Get it Together, Delilah by Erin Gough

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Title: Get it Together, Delilah

Author: Erin Gough

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Release: April 4, 2017

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Pages: 336

 

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A story about falling in love, literally.

Seventeen-year-old Delilah Green wouldn’t have chosen to do her last year of school this way, but she figures it’s working fine. Her dad is on a trip to fix his broken heart after her mom left him for another man, so Del’s managing the family café in his absence. Easy, she thinks. But what about:
– homework and the nasty posse of mean girls making her life hell
– or how one of Del’s best friends won’t stop guilt-tripping her
– and her other best friend is so in love with his tutor he might go to jail for her if Del doesn’t do something

But who cares about any of that really, because above all else, she can’t stop thinking about beautiful Rosa who dances every night across the street until one day Rosa comes in the café door . . .

And if Rosa starts thinking about Del, too, then how in the name of caramel milkshakes will Del get the rest of it together?

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Thank you to the publish and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange of an unbiased review.

This book was very difficult for me to rate. I didn’t know exactly how I felt while reading it because I just wanted a bit more? The characters weren’t very appealing, the plot was a little dull, and the romance didn’t give me any fluff. I expected some cute fluff.

My main issue is with the main character Delilah, she was so selfish and whiny. She was obsessed over the Flamenco dancer that she watches every night dancing, but doesn’t really interact with much? In fact, they don’t start seriously interacting until way over half of the book. I just didn’t find their romance to be believable. Or plausible. Delilah made some very bad decisions when it came to running the café for her father. Which brings me to another complaint. What father leaves his seventeen in charge of his café while he goes gallivanting in another country? This leaves Delilah with all the pressure of running this business while it’s slowly going downhill. Plus she has to deal with school. Another bad decision. I just could not symphasize what she was going through when she was constantly making bad decisions and being so prickly to those who clearly care about her. In fact, the only character I really enjoyed was Charlie, Delilah’s best friend. He was such a great friend to her and I really enjoyed their friendship.

The plot was bland and didn’t quite hold my attention. Delilah tries to pick up business for The Flywheel (the café) and this takes up the entire plot. In fact, I thought it was a bit weird that this book is blurbed about Delilah “getting it together” when it clearly should have been named after the café because that’s where we spend most of the time anyway when I found out this book was already released under the name The Flywheel. That made a bit more sense to me then.

I don’t know. I just didn’t like it. I was very angry at Delilah at her reaction over Rosa’s feelings and I didn’t even care if they ended up together or not. I liked that Delilah was so comfortable and self-assured about who she was and her sexuality, but she couldn’t force others to feel the same way? Also, really appreciated the way Gough dealt with homophobia and bullying.

Like I said, I am confused. I am disappointed. I wouldn’t recommend this book.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release: April 7, 2015

Pages: 320

 

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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I am in love with this book ❤ Absolutely in love.

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Seriously, I cannot stop gushing. This book definitely lives up to the hype, which I was nervous about when I decided to read it. I wanted to love it as much as everyone else. And I did. Then some. This book is just…so important. It’s message is clear and a wonderful story of coming out and being who you are. I cannot stop thinking about Simon and Blue and how incredibly brave and wonderful they are! Their emails had me swooning and giggling like a little girl!

No joke, family asked me repeatedly why I was laughing so much.
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First of all, this book is filled so many great relationships! Simon has the best of friends. Nick and Abby and Leah and Blue! and his wonderful family? I love them all so much. His family was supporting and great. When Simon brought up his dad’s gay jokes, he immediately apologized and his mom wanted to gush and know everything about Simon and who he was talking to. Seriously, the best. I am so glad that Albertalli included this in the story. It gave it so much more meaning. Plus, all the Harry Potter references!

Simon begins an online friendship with someone he doesn’t know the identity of online through his school’s Tumblr. They begin a close relationship coming to terms with their sexuality and helping each other with coming out to their families. All while not knowing who the other person is. When the emails turn into flirting is when the fun really starts. it’s so funny how Simon couldn’t see what was right in front of him. I am so glad I turned out to be right about who Blue was because I was so excited!

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I am trying so much not to talk about spoilers because all I want to do is fangirl over those last 30 pages! SO. DANG. CUTE.

I do have one complaint though. There was such a lack of description of the characters that I had such a hard time picturing them. I could picture one person perfectly and maybe Abby a little bit due to her skin color. But that was it. That was a little disappointing.

If you haven’t read this book yet, YOU REALLY NEED TO!

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When Life Gets in the Way by Ines Vieira

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Title: When Life Gets in the Way

Author: Ines Vieira

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Release: August 2, 2016

Format: Kindle ebook

 

 

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A wise man once said that life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
Cassandra Mackenzie had only one plan. Get into Berkeley, University of California. That was her one purpose and nothing was going to get in her way or sidetrack her from that one goal. Her life would finally begin once she moved from the quiet streets of Plymouth, Massachusetts to the sunny hills’ of San Francisco.

