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Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (Review)

7:23 PM

Note: I am not being paid to write about this book. I picked it in my own free time and paid for it with my own money :)



Set in Lakeview, a small suburbia, in the late 90's, Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen, reeks of the past yet someone reminds us of the present, and tells the story of Halley Cooke's junior year in high school. 

Narrated by Halley, we find out that her mom has taken control of her life, and not given Halley any room to breathe the last few weeks of her life. Her world is turned upside when she receives a call at summer camp from her childhood best-friend, Scarlett, who tells her that Michael Sherwood, Scarlett's boyfriend since the beginning of summer, has passed away in a motorcycle accident. She returns home early from camp to go to Michael's funeral with Scarlett, standing by her the whole time.

On the first day back at school, Halley is aquatinted with Macon, a mysterious boy who's up to no good, as Halley's mother believes. He constantly drives by their house, disturbing the neighbors. When Mrs. Cooke finds out he's become Halley's boyfriend, she decides not to put up with in anymore. Meanwhile, Scarlett has taken three pregnancy tests and is sure that she's pregnant with Michael Sherwood's baby. Throughout the novel, Halley stands by Scarlett in her decision to keep the baby, all up to birth.

The story is quite similar in tone and feeling to Sarah Dessen's other books, like This Lullaby and  Just Listen. It's a classic YA, chick-lit, summer read. A very girly, somewhat romantic novel.

Subject matters include sex, teen pregnancy, and the mother-daughter relationship. While themes are the true meaning of love and friendship, as well as learning to define yourself and not letting others do it for you.

Personally, I loved this read. It might be because I'm a daughter who loves her mother so very much, but I felt very reassured by this book. I'm not just some goodie-goodie, OKAY! It made me feel as if I've been doing the right thing all of these years, by taking what my mother has said to me in consideration when making my life choices. It will certainly make you think of this too. The characters were extremely realistic; Halley's thought process exactly resembled one that I had had at one point or another.

I've read a few Sarah Dessen books, but Someone Like You makes me want to read more. I'd recommend this book to teens ages 15+, since it deals with so many issues. However, I believe my recommendation might be a little conservative compared to others, so read as you wish.

In my To Be Read pile right now: The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl.

Let me know what you think of these book reviews. I'm going to be doing more, as well as a reflection on my reading from high school.

Thanks for reading!


Brooke

Anna and the French Kiss

Books I Would Read Again!

1:03 PM

Hello!

If you know me, you know I don't often re-read books. It just becomes boring to me and *sight* I can't do it, even though I wish I could.

However, there are more than a few books I would love to re-read.



This is my bookshelf, it lies above my bed and makes me feel very secure at night with all of my friends surrounding me *haha*.

As you can see, I have a very large collection, and I'm looking to add more shelves.  I also have a tiny book-nook right next to my bed which, as you will see later in the post, houses my FAVORITE books :)

Without further ado, the books I, the non-book re-reader, would read again.




Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - I just wrote about this books a couple of posts ago, I believe. AMAZING read. I can't wait to read more of her work. 

The Lightning Thief Series by Rick Riordan - BOY oh BOY did I love these books in middle school and continuing into high school. Personally, greek mythology is one of my favorite things, which is probably why I love them so much. They're just so amazing, and I'm so happy Riordan has another series where he continues their adventures. 

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - The loveliest short read I've ever had. God, do I love this book to death. It's one of the most beautiful books I've ever had the joy to read. It makes me appreciate so much more my literacy and my eye-sight. 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I was never all for classics until I got into high school and met this novel. It changed my perspective on older literature, so much so that I was able to enjoy books like Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, and Crime and Punishment (I love, love, love Crime and Punishment).  *perhaps I'll have to write a post on my favorite classic reads that I read during high school and now in college*

This next one is going to be SHOCKING...




...Yes, the Harry Potter Series. I could read it over and over again. These were the books that got me into reading. I have multiple copies of some as you can see; I just collect them from people who don't want them. 




And isn't this a pretty bunch. These are a few of the books on my book-nook next to my bed. And some of my favorites that I would re-read. 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Need I say more? I'm an 18 year old girl.

Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende - This was a summer reading book going into my senior year of high school. It's amazing. If I do a post on my high school reads, this will surely be included. 

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - Quite a different read than I thought it would be. I read this for a project the fall of my senior year, thinking it was about fairytales and happy endings. However, I got something much different and much darker. None the less, I would still enjoy re-reading it just because it's different and can make you think. 

The One (or the entire Selection Series) by Kiera Cass - GOSH I LOVE THIS SERIES. I LOVE IT SO MUCH I WOULD MARRY IT. Okay, I'm done. 

Fangirl and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - Just amazing reads. Both were ones I could relate to a ton. Rainbow Rowell even favorited my tweet last week *screams*

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle - A great summer read. I think I read it in the winter though... *oops*. 

So, those are more or less the books that I would re-read if I ever had the time...right now my To Be Read pile is SOOOO huge. 

See ya!


Brooke

Ally Condie

Recent Teen Book Picks and Reads

12:12 PM

Hey guys!

In case you didn't know...I'm a big reader, and I read a lot of YA (Young-Adult) Fiction!
(Seriously though...I'll have to show you my new book shelf soon)

These three books are ones that I've read or picked recently, and I'd like to recommend them to you all.

Reached by Ally Condie: This is actually a series, and I've had this book for a while. The first book in the series is called Matched, with the second being called Crossed. I ended up enjoying these in the end, but for a while they felt pretty slow. However, if you're a fan of dystopian novels I would give these a read! It begins in a world so perfect that citizens are matched with their future husbands or wives at the time they turn 17. This Society will do anything to prevent things from going wrong. If you like the Hunger Games or Divergent, I recommend this series!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: From what I understand this book has been out for a while and is very popular. I've just started it and so far I love it. It's about a young girl, Anna, going into her senior year. But what happens when her father decides, in the midst of her budding romance with co-worker Toph, that Anna is going to be sent to PARIS for boarding school this year? Read to find out! Definitely a good book for fans of chick-lit.

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: This is the one that I have yet to pick up and read, but it's relatively new. I've heard amazing thins about it. All that I can tell is that it appears to be about a young, pretty girl who is suddenly faced with the task of protecting someone. What appears to be another chick-lit novel takes a turn when Harper is possessed with powers and guardianship. I'll have to let you know what I think of this one after I read it! I can tell it's going to be a good, fast read though.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Brooke

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My life and what has become of it: absolute chaos

11:08 PM


This is my new room. New as in just-moved-in-yesterday-still-trying-to-find-that-one-box kind of new. 

To give you another perspective, here's what the new room at the new house looked like the other day. 


Much better. 

Needless to say, the last few weeks for me have been absolute chaos, and I'd be lying to you if I said I felt like blogging at all throughout graduating, my graduation party, packing, moving...blah, I haven't felt like doing anything I love for weeks; I'm so burned out. 

But that's not why I came here today, because today I felt like posting. I came here to inform you that my new life with two brothers, three step-sisters, three dogs, one cat, one mom, and one step dad is, well, crazy...but it's okay. 

I have so many more interesting things to blog about, and I can't wait to show you all my new bedroom (once it's clear of boxes of course), and maybe post some pictures of these last few weeks. 

It's all apart of the journey,

Brooke 

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