Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Book Review: 24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley

Title: 24 Girls in 7 Days
Author: Alex Bradley
Pages: 265

"There are few things sadder than Jack Grammar's love life. So when his friends take it upon themselves to get him a date to the prom by placing an intensely humiliating ad in the school paper, they think they are doing him a favor. jack doesn't agree. But then the most amazing thing happens: Responses to the ad are overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that Jack must narrow the list down. A lot. Not an easy task. Turns out, the girls at City High are quite the competitive bunch. From the drive-by flashings to breaking and entering to cellphone stalkers, these potential prom dates will stop at nothing to snag the suddenly popular Jack. How will he ever choose just one?"

My Rating: 9/10

As some of you may have guessed, I love to laugh. And this book is exactly what one needs to have a good laugh. I loved the Jack in this book, and getting to see what he was thinking made me giggle like a school girl. This story shows the more important things in life, than just finding a prom date. It proves that finding yourself is just as important as finding someone to be with. I think that Alex Bradley was able to relate well to the teenage world. The way that he described the way that Jack thought and felt reminded me of a really good guy friend I have. It was funny how similar they are.


Hope you enjoyed,
The next book I'll be reading is A Good Woman- Danielle Steel
Have a good one readers :),

Spoiler: 24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley

This book is a very humorous book. I just thought I'd start out with that. I giggled like crazy while reading it, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. It was a feel good book, that made a good point. As I mentioned in the book review. This book showed me that you should learn to love yourself not just another person. It's important to find yourself and know who you are. The characters in this book are ridiculous and just all around amazing. So let's talk about them.

Jack: This is the star of this book. He is a lovely guy who wants to have a magical prom night and meet someone and through this whole book he is just a really funny guy. You can tell that's he is really socially awkward. I love the fact that he took Mrs. K to the prom so she could keep up her tradition. It made me smile a huge dork smile :D I think in the end he found who he was and that's all that mattered.

Natalie: She's a good friend, but she seems a little out there. I was dissapointed that she would hurt Dan the way she did by kissing Jack and then not only that she broke Jack's heart. I'm happy they remain friends.

Percy: What a guy! He's just the normal best friend for a dude, I assume. He's funny and teasing but also there for Jack when he needs here I'm mad that Natalie and him set up this whole thing because the first four girls should have had a chance more than anyone else.

Bridget: She sounds like my little sister. She has a huge crush on Jack but who can blame her.

Adrian S.: What a perfect girl to end the story with . ♥

Favourite And Memorable Lines/Moments:

♥Pg. 3
"I feel, to be honest, like a man in a space suit. In space."

♥Pg. 3-4
" 'Luke Percy said,gripping my shoulders too tightly and using his best Darth Vader voice, 'this is your destiny.'
'I'm not Luke,' I said.
'Don't quibble, my son,' he said, still in character."

♥Pg. 5
"he suddenly finds himself at the front of the vending-machine line, and after shakily feeding his coins into the slot, he bumps the Diet Coke button.
In other words, if Pamela Brown remembers anything about me, it's that I drink girl soda."

♥Pg. 7
" 'I've never seen you in the park,' I say. (Lie.)
'I play tennish there.'
'Oh, really? That's cool.' (She plays Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, four thirty to five forty-five, weather permitting, preferably court 3, with her friend Reba. She uses a Prince racket, Wilson tennis balls, Diadora court shoes. Backhands are her strength, serves her weakness. She doesn't sweat.)"

♥Pg. 11
" 'Let's list things that are sadder than Jack's love life,' Percy said.
'In other words, a very short list,' Natalie said.
'Exactly,' Percy said.
'I'm not participating,' I said.
'Good,' Percy said. 'Item number one: little kids getting lost in supermarkets.'
'Oh, that's sad,' Natalie said.
'Item number two,' Percy continued, 'my grandmother losing her glasses on top of her head.'
'Very, very sad.' Natalie said.
'Item number three,' Percy said, 'the fact that Bert and Ernie are still in the closet after all these years.' "

♥Pg. 20
"Jack Grammar would never try to fondle your butt during a slow dance,
Jack Grammar is a gentleman, owns his own tux,
and has superb taste in corsages.
Jack Grammar is looking for a prom date. Could it be you?
Email MyNewPromDate@yahoo.ca "

♥Pg. 29
" 'Who'd you take to your senior prom?" I said.
He took off his reading glasses. 'You know who i took to my prom.'
Of course I did.
'That's right, you took Mom..'
'She said 'no' the first two times I asked her.'
'She did?'
'And then the third time she said that if no one asked her in the next two days, she would think about it.'
'I didn't know that.'
'And the fourth time she said she would think about it. Then she said 'okay.' '
'How'd that make you feel?'
'Like crap, my boy. Like crap. But that's the point of prom, I think. Last time I checked.' "

♥ Pg. 40
"Isn't it great that it's finally warm enough to run at night again?' she asked.
It's so neat,' I said. 'Like fresh ketchup.' "

♥Pg. 42
" 'There's nothing to eat here, people!' I yelled into the quiet house.
Only after several seconds did Mom answer from a distant room: 'There's plenty! I just went shopping yesterday!'
'There's nothing!' I replied. 'No breakfasty stuff.' ..."