That is if her family doesn’t fall apart before she can make her dreams come true.
Isaac Silva never made any plans his entire life. His only objective was to have the nightmare he lived day in and day out, to finally come to an end. To Isaac, graduating wouldn’t mean college, it would mean freedom.
But when these two meet, all bets are off.

“When Life Gets in the Way” is a story about overcoming diversity and the gruelling challenges that illness and violence can cause. But it is also a story of experiencing that one feeling that surrounds us all.

Love

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First, I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

When Life Gets in the Way was an entertaining read. It’s about a girl named Cass who has planned her life out perfectly. All she has to do is get through the last year of high school and she can finally go to her first choice college and take care of her mother who seems to be falling into a dark abyss. The last thing she needs is something (or someone) distracting her from her goals. Enter Isaac Silva. This bad boy is more than what meets the eye and he’s about to come in and change everything.

While I really enjoyed WLGITW, I thought the pacing was a little off. I am all for a slower paced book if the story is compelling and its moving forward. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and falling in love with them, but the end came so quickly that I was really surprised. I felt like what happened with Isaac and his family was things really heating up and then the next chapter was the epilogue?! What??

Cass and Isaac have a electric connection there is no doubt, but at times I felt like there was really nothing standing in there way with being with each other than pure stubbornness. I was just as frustrated as Isaac was and my heart was breaking for him! I wanted to hug him and tell him everything would be okay. When he and Cass begin to han out with each other at the Youth Center, Isaac immediately begins to open up to Cass about himself. I found this a little surprisingly because he seems like a guy that doesn’t open up easily, but he confides in Cass almost right away, but we don’t actually see it. The “getting to know each other” was little skimmed over and summed up by Cass’s POV, which I found a little disappointing. I would have liked to see more relationship building between these two. But, that doesn’t take away from the real connection these two really do have. It’s so obvious to everyone that I just wanted them to get over their silly little “let’s just be friends” and put themselves out of their misery (mainly Cass hehe).

Cass really frustrated me because I didn’t want to her to go to Isaac unless she was 100% she wanted to be with him. Isaac literally told her that he would back off and just be a friend to her when she needed him, but after whatever was going on wit was over he would need more than just friendship. Then she goes to him and starts kissing him? How else is he going to take this? HOPES. BUILT. I was so nervous and sad for him if his heart was about to be broken. You see, I felt for Isaac. He has a broken home, a drunk and abusive father, and the constant fear that “I am my father’s son.” He doesn’t even believe in relationships or love because he sees the brokenness that stems from love. He feels unworthy, until he meets Cass.

I won’t give too much away because I felt so much for these two and their relationship. I just wanted them both to be happy and to finally realize that what happened to their parents doesn’t mean it’s going to happen to them.

The writing was great and really made me feel invested in these characters and their family life. I really got interested in Nick and couldn’t be more ecstatic when I saw there was a sneak peak of his own book! Sign me up!

Overall, I enjoyed reading WLGITW. I was a little blindsided by the abrupt ending, but the epilogue really made up for it. Great characters, heartwarming story, and a beautiful story of first love. When Life Gets in the Way is a cute contemporary and just what I needed to kick off 2017. Thank you Ines Vieira for sharing your story with me ❤

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The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

 

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Title: The Lovely Reckless
Author: Kami Garcia
Publisher: Imprint
Publication: October 4, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 384

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I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

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Thank you to Impulse and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange of a honest review.

This book is such a pleasant surprise. It is very reminiscent of Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series, especially Crash Into You (which is my favorite book) and I love it! The story of two teens who come from different worlds finding a special connection with each other is one of my favorite stories and this was perfectly done.

The story surrounds Frankie Devereux after she witnessed her boyfriend Noah’s death right before her eyes. Suffering from PTSD, Frankie becomes a little reckless and has to move into a less “privileged” part of town with her father and enter a public school where she meets the sexy, passionate, and bad boy Marco Leone. The second Frankie meets Marco, an intense attraction begins and it’s all you need to realize that you need Marco as your next book boyfriend. I know I did. ❤

Frankie is one of my favorite characters. She suffers from PTSD and flashbacks from the night when Noah died. She is desperately trying to remember who killed Noah and she lets this haunt her for majority of the book. I just felt so much sympathy for her. She is lost. She doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere anymore. She has to move into her Dad’s place where she hasn’t had that great of a  relationship with in quite some time as a result of his job. Her mother is distant and pays more attention to her new husband and making Frankie who she wants Frankie to be rather than get to know her daughter. On top of all this, Frankie is trying to forget everything that is connected to Noah because it hurts her too much. That means trying to distant herself for her oldest friends. While I didn’t agree with Frankie’s decisions, I understood them. I loved Frankie’s development in this novel because it showed just how strong she is. She had to fight a hard battle trying to piece together what happened as well as save herself and learn who she now is. She took some risks and it was always for those she loved. She just wanted to do the right thing for the right reason.

Oh Marco, Marco, Marco. I was gushing so much over this beautiful soul. My heart broke a million times because of his story and the cards life dealt him, but you have to love his heart. His connection with Frankie is beautiful and the way he cares for his sister  will make you love him. I dare you not to fall in love with him. He is so protective of those he cares about and will do everything to protect them and it hurts because he won’t fight for himself. He feels just as lost as Frankie does, if not more. He thinks so poorly of himself that it’s heartbreaking!

