are awkward. Don't interact with each other and at some point one of them needs to get the courage to really talk to the other. Everyone ships them. The chick who works at starbucks watches them closely. Their professor, bus driver, food delivery guy, the squirrel, the bench on the green, and to top it all off, their best friends!!! Everybody, even Victor, the guy who hates them in their creative writing class, ships them.  How do they not notice the adoration in the others eyes.
            I think it is funny how you can completely miss a sign that someone is sending you. Maybe it is because you are so caught up in how you feel and worried about how they feel about you that you don't take the time to really understand what is happening when you stop worrying. Never has a book hit so close to home. You like someone, but don't want to just tell them, Or you don't know what to say. It is better to take the chance knowing the outcome than to spend your whole life wondering "What it?".  Don't even wait for a sign. That's what I've been doing. Gabe nearly lost Lea because he waited too long to clue her in on anything. She thought he was ignoring  her, but really he couldn't hear what she was saying.
            The bench kept me laughing. "Sometimes you get a really perfect butt". The squirrel and his or her talking about nuts. He/She is always losing track of her/his food. Mainly I think the  friends shed light on the little something different. They didn't care about the things that didn't matter. They wanted something that everyone wants. Love. Or to feel excepted and wanted by another person. What's so hard about that? Oh yeah... It can be confusing and irritating and there are plenty of other words to describe it, but none of that can compare to the feeling of finally getting what you wanted. It is like a child is opening the best gift ever on Christmas Day.
            The last thing I would like to mention is the fact that there are so many people I haven't mentioned yet. Danny is Lea's best friend from high school. He also happens to be gay and thinks whole heartedly that Gabe is gay. That sure mixed things up a bit. Then, there is Maribel. She is Lea's lovely room mate. She is the #1 advice giver. Sam is Gabe's older brother. He has a baseball scholarship is sarcastic, cute and a player. He may not be the best person to give advice, but he sure makes an amazing brother. Bailey and Casie are some of Gabe's best friends. Being shy he doesn't have a huge group, but quality is better than quantity. With these amazing people by their side, follow Lea ad Gabe down a journey they would have otherwise probably not have gone on alone.
"It was sort of perfect."-Sandy Hall

Monday, December 15, 2014

Adorkable By Sarra Manning

           Fair Warning this book was written by someone in England, so it uses English slang instead of American slang words. VERY IMPORTANT!!!
             Adorkable is what it sounds like. Adorkable. Two smart , but totally different, teens have nothing in common except for their cheating exes. Jeane Smith is a blogger, dreamer and CEO of her own lifestyle brand. What a thing to be doing at 17!!! And then there is Michael Lee. Michael is THE golden boy. He has the perfect grades, the star of the stage and football field.. All the girls love him. What's not to love? However, neither Jeane nor Michael really planned on being around each other. In fact, Jeane hated Michael's guts. She wore the weird almost grandma like clothes and he wore American Eagle and all the "In" things.
            Here's the thing. I for some reason have decided that I really like the teenage romance thing. If you do not like that sort of thing like some of Sarah Dessen's books (If you do not know who that is she is a teenage romance write) then I would not suggest this book to you. There is some mature content and I would not suggest it to anyone under the age of 13 or 14.
            Sarrah Manning takes a while to get to her overall point of the book. It took me till the last 100 pages to come up with some of the overall themes. Some examples were: It's not fun being alone. Being alone is for loser's. You don't have to fit in, you just have to be yourself. These are some of my favorite's.Ways to have made this story better would have been to have the overall theme's in the entire book and not so I will see them at the end.
            Now to dive into the feelings I have tied to this book, I would like it if MY friend were to tell me pack my bags I would be all for going to New York with a friend by my side.That would be amazing. Do I think it would realistic, of course not, but I would be all for it. I like to think I would be closest to Jeane out of my friends, but I know that is not true. I would not even exist in this book. I wouldn't be any of the main characters. I might possibly fit in as Jeane's older sister, Bethan, who is a med student and gets engaged and maybe happy. I know Bethan is a little crazy from Learning about Jeane's past.
              One thing I definately feel I learned throughout this book was to not judge people so quickly. If throuhout the book we were not to learn about Michaels or Jeane's past, I would LOVE Michael and probably HATE Jeane. It could go either way with Jeane. You would either look up to her, or hate her. Maybe my weird outfits that I would love to have again and look fine in would make me adore Jeane. Jeane is a crazy, smart and frankly very blunt. Michael is perfect according to everyone who doesn't really know him. Anyway, to truly know someone, you need to know their past, present and where they want to be in the future. I don't think that is where Sarrah Manning meant for me to take this book, but it's like stereotyping people. Why do we do it if we have been proven wrong time and time again? DON'T JUDGE A PERSON BY WHAT YOU SEE. You could be very wrong.
              Lastly, I would like to share some other books that would go along great with this. Basically every Sarah Dessen book or many of John Green books. I haven't read most of these, but the authors them selves are AMAZING.
               Any suggestions on what I should read next or would like me to review? I have a long list, but would like any people want to know more about themselves.

"Love, Hate  Whatever" -Sarra Manning in "Adorkable"