♥Pg. 66
" What had happened to the old Jack Grammar, the one that would have flubbed it somehow?
Well, I reasoned: I could still flub it. Let the flubbing begin."

♥Pg. 70
'I don't understand your breasts,' I said. Thiswas not the kind of sentence I thought I would ever say in my life."

♥Pg. 77
"The cake wasn't the kind you could just drive a motorbike over! It was a giant cake, the kind of cake taht songs are written about, the kind of cake that you could fall onto from a great height without injuring yourself. A cake of monumental proportions."

♥Pg. 95
" Now that we were in high school, I was still some kind of teenage mutant turtle (minus the ninja), hiding in my shell,"

♥Pg. 120
" 'Could I feel you up?' I asked.
She laughed. 'No.' "

♥Pg. 122
" 'Our mouths aren't designed for this, are they?' I said 'They're designed for eating and talking, kissing with them is kind of like trying to use a broom to do yard work." "

♥PG. 129
" I remembered last week when I had lost my favorite T-shirt and spent twenty extremely aggravating minutes looking for it only to realize that I was wearing it."

♥Pg. 201
"She was wearing a flapper-type dress. I knew that natalie thought Pamela looked like an ostrich, but to me she was perfect. Perhaps that just meant I liked ostriches."

♥Pg. 222
" Is rain that evaporates before it reaches earth rain? Yes, but it has its own special name: virga. And is a guy who goes to the prom solo really a guy at all? Yes, but he has his own special name: Jack Grammar."

♥Pg. 225
" 'Prom's tonight,' I said.
'Oh, yeah?'
'Yep. And I'm going by myself.'
'Bravo,' she said. 'So you're flying solo. I'll tell you a secret I went to my senior prom by myself.'
'But you're a righteous babe.' "

♥Pg. 232
" 'You know what I think,' Percy said. 'I think you fell in love with yourself this week. That's why you don't want to go with anyone.'
'Interesting theory,' I said. 'And you know what? I do sort of feel like I'm in love, but the funny thing is I'm not in love with anyone.'
'But yourself.'
'My haircut is pretty cool.' "

♥PG. 251
" 'But tell me,' I said, 'how'd you get to be so wise? Your e-mails read like something written by someone twice your age.'
'I don't know,' she said. 'But I do take Flintstone vitamins every day.' "

Hope you enjoyed this spoiler :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Book Review: Almost Home by Jessica Blank

Title: Almost Home
Author: Jessica Blank
Pages: 245

"For seven teens in Los Angeles, the street is their home.
There's Eeyore, just twelve years old when she runs away from her privileged home, harboring a secret she's to ashamed to tell anyone. Rusty winds up alone and broke when his older boyfriend ditches him in Hollywood. Squid has gone through too many foster homes to count- now he's determined to create his own 'sidewalk family' out on the streets. There's Scabius a rough, delusional punk from Utah; and Critter, a herion dealer with movie-star looks and a vulnerable heart. Laura, smart and restless, has run to L.A. looking for something bigger than the tiny town she comes from. And then there's Tracy, the charismatic damaged thread that ties them all together, irrevocably changing each person's life she touches."

My Rating: 7/10

This was an ok book to read if you can relate. I had alot of trouble relating to the characters, it was sad and possibly realistic. But I wasn't sure how real that is, the fact that the many of the characters had left for the same sort of reason. I didn't enjoy the way that it changed characters just when I was starting to enjoy the way that one character described things. I think what kind of redeemed this book, was the fact that Tracy is a very unique character. She was the most interesting part of this book for me.
Honestly, this book wasn't horrible or anything, it just wasn't great. I built it up in my mind bigger than it was.


If you read it or even if you didn't, I'd love to hear your comments :)

Spoiler: Almost Home by Jessica Blank

As I said in the Review, I didn't love this book, I didn't hate it either. It was kinda ahn. So-so. I guess I still imagine Hollywood as a place full of lights and celebrities, and being me it's hard to get around that. The characters played a big part in this story, but I wish that we would have learnt more about them. So let's chat about some.