“Marco will fight for his sister, for his friends, and I’m willing to bet hed fight to the ends of the earth for you. But he won’t fight for himself. He only sees one door, Frankie. He needs someone to show him the others ones.”

What I really liked about this book besides the intense relationship between Frankie and Marco was the friendships Frankie formed. This book wasn’t only about a love story. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t even really instalove (not really), but Frankie first developed a friendships with a girl from her class, Cruz and her new reconnected friendships with her older friends, Lex and Abel which was more important. She needed to know that she had people supporting her who can help her see the “other doors.”

Overall, this book is fantastic and quickly became one of my favorite contemporaries. It’s sexy, fast-paced, thrilling, and never a dull moment. I never cry while reading contemporaries, but this book made me bawl my eyes out. I felt so connected to these characters and so invested in their journeys. Thank you, Kami Garcia for writing such a beautiful, heartfelt story. It will stay in my heart forever.  

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This lovely book comes out tuesday! Make sure you grab your copy so we can fangirl together! 

Until next time,
Dee

Game On by Michelle Smith

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*Thank you to Publisher/Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.*

Title: Game On
Author: Michelle Smith
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Release: August 16, 2016
Series: Lewis Creek #2
Genre: Young Adult  Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 328

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As king of baseball in the small town of Lewis Creek, Eric Perry can have any girl he wants and win every game he plays. But when a fight lands him in jail, he’s only got one more strike before his baseball career is over for good. His only chance for redemption? The girl next door, Bri Johnson.

Bri hasn’t talked to Eric in months—for starters, she’s been too busy dealing with her jerk of an ex-boyfriend, not to mention the fact that Eric’s been preoccupied trying to drink every keg in the country dry. But when he needs a way to stay on the team, she proposes a plan: if he helps her out with community service, he can stay on the team. At first it’s a nightmare—Eric and Bri stopped being friends years ago, surely that was for a good reason, right? But as volunteering turns to bonding over old memories of first kisses under the stars, they start to have trouble remembering what pushed them apart.

In a town as small as Lewis Creek, nothing stays secret for long and their friendship and romance might mean bad news. But in this final, tumultuous spring before graduation, Eric and Bri are about to realize that nobody’s perfect alone, but they might just be perfect together.

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First of all, I love sporty love stories. When I saw this was available for request on Netgalley I knew I just had to read it. After reading this book, I can wholeheartedly say that this is one of my favorite contemporary novels, ever. I loved the story, the connections between the characters, the romance, the male main character was everything I’ve ever wanted in a mc. I am over the moon happy with this book!

Michelle Smith has a gripping writing style. They way she strings her words together makes you feel like you are experiencings all these emotions right alongside her characters. She makes them relatable. I felt like Bri and Eric at least 95% of the time because of their thought processes (especially Eric). Though the plot was a little underwhelming, it was still very enjoyable. The story is simple and sweet. It follows Bri Johnson, the girl next door, who was once best friends with Eric Perry, the new starting pitcher. These two are thrown together under an unexpected circumstances and quickly realize they are given a second chance at friendship, and maybe more. Second chance love story alert! I love second chance romances. I love friends who come together and realize they love each other and are perfect for one of another. Add baseball into the mix and you have one heck of a story.

Eric Perry is the guy of my dreams. He is loyal, charming, kind, a little shy and nervous, a big softie at heart, and  a true family guy. He has insecuries. He doesn’t think he is good enough and is constantly battling himself to prove to himself and the town that he has what it takes to lead his team to victory. When he begins spending more time with Bri, he is a goner. This guy is so deep in love with this girl that it’s almost adorable how he doesn’t realize it. I love the way he looks at her and the way he gets nervous around her. Eric Perry will have you putty in his hands by the end of this book. Guaranteed.

Plus, he is doing everything right

“With any other girl, I would have made that move already, but she’s different. And that sounds stupid and cliche and I refuse to drop the “she’s not like other girls” bullshit, because she’s just like plenty of other girls around here: she’s smart and gorgeous and hilarious and a blast to be around. But she is different. She’s the only one who makes me want to be different. She makes me want to be better. For her.”

Aside from Eric, Bri Johnson is a strong female lead. She finds herself in an verbally abusive relationship with a guy who stole away her light. He is draining her and when she finds her strength to walk away, the entire town blames her. Any girl would crumble and breakdown. I know I would, but not Bri. She continues to work on herself to get her strength back. She worked hard to get where she is and she doesn’t let the town or her ex drag her down. I loved how strong she was even when she was breaking and alone. The only thing I wish we saw was more of her playing soccer.

My only complaint is (and totally my fault) that I really wish I would have read the first book. When old characters were brought back, I didn’t know who they were. An old baseball game kept getting referenced and I didn’t know what happened. Now I am on a mission to read that book too. These characters are so lovely and I can’t wait to read more!

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until next time

Dee