Eeyore: She is so young, but she ran away because of her disgusting older brother. What a dick face! She ends up with Tracy, which i think is a pretty big mistake. I suppose I'm happy she went home, but I wish I knew how she got to that Rob guy's. I wish she hadn't had to go home, but it made sense. I hope that her dad believed her, but her step mom was such a terrible woman.

Rusty: I feel horrible for this kid, but he was kinda deluded. I mean there is no way that his boyfriend/ aka older teacher was gonna show up. He was using him for sex, and was scared someone was going to find out so he shipped him off. He was just so full of bs. Not Rusty but the teacher. And then he met these guys, but you never find out if he's happy or not. He just sticks with Squid.

Squid: Seems nice enough. I don't really have much to say about him. I understand his reason for running away. he was always being shipped somewhere else, so I imagine he felt that it didn't matter where he was.

Scabius: I hate his guts. With all my being I hate him, and he's fictional. I think he has mental problems though. He was beaten and maybe he thought it was exceptable. But it's not he hurt Eeyore, and she was only twelve, it doesn't matter if she had "tits" that is unacceptable to do that to a 12 year old. And he hurt Tracy! HATE HIM!!

Critter: I kinda love him.. a little. He really loves Tracy but he screws up when he hits her. There were better ways to deal with that. I think he only does drugs to drowned out the pain of his life.

Laura: What the hell happens to her? Does she seriously just go home? I didn't really understand why she left.. i guess because of her mom's boyfriends but they didn't really hurt her, they were just creepy. I wouldn't have gone home though.

Tracy: She is the main character in these stories and it makes sense. She is spunky and doesn't really let anyone get the best of her. It's awful that she's addicted to drugs and I definately blame Critter. I wish that she didn't do those things for Rob. He was just gonna use her until she died. I wish that she could have gotten help. I guess the part I loved was when she told off Scabius in front of EVERYONE! You tell 'em.

Favorite/ Memorable Lines and Moments:

♥Pg. 3
"Loneliness islike a vacuum: it's supposed to suck the other lonely people in like dust till finally it fills up and you're not lonely anymore."

♥Pg. 80
"The hookers scream at each other half in Spanish, voices screechy like a girl's but loud and deep like guys. You can never tell if they're laughing or about to stab each other."

♥Pg. 111
"Stretch Humvees with blue neon on the bottom, mansions big as Marriots, the same twenty faces pasted on seven hundred billboards posters magazines: they narrow down what you can look at till the part of your brain that know how to survive shrivel up and you're left driving from Staples to Rite Aid to Vons, feeling really fuckin' concerned about Cameron Diaz's love life. I mean, not that I'm concerned with Cameron Diaz's love life. I could maybe help her out with that."

♥Pg. 151
"So much of the time I wish everyone would just fuckin' disappear, and the only reason why I don't really wish it is that then I'd be alone. But now all those fuckers could die and I wouldn't be lonely. "

♥Pg. 193
"Nobody's ever sworn for me before, let alone changed size."

Sorry about the lacking of lines, wish me better luck next time,
Have a good one :)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kate's Choice: The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn

"Sophie was watching me, and I didn't know if I should fear her or try to befriend her..."

"When twelve-year-old Florence boards the horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to her new life at Crutchfield Hall, her great-uncle's manor house in the English countryside. Anything will be better, Florence thinks, than the grim London orphanage she just left.
Florence doesn't reckon with the eerie presence that haunts the cavernous rooms and dimly lit hallways of Crutchfield. It's the ghost of the cousin Sophia, who died the year before. Sophia's ghost seeks to recreate the scene of her death and cause someone else to die in her place so that she will be restored to life. And she intends to force Florence to help her."

Kate's Rating: 8.5/10

1. Did you enjoy this book?
♥ Yes I did enjoy this book. It's a wonderful story!

2. What was your favorite part of this book?
♥I can't choose, I enjoyed all of it :)

3. Who is your favorite character?
♥I like Florence because she isn't used to being treated so nicely! Her reactions are great.

4.Why such a scary story this time around?
♥I enjoy a good scare from time to time.

5.What was your favorite part?
♥When James was well enough to go down with them for diner.

6. Was this different from other books you've read?
♥Not exactly. There are some parts that are very different and unusual but most parts were normal.

7.Least favorite part?
♥I don't really have one.

8.Why did you pick out this book?
♥It looked interesting.

9.Who would you recommend it to?
♥Anyone who enjoys a good scare!

10.Why do you enjoy scary books?
♥I'm not sure, I just do.

Hope you enjoyed this Kate's Choice for March. Have a good day :)
Sidny + Kate ♥♪♫